The international fleet of Tall Ships makes a triumphant return to the Mersey over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta will link Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux through four days of maritime magic from Friday 25 – Monday 28 May 2018.
This is the fifth time Liverpool has hosted these historic vessels in the past three decades, and during Capital of Culture year an estimated one million people packed the banks of the river to catch a glimpse of the parade of sail. The Tall Ships, berthed on the Cruise Liner Terminal and in the Canning and the Albert Docks, will be open for visits from 12pm on Friday 25 May.
The highlight of the event will be the magnificent Parade of Sail at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May, when the Tall Ships will make their way up and down the River Mersey, accompanied by a flotilla of other craft, before sailing to the start of their race.
As well as the tall ships, there is a packed programme of events running across the city, both day and night. Let the Sun, Moon and Stars guide you to the Changing Tides Programme of arts and entertainment. Spectacular commissions are showcased alongside theatre, performance and music reflecting the three race ports, Liverpool (Mann Island and City Centre), Dublin (Albert Dock) and Bordeaux (Pier Head).
Bordeaux Wine Festival
Alongside this maritime celebration will be the Bordeaux Wine Festival. The famous Fête le Vin in France’s wine capital of Bordeaux is widely regarded as the leading European wine event – and it’s making its UK debut on the iconic Liverpool Waterfront. Tickets are now on sale, starting from £21.50, and are available at bwfliverpool.com.
The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta and the Bordeaux Wine Festival forms part of the Liverpool 2018 programme which celebrates ten years since the city’ game-changing year as European Capital of Culture.