Pirates Off Portrush & Heritage Fair
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 01 2018
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Pirates Off Portrush and Heritage Fair at multiple venues throughout Portrush.
The Organisers of "Pirates Off Portrush", Portrush Heritage Group, will stage the 6th adventure of the notorious Pirate Off Portrush, Tavish Dhu when the town is invaded by the Emperor of The Orient. The Emperor and his Dragon Queen, with her ferocious Dragons and Ninja Warriors, are searching for Skerry Island of the Seven Cities which they believe contains great riches. The Emperor has not reckoned on coming against Tavish, the fearless Pirate Off Portrush. The outcome, will be revealed at the festival, but be warned the town is full of Pirates and Ninja Warriors.
Events kick-off at 11:00 hrs on Saturday with a Pirates Treasure Hunt, from the Portrush Atlantic Hotel, followed at 13:00 hrs with the Pirate Dance and Pirate Dress Competitions at the Amphitheatre. A fully scripted dramatic re-enactment begins at 14:00 hrs. The Emperor, his warriors and dragons, parade the streets of Portrush in their search for the Skerry Island. Their parade includes a Samba Band, Ninja Wariors, Dragons, Dancers, Big Head Characters, and Community Support Groups (Coastguard, RNLI, Fireservice). Ahead of the parade Tavish, in his good ship Kracken, has reached Antrim Gardens where he and his crew set-up camp for the night. The Emperor lands in Antrim Gardens, where he meets Tavish Dhu and his fearless Pirates. A battle ensues with the defeated paraded back through the town to walk-the-plank in the Amphitheatre.
On Sunday 1st July the Heritage Fair in Antrim Gardens has a distinct children's theme with Fairytale World, Children's Medieval Battlefield, Children's Storytelling and a Circus Training Camp. The very popular Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market will be there together with Heritage Exhibitions. The Northern Ireland Concert Band will perform in the Marquee.
Pirates Off Portrush is jointly sponsored by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and local businesses of which Morelli's are the lead commercial sponsor.