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Tall Ships in Liverpool 2018

Tall Ship coming to Liverpool

The Tall Ships visited Liverpool in 2018 - At the moment there are no UK ports registered to host the international tall ships festivals again until at least 2022 (updated on 07/02/2019)


For information on how you can race as tall ship crew in the 2019 tall ships races, head to this page. 

There are often smaller festivals and tall ships gatherings in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. To see all the festivals you can sail to or visit in port see below

Tall Ships Festivals & Events


Three Festival's Tall Ships Regatta 2018

The Tall Ships are coming to Liverpool for May Bank Holiday Weekend, not only will the event mark the fifth time this cultural city has hosted the tall ships, it will also coincide with the International Mersey River Festival, a three day celebration of Liverpool's historic waterfront. 

To mark the occasion, whilst Tall Ship Morgenster, TS Maybe and Lord Nelson will be welcoming people onboard to show them around the ship, Becky from the Classic Sailing office will be showcasing the ethos of Classic Sailing and running a series of competitions over the four days from her stand outside the Museum on Hartley Quay.  

Tall ships racing

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If you are thinking of making your way down to celebrate the weekend of festivities, then here is what to expect: 

The Three Festival Tall Ships Regatta 2018 links three vibrant cities, including Liverpool, Bordeaux and Dublin including racing across the Irish Sea and the Bay of Biscay. 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 25th, 26th and 27th May 

Classic Sailing will be holding a series of competitions on each of the days, so make sure you come and check our what you could be winning!

Spend the weekend at the Tall Ship's event viewing the ships that will be docked on the River Mersey. 

The Tall Ships will be berthed on the Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Canning Dock, Canning Half Tide Dock and Albert Dock during the festival weekend. From 12pm on Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27, visitors will be encouraged to ‘come on-board’ for a closer look.

The historic Lancashire Nobbies, will take to the river on Saturday for an annual four hour race on the mersey. 

An exciting programme of activities is planned all across Liverpool to celebrate the arrival of the ships, including the "changing Tides" - a programme of international and local at works, installations and theatrical performances commissioned by culture Liverpool and Arts Council England. 

Wine lovers will be right at home as the world renowned Bordeaux Wine Festival makes its UK debut. 

Monday 28th May

Parade of Sail at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday as the fleet make their way up and down the River Mersey accompanied by a flotilla of other craft, before sailing for Liverpool Bay for the start of their race. 

Competition Time!

You will be able to enter the competitions we have running across the month of May whilst at the stand, including "Name that Anchorage", "Flemish Horse Challenge" and "the Big Win"

Flemish Horse


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