On Sunday 26th
January, over 30 community groups from across Belfast enjoyed a day out at Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic as part of Local Community Day!
We worked in collaboration with Titanic Foundation
, the charity set up to preserve and promote Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage, to provide 500 complimentary tickets to the Titanic Experience
and were delighted to welcome community groups from all across the city - from Men’s Sheds to groups for senior citizens, families, mental health, people living with disabilities and volunteers!
The Local Community Day initiative helps raises awareness that Titanic Belfast is accessible for all, and that local people can come along and enjoy the attraction, as well as explore their very own heritage right on their doorstep.
The community groups also had the opportunity to visit the interactive ‘River Box’ project situated on the Titanic Slipways
. River Box is a striking piece of audio-visual contemporary art that uses shipping containers to reflect the comings and goings of Belfast port, and features images of people who live and work in the area.
Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Titanic Foundation said, “Local Community Day is a wonderful initiative, which has been running since 2016 and has provided over 130 groups from local neighbouring communities the opportunity to engage with Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage along the Maritime Mile.”
Judith Owens, Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast said, “At Titanic Belfast, we couldn’t succeed without local support and this is our way of showing our appreciation. Through Titanic Foundation, we are delighted to have opened our doors to the 130 local community groups to enjoy our immersive experience, as well as the Maritime Mile, right on their doorstep.”
Ciarán Hargey from the Market Development Association highlighted, “The market area is a working-class district located a mile from Titanic Quarter but very few people had been down before and don’t go to what’s on their doorstep. We were thrilled to see the tickets fly out like hot cakes, everyone had an amazing day and questioned why they hadn’t been down. They will all be visiting in the future again.”
Claire Allen from New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership said, “[This was a] fantastic opportunity to allow local families to enjoy an attraction right on their doorstep. The timing has been perfect as some of the children are studying Titanic at school and they wouldn’t have had the experience otherwise.”
If you have 15 or more people in your group and would like to organise a visit to Titanic Belfast, why not take a look at the benefits of pre-booking here
- including discounted rates for public adhoc groups!