Over the 2018 May Bank Holiday weekend, the international fleet of Tall Ships will make its triumphant return to Liverpool for the fifth time, as part of Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018.
When the Tall Ships visited during a four-day jubilee celebrating Liverpool’s rich maritime history in 2008, the city’s docks welcomed more than one million visitors. Ten years later, Liverpool has the honour of hosting this spectacular fleet in an event that coincides with the Bordeaux Wine Festival visiting the UNESCO World heritage Waterfront. The race will be one of a series of internationally significant events, which mark a decade since Liverpool was named “European Capital of Culture.”
Berthed in the Victorian splendour of the Albert Dock and alongside the award-winning Liverpool Cruise Terminal, the fleet will be close to the beating heart of the city. Here, a wealth of art, culture, architecture, music, and sport, as well as a thriving selection of bars, restaurants and shops are waiting for you to experience and explore.
Together with the city’s specially commissioned programme of street animation, aerobatic displays and colourful shanties, the Baltic Tall Ships Regatta 2018 in Liverpool is set to entertain and delight the crowds and crew with its famed hospitality.
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“The Tall Ships was one of the highlights of 2008 and so it’s fitting they make their return in a year when we celebrate a decade since our unforgettable culture title.
“This is an event which can engage with the wider community and provide an experience that captures the hearts and minds of local people and those who will travel from across the globe to see this stunning sight on the Mersey.
“When it comes to large-scale, outdoor events, Liverpool excels, but there is always something particularly special about maritime activities. The River Mersey defines Liverpool, and whenever we host an event on the waterfront, people come out in their thousands to celebrate the contribution it has made to our heritage, our present and our future.
“Now the deal is officially done, the team will begin planning all the details ahead of 2018 and we look forward to working with Bordeaux and Dublin to make this the best Tall Ships Regatta to date!”
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.