The deckchairs are out and the Foyle Port Marina is a blaze of colour with the Clipper Race fleet now safely moored for the week - so that can only mean one thing - the countdown to the Foyle Maritime Festival is now on!

Emmett Whoriskey and Rossa McCallion had their buckets and spades at the ready for all the family fun about to unfold along the Queen’s Quay, which has been transformed into a magical maritime playground, complete with mini city beach!

The Festival officially opens at 12noon tomorrow and over 180,000 people are expected to flock to Derry from July 14-22nd. Over the next nine days the packed programme will feature a whole host of activities, with some sizzling action in the Seafood Kitchens, Maritime Melodies on the Festival Village stage, tall ships, animation, and all the action on the Foyle with river races, fly boarding, kayaking and paddle boarding fun.

On Friday July 20th the Foyle will be the arena for the stunning Voyages showcase event, with a dramatic parade of light illuminating the river and a thrilling pyrotechnic finale.

For more information on all the events taking place go to #FMF18

Pictured above: Emmett Whoriskey and Rossa McCallion share a giant deck chair on Queen's Quay at the mini city beach.

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