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Hartlepool Waterfront Festival will return on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, from midday to 6pm and looks set to be bigger and better than ever before.

The two-day festival of maritime creativity takes place in the heart of Hartlepool Marina and will feature a jam-packed programme of open-air performances, immersive experiences, family-friendly activities and installations. After scaling back the workshop element last year due to Covid-19, the festival’s programme of workshops will return, which previously engaged with over 3,500 children and young people in 2019.

The fifth Hartlepool Waterfront Festival which takes place exactly one year before the Tall Ships Races comes to Hartlepool in July 2023, will be themed ‘When The Boat Comes in’, exploring connotations of arrival, departures, welcomes and goodbyes. The festival’s theme also references the official closure of the usual site before building begins on Highlight, a destination leisure centre.

This year’s festival programme will also witness a spectacular replica of planet Earth as internationally renowned Luke Jerram returns to Hartlepool this July, bringing his touring artwork Gaiato a secret location within the town, allowing visitors to gaze upon the earth as if from space.


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Address: Hartlepool Marina, Slake Terrace, Hartlepool, UK

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