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Welcome to the Clipper Homecoming Festival Come and join us for ten days of fabulous events and fun for all as Derry~Londonderry hosts the biggest international sailing event ever to come to the shores of Lough Foyle!

JUNE 29th - JULY 8th, 2012

There’s so much to enjoy, including inspirational live music, loads of exciting water-based activities, a sizzling food festival, environmental and heritage themed activities and lots and lots of family fun as we prepare an unforgettable homecoming welcome for the yachts taking part in the world’s longest yacht race.

You’ll find so much to do: meet the crews, board the Clipper yachts and visiting ships, watch thrilling speedboat races and helicopter rescue demonstrations and take boat trips around the Foyle. You can row a Viking longboat or sail a keelboat, absorb our unique natural and historic heritage in a series of fascinating exhibitions and so much more. Step aboard for the time of your life!


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The ten 68-foot Masthead Cutters, including our very own Derry~Londonderry yacht, are taking part in the eleven month, 40,000 mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The 200-crew members will have visited 15 different countries when they arrive in Lough Foyle, having set out from Southampton on their epic journey in August 2011.

The Clipper Homecoming Festival is open daily from 10am, there will be two evening concerts on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July, the event finishes at 6pm on Sunday 8th July.


THE FLEET ARRIVES The ten yachts are expected to finish their transatlantic leg between June 29th and July 1st, and we intend to give them a hero’s welcome as they round the bend and sail into the heart of the city. Help us to greet them with a flurry of noise, colour and celebration. Arrival times will be listed on the festival website where you can sign up to receive email updates on arrival times. Come and join us down by the river to give these amazing ocean going sailors a truly legenderry welcome!

MEET THE CREWS From Monday, July 2nd to Thursday, July 5th you will be able to board the Clipper fleet itself, meet the crews and learn all about their extraordinary ocean crossing

experience. Remember, apart from the professional skipper, the crew is composed of ordinary people, some of which had never sailed before!

THE FESTIVAL The city has seen nothing like it! All along the riverfront you’ll find yachts, visiting ships, Navy Vessels, RNLI boats and even Viking longboats (you can try rowing one yourself), tied up along the riverfront. From Fort George Jetty to the new Marine Events Pontoon. The quay will be awash with colour and buzzing with activity with a fantastic array of exhibits, food fests, entertainment, live music, and lots, lots more.

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THE LEGENDERRY FAREWELL Don’t miss our own LEGENDERRY Concert on Thursday, July 5th, celebrating the city’s amazing homegrown musical talent. The lineup includes the legendary Undertones, whose first hit was the seminal punk anthem, Teenage Kicks; talented Derry singer songwriter Eoin O’Callaghan, the voice behind Best Boy Grip; Creggan’s Paddy Nash and his Happy Enchiladas with their unique blend of folk-pop-punk-country-blues and Paul Casey, one of Ireland’s finest singer songwriters, with his band.

Also on Friday 6th evening event add in musical extravaganza (including the Saw Doctors and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers) linking many of the countries represented in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Foyle. On Saturday, July 7th you can join us to give the teams a world-class farewell and enjoy the spectacular sight of the Clipper yachts in a parade of sail departing the River Foyle for the official race start in Greencastle.


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check out over the arrival weekend for approximate arrival times of the yachts.

Clipper Yachts When: Friday - Saturday, June 29th - July 7th Where: Marine Event Pontoon

Between June 29th and July 1st (depending on race conditions) the ten Clipper 68ft Masthead Cutters will arrive in Derry~Londonderry, where they will remain until July 7th. En route from their last stop, Halifax, Nova Scotia, the boats have been taking part in the eleven-month, 40,000 mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. They are manned by a professional skipper and 18 crew members, only some of whom have sailed before.


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The teams competing are: DerryLondonderry, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, New York, Welcome to Yorkshire, Gold Coast Australia, Geraldon Western Australia, Singapore, De Lage Landen, Qingdao and Visit Finland. They will return to Southampton on their final leg, which they left nearly a year previously, in July.

When: Saturday and Sunday, June From Monday, July 2nd to Thursday, July 5th you will be able to board the Clipper fleet itself, meet the crews and learn all about their extraordinary ocean crossing experience.

Ship Visits When: Saturday (June 30th), Sunday (July 1st), Friday (July 6th), Saturday (July 7th), Sunday (July 8th), 10am - 6pm Where: McFarland Quay Always a popular attraction, a number of international navy ships will visit our shores and will be open for public visits. For the first time the Tall Ship, the ‘Earl of Pembroke’ will visit the city. She was built in Sweden and launched in 1945, she has starred in numerous TV series and films. At 45 metres long she is one of the biggest Tall Ships to visit the city and will only have a couple of metres spare above her mast as she passes under the Foyle Bridge! There is no booking needed for the ship visits but queues are expected. So come early and often.

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RNLI When: Friday, 29th June to Saturday, July 7th Where: Foyle Pontoon

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be bringing a Severn Class all-weather lifeboat for the public to visit during the festival (unless needed for emergency duties elsewhere). At 17 metres long, the Severn is the largest lifeboat in the RNLI fleet. The lifeboat will be manned by RNLI volunteers

and will be open for public viewing on both weekends. The lifeboat will also sail down river with the Clipper fleet on the afternoon of Saturday, July 7th. The boat will remain in the city throughout the festival and will be berthed at the Foyle Pontoon.

Tour Boats When: Friday - Sunday, June 29th - July 8th, 10am - 8pm Where: Tour Boat Pontoon

The Maid of Antrim (capacity: 101 passengers) and the Wee Blue Boat (capacity: 12 passengers) will be available for public tours and boat rides all through the festival. Both will leave from the Tour Boat Pontoon, downriver near the Peace Bridge. The prices and times of tours will be advertised in advance. Booking is essential.

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Booking for boat tours on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st and Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th will be taken from the information desk at the event. The bookings on all other days will be taken directly by the tour boats.

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When: Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st, 10am - 6pm Where: McFarland Quay Look out for the Ardglass Vikings, who will be getting up to all kinds of activities. As well as recreating Viking folklore and stories, they will be allowing the public to row their longboat on the river. They will also be hosting a child-friendly longboat display onshore where

visitors can immerse themselves in the Viking world. Ten rowers can be accommodated on the longboats and rides will take between 20 and 30 minutes. Booking is essential and a safety brief will take place before boarding.

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Try Canoeing

Foyle Paddlers* When: Saturday - Wednesday, June 30th & July 4th, 10.30am - 5.30pm Where: Foyle Pontoon Learn to paddle a canoe with qualified instructors on ‘Try Canoeing’ sessions, which will operate from Foyle Pontoon. Members of the public


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will be briefed ashore before being supplied with safety equipment and then brought to the pontoon to board their canoe.

Full Moonlight Paddle* When: Tuesday, July 3 at 9.30pm Where: Launch at Prehen Join the Foyle Paddlers in association with the Loughs Agency and take part in this river activity during the Clipper Festival. Meet at Prehen Boat House at 9.30pm, flotilla will depart at 10.30pm and travel on River Foyle to finish at Culmore Point.

Please ensure you have transport from Culmore

All welcome, safety instruction will be given before departure. Canoes/kayaks can be hired – Adult £10, Child (under 12) £4 Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children) All children under age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

To book (essential) contact the Loughs Agency on 028 7134 2100 or email

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Loughs Agency Try Sailing* When: Saturday, June 30th - Monday, July 2nd , 10am - 8pm Where: Foyle Pontoon The Loughs Agency have commissioned Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) to offer people the opportunity to get on the water and try sailing in one of their two keelboats. Members of the public will be able to register to take part and book a space. OYT

will operate from Foyle Pontoon. Available through the day, each boat holds three members of the public and an instructor. Participants will receive a safety briefing ashore before going onto the pontoon. Booking is essential.

* Booking for all taster sessions will be taken daily at the information desk at the event. Come early to avoid disappointment as activities book up fast.

Try Sailing also on June 22 – 28. For availability and bookings, see Loughs Agency, Tel 71342100



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Sea Rescue When: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2.30pm Where: Queens Quay


The Sligo-based Irish Coastguard Helicopter will be visiting Derry~Londonderry on Tuesday, July 3rd (if not needed for emergency duties) for a spectacular sea rescue operation.

Lough Foyle Yacht Club Traditional Foyle Punt Race When: Tuesday, July 3rd, 7pm Where: Culmore Point Lough Foyle Yacht Club in cooperation with the Lough Foyle Punt Association, Derry City Council and the 2012 Clipper Round the World Race have organised a race of the traditional wooden Foyle Punts on the

evening of Tuesday, July 3rd. Leaving from Culmore Point, it is hoped to have the punts crewed by some of the Clipper Yacht skippers! A great event for spectators.

Moville Yacht Club Sailing Event

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When: Wednesday, July 4th, 2pm (approx) Where: Greencastle/Moville Waters

When: Saturday, June 30th Where: Foyle Pontoon

Moville Yacht Club will host an open sailing race, following IRC/Echo rules. This event is open to all boats and will take place on the waters off Greencastle/Moville.

The City of Derry Boat Club rowers will be providing a display on the water during the festival (time TBC). The boats will launch from Prehen Boathouse. Derry~Londonderry 29th June - 8th July


Malin Waters Flotilla and Visiting Yachts When: Monday, 2nd July - Friday, 6th July Where: Foyle Pontoon A major aim of the Clipper Festival is to attract visiting pleasure boats and yachts to our city. Visiting vessels will be berthed at the Foyle Pontoon and also to a temporary pontoon being visit


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installed for the event which runs from the foyle pontoon. Malin Waters is hosting a flotilla of visiting boats from Scotland and N. Ireland organised by RYA.

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Welcome Zone and Maritime Café When: Friday, June 29th - Sunday, July 8th (6pm - 8pm) Where: Queens Quay Hosted by , the Welcome Zone invites you to relax, have a cuppa or a bite to eat, enjoy live musical performances at different times each day and find out more about marine tourism and the many activities on offer throughout the North West region and beyond.

Seafood Festival

Flavours of the Foyle Seafood Festival When: Saturday, June 30th (12noon – 8pm) and Sunday, July 1st (1pm - 6pm) Where: Queens Quay This fabulous two-day seafood festival celebrates the ‘Flavours of the Foyle’ with live cookery demonstrations, food stalls hosted by local chefs and restaurants offering authentic seafood dishes to try and buy. There’s also


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family fun and education with the Taste Adventure and Riverwatch Aquarium and lots of other family entertainment. Come and celebrate the Flavours of the Foyle at the Seafood Festival where “Our Fish is Your Dish”.

Continental Market When: Thursday to Sunday, July 5th - 8th The ever popular continental market returns, featuring the finest foods from around Europe, including Spanish paella, French pastries, German sausage, international cheeses and much more.

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Get Creative in the City of Culture When: Friday, June 29th - Sunday July 8th, 2012 (10am – 6pm) Where: Queens Quay

Street Performance and Spectacle The Clipper Festival will be alive with colour and mischievous revelry as some of the country’s best street performers roam the quays. Weird and wonderful characters are sure to delight, but keep your wits about

you and watch out for pesky pirates! As the sun sinks, so the fires are lit. A host of breath-taking fire artists will entertain the hordes, as they set about spinning their flames in a blur of light and magic.

Creativity Zone In the Creativity Zone, getting stuck in is the name of the game. We invite you to come and join us for a daily programme of interactive workshops, performances and storytelling. Creativity costs nothing and neither do our activities! So whether you’d like to master the art of lantern making,

try your hand at a spot of graffiti, take a fiddle lesson or simply cosy up and be transported by our eccentric storytellers, the Creativity Zone is designed to inspire you. We highly recommend an afternoon of getting your hands messy to the young and young at heart alike!

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Street Performance

The People’s Platform The People’s Platform at the Clipper Festival offers organisations and individuals a chance to get involved and showcase the arts, culture and entertainment within the local community. Each day of the event, spectators will be treated to performances by Derry~Londonderry based community and arts groups. You never know who or what you

might find on the People’s Platform, perhaps your neighbour has a hidden talent for stand-up comedy, maybe the schoolgirls from down the road are part of Derry’s fiercest street dance crew, or perhaps the postman can deliver a belting tune! Come down and see for yourselves just what the people of the City of Culture can do!

Full details on all the activities in the Get creative space are available on you will be spoilt for choice

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Get Creative with our Cultural Partners The Clipper Homecoming festival is delighted to be working alongside many of the city’s cultural partners to deliver a truly creative space. Just some of the many activities happening include;

The Playhouse are taking to the quayside during the Clipper festival, with creative workshops themed around the river Foyle and the concept of travelling. They will create a series of one-off art and craft workshops to provide the participating children the opportunity to create a piece of art to take away.


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The Waterside Theatre will unleash their skilled performers from the North West Circus School who will showcase the very best in street theatre and clowning performances, giving audiences a taste of the delights than can be discovered at the Theatre in the coming months. Join us on the quayside for a series of performances that are sure to be imaginative and entertaining and indicative of the creative culture of our city. Drop into our Creativity Zone to talk to the Void Gallery about some of the interesting projects that they have been involved in over the last 7 years. Comic book fans will be able to view an exhibition of comic books and visual art. Our ‘Songs of the Sea’ event, moderated by a plethora of International poets and hosted by the Verbal Arts Centre, is being run in partnership with the Cultural Olympiad event “Poetry Parnassus” organised by the Southbank Centre London. A series of poetry workshops by 14 international poets from locations as diverse as Qatar and South Africa will run throughout the day on Thursday 5th July. Workshops are for a variety of ages and ability ranges but all centre on the common theme; ‘Songs of the Sea’.

On Sunday 1st of July, Culturlann will be taking up residence in the Clipper creativity zone, inviting people of all ages to get stuck in and try their hand at all things Irish, including traditional music, dance and song. The Nerve Centre will they be recording a bespoke song with the Clipper Crew members but they will also be screening a short ‘fly-on-thewall’ documentary showing the creative processes involved for the public to view from the 6th – 8th July.

Stage Beyond who operate through the Millennium Forum, is a theatre company for young adults with learning disabilities. Members of the company come from all areas of the North West, and already have shown a keen interest in drama. These actors research, devise and tour shows and we are in for a treat as they have created a bespoke piece for the Clipper Festival. The piece entitled ‘Ship Ahoy’ will be performed in our Creativity Zone from 4pm on the 29th June. The Millennium Forum are also programming the Clipper Connections Concert on July 6 at Ebrington (see more details on Page 38). It will be Legenderry!

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Every day is a new day… so make sure you plan your visit with some Clipper Highlights Friday June 29th Watch out for the Clipper boats as they arrive on Lough Foyle! Enjoy boat tours on the Foyle from 10am to 8pm and fabulous art workshops from the Playhouse Theatre from 1pm – 3pm at Queen’s Quay. Look out for maritime themed street performances roving along the river front throughout the day and the Flavour of Foyle markets and restaurant trail. Enjoy the world’s finest fiddlers at the NAFCO festival (June 27th – July 1st).

Sunday July 1st Take some time to view the many visiting boats on the Foyle. Get on board with the Loughs Agency – Try Sailing (10.30am – 8pm) and join Irish singing, music and dancing workshops at Cultúrlann’s Fáilte Doire event taking place throughout the day.

Monday July 2nd Visit the Clipper yachts and meet the crews, try canoeing with the Foyle Paddlers (10.30am – 5.30pm), take part in lantern making workshops (11am – 1pm), enjoy storytelling sessions (3pm – 4pm) and the performance from the People’s Platform.

Tuesday July 3rd Saturday June 30th River Foyle activities include dinghy racing, a punt display and the Ardglass Vikings (11am to 5pm). Take the family to Fiddles on the Foyle, an amazing free family day out as part of the NAFCO festival at Queen’s Quay, including a kids’ mini ceili (12noon – 1.30pm) and art workshops (2pm - 3.30pm).Skilled performers from the Waterside Theatre will be clowning their way around the quayside, providing plenty of laughs for young and old alike between 12 noon and 3pm. The Flavour of the Foyle Seafood Festival cooks up a feast of fish today and Sunday (10am – 8pm).


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Watch an Irish Coastguard display on the Foyle, enjoy live music or take a full moon paddle on a canoe (10.30pm) accompanied by a fire performance.

Wednesday July 4th The spectacular Moville Regatta kicks off at 5pm with all kinds of activities. Back in Derry there are graffiti and urban arts workshops and more live music, as well as a special lunchtime Masterclass for festival and event organisers with Wayne Hemingway MBE one of Britain’s most acclaimed designers. To reserve your place on LEARNING THE HEMING..WAY email:

Thursday July 5th Board the NIEA boats for their public viewings and welcome the arrival of the Earl of Pembroke Tall Ship at 9pm. The Continental Market runs until July 8th and The Songs of the Sea Southbank International Poets event is between 10am and 6pm. There’s the best of local music during the afternoon on the quayside stage, followed by the fabulous LEGENDERRY concert at Ebrington (6pm to 9pm), starring the Undertones.

Friday July 6th Board the visiting boats and the Tall Ships (10am – 6pm), or join the Pirate’s Party going on in the Creativity Zone with fancy dress, face painting and costume making (11am – 1pm). The fabulous Clipper Connections concert at Ebrington (8pm– 10.30pm), featuring the Saw Doctors and Red Hot Chilli Pipers, will be followed by spectacular fireworks. Get close up with our remarkable natural world at a host of fascinating exhibitions and activities in the Environment Zone (11am – 6pm, July 5th– 8th) on McFarland Quay.

Saturday July 7th See the Clipper yachts departing in a Parade of Sail down the Foyle (1pm – 2pm), plus exciting Zap Cat racing (3pm - 5pm). Meanwhile, a live connection to the big screens from the Clipper Race start in Greencastle, will keep you abreast of all the racing action. Enjoy a music trail around the city’s pubs. From the Spanish Armada to Derry’s unique maritime history, there’s so much to discover at the Heritage Zone (11am -6pm. July 5th – 8th) at McFarland Quay.

Sunday July 8th There will be high octane Zap Cat Grand Prix viewing until 3pm, followed by freestyle water displays from 4pm – 6pm. There are model boat building workshops (11am – 1pm) and superb choral music from the Quayside Stage in the afternoon.

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Explore Your Heritage When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 5th - 8th, 11am - 6pm Where: McFarland Quay Heritage Themes in the Marquee

The Spanish Armada comes to Derry!

Discover the fascinating story of Derry~Londonderry through an array of exhibits and handling collections from local heritage providers in the Heritage Themed Marquee.

Over 400 years since La Trinidad Valencera, part of the Spanish Armada fleet, sank in local coastal waters you can come along and handle an array of replica objects from the sixteenth century. Meet staff from the Heritage & Museum Service and discover more about this fascinating story.

Derry City Council Heritage & Museum Service Learn all about Derry~Londonderry’s extraordinary maritime heritage at this unique exhibition space. A range of maritime objects will be on display from the collections of the Heritage and Museum Service. The exhibition partners will help to showcase how the strategic location occupied by both river and lough has helped create the region’s rich maritime heritage. Visitors can also learn about our plans for a new Maritime Museum and city archive to be located in Ebrington.

City of Derry Sub Aqua Club The City of Derry Sub Aqua Club will be talking about their fascinating activities, including their experiences of excavating La Trinidad Valencera. Meet some of the original divers who discovered the Spanish Armada wreck off the coast of Donegal.

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HMS Archive and Genealogy Service

Ulster Scots Community Network

Learn about the archival and genealogical collections that are available in the city’s archives. Get a step-by-step guide to tracing your family tree and learn how to access original and digital records or spend some time viewing the collection of moving footage gathered together on the North West Digital Film Archive.

Explore Ulster Scots traditions and the links with America and the Ulster Plantation, access databases relating to emigration and Ulster Scots heritage and learn some words and phrases from the Ulster Scots language!

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) At PRONI’s enthralling exhibition you can read records of maritime scripts, letters and maps which relate to our region and discover how they link to our city’s heritage. Check out the records from J&J Cooke, William McCorkell, the North of Ireland Shipping Company and the Custom and Excise Office. PRONI also holds family and local history records, including wills and administrations, church records, valuation books and maps. Staff will be on hand to explain how to access the records and to answer general questions. Ulster American Folk Park/Mellon Centre for Migration Studies Explore the amazing stories told at the Ulster American Folk Park; learn about emigration to America from the North West through displays and archives, and meet characters from our past. 30

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Beech Hill – Base One Camp and US Marine Corp Project Learn about the exciting new project to develop exhibition space at the Beech Hill Hotel, telling the story of the Second World War and the huge role the US Marines played in the city’s history.

Exhibition: Your Maritime history! Where: Tower Museum There will also be a small exhibition of maritime objects and archives in the Tower Museum featuring exhibits from its collections, including shipping notices, bells, and other artefacts from the Harbour Commissioners and Harbour Police. Take the opportunity to also visit the award-winning ‘Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera’ exhibition, which looks at the discovery, excavation and conservation of the many objects recovered from the vessel.

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Biodiversity on the Foyle and Faughan Discover the gorgeous inland waterways of the Foyle and Faughan, which provide a valuable habitat for over 60 different types of fish, otters, seals, migratory birds and bats. Get your hands dirty and take part in an archaeological dig, finding out what local species could become extinct and what has been sent to landfill that could have been recycled! Also, with the Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme you can help identify mammal tracks along the rivers and find out about woodland creation opportunities.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency The Northern Ireland Environment Agency is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the environment, helping make Northern Ireland a better place to live, work and invest. Visit the interactive NIEA exhibition to explore our amazing marine and coastal habitats and to find out more about the wonderful wildlife that lives there. Discover the vital work that staff conduct throughout Northern Ireland and learn how we can all help make a positive difference to the environment for the benefit of all. There will be lots of fun for the kids too!

Loughs Agency: Riverwatch Aquarium & Visitor Centre Visit Riverwatch in the Environment Marquee, to meet some of the creatures and critters that live around the Foyle estuary. Take a close-up look, learn about their habits, habitats and what you can do to help conserve and protect some of our very special species.


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Queen’s University Belfast ‘Control Priority Invasive Species and Restoring Native Biodiversity’, aims to control invasive alien plant species along the River Faughan. These invasive plants grow rapidly, take over the riverbank, preventing the growth of native species and restrict access for river users. In winter these species die back, exposing the riverbanks to erosion, which clogs fish spawning sites. Queen’s are controlling these invasive species and working with local communities to train people how to identify and control invasive plants, so we can visit and enjoy our beautiful river habitats!

Meet the puffins The RSPB will introduce you to a range of maritime species, including puffins, the migration routes of birds to Ireland and the fascinating bird life of Rathlin Island. Don’t miss the RSPB basking shark and inflatable puffin exhibitions.

North West Red Squirrel Group and North West Bat Group: Squirrel and Bat Spotting Discover how to help save the endangered red squirrels and bats along the Foyle and Faughan. A mini bat and red squirrel friendly garden will be on display to inspire you to protect our natural world.

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Playtrail Visit the Playtrail’s Tepee Village and take part in a range of outdoor and forest school activities, including leaf printing, fire skills, making wooden cookies, whittling, nature art and a nature trial. You can learn all about the Playtrail and their summer events for children.

The Conservation Volunteers: Family fun on the Green Machine Jump on the Green Machine and take part in educational activities and compost workshops and get handy gardening tips from the winners of the Garden Show Ireland!

Geocache Trail: Environment Marquee Several special river-based trails have been developed for you to enjoy ranging from family walking treasure hunt trails to boat trails. There’s also a new ‘Legenderry’ Geocache Trail, an outdoor treasure hunt where players have to find hidden treasures using GPS enabled devices and share their experiences online. The Clipper Geocache Trail will re-connect people with the river by seeking out historical and biodiversity clues and allowing you to navigate along the banks of the Foyle, using your smart phone or a GPS device. Follow the navigational coordinates to find the geocache hidden treasure! To take part go to the information point on site. 34

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Moonlight Bat Walk When: Tuesday, July 3rd Where: St Columb’s Park Take part in a guided full moonlight bat walk, through St Columb’s Park, along the River Foyle, over the Peace Bridge to the historic walled city. To book your place contact Karen Healy on 028 7136 3133 or email:

Foyle Landscape Project Come along to find out more about this new Foyle Civic Trust project exploring the River Foyle. It aims to connect people, place and nature and offers a great opportunity to find out more about the mighty River Foyle. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and ARC North West.

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Legenderry Concert When: Thursday, July 5th, 6pm - 9pm Where: Ebrington

Come and enjoy the best of Derry~Londonderry’s musical talent at Ebrington on July 5th. One of the highlights of the Clipper Homecoming Festival, the Legenderry concert features the Undertones, Paul Casey, Paddy Nash and the Enchiladas and Best Boy Grip. The late John Peel’s favourite band, the Undertones first hit fame with the seminal punk anthem, Teenage Kicks in the 1970s and continue to be a popular touring act to this day. Paul Casey, whose latest album, Big World, is released in July, is one of Ireland’s finest singer songwriters.

Creggan man Paddy Nash and his Happy Enchiladas’ unique blend of Folk-Pop-Punk-Country-Blues has wowed audiences throughout the UK and Ireland. Their new album Times of Transition has just been released. Talented Derry singer songwriter Eoin O’Callaghan is the man and the voice behind Best Boy Grip, whose debut EP Barbara was recently released to critical acclaim. This is a free concert. Ticket arrangements to be announced.


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Clipper Connections Concert When: Friday, July 6th, 8pm - 10.30pm Where: Ebrington The legendary Saw Doctors and the fantastic Red Hot Chilli Pipers top the bill at this magical concert when we celebrate our musical links with the countries participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Also on the bill are the James Peake Xperience and Eoghan Quigg, not to mention dragon dancers and musical acts from around the globe. Formed in Tuam, County Galway, in 1986 by Leo Moran and Davy Carton, the Saw Doctors have become one of Ireland’s most loved live acts, with a fanatical following that extends around the planet. From their first single, N17, the band’s anthem, which eventually went to No One in the Irish charts, the Saw Doctors’ infectious mix of pop, rock and roll, country, punk and traditional Irish music has created one of the most distinctive sounds in contemporary music. With numerous top selling albums, 18 top thirty singles in the Irish charts and their high energy live performance it’s little wonder the Saw Doctors are one of the favourite festival acts in the UK or Ireland. Look forward to a fantastic night of hits like I Useta Lover, About You Now, Hey Wrap, She Loves Me and their take on Petula Clark’s Downtown, as well as songs from their most recent album, the “Best 38

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Of” Collection, To Win Just Once…. The Best of The Saw Doctors, which earned Platinum Status for the band. Described as ‘Bagpipes with attitude’ and ‘drums with a Scottish accent’, the exhilarating Red Hot Chilli Pipers have taken their exciting brand of music around the world (including the world’s biggest music festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee). Playing with unbelievable skill and passion, the band boasts four music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, including the first degree in bagpipes for founder Stuart Cassells. Long live ‘Jock and Roll’! A fixture at festivals around Ireland for years, the James Peake Xperience is based around the amazing vocal talents of James Peake himself. The five-piece Belfast band can be relied to get any concert rocking, while James’s rendition of Nessun Dorma is about to become legenderry! Still a teenager, Dungiven’s Eoghan Quigg shot to fame on the X Factor, when his extraordinary voice captivated the public. He has released an album, Eoghan Quigg and singles Hero and 28,000 Friends.

This is a free concert. Ticket arrangements to be announced.

Saw Doctors Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Fireworks on the Foyle When: Friday, July 6th, 10.30pm Where: Ebrington A spectacular evening fireworks display can be viewed from Ebrington, the Peace Bridge and along the Quays.

The concert will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

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Farewell Parade of Sail When: Saturday, July 7th, 1pm Where: River Foyle of Sail’. Music will fill the air and people will line the quays to give them a rousing send-off that they won’t forget in a hurry.


Ready to start their race again, all ten boats will leave the pontoon and prepare to set sail for Greencastle. As we bid farewell to each of the crews, they will each join a majestic ‘Parade

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Official Race Start at Greencastle When: Saturday, July 7th, 5pm Where: Big Screens, Quayside The official race start takes place in Greencastle. Expert commentary will keep you up to date with all the action so come and take advantage of this

wonderful natural amphitheatre as you bid ‘bon voyage’ to our departing yachts as they say farewell to Derry.

Zap Cap Racing

Zap Cat Racing When: Saturday (3pm) and Sunday (12pm - 3pm), July 7th and 8th Where: Tour Boat Pontoon The first ever Derry~Londonderry ‘Zap Cat’ Grand Prix will take place on the afternoons of Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th near the city’s iconic Peace Bridge. These small but speedy 42

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catamarans provide a thrill a minute as the two-man crews battle it out over short circuits. Several races take place each day, all with full commentary.

Tall Ship ‘Earl of Pembroke’ When: Friday, July 6th – Sunday, July 8th Where: Marine Event Pontoon The Tall Ship ‘Earl of Pembroke’ will visit the festival between July 6th and 8th. The vessel will berth on the Marine Event Pontoon and will be open to the public for viewing at advertised times. The ‘Earl of Pembroke’ will also be available for corporate use in the evenings. Built in Sweden and

launched in 1945, she has starred in numerous TV series and films. At 45 metres long she is one of the biggest Tall Ships to visit the city and will only have a couple of metres spare above her mast as she passes under the Foyle Bridge!

Live Water Sports Display When: Sunday, July 8th, 4pm – 6pm Where: River Foyle Look out for a high octane display of death defying stunts and tricks from some of the top water sports experts in the world. The shows feature a host of thrills, including ‘Edge Water Sports’

(water-skiing and wakeboarding) and Freestyle jetski displays. The shows will be set to live commentary and film footage taken from the water will be relayed to the quayside screens.

Freestyle Jetski Displays

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City Hotel 4* Queen’s Quay, Derry BT48 7AS (028) 7136 5800 Midweek room rates from £80.00 B&B Weekend room rates from £99.00 B&B Both rates based on a double standard room with 2 people sharing. Includes full Irish breakfast and complimentary use of Health & Fitness club. Tower Hotel 4* Butcher Street, Derry BT48 6HL (028) 7137 1000 From £99.00 per room B&B

Ramada Da Vinci’s 3* 15 Culmore Road, Derry BT48 8JB (028) 7127 9111 £120.00 room only £69.00 pps B&B (based on 2 people sharing)

BT48 Apartotel BT48 Apartotel 112 Strand Road, Derry BT48 0DJ 1 Bedroom Apt £75.00 2 Bedroom Apt £100.00 Derry~Londonderry 29th June - 8th July


Best Western White Horse Hotel 3* 68 Clooney Road, Derry BT47 3PA (028) 7186 0606 July 1st From £80.00 Room Only July 2nd From £60.00 Room Only July 3rd From £60.00 Room Only July 4th From £100.00 Room Only July 5th From £100.00 Room Only July 6th From £80.00 Room Only July 7th From £60.00 Room Only Beech Hill Country House Hotel 4* 32 Ardmore Road, Derry BT47 3QP (028) 7134 9279 £70.00 pps B&B

Hastings Everglades Hotel 4* 41-53 Prehen Road, Derry BT47 2NH (028) 7132 1066 £85.00 single B&B / £60.00 pps B&B


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Belfray Country Inn 4* 171 Glenshane Road, Drumahoe, Derry BT47 3EN (028) 7130 1480 £85.00 double B&B £75.00 single B&B £115.00 triple B&B £130.00 family B&B

Roe Park Resort 4* Limavady, BT49 9LB (028) 7772 2222 June 29th & 30th - £105.00 (single) £120.00 (double) B&B July 1st – 5th - £90.00 (single) £105.00 (double) B&B July 6th & 7th - £120.00 (single) £135.00 (double) B&B July 8th & 9th - £90.00 (single) £105.00 (double) B&B

City of Derry Travelodge 2* 22-24 Strand Road, BT48 7AB (028) 7127 1271 £90.00 room only (up to 3 people)

Waterfoot Hotel 3* Caw Roundabout, BT47 6TB (028) 7134 5500 From £75.00 room only

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If you’re seeking some respite from the hustle and bustle of the festival throng, then we have just the thing for you. Why not wile away a lazy afternoon or evening dipping in and out of one of our many fringe programme trails? No matter what your preference, the city has it covered; from music trails to guided walks, from art and heritage tours to family fun and restaurant trails there’s so much for everyone to enjoy. For full listings on all the fringe events visit www.

Clipper Trails Follow the “Clipper Trails” - a circular route from the Clipper Welcome Zone into the Walled City and to Ebrington. With a unique focus on Art & Culture; Music, Food & Drink; Fashion & Beauty places of interest and local businesses there is plenty to delight. There are Clipper Homecoming Festival specials along the way from clipper cone icecream, clipper coffee, clipper cocktail, nautical window displays and more besides. Just present your trail map for discounts and complimentary items in participating venues and shops. Maps are available through participating venues and during the event. 48

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Fringe Programmes Other events to look out for... The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCO) When: June 27th - July 1st The first time the Olympics of the fiddle world has been held in Ireland, NAFCO brings the world’s finest fiddlers to Derry (and some venues in Donegal), including Ireland’s Martin Hayes and the Chieftains, Canada’s Troy MacGillivray and Norway’s Annbjorg Lien. Over 300 artists will be performing at the various events, which include concerts, workshops, talks and public interviews. There’s a festival club, fiddle schools, art workshops, adults and kids’ dance céilis, exhibitions, a special Fiddles on the Foyle family day out and lots more! Tickets can be bought online at: (tel: 028 7137 5134) or at Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau, 44 Foyle Street, Derry (tel: 028 7126 7284).

Celtronic 2012 When: June 27th – July 1st Some of the biggest names in electronic music are coming to Derry for Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, Celtronic. Among the international headline acts are Siberian born Nina Kraviz, Norwegian disco Viking Todd Terje, Space Dimension Controller and Oneman. Playing live are award winning comedy hip-hop duo, the Rubber

Bandits, winner of this year’s Choice Music Prize for Best Irish album, Jape and Mmoths. Look out for other great live acts like Phil Kieran, Boxcutter Ryan Vail, Dollface Devereaux. Shocko and Vincent and the Crimson Underground. Visit and for more information.

The Foyle Inishowen Clipper 2012 Festival When: June 30th – July 7th The charming village of Greencastle, on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula, is hosting a fantastic festival to welcome the Clipper yachts. Highlights include a Clipper Family Celebration Day on July 1st to mark the arrival of the Clipper boats into Derry with parades, boat trips, music, food, markets and lots of family fun. Between July 2nd and

6th there will be traditional sessions, a funfair, pub tours, traditional boat races, archer and much more. The Taste of Foyle Inishowen Seafood Showcase, along with lots of great music and entertainment, ties in with the official Clipper Challenge race start on July 7th.

Coastal Activities When: June 30th – July 7th There’s so much to enjoy on the fabulous North West coast, just a short drive from the city. Try surfing or blokarting - sailing mini land yachts, on the golden sand of Benone Beach. Fly over land and water in a high performance hovercraft on a purpose built track on the shores of Lough Foyle. There’s also adventurous activities for all abilities, including archery, raft building and kayaking. For a full listing of all activities to be enjoyed around the coast check out our website Derry~Londonderry 29th June - 8th July


How To Get Here THE CITY AND REGION CAN BE ACCESSED VIA AIR, SEA, RAIL, BUS OR ROAD FOR FULL DETAILS ON ALL MODES VISIT Translink have teamed up with the Homecoming festival as Transport Partner and have many services and special ticket offers to get you into and around the city. Translink operates the Ulsterbus, and NI Railways integrated public transport system - you can reach every corner of every County in a couple of hours. For timetable and route information: For event specific offers: visit (Promotions, family day trips and student discount information) Rail - Sail through the translinks and NI Railways travel from Belfast to Derry rail links via Coleraine. There are also good cross-border bus and rail links from the Irish Republic. Bus - Ulsterbus work in co-operation with Bus Eireann and will have current bus schedules and prices.


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Park ‘n’ Ride - Shuttle Service Thursday 5th July - Sunday 8th July Daily starting at 1pm - 6pm Bus option every 20 minutes Route Inbound Pick-up/Drop-off Templemore Sports Complex Pick-up/Drop-off Dunelm Mill Buncrana Road and Strand Road Drop-off/Pick-up at Sainsbury Return to Dunelm and Templemore Repeat

Clipper Connection Route Shuttle Service Friday 29th June - Sunday 8th July Daily starting at 11am - 7pm Bus option every 15 minutes Route Pick-up/Drop-off Foyle Street Shipquay Street Pick-up/Drop-off The Diamond Ferryquay Street Pick-up/Drop-off Orchard Street (Before Badgers) Express Way Pick-up/Drop-off Strand Road Queens Quay Round about Pick-up/Drop-off Back of the Quay (Bus-lay by opposite Quay West Restaurant) Harbour Square Roundabout Drop-off/Pick-up Foyle Street Repeat

Park ‘n’ Stride For a full listing of all available car parks in the city just visit the festival website.

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