2014 event programme



See ships and boatsGet on board ships, boats and tugs 

HMS Medusa (WW Harbour defence ship)

Jubilee Sailing Trust – Tenacious (Wheelchair accessible sailing vessel)

ST Challenge (Dunkirk little ship)

SS Shieldhall

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Heritage organisations

Heritage organisation displays 

People saw hard hat divers, traditional boat-building skills, boating demonstrations and more at the Festival. Many of the charities involved in the Festival's organisation also had stalls and displays here. Why not get involved or donate?

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Indoor heritage displays

Discover, browse and shop

Outside we havd a variety of stalls to browse. Also, inside the cruise ship terminal, you would have seen many more history displays, browse through maritime art and look at local arts and craft stalls.

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Heritage bus

Heritage buses, trams, steam rollers and vehicles. Plus, visitors could take a FREE historical tour on an open top bus.  

We were joined by many touring heritage collections over the course of the two days. 



Talks, workshops and handling opportunities

The Festival talk stage was where you would have heard from experts as they bring history to life. Around the festival there was also the chance to learn and handle many historical artefacts!

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Main stage

Live entertainment!

The festival had entertainment around the site. The main stage was packed with great entertainment throughout the festival. You would have heard music from the 1900s through to today! Plus, in 2014 you could have caught X Factor's Kingsland Road on Friday 22nd August.

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Kid's zone

Kid Zone

Our kids' zone was full of great activities for children. Your little ones could have seen some great entertainers, take part in maritime themed activities and get their face painted. 






Friday 22nd August


Family friday

Special family day 

On Friday 22nd August the Festival featured many activities designed to beat those summer holiday blues. Being a Friday it gave you a chance to start the August Bank Holiday weekend early whilst keeping the kids entertained!



Kingsland Road


Performances by X Factor's Kingsland Road

Friday 2pm - We saw the 2013 TV boy band as they performed live on the main stage. 




Saturday 23rd August



Spitfire flyover14:30 A Spitfire and Hurricane flyover 

Southampton has a long association with the Spitfire - the prototype Spitfire first flew from Southampton airport and production of the earliest models was based at the Supermarine factory in Woolston. What better way to celebrate Southampton's part in aviation history than with a spectacular flypast by two of Britain's most famous fighter planes! 



16:00 SS Shieldhall departs for a cruise of the Solent

As well as being open to the public for the Festival the SS Shieldhall took a special trip around the Solent. This trip was run by the Shieldhall preservation society (The Solent Steam Packet Limited) and additional costs apply. These trips are available throughout the year, please visit the SS Sheildhall website for details.