FUN, sailing, entertainment and endless activities await visitors to the inaugural Ocean Village Festival – so whether it’s the little guys looking to have breakfast with Captain Jack Sparrow or you’re that serious yachtsman looking to win the inaugural Ocean Village Cup, where else would you want to be on May 14-22 than at Ocean Village?
Celebrations commence on Saturday May 14 with a skippers’ breakfast and briefing ahead of a Yacht Rally in aid of the GBC Open Day and Rainbow Ward at St Bernard’s Hospital . Leaving Ocean Village at midday, participating sailing yachts will follow a course round the Bay of Gibraltar with some surprise fun activities along the way.
With entrance to the Rally priced at just £15 per person to include a meal and two nights free berthing for visiting yachts, there are big prizes up for grabs including an £800 yacht toolkit courtesy of Hire-U-Shop. A further Dragon Boat Race will appeal to those with impressive teamwork skills.
Whilst Saturday’s Rally underway, landlubbers won’t miss out as Ocean Village will become a hive of Festival activity.
Captain Jack Sparrow will be welcoming the younger visitors who might be let loose on any number of activities from a trampoline to a ball pond and from arts and crafts to face painting and tattoos.
Young girls might like to indulge in a mini-make over, while boys would probably prefer the Score-A-Goal challenge. Clarence the Clown will be handing out lollipops and balloons to everyone and a magic show will surely make their day!
Children of any age, including those old enough to know better, can water orb across the Marina whilst the Royal Gibraltar Police are offering rides on their high speed RIBs. Let the competitive juices flow with a fancy dress competition or avail yourselves of the Gibraltar Sports & Leisure Authority’s generosity as they make all their facilities available including the climbing wall.
The Minister for Culture will be presenting the award for the best outdoor painting competition but for those who like fishing, the GFSA will be holding a demonstration.
For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, take a stroll around the market stalls along the promenade whilst listening to a full programme of live music and entertainment on stage in the sunshine.
Sunday May 15 brings plenty of the same with water orbs and the bouncy castle as well as a programme of goings-on with added treats of a Where’s Wally treasure hunt , discounted dolphin trips, a fashion show and diving experience by the pool. During the week there will an arts and crafts corner for children by the Tahiti Hut in Leisure Island from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
Local artist Giorann Henshaw will be holding an outdoor painting class here for all those aspiring young artists whilst parents take some ‘me’ time perhaps browsing the Ocean Village shops or enjoying something to eat or drink.
Saturday May 21 will gather together an impressive fleet of motors from the Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association for a mini Rally around the Rock.
The Festival of the Seas will conclude not on the water but in the skies with some of the world’s best aerobatic pilots putting on a breath taking show in the ultimate high performance piston aircraft.
Having flown well over 300 displays in front of more than 18 million people, there’s little doubt that the Blades Show, brought courtesy of Barclays Wealth and Bwin.party, will round off an incredible Festival with a first-class flourish.
For those wishing to make an afternoon of it, Ipanema are offering a “Meal & Show” deal where diners are whisked off by coach after lunch to Eastern Beach to see the air display, and back again for a cocktail. What better way to end the Festival?