Festival manager Joya Kuin, Sinéad Barrett of Sample Studios, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Tadhg O'Connell of Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Rachel Birmingham of Meitheal Mara launching this year's Cork Harbour Festival from the top of MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory. Photo: Jakub Walutek Photography

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An upcoming festival on Leeside will celebrate Cork’s connection with the water, its river and harbour.

This year’s Cork Harbour Festival has a packed programme of events on water, on land and at home on your screen.

The festival, which will take place from 4-14 June, is an incredible achievement as it presents 15 events online and 28 activities that festival goers can participate in around Cork city and harbour.

Everyone is encouraged to get outside and rediscover all the hugely enjoyable activities there are in and around the harbour, from kayaking trips to sailing lessons and heritage trails to creative experiences.

Then, from your own homes, learn about the fascinating history of the harbour through live virtual talks and hear about inspiring people and their love of the sea.

Joya Kuin, Festival Manager said: “We are thrilled and incredibly excited to be one of the first festivals in Cork, and possibly in Ireland, presenting activities that people can physically participate in again. Of course, all event organisers will be following current government guidelines, but we can also guarantee that the diverse range of events and activities will bring great enjoyment and pure fun for those who join us and take part throughout the festival!”

Cork Harbour Festival, now in its seventh year, continues to unite heritage, water sports, outdoor activities, culture, nature, conversation and conservation.

The flagship Ocean to City race has gone virtual too, and spectators can follow the many participants across the world as they challenge themselves with the Ocean to City #fivemilesfromhome.

You can follow their progress on the festival’s social media feeds and live Instagram broadcast.

See corkharbourfestival.com. Pre-booking is essential for all physical events with a maximum 15-person capacity in line with current guidelines for organised events.