TICKETS are available now for Southampton’s Maritime Festival, which will return to the city this summer.

For two days in August thousands of visitors will be able to learn more about Southampton’s links with the sea.

From historic Second World War vessels to musical performances and children’s activities, there will be enough going on to entertain the whole family.

The festival returns to the port’s Ocean Terminal on August 22 and 23 after a successful first year which saw 12,000 people visit the event.

World war harbour defence ship HMS Medusa, Dunkirk little ship ST Challenge and steamship SS Shieldhall will be among the attractions on both days of the event.

There will be a selection of heritage boats, buses, steam vehicles and other vehicles, while there will also be a main stage with music acts.

And the event will also feature the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s wheelchair-accessible sailing vessel, Tenacious, heritage talks, a fairground, amusements and an indoor heritage, antique, arts and craft fair.

Friday, August 22 will feature a range of yet-to-be-announced children’s activities, while the following day will have a war-time focus to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The festival will then be closed by an aircraft flypast.

City council economic development and leisure chief Councillor Matt Tucker said: “I am thoroughly pleased that the Southampton Maritime Festival is returning this August and Southampton City Council is proud to lend its support to this event.

“Last year’s festival was extremely popular with residents and families alike and, in our 50th year of city status, the festival gives us the opportunity to reflect on Southampton’s great heritage.”

Tickets cost just £1 for children and £5 for adults for a one-day pass, and £12 for an adult two-day pass with parking.

To book your ticket visit or call 023 8071 1818.