What's On at HMS Caroline

What's on at HMS Caroline


HMS Caroline's Beer and Cider Festival 2018
6 October 2018 (7pm - 11pm)

Calling all beer and cider lovers! Join us on board for HMS Caroline's Beer and Cider Festival this October and enjoy your favourite drink by local and international brewers.

Visitors will learn how to drink and store beer through fun and informal talk. The drill hall will be alive with chatter with demonstrations on how to pour the perfect pint to tips on how to make the best beer and cider. Unwind at our beer and cider bar as you listen to local artists and entertainers.

Entry to Belfast Beer and Cider Festival will also allow you access to HMS Caroline, the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland. Explore the depths of this ship through an interactive self-guided tour as you hear the stories of those who served onboard.


Halloween at HMS Caroline
26th October - 4th November

Climb on board HMS Caroline this Halloween where kids go free from 26th October – 4th November.

Get your costumes ready and bring your little monsters along for lots of fun family activities.

Inspired by Tom the Cat, who lived on board with the crew during the First World War, follow our Black Cat Trail around the ship. Look out for hidden clues and hunt for creatures as you explore the spooky spaces on board. (26th Oct – 4th Nov)

Make sure to join in with our craft activities, where kids can make their own underwater sea creature finger puppet with Woolly Workshops (29th-30th October). Or learn about sailor superstitions by helping Jim Russell create a myths of the deep artwork (30th-31st October). You’ll even get the chance to travel back in time and meet some of HMS Caroline’s crew as our volunteers bring the ship to life! (30th Oct – 31st Oct)

The aforementioned activities will be taking place between 11am – 3pm.



HMS Caroline Lecture Series

This autumn HMS Caroline will be holding a variety of history lectures in the Pump House visitor centre.

Ticket Offer - Tickets for the lectures can be purchased individually. If you would like to attend more than one lecture why not take advantage of our offer which lets you attend all four lectures for the price of three!


 ‘Out Upon The Foam’ – The Diaries of Albion Percy Smith, 1915-1917 by Victoria Millar, former HMS Caroline Curator
4th October, 7pm
HMS Caroline Pump House

This talk examines the First World War experiences of Albion Percy Smith whilst serving in HMS Caroline, as recorded by Smith in his personal diaries.

Born in Tunbridge Wells in 1890, he joined the Royal Navy ‘for the duration of hostilities’. As part of Caroline’s very first complement of men, he served as one of Captain Crooke’s personal stewards between December 1914 and March 1917.

Highlights from the diaries include details of a Zeppelin raid in Newcastle in 1915, gun and torpedo practice firing at Scapa, as well as the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Booking is required. Tickets £5/Concession £3


Hidden Partnership - Exploring Anglo-Irish naval relationships 1946-88 By Dr John Treacy, National Maritime Museum of Ireland.
11th October, 7pm
HMS Caroline Pump House

This lecture will explore the intrinsic relationship between the Irish Naval Service and the Royal Navy since 1946. Modelled largely on the Royal Navy model, the Irish Naval Service embarked on a generation of development fraught with obstacles and blinkered strategic vision from central government.

In the background, a close working relationship with the Royal Navy led to decades of co-operation and ‘fast ones’, tragedy and triumph. Ultimately, the Naval Service evolved into a professional and highly capable maritime force, owing in no small part to mostly silent contribution from people, expertise and equipment in the United Kingdom and the Royal Navy.

Booking is required. Tickets £5/Concession £3 

* Image courtesy of Mr David Lacy


Weary Waiting is Hard Indeed: the Royal Navy’s Final Year of War by Nick Hewitt, Head of Exhibitions And Collections, NMRN
15th November,7pm
HMS Caroline Pump House

After the Battle of Jutland, the Royal Navy faced what Admiral Sir David Beatty called the ‘weary waiting’, patiently anticipating a second battle with the German High Seas Fleet which never happened. But waiting did not mean inactivity.

Nick Hewitt will discuss how the Grand Fleet, probably the most powerful assembly of manpower and technology in the world at the time, continued to contribute to the war effort through 1917-1918, until it’s eventual, triumphant shepherding into captivity of a defeated High Seas Fleet, shortly after the Armistice.

Booking is required. Tickets £5/Concession £3

*Image courtesy of NMRN



From Peace to War – Experiences of the Ulster Division RNVR in World War II by Victoria Millar, former HMS Caroline Curator
22nd November, 7pm
HMS Caroline Pump House Visitor Centre

This talk charts the experiences of a selection of the men from the Ulster Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who were called upon the outbreak of World War II. Key stories of note include the Davey brothers who amassed distinguished war records during the conflict and W. L. Stephens who took part in the assault on Saint Nazaire and was taken prisoner-of-war in 1942.

Booking is required. Tickets £5/Concession £3

*Imagery courtesy of NMRN

HMS Caroline 1916