Long before Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow burst onto the scene, pirates were a big hit with children. From treasure maps and eye patches to squawking parrots and swashbuckling – there is so much fun to be had by becoming a pirate for the day!
Pop on an eye patch, roll up a treasure map, and head out with the family for an “aarrr” adventure. And don’t wait until the International Talk Like a Pirate Day - 19 September - to practice your “shiver me timbers!” or “Ahoy there landlubbers!”
There are Pirate walks around the Harbour in Bristol every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. The walk lasts around one hour, costs £15 for a family and can be tailored to suit the group.
On the walk around the quays, your family will discover Bristol's turbulent history, at the harbor side - haunts of the pirates, including Blackbeard, and swashbucklers of the 17th and 18th centuries. It’s fun, interesting and educational. Convenient entertainment with a bit of history thrown in! The walk is on the flat and has wheelchair access. Visit www.piratewalks.co.uk for more details.
Brixham has Pirate Thursday’s throughout the summer, courtesy of the Brixham Buccaneers. With a full-sized replica of Sir Francis Drake’s most famous ship The Golden Hind as a backdrop to the day’s events, your family is sure to feel the pirating spirit. For full details and dates visit www.brixhambuccaneers.co.uk
There is plenty to do above and below decks on The Golden Hind. Be sure to watch The Golden Hind’s video before you go to really build the excitement! Visit www.goldenhind.co.uk to watch the video, and for further information.
Or, simply head to the beach or your own back garden, bury some treasure (where the children will be able to discover it and dig it up again!) and have your own pirate adventure. Use their vivid imaginations and create your own pirate games – dodging crocodiles, quicksand and walking the pretend plank!