Weekend of pirate fun for families on The Barbican and Sutton Harbour


Plymouth’s award winning Pirate Weekend will be retuning this week for a packed weekend of pirate-themed fun. Funded by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and supported by Plymouth City Council and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, this is one of the most successful family events of the Plymouth calendar.

Winner of a South West Tourism Excellence Award, this exciting weekend will marks the return of The Phoenix Tall Ship which will be berthed in Sutton Harbour outside Captain Jaspers. The Pirates of St Piran will be storming The Phoenix at 10:00 on the Saturday inviting families on board. Entry is free.

The streets will be taken over by the famous Jonty Depp, Plymouth’s very own Jack Sparrow throughout the weekend, as well as the tallest stilt walking pirates you will ever see joining him on Sunday, the YO HO HO Pirate Puppet Show and the mystical Melody Mermaid will both be there all weekend too. With a chance to dig for treasure and enrol in the mermaid school children will be able to experience life as a real pirate.

Back by popular demand we will have a real life pirate treasure trail throughout The Barbican and Sutton Harbour this weekend with an exciting new twist. Treasure maps will be available in The Barbican Tourist Information Centre, at Plymouth’s Treasure Island on West Hoe and on the Visit Plymouth website, with 20 booklets each day containing a special golden ticket for West Hoe’s Treasure Island.

Businesses across the harbour getting involved with Pirate theme family fun activities including a window dressing competition. There a number of shops taking part in The Barbican and Sutton Harbour over the weekend. The best window display will be judged this Sunday.

Ian Nicholls from Art 2 Frame / Glass!! said: “Following all the hard work the events and BID team have done to market Pirate Weekend – we as traders throughout The Barbican feel we should build upon this work and put our own contribution in by creating areas on The Barbican to enhance the atmosphere and photo opportunity. We hope our contribution alongside the events and BID Teams will make Pirates Weekend enjoyable for all and increase the footfall on The Barbican.”

There will be Pirate Express Ferry at Royal William Yard on the 16 and 17 May. The times from Royal William Yard to The Barbican start from 10 am and the last ferry is at 17.00. From The Barbican they will run on the half hour starting at 10:30 with the last ferry at 17:30. Cost is £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children (single tickets per person, pay on board).

Plymouth Boat Trips will be offering a Pirate Adventure Cruise an hour long from the Boathouse Café on 16 & 17 May. Each cruise is one and half an hours long departing at 12:00 and 14:00. Tickets are £10 per adult, £6 per child and £28 for families of 2 adults and 2 children. Bookings in advance only from info@plymouthboattrips.co.uk or 01752 253153.

Competitions for the whole family will be held over the weekend including Best Family and Children's Fancy Dress, Best Picture with Phillip the Prawn, Best Pirate Joke on Facebook, Name the Pirate Parrot and Guess the Treasure. There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won from Dartmoor Zoo, PDSSA, Pennywell Farm, Maiya's Hair & Beauty, Moorland Garden Hotel, National Marine Aquarium, Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary and Plymouth Pavilions. Please see details online for announcements of each competition @plymouthpirates on Twitter and WhatsOnPlymouth on Facebook.

Chris Arscott, Chair of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said: “We’re really looking forward to this weekend’s Pirate event and seeing multitudes of Pirates in the Historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Now in its fifth year and funded by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, this award-winning event is one of the most successful and fun-filled family events of the year.”

Activities on The Barbican and Sutton Harbour will run from 10am – 4pm. For the latest information on Plymouth Pirate Weekend please check the Visit Plymouth website, follow @plymouthpirates on Twitter and tweet us using the hashtag #PiratesofPlymouth or like WhatsOnPlymouth on Facebook


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