Climb aboard the 'Good Ship Hartlebury' for a day at Pirate School

Billy Barnacle, Captain Sharkbreath & School Inspector Jack Sparrow at the Captain's table.
Billy Barnacle, Captain Sharkbreath & School Inspector Jack Sparrow at the Captain's table.
Published Wednesday, 19th August 2015

This August Bank Holiday (Monday 31 August) the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle will be holding a big family event, 'Pirate School' (11am-5pm).

Captain Sharkbreath invites visitors of ages to come along and learn how to be a pirate, if they dare! 

The Captain, assisted by First Mate Ruby Cutlass and Scurvy Dogg the Buccaneer, will be teaching visiting pupils various lessons including jobs aboard ship, singing sea-shanties and how to talk 'pirate'.

Youngsters will also be taught the rigours of a cannon firing drill and will get to have a go themselves.

Children can also follow a treasure map through the museum discover their own piece of treasure at the end.

Other activities include making pirate flags, storytelling and face-painting and the museum's fantastic team of volunteers have built a real pirate ship, 'The Black Pear', for children to climb aboard.

At 3pm Captain Sharkbreath will judge the Pirate fancy dress competition so any children visiting on the day are encouraged to come dressed in their best pirate wear.

Visitors may even be lucky enough to spot School Inspector Jack Sparrow who we have heard will be visiting….

Rachel Robinson, Museum Manager, said: “We're really excited about our big Pirate School day, there will be so much to see and do on the day and we are very pleased that Captain Sharkbreath, Ruby Cutlass, Scurvy Dogg and Jack Sparrow have agreed to teach at our school. All the staff are looking forward to leaning how to be great Pirates and for anyone out there who would like to attend our school for the day, don’t forget to wear your Pirate costume!"

Admission charges for the day are just £5 adults, £2.50 children & concessions and £13 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children).

For more information please call 01299 250416 or visit