‘Shiver me Timbers!’ National Marine Aquarium to celebrate Pirate Weekend

5th May 2017

This May, the National Marine Aquarium is partnering with the Plymouth community to celebrate Pirate Weekend (13-14 May), with a swashbuckling array of special activities planned for visitors to enjoy.

Throughout the weekend, the city will be taken over by all things pirate-themed and highlights at the Aquarium include treasure hunts, a pirate dive in the Aquarium’s Eddystone Reef tank, where staff will be looking for lost treasure, pirate-themed crafts and colouring, as well as scintillating story time with Marina the Mermaid.

The Aquarium is also sponsoring the display of the impressive tall ship, Johanna Lucretia, which will be moored up at Sutton Harbour for the duration of the weekend. Built from oak, she is an impressive two masted topsail schooner, first built in 1945 in Belgium. She will be open for tours over Pirate Weekend, giving visitors the chance to see her historic interiors and find out about her colourful voyages.

Helen Gowans, Public Engagement Coordinator at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “Pirate Weekend is one of our favourite annual events at the Aquarium. Plymouth has a rich maritime history and it’s fantastic to come together as a city to celebrate this with a fun and engaging series of events. Whether you’re a land-lubber or have a seasoned pair of sea legs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“At the Aquarium, we will be dressed head to toe in pirate costume and visitors will have the chance to take part in a wealth of themed activities. As well as treasure hunts and crafts, we’ll have whale artefacts on display so visitors can learn about the wonderful creatures of the deep, and the opportunity to take a tour on Johanna Lucretia is not to be missed.”

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