Pirates promote Pendennis Castle and National Maritime Museum
Tourists and locals alike enjoyed a spectacle of two swashbuckling groups of pirates in Falmouth earlier this week.
While there was apparently no booty or treasure to be found, the costumed pirates were happy to oblige spectating scallywags with some sword-fighting and selfies.
The pirates headed into Falmouth town centre to enjoy a traditional Cornish pasty, ice cream from Delicious Wishes and views of Falmouth Custom House Quay.
The event took place to promote the town’s two biggest attractions: Pendennis Castle and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Both are holding pirate styled events across the summer holidays in tribute to the town’s rich nautical heritage.
English Heritage’s ‘Pirates!’ sees re-enactors portraying some of Britain’s most famous pirates fight it out at close quarters.
There will be storytelling, music and hands-on activities for all the family to enjoy as well as the castle grounds to explore. A few myths or two about pirates will be dispelled along the way for budding young historians.
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s ‘Pirates’’ exhibition was an instant success when it launched in March. It’s set to continue until December 2024.
English Heritage and the National Maritime Museum’s Pirates! event in Falmouth. Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks. Image provided courtesy of English Heritage.
The pirates were taking a break from their performances in a new interactive theatre show from Illyria. A Pirate’s Life For Me! is scheduled to run four times a day over the summer holidays.
Information on ‘Pirates!’ and Pendennis Castle can be found at english-heritage.org.uk
Details for the National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Pirates exhibition: nmmc.co.uk