Avast Me Hearties!
Got any plans this MayDay Bank Holiday? How about some swashbuckling antics for the whole family?
Just a 10 min drive from Galmpton Touring Park, the Brixham Pirate Festival is an event everyone can get involved in. Taking place from Saturday 2nd – Monday 4th May throughout the streets and harbour of Brixham, this 3 day event features Pirates (of course), military and period performances, guns, shows, plays and plenty of Pirate Rock to keep you jiggin’. There are jugglers, buskers and other sorts of entertainers ensuring there is always something to do, see and hear!
The main stage will be situated right next to the Golden Hind boat in the inner harbour, and the family stage in the Central Car Park area. Watch as the Golden Hind comes under Pirate attack, leaving the ships crew and troops to fight back with lots of musket and cannon fire! These skirmishes are planned for Saturday and Sunday around 5.30pm (depending on the tides). If that’s a bit too rowdy, the full-size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship is a delight to behold even without the pirates and gunfire action.
There really is something for everyone! For the kids there’s the chance to watch and take part in shows and street acts. There are plays and historical re-enactments, a fancy dress competition for the younger ones (although you can dress up whatever your age – even an eye patch will do) and music to suit all tastes. For the grown folk, there will be guns and music, entertainers, plays and the chance to continue the fun into the evening in the Pirate filled pubs (be sure to ask for the Pirates Ale)! You can even take part in a ‘Pirates at the Proms’ sing-along. Everything kicks off at around 11am each day, and there is something to see on the stages all through the day. For more info – take a quick look at the Festival ‘Program of Events’ to make sure you don’t miss out.
There is no need to register or buy tickets (unless specific events get added to the bill at a later date) so get your best boat-hopping attire on and bring yourself along. If you want to take a quick break from ‘Oooh-Aaaarghing’ your way around town, there are masses of bars, inns and restaurants in Brixham and it’s Harbour, offering World Cuisine, Vegetarian menu’s, sea views and dog friendly eateries.
Parking can be tight as it’s a busy place, so the best bet is to use the ‘Park & Ride’ (just before you get to Brixham), which is open every day between 9.00am and 8.00pm. When you get there, visit the Farm Shop next door for up-to-date info, times and costs.
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