Young buccaneers will be dropping anchor at Eastbourne’s seafront Redoubt Fortress this summer, as the historic parade ground becomes the port of call for a brand new Pirate School.
Climbing the rigging, pirate language, sword fighting and much more, will be all part of the swashbuckling curriculum in a bid to add even more fun for families visiting the fortress this summer.
Running throughout the school holidays from July 23 to September 1, families can join in the drop-in activities at any time, which will be led by a pirate captain, and mischievous mutineers can expect to become shark bait when they walk the plank.
With pirate dressing-up, sea shanty singing and digging for treasure, the new recruits will have to earn their new pirate name to become a fully qualified brigand, before a photo opportunity with their fellow adventurers to mark their graduation.
Cllr Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for tourism, said, “The Redoubt is one of our most treasured and iconic heritage venues and a must visit attraction for all ages.
“We’re delighted that so many children will be able to explore the fortress, as with its cannons and gun platforms it is a wonderful venue for budding pirates.”
The new summer programme coincides with this year’s Heritage Lottery Funded Treasure exhibition at the fortress.
The family-friendly exhibition offers a treasure chest and cubby holes to explore a range of finds, from Bronze Age tools to voice recordings sent into deep space, and a rare showing of Lewis Carroll’s bed desk, especially made for his holidays in Eastbourne.
Entry to Pirate School is £3 per child and will be run on a drop-in basis any time between 11am and 4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult and indoor activities will be available in wet weather.
Entry to the parade ground, gun platforms, vintage café and shop are all free. Entry to the museum and exhibition costs £4.50 per adult and £2.50 per child, with all tickets including a free return visit throughout 2015.
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