A fun pirate day out for all the family in Middlesbrough

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Pirate fans are in for a treat this weekend at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum as the annual Pirate Day returns for a day of maritime adventures.

Aimed at young pirates and their families, the day offers a range of swashbuckling activities and events to enjoy.

Entertainment includes a giant parrot and magical seahorses, pirate rides from Strange Twig Productions, storytelling with Captain Raggy Beard, and object manipulation with Time Bandits.

A range of craft activities will also be offered to all attendees, along with demonstrations of special effects makeup, face painting and access to the museum galleries.

The Middlesbrough Reads team will be distributing pirate-themed books to encourage home reading and bedtime stories.

Pirates can also take advantage of two routes during the day, both available at the museum reception. The Ship’s Cat Trail is free and asks visitors to search the galleries for cats that have left the ship.

The activity sheet also includes a differences quiz, fascinating facts and coloring in competition to win four tickets for a virtual reality jungle boat ride at the Dorman Museum.

The Stewart Park Island Explorer Trail (£2 per trail) is based on a treasure map and includes exploring the wider park to solve clues and reveal the map in full.

Pirate costumes and fancy dress are strongly encouraged to add to the excitement of the day.

• Pirate Day is Saturday August 20 from 10am to 4pm.

Admission to the day’s events and entry to the museum cost £4 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. There is also the option of buying an Explorer Pass for £10 which allows repeat visits throughout the museum’s opening season.

There is an additional £2 for anyone wishing to do the Stewart Park Island Explorer Trail.

Tickets can be pre-booked via www.ticketsource.co.uk/museum/t-avvllay Admission to the event and the museum are also available for purchase on the day at the museum reception desk .

Pirate Day is part of a wide range of summer activities at Middlesbrough museums.

Families can also look forward to two events at the Dorman Museum: a pop-up puppet theater with Whippet Up on Saturday August 27 and Baby Dino Day on Saturday September 3.

Other Dorman Museum activities include two exhibits: Layers of Lace and Celebrating Connections, a Family Flower Trail and a Virtual Reality Jungle Boat Ride.

• Discover other family events in and around Middlesbrough at www.wearemiddlesbrough.com

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