Pirates Weekend at Royal William Yard

Pirates Weekend will return to Royal William Yard in swashbuckling style with entertainment and activities aplenty

18—19th May 2024, 10:00—15:00


Pirates Weekend will return to Royal William Yard in swashbuckling style with entertainment and activities aplenty. Take part in a treasure hunt with bounty to be won, storytelling and sea shanties by the water’s edge, pirate films at Everyman cinema, paddleboarding on the high seas with South West SUP, free children's crafts and circus skills, and much more!

There will be something to discover and do for all ages and the Yard’s resident restaurants, bars and cafes will provide grub and grog galore.

So all hands on deck, ready yer sea legs and bring a spring upon ‘er - Savvy?


From 10:00—15:00 each day


On the Green

Heave Ho to the Green me hearties and let the scallywags run free, there's pieces of eight to be found...

  • Circus skills - Test your mettle with a pirate twist – walk the plank, juggle like an octopus, and find your sea legs on the roller bowler
  • Treasure hunt - Grab a map and embark on a daring quest to uncover hidden treasure concealed around Royal William Yard to claim your bounty!
  • Craft zone – Visit the pirate craft zone to make your own pirate mask, take part in pirate puzzles and get creative.
  • Face Painting - Transform into a fearsome pirate or a mystical mermaid
  • RNLI Activations - Meet the heroes of the sea from Plymouth Lifeboat Station
  • Story Telling - Join a band of theatrical storytellers for family-friendly pirates tales performed in the open air
  • Live Music: enjoy live music and rousing sea shanty performances throughout the weekend (see schedule below)
  • Rum Cocktail Bar - The Hook & Line – Plymouth’s only speciality rum bar – will create cocktails and offer grog galore with rum tastings
  • Pop up Stalls - Satisfy your cravings with crepes, slushies, tea, coffee and ice creams
  • QR Codes for Takeaway Ordering: Scan QR codes for easy ordering from Royal William Yard's resident restaurants and cafes

And much more ....


Live Music

Enjoy live music and rousing sea shanty performances throughout the weekend!

Saturday 18th May

  • 10:30—11:15 Sea Shanty Band - The Quartermasters
  • 11:30—12.15 Live Music TBC
  • 12:45—13:30 Sea Shanty Band - The Quartermasters
  • 13:45—14:30 Live Music TBC

Sunday 19th May

  • 10:30—11:15 Live Music TBC
  • 11:30—12:15pm Live Music - Anything but Francis
  • 12:45—13:30pm Sea Shanty Band - Cat Rose & Jon Fazal
  • 13:45—14:30pm Sea Shanty Band - Cat Rose & Jon Fazal

Pirate films at Everyman Cinema

Set sail for cinematic adventures with screenings of pirate films on the big screen!

Friday 17th

Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl – from 19:45

Saturday 18th

Hook – from 14:45

Sunday 19th

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! – from 15:30


Ocean Studios

Let your imagination run wild with creative activities, including:

Saturday 18th

10:00—11:30 Mini Clay - Treasure map themed
This club is designed for 3-7 year olds and their family. Tickets are £8.95 for a group of 4. Click here for more details.

Sunday 19th

10:00—15:00 Pirate themed Zine workshop. Free activity, just pop in throughout the day to create your own Pirate Zine.


South West SUP

Take to the high seas - be ye a landlubber or a scurvy dog, come and enjoy a family SUP session around Firestone Bay.

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th (10:00 - 11:00) Family Paddle Sessions

Join SWSUP, for a pirate SUP adventure. As well as covering all the sea safety essentials, we'll get you and your crew out on the water for a barrel of fun games and nautical challenges. Launching at 10am Saturday and Sunday. Fancy dress optional, adventure guaranteed!

Tickets are £30 per person or £100 for a family of 4 - there is a special 20% discount off of the ticket price for Pirates Weekend. The code and booking link will be available by 23rd April.

Sunday 19th

8am - 9am SW SUP Social Paddle Session - Pirates Fancy Dress

Club SWSUP is all about sharing amazing experiences on the water with all sorts of amazing people. These paddles are open to everyone, all you need to be is passionate about paddling, people & the ocean! Sessions are priced at £20. Full details are available at www.southwestsup.co.uk


Steel Brew

Coopers Magic Show

Gather 'round for a spectacle like no other during this special pirate weekend! Prepare to be dazzled and amazed as Captain Cooper (our skilled magician) combines the mastery of illusion with the swashbuckling spirit of the high seas.

Set sail for excitement for the whole family, a thrilling adventure for all who dare to partake, presented by Coopers Magic; The Captain of the Steel Brew voyage!

Tickets - £3 per child (2 free adults per child)

Saturday 18th May - Show times 10:00, 12:00 & 13:00

Sunday 19th May - Show times 10:00 & 12:00

The Glitter Boutique

Offering Face Glitter, Hair Glitter and Braiding across Pirates Weekend, prices start from £4 no booking required.

Live Music on Sunday 19th May (Free) taking place from 3pm - 5pm with Black Jake Davey

Wildwood kids

Kids eat for £1 at Wildwood

Visit Wildwood during pirates weekend where kids' eat for £1. This offer is valid across pirates weekend for dine-in customers.

Terms & Conditions:

The offer entitles you to one kids’ meal at £1 per adult's main meal purchased at full price. Available all day on 18/05/24 & 19/05/24, dine-in only. Offer is only valid at Wildwood Plymouth Royal William Yard. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or set menu and it cannot be applied to our classic Margherita or classic spaghetti pomodoro.

Getting here bus feature

Getting here

Getting to Royal William Yard is easy for those wanting to experience Pirates Weekend across the waterfront; brave buccaneers can hop on board Plymouth Boat Trips’ ferry, setting sail from the Barbican to drop anchor in Royal William Yard Marina. Visit Plymouth Boat Trips Website for the latest timetable.

Plymouth Waterfront Partnership are running a Pirates Weekend Bus Shuttle service, in partnership with Plymouth Citybus, which will operate across all Pirate Weekend locations. Operating from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 18th May and 12pm - 4pm on Sunday 19th May .


Pirates Weekend Across the Waterfront

Pirates weekend is brought to you by the businesses of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership. There are lots of other activities taking place. Explore a treasure trove of free activities across the Barbican, Sutton Harbour and West Hoe. Visit the main Pirates Weekend website to find out more.