The 12th July sees the hugely popular Pirate Picnic Day Out return to Castle Ward in Northern Ireland. Out in the beautiful, (hopefully) sunny countryside, the National Trust property puts on a swashbuckling family day each 12th July for those wanting to get out of the towns and cities.
It costs the normal admission price, no extra and there is a wealth of activities. It starts at 1pm but I would advice getting there early as its a very popular day. A early start gives you time to stroll down to the lakeside and petting farm, and to see if you can spot which parts of the estate were used in Game of Thrones filming.
Then dander back up, spread your picnic rug and take part in the fun. Don't forget it's a fancy dress day! You too, Dad!
"Disembark if you dare in the Castle Ward Pirate Cellars for an expedition with Buccaneer Scurvy Dog or set off to the face painting port to join the treasure hunt for some pirate booty. Scour the land for hidden clues and have your spyglass handy to keep those pesky pirates at bay. Make your own Jolly Roger and swab the decks with Skinny Jim to make sure your vessel is shipshape, we have treasure for the last pirate standing. Or head down to the barn for a treasure trove of exciting crafts and activities.
Normal admission, free for National Trust members."
if you have time, and your children are a little over toddler age with an interest in history, the Castle Ward tour is also a great event. I always enjoy seeing the boxing taxidermy squirrels.
Perhaps I will see you there? Come say hello.