Lancaster Castle certainly has plenty to keep the kids entertained, which last year’s line up of family fun events showed us. To kick start the 2014 events programme, this February half term children (and grown-ups) are being invited to enjoy a treasure trove of Pirate themed activities.
From Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd February, the castle will once again be invaded by teams of pirates showing you how to create a treasure map, how to make your very own pirate mask and even how to live and act like a pirate!
On Wednesday 19th February, history will be brought to life with a kids’ activity tour. Youngsters aged 5-12 (must be accompanied by an adult) will join a costumed guide on an exciting trip around the castle, take part in a mock trial and receive a free gift!
Youngsters can learn how to be a Pirate on Tuesday and Thursday 2-3pm, with Wicked Workshops, who last year taught people how to be an arctic explorer and a medieval knight.
Now they’re back to teach you some swashbuckling tricks like defending your ship against skeletons and giant squids! The workshop is £5 per child and suitable for ages 4-12, (accompanied by an adult). Please call 01524 848525 to book your place in advance to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.
The pirate half term week concludes on Saturday 22nd February with a pirate led treasure hunt around the castle grounds, and the chance to decorate your own pirate treasure chest. Plus, After Dark Entertainment presents ‘The Curse of the Pirates – puzzle quest’. Open to all ages, between 1-5pm, families can solve clues and puzzles on a pirate themed journey, and with the help of the Quest Master, help free the cursed pirate crew! The quest will last between 60 – 90 mins, and is £6 per child, £9 per adult or £26 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Please call 01524 848525 to book your place in advance to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.
Francesca Lewis, Lancaster Castle’s events manager, is looking forward to joining in the pirate fun:
“It’s great for us to be able to offer something different for the kids to do on their holidays. Throughout the week there’s an activity available for everyone, from those who are creative and enjoy crafts, to those who want to let off some steam and help learn how to be a real pirate. We’re looking forward to seeing families enjoying the castle and engaging and educating children with the castle tours.”