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Pirates, Castaways & Codfish

Join us on Saturday and Sunday 14 & 15 August at

Scaplen's Court between 11am and 4pm *

for the Festival Coast Live, Family Fun Days.

  • Children will be able to build and decorate their own pirate boat.  (Rotarians will be on hand to help make the boats.)  

  • There'll be stories about the conditions and hardships of life in the 17th century.  Growing up in old Poole was very different from today.  The population was only about 1500 people, the town surrounded by heathland and open fields.  It was virtually an island.

  • The Exmouth Shanty Men (Saturday) and Roaring Trowmen  (Sunday) will be conjuring up reminiscences of life at sea with a chorus of sea shanties.

  • The Scaplen’s Court Players will premiere a specially commissioned play - "Elizabeth Hyde - Poole's glorious revolutionary, 1688".  It tells the tale of Poole's very own female spy!


Plus - guided tours of Poole Old Town.  These 40 minute walks depart at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm and are led by members of Poole Conservation Society.  Discover how Poole developed and the many landmarks which still exist today that shed light on the lives and fortunes of our ancestors.

* Based on the current layout and access arrangements at Scaplen's Court, Poole Museum has set a limit on the number of people in the building at any one time.  So, we have divided the day into three sessions.  All the activities will take place within each of the sessions, plus you can book separately for the Old Town tours. 

Please note there is currently no wheelchair access to the first floor of Scaplen's Court where some of the activities take place.  Visitors are asked to wear masks inside and observe social distancing etc.

Pre-booking is completely free and highly recommended

It can be done via EventBrite by clicking on the links below.

(You are asked to arrive within 10 minutes of the start your session to guarantee your booking)


Entry is free, although donations would be greatly appreciated.

Book your Pirates, Castaways & Codfish session here.

Simply click on the links below

NB  Pre-booking closes at 6pm on the day before

    Saturday:  morning        (11.00am-12.30pm)

                       lunchtime     (12.45pm - 2.15pm)

                       afternoon     (2.30pm - 4.00pm)

    Sunday:     morning        (11.00am-12.30pm)

                       lunchtime     (12.45pm - 2.15pm)

                       afternoon     (2.30pm - 4.00pm)

Book your Poole Old Town Tour here:

    Saturday:  11.30am



    Sunday:     11.30am



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Pirates, Castaways & Codfish is an exciting project undertaken by Poole Bay Rotary Club in 2017/18.  It researched and told the story of the maritime history of Poole between 1580 and 1730.  This period covered the lives of three key characters: Admiral Sir Thomas Button, Captain John Bennett and Governor Woodes Rogers.  During the day at Scaplen's Court, project leader, Don Nutt will be sharing some of the key findings from the project.

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