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Educational Tours

Teachers may be aware that Michael Gove urged schools to place more emphasis on teaching the West Country's "rich, controversial and thrilling" history.

The Education Secretary said that activities such as walking tours around Bristol's Harbourside provide children the opportunity to engage first-hand with "the physical remains of the story of England", educating them about their local history in a fun and inspiring way and encouraging them to "delve further" into their studies.

Pirate Walks: History through an Eyepatch

Pirate Walks has provided bespoke educational tours for over 800 schools since the year 2000, when we were awarded a Prince's Trust Grant to educate and inform West Country children of their maritime heritage.

Our tours specifically focus on the fascinating history of Bristol's Pirates – tales of Blackbeard, Long John Silver, Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island really capture the imagination of children while offering rich and wide-ranging educational opportunities.

Key features of Pirate Walks include:
  • Tours personally tailored to individual requirements.  Dates/times/topics agreed in line with schools’ needs.  Walks normally take 90 minutes - see our map for locations.
  • All age groups catered for
  • CRB checked guides, public liability insurance and risk assessment forms provided
  • Walks can be combined with other educational activities, such as visits to the award winning
    MShed, ss Great Britain, Bristol Aquarium or even a trip on The Matthew
  • Additional historical elements – such as Bristol’s part in the Slave Trade – can be incorporated into the tour, depending on curricular requirements
  • History quiz for all pupils taking part, with a prize for the winner
  • Lucky dip in Pirate Pete’s Treasure Chest for all attendees
  • Fun photo opportunities - dressing up encouraged!
  • If a tour is not suitable, we can also visit your school to give a live pirate presentation. 

Pirate Pete meets Sir Terry!

Sir Terry Wogan spends time with our very own Pirate Pete to find out what the Pirates ate and learn about their ancient system of cultivation. Click below on the image to view

Sir Terry Wogen and Pirate Pete with his crew

Pirate Pete caters for all ages and events

This was a little bit of fun with a bunch of corporate smugglers..I mean managers!!

Discover Long John Silver’s treasure chest in the smugglers cave. Visit Treasure Island’s Spy Glass Inn where the press gangs roamed. Find Blackbeards Lair in the medieval port.

Few people know just how much of a history Bristol has with Pirates and Petes entertaining and informative walk takes you around some of the piracy hotspots. From John Cabots statue to Blackbeards home, the Smugglers Cave to the Matthew Shipyard, Pete the Pirate provides a fun look at Pirates and their adventures in Bristol.

Sure to make you laugh and cry, learn and yet have fun, Pete’s walk around Bristol is a treat for any scallywag! Challenge Pete to not provide a great afternoon, but remember - if you lose you’ll be taking 10 paces on the plank! Arrr!

Use the menu to find out about the walk, pirate history and much more

NEW Limited Edition Book -
Swashbuckling Tales of West Country Pirates.  Packed with fascinating stories and hand drawn illustrations by Bristol's Pete the Pirate.

Swashbuckling Tales Book

Listen to Pirate Pete's Radio Interview by the BBC

A fantastic journey into Pirate Pete's history, why he got involved in writing his famous books and why Bristol, the Slave Trade and Pirates are so important to him. Also get a preview of what his new book Westcountry Slavers is all about.

Westcountry Slavers Book

Order this Westcountry Slavers by contacting us now

Find out about prices for the pirate walk Details of the Pirate walk around Bristol Find out about pirate history Contact Pirate Pete Book Pre-orders


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 We can provide Entertainment for your event

A beavers party

Shiver me timbers! What do we ‘av here? A lovely bunch of Beavers enjoying a mutiny upon the harbour side in Bristol. Arrr!

A 50th Birthday party

Shiver me timbers! What do we ‘av here? A 50th Birthday party with Scally Wags present from all around the world. Arrr!

Play Pirate Petes Treasure Hunt

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