COMING UP: AHOY! Liverpool Pirate Festival Sails Into Albert Dock


The annual Liverpool Pirate Festival is returning to Albert Dock on July 20 and 21, when the boom of cannons and the clash of swords will yet again reverberate around the world famous tourist destination. The Dock will be transformed back to a time when the high seas were a treacherous, dangerous place. Expect dramatic, live-action battles under sail between the pirates and the privateers – using REAL cannons and gunpowder.

The Liverpool Pirate Festival comes to the Albert Dock thanks to the creative and pioneering talents of the ZEBU Pirate Brethren, whose reputation of bringing sword fights and sea battles to the modern masses is second to none. The weekend extravaganza will also include cannon and musket displays, authentic 18th century encampments giving visitors a fascinating insight into how people lived and survived in these times, and real birds of prey, all interwoven with lively folklore and authentic sea shanties. Visitors are also urged to come dressed up in their finest pirate gear, whatever their age!

Step aboard pirate vessels, meet the notorious buccaneers from history and be a spectator to sensational sword duels that will amaze and astound. Visitors can catch the live battles from 2.30-3.30pm both days. Other wonders will include a pirates parade for the little ones who can meet the most famous pirate of all, Captain Jack Sparrow, while the Dock’s many restaurants and shops promise to get into the plundering pirate spirit.

Jeremy Roberts, chair of Albert Dock Tenants Business Association, said: “The Liverpool Pirate Festival has become a firm favourite with visitors to the Albert Dock, from children to pensioners. The live battles are spectacular and are among the many highlights of this fun-filled weekend. It’s an event for the whole family to enjoy.”

Merseyside Maritime Museum will also be continuing the pirate antics well into the summer, with its very own Mersey Pirate Muster on August 3 and 4, complete with pirate music, pirate mask making workshops, and a chance to meet Captain Pugh the giant pirate parrot as you track down the Mersey Monster in a trail around the museum.

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