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Pirate Stew Discovery Trail

9 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

Hoist the pirate flag aloft!

Prepare to be hooked this October!

We AARRRR pleased to announce a partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Books to celebrate the paperback publication of the bestselling piratical adventure Pirate Stew, written by award-winning storyteller Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell.

Pirate Stew tells the tale of Long John and his crew pirates, two intrepid children, flying ships, donut feasts and some rather magical stew.

Pirate Stew! Pirate Stew!
Pirate Stew for me and you!
Pirate Stew, Pirate Stew
Eat it and you won’t be blue
You can be a pirate too!

Come and join Long John McRon, Ship’s Cook, on a new discovery trail around The Historic Dockyard Chatham this October. Can you find his missing pirate crew?

Pick up your special recipe booklet and treasure map on arrival, search for the motley pirate crew hidden around our 400-year-old site and complete the Pirate Stew ingredients list.

If you can unscramble the anagram and work out what’s for dinner, you’ll receive a special prize.

Pirate Stew Storytelling

Join our Dockyard pirate onboard HMS Gannet and hear the irresistible, swashbuckling Pirate Stew rhyme come to life.

Storytelling will take place a regular intervals throughout the day on:

  • Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October
  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October
  • Daily from Saturday 23 October until Sunday 31 October

Storytelling sessions are free to access and can be booked on arrival at the Historic Dockyard.

Book tickets

Taking part in the Pirate Stew Discovery Trail is FREE as part of an entry ticket to The Historic Dockyard.

Pirate Stew resources are limited and it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Take a few moments to read our KNOW BEFORE YOU GO page for the latest information.

Win a signed copy of Pirate Stew


Our friends at Bloomsbury Children’s Book have given us 2 very special copies of Pirate Stew signed by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell to give away.

Continue the fun at home

How quickly can you piece the picture of the crew back together in the Pirate Puzzle?

Can you match all the pirates before you run out of chances in Pirate Pairs?

Collect as many donuts as you can in Donut Dash.

Click below to play these fun digital Pirate Stew games from home.

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