August Bank Holiday at Hartlebury Castle will be a treasure trove of activity as the Castle holds its Swashbuckling Pirate Fun Day on Monday 30 August.

Join Captain Sharkbreath and his First Mate Ruby Cutlass to learn how to talk like a pirate, find out all about cannon drills and hear pirate tales in the Swashbuckle Sessions taking place at 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1:30pm and 2.30 pm.

Visitors are invited to put on their best pirate costume – with a prize for the best dressed pirates. Pirate Day runs from 11am – 4pm and throughout the day families can also follow the pirate trail around the museum and take part in crafts including making mini pirate boats to set sail on the seven seas (no extra charge for craft activities).

Pirates are welcome to explore the whole of the museum, Castle and grounds with plenty of space to run off steam, a tasty café and an undercover picnic area perfect for lunch whatever the weather.

There’s lots of news things for visitors to discover at Hartlebury Castle this year; enjoy getting back to nature with a brand new animal trail around the Castle grounds; travel back in time in Lavish Living; an exhibition about the 1950s, and hear captivating tales about people who lived at the Castle in a new audio guide.

Events Officer Pippa Ashmore says: “Hartlebury Castle is the perfect place to spend Bank Holiday Monday. Set in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside there’s plenty of place to explore both inside and out and Swashbuckling Pirate Day is sure to be lots of fun for everyone.”

For information about the event and what’s coming up please visit

Hartlebury Castle is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm. For visitor information and admission prices visit:



For further information contact: Pippa Ashmore at the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle, email

About Hartlebury Castle
Hartlebury Castle was home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1,000 years. Set in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside the Castle is owned by Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and is a much-loved visitor attraction, wining the Visit England ‘Hidden Gem’ award for two years running. It is also home to the Worcestershire County Museum, and includes state rooms, themed galleries, historic grounds and wonderful collections of costume, toys and a national collection of gypsy caravans.

About Museums Worcestershire
Museums Worcestershire is the joint museum service of Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils. It comprises three fantastic venues– Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, the Commandery in Worcester and The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle.

The collections and exhibitions at our sites are many and varied, covering centuries of the county’s history right up to the present day. Thousands of objects, including the historic buildings themselves, are brought to life through innovative exhibitions and events throughout the year.