If your child is confident in groups, sticks their hand up when asked a question and generally gets stuck in when you take them to things, they’ll love the Pirate Fun Day at the Golden Hinde.
But if they’re like my toddler – not immediately at ease with people they don’t know and often labelled ‘shy’ (don’t get me started on that. I don’t like labels) – you might be surprised to find that they enjoy it too.
That’ll be thanks to the pirates who lead the adventure, ‘Bottom’ and ‘Scratchit’.
Yes, that’s ‘Bottom’ and ‘Scatchit’.
They skilfully adapted their session to the fact that their pirates were at the younger end of the advised age group (it’s 4+ and our group was mainly three and four-year-olds). Activities included an onboard game of Hide and Seek, lifting the anchor while singing ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor?’, putting together a treasure map, searching for treasure and, finally, eating gold coins.
Bottom and Scratchit were also very good at working out which little pirates were comfortable taking part from the off, and who needed a little time to warm up. And, in the course of our adventure, they even managed to slip in a few facts for pirate parents (Did you know a small cannon is called a minion? Let me know if you want the etymology – I know that too. Now and possibly for a short time only before I forget).
If you’ve been following the blog recently, you’ll know Pirate Fun Day was one of the trips I’ve been planning now Spring is here. After our adventure, we took a stroll down the river, ice-cream was consumed and we felt like we were on holiday in our own home town. First mission accomplished.
I’ll let you know if/when the other trips take place and how good they are for toddlers.
In the meantime, here is the info about Pirate Fun Day at the Golden Hinde (as of March 2017).
When? 11am-1pm, Saturdays, check for details here
Where? the Golden Hinde, 1 Pickfords Wharf, Clink St, London SE1 9DG check here for directions
How much? Adults £7, children £5, families £20 (children age three and under go free)
Facilities and access It’s a ship! There are no facilities, but we were fine to take our pushchair on board and leave it near the exit. Be prepared for steep stairs and low ceilings.