Yo ho ho! A pirate’s life for Muddy Stilettos
I’ve been a fan of pirates since that nice Mr Depp first donned guyliner and a monkey so jumped at the chance to try Pirate’s Quest (featured in the Muddy what’s on half term guide) this week.
Pirates Quest is an immersive walk-through experience combining really talented actors, special effects, detailed 360⁰ sets and plenty of jump scares in an authentic, atmospheric adventure. A brand new storyline for 2016 transported us back over 300 years to the golden years of privateering.
The story goes: A notorious band of buccaneers known as ‘The Flying Gang’ have been sent by their illustrious leader, Captain Blackbeard, in hopes of finding new recruits to join The Republic of Pirates.
Perfect for a rainy day (and lets face it, it does rain alot here!) the 45 minute experience allows you and your crewmates to feel, hear, smell and see Cornwall’s intriguing legends and exciting history, from King Arthur and Merlin to Smugglers and a great bleedin Giant.
The pirate actors were totally passionate and convincing and hilarious. They put so much into their roles that it was easy to get swept up in the moment – it was obvious they loved telling the stories and piratey histories of Cornwall.
Small group sizes meant ample time for each child (or adult *flutters eyelashes*) to get involved or interact with the guides.
The great thing about Pirates Quest is that it is totally tailored to your group – My seven year old mudlet loved the ‘scary’ route via Davy Jones Locker (which was edgy rather than frightening – though I screamed!). For the fearless, they ramp up the drama and the jump scares which was quite exhilarating; for the more timid – there’s plenty of warning and the darker bits toned down with comedy – Calico Jack soon had the more cautious kids laughing along. There’s even an alternative route if they prefer to miss it out completely.
A quiz to do along the way (little ones can look for letter clues, older kids and adults challenged more with finding facts) kept us engaged (as if we needed it) with some lovely chocolatey treasure at the end. The little gift shop is well stocked with lovely pirate booty at pocket money prices.
There is ample parking opposite, lots of space this time of year – but a word of warning – in high season parking can be a nightmare in Newquay – as with most of our coast, it gets really popular. Allow extra time and park in the second car park if you can’t get a space opposite, or take the train – the station is just a short walk away.
Check out the website before you go and book in advance for all sorts of special offers and discounts.
Muddy verdict – definitely worth your pieces of eight!
Pirates Quest, St Michael’s Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA