Pirate Workshops for Primary Schools

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DSC_3675Are you planning a Pirate Day or looking to bring in a fully costumed pirate to give a talk or provide entertainment that will engage and excite all your children?

Looking to support classroom learning with a pirate-flavoured workshop?

Then hire Pirate Attack to guarantee swasbbuckling games and activities with a generous dose of learning thrown in. Ooh arrr, shiver me timbers!

Pirate Workshops for Schools

Based in south Bristol, Pirate Attack delivers pirate-themed talks and entertainment to infant, primary and pre-prep school children, aged between 4 and 7 years. We travel to most parts of southern and central England and Wales.

You can choose from hiring a pirate for a single talk or to help deliver a range of talks and activities across a full or half day. The emphasis is on encouraging access and engagement for every boy and girl.

Here is what we offer:

  • blacbeard-engravingCostumed Pirate
  • Interactive Presentation on the history and evidence for Pirates
  • Pirate name for every child
  • Pirate flags and bunting
  • Indoor games including skittles and quoits
  • Walk the plank
  • Storytelling
  • Treasure hunt

Here’s what teachers have said about Pirate Attack:Kids-in-pirate-cutout (2)

Thank you so much for the workshop yesterday. The children absolutely loved it and lots said it was the best day they have ever had in school! I would definitely recommend you to all schools!
Gareth McGovern, Year 2 teacher, Meath Green Infant School, Horley, Surrey

I was really impressed with the level of organisation leading up to the workshop. The children and staff absolutely loved everything about the day and were so excited when they saw a real pirate in school!
Rachel Burnside, Assistant Headteacher, Joseph Cash Primary School, Coventry

The kids had a fantastic time and loved every part of it. I searched for a pirate experience for my school and after struggling to find anything I found Pirate Attack. They were fantastic in helping to organise the experience with prompt replies and ideas. For the experience the session was set up brilliantly with everything we could possibly need to enjoy and learn throughout the afternoon. The children loved all of the activities that were on offer, all of which were quick, well paced, well structured and well explained. A great experience which I would recommend to others.
Jess Higgins, Reception class teacher, Brockworth Primary Academy, Gloucester.

indoor skittlesDear Captain Rocky Cliff, the staff and children at St Annes Infants School wanted to say thank you for making our Pirate Day a huge success, the children have not stopped talking about it, especially the walking the plank and pillory. The staff and children enjoyed the day enormously, a big success! Our headteacher, Mary-Jane, came to find me at the end of the day and commented on the high level of enagagment and lovely range of activities that you (and school) provided, we were all really pleased with your knowledge, delivery and resources.

The mixture of a factual yet engaging morning leading into pirate games and more adventurous activities gave them a real feel for what life would have been like as a pirate. We will certainly be contacting you next year with a new group of pirates to work with!  Mrs Watts, Year 2 Teacher, St Annes Infants School, Bristol.

pilloryWe booked the Pirate Attack experience for our key stage 1 children as a reward event. They had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed every part of their afternoon. There were some very tired but very happy faces by the end. From a school perspective Feisal is professional, organised and comes highly recommended. 
Heather Beach, Assistant Headteacher, Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children Centre, Bristol

Thank YOU for a fabulous day! We all so enjoyed it and we have had nothing but positive feedback from the children and parents.
Melanie Owen, Year One teacher, Foremarke Hall, Repton Preparatory School, Derbyshire

We would like to say a big thank you for our amazing Pirate Day. We learnt lots from your talk about Pirates and are now able to imagine what life was like back then. We did not know that there are still pirates today!!

The Grange SchoolIt was great fun playing the pirate games and walking the plank., Our teachers have out a picture of us all in the photo board and our mums and dads loved them. It was so funny when you put Miss Saunders in the stocks. It made us laugh a lot.
The treasure hunt was our favourite part. It was so much fun using the clues to find the treasure. It made us think hard about the animals we would find at the beach. We were so enthused by our day we went home and talked about it a lot. We even made pictures, and treasure maps to bring into school the next day.

Thank you for one of our best days in Key Stage One. We hope you enjoyed your time at the Grange.

Love from

All of the children in Key Stage 1,

Thank you for a fully inspirational day for our staff and children. They were totally engaged from start to finish, applied a range of skills and learnt a bank of knowledge. The day was the perfect wow to our new topic, and is certainly a hard act to follow! We have had nothing but positive feedback from our parents, with some asking how they can book you! Thanks again for an amazing day. I am sure we will see you again in the future.
Jude, Rebecca and the KS1 team, The Grange Primary School, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Thank you so much for yesterday. I can’t begin to explain how impressed we were with the day. Captain Rocky Cliff had both the children and staff totally enthralled and the attention to detail, such as the pirate names and treasure hunt, were wonderful. There was the perfect balance between learning and fun and the whole school was buzzing with excitement that a real pirate had come to visit. We all had a fantastic day and hopefully we’ll see you again next year.
Abi and the Year 2 team at Stanley Road Primary School, Worcester

Thank you once again for all your help on Friday. From our perspective the day was a great success.
Julia Nichols, Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire

Captain Rocky Cliff delivered thoroughly engaging, funny and lively sessions to our Year 2 classes and it perfectly rounded off our topic on pirates. The children haven’t stopped talking about it and write some great recounts about the experience. Thank you Cap’n, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend ye!
Barney Gruffydd, Year 2 teacher, Samuel White’s Infant School, Hanham, Bristol

The Reception and Year 1 children at Abbeywoods had a fantastic day! They especially loved the walk the plank. They were all completely engaged and are still talking about their time as pirates. It was a great “wow” moment for our ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Pirates’ topics. We cannot thank you enough and the adults and children all hope to see Captain Rocky Cliff again soon!
Charley Middleton, Reception Teacher, Abbeywoods Academy, Oxfordshire

I am just emailing to say thank you so much for yesterday! We all had a fantastic day and the children absolutely loved building their understanding of Pirates and the brilliant activities which you had planned for the day. They were all delighted with their treasure! I know that the experience will certainly help to support their learning for the rest of our Land Ahoy topic! We hope to see you next year!
Katy Whitcombe,  Year 2 Class Teacher, Robin Hood Academy, Birmingham

Sorry it’s taken so long (report-writing month, always a busy time!) but I just wanted to write and thank you for the Pirate workshop. The children loved it, and it was a brilliant start to our topic. We will certainly be booking you again next time this topic comes around. Many thanks,
Lisa Vincent, Year 1/2 teacher, Llangattock Primary School, South Wales

Just to thank you for a really great day both the staff and children had a wonderful time from start to finish.  I hope you got home safely. We look forward to seeing you again next year.Very best wishes.
Lynn Forbes, Year 2 teacher and staff, Grestone Academy, Birmingham

Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say a massive thank you for your fun-filled day last Wednesday. The children learnt lots, were having such fun and we have had some great comments about Captain Rocky Cliff since! We would LOVE to book you again for next year.
Lucy Hutchings, Reception teacher, Twyford School, Hampshire

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing time you gave our key stage 1 children. It was a great way to kick off our topic and they all really enjoyed themselves. They are still enjoying playing ‘walk the plank’ at playtime. The session was fun, informative and kept all children interested which is no easy feat. Thanks again I will definitely be in touch to book again.
Sarah Harvey, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Bristol.

Recently we have had Captain Rocky Cliff visit our school for all of KS1 and Reception. It was a fun filled day with an interesting talk at the start which engaged the children and really helped enhance the rest of the week’s learning. Also, we had a variety of games in which the children enjoyed taking part. The best part for the children was going through Blackbeard’s ‘suitcase’!!! They have remembered lots of new facts.
Ella Davies, Year 1 teacher, Newlands Primary School, Yately, Hampshire

I just wanted to email to say thank you so much for your workshops yesterday – the children all thoroughly enjoyed it and were still talking about it today!
Lauren Dunning, Class teacher, Grange Primary School, Gloucester

I just wanted to thank you so much for the fantastic pirate workshop yesterday. The children had an amazing time! There were so many nice activities for the children to enjoy. Much appreciated.
Hannah Card, Year 2 teacher, Oak Hill First School, Redditch, Worcestershire

Just wanted to say thank you for today. The children thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the adults. It was truly a memorable experience for them and will give us lots to write about next week! Thanks again and best wishes for the future.
Dawn Roberts, Foundation teacher, Overmonnow Primary School, Monmouth

Feisal ran the most fantastic ‘Pirate Day’ workshop for our year 2s today. All 60 of them were fascinated by the beginning presentation, educating them further on famous pirates and the origins of the name. We then enjoyed skittles, quiots, walking the plank as well as the photo board and treasure hunt. Feisal has a great way with the children, he was interactive and engaging and had he children’s attention throughout. Some of the children reported it was their ‘best day at school, ever’!
Hannah Sullivan, Year 2 teacher, Emsworth Primary School, Hampshire

I just wanted to send a quick message to say thank you once again for Friday! The children had a fantastic morning and were really enthusiastic in all they had to say about your visit! They made me promise to send you a message to say “Thank you very much for our treasure!” Many thanks for all you did! We run this topic every two years so we may well be seeing you again in the future! Thank you again.
Clair Akhurst, Year 1 teacher, Meadowside Primary School, Quedgeley, Gloucester

Ernesford Grange Primary School would really recommend booking Feisal or any ‘pirate themed’ day.  He was highly informative, energetic, witty and both the children and staff enjoyed it immensely. The day was organised well, with a variety of activities which maximised learning and a great deal of engaging resources. Communication in advance was also prompt.  We will definitely be booking again!
Alice Scannell, Year 2 teacher, Ernesford Grange Primary School, Coventry

I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you! The children have really loved the workshop today and they have gone home this afternoon bursting to tell their parents about their day so thank you for bringing pirates alive for them.  Hope to see you next year!
Emily Canavan, Year 2 teacher, Birches Green Infant School, Birmingham

Hi Captain! Thanks again for a super day. We have had some lovely messages from our parents so the children have gone away happy! We really hope to see you again in the future!
Emma Woolliscroft, Assistant Head Teacher, Priory CE Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent

We just wanted to say what a brilliant time we all had in year 1 today. The activities, games and treasure hunt were all very exciting and the children loved learning so much more about Pirates in the process.  I think they were worn out at the end, the sign of a successful day! I hope you had a safe journey home and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.
Sheila Helsby, Year 1 teacher, The Marist Catholic Primary School, West Byfleet, Surrey

Thank you so much! The children had an amazing time as did the adults too.  I just want to let you know how impressed the staff were with your manner with the children.  One of our lovely little girls can need a little time to organise her words and they noticed your patience and kindness, giving her all the time she needed to get her voice heard.  Thank you, we will definitely contact you again next year for another Captain Rocky Cliff visit! Best wishes

Michelle Stack, SENDCo & KS1 manager, Astwood Bank Primary School, Worcestershire

See comments and pictures from schools about our pirate workshops:

School Twitter, Llangattock Primary School, Powys, Wales, 4 July 2022

School Twitter, Archdeacon Griffiths Primary School, Brecon, Wales, 23 June, 2022

School Instagram, Twyford School, Nr Winchester, Hampshire, 9 June, 2022

School Website & School Twitter,  Lambrook School, Berkshire, 27 May, 2022

School Newsletter, Astwood Bank Primary School, Redditch, Worcestershire, 25 May, 2022

School Twitter, Trelai Primary School, Cardiff, 23 May 2022

School Twitter, The Marist Catholic Primary School, West Byfleet, Surrey, 5 May 2022

School website, Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol, 24 March, 2022

School Twitter, Penygawsi Primary School, Lllantrisant, South Wales, 18 March, 2022

School website, Oak Hill First School, Redditch, Worcestershire, 10 March, 2022

School Newsletter, Orchard Fields Community School, Banbury, 1 March, 2022

School Twitter, Birches Green Infant School, Birmingham, 14 February, 2022

School Newsletter, Fleet Infant School, Hampshire, 10 January, 2022

School Newsletter, Durley Primary School, Hampshire, 5 January, 2022

School Twitter, School Facebook, Hornby House School, London, 4 November, 2021

School Newsletter, Cam Hopton Primary School, Dursley, Glos, 2 November, 2021

School Website, Woodlands Academy, Bristol, 17 September, 2021

School Website, Littlehaven Infant School, Horsham, West Sussex, 14 July, 2021

School Facebook, Blackheath Primary School, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, 24 June, 2021

School Facebook, Twyford School, Hampshire, 16 June, 2021

School Twitter, Hempstead Infant School, Gillingham, Kent, 16 March, 2020

School website, Oak Hill First School, Redditch, 13 March, 2020

School newsletter, Orchard Fields, Banbury, Oxfordshire 11 March, 2020

School newsletter, Shears Green Infant School, Gravesend, Kent 6 March, 2020

School website. Manea Primary School, Cambridgeshire, 2 March 2020

School Blog, Penygawsi Primary School, Llantrisant, South Wales, 29 January, 2020

School Instagram, Berkhamstead School, Cheltenham, 20 January, 2020

School Newsletter, Alderwood Infant School, Aldershot, 13 January, 2020

School Facebook, Meadowside Primary School, Gloucester, 6 December, 2019

School Twitter, Hallam Fields Primary School, Leicester, 28 November, 2019

School website, Ernesford Grange Primary School, Coventry, 4 November, 2019

School Twitter, Raunds Park Infant School, Northants, 11 September, 2019

School Facebook, Foremarke Hall Repton Preparatory School, Derbyshire, 4 September, 2019

School Twitter, Adderley Primary School, Birmingham, 27 June, 2019

School newsletter, Norton Canes Primary School, 5 June, 2019

School Twitter, 2, 3, Overmonnow Primary School, Monmouth, 16 May, 2019

School website, Bolney Primary School, West Sussex, 24 April, 2019

School Twitter, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Hilltop Primary Academy, Strood, Kent, 20 March, 2019

Newsletter, Oak Hill First School, Redditch, Worcestershire, 6 March, 2019

School Twitter, Marlborough Primary School, Cardiff, 4 March, 2019

School newsletter, Park Mead Primary School, Cranleigh, Surrey, 4 February, 2019

School website, Fleet Primary School, Surrey, 8 January, 2019

School website, GEMS Didcot Primary Academy, Oxfordshire, 5 December, 2018

Newsletter, Lionel Primary School, Brentford, Middlesex, 30 November, 2018

School website, Bayton Primary School, Worcestershire, 16 October, 2018

Newsletter, Christ Church Infant School, Downend, Bristol, 10 September, 2018

Newsletter, Fair Oak Infant School, Eastleigh, Hampshire, 7 September, 2018

Twitter, Foremarke Hall, Repton, Derbyshire, 5 September, 2018

Twitter, St Peter’s CofE Primary School, Bristol, 8 June 2018

Newsletter, King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School, Peterborough, 5 June, 2018

For pictures from The Topsham School, Exeter, see their newsletter dated 17 May, 2018

For pictures from Ladysmith Infant School, Exeter, see their Twitter page dated 22 April, 2018

For pictures from Clifton High School, Bristol, see their Facebook page dated 20 March, 2018

For pictures from Marlborough Primary School, Cardiff see their Twitter page dated 5 March, 2018

For pictures from Raunds Park Infant School, Wellingborough, see their class Twitter page dated 21 February, 2018

For pictures from Repton Preparatory School, Derbyshire, click on the school website here. For Robin Hood Academy, Birmingham click here. For Shears Green Primary School, Kent click here. For Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol click here.

These workshops are designed for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. For further information on learning objectives and links to the curriculum click here:

We are CRB/DBS screened and carry relevant public liability insurance. We also provide risk assessments and have available proof of full Covid 19 vaccination status.

If you would like to hire Pirate Attack please send your enquiry to or telephone 0117 939 4311.

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