Hoist the pirate flag aloft! Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust announces partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Books 

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust 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.

Aimed at 4 to 7 year olds Pirate Stew tells the tale of Long John and his crew pirates, two intrepid children, flying ships, donut feasts and some rather magical stew.

Launching on Saturday, October 2 and running until to Sunday, October 31, families can join Long John McRon, Ship’s Cook, on a new discovery trail around The Historic Dockyard Chatham, to locate his missing pirate crew and their unusual stew ingredients.

 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!

With the help of a special recipe booklet and treasure map, search for the motley pirate crew hidden around the 400-year-old site and amongst the historic collections, complete the Pirate Stew ingredients list and receive a special prize on completion of the search.

Lynnette Crisp, Director of Communication and Public Engagement, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, said: “We are hugely excited to working with Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Pirate Stew for the first time this October. Tales of pirates and maritime adventures flow throughout history so The Historic Dockyard Chatham provides the perfect backdrop to bring Neil Gaiman and Chris Ridell’s wonderful book to life.  We’ve had a lot of fun linking Long John’s stew ingredients to parts of our collections and can’t wait to see children searching for them across our historic site during the October school holidays.”

Beatrice Cross, Head of Publicity at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, added: “We can’t wait to see Neil and Chris’ marvellously silly and gloriously entertaining story come to life at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the perfect day out for anyone of any age who likes pirates, cooking, swashbuckling and/or doughnuts! Your half-term trip to the Dockyard has all of the ingredients to be a riotous adventure beneath a pirate moon!”

 Participation in the Pirate Stew Discovery Trail is free as part of an entry ticket to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Pirate Stew resources are limited and it is recommended that families book early to avoid disappointment.

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