Pirates, Castaways & Codfish

Pirates, Castaways & Codfish

Fun for all the family at Scaplen’s Court, Poole

As part of Poole Maritime Festival, explore Scaplen’s Court and speak to the team behind the Pirates, Castaways and Codfish project to learn more about Poole’s maritime past. Delve into the fascinating stories and extensive research carried out in 2018 as part of an HLF funded project. A chance to ask your questions, take part in craft activities and enjoy some living history performances.

Enjoy some refreshments and family entertainment throughout the day. Build your own pirate ship and discover more about the development of Poole between 1580 and 1730.

Organised by Poole Bay Rotary Club in association with Poole Museum.

Free entry, donations welcome.


Programme for day:



11.15am and 2.30pm

Jane tells stories of her life in Poole in the early 1600s

20 mins approx.- Upstairs in the small playroom


The Scaplen’s Court Players – Original Street Theatre

12noon, 1.15pm and 3.15pm

May 1623; pirate’s warning causes mayhem in Scaplen’s Inn

The play has been written especially for this event. It is set in early 17th Century and is historically  accurate.

30 mins approx. – Downstairs in the kitchen


Build yourself a pirate ship

Craft workshops for parents and children – everything provided

Upstairs in the school room



All day

All about the project in an interesting display. How well do you know Poole?


Sea Shanties

12.30pm and 2.00pm

Wareham Wailers

30 mins approx. – Upstairs in the Main Hall OR in the Garden


Project presentation

11.15am and 2.30pm

Project manager (Don Nutt); Poole’s maritime heritage 1580 -1730

30 mins – Upstairs in Main Hall



All day in Main Hall upstairs

Old Harry rock cakes, Jumbles (C17th biscuits), Honey Cake (C17th recipe); Tea/coffee/fruit juices

All profits from proceeds to Rotary Charities