Pirates are headed for Bantry.

DON’T be surprised if you bump into Captain Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard or Captain Hook in Bantry this Saturday (July 28th) as the town is braced for a pirate invasion thanks to the Bantry Atlantic Challenge Pirate Day.

Pirates of all ages are expected

A Pirate Flotilla will assemble at Abbey Point from 11am with all types of craft flying the Jolly Roger before they visit themselves on the town.

Crew, all dressed in pirate gear, will make their plan of attack, before sailing into the harbour, under the command of Captain Bantry, aka Whitebeard Seanie O’Leary.

The treacherous fleet will depart Abbey Point at 12 noon sharp and head for Bantry Town to be met by a water arc as they enter the Harbour View area.

The flotilla may be in for a surprise, so the landlubbers say, as local children put up a fight to defend their town against invasion. Pirates Beware!

By 1pm, (despite the children’s best efforts!) there’ll be real-life Pirates on Wolfe Tone Square, swashbuckling and terrorising the natives with balloons, juggling, and whatnot.

If you’re fit to handle a bit of pirate mayhem, Bantry’s the only place to be this weekend.

Learn to be a Pirate

For anyone new to the pirating lark, there are plenty of chances to learn the ropes with sword fighting displays taking place on the town side of the square.

An Eye for Treasure

If it’s riches you’re after, there’ll be gold panning in the boules area at the bottom of the square (€1), where gold nuggets can be traded for pirate treats.

Counting our Pirate Haul

To help us break an Irish record, we’ll be counting the pirates larking around the town on Pirate Day.

Make sure you visit the Pirate Stand where every pirate attending will have their name added to the dishonourable roll of Atlantic Challenge Bantry Pirates.

To qualify, you’ll need to be dressed as a pirate with a hat, bandana or eye patch, and pirate vest/jacket/ shirt (DIY outfits count).

Each official pirate will receive a “Bantry Pirate Brand” to show they have been counted.

Judging will take place on Wolfe Tone Square plaza between 2om and 3pm, and the roving judges will be keeping an eye out for the most swashbuckling and dashing pirates that happen past during that time.

No pirate likes to be under the eyes of the law like that, but there’s booty to be had, and the finest pirates will be delighted with their haul.

There’ll be a magician, face painters, balloon artists, a chocolate fountain, a snow globe, and water-zorbing, as well as free live music with contemporary Irish Folk band Shavers Only.

The music will go on into the night, for every pirate that loves revelry and carousing, so make sure you’re there!

Don’t miss out on Pirate Day! Bantry’s the only place to put down anchor on July 28th.