Aren't pirates the bad guys? - The Original Conwy Pirate Festival 2020

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Aren't pirates the bad guys?

The pirates we know and love today originate from the pages of fabulous books written about the golden age of piracy and tales of adventure told by wonderful authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daniel Defoe and Russell Thorndike. Such stories were inspired by the tales of some of the real Pirates of the Caribbean; dreaded Blackbeard, ill fated Captain Kidd, bold Sir Henry Morgan and the dandy Calico Jack Rackham. The pages of these books have been brought to life over many years in countless colourful films starring the like of Errol Flynn, Robert Newton and Jonny Depp.
The tales of golden treasure lost and won, cannon-fire, sword fights, grinning skulls and desert islands have enchanted our nations' children for hundreds of years.

The aim of the festival is to bring some of the magic to life; to let anybody meet some pirates, hear the cannon. touch a sailing ship, smell the sea and most of all enjoy themselves!
So pack yer tricorn hat, put on yer best pirate gear and come and join in the fun!
(Oh! Yes! ~ Don't forget to say Arrghh occasionally!)
This is a free event; there are no admission charges to see any of the action!

Remember, whilst we like pirates and cannon, doggies gernerally aren't so keen so be please be considerate and try and keep them away from the quay areas when the cannons are being fired!

 If you are coming to town by car there are a number of pay and display public car parks.
The largest is the long stay Morfa Bach car park; if you drive into Conwy over the bridge, turn left just past the castle. There is a short pedestrian underpass into the town from this car park. There are three further smaller short stay car parks; Vicarage Gardens, Market Place and Mount Pleasant. These are either within the walls of the town or adjacent to the walls. These tend to fill up early during events. There is also another long stay car park at Bodlondeb Council offices. This is just outside the town on the Bangor Road, from here it's a short and very pleasant walk to the old quay.
  The railway station is very close to the town centre and there are regular bus services from neighbouring towns to Conwy town centre. There is also a regular "hop on, hop off" tour/shuttle bus to and from the neighbouring resort town of Llandudno.
  The town can get busy at times during events and it is usually a good idea to carry a little extra cash with you as the limited cash machines in the town can be emptied very quickly.
A massive thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers, helpers and everybody else who made the event possible.
Many thanks to our hero, Tom Mason and his Blue Bucaneers for allowing us to us his piratical music.
Visit Tom at to see and hear more of him!
Also a big thank you to for supplying some wonderful animated gifs and inspiring the others
More thanks to the many photographers for letting us pirate their work from Facebook etc. (it is in a good cause!)

Our sponsors include:
The Knight Shop ~ Glipso Woodworking ~ The Blue Bell Tavern

The sponsors listed above are mostly local businesses: please support them during our event; their generous contributions have made this exciting free event possible for everybody!
Once again a huge thank you to all of them!

Conwy Pirate Festival is also on Facebook; click here!

For other events in the beautiful medieval town of Conwy please visit

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