Theatre Walks

Blood, Blackbeard and Buccaneers

Blood, Blackbeard and Buccaneers - Show of Strength Theatre Walk Bristol

Bristol Pirate Theatre Walk

2023 tours 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 14 March

“Highly recommend this glorious thing, 2 hours, 3 pubs, tall tales, what’s not to like? — Kathryn Davies, Director of Tourism, Visit West

“excellent research… charismatic delivery… comedy… with a little vicarious thrill of terror — Bristol 24/7

Edward Teach – aka Blackbeard – was the world’s most infamous pirate. And until his violent death in battle 300 years ago he was also the most feared. Teach is said to have been born in Bristol but no records survive. Now new research in Jamaica has proved the Teach family’s West Country origins – and the Blackbeard emerging from the shadows couldn’t be more different from your stereotype, rum-soaked TREASURE ISLAND pirate. But still very scary indeed.

Your fully-qualified pirate guide is accompanied by Ted the fact-checking parrot – and the worst pirate jokes you’ll ever hear. Walk in Blackbeard’s footsteps around Bristol docks, find out what we do know about him and pause at a couple of dockside hostelries. By the end of the tour you’ll be able to separate the fact from the fiction and you’ll never be short of a story down the pub again.

NEW FOR 2023 ONE — Stede Bonnet already featured in our tour — we do our research — but now he’s starring in OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH we’re bigging him up with more about his Bristol links.

NEW FOR 2023 TWO — Sea Shanties after the tour — The Llandoger Trow’s hugely popular Sea Shanty Night follows our tour — stay on and join in — it’s free!

  • Cost: Private tours by arrangement only
  • Lasts: approx. 2 – 2 ½ hours. Mainly on the flat with 2 more dockside hostelries along the way.
  • Dates + Times: By arrangement

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BLOOD, BLACKBEARD & BUCCANEERS Show Of Strength Theatre Co performer Gerard Cooke pic Zuleika Henry

Available for private tours, please contact us for details »

Collect the set with our THEATRE WALKS in Bedminster, Clifton, St George, Keynsham and - later this year - Hotwells.

uncanny and macabre, cracking script, consummate performer — Bristol Life Mag

Awards include Best Live Performance (Creative Bath Awards) and Best of Bristol Theatre (Bristol24/7). All tours available for private bookings.