Lots to look forward to at this year’s Pirates on the Dock

Pirates on the Dock, the festival that has become a favourite with families from across the region, is set to return to the Albert Dock from September 16-17 and organisers say there’s plenty in store for 2017.

The famous Phoenix – the tall ship that has had appearances in hit shows Poldark and Doctor Who – will return for the show-stopping, ear-popping, live pirate battle at the centre of Albert Dock.

A record 6.3m people flocked to Albert Dock in 2016

A host of professional actors and stuntmen and women will once again help bring the sea faring adventure to life this year’s attendees.

There are some new attractions for this years buccaneering bonanza, including the Strong Lady – who can lift a grown man over her head like a feather.

In another first for 2017, this year’s festival will include an interactive children’s show presented by comedian and TV star, Steve Royle, who has his own weekly radio show on BBC Radio Lancashire.

Topsail Schooner, Vilma, will be making a return to Albert Dock and taking part in the live pirate battle.

And organisers are inviting children and families to come dressed as their favourite pirate or mermaid and join the popular Pirates and Mermaid Parade, which will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said:

“Just when you thought Pirates on the Dock couldn’t get any better – we only go and throw in a Strong Lady, acro-juggling pirates, and Steve Royle into the mix – all fantastic new additions to this year’s swashbuckling spectacular.

“We are also thrilled to welcome back the stunning tall ship Phoenix, after proving to be such a huge attraction at last year’s event. Seeing her in under sail and in combat at the centre of the Dock is a moment you do not want to miss!

“Pirates and mermaids of all ages are guaranteed a hearty welcome and a Jolly Roger of a day out at the stunning Albert Dock. It’s all hands on deck!”

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