Pirates of Brixham

4th February, 2009
Ahoy me hearties - world record attempt for the most pirates lurking in one spot, and trying to beat the Texan gathering the day before...

Swashbuckling antics will be the order of the day on Sunday May 3rd 2009 when Devon’s Brixham Buccaneers attempt to beat the world record for the “Most pirates in one gathering” currently held by  Heider-Park in Germany. 

The current record is for 1,140 pirates and the Buccaneers want more than 1,500 pirates to turn up on the day. The pirate gathering will take place around the Harbour in Brixham.

To qualify, each pirate must be dressed in full pirate gear, which has to include a pirate hat (or bandana/kerchief), appropriate pirate trousers, shirt/waistcoat or dress, eye patch and a sword.

Nigel James, aka ‘Captain Blood and Guts’, said: “It will be great to see all the pirates around the harbour to take the world record. This will be the best fun weekend in Brixham this year and we are all looking forward to lots of pirate skulduggery. So be part of it - be a record breaking pirate!”

The record attempt is part of a 4-day pirate festival beginning on Friday May 1st until Monday May 4th. There will be a folk and sea shanty competition and historical 16th - 18th century re-enactments on the harbour side. There will also be other shiver me timber tricks on pirate fun days with the Brixham Buccaneers on Saturday 2nd May and Bank Holiday Monday 4th May. 

Would be pirates can parlay with Devon’s own Captain Jack Sparrow who will be on hand to encourage plenty of pillaging and pilfering antics.

Put a pirate in the stocks and soak the bilge rat or enjoy a piratical puppet show or two. For the more creative pirates there will be an Arts and Crafts workshop to make a parrot or a Jolly Roger pirate flag. For those who like a sing-along or jig, music will be provided by the resident band, Doubloon. 

Children 14 and under must obtain permission from their parents or guardian to enter. (Forms are available from the buccanneer’s website)

To be a part of this world record attempt or would like further information about the festival, please visit or telephone Nigel James on 01803 850382 or email