• Cyril McAree

Get ‘Hooked on the Sea’ at Hook Lighthouse


Fun and games are the order of the day at the world’s oldest intact operational lighthouse this June bank holiday weekend. From Saturday June 3rd to Monday, June 5th the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse and activities galore are on offer for all the family as extra special events are planned for the peninsula wide ‘Hooked on the Sea Festival 2017’.

On Saturday, June 3rd a brand new Pirate School will begin enrolment where you can learn how to become a pirate, get your pirate name, learn pirate speak and brush up on your navigation skills. Games on the lawn will be on offer, with football, skittles, space hopper racing, giant jenga, giant connect 4 and more, all available free of charge. On Sunday, June 4th it’s Pirate Day, you can put your new skills to the test as the scurvy ridden pirates are have set sail for Hook Lighthouse and have vowed to take any roamers captive by Hook or by Crook this June.

Captain Hook says, they be saying ‘it be best if you save yourself’ and dress like a pirate for the day in order to avoid capture and maybe win a prize in a fancy dress competition or find the treasure in the annual treasure hunt. The pesky Pirates will be given free reign of the Lighthouse for just one day and are planning nautical games on the lawn for their shipmates; do you dare to walk the plank?

Performers from the Wobbly Circus will be putting on a showcase and teaching fans how to be a Circus Performer. Wolfhound Archaeology will be offering free workshops on the rich Medieval history of the area and maybe dig up a skeleton or two. The BBQ will be fired up and there will be music all day on the lawns.

These special events at Hook Lighthouse are planned for the ‘Hooked on the Sea Festival 2017’ where all across the Hook Peninsula in Wexford there will be a host of family fun events and activities available during the June bank holiday weekend.

Tours are on offer at Hook Lighthouse 7 days a week, visitors to the 800-year-old Lighthouse can take a step back in time on a guided tour and meet St. Dubhan and his fifth Century Monks who first established the beacon at the Hook Peninsula. Meet the greatest Knight that ever lived William Marshall and hear the stories from the Lightkeepers and their families who for well over 100 years were stationed on site protecting all of those at sea. For all of the festival details see www.hookheritage.ie


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