07/08/19: Coming to Thetford - A treasure trove of Pirate themed activity for all ages

Starting Monday 12th August, 35 businesses in Thetford will play host to a treasure trail around town. Maps can be picked up at Grand Central restaurant, riverside and participants follow clues to find hidden coins in shop windows and other places. Once completed maps can be handed into The Light Cinema at riverside and everyone who hands in a map will receive a prize. All entries will then be added to a prize draw for prizes donated by local businesses.

The treasure trail runs for two weeks and is hoping to encourage families to take time out to explore the town. Maps cost £1 and every completed map handed in will get a prize.     

The pirate theme continues with many family orientated events over the Pirate Festival period. Friday 16th August, 6pm onwards there will be a Disney themed party "On the Green" Thetford incorporating many favourites from the likes of Peter Pan, Aladdin and many others. The popular "Bubble Fairies" will also be making their first appearance of 2019.

On Friday 23rd August the beach returns to the green. Open from Friday midday to Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, the gigantic sand pit welcomes families down to the green to picnic and play in the sand, with prizes for the best sandcastles throughout the weekend.

The Bank Holiday weekend kicks off with a swashbuckling evening of family entertainment with "Pirate Joe" on Friday 23rd August on the green, from 6pm onwards and will include prizes for the best dressed pirates.  With the beach open throughout the bank holiday weekend there will be river activity including raft time trials with groups of 4-6 welcome to enter.   

The Pirate Festival is supported by Breckland Council through the Market Town Initiative and is part of a calendar of events focused around the riverside area. To date the events have attracted thousands of people into the town to enjoy a wide variety of activity, both residents and others from as far as Norwich, Fakenham, Bury St Edmunds and Dereham.

Cllr Mark Robinson, Executive Member for Community, Leisure & Culture at Breckland Council commented "With the beautiful Little Ouse River flowing through Thetford, I am delighted to see a new family focused river festival being launched during the summer holidays, showcasing Thetford as a place to visit, relax and have fun by the river. The river plays a major part in the history and environment in Thetford, therefore I look forward to seeing residents and tourists out and about enjoying our man-made beach by the Thetford Riverside green, taking part in paddle boarding and the excitement of a boat race!"



Last updated: 03/10/2019 13:20:11