February Half Term – Pirate Takeover

It’s February Half Term and a motley crew has come ashore for their annual Pirate Takeover. Throughout the school holidays the resort has been overrun with fun and whether you want to take to the high seas, hone your piratical skills or explore a pirate town; there’s a wide variety of activities to keep you busy throughout your stay.

And whichever adventure you choose, the resort is a veritable treasure map of fun with a round of Extraordinary Golf included in your stay as well as the tropical paradise of the Waterpark. Or why not take to the high seas and pay a visit to Mutiny Bay, which has opened specially for the takeover.

At the Hotels

It would seem that this year the resort has booked in a Pirate Conference at the same time as February Half Term.

Also, checkout Davy Jones’ Drinks & Dishes, which will be available at the bars and restaurants across the resort and don’t forget to stay up for the traditional pirate disco


In the Park

Mutiny Bay and Towers Street will be open during the event, with the following rides open:

Whilst in the park, guests will also be able to take part in a special pirate treasure hunt:

Event History

Pirates and Princesses have taken over the resort every February Half Term since 2016 – the first year the Half Term event moved off park and into the resort. The park has had Pirate Winter Weekends ever since the winter of 2010, however a touch of royalty was needed to upgrade the event for a full half-term run.

In 2016 the Pirate and Princess Week ran from 12th-21st February and had a distinctly CBeebies feel. The headliner for the event was a live show featuring Cook and Line from Swashbuckle, but otherwise the event was similar to the Pirate Weekends the resort had run for many years prior.

When the event returned in 2017 (11th-26th February), the Swashbuckle show no longer featured in the line-up and instead the focus of the event was a new “build your own Pirate Den” activity as well a treasure hunt around the resort. Otherwise, the line-up remained very similar to the previous year.

2018 saw significant upgrades to the newly renamed Pirate and Princess Takeover, with a range of new shows and activities added to the line-up. Notably, while pirates still dominate the event, the Princesses had a much larger presence with new activities such as Princess School.

For the next few years the event returned with regular attractions, such as variations on the Princess School and Pirates vs. Princesses game show, as well as

Past Shows