It’s February Half Term and a motley crew has come ashore for their annual Pirate & Princess Takeover. Throughout the school holidays the resort has been overrun with fun and whether you want to take to the high seas, explore a fantasy isle or desire a more regal break; 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 head deep below the ocean and pay a visit to Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE in Mutiny Bay, which has opened specially for the takeover.
The regal atrium of the Alton Towers Hotel is a fitting venue for aspiring princesses to have a ball. As preparation for your big night, enrol in Princess School and you can help Loana the Brave remember how to be a princess having escaped from the clutches of Sharktooth Jack.
Once you’ve learnt all the proper etiquette, it just remains to join in with some right royal tunes in the Princess Singalong before preparing for an evening of fun at the Princess Pop Party in the Alton Towers Hotel – hosted by princesses Alexandra and Xenna.
High Seas & Hijinks
The Conference Centre has been over run by pirates as the State Room plays host to High Seas & Hijinks: A Pirate Adventure. Throughout the day the Pirates of Mutiny Bay re-enact their adventures on the high seas before a motley crew stages a Pirate Takeover, teaching shanties to their new crew in between some swashbuckling games.
Before the night is out this pirate den is invaded by the crown, as the Pirate and Princess Party gets into full swing to round off a day of adventures.
Lost Boys & Fairy Princesses
Young Adventurers (or other guests who will never grow up) are invited to join an adventurous Treasure Hunt around the Resort as Twigs and Lily Rose hunt for Shark Tooth Jack’s hidden Treasure.
The trail is sure to lead to the Enchanted Tipi, ready for the The Lost Boys & Fairy Princesses Party. Youngsters can show off their best costume in the fancy dress parade before taking part in a fun-filled Lost Boys vs Fairy Princesses gameshow.
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. The week also made full use of the new Enchanted Tipi in the Enchanted Village, which featured the new Lost Boys and Fairy Princesses Party.