Posted: WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH 2017:
250 YEARS SINCE THE HISPANIOLA SET SAIL TO TREASURE ISLAND FROM BRISTOL DOCKS
BRISTOL is at the heart of TREASURE ISLAND: it’s where Squire Trelawney found and fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran a pub called The Spylass (based on The Hole in The Wall), and where young Jim Hawkins stepped off the coach from Devon to set sail on the biggest adventure of his life – the search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure.
SHOW OF STRENGTH’s new story walk is next half term, 27 May- 4 June 2017 at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for families with children aged 8+, you’ll hear the story in the place where it all began 250 years ago: Bristol docks.
Here’s Squire Trelawney’s letter of 1 March 1767:
‘Old Anchor Inn, Bristol, March 1, 1767
The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner—a child might sail her—two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.
…only the crew troubled me until the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required… an old sailor who keeps a public-house, knows all the seafaring men in Bristol, and had lost his health ashore. I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg…’
To find out what happens next: come and do the walk.
Led by a professional actor in period costume, TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK is full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds, lashings of doubloons – and the odd parrot.
Adults £8, under 16 £5, family (2+2) £20. Duration: 1 hour.
No booking required; meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King St/Prince St, BS1 4DT.
In association with the Long John Silver Trust, creators of Bristol’s Treasure Island Trail http://www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk/
Supported by Bristol Festival of Ideas.
Part of Bristol Walking Festival
Sheila Hannon, Creative Producer