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Shiver me timbers - treasures aplenty at St George's Guildhall

Treasure island St George s guildhall

Published: Tuesday, 21st March 2023

Budding buccaneers and landlubbers alike are invited to search for pieces of eight and other treasures, at St George's Guildhall this Easter school holiday.

With activities inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, get ready for swashbuckling fun with this tale of treasure and mutiny on the high seas as innkeeper's son Jim Hawkins searches for the dead man's chest helped or hindered by the double-crossing pirate Long John Silver.

Tim Fitzhigham, Creative Director at the Guildhall and borough council cultural officer, said: "Come to the Guildhall on King’s Street over Easter for more exciting activities for young people and their families. This time it’s the classic, daring and brilliant story of Treasure Island! Buried treasure, pirates and all sorts of fun. On Wednesday 5 and 12 April get to see behind the scenes of the UK’s oldest working theatre and have a great time making a show, laughing with friends, and on Thursday 6 April hunt for eggs!

"The Guildhall was founded by a pirate in 1406 so we’d love to see as many of you young and old pirates as possible over the Easter holidays for Treasure Island fun and Easter eggs!"

On Wednesday 5 April, children aged 5-12 and their families can come along to hear the story of Treasure Island, make pirates hats, eye patches, treasure maps and mini treasure chests to take home, learn lines from this classic tale, and explore the Guildhall Theatre through a themed treasure hunt before dressing up and performing their lines on stage. There are two sessions: 10.30am -11.45am and 12.30pm - 1.45pm. The cost is £2 per session, with accompanying adults free of charge.

On Thursday, 6 April, there is a free Easter Egg Hunt, giving youngsters a chance to explore the St George's Guildhall Hall, while bagging themselves an egg or two. Fun starts at 11am and continues until 3pm or all the eggs are gone.

On Wednesday 12 April, St George's Guildhall will host a Treasure Island themed theatre workshop for young people aged 11-25. Using this swashbuckling tale, full of excitement, mutiny, treasure, explore the theatre, learn about stage craft, set the stage and get into costume before acting out scenes from the play. The workshop takes place 10.30am and lasts four hours. £2 per young person.

Booking is essential for these Treasure Island sessions. Book online at


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