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Join the crew of HMS Adventure this summer…


Plus: live performance, storytelling, and new activities every week

Be inspired by heroic voyages of exploration like Captain Bligh’s HMS Bounty! Join the crew of HMS Adventure to explore the Pacific Islands in our brand-new Play Zone. Plus, live performance, storytelling and new activities every week – times, dates, and details are below.

Join the crew of HMS Adventure

It’s 1799, and the brave crew of HMS Adventure is charting the dangerous Pacific Ocean. The ship has just dropped anchor off a deserted island and you have volunteered to explore the island with the scientists.

Get in character…who will you be?

The Midshipman – with responsibility and a smart uniform. The Cook – got to keep that crew well fed. The Ordinary Sailor – a hard-working crew member or The Botanist, out to discover new plants, animals and specimens to bring home.

Explore the island…

Slide down the waterfall, explore an underground cave, and hop around on giant insects!

Help the botanist discover new wildlife

Can you help the botanist from HMS Adventure discover what sorts of wildlife are living on our Pacific island? Some of the creatures are hidden around the museum, will you be able to find them all in time?

Awesome Adventurers Play Zone at The Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth May - December 2017 photo by Paul Abbitt

Live performance, storytelling + new activities every week…

All activities are free with your museum ticket. For dates and times see below.


Monsters and Mermaids week | 17 – 23 July

Live performance: Squash Box Theatre – ‘The Sea Show’ – a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret Tuesday 18 + Thursday 20 July | 11:30am and 2pm

Make and takes: make magnificent monster masks, monstrous + magical puppets. Daily | 12 -3.30 pm

Trail: Awesome Adventurers! Daily


Awesome Adventures week | 24 – 30 July

Live performance: Rattlebox Theatre – ‘Tales of Awesome Adventures’ – storytelling and puppet shows creating a little magic and a lot of laughter Tuesday 25 + Thursday 27 July | 11:30am and 2pm

Make and takes: Make the things you will need for your own awesome adventure.. A compass badge to find your way home; A sword or flintlock pistol to fight of dangerous animals, or fearsome pirates; A newly discovered tropical bird to wear on your shoulder. Daily | 12 -3.30 pm

Trail: Awesome Adventurers! Daily


Celts, Saxons and Vikings week | 31 July – 6 August

Live performance: Rattlebox Theatre – ‘Beouwolf Puppet Show’ – storytelling and puppet shows creating a little magic and a lot of laughter
Tuesday 1 August | 11:30am and 2pm

Thorsday! Join Seawolves our tame band of Vikings and discover what Viking combat was really like! Thursday 3 August

Make and takes: Make magnificent monster masks, monstrous + magical puppets. Daily | 12 -3.30 pm


Monsters and Mermaids week | 7 August – 13 August

Live performance: Squash Box Theatre – ‘The Sea Show’ – a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret
Tuesday 1 August | 11:30am and 2pm

Thorsday! Thursday 3 August | 11:30am and 2pm

Make and takes: Make magnificent monster masks, monstrous + magical puppets. Daily | 12 -3.30 pm

Trail: Awesome Adventurers! Daily


Awesome Adventurers week | 14 – 20 August

Live performance: Rattlebox Theatre – ‘Tales of Awesome Adventures’ – storytelling and puppet shows creating a little magic and a lot of laughter Tuesday 15 + Thursday 17 August | 11:30am and 2pm

Make and takes: Make the things you will need for your own awesome adventure; A compass badge to find your way home; A sword or flintlock pistol  to fight of dangerous animals, or fearsome pirates; A newly discovered tropical bird to wear on your shoulder? Daily | 12 -3.30 pm

Trail: Awesome Adventurers! Daily


Celts, Saxons and Vikings week | 21 – 27 August

Live performance: Rattlebox Theatre – ‘Beouwolf Puppet Show’ – storytelling and puppet shows creating a little magic and a lot of laughter
Tuesday 22 August | 11:30am and 2pm

Thorsday! Join Seawolves our tame band of Vikings and discover what Viking combat was really like! Thursday 24 August

Make and Takes: Discover your inner warrior! Make swords, shields, helmets and axes. Daily | 12 – 3pm

Trail: Awesome Adventurers! Daily


Monsters and Mermaids week | 28 August – 3 September

Live performance: Squashbox Theatre – ‘The Sea Show’ – a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret
Tuesday 29 August | 11:30am + 2pm
Thursday 31 August | 11:30am +2pm 

Make and takes: Magnificent monster masks, monstrous + magical puppets. Daily | 12 -3.30 pm

Trail: Awesome Adventurers! Daily

Awesome Adventures week

National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
Falmouth
Cornwall
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388

Email: enquiries@nmmc.co.uk