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Five of the best children's activities at Tall Ships

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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Falmouth Lifeboat Station tour and Search & Rescue Display

11am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday (station tours) and 10.30am Sunday (display)

A chance to go behind the scenes and have a guided tour of the Falmouth Lifeboat Station is on offer. As well as learning about maritime safety, you'll see the lifeboats that protect the Cornish coast and meet some of the men and women who keep this vital station ticking. On Sunday, witness them in action with a Search & Rescue Display over Pendennis Point. Volunteer crews from the RNLI will be joined by navy service personnel from 771 Squadron at RNAS Culdrose for an awe-inspiring display both on the water and in the air.

Get Crafty

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Various times, Thursday to Saturday

Call into the National Maritime Museum between noon and 3.30pm for 'Terrific Tall Ships' fun. You can make and take a tall ships collage, Packet Ship scene and compass rose badge and on Thursday learn the ropes with knot-tying workshops (11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm). On Thursday over at Falmouth Library (2pm to 3pm) and at Gyllyngdune Gardens (10.30am and 2pm) channel your inner pirate by making pirate parrots while on Saturday (2pm to 3pm) turn your talents to crafting face art from junk and recycled bits and pieces at Falmouth Art Gallery.

Pirates Attack at Pendennis Castle

11am to 5pm, Wednesday to Friday

Landlubbers beware, the pirates are coming to Pendennis Headland. Step into Elizabethan times as Governor John Killigrew readies his garrison for the onslaught and discover the secrets of a fortress braced for attack. With the scourge of the sea launching a full on assault on the castle, this is a display of skulduggery on a grand scale.

Fairgrounds and Rides

Various times, Thursday to Sunday

Children will love the fairground rides dotted across Falmouth – find them on The Moor, in Church Street car park and, with a great view of the Tall Ships, in the docks. At 15m high one of the biggest helterskelters in the country has also found a temporary home on The Moor and will be open throughout the regatta.

Firework display over Falmouth harbour

9.30pm, Sat 30 August

To celebrate the Tall Ships last night in port and to give them a grand farewell, a magnificent fireworks display will cast a myriad of colours across Falmouth harbour, starting at 9.30pm. The best vantage points will be Custom House Quay, Events Square and the terraces overlooking the harbour.

For the full entertainment programme visit www.falmouthtallships.co.uk

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