A popular event is set to take over a seaside spot in West Dorset.

West Bay's annual Pirates Day will be dropping anchor on Sunday, May 26, from 12pm to 5pm.

A mix of pirate-themed games to entertain visitors of all ages will take place on Fisherman’s Green and there'll be a range of market stalls on offer selling homemade treats and handmade gifts. There will also be games at the West Bay Days Café and the Salt House - which will also be serving up tea, coffee, cakes and savoury bites.

The free event has been taking place since 2015, bar two years in 2020 and 2021, when it was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. The event is organised by West Bay Days.

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All visitors are encouraged to come clothed in their finest pirate costumes. The fancy dress competition will be judged at 2.30pm, and a prize will be awarded to the best dressed.

The profits raised from the day will go towards supporting local groups and charities.

Thousands attended last year’s event which included games such as walk the plank, splat the rat, lucky dip, and a cannon ball run, while there were also prizes for the best dressed pirate.

Last year's event was in support of the Bridport Youth Rugby Club and Heritage Coast Canoe Club in West Bay, with around £8,000 raised for the causes over the day, which finished with a fireworks display.

West Bay Days is a local organisation formed in 2012 and run by a group of dedicated volunteers. It works to support the future of West Bay, organising events for the benefit of the local community and to encourage visitors to the area. 

The next West Bay Days' event is the West Bay Day on Sunday, August 4. The event, whose roots can be traced back to 1844 when the celebration was known as the West Bay Regatta, will honour the area's rich history and heritage. It will take place from midday until 11pm.

For more information about Pirates Day, and future events run by the West Bay Days team, visit www.westbay.org.uk