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Coventry Canal Basin Coventry, CV1 4LY
Sun 24 Apr 2022 @ 20.00
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Pirates of the Canal Basin

Sun 24 Apr 2022 @ 20.00
Coventry Canal Basin
Coventry, CV1 4LY Show on map
Duration: 8PM - 10PM
From £7

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An epic, joyful adventure story for all the family at Coventry Canal Basin. 

About Pirates of the Canal Basin

Co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and EGO Performance Company, supported by NoFit State Circus. Funded by Arts Council England, Canal & River Trust, and National Express.

Presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Photo by Nicola Cashin


Suitable for all ages (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult 18+)

Pirates Of The Canal Basin is an outdoor show so please dress accordingly.

Please do not bring dogs to the event, unless they are assistance dogs for disabled people.

Go CV+ discount available. Get up to 4 tickets at up to 50% off per cardholder. Limited tickets available. Add your Go CV number to your Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 account to access discounted tickets. Find out more about Go CV.


Part promenade, part static spectacle, we’ve transformed Coventry Canal Basin into a lively pirate harbour town full of strange and wonderful characters and stories. There’s even a stranded ship staging live music and aerial acrobatic spectacles. Get your best pirate outfits on, and come and join the fun.

Brought to you by Coventry’s EGO Performance Company, our professional cast of actors along with circus performers from NoFit State Circus will join a 60-strong community ensemble. 


As soon as you arrive, follow your treasure map through the Pirate Harbour and be immersed into a bustling marketplace, where you can meet many wonderful, cheeky and barmy pirates.

As our musical pirates The Contraband delight you with their repertoire, a troupe of Merry Makers will entertain you with their daring acrobatics and astound you with their close-up magic. Raise a glass at The Sunken Chest, where you’ll meet a rowdy group of pirates telling tales of mutiny and derring-do upon the seven seas… which crew speaks the truth? Watch out! All disputes are settled by the sword. 

Any aspiring little pirates can learn pirate basics in our Pirating for Beginners class, with Big Mouth Hap at The Pearls of Wisdom School for Proper Pirates.

Want to know what the future holds? Then Tompot Blenny is your man, with his mystical visions and his pirate predictions. If he can’t find the doom, he’ll look for the gloom - it’s a good job nobody believes a word he says! 

You’ll meet Dr Zoran who has the answer to all your health and beauty requirements. With magical potions, healing powders and pungent poultices, he’ll have you fixed in no time. Whether you want to grow the thickest gnarliest pirate beard, revive your drunken parrot, or de-rust your hook, the Apothecary is your one stop shop. 

But make sure you don’t end up in the dock at the Pirate Court Of No Appeal. The defence and the prosecution may state their case, but mean old Judge Blind Goby takes no prisoners (actually he does! usually straight to the plank!) 

There is no doubt you’ll encounter Longbottom and Forsythe, they call themselves the ‘CRACK’ team - The Coventry Canal and Rivers Keepers - a title that’s been passed down through the generations, with Grandad and Grandson in hot pursuit of rowdy pirates and loitering audiences. They don’t take any nonsense and won’t stop at anything to enforce their ridiculous rules. 

And if you want to know what happens on our beloved pirate ship The Lamont when the sun goes down, you best get your ticket now!


Ego Performance Company have devised this outdoor show with its cast members who range from ages 8 to 80. To add to the magic, they've built the show around the setting of the sun between the first half and second half. The second half involves dazzling lighting and visual spectacle, so as darkness falls the full effect will be seen. The show finishes at 10pm which may be past the bedtime of some children, and some parents. But we think it's worth staying up late for this swashbuckling adventure in the Easter holidays.

Access information

  • Captioned
  • BSL interpreted
  • Audio described

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

BSL, Captioning and Audio Description are available.

A quiet room and sensory-friendly kit will be available for any guest that may feel overwhelmed throughout the performance.

Please email [email protected] for further information.


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