Yo Ho Ho! New play ship opens at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool

New play area plan NMRN Hartlepool 1

Ahoy! Me hearties!  Who’s brave enough to climb aboard the brilliant new play ship at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool? It will be open from Friday 2 August 2019 at 12 noon.

If you visit NMRN Hartlepool once and keep your ticket, you can visit free for a whole 12 months – so that’s numerous visits over the summer holidays and all year round!

Leave your schoolwork in the scuppers this summer, batten down the hatches and sail the seven seas on Hartlepool’s very own Jolly Roger. You’ll find rope ladders, look-out posts, decks, hammocks, swings and slides a-plenty for the crew. And if your sailors aren’t all ship-shape, well, blow me down, you can simply send them down a gang plank to join the dolphins and sharks.

Smaller sailors from two years old have their own mini ship to sail and there are plenty of additional, fun activities on “dry land” for children like the sea spinner bowl which makes the ocean go round and round.

There’s also sea raft see-saw – built for the whole crew.  But don’t get too boisterous or you’ll be fed to the sharks!

Another notable feature of this bright, robust, new play area is a wonderful, low-level, inclusive carousel with safety bars, which can easily accommodate wheelchairs and disabled users.

This new play area is situated in the main courtyard of the museum area –with beautiful views of the sea and is close to HMS Trincomalee – the oldest warship still afloat in Europe and the centrepiece of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool.

An accompanying scheme of interpretation panels in the play area will help children learn about HMS Trincomalee’s story.

Roslyn Adamson, General Manager at NMRN Hartlepool says: “We are very excited to be launching this fantastic new play area, which I’m sure will provide children with hours of fun; exhilarating physical exercise and role play, capturing their imagination and transporting them to new, incredible places. The play site is highly appealing, attractive and in keeping with the surrounding area. I believe this new area will be a huge asset to the museum and also to the town. I would like to sincerely thank our generous funders who include the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Trust, Red Gap Wind Farm Ltd and all of our visitors who support and contribute to our own charity, The National Museum of the Royal Navy. I would also like to thank Hartlepool Borough Council for their support of the scheme and for their continued enthusiasm and input towards the future development of our Hartlepool site.”