Pirates, Shipwrecks and Smuggling

Enjoy a swashbuckling adventure this half term and make a pirate ship, whilst learning about the shipwrecks and smuggling of the Isle of Wight.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

The waters around the Needles are full of shipwrecks and tales of smuggling. Come dressed in your best eye patch and tricorn hat and discover the stories from the seas below. Find out if you have what it takes to be a good pirate by making your own pirate ship and see how long it will float for.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.85 £7.10
Child £3.90 £3.50
Family £19.60 £17.70
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.40
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.20

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The Needles Old Battery entry for National Trust members: free

The Needles New Battery: admission free for all.

The basics

Suitability
Just right for those aged 5-12 years
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at the Needles Old Battery shell store PO39 0JH (SZ 295 849).

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
24 October 2019 11:00 - 15:00 Available
25 October 2019 11:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
The Manager
Email
needlesoldbattery@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01983754772

Upcoming events

Round the Island Yacht Race Breakfast

Sat 29 Jun 2019
06:30-11:00
The Needles Old Battery will be open early so you can come along to our tea-room and enjoy a hearty breakfast whilst watching the yachts round the Needles rocks. Or just come and enjoy the view.

Battery Tours & 50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Wed 24 Jul 2019
10:30-16:00
There’s lots for the whole family to see and do at the Needles Battery on a Wednesday during the summer holidays. Older members of the family can join a guided tour, whilst little ones can get involved in some '50 things to do before you're 11¾'.

Pirates, Shipwrecks and Smuggling

Thu 24 Oct 2019
11:00-15:00
Enjoy a swashbuckling adventure this half term and make a pirate ship, whilst learning about the shipwrecks and smuggling of the Isle of Wight.