Pirates, Shipwrecks and Smuggling

Enjoy a swashbuckling adventure and help us make a pirate ship, whilst learning about the shipwrecks and smuggling of the Isle of Wight.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Make your own pirate ship and see how long it will float for. You could even come dressed in your best eye patch and tricorn hat.


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


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.50 £6.80
Child £3.75 £3.40
Family £18.75 £17.00
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 or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

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: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  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 donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

The Needles Old Battery entry for National Trust members: free

The Needles New Battery: admission free for all.

The basics

Suitalble for the whole family
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at the Needles Old Battery shell store PO39 0JH (SZ 295 849).


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
24 October 2018 11:00 - 15:00 Available
25 October 2018 11:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

The Manager
Call 01983754772

Upcoming events

Round the Island Yacht Race Breakfast

Sat 07 Jul 2018
The Needles Old Battery will be open early so 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.

Guided Tours of The Needles Old Battery

Wed 25 Jul 2018
Every Wednesday throughout the summer you can discover the history of the Needles Old Battery on one of our guided tours.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at The Needles Battery

Thu 26 Jul 2018
We've lots of activities for you to tick off your 50 things list this summer.

Pirates, Shipwrecks and Smuggling

Wed 24 Oct 2018
Enjoy a swashbuckling adventure and help us make a pirate ship, whilst learning about the shipwrecks and smuggling of the Isle of Wight.