Penzance Pirates Guinness World Record Attempt


Pirate World Record Attempt



On the August Bank Holiday 2017 a fresh attempt at a Guinness World Record challenge will happen in Penzance this year as the town looks to topple its previous attempt in 2014.

In 2014, more than 14,000 people flocked to the town in a bid to beat the world record set by Hastings the previous year.

Figures showed the organisers actually sold 14,849 wristbands on the day. This would have beaten the record for the greatest number of pirates in one place by 618 pirates however the official count (and recount) showed they were 77 pirates short of the record.

It seems a few pirates strayed when the official count took place.

However, the town is now ready to try again and Pirates can look forward to a weekend program of activities, re-enactments, a funfair, and entertainment.

The event will take place on the August bank holiday weekend with the aim of raising funds for the RNLI.

The official count will take place on August 27 at 4 pm.

Penzance first won the Guinness World Record in 2011 from Hastings for the largest gathering of pirates in one place. But in 2013, their Southeast rivals won back the title.

The team behind this year’s challenge – led by Andy Hazlehurst and Clare Trevaskis – is currently getting all the permissions in place, generating the necessary support and funding and registering the attempt with Guinness.

Project co-director, Clare Trevaskis said:

“We are delighted that so many people have responded positively to our initial suggestion on our Facebook page,”

“It was this response that led us to develop the plans for this year to actually go for the record.

“We now need people to sign up to join the count.”

If you are interested in joining the record attempt information can be found via

If you haven’t got a pirate ship to sleep on for the night contact The Hotel Penzance who will be able to accommodate tired and hungry pirates.

The 4* Townhouse Hotel Penzance is in an elegant, Edwardian building with 25 individual rooms, many with views across the harbour and Mounts Bay. Hotel Penzance is the ideal place to stay for leisure or business.

Call 01736 363117 or use our online booking form and let’s support the Penzance Pirate Challenge.