Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Drake Fun Day at the Golden Hinde (by Robert)

The Drake Fun Day was awesome, funny, interesting and overall, a great day out.

It took place on the Golden Hinde II, which is a replica of the ship which Sir Francis Drake used to sail all round the world and attack Spanish ships with. It was the first ever English ship that circumnavigated (that means went all around) the world, and this happened when Queen Elizabeth was on the throne. The voyage took place from 1577 to 1580 and before Drake left, the Queen said to him " Sail around the world for England's glory."

We played games and learned facts from the Captain and his stupid, disgusting  assistant, Fart, who even wiped his finger (that he had used to scratch his his bottom) on me!

We played rock, paper scissors, Tudor sailing style. Captain was paper, officer was rock and sailor was scissors.

We also played hide and seek. We were trying to find the Spanish who Francis Drake hated. I was one of the people who hid and no one found me.

We also played a different version of Chinese Whispers, where we had to guess what the Queen was saying. The Queen let Francis Drake attack Spanish ships but in return she had to get half of the treasure that he stole.
No one was supposed to know that she was giving permission for this, so her majesty talked in code. We listened to a silly code like "birds and feet flavoured crisps" and then we had to guess which it actually meant, using some clues.
The captain's room where
 Sir Francis Drake would sleep. 

We also learnt how to fire a minion (a sort of gun) using all sorts of powder, pig dung, sheep wool and lots more. There were 14 minions on the cannon deck.

I thought it was interesting that the people who built the ship
put most of the rooms with the weight at the bottom of the ship and barely any weight on the top of the ship so the ship didn't sink. We stood in the room next to the water, the ceiling was very low, only about 1.28 metres tall and you couldn't even stand up. There wasn't very much space, even though 80 sailors would have been on the ship and nearly all of them would have slept in that room (on the floor!).

You can see how small the rooms
were. Jess is taller than the door!
I would recommend the Drake Fun Day to ages 7+ and  I would give it 5 stars *****.
An actor called Michael played Lowman Fart, while one called James played the captain
Sarah says: The Golden Hinde is situated right near London Bridge station. The Drake Fun Day cost £7 for adults and £5 for children, but we had a smartsave voucher which saved us 20 percent! The tour lasted for two hours and we thought it was good value, while there are regular guided tours and also sleepovers. It is also a lovely part of town, near the Clink (which we have written about before) and also near Borough Market, where we had lunch afterwards.

Also by me!

Our trip to Cadburyworld

Going back in time at Dr Johnson's house


  1. This sounds like a fantastic day out and one that my girls would really enjoy!

    1. It was a great day out and you could bring your girls and their friends because I think everyone will like it.

  2. This sounds like fun. I hope its not a temporary fixture I would love to take my niece and nephew before or around easter.


    1. I don't think there are any more Drake Fun Days. But the Royal Hinde does lots of other activities and Fun days.

  3. Oh man, I used to LOVE pirate ships when I was younger, this looks like so much fun!

    1. It was lots of fun but it wasn't a pirate ship.

  4. Sounds like you had a fabulous day out :)

  5. Loving the rude assistant and the Chinese Whispers.
    A great review, Robert: lots of useful, entertaining detail.

  6. When you hear about conditions on these old ships, it's hard to even comprehend what it must have been like. Sounds like a fun day out!

  7. Learning how to fire a minion sounds very interesting! We love this part of London too, there's so much to do there.

  8. Cheeky Fart made me laugh out loud and what a greedy queen, what did birds and feet flavoured crisps mean? They sound dreadful

  9. Sounds great. Think you had a fun day but I'm betting you don't want to be a sailor when you grow up?