By One Giant Leap
Tuesday 24 Jul 2018 13:38:00
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The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum has dedicated its events programme from July until October to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyages on board the HM Bark Endeavour.

The Marton-born explorer discovered and charted New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef during his travels around the globe in the 18th century.

July events at the Cook Museum have been commemorating Cook’s Endeavour voyage to the Pacific Ocean and are dedicated to school children, families and adult learners.

The summer holiday fun continues on Thursday, July 26 with a Pirate Training Day.

Children can practise their pirate skills and take part in treasure hunts and arts and crafts.

On Tuesday, July 31, children will have a special opportunity to see a variety of creatures from around the world in the Animal Handling drop-in with Animal Story.

They’ll have a rare chance to learn more about the habitats and adaptations of some of creatures Cook would have encountered and how his journeys changed the way the world regarded animals.

Cook 250 commemorations will stretch up until the October half term with further family events and a number of talks about Cook’s discovery voyages and life on board the Endeavour.

Inner State theatre will be performing a show that has been devised especially for the commemorations on Tuesday, August 7, which will mark 250 years to the day that Cook joined the Endeavour for the first of three voyages.

Park-runners are encouraged to get into the spirit and don their best pirate outfit at Stewart Park on Saturday, August 25 with each runner receiving a discount voucher for The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

Local historian Phil Philo will be hosting the Crossing the Line talk on Saturday, September 8 which will detail the lesser known beginnings of Cook’s initial voyage including stops at Rio de Janeiro and the mysterious island of Otaheite.

Cook’s birthday will be remembered with a service at St. Cuthbert’s Church in Marton village where he was christened on Sunday, October 28.

  • For further information about the Cook 250 events running up until October, visit or call 01642 311211

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