Children’s pirate ship looking for somewhere new to moor in Wellingborough

Paul's Pirates in Wellingborough
Paul's Pirates in Wellingborough

A new home is needed for a pirate ship which has provided years of fun for youngsters but is now stranded in a trailer.

When Paul’s Pirates in Wellingborough closed in April, Sara Anderson thought it would be a great idea to buy the pirate ship and try to find new premises so children could play on it once again.

But despite her best efforts, she has not yet been able to find anywhere suitable for the newly-named venture of Skye’s Island Adventure, which is named after her youngest daughter.

Even with help from Alison Kelly of The Mallows Company and Nicola Mackenzie from Wellingborough Council, she has been unable to find suitable premises.

Any premises would need to be five metres high and unless somewhere suitable can be found soon, Sara has said she will have to take the pirate ship elsewhere in the county.

Sara admitted her idea was a bit crazy, especially with the pirate ship currently stowed in a trailer in her yard, but said: “I think Wellingborough needs somewhere for the kids to play that isn’t in a pub.”

She added: “A really big thing for me is about giving something back to the community, it’s something that I would like to do.”

Sara was hoping Skye’s Island Adventure would provide low cost active fun for children aged two to 11 and children’s themed parties just like Paul’s Pirates did, but she also wanted to add her own stamp by offering healthy food options, catering for allergies, a Dad’s corner and various courses.

The mother-of-four said: “When I purchased the pirate ship from Paul’s Pirates, I was so excited and enthusiastic about keeping this wonderful children’s facility local and adding my own improvements.

“I plan to hire local people, use local food and make Skye’s Island Adventures the place young children of Wellingborough want to visit, with something for their mums, dads, grandparents, carers and maybe even older children too.

“It would be such a shame for Wellingborough if my dream cannot be realised.

“There isn’t anywhere else like this in Wellingborough for young children so it will mean parents travelling to Kettering or Northampton.

“If there is anyone out there that can recommend suitable premises I would be so grateful to hear from them.”

She added: “I just want to moor it up somewhere.”

If Sara can find suitable premises, she has said she would like to work with charities in the future so they can use the facilities to raise funds.

Anyone who knows of premises which could be suitable is asked to call Sara on 07519 319960 or email alison@rachelmallows.com.

Paul’s Pirates closed after the owners decided not to renew the lease on the building on the Park Farm industrial estate when it expired on April 12.