On Wednesday 14 August, the Burgh Island Hotel will be hosting its annual Tom Crocker Day Festival, celebrating the life and death of a locally renowned pirate.
Burgh Island has a rich history and heritage, with a distant past enshrined in lawless pursuits and scandal. The island was a favourite among smugglers – most notorious of all was Tom Crocker, who is rumoured to have inhabited the island’s southern caves.
Crocker made Burgh Island his base and the Pilchard Inn was his favourite haunt, as well as the location of his demise. The pirate’s ghost is said to wander the island, causing mischief and looking for his lost treasure.
For the 2019 Tom Crocker Day Festival, visitors and guests of the Burgh Island Hotel are invited to enjoy a line-up of family festivities, alongside delicious food and drink.
The day will be packed with live music and a variety of family-friendly activities, including a hunt across the Island in search of Tom Crocker’s lost treasure, a lobster raffle, face painting and a sandcastle competition.
The Burgh Island Hotel is encouraging visitors to dress up and take part in a costume competition that will separate the sailors from the scallywags.
A range of food and refreshments will be available throughout the day, including a hog roast and BBQ station expertly prepared by resident chef Tim Hall and a Langage ice-cream shop.
For the more seasoned pirates, Salcombe Brewery will be at hand along with a dedicated Devon gin bar, where each glass will be paired with their perfect garnishing to celebrate the best of the West.
Giles Fuchs, owner of Burgh Island Hotel, said: “When we bought the Burgh Island Hotel we inherited a rich history, of not only wild parties in the Roaring Twenties, or tales of famous guest such as Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill, but also of pirates and smugglers who add to Island’s mystery and mystique.
“We are delighted to be hosting a day of festivities that celebrates a singularly unique aspect of the Island’s history and we invite visitors and our hotel guests to come and celebrate on Devon’s very own Treasure Island.”
Visitors and guests are welcome to join the festivities from 10am on Wednesday 14 August.