Bristol's famous Tudor merchant ship The Matthew, which was chartered by the Long John Silver Trust, engaged in a pitched battle against 40 Swallows and Amazons from Bristol Old Vic's Young Company in the dock opposite the Arnolfini.
They were joined by a crowd of children dressed as pirates, and also a few adults who were big kids at heart, all wanting to follow the salty sea-dogs in their warm up for the Christmas plank-walking, treasure hunting and adventures at Bristol Old Vic!
The Bristol Old Vic Christmas show is the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the classic adventure story by Arthur Ransome.
With music from The Divine Comedy's front-man Neil Hannon, directed by War Horse director Tom Morris and movement from Toby Sedgewick (War Horse olivier-winner, Nanny McPhee) this should be something quite special to mark the final show in the historic Georgian theatre before it's long-awaited refurbishment begins in the new year.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS, Bristol Old Vic - 1 Dec - 15 Jan