Eerie Halloween Events at National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark

This Halloween, enjoy a spooky range of adult and family events at the National Maritime Museum and on board the historic clipper ship, Cutty Sark.

26–31 October

Activities for all ages

From mysterious candlelit tours, ghost ship adventures, creepy sleepovers and mythical monsters, come in your best fancy dress costume and join in for some seriously scary fun.

Spend All Hallows’ Eve on board one of the most famous historic clipper ships,Cutty Sark, for a very special sleepover. After being welcomed on board by Nannie, the Cutty Sark’s very own witch (and ship’s figurehead), take part in Halloween-themed games, crafts and storytelling, then settle down for the evening with your very own Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer to point out the stars and planets in the night sky. Recover from your haunted night with a delicious breakfast served before the ship opens to the public.

Alternatively, take part in a host of activities across the two sites during the Halloween week. Make a shadow puppet show on Cutty Sark, or venture over to the National Maritime Museum to create your very own monster inspired by myth and legend; design an amazing mask to frighten your foes; or don your best scary fancy dress to win prizes.

For fright-seeking adults, as part of this year’s Museums at Night celebration, come along to a fascinating event guaranteed to have you looking over your shoulder. Revelling in tales of death and destruction, Voyage of the Damned promises an evening of candlelit tours around the Museum’s exhibitions, and curators under pressure on the gang plank, as they reflect on maritime madness, mutiny and murder.

Hear about Captain James Cook who went further towards both the South and North Poles than any explorer before him, surviving a shipwreck and Antarctic ice, only to die in Hawaii after a skirmish with islanders. Also, discover the grim tale of Henry Peglar, a member of John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition sent to discover the North West Passage who, driven mad by scurvy, wrote himself a series of remarkable notes that were found on his body after his death.

National Maritime Museum Events:

Here Be Dragons

The sea is a strange and scary place. Learn about the world’s oceans and create incredible monsters from myth and legend in this special workshop.

Frightening Faces

Use the Museum’s weird and wonderful watery objects to inspire you to create amazing masks to petrify your friends!

Ghost Ship

AHOY! has been taken over by ghosts, ghouls and sea monsters! Come in your best fancy dress and join us for a day of family fun and frights. Win prizes, take part in spooky activities and listen to scary maritime stories.

Voyage of the Damned

This Halloween, as part of the annual Museums at Night celebration, come and investigate tales of death and destruction, take part in candlelit tours of the exhibits and watch our curators on the gang plank.

Cutty Sark Events:

Ghost ships and spooky shadows

Create a spooky shadow puppet show with ghost-ships, sea monsters and your own Halloween puppet to take home and play with.

Halloween Sleepover at Cutty Sark

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend the night on board the world-famousCutty Sark? Now you can with this very special sleepover at the ship, with lots of fun games, Halloween-themed workshops and crafts, and spooky storytelling. At night time an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich will point out the stars and planets in the sky above Cutty Sark. *

The next day, before the ship opens, you will wake up to a delicious breakfast, served underneath the ship’s hull. Or, with a Captain’s ticket, you will join Captain Woodget for breakfast in the Master’s Saloon, the most luxurious part of the vessel.

*Programme may be subject to change, depending on weather conditions.


  • £50 Apprentice’s ticket: With an Apprentice’s ticket, you sleep on board the 19th-century tea clipper on the Tween Deck, where cargo was stored over a century ago. Breakfast will be served in the Sammy Ofer Gallery, underneath Cutty Sark’s magnificent hull.
  • £65 Sailor’s Ticket: With a Sailor’s ticket, you sleep in the crew accommodation (aft deck house) up on the Main Deck of Cutty Sark, as the crew would have done over a century ago. Breakfast will be served in the Sammy Ofer Gallery, underneathCutty Sark’s magnificent hull.
  • £100 Captain’s ticket: With a Captain’s ticket, you sleep in the fore deck house, on the ship’s Main Deck. To give you the full Captain’s experience, breakfast is served at the Captain’s table in the Master’s Saloon, the most luxurious part of the vessel. Captain Woodget, the ship’s longest serving master, will join you for breakfast; a unique chance to ask him what it was like to work and live on board the world’s fastest tea clipper.

General Information

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed for refurbishment until 4 July 2016.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark are open daily, 10.00–17.00 (last admission 16.30). Opening times may be subject to change.

General admission to National Maritime Museum is free. All events included here are free of charge to all visitors unless stated.

Admission prices for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online.

The Museum is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.


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