Devon’s historic smuggling tales have been revealed in a popular, immersive visitor attraction which is the first of its kind in the South West of England. ‘A Smuggler’s Story’ is set in the harbour side location of Brixham. The project was commissioned by local businessman and entrepreneur Adam Cairns and tells the story of the infamous smuggler, Jack Rattenbury who operated from the port during smuggling’s ‘golden age’ at the beginning of the 19th Century. Rattenbury helps to tell the story by leading visitors through a maze of houses, secret passages and smugglers’ coves, whilst recounting the exploits of the thousands of people around Britain’s coast who partook in these nocturnal activities.
Sarner was responsible for the design and build and delivered the project both on time and on budget. After just 11 weeks on site, the £500,000 attraction was ready to open its doors for the October half-term. The use of narration, lighting and video content created an exciting, informative and historically accurate audio-visual adventure for both young and old visitors to the attraction. Audiences are immersed in the experience as they travel through the historical sets which are brought to life with technical audio, video, lighting, smoke and wind machine effects.
This project was a great success and since its completion, ‘A Smuggler’s Story’ has remained a popular tourist attraction for the whole family.