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Happy Thanksgiving on the Plymouth Barbican 2019

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After repeated calls for Thanksgiving on the Barbican, a few locals have banded together to make it happen!

A small committee are working with local businesses and organisations to raise awareness of ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ including the history, offers and events linked to the Pilgrim story.

  • Pick up a Thanksgiving leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre or via the website highlighting points of interest and details of some of the offerings and themed events.
  • The Mayflower Tour – Free 1 hour guided tour with a Blue Badge Tour Guide Jane Dymock. Join Jane at 10.30am outside the Mayflower Steps and step back in time for the tour like no other. Free to attend.
  • Mayflower Museum – Children go free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • illuminate Light Festival – Starting on 28th Nov for 4 days. 5 light inspired installations on the Barbican & Sutton Harbour

Sutton Harbour – by Quay Square by Cap’n Jaspers will be hosting special guests! The Plymouth High Schools Marching Band comes to you from “America’s Hometown” Plymouth, Massachusetts USA. They will be playing at 11.30am.

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  1. Admiral Macbride (across the road from the Mayflower Steps Monument. It’s rumoured the original steps are roughly located, underneath the present day ladies toilets)
  2. Fishermen’s Arms (Thanksgiving meal – book in advance 01752 268243)
  3. Barbican Coco Rooms (Southside Street) – Chocolates themed around Mayflower
  4. Domea Favour (House That Jack Built) – Chocolate Bars themed around Mayflower
  5. Plymouth Gin Refectory Bar (Southside Street) – Raise a glass to where the pilgrims last slept before boarding the Mayflower Ship.
  6. Plymouth Gin Distillery Shop (Southside Street) – Plymouth’s world famous Gin, the Mayflower Ship features on the bottles.
  7. Kaya Gallery (Southside Street) – Mayflower themed artwork
  8. The Lookout (At Mountbatten Watersports and Activities Centre) – Roasted pumpkin and chilli soup
  9. Barbican Botanics (New Street) – Traditional Gin, American themed
  10. Coffee & Donuts (Quay Square) – American style donuts, 5 for £3.50 or 10 for £6
  11. Rockpool Trading (Southside Street) – Themed gift ideas around Mayflower
  12. Honkytonk Wine Library (Sutton Harbour) American themed wine & ale offerings
    . The Velvet Devil – Merlot 2016
    . Washington State / Boom Boom – Syrah 2016
    . Washington State / Kung Fu Girl – Riesling 2017
    . Goose IPA – bright citrus aromas and bold hop finish /
    . Goose 312 – urban wheat ale – light lemon aroma


The Plymouth Barbican has strong ties with America. The famous Mayflower ship in 1620 set sail with 102 passengers and 30 crew members for America. These pilgrims settled on what is know as Plymouth, Massachusetts. You can read more about this remarkable journey:

In America, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.

Halloween Trail fun extended till 31 October!

Plymouth Barbican Halloween Trail

We’ve all been having a spooktastic time finding Boo’s Crew! So much in fact, that we’ve topped up the sweet buckets and are extending the trail until Thursday 31 October!

We know that the pesky weather meant some of your have not had a chance to come down, so hopefully this will make up for it.

Free trial sheets available from the Tourist Information Centre!

Plymouth Seafood Festival 2019

Plymouth Seafood Festival 2019

Plymouth Seafood Festival – Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 September 2019.

Seafood lovers are in for a treat this September, as Plymouth Seafood Festival returns for its 8th year to Plymouth Barbican Waterfront and Visit Sutton Harbour.

Funded through the Waterfront BID and its businesses, this free festival is a vibrant celebration of the incredible sustainably caught fresh fish and seafood on offer in Britain’s Ocean City and with fun and entertainment throughout the two days, there’s something for everyone.

Visitors will be able to watch as some of the region’s top chefs create spectacular dishes in the cookery theatre. They’ll be taking to the stage from 10am each day of the festival, cooking up delicious seafood dishes. There are also opportunities to watch the demonstrations from picking and dressing crab and filleting fish techniques, to the traditional craftsmanship with Lobster ‘Withy’ pot making, using willow.

Stalls will line Quay Square and The Parade, selling delicious fresh dishes to enjoy on the day, as well as some special treats to take away – you’ll find everything from street food and shellfish to cheeses, local gins and refreshing ciders. Discover the huge variety of different species of fish from our local waters, the Plymouth Trawler Agents will have many of these on display and are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

There is plenty for children to get involved in too, from competitions and craft activities to workshops with CATERed, who will be hosting their hugely popular Kids Kitchen, so children can get hands-on with making some tasty dishes, all for free.


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