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October Half Term Fun on the Barbican

Struggling to come up with ideas on how to keep your little one’s entertained this Half Term? Take a look at some of our suggestions on things to do with your family this October Half Term without having to venture outside of Plymouth. Local Barbican Businesses offer a great variety of activities for all ages, there’s plenty to choose from whatever the weather.

National Marine Aquarium

Sketching for Sea-renity

Everyday this half-term the National Marine Aquarium will be offering sea-renity sketchbooks for children to use to draw and sketch their favourite sea-creatures in. A great chance for families to relax and explore their creative sides together surrounded by the sea creatures.

Family Fright Night -Saturday 29th October

A fun family event packed with exciting activities for all ages, such as: pumpkin carving, spooky stories and a truly frightening Fright Night Show! Get your costumes read and practice your face painting skills as there are prizes to be won for the best Halloween outfit. Book your tickets now

Plymouth Devon School of Sailing Association

Fun water sports activities for children aged 8+ from local charity PDSSA. Your child will enjoy a vast range of activities including sailing, kayaking, powerboating and learning first aid they will build up their strength, ability to follow instructions and working in a team as well as on their own. This is a great way for keeping your children active this half term and learn a new skill.

Should they wish to pursue any of the activities as a hobby, PDSSA offers a great range of classes running all year around. There are limited spaces available, and you can sign up for one session that intrest you or book in for the whole week. Please see the website to find out more www.pdssa.org

Make at 140 Vauxhall

Halloween Half Term Activities
A ghostly crafting session suitable for all ages of young makers. Enjoy creating beautiful Halloween decorations using a great variety of media including sewing. Your child will be able to make ghostly hanging decorations, a little sewn ghost, ghost milk bottle lights or spider’s web hanging.

The activity sessions will run from Saturday 22nd October, to book your space or to take a look at other workshops on offer, please visit www.makeat140.co.uk

Plymouth Arts Centre

Family Art Workshop: Right Angles/Wrong Angels
For families of all ages, £5 per family. Learn about the science of drawing, and how maths is present in art. Through drawing, printing, and self portraiture, re-imagine yourself and your family as a group of mechanical monsters, or ghastly ghouls. Work together to create spooky collaborations and make haunting Halloween masks to take home. Advance booking essential although some places may be available on the day (Saturday 29th October). To book visit www.plymouthartscentre.org

Barbican Theatre

Avant Garde Dance Company Half Term Creative Residency
Barbican Theatre is offering an amazing opportunity for 18 dancers to work with cutting edge Avant Garde Dance through a series of intensive master classes this half term, culminating in a live performance on stage! Running between 25th – 28th October this Masterclass is suitable for ages 14+. To see more details and book your spot, please visit www.barbicantheatre.co.uk

Mayflower Museum

Lantern Making Workshop
Great family event for all ages this Half Term! Come along to the workshop at Mayflower Museum (above the Tourist Information Centre) and learn how to make your own lantern on Saturday 29th October. There are 2 FREE sessions available 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm, there is no need to book. For more details please visit: Plymouth Arts and Heritage

Tenpin Bowling

Great Value October Half Term deals
1 game of bowling and a burger meal for £8.49 for a junior meal and £10.99 per adult. Offer available Monday – Friday throughout Half Term until 5 pm. For more details on offers or to book online, please visit www.tenpin.co.uk

Mount Batten Centre

School Holiday Courses
A fun-filled, dynamic range of both wet and dry adventure days. Choose from the following options: Kayaking and Canoeing, Dinghy sailing, Hawk 20 sailing, Coasteering, Windsurfing, Climbing & Abseiling and stand up paddleboarding. For more info, please visit www.mount-batten-centre.com

Clay Art

Don’t forget to visit Clay Art this Half Term, a friendly “paint your own pottery studio” in the heart of the Barbican. There is a great variety of pieces to choose from which can all be decorated by you and the children to create a unique gift for someone special or an autumn keepsake. Keep an eye out for Primary Times in your little one’s book bag for a 20% off voucher inside.

For details, please visit www.clayart.co.uk

These are just a few examples of the things you can enjoy with your family this October Half Term. Plymouth Barbican has a lot to offer to visitors and locals all year around, be sure to take a look at our ‘Things To Do‘ section for some more ideas on places to visit. Don’t forget to have a look through the ‘Eating Out’ page for some great suggestions on local eateries. We also have an up to date ‘Shops’ on the Barbican section, listing all the fantastic local traders who offer a great variety of unique gifts, jewellery, art and homeware. Plymouth Barbican is the place to be this Half Term!

Lantern Making Workshop

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Mayflower Museum, above the Tourist Information Centre, 3-5 The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LR

Great family event for all ages this Half Term! Come along to the workshop at Mayflower Museum and learn how to make your own lantern.There are two sessions available and there is no need to book. You will be able to take your lantern home at the end of the workshop, you can also bring it along to the Illuminate event on 24th November.

Morning session: 10.30am – 12.30am
Afternoon session: 2pm – 4pm

For more information or to contact the event organisers, please visit: Plymouth Arts & Heritage

Famous Russian Tall Ship sails into Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour this October

shtandart-007-photo-vladimir-martus-2007Another dramatic tall ship will sail into Sutton Harbour this autumn when a full-sized wooden replica of Russian frigate the Shtandart pays its first visit to Britain’s Ocean City.

Plymouth will be hosting the three-masted, fully rigged frigate for three days from October 6th-9th. The 33-metre high, 34-metre long working vessel is an exact replica of the legendary original, which was built 300 years ago by Tsar Peter the Great as the first man-o’-war of the Russian Baltic fleet.

Shtandart will be berthed alongside Quay Road in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour, the historic heart of Plymouth, and open to the public from 10am until 7pm each day.

Mark Brimacombe, Marina Manager at Sutton Harbour, said: “Tall ships always prove a hugely popular attraction in Plymouth, bringing crowds of people down to the city’s famous waterfront and bringing the historic harbour to life.
“We saw streams of people head for Sutton Harbour this summer to visit famous Spanish replica the Nao Victoria during her month-long stay with us, as well as to enjoy seeing tall ships visiting for the Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally in July.

“We are delighted to welcome Shtandart this autumn on her first visit to Plymouth, and have no doubt there will be plenty of people keen to see this sea-going replica of the famous Russian frigate built by Peter the Great more than 300 years ago.”

Shtandart was launched in August 1703, first captained by Peter the Great himself as the flagship of the Russian Navy, and defended St Petersburg during the war with Sweden, seeing active service until 1719.

The full-sized replica was launched in St Petersburg in 1999 after six years of work by a team of volunteers led by Vladimir Martus, the present Captain of Shtandart, to carefully copy the original using traditional techniques, materials and tools.

The richly decorated frigate features extensive carvings at the stern, around the gunports and at the break of the poop deck, as well as a prancing lion figurehead and the Royal standard of Peter the Great is flown from the masthead.

With a draft of 3.3 metres and capable of making speeds of between 8-9 knots under sail, Shtandart is a very seaworthy vessel, and the replica is manned by a crew of 30 trainees and 10 officers – far less than the original crew of up to 150 in 1703.

Shtandart is expected to sail into Sutton Harbour on the high tide late in the evening of October 5th, and will open to the public from 10am on October 6th from her berth alongside Quay Road (next to Cap’n Jaspers).

Tickets will cost £3 for adults, £1 for children (6-16 years) or £8 for a family.

There is also an opportunity to join Shtandart as a paying crew member and embark on a voyage to St Malo or Bordeaux in France; visit www.shtandart.ru/en/frigate/application to apply.

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