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News from the Plymouth Barbican
A temporary walkway is opening across Sutton Harbour Lock to help people cross the harbour while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.
People will be able to use a new walkway across the inner lock gates for short periods of time in the day, depending on waiting marine traffic, tides and freeflow times, to cross from the historic Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter and to visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.
This temporary walkway will be in addition to the option of catching the daily Sutton Harbour Ferry Service or walking around East Quay and North Quay, which form the City Quarter and Leisure Quarter of Sutton Harbour.
The temporary solution will not be suitable for small children, pushchairs, prams, bicycles, wheelchairs or anyone with mobility issues, as it involves steps and a narrow, single-file, adapted path crossing the industrial inner lock gates, which were not designed for pedestrian use.
It is hoped that the temporary walkway, when combined with the daily ferry service and the short walking route around the harbour, will make it easier for people to journey across Sutton Harbour while work continues to progress permanent repairs to the footbridge.
Read more: About the temporary walk bridge…
Due to the temporary walk bridge being effected by a range of factors please check the notice boards on the day to see opening / closing times.
Heritage Trail / Starfish Trail
Other ways to get around include the Starfish Trail, which follows Stella the Starfish around Sutton Harbour, with trail boards located on the water’s edge to take visitors from the heart of the Barbican to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) and Rockfish, which are located on the other side of the water.
Sutton Harbour / Barbican Ferry Service
The Sutton Harbour Ferry Service operates in Plymouth’s historic harbour with trips between Lockyers Quay and Barbican West Pier running each half hour.
See the ferry service Facebook page for operating times…
The Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival returns for a third year to The Barbican, 10 – 12 August 2018
A new family friendly trail linking the Barbican and Sutton Harbour launches on Monday 6 August, offering families the chance to learn more about life under the sea – and win impressive monthly prizes.
The Starfish Trail follows Stella the Starfish around Sutton Harbour, with trail boards located on the water’s edge to take visitors from the heart of the Barbican to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) and Rockfish, which are located on the other side of the water.
The trail is currently planned to run until November and there are a range of prizes up for grabs each month, donated by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, including a Sony PS4 console and an Amazon Fire Kids Edition 7 inch tablet. The NMA has also donated prizes ranging from cuddly toys to a family annual pass and a ‘Sleeping with the Sharks’ experience.
Trail leaflets can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre and the NMA, or downloaded from the Visit Plymouth website.
There are eight boards along the trail, each with a question to answer. Participants who answer all eight questions can claim offers immediately from local businesses with their completed leaflets and then submit their details online via the Visit Plymouth website to enter the monthly prize draws.
Amanda Lumley, Executive Director of Destination Plymouth, said: “The Starfish Trail is a great excuse to get children outside this summer and we hope families will enjoy exploring Plymouth’s historic harbour.
“There’s so much for everyone to see and do around Plymouth’s waterfront, for visitors and local families. With the new trail, the walk around Sutton Harbour can become part of the adventure or a family activity in its own right.”
The Starfish Trail has been created in partnership with Destination Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the NMA. It’s one of three possible ways to travel between the Barbican and Sutton Harbour – by boat, on the trail or over the temporary walkway, which is now open over the Sutton Harbour lock while the main bridge is closed for repairs.
Pedestrians will be routed across the inner lock gates and along quays via series of paths – including crossing the industrial inner lock gates. A separate release is available with more information.
The Sutton Harbour ferry runs daily between Lockyer’s Quay and Barbican West Pier, and the ticket price is refunded for customers when they visit the NMA café or shop, or eat at Rockfish.
Josh McCarty, Head of Marketing at the NMA, said: “At the National Marine Aquarium we are all about connecting people with the oceans, and this new trail mobilising families to walk around Sutton Harbour is a great way to engage children with the marine world, and also compliments a return trip on the ferry or foot crossing over the lock gate. We hope visitors will learn some fun facts about our oceans through the Starfish Trail and be inspired by Britain’s Ocean City.”
For more information, see: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/be-inspired/competitions/starfish-trail
EVENT: Armed Forces Day #Plymouth – 30th June 2018, celebrating our armed forces, past, present and future.
A spectacular and exciting day of entertainment, with air displays, parades, demonstrations, competitions and activities for the whole family.
This year’s event we will linked closely with the Royal Air Force for the RAF100 celebrations and commemorations, as 2018 marks 100 years of the RAF.
During the event the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and veteran’s organisations, charities and the emergency services will showcase their services in a variety of ‘villages’ set out across the Hoe.
Ahoy me hearties! Be ready to join in the pirate fun as the pirates descend onto the Barbican, Sutton Harbour and West Hoe once again for Pirates Weekend Plymouth! 12th & 13th May – The best family pirates weekend in the South West!
Step aboard for free on the 2 tall ships The Greyhound and The Phoenix, see punch and judy themed shops, take part in pirates craft making, lots of re-enactments, cannon firing and muskets! Pirate Story telling, face painting, pirate trails, fancy dress competitions and a whole lot more!
ARRRRRRR you’d not want to miss this bumper weekend of Pirate Antics ! Feast your eyes on what’s to come over ere: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/pirates-weekend-plymouth-2018-p1365003