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News from the Plymouth Barbican

Snowflake Trail 2017

Snowflake Trail 2017

Waterfront Snowflake Trail – Sunday 26 November – Sunday 7 January 2017

Following the success of the Trail in 2016 and by popular demand, the Snowflake Trail will be back for Christmas 2017!

The trail will run for six weeks from Sunday 26 November into the new year and the trail maps will soon be available to download from the Visit Plymouth website or pick up from the Tourist Information Centre and participating businesses from mid-November.

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Plymouth Barbican Christmas Light Switch-on

Plymouth Barbican Christmas Light Switch On

On Sunday 26 November, the Waterfront Christmas Celebrations will be taking place on The Barbican and Sutton Harbour.

Await the exciting arrival of Santa and his Elf who will be travelling by RNLI Lifeboat to The Barbican to join the Lord Mayor on The Parade for the official lights switch on at 4pm, shortly followed by the best dressed elf competition.

Get into the Christmas spirit with a spectacular stage programme, comprising of performances from local community groups, theatre groups and schools throughout the day.

Meet Santa’s Reindeer, wander the array of community stalls and admire the beautifully decorated Christmas Tree as you celebrate Christmas down at Plymouth’s stunning waterfront.

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Plymouth Seafood Festival on the Barbican and Sutton Harbour

Plymouth Seafood Festival 2017

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour will come alive on Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 September, with a celebration of locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood.

Now in its sixth year, the Plymouth Seafood Festival will be supporting the fishing industry by offering a weekend full of delicious dishes for all the family to enjoy as well as hands-on activities, including children’s cookery fun, where they can touch and taste local produce.

New for this year is the second demonstration area at Quay Square, where you can join in workshops, watch demonstrations, learn about what fish are in season from our industry partners Interfish and Plymouth Trawler Agents. And, more importantly, where to purchase the freshest, locally caught seafood. Climb on-board the fishing trawlers and chat to the local fisherman about their fascinating and sometimes forbidding experiences out on the water.

We are excited to see the return of the fantastic Cardboard Boat Race, which will be on Commercial Wharf on Saturday 16 September. Build a boat out of nothing but a few bits of cardboard and some sticky tape, and sail it around a course in Plymouth harbour. The winner is the last one to sink!

Other highlights include the street food area on West Pier and on Sunday 17 September celebrity chef Mitch Tonks will be hosting a Crab Festival at his premium seafood restaurant Rockfish. With live music, entertainment, a stand for pots of crab cocktail, fresh crabmeat to buy and take home and of course a special menu featuring this great local shellfish.

To see the full schedule and entertainment on offer, please visit: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/top-events/plymouth-seafood-festival


Planning application on the Barbican’s historic Elizabethan House submitted.

Planning application on historic house submitted

Preparations to make one of the oldest properties in Plymouth ready to play its part in the Mayflower commemorations look set to get underway in the Autumn. Plymouth City Council has submitted a listed building application for a detailed structural condition investigation to be carried out on the Elizabethan House.

The application asks to carefully remove all internal finishes, including sand and cement renders and lime plaster, from the building to enable a full assessment of its condition to be carried out. All original features will be recorded and conserved as part of the project,

The house in New Street is a grade 2* listed building and is in need of conservation. An initial structural and condition appraisal has already been carried out and has established that the building has significant issues which need further investigation.

Inappropriate repairs carried out in 1929 has resulted in persistent damp issues within the building that now requires a sympathetic and comprehensive response in order to fully rectify the problem

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “This is the start of our journey to get this house ready for Mayflower 400.

“We want it to play a part in our story by renovating it and creating a place people will be able to see what life was like four centuries ago. But its age means we have to treat it very sensitively.”

Because of its condition and age, Historic England has included the Elizabethan House on its ‘Heritage at Risk Register’.  The Council now plans to bid for funds to address the structural condition issues and an application will be submitted to Historic England in the autumn.

A conservation-led  design team is being appointed to renovate the building with a view to creating an exciting immersive museum experience which will transport visitors back to Elizabethan Plymouth and is a key aspect of the Mayflower 400 capital programme as recently announced.

The structural investigation work will start late autumn and is expected to take around six months.  Following on from that designs for the new museum will be developed

For further information please contact: 

Jane Slavin, Corporate Communications Officer 
Tel: 01752 304049 
Fax: 01752 304933 
Email: jane.slavin@plymouth.gov.uk

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