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Sutton Harbour Ferry to run 7 days a week from Easter

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The Sutton Harbour Ferry Service will be operating in Plymouth’s historic harbour every day from Good Friday (March 30th), with trips between Lockyers Quay and Barbican West Pier running each half hour.

The ferry, which is run by Silverline Cruises and subsided by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, will be offering a full schedule seven days a week from Easter weekend, allowing people to arrive by boat at the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant on Plymouth’s waterfront while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.

Since its launch last summer, the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service has carried thousands of passengers across Sutton Harbour, including visitors to Britain’s Ocean City as well as local commuters, and provides a vital link between the Fishing Quarter and the historic Barbican Quarter.

Tickets cost £1 per person each way or £1.50 return, and children under 5 travel for free – however customers can get the price of their ticket deducted from their bill at Rockfish or in the National Marine Aquarium’s cafe or shop. Monies raised from ticket sales goes directly to Silverline Cruises.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “We are thrilled that the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service will begin operating a full schedule over the Easter weekend and will continue to do so as we move into spring and summer.

“Thousands of passengers have used the service since its launch last summer and it provides a vital link for key tenant businesses such as Rockfish and the National Marine Aquarium while the footbridge remains out of action.

“Silverline Cruises has operated the service at weekends during the winter but Sutton Harbour Holdings will be subsidising the ferry to enable it to run seven days a week during peak holiday periods, and help people cross the harbour more easily.”

Roger Maslin, Chief Executive Officer at the National Marine Aquarium, said: “With the Easter break on its way, it will be a very busy time for us here at the Aquarium so we are delighted that our customers will be able to take advantage of the full schedule run by the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service.

“The ferry provides an additional transport link that has proven popular with our customers. To allow our customers to take full advantage of the service we will continue to discount the ticket price off of their bill in either the shop or cafe.”

Mitch Tonks, owner of the Rockfish restaurant chain, said: “It’s great news that the ferry service will be running regular trips, seven days a week, making it easier for people to cross the harbour and visit us. We are again offering to deduct the price of the ferry ticket from our customers’ bill if they present a valid ticket when dining with us.”

The ferry will be available every half an hour from Lockyers Quay at 9.30am – 6.30pm and from Barbican West Pier at 9.45am – 6.45pm.

During busy periods there will also be additional services running approximately every ten minutes.

A new website is being launched, along with a social media account on Facebook, to help update ferry users on a daily basis about the service in case times are changed owing to weather conditions.

An alternative walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail, with a one-mile footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay.

UPDATE ON SUTTON HARBOUR FOOTBRIDGE

The Sutton Lock pedestrian footbridge remains closed to the public as it awaits repair. An agreement was reached at the end of 2017 between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc to repair the custom-built footbridge, and these repairs are being commissioned by Plymouth City Council.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour. The lock gates themselves remain fully operational.

The repair is a complex process owing to the bespoke nature of the footbridge and the need for a new bearing to be manufactured especially for the bridge turntable, and as such, work is not expected to complete until later in the year.

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Easter Holidays are fast approaching and the Barbican has an eggcelent selection of family friendly events to keep your little bunnies entertained throughout the school holidays. Take a look at our ever growing list of events in the area and do check back nearer the time to see what else has been added.

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Kaskelot to set sail to Sutton Harbour & Plymouth Barbican

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Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour will be hosting the famous tall ship, Kaskelot, when it returns to the city in August for a month-long visit.

The three-masted barque, which is one of the largest wooden tall ships still in commission, will be sailing into Plymouth during the first week of August and will be moored alongside Quay Road in Sutton Harbour.

During its four-week stay in Britain’s Ocean City, Kaskelot will be lowering its gangway for a series of open days where the public are invited to come on board and explore the historic vessel.

Kaskelot previously visited Plymouth for three weeks in May 2017, which saw the vessel transformed into an outdoor cinema during a two-day film event as well as hosting a craft market and school workshops, and again back in 2015 where it attracted huge crowds to the waterfront.

In addition to hosting the popular open days and film screenings throughout August, Kaskelot will be running workshops and training days for people who are interested in sailing and the marine industry.

There will also be an opportunity to hire Kaskelot to host corporate events and private functions on board with more events to be announced over the coming months.

Jessie Atkinson, Ship’s Manager for Kaskelot, said: “We are very excited to be bringing Kaskelot back to Sutton Harbour. The ship always receives a fantastic welcome in Plymouth, and we are working on an exciting schedule of events, workshops, screenings and open days for our stay there.

“It’s a real highlight for us to be able to share Kaskelot with a wide variety of different groups, and hopefully there will be something for everyone to enjoy during our time there.”

Kaskelot was originally built in Denmark in 1948 and worked as a support vessel for Danish fisheries in the Faroe Islands. More recently the beautiful barque has become famous having appeared in many hit Hollywood films and TV dramas such as Cutthroat Island, Longitude and David Copperfield.

Mark Brimacombe, Marina Manager, said: “It is always wonderful to have Kaskelot moored in Sutton Harbour. The sight of a beautifully restored traditional wooden ship brings Plymouth’s maritime history to life for many of our visitors.

“Kaskelot has been immaculately restored making her one of the finest wooden tall ships still in commission and we are excited for the public to be able to climb on board and learn about this historic ship.”

To discuss hosting a corporate event on board Kaskelot in August, contact Jessie Atkinson on jessieatkinson@sportcel.com or call 07900956938.

Keep pace with Kaskelot’s activities at www.facebook.com/svkaskelot and by following @SVKaskelot on Twitter.

Mini Rally to return to Sutton Harbour

Classic Minis at Sutton Harbour.3The sound of Mini engines will be reverberating around the cobbled streets of historic Sutton Harbour once again as the biennial Classic Mini Rally returns to Plymouth this spring.

The event, hosted by the Westcountry Mini Scene organisation, will be held on Sunday 25th March from 10am to 2pm, with classic Minis of all shapes and sizes taking to the streets of Britain’s Ocean City.

The Minis will be parked up throughout the day at Whitehouse Pier in Sutton Harbour.

Mini owners tend to gather at legendary outdoor eatery Cap’n Jaspers, next to Whitehouse Pier, at the start of the day for a group brunch before meeting with visitors, who are welcome to head down to the prestigious waterfront to view all the iconic cars from past and present on show.

Owners are more than happy to chat with visitors about their prized vehicles.

Mark Brimacombe, Manager of The Marina at Sutton Harbour, said: “It is always great to see the Minis at Sutton Harbour and I know that visitors and locals alike really enjoy wandering around the cobbled streets learning more about these iconic vehicles.

“We are looking forward to the return of the Minis and are hoping for a lovely, fine day.”

Visit www.facebook.com/westcountryminiscene to find out more about the event, or to register to take part if you are Mini owner. All day parking at the harbourside costs £5 per car for Mini owners taking part, and places must be booked in advance.

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