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We’ve just realised this morning that today marks 6 years of our work with the local Barbican community both online and on the ground. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and would like to thank everyone who volunteer their time and skills to support local Barbican businesses and help to promote this beautiful area to both visitors and locals.
Here’s to many more years! #LoveTheBarbican
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Kaskelot Photo Rick Tomlinson
One of the largest wooden tall ships still in commission is heading to Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour for a three-week visit this spring. Kaskelot is a majestic three-masted barque and was a huge hit when she last sailed into Britain’s Ocean City two years ago.
This year, the world-class sailing ship will be berthed alongside Quay Road from April 21st until May 15th, and open for visitors to step aboard and explore the famous wooden decks and extensive cargo hold.Local primary schools are invited to book classes in for curriculum-themed sail training and history visits during the week, and local businesses can hire the traditionally renovated tall ship for meetings or private events during her stay.
There will also be a Ship to Shore arts and craft market with stalls both on board Kaskelot and on the harbourside on Quay Road on Sunday April 30th, including family entertainment and live music. During Plymouth Barbican Pirate Weekend, Kaskelot will offer specially designed hands-on sail training sessions for all the family so you can learn how to set the sails (but from the comfort and safety of the harbour berth).
Jessie Atkinson, Ship’s Manager for Kaskelot, said: “We are thrilled to be sailing back to Sutton Harbour this spring, and extending our stay in Plymouth so even more people can come on board and find out about the ship.“We’re especially excited about the schools’ engagement programme we’ll be offering to enable primary school pupils to learn more about how to rig and sail a traditional tall ship, and find out about the history of sailing at the same time.”
Mark Brimacombe, Marina Manager, said: “Kaskelot is one of the finest wooden tall ships of her age still in commission, and has an incredible history. The ship was enormously popular when she last visited Sutton Harbour in 2015 with people pouring down to Plymouth’s waterfront to tour such a wonderfully well-restored ship, and we have no doubt the fascination will again prove a major draw this spring.”
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.
She will be returning to Plymouth on April 21st, and open to the public on weekends from Saturday April 29th until Sunday May 14th, departing the following morning on May 15th.Visitors can board Kaskelot for £3.50 per adult and £2 per child, and funds raised used to support the ongoing maintenance of the vessel.
The Ship to Shore market on April 30th is free to attend and will feature more than 25 stalls manned by locally based arts and craft traders, as well as food stalls, live music, workshops and family entertainment, running from 10.30am-3.30pm. For more details, visit www.missivyevents.co.uk
During Plymouth Barbican Pirate Weekend, special ticketed hands-on sail training sessions will run throughout the day on Saturday May 13th and Sunday May 14th costing £6 for adults and £4 for children, to include lessons on how to set the famous sails as well as a deck quiz and other on-board activities.
Kaskelot will be open for school visits during weekdays between April 21st and May 14th, with 1.5 hour hands-on sessions specially tailored to match school curriculum projects on history, maritime or pirate projects as needed, featuring sail training, a deck quiz and providing a stamped certificate for all those taking part. Up to 40 children can be accommodated and the price is £5 per child, with no cost for teachers/teaching assistants. To book a sail training lesson for your school, contact Jessie at firstname.lastname@example.org Also contact Jessie to enquire about corporate hospitality opportunities on board.
The visit from Kaskelot is the latest in a serious of hugely popular tall ships to Sutton Harbour. Last October, Plymouth welcomed the three-masted Russian frigate Shtandart, an immaculate reproduction of the 300-year-old original built by Tsar Peter the Great, and Sutton Harbour has also hosted visits from famous Spanish replica the Nao Victoria and Westcountry trading ketch The Irene.
For more information contact: Mary O’Leary email@example.com
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and where better in Plymouth to celebrate it than on the Barbican. Filled with cosy and atmospheric restaurants, Plymouth Barbican is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner followed by an evening walk by the harbour. If you are looking for a little gift for your loved one, there’s also a great choice of independent shops filled with jewellery, personalised gifts, local art and confectionary. You truly will be spoilt with choice here, there’s something for everyone. In this feature article, we would like to give you a couple of suggestions for excellent places to visit not only this February but throughout the year. Read full article
Business leaders are being encouraged to put their faith in the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and its bid to continue the area’s Business Improvement District for a further five years.
The Waterfront BID began in March 2012 and currently represents more than 660 businesses in a three-square mile area stretching from Royal William Yard to Queen Anne’s Battery Marina. But the BID is up for renewal in March and local business owners are being asked to back Waterfront BID2 in a ballot next month – stretching until March 2022 and including the highly- anticipated Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020. It’s proposed that Waterfront BID2 will represent more than 750 businesses and expand its boundary to encompass Mayflower Marina and Mount Batten.
Today some of Plymouth’s top business leaders expressed support for the PWP’s plans and said the area needed an organisation whose sole purpose was to make the most of the city’s beautiful Waterfront.
Richard Stevens, Chairman of Devon Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus, said:
“The Waterfront is the jewel in the crown of Plymouth but it desperately needed a good polish. The PWP has made it sparkle and turned it into a destination of choice. It is now recognised as an asset to the city. There are some really big ticket items planned, from the new luxury hotel to the Mayflower 400 celebrations, but we shouldn’t forget the devil’s in the detail and everything has to be executed and managed effectively and cohesively if we are to make this city and the Waterfront all it could be.”
Funded by Waterfront business, the private sector led not for profit BID has delivered numerous projects to improve the area for traders and visitors alike, including creating and delivering new events the Plymouth Pirates Weekend and the Plymouth Seafood Festival, Christmas lights, better signage, brighter lighting and cleaner streets.
And the Waterfront BID2 team has some ambitious plans for the future, including expanding events, creating new trails, reducing business costs, celebrating the city’s heritage and increasing connectivity across the Waterfront and with the City Centre.
Mr Stevens added: “We have to repurpose the Waterfront area to stay commercially viable. It’s now a recreational area for leisure and pleasure and that’s what the PWP has helped us realise. I would urge everyone to get behind Waterfront BID2 for the good of the city and its jewel, our beautiful Waterfront.”
Businesses inside the BID area pay a levy of 1.5 per cent of their rateable value annually in return for enhanced services and projects, entirely additional to the City Council’s delivery. Since 2012 the Waterfront BID team has ring-fenced council services to the tune of £2.77m, secured the creation of a Masterplan for the Waterfront and ensured Plymouth’s promotion at tradeshows including InternationalConfex, and the Brest International Maritime Festival.
Owner of café, shop and workshop space Make at 140, Lizzy Evans, said:
“Over the last five years there has been a real improvement to the look of the Waterfront area, even in the most basic things like plant pots.I think it’s a really important resource and people have to remember there is no alternative in place. Without the Waterfront BID team, there will be no one there to fight our corner. There is so much potential for the Waterfront over the next five years and I want to see the area grow, with more event promotion and visitor growth.Without the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, I think a lot of the momentum will be lost”.
Stuart Elford, Director of Operations and Development at GA Solicitors, said:
“I think it’s vital to have a BID in place. They have the knowledge and the contacts to get things done and they have made a real effort to engage with local businesses to include the ideas of the people who actually live and work in the area. Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City. We need a team whose sole purpose is to make our Waterfront attractive, exciting and accessible to all”.
Plymouth College of Art Director of Development, Hannah Harris, said:
“Having a central team to co-ordinate events and services is critical for the Waterfront, which is such a key part of the city as a whole. It’s a big job combining the operational with the strategic but the Waterfront BID team is looking to the future and understands what needs to be done. I know it’s a financial commitment but people need to understand that there is no effective alternative that would offer the same level of activity and support.No one else will pick up the responsibility and I can’t think of a better more dedicated and committed team to carry on the Waterfront BID”.
Next Month the PWP will invite more than 800 Waterfront business – including shops, restaurants, marinas, hotels and guest houses – to take part in a ballot, ahead of the original BID ending on March 31st.
To attend the PWP Bid conference on the 25th of January please visit the Waterfront Bid website http://www.waterfrontbid.co.uk/pwp-bid-renewal.
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