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Pirates Weekend Plymouth – Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May 2019
Ahoy there me hearties! Get ready for a swashbuckling day of fun enjoying the best of the high seas in Britain’s Ocean City as this award-winning event returns for another year. Enjoy an adventure-filled day out for the whole family as you wander the streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour.
Two tall ships, The Phoenix and Grayhound, will be docked in Sutton Harbour for you to hop aboard and hoist the main sail! Watch out for arch-enemies Jonty Depp and Captain Barbossa roaming the streets, meet the magical Madame Galleon and be enchanted by Melody the Mermaid.
There’s plenty more entertainment too, with puppeteers, stilt walkers, storytellers, displays and a programme of shanty bands to enjoy. Children will love the Giant Octopus soft play on The Parade, or getting creative with arts and crafts activities.
The Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is expected to reopen tomorrow Good Friday – 19 April.
The one tonne bearing has been successfully fitted by a local company. Following installation, full testing has been carried out by expert teams effectively and safely, with the lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time.
Plymouth City Council commissioned the repairs, which involved a complex engineering project with a bespoke bearing manufactured in America after local engineering companies turned down the commission.
The repairs have been jointly funded by Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Group and the Environment Agency with all three organisations contributing more than £250,000. Plymouth Waterfront Partnership also contributed £10,000.
The bearing acts like a turntable, with the inner ring attached to the underside of the footbridge, while the outer ring is attached to the foundation plinth.
The custom built pedestrian footbridge across Sutton Lock was fitted over 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates. The lock gate’s main function is to manage flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour.
The lock footbridge will be open to the public between 6am and 11pm seven days week with the exception of Christmas Day when it will be closed. Operating times are dependent on waiting marine traffic, which takes priority.
This Easter, there’s plenty to see and do on the Barbican. The Association of Barbican Businesses are bringing back our popular FREE family Easter Trail for all to enjoy and spend some quality time enjoying the great outdoors!
Join in with the search for famous rabbit paw prints and make the most of your Easter break in Plymouth. A sweet treat awaits for all the little explorers who complete the trail. There’ll also be a chance to enter a big prize draw! See the Event Page for full details
This summer, Plymouth will host finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race.
Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles and round the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland before returning via the Isles of Scilly to finish in Plymouth. The race has a huge worldwide following and has seen continued growth over recent years, with the limit of 300 boats having to be increased to over 340 due to high demand.
Yachts come from all over the world to compete in the race which will start on Saturday 3 August 2019. The first yachts are expected to arrive in Plymouth in the early hours of Monday 5 August. The Plymouth race village will be located at Yacht Haven at Mount Batten and will be open to the public from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 August, with live music, family friendly activities and opportunities for local people to try their hand at on-water activities like sailing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
With so much on offer from the finest food and drink to hidden treasures to explore and discover, Destination Plymouth will be creating a local guide for competitiors to make the most of their visit to Plymouth during the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race.
If you would like to be included with a special offer* to encourage participants and their families to visit your business, please get in touch with Destination Plymouth via firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Tuesday 29 January.
*Offers to be redeemable during Rolex Fastnet Race from Saturday 3 August to Sunday 11 August 2019.
An ambitious project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power for Mayflower400 and beyond has been awarded a massive £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400 and £2.75 million for exciting new creative sector initiatives that could see over 4,000 people offered training, business support and professional development opportunities as part of the iMayflower project. It aims to support the makers, the doers, artists, the digital pioneers and the wider Plymouth population by giving them the know-how to make things happen.
Plymouth City Council, Destination Plymouth, Mayflower 400, Plymouth College of Art, Real Ideas Organisation and the University of Plymouth have teamed up to address the growing demand for the city’s creative sector to realise its potential, offering new opportunities, creative spaces and skills.
Over 200 businesses and social enterprises will benefit from support to develop new products, services, content and jobs over the next financial year, providing skills development for people from a range of communities, ages and backgrounds.
The Mayflower400 Culture and Heritage Programme is already shaping up to be a game changer for Plymouth with art, music, theatre, exhibitions, storytelling, digital innovation, literature, crafts, festivals, debates and more. Every aspect of the Mayflower story is being explored together with its relevance to life today.
iMayflower will help Plymouth shout about its culture and creativity offer, develop a long term, sustainable legacy and provide skills and learning opportunities through events and community engagement. It will also look to support creative sector businesses to become more visible on an international stage. It involves work with partners across the city who are developing digital technology, such as 3-D printing, virtual reality or ‘immersive technology’ to help the city expand its expertise in advanced manufacturing, robotics and digital making.