plymouth barbican christmasA fun-packed weekend of Christmas activities has been planned to entertain visitors to Plymouth’s historic Barbican next week.

Kicking off the weekend of entertainment, which is being delivered by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, will be a one-off late night shopping evening on Thursday 1 December, when shops will be staying open until 9pm and 12 of the Barbican’s galleries will be offering drinks and nibbles to guests.

On Friday 2 December, the British Tall Ship Josefine will be arriving in Sutton Harbour with a very special guest on board – Father Christmas!

Santa will then spend Friday preparing his grotto, before opening up to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will be able to go on board between 10.30am and 1.30pm to see Santa, for a minimum donation of £1 to the RNLI.

All children who go to see Father Christmas will receive a special present, all of which have been kindly donated by the National Marine Aquarium. He’ll also be making a brief visit to the Mayflower Steps at 10.20am on Saturday, on board the RNLI lifeboat.

Charlotte Malcolm, Commercial Marketing Manager for the Sutton Harbour Group and PWP Board Member said: “This is a magical time of year and we’re looking forward to welcoming the Johanna Lucretia to the harbour. Events like these show how we can attract more people to the waterfront for the benefit of local traders and the city as a whole.”

Adding to the Christmassy feel during the weekend, there will be street entertainers along Southside Street from 10am – 4pm, including South West Lympstone Brass Band, Peter Crawford, Italia Conti Performing Arts School, Circus Into Schools, Street Factory and many more.

Weyekin Sled Dogs will also be hosting a ‘hug a husky day’ on Saturday, when for a small donation to the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Welfare charity you can meet and hug the Husky Sled Team.

Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Manager said: “We’re really excited to have such a great weekend of events planned to kick off the festive season. All the local shops and galleries have been really enthusiastic about getting involved, and it is of course fantastic that Father Christmas is coming to Sutton Harbour – there aren’t many places where you can visit a Santa’s Grotto on a Tall Ship!”

To encourage Christmas shoppers to visit the Barbican in the lead up to Christmas parking will be free before 11am every day throughout December, and several shops will also have extended opening hours, including 45 Southside and the Victoria Stewart Contemporary Jewellery which will open from 9.30am – 6pm

Speaking of Christmas… it’s getting closer, be sure to view the Barbican Waterfront’s Christmas special offers and events page…