Starfish Trail children

A new family friendly trail linking the Barbican and Sutton Harbour launches on Monday 6 August, offering families the chance to learn more about life under the sea – and win impressive monthly prizes.

The Starfish Trail follows Stella the Starfish around Sutton Harbour, with trail boards located on the water’s edge to take visitors from the heart of the Barbican to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) and Rockfish, which are located on the other side of the water.

The trail is currently planned to run until November and there are a range of prizes up for grabs each month, donated by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, including a Sony PS4 console and an Amazon Fire Kids Edition 7 inch tablet. The NMA has also donated prizes ranging from cuddly toys to a family annual pass and a ‘Sleeping with the Sharks’ experience.

Trail leaflets can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre and the NMA, or downloaded from the Visit Plymouth website.

There are eight boards along the trail, each with a question to answer. Participants who answer all eight questions can claim offers immediately from local businesses with their completed leaflets and then submit their details online via the Visit Plymouth website to enter the monthly prize draws.

Amanda Lumley, Executive Director of Destination Plymouth, said: “The Starfish Trail is a great excuse to get children outside this summer and we hope families will enjoy exploring Plymouth’s historic harbour.

“There’s so much for everyone to see and do around Plymouth’s waterfront, for visitors and local families. With the new trail, the walk around Sutton Harbour can become part of the adventure or a family activity in its own right.”

The Starfish Trail has been created in partnership with Destination Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the NMA. It’s one of three possible ways to travel between the Barbican and Sutton Harbour – by boat, on the trail or over the temporary walkway, which is now open over the Sutton Harbour lock while the main bridge is closed for repairs.

Pedestrians will be routed across the inner lock gates and along quays via series of paths – including crossing the industrial inner lock gates. A separate release is available with more information.

The Sutton Harbour ferry runs daily between Lockyer’s Quay and Barbican West Pier, and the ticket price is refunded for customers when they visit the NMA café or shop, or eat at Rockfish.

Josh McCarty, Head of Marketing at the NMA, said: “At the National Marine Aquarium we are all about connecting people with the oceans, and this new trail mobilising families to walk around Sutton Harbour is a great way to engage children with the marine world, and also compliments a return trip on the ferry or foot crossing over the lock gate. We hope visitors will learn some fun facts about our oceans through the Starfish Trail and be inspired by Britain’s Ocean City.”

For more information, see: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/be-inspired/competitions/starfish-trail

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