Eggsplore The Barbican This Easter Holiday
The Easter holidays are a great time to get out and eggsplore with your friends and family. The Plymouth Barbican is a treasure trove filled with quirky little shops, independent restaurants, charming cafes and great places to see. There is something here for everyone and in this featured article we wanted to share with you some of the many places well worth a visit, not only this spring, but all year round.
45 Southside – Contemporary Crafts Gallery
A beautifully bright Contemporary Craft Gallery showcasing glass, ceramics, textile and metal works from local Devon and Cornwall makers. The friendly owner – Mathias has been running the gallery since 2009 and is very passionate about promoting local art, with many works by Plymouth artists available all year around.
Located right in the heart of the hustling and bustling Southside Street it’s hard to miss! The wonderfully colourful window display is only a sample of all the great things you can find inside. A mixed display by designer-makers working mainly in ceramics, glass and metalwork, but also in textile, paper, wood and many more materials, changes frequently throughout the year.
The gallery offers an eclectic mix of both large and small to suit any budget. There is also an excellent selection of quality gifts and we especially liked the ceramic earrings and dove pendants by Plymouth’s Sarah McCormack.
And if all the above isn’t a good enough reason for you to visit 45 Southside, they are also holding their spring exhibition starting from 8th April. Creatures Great and Small is showcasing beautifully detailed work of ceramic artist Gwen Vaughan and needle felt pieces by Tracey Benton.
Soperfect Images – Pre-loved cameras, accessories, photogifts
Housed within The House That Jack Built, Soperfect Images is a specialist shop supplying preloved vintage and digital cameras as well as film and accessories. The shop also sells prints of Plymouth and a vast range of photo gifts.
The friendly owner – Russel Soper is always happy to lend a helping hand when it comes to choosing the right camera or accessories for you. Some of the cameras in the shop are over 100 years old, but each and every single one of them has been carefully cleaned, thoroughly checked and restored to its former glory as much as it’s possible.
“Many people who visit the shop are photographers who want to challenge themselves on these classic, we’ve had some celebrities walk through the doors too” says Russ.
The ongoing project 52 cameras in 52 weeks is a great testimony to what some of these “oldies” really can do. Each week, local photographer Ashley Williams is given one of the cameras available in the shop to try. He has to learn how to use it, produce results which are then developed in the shop and posted online with absolutely no editing or digital tampering. He also writes a short report about how he got on. The prints as well as the camera are available to purchase from the shop and they often sell shortly after completion as others want to put their skills to the test.
Apart from cameras, Soperfect Images also offers a vast range of Plymouth prints & canvas as well as photo-gifts. Mugs, key rings, post cards, magnets, ornaments and calendars, each of them can be personalised and you can use one of the many images Russel has available or your own photos.
The Hidden Olive – Stylish Restaurant & Cosy Coffee Shop
This popular Plymouth restaurant is located in the stunning Sutton Harbour location on Pinnacle Quay. The Hidden Olive offers a mouth-watering selection of freshly made Mediterranean food, relaxing atmosphere and fantastic views over the harbour, this place truly deserves to be found.
The Hidden Olive has a relaxed, comfy and friendly setting offering both casual and fine dining menus from dusk until dawn. From breakfasts, coffee and cake catch ups, through casual lunches to fine dining for special occasions in the evenings, there’s something here for everyone. There is also a great selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes and if you have any special dietary needs or allergies, the staff will be more than happy to help.
Wednesday’s are student nights with special B.O.G.O.F deals on pizza, burgers and hot drinks. New to the Hidden Olive is also introduction of Fat Sam’s Pizzeria Thursdays, special pizza nights which are already proving very popular. Every Thursday any large pizza + garlic bread + chips and any 2 soft drinks for only £20. Perfect for sharing!
Gin is also on the menu at The Hidden Olive with a fine section of some of Devon and Cornwall’s best gins including Tarquins, Salcombe, Wicked Wolf, Trevethen and of course Plymouth Gin available to try.
If you are looking for a peaceful space for a meeting or want to catch up on some work, there’s free Wi-Fi, lots of parking nearby, a giant sofa to relax on and of course an endless supply of freshly brewed coffee to keep you going. The Hidden Olive is an oasis of calm and tranqulity.
This spring, The Hidden Olive will also be hosting a “Hidden Inspiration” art exhibition, showcasing the work of Royal William Yard’s resident artist Martin Bush. His vibrant and highly desirable contemporary abstract pieces will be on show from 8th April to 27th May.
Peardrops – accessories and gifts galore
It’s been a couple of months since we have last visited the Peardrops when it first opened in their brand new location, a few doors down from their previous home in The House That Jack Built. We loved it then, but now that they have properly settled into their new space, it’s even more beautiful with new lines added and some clear favourites well established.
Peardrops specialises in selling beautiful handmade jewellery and accessories including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, scarves and handbags. New to Peardrops is the introduction of a range of film and music posters including signed and numbered movie prints by the popular artist Tim Doyle. You can also find a great variety of retro games, gadgets and cards.
Spring has most certainly sprung inside the shop and you will find lots of colourful accessories, beautiful handbags and even umbrellas to update your spring/summer look. The clothing range has also proved to be very popular and expanded to meet the demand. This week will also see the installation of a brand new fitting room. Anne has also added a new range of accessories for men, from tasteful bracelets to pocket and wrist watches, which makes the shop even more versatile and worth visiting.
All in all, a true Aladdin’s cave and a one stop shop when you’re in need of a little retail therapy. If you need a gift, you will also not leave disappointed as selection on offer is truly spectacular. We would certainly recommend stopping by whether you’re looking for something in particular or just fancy a little browse.