Eggsplore The Plymouth Barbican This Easter Holiday
Easter Holiday is now in full swing and with the glorious sunny weather, many of you are sure to head out and explore the beautiful Plymouth Barbican. After all, there isn’t much that could beat a slow stroll by the harbourside and down through the narrow cobbled lanes with an ice cream in hand. Don’t forget to wander off the beaten track and explore the many shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés in the area. Here are just a few places that you should certainly add to your list and try out this spring.
Plymouth Boat Trips
There is simply no better way to spend a sunny day than on a boat, making the most of Plymouth’s stunning waterside location. Short trips, long cruises and excellent ferry links with some of the most beautiful local destinations, Plymouth Boat Trips have it all covered.
The 1 hour Dockyard and Warships boat trip through the Plymouth Sound and up the River Tamar must be one of the most popular choices made by locals and tourists flocking the busy Barbican on a sunny day. The trip offers a chance to kick back and relax atop of the new Plymouth Venturer vessel complete with a comfortable café/bar downstairs. You will also receive 10% off your order at the Boathouse café when showing your ticket.
If you prefer something a little different or want to make a day out of it, take a look at the superb trips to Calstock. The next one is departing from the Barbican Landing stage on Saturday 22nd April at 1pm. A truly idyllic 5 hour boat trip, sailing up the stunning Tamar Valley to the beautiful Cornish Village of Calstock. The trip includes 1 hour run ashore and you can get your tickets here.
Plymouth Boat Trips offer an alternative way and may we add a much better way to travel between many popular waterside locations. Apart from the popular Mount Batten water taxi operating all year around, there are also many seasonal connections departing from the Barbican Landing Stage including ferry service to Cawsand, Royal William Yard, and a newly introduced service to Mount Edgcumbe.
As we are getting closer and closer to the summer season, more services are being added, including themed party cruises and fishing trips. Some of the tickets are already available for sale, including the Pirate themed cruise for this year’s Plymouth Pirate Weekend. Be sure to visit their website for more details, departure times, tickets and to find out more about private hire.
Kapadokya – Authentic Turkish food in a traditional Tudor setting
Situated in a prominent spot on one of the oldest street in Plymouth, New Street, Kapadokya offers traditional Turkish cuisine at its best. Housed within a beautiful Tudor property, the restaurant itself is full of character and charm. Step inside and feast your eyes on the beautiful, traditional Turkish decor which marries well with the building’s exposed beams and stonework.
Successfully ran under the same management for many years, Kapadokya prides itself in serving authentic Turkish meals lovingly prepared by the passionate chef Ismail. The restaurant is open daily for lunches as well as dinners, we also recommend you take a look at their website for current deals and to see the full menu.
With a wealth of traditional recipes, Kapadokya’s menu combines a variety of meats, fish and vegetarian dishes that promise to satisfy and surprise. All of the dishes are completely homemade by their Turkish chefs using, where possible, only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Their aim is to provide their diners with a true taste of the best Mediterranean food right here in Plymouth.
As well as serving deliciously fragrant and flavoursome food, Kapadokya also host special Ameera belly dance evenings on every other Saturday night. If you are planning to host a party or bring some friends along and would like to enjoy a belly dancing show, you can get in touch with the restaurant who will be more than happy to arrange it for you.
There are also great weekday lunch and evening deals to be had, so do make the most of it this Easter holidays. You can try 2 of their delicious and rather generous Mezes for only £10 or order a 2 course meal for only £13 every day 10am-5pm. If you’re planning to visit in the evening, the 2 course meal deal is available from Sunday to Wednesday and you can add a small glass of house wine for only £3! Please visit their website for full menu and seasonal offers.
45 Southside – Where “Creatures Great and Small” get together
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.
45 Southside is currently running a new spring exhibition “Creatures Great and Small” which showcases beautiful needle felted pieces by Tracy Benton and a vast range of incredible ceramic works from Gwen Vaughan. Among the many nature-inspired and highly detailed makes by both artists, you can also find some excellent collaborative pieces created for this show. We particularly love the Brenton Hare, a musical sculpture playing “ La Vie en Rose”. This quirky little fella’s body was skilfully needle felted by Tracy and his ceramic jumper was made by Gwen. The exhibition has been very well put together and offers a huge variety of makes which are sure to put a warm smile on your face. From Mathias the owner of 45 Southside:
At one time or another we have all had our hearts touched by furry or feathered friends. And so have our talented artists. Gwen Vaughan and Tracey Benton together with 45 Southside continues its series of exhibitions. Both artist are well known for their humorous and collectable work.
Creatures Great and Small will be running until 23rd of May and we thoroughly recommend a visit, you won’t leave disappointed or empty handed as the choice is spectacular.
For those of you who are not local to Plymouth, you can purchase many of the local makes available at 45 Southside directly from their online shop and if you have any enquiries or requests, please feel free to contact the gallery, we are sure Mathias will be more than happy to help you.