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Stunning Harbourside views overlooking Sutton Harbour

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Great variety of places to eat around the waterfront

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The historic Mayflower Steps

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Arrrr Pirates! Plymouth Pirate Weekend and many more top events

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The Plymouth Barbican and a number of it’s traders are featured on Radio Plymouth! Tune into 106.7FM and hear about the Barbican! #LoveTheBarbican

News from the Plymouth Barbican

Gateway – Poem about the Plymouth Barbican


Poem about the Plymouth Barbican
by Michael McCann

This place once of press gangs
Sailors, drunks and whores
And from where the Pilgrim fathers
Set sail from our shores

This place of Elizabethan garden
And buildings of many designs
That arose over the centuries
Reflecting different times

This place of Drake, Cook and Hawkins
And many more besides
Who left its shores for far of lands
On the ebbing of the tides

This place of Tolpuddle Martyr
And where they first stepped back
After three long years in exile
Is honoured in a plaque

This place a home to Plymouth Gin
And many pubs and Inns
Where the Navy, Queens and Dolphin
Still satisfy our sins

This place of moored up fishing boat
Harbourside and quay
Which offers old salts sanctuary
From the perils of the sea

This place of cobbled alleys
And many hidden nook
Roamed still by comic characters
Once sketched by Beryl Cook

This place of artist haunts
And where they ply their trade
Take a look on its streets
For something that they’ve made

This place of daily river cruising
And offshore pleasure trips
Abounds with night time revelry
And local fish and chips

This place is called the Barbican
And grew from Sutton town
Which to this day has become
A jewel in Plymouth’s crown

Live brass band concerts this summer on Plymouth’s historic harbourside

Brass band August Plymouth

Soundhouse Brass, Plymouth’s award-winning brass band, will be playing live concerts on the city’s historic waterfront in Sutton Harbour this summer.

Every Thursday evening in August, Soundhouse Brass will be performing on the harbourside in the heart of Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.

The band will play two 45 minute sets from 7.30pm until 9.15pm, with a 15 minute interval, performing a varied programme including marches and popular musical arrangements.

Bob Yates, Chairman of Soundhouse Brass, said: “We are extremely excited to be performing on Quay Square alongside Plymouth’s famous waterfront. Sutton Harbour provides a superb location and a stunning backdrop for live performances and we hope to add to the wonderful atmosphere.

“This is a great opportunity for Soundhouse Brass to showcase the skills and talent of our musicians and ultimately entertain tourists, visitors and our local community. We are looking forward to performing in a central location and where could be better than by the water and near the Barbican – Sutton Harbour is the perfect place.”

Based in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, Soundhouse Brass is of First Section National Standard and was formed over 90 years ago. Originally called the Plymouth City Mission Band, the ensemble has had numerous name changes but became Soundhouse Brass in 2002, following a move to a purpose-built music facility in The Soundhouse at Tor Bridge High Community College in Estover.

Bob added: “Soundhouse Brass currently has more than 70 members ranging in age from 7-79 years in our senior band and youth academy. We are a contesting band and regularly compete across the South West. Our senior band has recently been promoted to the First Section and our Training Band has swept the board in local competitions during recent years. We are also proud that members of our youth academy are now integrated members of the senior band – the band is really on the up.”

Soundhouse Brass is a registered charity and is developing a successful youth academy, which sets out to encourage and nurture the next generation of brass players and their enjoyment of music and brass banding.

The Sutton Harbour summer performances will be weather dependant, and free for all visitors to enjoy, with a collection taken for band development funds.

Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman of Sutton Harbour Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Soundhouse Brass to Sutton Harbour for a series of concerts to be held throughout August.

“Footfall increases in the evenings as many people come to Plymouth’s harbour for a walk, drink or evening meal and we are confident this impressive ensemble will add to the harmony and energy of the harbour, with live music performances making the visitor experience in Sutton Harbour even more enjoyable. We plan to stage events such as this more regularly on Plymouth’s historic waterfront, especially in the run-up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations when the harbour will be particularly busy with visitors.”

You can learn more about Soundhouse Brass at www.soundhousebrass.co.uk/  or follow the band on Facebook at @PlymouthSoundhouseBrass and on Twitter @PlymouthSHBrass

Pirates Weekend Plymouth 2019

Pirates Weekend Plymouth 2019

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.

Find out more…

Bearing good news for Good Friday about lock footbridge

Sutton Harbour Barbican Foot Bridge Repaired Plymouth

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.

Easter 2019 on Plymouth Barbican

Easter On the Barbican Plymouth 2019

Barbican Bunny Trail is coming to Plymouth’s historic waterfront this April.

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


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Thanksgiving on the Plymouth Barbican 2019
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