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News from the Plymouth Barbican

Barbican set for Mayflower spruce up – Businesses are open as normal


Southside Street will be closed to traffic (people can still walk through as normal) from Monday 2nd September 2019 for a 7 week period (due to finish 20th October) as the Barbican roads and pavements are giving a large amount of TLC.


Barbican Businesses all open as usual during period of maintenance work being carried out along Southside Street #LoveTheBarbican.

STREET CLOSED for vehicles during…

  • WEEK: 6am Monday until 5pm Friday.
  • SATURDAY: 6am until 12 noon on Saturday.

STREET OPEN for vehicles during…

  • FRIDAY: From 5pm up to 6am on Saturday.
  • SAT+SUN: 12pm+ from Saturday and all day Sunday.

Delivery Drivers each morning, 8am & 10am window for deliveries.

**Please note** Do not touch the barriers on Southside Street. If they are in place this will be for a good reason.

Details of about the Barbican spruce up…

Roads and pavements around the Barbican and waterfront will be getting some TLC as part of a scheme to get the city ready for Mayflower400.

Plymouth City Council is embarking on a £2 million Mayflower maintenance programme to make sure the streets are in tip-top condition ahead of the key year. A further £735,000 is to be spent on repairing pavements.

The Council’s Highways team and road maintenance contractor SWH have drawn up a to-do list which includes tackling cracked pavements, re-laying roads that have deteriorated and fixing pot holes.

The work will take place around the city centre and the waterfront so that thousands of visitors as well as locals will be able to use pavements and roads in tip-top condition for the Mayflower commemorations.

The significant work will get underway on Monday 2 September with the temporary, six week closure of Southside Street to enable cobbles to be re-laid or restored and stabilised. Cracked pavement slabs will replaced. The road will remain open to pedestrians.

A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “We know how strongly people feel about our historic cobbles – so we are re-grouting cobbled roads to help preserve our unique heritage as well as repairing cracked pavements.

“We want Plymouth to look its best for Mayflower 400. The work will no doubt cause some inconvenience, but we need to get this work sorted in time for 2020.”

The maintenance work has been drawn up to take into account other major road schemes including Charles Cross and work on the viaduct. Utilities companies are being asked to send work proposals in advance to better coordinate schemes and to keep as many road closures off the city network next year as possible.

Sarah Gibson, Waterfront Manager and Chief Executive of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said: “Business owners have been lobbying for years for repairs to paving and cobbles in the Barbican so it’s good news that the broken slabs, concrete and tarmac patch infills are set to be removed and cobbles and paving stones re-laid to uphold the historic setting of the Conservation Area.

“We appreciate the scale of the Council’s investments and that the timeline has been set by the drive to be ready for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The quality of the repairs is vitally important so we’re keen that the Council ensures the works are carried out appropriately.

“September and October are busy months for the city and the Barbican will remain open for business throughout the works. Local car parks and on-street parking in the surrounding areas will all be accessible.

“We understand that the buses and coaches will be re-routed to continue to service the area and that the road closure will be lifted during the weekends. The Plymouth Seafood Festival also takes place on 14 and 15 September and will be unaffected so do come on down and enjoy the atmosphere.”

The aim is to concentrate on key locations over a condensed period of time over the next few months. Once Mayflower 400 is in full swing, the focus will be on other areas of the city.

Ahead of each scheme, the contractors will give information to homes and businesses in the immediate vicinity so that they can plan services and deliveries in time.

People and businesses can also sign up to the Council’s weekly roadwork report.

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

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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  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.

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