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Explore the Plymouth Waterfront on the Barbican & Sutton Harbour this Christmas #ShopLocal #LoveTheBarbican
The Barbican and Sutton Harbour are hosts to a variety of independent shops, top quality attractions, a wide selection of restaurants, cafes & takeaways together with a great choice of popular pubs & clubs to help raise your spirits over the Christmas period.
When it comes to Christmas be sure to visit the waterfront!
The area is filled with art galleries and shops staffed by friendly traders who are more than happy to help. Not sure what to buy the parents? Run out of ideas what to buy your partner? How about something unique?! With a wide range of independent shops to choose from, a brisk walk around the Barbican and Sutton Harbour will give you plenty of ideas for perfect Christmas gifts.
After picking up a few items, don’t forget there are also plenty of places to put your feet up for a coffee or a bite to eat. Check out our extensive range of cafes, restaurants and take away options.
Christmas is all about celebrating with your friends and family. Get together at one of many Barbican pubs and bars and enjoy this festive season.
Snowflake Trial 2017
The Waterfront Snowflake trail has returned following its success last year and will launch on Sunday 26 November for six weeks through to Sunday 7 January.
This is a great activity for families to enjoy a walk across Plymouth’s stunning waterfront, whilst following the trail map to locate the snowflakes. Find any ten Snowflake names from the trail map, write the name on the back of the trail card, along with your contact details, and you could win a PlayStation 4 or one of the many fantastic prizes.
Find out more: Snowflake Trail 2017…
And there’s loads more events with venues across the Barbican hosting a range of top live entertainment.
This Christmas #LoveThebarbican
Waterfront Snowflake Trail – Sunday 26 November – Sunday 7 January 2017
Following the success of the Trail in 2016 and by popular demand, the Snowflake Trail will be back for Christmas 2017!
The trail will run for six weeks from Sunday 26 November into the new year and the trail maps will soon be available to download from the Visit Plymouth website or pick up from the Tourist Information Centre and participating businesses from mid-November.
On Sunday 26 November, the Waterfront Christmas Celebrations will be taking place on The Barbican and Sutton Harbour.
Await the exciting arrival of Santa and his Elf who will be travelling by RNLI Lifeboat to The Barbican to join the Lord Mayor on The Parade for the official lights switch on at 4pm, shortly followed by the best dressed elf competition.
Get into the Christmas spirit with a spectacular stage programme, comprising of performances from local community groups, theatre groups and schools throughout the day.
Meet Santa’s Reindeer, wander the array of community stalls and admire the beautifully decorated Christmas Tree as you celebrate Christmas down at Plymouth’s stunning waterfront.
A whole week of Halloween entertainment coming up here on the Plymouth Barbican! See our dedicated Halloween on the Barbican page for more details.
Plymouth Seafood Festival 2017
The Barbican and Sutton Harbour will come alive on Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 September, with a celebration of locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood.
Now in its sixth year, the Plymouth Seafood Festival will be supporting the fishing industry by offering a weekend full of delicious dishes for all the family to enjoy as well as hands-on activities, including children’s cookery fun, where they can touch and taste local produce.
New for this year is the second demonstration area at Quay Square, where you can join in workshops, watch demonstrations, learn about what fish are in season from our industry partners Interfish and Plymouth Trawler Agents. And, more importantly, where to purchase the freshest, locally caught seafood. Climb on-board the fishing trawlers and chat to the local fisherman about their fascinating and sometimes forbidding experiences out on the water.
We are excited to see the return of the fantastic Cardboard Boat Race, which will be on Commercial Wharf on Saturday 16 September. Build a boat out of nothing but a few bits of cardboard and some sticky tape, and sail it around a course in Plymouth harbour. The winner is the last one to sink!
Other highlights include the street food area on West Pier and on Sunday 17 September celebrity chef Mitch Tonks will be hosting a Crab Festival at his premium seafood restaurant Rockfish. With live music, entertainment, a stand for pots of crab cocktail, fresh crabmeat to buy and take home and of course a special menu featuring this great local shellfish.
To see the full schedule and entertainment on offer, please visit: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/top-events/plymouth-seafood-festival