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Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour will be hosting the famous tall ship, Kaskelot, when it returns to the city in August for a month-long visit.
The three-masted barque, which is one of the largest wooden tall ships still in commission, will be sailing into Plymouth during the first week of August and will be moored alongside Quay Road in Sutton Harbour.
During its four-week stay in Britain’s Ocean City, Kaskelot will be lowering its gangway for a series of open days where the public are invited to come on board and explore the historic vessel.
Kaskelot previously visited Plymouth for three weeks in May 2017, which saw the vessel transformed into an outdoor cinema during a two-day film event as well as hosting a craft market and school workshops, and again back in 2015 where it attracted huge crowds to the waterfront.
In addition to hosting the popular open days and film screenings throughout August, Kaskelot will be running workshops and training days for people who are interested in sailing and the marine industry.
There will also be an opportunity to hire Kaskelot to host corporate events and private functions on board with more events to be announced over the coming months.
Jessie Atkinson, Ship’s Manager for Kaskelot, said: “We are very excited to be bringing Kaskelot back to Sutton Harbour. The ship always receives a fantastic welcome in Plymouth, and we are working on an exciting schedule of events, workshops, screenings and open days for our stay there.
“It’s a real highlight for us to be able to share Kaskelot with a wide variety of different groups, and hopefully there will be something for everyone to enjoy during our time there.”
Kaskelot was originally built in Denmark in 1948 and worked as a support vessel for Danish fisheries in the Faroe Islands. More recently the beautiful barque has become famous having appeared in many hit Hollywood films and TV dramas such as Cutthroat Island, Longitude and David Copperfield.
Mark Brimacombe, Marina Manager, said: “It is always wonderful to have Kaskelot moored in Sutton Harbour. The sight of a beautifully restored traditional wooden ship brings Plymouth’s maritime history to life for many of our visitors.
“Kaskelot has been immaculately restored making her one of the finest wooden tall ships still in commission and we are excited for the public to be able to climb on board and learn about this historic ship.”
To discuss hosting a corporate event on board Kaskelot in August, contact Jessie Atkinson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07900956938.
Keep pace with Kaskelot’s activities at www.facebook.com/svkaskelot and by following @SVKaskelot on Twitter.
The sound of Mini engines will be reverberating around the cobbled streets of historic Sutton Harbour once again as the biennial Classic Mini Rally returns to Plymouth this spring.
The event, hosted by the Westcountry Mini Scene organisation, will be held on Sunday 25th March from 10am to 2pm, with classic Minis of all shapes and sizes taking to the streets of Britain’s Ocean City.
The Minis will be parked up throughout the day at Whitehouse Pier in Sutton Harbour.
Mini owners tend to gather at legendary outdoor eatery Cap’n Jaspers, next to Whitehouse Pier, at the start of the day for a group brunch before meeting with visitors, who are welcome to head down to the prestigious waterfront to view all the iconic cars from past and present on show.
Owners are more than happy to chat with visitors about their prized vehicles.
Mark Brimacombe, Manager of The Marina at Sutton Harbour, said: “It is always great to see the Minis at Sutton Harbour and I know that visitors and locals alike really enjoy wandering around the cobbled streets learning more about these iconic vehicles.
“We are looking forward to the return of the Minis and are hoping for a lovely, fine day.”
Visit www.facebook.com/westcountryminiscene to find out more about the event, or to register to take part if you are Mini owner. All day parking at the harbourside costs £5 per car for Mini owners taking part, and places must be booked in advance.
Students from City College Plymouth get involved in a brand re-fresh for Plymouth Barbican Waterfront, your local online community network.
This Valentine’s Day, Plymouth Barbican Waterfront community network is celebrating 7 years of being online and thanks to the help from City College Plymouth we now have a brand new logo to mark this special occasion.
From the very beginning, we always have been an independent, volunteer run online platform which sole purpose is to help promote this beautiful historic area of Plymouth to local residents and visitors alike. We strongly believe that along with rich history and incredible architecture, it’s the quirky, independent businesses that make this area so characterful and add life to the Barbican’s understated charm.
Since the social media accounts and website operate on not for profit basis, we always appreciate any kind offers of help from local businesses and organisations. We have always been keen to work with local students to help them gain hands-on working experience.
In the summer of 2017, we found out through a Devon Chamber of Commerce newsletter that the City College Plymouth were looking for local businesses keen to get involved in their graphic design project.
We contacted Justine Morgan – Associate Lecturer in Media at City College and expressed our interest, giving her students a brief to re-design our logos. It was a great pleasure to have worked with all the students who took on a very difficult task of refreshing the logos for our busy community networks, Plymouth Barbican Waterfront and Plymouth Hoe Waterfront under Justine’s watchful eye.
All of the participants showed great interest in the networks and this assignment. They took their time to understand the brief and completed a thorough research before meeting us which was a great sign of professionalism. During our brainstorming session they listened carefully and took all of our feedback on board which resulted in some fantastic and ambitious designs.
We were particularly impressed with the design developed by Ryan Lee. In fact, we loved it so much, that we had asked Ryan and City College’s permission to use it in our future branding. Ryan already has a lot of the qualities which make a great designer and a fantastic employee. We think he’ll do very well in the future, whichever career path he chooses to follow and wish him all the best of luck.
Justine Morgan, Associate Lecturer in Media at City College, said:
“Every year we link our students with external businesses to give them an authentic experience in the design process and to build their skills, portfolio and contacts. Eddystone Media was a fantastic support to our students this year, giving them feedback and professional advice throughout the design process. All our students produced great work but Ryan Lee’s designs were of a particularly high standard and we are extremely proud of his achievements. Seeing a student show their true potential and impress like Ryan has really is the best part of my job!”
Needless to say, this was a very positive experience and we would thoroughly recommend other businesses to get involved in such projects for their own and the students’ benefit. After all, at least at one point in our lives, we all needed someone to believe in us and give us a chance to show what we can do.
We hope that you love our new logo just as much as we do and here’s to many more years of celebrating the Barbican and all it has to offer.
To register interest and get involved in similar projects, please contact: email@example.com
For more information on this story please contact: Kamila Bielawska at Eddystone Media firstname.lastname@example.org
Free water refills that limit the need for single use plastic bottles are going to be available in Plymouth long before the recently announced target of 2021. In fact, they already are!
In an initiative led by Transition Plymouth, and as part of Environment Plymouth’s soon-to-be- launched Plastic Free Plymouth Sound campaign, Plymouth has been included in the Refill Devon project supported by Recycle Devon.
Soon outlets across the Plymouth Waterfront area will be taking part in the scheme, supported by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District.
A spokesperson for the campaign said “We are delighted to be able to take the first steps towards limiting unnecessary plastic use in this way. Free refills are already available from Drake’s Kitchen at the University and both Rockfish – Sutton Harbour, Plymouth and Koffiehuis on the Barbican but, very soon, there will be lots more outlets. We are particularly grateful to the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership who will be encouraging their members to make these free refills available to locals and visitors alike.”
Sarah Gibson, CEO of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said “When we learned of the scheme we were keen to act in support of Transition Plymouth and their goals to roll the Refill Devon initiative out across Plymouth’s Waterfront area. Rockfish and Koffiehuis are the first to offer free water refills, and we hope with the Waterfront BID’s encouragement, more premises across the Waterfront will get on board with the free service.”
Mitch Tonks, restauranteur and food writer who runs the Rockfish restaurants, said “We think it’s the right thing to do to reduce the use of plastics in our business and support initiatives that work towards a better solution and we’re proactively working with suppliers to reduce the amount they use.
As well as supporting Refill Devon we’re also installing taps outside our restaurants so that people can use refillable bottles for drinking water rather than use a single use bottle. Plymouth has always championed sustainability, with research at the NMA, the university, Food Plymouth and sustainable cities organisation and, as a major city in Devon it can, and does, lead the way.”
The subject of significant concern and recent publicity through the BBC’s Blue Planet II series, plastic waste is emerging as one of the biggest threats to our local and global environment. Plymouth’s status as Britain’s Ocean City, calls for the designation of a National Marine Park and the Council’s response (due on Monday 29th January) all add to the importance of a local campaign.
Becoming part of Refill Devon is the first step towards Plymouth’s aim of becoming the UK’s first Plastic Free Coastline City.
In this feature, we celebrate what makes the Barbican so special – the small, independent businesses. A vast majority of businesses on the Barbican are family run and by choosing to shop local this festive season, you’re making theirs extra special too. Here are a few of the places we think you’ll love, so next time when you’re around, do take your time to explore the Barbican as there are plenty more gems like these to be found. (Read more…)