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Plymouth Seafood Festival on the Barbican and Sutton Harbour

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


Planning application on the Barbican’s historic Elizabethan House submitted.

Planning application on historic house submitted

Preparations to make one of the oldest properties in Plymouth ready to play its part in the Mayflower commemorations look set to get underway in the Autumn. Plymouth City Council has submitted a listed building application for a detailed structural condition investigation to be carried out on the Elizabethan House.

The application asks to carefully remove all internal finishes, including sand and cement renders and lime plaster, from the building to enable a full assessment of its condition to be carried out. All original features will be recorded and conserved as part of the project,

The house in New Street is a grade 2* listed building and is in need of conservation. An initial structural and condition appraisal has already been carried out and has established that the building has significant issues which need further investigation.

Inappropriate repairs carried out in 1929 has resulted in persistent damp issues within the building that now requires a sympathetic and comprehensive response in order to fully rectify the problem

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “This is the start of our journey to get this house ready for Mayflower 400.

“We want it to play a part in our story by renovating it and creating a place people will be able to see what life was like four centuries ago. But its age means we have to treat it very sensitively.”

Because of its condition and age, Historic England has included the Elizabethan House on its ‘Heritage at Risk Register’.  The Council now plans to bid for funds to address the structural condition issues and an application will be submitted to Historic England in the autumn.

A conservation-led  design team is being appointed to renovate the building with a view to creating an exciting immersive museum experience which will transport visitors back to Elizabethan Plymouth and is a key aspect of the Mayflower 400 capital programme as recently announced.

The structural investigation work will start late autumn and is expected to take around six months.  Following on from that designs for the new museum will be developed

For further information please contact: 

Jane Slavin, Corporate Communications Officer 
Tel: 01752 304049 
Fax: 01752 304933 
Email: jane.slavin@plymouth.gov.uk

Touchy Feely – An exhibition of textiles and ceramics

Art Exibition at 45 Southside Street Barbican PlymouthTouchy Feely – An exhibition of textiles and ceramics by Carol Hocking and Tim Gee at 45 Southside, starting 17th September 2017

Carol Hocking is a textile practitioner with a lifelong interest in textiles and stitching. Her techniques integrate traditional skills and modern technology; using hand weave and stitch, patchwork, layering, and dying in conjunction with laser cut and heat manipulated fabrics.

Tim Gee is known for his subtle use of texture and colour on porcelain, but this new work moves him into uncharted territory. Each of his unique containers are thrown on the wheel, ceramic boxes enclosing a space filled with texture, colour and surprise.

This show will contain new work by both artists exploring colour and texture using two very different media. Tim’s ceramic boxes are enclosed vessels of layered colour and texture. Smooth, glossy or textured each of these coloured pieces begs to be handled. Carol’s work uses a variety of techniques both traditional and modern to layer and patchwork scraps and other textiles, using older materials reused or recycled to create new work.

Though both approach texture from different directions and using very different media each feel that for work to be appreciated it needs to be handled, fondled, touched and stroked; only then can its true qualities be fully understood. Because of this the artists invite visitors to handle their creations.

The exhibition is part of Carol’s and Tim’s MA in Contemporary Craft at Plymouth College of Art and will run from Sunday 17th September 2017. The opening view will be held on that day from 3pm to 6pm, all are welcome.


The Mad Merchant Coffee House

The Mad Merchant Coffee House Plymouth BarbicanNEW! The Mad Merchant Coffee House is now open and brewing delicious drinks for all you caffeine lovers.

Located on New Street, this family run cafe offers an exquisite selection of fine coffee and delicious cakes with a relaxing peaceful seat in their secluded garden. While there, don’t forget to nip upstairs and take a look at their impressive book collection.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MadMerchantCoffee/
Twitter: @MadMerchantCafe

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