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News from the Plymouth Barbican

Kaskelot to set sail to Sutton Harbour & Plymouth Barbican


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 or call 07900956938.

Keep pace with Kaskelot’s activities at and by following @SVKaskelot on Twitter.

Mini Rally to return to Sutton Harbour

Classic Minis at Sutton Harbour.3The 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 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.

Water, Water…Everywhere!

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Water, Water…Everywhere!

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.

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This Christmas #LoveTheBarbican – Part 2

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…)

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