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News from the Plymouth Barbican

Follow Stella the Starfish for family fun in Sutton Harbour / Barbican

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A new family friendly trail linking the Barbican and Sutton Harbour launches on Monday 6 August, offering families the chance to learn more about life under the sea – and win impressive monthly prizes.

The Starfish Trail follows Stella the Starfish around Sutton Harbour, with trail boards located on the water’s edge to take visitors from the heart of the Barbican to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) and Rockfish, which are located on the other side of the water.

The trail is currently planned to run until November and there are a range of prizes up for grabs each month, donated by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, including a Sony PS4 console and an Amazon Fire Kids Edition 7 inch tablet. The NMA has also donated prizes ranging from cuddly toys to a family annual pass and a ‘Sleeping with the Sharks’ experience.

Trail leaflets can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre and the NMA, or downloaded from the Visit Plymouth website.

There are eight boards along the trail, each with a question to answer. Participants who answer all eight questions can claim offers immediately from local businesses with their completed leaflets and then submit their details online via the Visit Plymouth website to enter the monthly prize draws.

Amanda Lumley, Executive Director of Destination Plymouth, said: “The Starfish Trail is a great excuse to get children outside this summer and we hope families will enjoy exploring Plymouth’s historic harbour.

“There’s so much for everyone to see and do around Plymouth’s waterfront, for visitors and local families. With the new trail, the walk around Sutton Harbour can become part of the adventure or a family activity in its own right.”

The Starfish Trail has been created in partnership with Destination Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the NMA. It’s one of three possible ways to travel between the Barbican and Sutton Harbour – by boat, on the trail or over the temporary walkway, which is now open over the Sutton Harbour lock while the main bridge is closed for repairs.

Pedestrians will be routed across the inner lock gates and along quays via series of paths – including crossing the industrial inner lock gates. A separate release is available with more information.

The Sutton Harbour ferry runs daily between Lockyer’s Quay and Barbican West Pier, and the ticket price is refunded for customers when they visit the NMA café or shop, or eat at Rockfish.

Josh McCarty, Head of Marketing at the NMA, said: “At the National Marine Aquarium we are all about connecting people with the oceans, and this new trail mobilising families to walk around Sutton Harbour is a great way to engage children with the marine world, and also compliments a return trip on the ferry or foot crossing over the lock gate. We hope visitors will learn some fun facts about our oceans through the Starfish Trail and be inspired by Britain’s Ocean City.”

For more information, see: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/be-inspired/competitions/starfish-trail

Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2018

Armed Forces Day 2018

EVENT: Armed Forces Day #Plymouth – 30th June 2018, celebrating our armed forces, past, present and future.

A spectacular and exciting day of entertainment, with air displays, parades, demonstrations, competitions and activities for the whole family. ​

This year’s event we will linked closely with the Royal Air Force for the RAF100 celebrations and commemorations, as 2018 marks 100 years of the RAF.

During the event the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and veteran’s organisations, charities and the emergency services will showcase their services in a variety of ‘villages’ set out across the Hoe.

See the full Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2018 lineup…

Pirate Weekend Plymouth 2018

Pirates Weekend Plymouth 2018

Ahoy me hearties! Be ready to join in the pirate fun as the pirates descend onto the Barbican, Sutton Harbour and West Hoe once again for Pirates Weekend Plymouth! 12th & 13th May – The best family pirates weekend in the South West!

Step aboard for free on the 2 tall ships The Greyhound and The Phoenix, see punch and judy themed shops, take part in pirates craft making, lots of re-enactments, cannon firing and muskets! Pirate Story telling, face painting, pirate trails, fancy dress competitions and a whole lot more!

ARRRRRRR you’d not want to miss this bumper weekend of Pirate Antics ! Feast your eyes on what’s to come over ere: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/pirates-weekend-plymouth-2018-p1365003

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Sutton Harbour Ferry to run 7 days a week from Easter

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The Sutton Harbour Ferry Service will be operating in Plymouth’s historic harbour every day from Good Friday (March 30th), with trips between Lockyers Quay and Barbican West Pier running each half hour.

The ferry, which is run by Silverline Cruises and subsided by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, will be offering a full schedule seven days a week from Easter weekend, allowing people to arrive by boat at the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant on Plymouth’s waterfront while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.

Since its launch last summer, the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service has carried thousands of passengers across Sutton Harbour, including visitors to Britain’s Ocean City as well as local commuters, and provides a vital link between the Fishing Quarter and the historic Barbican Quarter.

Tickets cost £1 per person each way or £1.50 return, and children under 5 travel for free – however customers can get the price of their ticket deducted from their bill at Rockfish or in the National Marine Aquarium’s cafe or shop. Monies raised from ticket sales goes directly to Silverline Cruises.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “We are thrilled that the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service will begin operating a full schedule over the Easter weekend and will continue to do so as we move into spring and summer.

“Thousands of passengers have used the service since its launch last summer and it provides a vital link for key tenant businesses such as Rockfish and the National Marine Aquarium while the footbridge remains out of action.

“Silverline Cruises has operated the service at weekends during the winter but Sutton Harbour Holdings will be subsidising the ferry to enable it to run seven days a week during peak holiday periods, and help people cross the harbour more easily.”

Roger Maslin, Chief Executive Officer at the National Marine Aquarium, said: “With the Easter break on its way, it will be a very busy time for us here at the Aquarium so we are delighted that our customers will be able to take advantage of the full schedule run by the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service.

“The ferry provides an additional transport link that has proven popular with our customers. To allow our customers to take full advantage of the service we will continue to discount the ticket price off of their bill in either the shop or cafe.”

Mitch Tonks, owner of the Rockfish restaurant chain, said: “It’s great news that the ferry service will be running regular trips, seven days a week, making it easier for people to cross the harbour and visit us. We are again offering to deduct the price of the ferry ticket from our customers’ bill if they present a valid ticket when dining with us.”

The ferry will be available every half an hour from Lockyers Quay at 9.30am – 6.30pm and from Barbican West Pier at 9.45am – 6.45pm.

During busy periods there will also be additional services running approximately every ten minutes.

A new website is being launched, along with a social media account on Facebook, to help update ferry users on a daily basis about the service in case times are changed owing to weather conditions.

An alternative walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail, with a one-mile footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay.


The Sutton Lock pedestrian footbridge remains closed to the public as it awaits repair. An agreement was reached at the end of 2017 between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc to repair the custom-built footbridge, and these repairs are being commissioned by Plymouth City Council.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour. The lock gates themselves remain fully operational.

The repair is a complex process owing to the bespoke nature of the footbridge and the need for a new bearing to be manufactured especially for the bridge turntable, and as such, work is not expected to complete until later in the year.

Easter Break on the Barbican

Easter Eggstrawaganza on the Plymouth Barbican!

Easter Holidays are fast approaching and the Barbican has an eggcelent selection of family friendly events to keep your little bunnies entertained throughout the school holidays. Take a look at our ever growing list of events in the area and do check back nearer the time to see what else has been added.

There are some great events just for the grownups too! (Read more) 


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