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News from the Plymouth Barbican

NEW Barbican Map launched by the Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB)

The ABB have launched a new map to help visitors discover what makes the Barbican unique, with its fascinating sites, exciting activities and array of independent shops and dining experiences all located around the beautiful historic harbour.

The #Barbican and #SuttonHarbour Map and Guide has been created by local traders who want to highlight the areas unique character.

[ Download Page 1 – Map ]
[ Download Page 2 – Guide ]

The chair of the Association of Barbican Businesses, Benjamin Shearn said: “Even in our digital age, there’s a big demand for hard copy maps which make exploring an area fun as well as informative. The Barbican map will help visitors find land marks such as visitor attractions, car parks and independent businesses as well as encouraging visitors to explore the plethora of cobbled back streets, rich in history and some even being digitally recreated for Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean. The maps are being distributed to local businesses as well as across the south of England, a huge thank you to the small team who created the map on a tiny budget, they look great.”

The colourful and informative map is free of charge and available from the Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican and will be distributed to outlets around the city and region.

The detailed map designed by local historian Chris Robinson, depicts many of the areas distinctive buildings, there are over 100 listed buildings in the area.

The ABB would like to thank the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership for their support.

Summer Ferry Service for Sutton Harbour

NEW: Summer ferry service for Sutton Harbour starting 1st July

A water ferry will operate in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour this summer to link the historic Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter whilst the pedestrian foot-bridge is closed for essential repairs.

The service will run daily between West Pier (opposite the Real Food Kitchen, by the Mayflower Steps) and Shepherd’s Wharf (in front of Lockyers Quay pub) from an expected start date of July 1st to help people cross the harbour and visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is funding the installation of necessary infrastruc-ture to create landing stages on either side of the harbour for passengers to board from, and will also subsidise the operational costs of the Sutton Harbour ferry service for a 10 week period through the peak summer months, starting from July 1st if work completes on schedule.

The service has been organised in collaboration with Plymouth City Council and key tenant businesses as an interim measure to help people make their way across the harbour whilst the footbridge over Sutton Lock is closed for the com-ing months. Following thorough testing on site this spring, engineers from the Environment Agency recently confirmed that the bridge turntable had failed and will need to be replaced, along with a series of other necessary repairs which it is hoped will provide greater longevity to the bridge’s operation in the future.

Repairs are expected to take a number of months and interim measures such as a ferry service, bus shuttle service and using the Land Train have been dis-cussed by the city council, Sutton Harbour Holdings and tenant businesses as potential options for the summer months.The Sutton Harbour ferry service will be the first service to launch, offering an alternative, quick way to cross Sutton Harbour, in addition to the walking route along the footpath circling the harbour.

The water ferry will be operated by local firm Silverline Cruises, which recently lost its contract to operate the Royal William Yard ferry after that service was un-expectedly suspended this month.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “Following regular meetings with the city council and some of our key tenants, including the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish – Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, we are delighted to announce the launch of a water ferry service in Sutton Harbour, which we hope will start from July 1st if work completes on schedule, to help people make their way across the harbour whilst the footbridge is out of action over the coming months.


“We understand and appreciate that the bridge closure is inconvenient for visitors to Plymouth’s waterfront, as well as an issue for some of our prime businesses like the NMA and Rockfish, so we are investing in enabling and support-ing the ferry service to help bring people from the Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter to visit these venues more easily.


“The ferry will also offer a quick way for anyone parking in the long-stay Harbour Car Park in Lockyers Quay to cross over to the Barbican and city centre, and an alternative to the walking route around the Harbour Heritage Trail.”

Work is already underway to build and install the new brow and landing stages on both sides of the harbour to facilitate the ferry service, and this is expected to take 2-3 weeks. Installation costs and associated operational costs for the ferry service are being heavily subsided by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc. There will be a small charge for the ferry service of £1 per person each way or £1.50 return, and children under 5 will travel for free.

The ferry will be available from 10am – 7pm, Monday to Sunday, from an expected start date of July 1st until further notice.The Sutton Lock pedestrian footbridge remains closed to the public whilst further testing is undertaken by Environment Agency engineers to rule out all other potential causes for the bridge fault, ahead of repairs starting to replace the bridge turntable assembly.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk. The lock gates remain operational for all marine traffic, such as fishing boats. An alternative walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail with a footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay.

Making Makes a Difference – Plymouth Haberdashery Shop and Cafe Helps Uganda

Latest news from Make at 140 Vauxhall Street:

Not only are crafts and sewing a wonderful way to relax, regroup and recharge they can also make a difference in our world. We are supporting one of our longest, lovely customers Lynette to help make garments for her annual charity trip to Uganda, see details below. There are always lots of ways to get involved with our wonderful community at Make; we hope to see you soon on a workshop, for a chat about your project in the shop, or enjoying our little cafe.

Pillow Case Dress Making for Uganda

On Wednesday the 21st June we will hosting a day long event from 10am right through until 9pm to make pillow case dresses and towel nappy pads for all the children in Uganda that Lynette will visit. All of our sewing machines will be available, all you need to do is bring an old pillow case or towel and give us a hand. If you have spare cases and towels we would be grateful of those too. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if by 9 o’clock we can have lots ready for this great cause? Bring/tell your friends and let’s make a difference together!

Make offers a vast range of crafty workshops for all abilities. Take a look at their website to see what else is on:


Two Spectacular Tall Ships to visit Plymouth this August

Two impressive replica tall ships will visit Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour together this summer.

The Nao Victoria and the Boa Esperanza will arrive into Britain’s Ocean City on August 15th as part of their Ships of Discovery 2017 Tour and stay for five days. Both vessels will be moored alongside Quay Road and open to the public to climb aboard and explore how 15th and 16th century seafarers lived.

The 28-metre Nao Victoria, a replica of the first ship to ever circumnavigate the world, visited Plymouth last year on her inaugural visit to the UK, and proved a real hit with visitors. This year she will be accompanied by her sister ship, the 24-metre Boa Esperanza, a replica of a Portuguese Caravel, which has never visited the city before.

Eduardo Almagro Blanco, General Manager of Fundacion Nao Victoria, said:

“We are really excited to be coming back to Plymouth this year with the Nao Victoria and introducing the Boa Esperanza for the first time.

Plymouth has a great maritime history, and we’re looking forward to berthing in Sutton Harbour again and welcoming people on board to find out more about the history of both ships.” 

The visit is the latest in a series of tall ship stopovers at Sutton Harbour. The stunning three-masted barque Kaskelot recently completed a three-week stay, playing a starring role during the popular Plymouth Pirate Weekend.

Mark Brimacombe, Manager of The Marina at Sutton Harbour, said:

“We are delighted to welcome both the Nao Victoria and the Boa Esperanza to Sutton Harbour this summer. Visiting tall ships are always a crowd pleaser and create a great atmosphere, and these two are rather special because they remind us what life was like during the Age of Discovery.

“The ships will be here during the summer holidays and there will be lots to see and do around the Harbour, so we hope they will be a great attraction and part of a fun day out.”

The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to circumnavigate the world between 1519 and 1522. It was built for EXPO, the World’s Fair held in 1992 in Seville.

The original Boa Esperanza made several voyages of discovery in the 15th Century, sailing along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts and as far as the Indian Ocean. The replica was launched in 1990 to promote Portuguese tourism in the Algarve.

Visitors will be able to board both ships from August 15 to 20 between the hours of 10am – 8pm for the duration of their stay. Tickets will cost £5 for adults, £2 for children under 11, and entry will be free for children under five.

There will also be corporate hospitality opportunities. To enquire about hosting an event on board contact Eduardo Almagro Blanco ealmagro@fundacionnaovictoria.co.uk

The Sutton Harbour Footbridge Temporarily Closed for Repairs

Statement from the Sutton Harbour Holdings 10th May 2017

Sutton Harbour footbridge:

Investigations into the mechanical fault affecting the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge are continuing.

Engineers form Environment Agency, who are providing support to Sutton Harbour Holdings, are awaiting  specialist piece of equipment to carry out further testing on the bridge turntable assembly and determine the exact cause of the fault.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said:

“We regret that the lock bridge will remain closed to the public whilst these tests are being carried out; this is necessary to ensure the harbour lock gates can remain fully operational to marine traffic, and provide management of any flood risk.”

We hope to have a further update next week, and apologies for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

The footbridge will be closed for the Plymouth Pirate Weekend. Visitors planning to get to National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish from the Barbican are encouraged to use the Harbour Heritage Trail, as marked in blue on the attached map. We will be posting any updates as they appear via our Facebook and Twitter.

Please follow Sutton Harbour’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter for most up to date information on the matter.

Map sourced from www.visitplymouth.co.uk. Full Plymouth’s Waterfront Trail brochure is available to download here.


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