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News from the Plymouth Barbican
7th & 8th May 2022 – Pirates Weekend Plymouth
17th & 18th September 2022 – Plymouth Seafood and Harbour Festival
More details coming soon!
Message from the organisers:
” Due to the dangerously high winds forecasted for tomorrow (Saturday 27 November) we have unfortunately made the decision to postpone the Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-on event to next weekend, and it will now take place on Saturday 4 December.
With an amber weather warning in place, public safety is our number one priority. The vast majority of entertainment planned would also not be able to take place if we went ahead with the event tomorrow. We are working with all our suppliers, entertainers and guests to reschedule as much of the event as possible. Please look out for updated event information on the Visit Plymouth website next week.
We’re so sorry for any inconvenience caused, and hope you’ll all be able to join us next week instead!
The tree lights in Exchange Street Car Park will be turned purple and green from tonight and for the next week, in memory of Bobbi-Anne McLeod and the five victims of the Keyham tragedy in August. “
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to support the community in Plymouth this year? Now is your opportunity to give them some well-deserved recognition by nominating them to turn on the Barbican Christmas lights.
Plymouth Waterfront Partnership (PWP) is asking the people of Plymouth to nominate their extra special 2021 Community Hero.
The winner will then join the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and Santa at the PWP Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-on on Saturday 27th November to turn on the lights, illuminating Southside Street ahead of the festive season.
Diane Mansell, Chief Executive of PWP, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-on, which is one of the Waterfront’s festive highlights and a great opportunity to support our amazing local businesses.
“All that we’re missing is a Community Hero to take on the honour of switching on the lights. Over the last year, we’ve seen the people of Plymouth come together as a community to support each other in so many different ways, and this is our chance to say a huge thank you to an unsung hero and celebrate all their hard work.”
You can nominate your Community Hero on the Visit Plymouth website HERE, where you will need to explain why they should be chosen, in a maximum of 150 words. Nominations are open now, and close on Sunday 7 November.
The nominated person must live in Plymouth and be available to attend the event on 27 November.
The Christmas lights will illuminate the length of Southside Street. There’s also brand new lights to adorn the trees at the Notte Street entrance of Southside Street, creating a bright and welcoming entrance to the Barbican.
On the day of the switch-on, festive fun will begin at 12pm with lots of FREE activities and entertainment in the performance area, located in front of the old Edinburgh Woollen Mill building. Expect amazing performances from groups including Starlines Drama School, Ocean City Sounds, Holy Cross Primary, Mayflower A Cappella Chorus, Plym Kids, Stage Stars and Italia Conti.
A huge Christmas parade will also take place on the day. Led by the Barbican Theatre’s amazing 7 metre tall Christmas elf puppet, and accompanied by a junk band, the parade will make its way up and down Southside Street, ending at Santa’s Grotto, where everyone will line up to escort Santa and our special guest to the stage for the big switch-on from 5.20pm.
For more information about the Barbican Lights Switch-on, please see: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/christmas
Halloween on the Barbican is back! Now in it’s 4th year taking place during the half term (25th – 31st October) and it’s set to be the biggest one yet!
First up is our popular annual free family fun Halloween trail, created and designed by the team at the Tourist Information Centre. This year’s theme: “Don’t Feed the Sea-Ghouls!” Don’t forget a pen to complete your trail form.
Halloween Trail: “Don’t Feed the Sea-Ghouls!”
You’ll soon be looking for tricks and treats, so the Barbican has combined the two in our annual Halloween trail! Pick up your trail leaflet from the The Mayflower Museum and Tourist Information Centre here on the Barbican and…
The Trick – follow the havoc our Sea-Ghouls have created around the shops on the Barbican, you’ll find their green splats in the shop windows, don’t look up or one might land on you !
Treat – find them all and collect your treat from the Tourist Information Centre!
NEW! – Spooky light effects and projections
Thanks to the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and courtesy of PL1 Events, we have a Halloween themed lighting and projections this year to help enhance the area and make it more fun for children taking part in the early evenings, from Tuesday 26th October.
Barbican Trader Halloween offers & events
And there’s more! Scott and Kamila from the Barbican Waterfront website are helping to list offers from retail offers, food, drinks and activities taking place amongst the Barbican traders over the week. Including:
• Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque – Burlesque show featuring a spectacular lineup! (Thursday 28th Oct)
• Both The Cider Press and Jumping Jacks are offering £200 vouchers for the best dress customer on Friday 29th / Saturday 30th October
• Plymouth Boat Trips have a children’s and adults Halloween themed cruises.
• The Fisherman’s Arms are hosting a Halloween Quiz Night on Sunday 31st October
For the full listings keep an eye on
• Website: https://www.barbicanwaterfront.com/halloween-on-the-plymouth-barbican/
• Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/182279477264868
NOTE TO BARBICAN TRADERS > Please feel free to share your posts/photos into the dedicated Halloween Facebook Event Page, help showcase what you and the Barbican community has to offer. 😃
Halloween on the Barbican is put together by a small Barbican committee, including Scott Grenney, Kamila Bielawska & The Tourist Information Centre team, helping to bring footfall to the Barbican and fun for all during the half term Halloween week.
Don’t Feed the Sea-Ghouls Trail! – #HalloweenOnTheBarbican, half term (25th-31st October). Free family fun trail to enjoy!
You’ll soon be looking for tricks and treats, so the Barbican has combined the two in our annual Halloween trail!
- Pick up your trail leaflet from the The Mayflower Museum and Tourist Information Centre here on the Barbican or download from here and…
- The Trick – follow the havoc the Sea ghouls have created around the shops on the Barbican, you’ll find their green splatts in the shop windows, don’t look up or one might land on you !
- Treat – find them all and collect your treat from the Tourist Information Centre!
AND THERE’S MORE!
There are also lots of offers and Halloween related things happening around the Barbican as lots of local traders get involved.
We also have spooky lighting and projections this year thanks to the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership support and courtesy of PL1 Events Limited (more details on this later in the week!)
Special thanks for the trail idea by Clare Phillips and the awesome design work by Beth Paisley from the Tourist Information Centre!
See our dedicated Halloween on the Barbican 2021 page