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Plymouth Seafood and Harbour Festival

Plymouth Seafood and Harbour Festival

The return of the Plymouth Seafood & Harbour Festival on the 18 and 19 September. Brought to you by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership in partnership with Sutton Harbour, this free festival is a vibrant celebration of the incredible sustainably caught fresh fish and seafood, plus other fantastic products and activities on offer around the harbour and the wider Waterfront in Britain’s Ocean City.

In 2019 over 20,000 people across the weekend attended, and the festival has become one of Plymouth’s flagship events.
With its fabulous array of delicious food stalls, local crafts, demonstrations and the inspirational cookery theatre, where visitors can watch some of the region’s top chefs create spectacular dishes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


If you are interested in being part of this great event, as a trader, please get in touch – we would love to welcome you on-board. All the details and application forms can be found here:

Popular free music festival returning to the Barbican this August

Popular free music festival returning to the Barbican this August

The Barbican will soon be filled with the smooth sounds of summer as the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival returns.

Run by Plymouth City Council, the event will take place on The Parade from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 August 2021. The festival starts at 12 noon each day, running until 10pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

The line-up includes a great range of musical genres, from foot stomping blues to soulful rock, acoustic soloists to the diverse rhythms of Latin jazz.

Councillor Mark Deacon, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival this year. It’s always such a popular event and a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy some of the region’s best musicians – completely for free – while soaking up the beautiful surroundings of the Barbican.”

The event is being sponsored by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership (PWP), which runs the city’s waterfront Business Improvement District.

Diane Mansell, Chief Executive of PWP, said: “After an incredibly tough year, our businesses need your support now more than ever, and what a great way to experience everything the waterfront has to offer. Come on down for a great day out and enjoy a drink or food from one of our great pubs, bars or eateries.” 

Here’s the full festival line-up:

Friday 6 August

12pm – Jon Walsh

1.15pm – The Martin Dale Latin Quartet

2.30pm – Andy Quick (solo)

3.45pm – Vince Lee & The Big Combo

5pm – Adam Sweet Band

6.30pm – Gozer Goodspeed & The Neon Gamblers

7.45pm – Joanna Cooke

9pm – Smokey’s King Shufflers

Saturday 7 August

12pm – Caddick and Parkes

1.15pm – The Sultans

2.30pm – Liam Ward & Malcolm Thorne

3.45pm – Jessica and the Rabbits

5pm – Geoff Carne

6.30pm – Neil May Quartet

7.45pm – Tailfin

9pm – Benny Guitar Carr

Sunday 8 August

12pm – Orpheus Latin Jazz

1.15pm – Jeff ‘the horse’ Horsey

2.30pm – Blacktop Deluxe/Keith Howe

3.45pm – Bad Knees Blues Band

5pm – The Sam Kennedy Trio

The event takes place outside, but visitors are reminded that they can take steps to keep themselves and others safe by taking regular lateral flow tests and wearing face masks in indoor spaces (like inside pubs or bars). Many businesses have kept Covid-19 safety restrictions in place, so please respect their rules.

For more information, please see: https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk

Blooming beautiful illustrations by Plymouth schoolchildren brightening up Barbican planters

Blooming beautiful illustrations by Plymouth schoolchildren brightening up Barbican planters

Local schoolchildren have been creating beautiful Plymouth-themed designs to adorn the new planters on the Barbican, as part of a competition run by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District (PWP BID).

A total of 19 planters, filled with more than 2,000 trailing petunias, were recently installed along Southside Street. The aim is to provide a floral welcome to visitors to the Barbican, and make the area safer for pedestrians by discouraging parking on the pavements.

The planters are part of the BID’s entry into the 2021 South West in Bloom initiative, a regional heat of the renowned Britain in Bloom competition.

PWP is now brightening up the planters themselves by decorating the sides with the children’s bright and colourful designs.

A total of 135 entries were received for the illustration competition from children aged 5 to 11 from three local schools: St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Pilgrim Primary School and Hyde Park Junior School.

Each of the 19 Barbican planters will now host one of the winning designs, as well as new signage welcoming visitors to the area and showcasing unique facts about the city.

Diane Mansell, Chief Executive of PWP, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the creative and imaginative designs submitted into the competition and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the children that got involved. It was a difficult process to narrow down all the amazing entries to just 19 winners!

“The designs bring even more colour and cheer to the Barbican so make sure you visit Southside Street and take a look.”

You can view all the winning enteries on the PWP BID website…

The Barbican hanging baskets are blooming nicely!

The Barbican hanging baskets are blooming nicely!

Here’s a few updated photos taken this week. #LoveTheBarbican

These are all thanks to the Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB) and several generous donations from individual businesses here who helped install 55 hanging baskets around the Barbican.

Together with the new planters installed by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership a truly wonderful welcome is guaranteed on a visit to the historic Waterfront.

We’re also hopeful the Barbican will do well in the Britain in Bloom Competition.

Barbican Prawn lights up in Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour after eight years

Barbican Prawn lights up in Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour after eight years

New lights have been installed in the Leviathan, also known as the Barbican Prawn, which sits at the entrance to historic Sutton Harbour in the heart of Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City.

Thanks to a project led by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and with the support of Sutton Harbour Group plc, the eyes of the Barbican Prawn now once again light up at night following work by SHG’s maintenance contractors Lorne Stewart Plc (Facilities) to repair the electrical connections to the famous statue.

The prawn was first installed over two decades ago, and the lights were repaired by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership in 2013, but they have not been working for the last eight years.

The prawn’s eyes are now set to a timer and will shine in the evenings and throughout the night, between 7pm and 6am.


Diane Mansell, Waterfront Manager and Chief Executive of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, said:

We are delighted to see the Leviathan’s eyes light up the harbour again after such a long period of time.

“Plymouth Waterfront Partnership is in the process of improving the environment across the city’s waterfront and led on this initiative to see the Leviathan fully working again because the famous ‘prawn’ has become such an important feature of Plymouth’s waterfront identity”.

The Leviathan was first unveiled in the mid-1990s when Sutton Harbour Group installed the lock gates, and has stood in its spot at the entrance of Sutton Harbour next to the Mayflower Steps Memorial for the last 25 years.

Although it is fondly known as the Barbican Prawn by locals and tourists alike, the sculpture is made up of different parts of a variety of sea creatures, representing local marine life from the past and present.

With the head of an angler fish, the upper body and claws of a lobster and the lower body and fin of a John Dory, the Leviathan was named after a sea monster referenced in the Old Testament of The Bible.

Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman of Sutton Harbour Group, said:

“We are very pleased to have supported Plymouth Waterfront Partnership in its project to install lights in the Leviathan after eight years and help light up one of the city’s iconic landmarks, restoring it to its former standing at its location adjacent to some of the city’s prime visitor attractions around Sutton Harbour, including the Barbican, the National Marine Aquarium and the Mayflower Steps Memorial.”


Photo by Penny Samuels Photography.




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