Consultation on Street Trading along the Plymouth Hoe Waterfront

Plymouth Hoe WaterfrontA proposal for 15 potential street trading pitches along Plymouth’s waterfront have been put forward.

The Plymouth City Council is proposing to introduce street trading on Madeira Road and Hoe Road with the income being invested into the waterfront.

The Council have provided a consultation letter and supporting documentation which includes further information.

The Herald has more on this story including comments from the PWP:

Chris Arscott, chairman of the Waterfront Partnership, said: “We want to generate more vibrancy around the Waterfront. But we want quality, not kiss-me-quick stalls.

“I see the stalls supplementing not competing with existing traders – that’s the last thing we want to do.

“Partly the driving force is to increase footfall on the Waterfront and to make the whole of the Hoe and Foreshore a more vibrant place.

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Plymouth Winter Festival – Festive fun across the city of Plymouth

plymouth winter festival 2012Plymouth’s Winter Festival is returning for 2012, and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever with the events taking place across the city centre and waterfront.

Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership are teaming up to provide a fantastic line up of festive fun for all the family in the lead up to Christmas.

The Winter Festival will officially launch on Thursday 22 November, with the Christmas Lights Switch On transforming Plymouth into a twinkling festive haven and beginning the city’s countdown to Christmas.

Now in its third year, the Winter Festival, aims to attract shoppers from across the South West to enjoy Plymouth’s unique retail offer, as well as its exciting programme of entertainment and events.

This year Santa will have a new home in Plymouth, at his cosy Christmas Grotto on Frankfort Gate. The Grotto will open on Thursday 22 November to coincide with the Christmas Lights Switch On, and will remain open every day until Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Lights Switch On will also mark the opening of the Christmas Market stalls on Armada Way and Cornwall Street and the redressing of the outdoor ice rink on the Piazza as a Christmas Winter Wonderland. Shops in the city centre will be staying open until 8pm for late night shopping, as they will every Thursday throughout the rest of November and December.

Brand new for 2012, there will also be a special Saturday Christmas Farmers’ Market taking place on the waterfront, based at the West Pier. Local traders will be selling a wide range of goods including fresh bread, eggs, poultry, venison, handmade cakes and preserves – highlighting the South West’s excellent local produce.

The market begins on Saturday 24 November will open every Saturday in the five weeks before Christmas, from 11am – 6pm, with pop up performances each week.

Plymouth Barbican traders will be holding a one-off late night shopping evening on Wednesday 12 December, with many of the independent shops and galleries staying open until 8pm and offering shoppers mulled wine and other festive treats.

There will also be an ‘Odd Window Out’ trail for families to follow along the waterfront and a photo exhibition of ‘Christmases Past on the Barbican’ run by South West Image Bank at the Tourist Information Centre.

Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Manager said: “Everyone on the waterfront is really looking forward to the dining and shopping Christmas season and joining in with the festive fun. Last year’s late night shopping evening on the Barbican proved to be very popular, it’s a great evening within the relaxed, atmospheric setting of the historic quayside with opportunities to dine by the waterside too. We’re introducing the Saturday farmers’ markets this year giving people added reason to buy local this Christmas and the many destinations within the waterfront offer a broad range for all the family.”

The countdown to Christmas will continue throughout December, with the Twinkling Twilight Lantern Parade on Thursday 6 December, which will see 300 local school children parading their handmade lanterns through the city streets. There will also be a charity Santa Fun Run (9 December), breakfast with Santa at the ice rink (24 December), Dick Whittington in Panto at the Theatre Royal (14 December – 19 January), Cinderella on Ice at Plymouth Pavilions (26 December – 5 January) and a whole host of other festive shows across the city.

To help shoppers get more for their money, Plymouth City Centre Company is teaming up with CityBus, Radio Plymouth and the Plymouth Herald to introduce the ShopPlymouth Saver Card – a great way for shoppers to access exclusive discounts and offers across the city, helping you make your money go further this Christmas. You can sign up for the card for free at

Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager said: “The Winter Festival is definitely going to be bigger and better than ever this year – we’re bringing back all the events which have been popular in the past along with some exciting new festive treats. With the launch of the ShopPlymouth Saver Card this month there’s never been a better time to bag a bargain, so come and make the most of all the deals on offer while enjoying the great entertainment and events in the lead up to Christmas.”

For information on all the events and activities that form this year’s Winter Festival please visit and You can also keep up with all the latest updates by becoming a fan of What’s On Plymouth on Facebook and following @Shop_Plymouth and @VisitPlymouth on Twitter.

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Thursday 22:
Winter Festival Launch
Christmas Lights Switch On, with entertainment from 4pm including Christopher Biggins, ‘Gaga Unleashed’, the Military Wives Choir and Joker
Christmas Market opening on Armada Way and Cornwall Street
Santa’s Grotto opening on Frankfort Gate
Plymouth Outdoor Ice Rink transformation into Winter Wonderland and evening skating show
Thanksgiving celebration at 11am outside the Guildhall
Late night shopping in the city centre – continues every Thursday

Saturday 24:
Saturday Christmas Market at West Pier – continues every Saturday


Saturday 1:
‘Odd Window Out’ trail begins on the waterfront
Barbican Christmases Past photo exhibition begins

Sunday 2:
Good Food Market at Royal William Yard, 11am – 3pm

Thursday 6:
Twinkling Twilight Lantern Parade, starting at 6pm leaving from the City Market Car Park on Cornwall Street
Meet Santa’s reindeer from 3pm – 5pm at their Frankfort Gate paddock

Friday 7:
The Greatest Story Never Told begins at the Barbican Theatre

Sunday 9:
Santa fun run

Wednesday 12:
Late night shopping on the Plymouth Barbican

Friday 14:
Dick Whittington begins at the Theatre Royal

Monday 24:
Breakfast with Santa at the outdoor ice rink

Wednesday 26:
Cinderella on Ice begins at Plymouth Pavilions

STOP PRESS: In addition to the list above on Tuesday 18th December the Coca Cola Truck will be rolling up to the Plymouth Hoe! 🙂

Plymouth Marine City Festival a Success!

Plymouth Marine City FestivalThe Plymouth Marine City Festival has been hailed as a success for proving that the city’s strength in the marine sector runs far deeper than heritage and culture alone.

Throughout the course of the nine-day festival, organised by a partnership led by Destination Plymouth, a series of business, science and educational events underpinned the family friendly activity which attracted thousands of visitors to Plymouth.

Proving that Plymouth is leading the way in marine research, the Oceans of Potential marine science conference attracted speakers and guests from across the globe to come together to discuss the future of our seas.

The event, run by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and supported by the Marine Institute at Plymouth University, attracted delegates from around the world to hear some of the leading global authorities on marine research.

The Business Expo organised by Plymouth Chamber was another resounding success, with more than 500 delegates in attendance, 55 local businesses exhibiting, and keynote speeches delivered by Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board and Government Minister for Trade and Industry Lord Green.

Another key strand of the Marine City Festival was its educational activity, developed and delivered by the National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth University.

The Aquarium’s STEMFest programme saw the largest ever number of school children visiting during a single week, with 1,800 children from over 30 local schools taking part in interactive science shows and workshops designed to make marine themed Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) come to life.

A further 2,500 family visitors took part in the family STEMFest on the Barbican during the Seafood Festival, creating a clear link between the seafood we eat and the issues around the management of our oceans.

Paul Cox, head of Science and Learning at the National Marine Aquarium said: “The Marine City Festival was fantastic for promoting our rich marine heritage, but also in encouraging both visitors and local residents to think more about the importance of protecting our oceans. We were pleased to be so heavily involved in the event, and look forward to seeing even greater numbers get involved in the future.”

Organisers of the festival hope that they can build upon the success of the festival to carve a reputation for Plymouth as a leading marine city.

Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council added: “The Marine City Festival has proven that Plymouth has the heritage, geography, culture, people and facilities to become a real force to be reckoned with in the marine sector. The combination of the science, business and educational events, alongside all the food, arts and entertainment, will help to strengthen Plymouth’s position as the most innovative and ambitious marine city in the country bar none, and this will only grow over the coming years.”

Plymouth Marine City Festival Photos

View photos from the Plymouth Marine City Festival taken by Mike Pitches – Opening Parade and the Seafood festival

Plymouth Seafood Festival – Top line-up of chefs taking part

Plymouth Hoe WaterfrontA line-up of star chefs has been unveiled as one of the highlights of the inaugural Plymouth Seafood Festival taking place in September.

The historic quaysides will come alive on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September for two days of mouth-watering food, fun and entertainment putting the spotlight on Plymouth’s thriving fishing industry and locally caught seafood which is hauled in from the boats every day.

The Plymouth Seafood Festival, organised by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, forms a central part of the wider Plymouth Marine City Festival which runs from September 8 to 16.

At the heart of the Plymouth Seafood Festival will be the cookery theatre stage on Commercial Wharf, The Barbican, featuring some of the best chefs in the South West demonstrating their skills using the finest in locally sourced ingredients. The line-up includes Plymouth chefs Chris and James Tanner, Channel 4’s Three Hungry Boys, Master Chef of Great Britain Peter Gorton, plus a who’s who of head chefs from some of Plymouth’s finest Waterfront eateries. For a full line up and cookery theatre programme see

Chris Tanner, from Tanners and the Barbican Kitchen said: “I’m really looking forward to showing what you can do with the amazing diversity of seafood from around Plymouth’s shores at the Plymouth Seafood Festival.”

Alongside the cookery theatre stage there will be tasty food stalls offering everything from fish curries through to locally caught crab. The festival will feature live music, street entertainment and cool marine science, providing a packed programme of fun for all the family.

Plymouth Waterfront Partnership has also created a nine day Seafood Trail of more than 30 restaurants and cafes across the Waterfront area showcasing delicious seafood dishes throughout the Festival.

There will be plenty for children to do with Plymouth University and the National Marine Aquarium taking science out on to the street with their JustAddH2O Family STEM Festival designed to make the story of seafood and marine science come alive.

Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Manager, said: “The Plymouth Seafood Festival celebrates our fantastic Waterfront and Plymouth’s growing reputation as a gourmet hotspot with the finest quality seafood and locally sourced ingredients served by an amazing array of talented chefs and restaurants.

“Creating a festival unique to Plymouth and its Waterfront was one of the key priorities as part of the Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID). Our aim is to develop the Plymouth Seafood festival into a major annual event showcasing the city and its Waterfront and helping drive visitor numbers and economic growth.”

Deputy Council leader Councillor Peter Smith said: “Top chefs, top food and a top idea. Bringing all these ingredients together on our waterfront is a recipe for success. This is not just a great idea for visitors, but a chance for local people to sample some of the fabulous food that gets served, day-in day-out in our great cafes and restaurants.”

The wide-ranging Plymouth Marine City Festival, organised by Destination Plymouth, ( will run from September 8-16 and brings together visitor events, business exhibitions and the world leading Oceans of Potential marine science conference on the Hoe, an initiative of Plymouth’s marine science organisations and coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).

It is aiming to attract thousands of visitors to Plymouth historic quayside areas and to highlight nationally and internationally the city’s standing as a leading European marine city for research, leisure, heritage and food.

The Festival will take in a wide range of Waterfront and City Centre sites – including The Barbican, Sutton Harbour, The Hoe, Royal William Yard and Mount Edgcumbe – to create a unique celebration of Plymouth and its links to the sea.

As well as the first Plymouth Seafood Festival, it includes the return of the Ecover Blue Mile, a programme of music and arts throughout the week, an outdoor cinema screen at Royal William Yard, a colourful parade through the Barbican on Saturday September 8, a public debate on the future of our seas chaired by BBC broadcaster Monty Halls and a public lecture by a previous Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Environment Agency.

Find out more about the Festival and news from the event on the Barbican Waterfront – Plymouth Seafood Festival Event Section

PWP appoint new chairman

pwp leaderA new chairman has been appointed to lead Plymouth Waterfront Partnership (PWP) and the delivery of the Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID).

Chris Arscott, past Commodore of Royal Western Yacht Club, takes on the exciting role with the BID now up and running following a clear vote by businesses in March to establish a Waterfront Business Improvement District.

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Plymouth’s New Clean Team take to the streets

plymouths clean teamA brand new Clean Team has been unveiled in Plymouth as part of the city’s annual Clean Week.

Funded by Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, the new Waterfront Business Improvement District, the Clean Team will be responsible for ensuring the city centre and key areas of the Waterfront are ready for the busy summer season.

The new Clean Team (pictured in their brand new uniforms) will operate across the city centre, the Barbican and Bretonside area throughout the year, performing scheduled works as well as acting as a ‘hit squad’ to tackle any cleansing issues that arise.

During Clean Week, which ran from Monday 14 May to Friday 18 May, the Clean Team carried out a schedule of work including cleaning and painting of street furniture on Armada Way,planting of flower beds on New George Street; power-washing Bretonside; benches and bollards painting and missing railings replacing on West Pier; a new decorative planting scheme across the Barbican including a new landscaped boat feature on Basket Ope and cleaning and repairing of tourism signs across the waterfront.

Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Manager said: “The new Clean Team, with new uniforms, present a highly visible demonstration of the new joint partnership approach between the two BIDs’ to improve the Plymouth visitor experience. The city’s strong summer events calendar, with highlights including the Olympic Torch Relay, the Armed Forces Day national event and Marine City Festival, is drawing national interest so it’s vital we make a good impression to encourage visitors to come back again and again.”

Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager added: “Maintaining a clean and safe environment is a key element of both the City Centre and Waterfront BID business plans, and is a part of our vision for Plymouth to be one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities. Plymouth already has a record as one of the cleanest cities in the UK, and we are committed to keeping our standards high through the work of the Clean Team.”

Plymouth’s Marine City Festival

Plymouth Hoe WaterfrontPlymouth will celebrate its historic, unique and scientific connections with the sea and all things marine in its first Marine City Festival, to be held in September this year.

The Festival aims to raise awareness, nationally and internationally, of Plymouth’s role as a leading UK marine city, for research, leisure, heritage and food. As well as attracting local residents, families and visitors to the City to enjoy a range of fabulous events and activities, the Festival will also challenge and encourage key thinkers, academics, environmentalists, writers and others to debate one of the hottest topics around – the future sustainability of our seas and oceans.

The Festival ( will combine world-leading scientific debate on the future of our oceans with a varied and exciting range of marine related events and activities, including:

+ Oceans of Potential – a world leading marine science conference with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Plymouth Marine Sciences and featuring BBC broadcaster Monty Halls

+ The opening of the prestigious new Marine Sciences Building at Plymouth University as part of its 150 year Anniversary

+ A fabulous seafood festival focussing on sustainably sourced fish in the lively and atmospheric Barbican and Sutton Harbours – featuring locally caught seafood and top local chefs

+ Paddling, swimming and kayaking as part of the mass participation Ecover “Blue Mile” event

+ Learning and great family fun at Just Add H2O with the National Marine Aquarium

+ Celebrating and experiencing art, music and performance with the City Museum, Peninsula Arts and Plymouth Arts Centre throughout the Festival

+ A major marine business expo with bespoke events for inward investors, buyers and sellers

Throughout the week the Festival will play host to a varied programme of family events and activities based around the Waterfront organised by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and cultural events, performances and exhibitions supported by the Plymouth Culture Board and partners.

Festival organisers want the event to become internationally renowned, showcasing the best of everything Plymouth has to offer, a “signature event” inspiring visitors to come to the City and providing opportunities for local communities to reconnect with the sea.

Duncan Currall, Chairman of Destination Plymouth, said: “Last year’s America’s Cup World Series highlighted just how well Plymouth can put on a world class event – centred on our unique maritime location but also encompassing wider opportunities to attract visitors and investors.

“The Plymouth Marine City Festival brings together all that is best in Plymouth, from our unique coastal environment to the city’s marine enterprise and research strengths and our growing reputation for great food.

“The result is a programme that caters to a broad audience, which will attract visitors and investors and which can become a nationally significant recurring festival that will allow the city to make the claim that Plymouth is the UK’s Marine City.”

Cabinet Member for Planning, Strategic Housing and Economic Development, Councillor Ted Fry said: “This festival is part of an exciting programme of events that will bring in visitors to our amazing city, but also give our residents the chance to learn more about some of the superb work that goes on in our city as well as have some fun.”

In tandem with the development of the Marine City Festival, a series of thought provoking articles is being published during 2012 with the first (by Professor Martin Attrill, Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University, and BBC broadcaster and marine biologist Monty Halls) calling for a national debate over marine management. See this link for more details…

Opportunities for Waterfront Businesses Announced

Plymouth Waterfront PartnershipThe Plymouth Waterfront Partnership have opportunities avaliable for local waterfront businesses to get involved in a number of high profile events.

This is an extremely important year for the Waterfront with significant events taking place, including the Olympic Torch Relay (19th May) and the launch of Plymouth’s Marine City Festival (8th – 16th September). It’s vital BID businesses have opportunities to participate and we aim to keep you updated on future opportunities.

Here are current opportunities that might be of interest…

View full details here on WaterfrontBID website…