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New plans submitted for West Pier

New plans have been submitted to ensure that the West Pier is looking its best in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. Details are being outlined for how the historic pier will look cared for and tidy, ready for thousands of visitors in 2020 – with all of its cobbles in situ. The plans will […]


First day of Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival cancelled due to weather

We have reluctantly had to cancel the first day of this year’s Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival on Friday 9 August, due to forecast bad weather. The main concern for us is the potential wind strength (which affects infrastructure safety) and direction (which can increase the amount of rain hitting the stage and electrical […]


Free festival of blues and jazz music in Plymouth this weekend

This weekend, Plymouth’s Barbican will be filled with the sounds of smooth blues and swinging jazz as the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival returns for its fourth year. The festival, organised by Plymouth City Council, runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August and starts at 12pm each day. The main stage on The […]


West Pier response

The amount of comment and debate about the plans to restore West Pier shows just how much people in Plymouth care about the Barbican and the city’s heritage. But there is some misinformation and misunderstanding about the scheme which is leading to unnecessary anxiety about the plans. We’re as proud of our heritage, including the […]


Plans to preserve, protect and transform historic pier submitted

Plymouth’s West Pier could be transformed as part of an extensive rejuvenation programme designed to preserve, protect and strengthen it for next 100 years. The historic pier, which is home to the Mayflower Steps, looks set to get a major makeover which will shine a spotlight on the globally significant space as well as enable […]


Bearing good news for Good Friday about lock footbridge

The Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is expected to reopen tomorrow Good Friday – 19 April. The one tonne bearing has been successfully fitted by a local company.  Following installation, full testing has been carried out by expert teams effectively and safely, with the lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time. […]


Big bearing to bring bridge back into business…

Get in! Council leader Tudor Evans checks out the massive bearing that’s going to be fitted into the Sutton Harbour lock footbridge. Contractors have set up the compound and the bearing has been craned into the middle section of the lock bridge so that engineers can start working on the installation. The one tonne bearing, […]


Next step to restore key historic house

The regeneration of Plymouth’s Elizabethan House in the heart of the Barbican is moving on to its next phase. After carrying out a detailed investigation to understand the extent of the deterioration of the building, the first phase of work on the Grade II listed property is complete and consultation has begun on the plans […]


Sutton Harbour walkway timetable

We’ve got the latest opening times for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour lock. These times are subject to change as they depend on the tide and the amount of marine traffic going through the lock, but here are the planned opening times for the next week. Saturday 8 September 7:30am to 2:30pm Sunday 9 September 7:30am to 3pm […]


Follow Stella the Starfish for family fun in Sutton Harbour

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 […]


Progress report on Elizabethan House

Scaffolding will be going up shortly around the city’s Elizabethan House as part of an ambitious programme to bring the 400 year old building back to life. Four centuries of building material will be carefully stripped back as part of a sensitive and difficult assessment into the condition of the house which has survived the […]


Work starts on Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge will get under way on Monday 8 January. The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on-road cycle […]


Improved walking and cycling links between Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge

We’re inviting feedback on planned walking and cycling improvements between the Barbican and the Laira Rail Bridge. The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better […]


Mayflower Museum re-opens following refurbishment

Plymouth’s Mayflower Museum will re-open on Saturday 1 August following a £35,000 refurbishment. Three floors have been improved, thanks to a grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to create a more exciting and engaging experience for school children, families, local residents and tourists. Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We’ve revamped the […]


Changes to the licensing policy on the Barbican

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet is expected to approve plans to control the type of new licences issued on the Barbican. The changes were agreed after the police submitted a report to the Council last year asking to expand the current cumulative impact policy (CIP) to not only cover the Barbican, but extend across Sutton Harbour […]


Way to go! New map and information boards for Plymouth city centre and waterfront

Work is under way to install a network of new and improved map and information boards around Plymouth’s city centre and waterfront. The new wayfinding signs will make it easier for visitors and residents to navigate their way around Britain’s Ocean City by boat, bike, bus and foot, as well as showcase the city’s spectacular […]


Work on the Barbican toilets start

Work has started on new toilets for the Barbican as part of the Council’s commitment to better facilities for day-trippers and regular water users. Demolition work has already started on the run-down block in the Barbican’s Elphinstone car park and preparation work is underway to knock down the public toilets at Sutton Harbour’s Quay Point […]