British Summertime is here: What to expect in Sutton Harbour this spring

We’ve had the first day of spring and now British Summertime is here—what can you expect at Sutton Harbour? Longer days, warmer weather, and a busy events calendar to name a few!

With summer just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of spring activities to see you into one of Britain’s Ocean City’s best seasons.


Spring Events

While there are plenty of great events happening throughout the year at Sutton Harbour, British Summertime marks spring’s kick off. With sunnier days ahead, parts of Plymouth come back to life to gear up for a busy summer season.

At the end of this month, on the 28th April, it’s the return of the Ocean City Running Festival. Plymouth residents and visitors to the city will all be taking part in half marathons, 10k and 5k runs, starting and ending at the picturesque Plymouth Hoe. The race sees runners heading out across the city, so you can catch them at different points throughout to cheer them on!

On the 18th and 19th May, the popular Pirates Weekend returns to Sutton Harbour. Put on your best, most swashbuckling outfit, and head down to join in the fun. As usual, expect plenty of entertainment, visits from historic ships and sea shanty bands. You’ll really feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

British Summertime also means that the Tinside Lido, Smeaton’s Tower and the Elizabethan House open their doors once again. The iconic lighthouse and the historic Elizabethan House are both open now for you to pay a visit. Experience part of Plymouth’s rich history until September when they will close for the autumn and winter season.

The Tinside Lido will open in May, just in time for it to be warm enough for a dip! If you prefer the convenience of warmer water and a safe space to keep an eye on your little ones, Tinside Lido is perfect. The pool has been providing a great, charming place for Plymouth’s residents and visitors alike to swim since the 1930s.


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Walk the Heritage Trail

Looking to get your steps in after staying cosy this winter? Give Sutton Harbour’s Heritage Trail a try. This one-mile circular route takes you around the historic harbour and gives you a glimpse into centuries of Plymouth’s history. Use the Plymouth Trails app to discover this trail and others like it around the city.

You can also turn off from the tech and walk the trail via signage and the brass rubbing plaques that can be found. Each one explains the story of a particular spot and it’s a great way to keep children engaged as you go.



Make the most of warmer weather

While it’s not quite beach weather yet, it’s definitely warm enough to start to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of great places to eat along Sutton Harbour and the Barbican. For food on the go try The Greek, Creamer’s Street Barista (also known as Louise’s Coffee and Donuts) or Pilgrim’s Ice Cream.

If you’re looking to dine al fresco, there are plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by. Try the Armado Lounge, The Stable, Boston Tea Party, Rockfish or Supha’s for great menus and a great view.

Now is also the perfect time to take a boat trip out to the Plymouth Sound. Plymouth Boat Trips offer ferry rides and more leisurely, sightseeing trips. The Barbican’s convenient landing stage sees visitors easily hopping on and off the ferry to other parts of Plymouth and even across to Cornwall.

From the Barbican, you can catch the half hour ferry to Cawsand and Kingsand. These small fishing villages offer quaint beaches, walks and great views out to sea. You can also catch the ferry to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall and stop off at Royal William Yard on the way. Take the scenic route across the Sound and make the most of the views.

Looking to stay out on the water for a little longer? Plymouth Boat Trips Scenic Harbour Cruise takes an hour and is a popular, informative way to experience the city. With a live commentary, on-board café and a licensed bar, this cruise is perfect for all the family.


Lighter Evenings

Now that the sun is setting later, why not spend your evenings at Sutton Harbour? This perfectly romantic setting makes it great for date night. Dine outside with views across the water as the sun sets, and then take a leisurely stroll along the cobbles.

There are also plenty of bars, like The Ship, The Three Crowns and Bonne Sante, to enjoy a drink or two. Get cosy inside or enjoy the last light of the evening beside the water with many bars and pubs offering outside seating too.

The Barbican Theatre also always have a great line-up of entertainment on the cards. Whether it’s live musical performances at the B-Bar or a theatrical performance, there is plenty to see.



Spring at Sutton Harbour

Whichever spring activities you choose to do in Sutton Harbour, good memories and a great time are guaranteed. Summer is just around the corner when there will be even more to see and do.

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