The historic Sutton Harbour is located alongside the beautiful, cobbled streets of the Barbican in the heart of Plymouth, and the Easter Holidays is the perfect time to discover some of the brilliant places Sutton Harbour has to offer families during this busy time.
As we all know, entertaining the kids is a priority throughout the school holidays, but Sutton Harbour can help by providing you with a variety of things to do and affordable places to eat, keeping the children and yourselves entertained.
Activities to enjoy during the school holidays
Breaking up for the school holidays is very exciting for the younger ones, but figuring out and planning what to do to keep kids entertained for weeks on end can be tough for the parents or guardians in charge.
Luckily, Sutton Harbour has plenty of activities to get involved with during the break – and they won’t break the bank either.
We’ve compiled a round-up of several fun things to do from walks to craft fairs that may help ease the pressure over the next couple of weeks when the cry goes up of ‘I’m bored’.
The Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail
The Harbour Heritage Trail is a free, interactive one-mile circular route walk around Plymouth’s historic harbour. We know children can find walks boring but with the option of making this walk interactive on the Plymouth Trails app (Apple store and Google Play Store) it can create a fun, educational and engaging walk for the family on what could be a beautiful sunny day around Sutton Harbour. It’s also completely free to enjoy. Find out more about Plymouth’s fascinating maritime history and bring Britain’s Ocean City to life.
The Sea-ster Egg Trail
The Sea-ster Egg Trail is an EGGCELLENT free event taking place from the 11th-18th April around Sutton Harbour and The Barbican. You could win a family ticket to the National Marine Aquarium if you are lucky enough to find the rogue egg that is on your hunt. You can download the trail from the Barbican Waterfront website a day before the trail starts or pick up a trail leaflet from The Tourist Information Centre. What a great way to get into the Easter spirit – and again, it doesn’t cost a thing.
The National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium, located at the entrance to Sutton Harbour, is the largest aquarium in the UK. With over 4,000 sea animals to see and family-friendly activities on offer, this is a brilliant attraction for you and the kids to experience this April. Tickets can be bought online at their standard ticket price type which also includes a Complimentary Pass to revisit for 12 months after, so you get great value for money from your visit.
Easter Family Fun Workshops: Creative Workshops
Art and craft events are a great way for kids to use up some of their excess energy and have fun creating something that they can keep. This is a free workshop located at The Box with the themes being animal puppets (12th-16th) and sculptures (18th-23rd). Why don’t you visit after a fantastic breakfast at Boston Tea Party with The Box only being a short walk away from their location on Sutton Harbour? – For more details go to Visit Plymouth.
A taste of Sutton Harbour’s Food and Drink
Sutton Harbour offers a huge variety of venues for food and drink when visiting the area. Fuelling the body is essential for maximising your energy for a great family day out, so whether you are looking for somewhere to indulge like Boston Tea Party or having refreshments at Louise’s Coffee and Doughnuts when you’re on the go, then we have plenty to choose from.
Here’s our round up of some perennial family favourites:
Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party is in a wonderful location on Sutton Harbour overlooking the marina with plenty of space indoors and a sunny terrace if the weather is kind, and perfect for a spot of breakfast or brunch before you start your day. They offer a wide variety of food and drink so there will always be something for everyone. Boston Tea Party operate on a first come, first served basis and even better, they are dog-friendly, which is ideal for people who want to walk off their delicious food around the scenic marina with the pup in tow.
Supha’s Street Food Emporium
Supha’s is an outstanding and affordable Asian influenced street-food style restaurant and takeaway that looks out over the beautiful eastern side of Sutton Harbour. They offer authentic dishes from Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam with seafood provided by Sutton Harbour’s Moby Nicks, which is based at the neighbouring Plymouth Fisheries. The perfect place to visit if you are looking to experiment with exciting pan Asian cuisine and teach the kids some new flavours this Easter.
Rockfish is a perfect destination for a family meal as it provides you with the ultimate seafood experience from relaxed and welcoming surroundings. The fish is caught locally and the restaurant overlooks the sea enabling a fantastic backdrop whilst you eat. Their menu offers a wide range of fresh fish and daily specials with a good kids’ menu too, which is the key to keeping everyone happy.
Louise’s Coffee and Doughnuts
Located on the edge of the quay Louise’s Coffee and Doughnuts provides the perfect pit-stop for a warming cup of coffee or a delicious treat with their hot doughnuts being the main point of interest, especially for the kids…