We’ve got some new dates for your diary. Large-scale live events may not yet be possible as we remain vigilant about social distancing, but make sure you look out for some of the exciting virtual and scaled down events taking place in Sutton Harbour this September.
Plymouth’s vibrant waterfront hosts a range of exciting, world-class events all year round for locals and visitors to enjoy. Britain’s Ocean City is home to some of the UK’s top attractions and destinations which offer the perfect backdrop for family-friendly events including firework displays, festivals and live music performances.
While many of our favourite waterfront events had to be cancelled or postponed this year due to Covid-19, some virtual and scaled down events can now safely take place along the historic harbour, and there is a variety of activity lined up to enjoy this autumn.
Classic Boats visiting the harbour
From Thursday 10th September we will be welcoming a small number of classic boats to Sutton Harbour. These beautiful, historic vessels will be moored along the quayside in Sutton Harbour Marina creating the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the waterfront until Monday 14th September. Although we are unable to offer a full-scale Classic Boat Rally as has happened in previous years, and boats will not be accessible for visitors to board, these yachts will provide a beautiful backdrop to the historic waterfront to enjoy as you walk alongside the harbour.
Mayflower 400 Commemoration online event
Taking place on the 400th anniversary of the legendary Mayflower voyage which set sail from Sutton Harbour in 1620, we will see an hour-long online programme presented by BBC history expert Dan Snow at 6pm on Wednesday 16th September. The documentary will reflect the story of the Pilgrims’ journey, its impact on the Native American people who helped them when they first arrived and the wider context of colonialism. It will also include a look at some of the cultural projects involved in the programme. The documentary will be available on the History Hits channel and via the Mayflower 400 website.
Sutton Harbour Marina’s Virtual Open Day
The award-winning Sutton Harbour Marina invites everyone to its first online event – a Marina Open Day. Join the team on Saturday 19th September at 2pm for a glimpse inside the 5 Gold Anchor Marina and see the benefits of keeping a yacht in the historic heart of Plymouth.
Take a virtual tour of the first-class facilities, meet the friendly marina team and find out what Plymouth has to offer with a guest from the Plymouth Tourist Information Centre. Make sure you ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Sutton Harbour Marina Facebook page to tune in for the event, and for more news and exclusive offers.
Plymouth Seafood Festival – online event
An exciting schedule of activity will take place online from Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th September for Plymouth Seafood Festival’s virtual event, celebrating Plymouth’s sustainable seafood trade. Seafood fans can watch along by following the What’s On Plymouth Facebook page with an exciting range of content to look forward to each day.
Viewers can expect cooking demonstrations from local restaurants including Rockfish, Supha’s Street Food Emporium and The Box Kitchen and Bar, as well as a handy masterclass in filleting fish from the experts at Plymouth Trawler Agents based at Plymouth Fisheries, England’s second largest fresh fish market located on Sutton Harbour’s East Quay.
Seafood & Harbour Market
This year we are hosting a Seafood and Harbour Market in partnership with Plymouth City Council, organised by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, to support and celebrate the high-quality and locally sourced seafood in Plymouth. Taking place from Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th September, this event will be a scaled down version of the usual live Plymouth Seafood Festival, with socially distanced pop-up seafood stalls and street food vendors sited along the quayside at The Parade and in Quay Square from 10am until 5pm.