A Magical Christmas at the Yard
It is an exciting time at the yard with a fabulous array of events lined up to get you in the festive spirit!
First in the event calendar is the fantastic Illuminate! The following details were provided by the event organisers and give an overview of what attendees can look forward to. Illuminate, an event marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, takes on a stunning new location in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard on Nov 24-26. For the first time ever, the former victualling yard will be lit up with dazzling light installations, immersive visual art and light projections, being linked to the Barbican through the travelling of light. For full details about this fantastic event, click here to view the event on our website.
December brings a remedy Christmas present-buying fever, when the Yard’s hugely popular Sunday Good Food Markets will go weekly for three weeks – Dec 3, 10 & 17 – for Christmas featuring local produce including turkey, mince pies and all the trimmings.
On December 3, thanks to the RNLI, Santa will arrive by lifeboat at the Yard’s first Christmas market to meet the City’s children. He’ll be joined by a performance from the Kings Men Barbershop Chorus.
The following photos were taken during last year’s Christmas Good Food Market and were provided by the fabulous team at Onshore Media.
On Dec 16 & 17 Ocean Studios will also be throwing open the doors with the ultra hip Native Makers locally sourced creative market. Market go-ers will also be able to explore the creative goings-on at Ocean Studios, which provides affordable studios and workshop facilities for talented artists.
And Sunday, Dec 17 the special Christmas Good Food Market will feature a festive singalong on the Green, accompanied by local school children and choirs, kicking off at 3:30pm.
There are also several regular events and restaurant offers running all the way up to Christmas including a special pre-Christmas cheese and wine sampling evening at Le Vignoble on November 11 and a Carnival Christmas themed event at Las Iguanas for a South American yuletide feast on November 14.
The Grade 1 listed ex-Naval Victualling Yard is also home to a wide range of amazing restaurants and bars. Not forgetting Royal William Yard’s fantastic retail and beauty offering at ID Fashion and Envy. The Yard offers many creative spaces and art gallery’s including Martin Bush’s spectacular gallery and Ocean Studios where visitors can buy artwork as well as a engage with courses and workshops in Photography, jewellery making, ceramics, glass and printing.
People who want to enjoy a fantastic Festive lunch while at the market, can also use the new Yard Card, launched for the public and regular visitors to receive exclusive discounts from many of the restaurants and retailers inside Royal William Yard. Click here to sign up for your Yard Card. Yard cards will be received in the post, followed by regular exclusive offers, deals, discounts and competitions.
The Yard is free to enter. Come by bike, boat, bus or walk and join in the fun.