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3rd November

Royal William Yard announces special early Christmas present for visitors

There will be an extra special early Christmas treat for visitors to this month's award winning Good Food Market at Royal William Yard this Sunday [Nov 5].

From today [Nov 3] parking at the Yard will move to new flexible tariffs to make it easier and more convenient for visitors to the Grade 1 victualling Yard to explore the fine local produce, have a great lunch or just relax. An initial 2 hour period costing two pounds (£2), the charge will be an additional one pound (£1) per hour for each hour up to nine hours.

The family friendly Good Food Market which takes place on The Green every first Sunday of the month from 10:00-15:00 offers the finest produce from over 50 of the best independent, locally sourced traders in the South West as they present one of the most successful, award-winning food markets in Devon. Regular local traders include Barnwell Bacon, Cheezeboard, Chocolats De Caprine and Craft Bottle Beers,

The Grade 1 listed ex-Naval Victualling Yard is also home to a wide range of amazing restaurants and bars including Wagamama, Prezzo, Wildwood, Le Vignoble, The Column House Bakery @ Ocean Studios, Seco Lounge, Las Iguanas and Bistrot Pierre. There's also fashion and beauty to explore at Envy and IDFashion as well as Martin Bush's gallery.

People who want to enjoy a fantastic 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. Yard Card sign up can be done at https://www.royalwilliamyard.com/yard-card .

Yard cards offer regular exclusive deals, discounts and competitions. Great Yard card offers*** this month include 10% off at Column Bakehouse Café and Stores, including fresh artisan loaves. There's a free regular juice drink with food at Wagamas. At Bistrot Pierre you can enjoy a free glass of Cuvee ’94 wine with any two courses from their à la carte menu Sunday to Thursday. At Envy each new client can enjoy 25% off any hair service. At Las Iguanas there's 20% Off Food from the a la Carte Menu and a free bowl of nuts at Le Vignoble.

Emily Handslip, Urban Splash Director said: " We’re kicking off the next two months of exciting events at Royal William Yard this weekend with the Good Food market and to give visitors more flexibility we’ve adapted the parking tariff so they can now pay by the hour. We hope this change will encourage people to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy everything the yard has to offer.”

The Royal William Yard team have listened carefully to the feedback received from stakeholders within the Yard as well as the public, visitors and users of the Yard. The proposed parking changes are being implemented with the sole intention of increasing flexibility around the purchase of parking and making it more convenient for all visitors to the Yard (including resident’s visitors) to stay the length of time they wish on an hourly basis and not have to worry about clock watching to avoid the previous jump in tariff from 2 to 5 hours. 

We hope this will make The Yard an even more enjoyable place to work, live, visit, relax - and provide a brilliant excuse to visit the Good Food Market this Sunday."

25th October

Devon Poppy Appeal set for spectacular launch at Royal William Yard

ENEMY forces are preparing to stage an assault operation on Plymouth’s Royal William Yard this Thursday – but don’t worry… it’s all part of this year’s spectacular Poppy Appeal launch in Devon. 

Royal Marines will be at the heart of this year’s annual launch on Thursday 26th October, helping to deliver the symbolic ‘first poppy’ into the historic former victualling yard on board an Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC).

Once docked the marines will present The Lord Lieutenant of Devon and the Devon President of The Royal British Legion with the first poppy, kicking off the 2017/18 Poppy Appeal across the county. 

 This year’s launch event will also commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Falklands conflict in 1982 which Plymouth was heavily involved with.

It comes as The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to rethink what Remembrance means.

The poppy and the work of the Legion are often associated with the First and Second World Wars and elderly veterans, however the charity is calling on the public to reconsider what the poppy stands for and wear it in support of the Armed Forces community, past and present.

Following the launch event the veterans will attend a private ceremony at the Falklands Memorial inside Stonehouse Barracks where wreaths will be laid in memory of the fallen.

It is expected that the delivery will take place around 10.30am, after which a bugler from the RM Band will play the Last Post and Reveille.