All the latest News From the yard

20th July

New Ferry Service linking Royal William Yard, The Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park starts today!

Three iconic waterfront destinations in Plymouth and Cornwall are to be linked for the very first time today (July 20) thanks to a historic new ferry route which is set to make travelling across Plymouth's waterfront a firm favourite for tourists and commuters alike.

Plymouth Boat Trips, award winning regeneration company Urban Splash, Mount Edgcumbe and The Plymouth Waterfront Partnership have announced the launch of an exciting new hop on, hop off ferry service, which will link Plymouth’s historic Barbican to award-winning Royal William Yard and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in Cornwall for the very first time.

The new service aims to make travelling by water between some of Plymouth’s best loved destinations convenient and easy.  Visitors and residents will be able to experience the restaurants, bars and boutique shopping at Royal William Yard, the historic house and acres of stunning Country Park at Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall and Plymouth’s historic Barbican, a short walk from the city centre, via the new ferry service.

The new route and timetable has been developed by local cruise, ferry and fishing operation, Plymouth Boat Trips, developers of Royal William Yard, Urban Splash, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park operators, Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council and the Plymouth Waterfront partnership.

The new service will operate April to October with a reduced service running during winter months. The Cremyll Ferry service from Mount Edgcumbe to Admiral's Hard will continue as normal.

"We are delighted to announce the launch of this new ferry service, which links three of the best destinations in Plymouth and Cornwall by water," said Ben Squire, Plymouth Boat Trips. "Plymouth Boat Trips is a family run business with years of experience and expertise in running successful ferries and water tour operations, and we are excited at the opportunities this will open up for the City’s tourism and sustainable transport offer." 

"We are thrilled that we have been able to work with Plymouth Boat Trips to make this great new ferry service possible," said Emily Handslip, Director of Commercial Lettings, Urban Splash. "Royal William Yard has become one of the best places to work, rest and play in the South West, and this new ferry service will make it easier than ever to enjoy everything the Yard - and Plymouth - has to offer. We are delighted to help make this brilliant new ferry route happen."

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13th July

Column Bakehouse café and stores now open at Royal William Yard

A second outlet for the popular artisan bakery Column Bakehouse has opened today (Thursday 13 July) at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard.

The successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength winning countless awards and fans along the way. Run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – Column Bakehouse has in recent years cemented its position as Plymouth’s premier artisan bakery, supplying a range of restaurants and trade customers as well as real bread fans right across the city and beyond.

RIO’s Head of Enterprises Claire Burgess explains: “We are thrilled to open the doors to the new Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. Since we took over the running of Ocean Studios back in April 2017 we have worked hard to create a café offer that supports the community of artists and makers in the building as well as contributing to the food and visitor offer on the Yard.

Ocean Studios Column Bakehouse

“As well as a Café, the new outlet will also feature Column Bakehouse Stores – a small shop featuring local products alongside those from social enterprise suppliers – where customers can purchase and take home many of the ingredients used in our Café menu to recreate their favourites at home.” 

Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Royal William Yard will also house a Tourist Information Centre ‘outpost’, a collaboration between RIO and Plymouth City Council to create a pop-up TIC with information for visitors to explore what else the city offers beyond Royal William Yard.

"We are delighted to welcome Column Bakehouse to Royal William Yard,” said Emily Handslip, Director, Urban Splash. “Royal William Yard has become the best place to work, rest and play in the South West. We’re really excited about the Bakehouse Café and Stores at Ocean Studios - it is a fantastic addition to the Yard food offering. We’re also thrilled that RIO has worked with Plymouth City Council to create a Tourist Information point in the Bakehouse Café at Ocean Studios and look forward to seeing more visitors using it to discover all of what Plymouth has to offer.”

3rd July

You’re invited to ID Fashion’s birthday Fashion show

Location : The Secret Garden, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP
Date : Saturday, 15th July
Time : 2pm
Price: Free

Join the celebrations on Lady’s day at Royal William Yard where ID Fashion Celebrates its 2nd birthday. There will be a fashion show at 2pm before the ladies’ Wimbledon final and a best-dressed competition where entrants could win a £100 ID Fashion voucher. In the evening from 6pm to 9.30pm, there will also be a party with a bar and a BBQ.

The event will feature a stunning collection of beautiful and unique designer pieces, created by the ID design team, and will be worn by a section of local models.

The show will take place in the beautiful Secret Garden, at the Grade 1 listed ex-Naval victualling yard, which was regenerated by award winning property developers, Urban Splash.

The event will feature a catwalk show, DJ and wine bar, a big screen to watch Wimbledon and a competition for the best dressed lady on the day.

ID Fashion's owner and event director, Deni Avramova, said: "We want people to come to The Yard and celebrate our birthday with us. We will be presenting our Summer fashion collection as part of the event and we would like everyone to come in their best Wimbledon attire to win £100. We will also be giving out free champagne to everybody who enters the boutique during the day.

Emily Handslip, Associate Director of Urban Splash, who are supporting the event, said: "Royal William Yard is one of the best places to work, live and play in the UK. Events like this celebrate the retail creativity and style that's on offer at The Yard. We are delighted to celebrate ID Fashion’s 2nd birthday by supporting this Fashion show. I am sure it will be a big success."