All the latest News From the yard

31st January

It's back - tastier than ever! The Good Food Market at Royal William Yard Returns for 2018

Good Food Market - Royal William Yard - 10-3pm - Feb 4

The award-winning Good Food Market held in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard, is back for 2018 starting on Sunday February 4 - just in time for Valentine’s Day! 

The much loved market, which is now a regular destination for South West ‘foodies’, will offer a host of local food and drink suppliers and producers running along the centre of the Yard through Main Street. Local produce will include delicious Valentines treats from Inky & Grace, Karen’s Cakes and Loco About Cocoa.

Emily Handslip, Director of Urban Splash said: "The Good Food market is hugely popular - a firm foodie favourite with both the Yard and wider community. It not only gives visitors a chance to try local produce, but also to explore the Yard's fantastic bars, restaurants, art galleries and retail. This year the market will move between sheltered accessible space in and around The Factory Cooperage, The Green and also Main Street."

The Good Food Market at the Yard takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm, entry is FREE. There is plenty of parking and pay and display machines on hand, even better you can now pay by app via ‘paybyphone’.  Visitors are encouraged to 'think green' and travel by bus, bike or foot.

Market goers can also explore Bistrot Pierre, Wagamama, Las Iguanas, Prezzo, Seco Lounge, Wildwood, Le Vignoble, ID Fashion, Envy and Ocean Studios. If you sign up for the Yard card you can receive exclusive discounts from any of the restaurants and retailers inside Royal William Yard. Yard Card sign up can be done at https://www.royalwilliamyard.c...

8th December

Native Makers makes the Yard a wow!

On Saturday and Sunday 16/17 December, the Native Makers Christmas Market hit Royal William Yard,with a staggering range of super talented local artisan makers showcasing their fabulous crafts, with, of course, plenty of festive sparkle!

The event was housed inside the beautiful Ocean Studios building at Factory Cooperage where there was live music from Knee-Deep festival, Children's craft workshops from Plymouth College of Art, delicious Christmassy snacks from Column Bakehouse, and of course over 60 local, emerging makers. Entry was FREE and everyone was very welcome.

With giant wreaths, stunning jewellery, handmade clothes and stunning craft pieces, it was the perfect opportunity to find those extra special and unusual gifts.

And to add to the magic, our lovely local producers from our monthly Yard Good Food Market came along to entice visitors with delicious food treats.

Needless to say the event was packed with makers and shoppers enjoying one of the arguably the best places to find something local, unique and handmade in the South West.

A brilliant creative event - one for the diary for next year!


25th November

Plymouth's Royal William Yard lit up with light installations, immersive visual art and light projections to celebrate Illuminate 2017

The highlight of the event was a mass participation light performance with Xylobands, (famously used by Coldplay as part of their live performances) with hundreds taking part in the dance and light activity. Xylobands are the original and brightest radio-controlled LED wristband that work by creating multiple flash patterns with RGB colour changing LEDs.  The mass light performance was led by choreographers from the Street Factory and the Barbican Theatre transformed the Royal William Yard into a magnificent travelling light show.

Illuminate marks the anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower for America - which set sail from Plymouth in 1620, reaching (the later renamed) Plymouth Massachusetts 66 days later.  The event is celebrated across America (the origins of ‘Thanksgiving’) with ties between Plymouth UK and Plymouth Massachusetts growing ever stronger ahead of the 400th anniversary in 2020.

On 23 November Plymouth's Lord Mayor kicked off festivities with the Legacy Choir at the Yard, which was candle lit for the anniversary. Then on 24 November there was a series of Xyloband mass participation light performances at 6.30pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm Light projections were designed and mapped by The Media Workshop and Plymouth College of Art, who as part of the European funded project Euranium, will be working in collaboration with animation students from across France, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark and Finland. Light Art installations and visual pieces also formed part of the event, created by the staff and students from the University of Plymouth’s School of Art, Design and Architecture, led by Professor Chris Bennewith who was formerly Creative Director for Wellington’s LUX Light Festival in New Zealand and has worked both in the UK and internationally on major light events.