Christmas shopping in Plymouth
Christmas shopping in Plymouth
Nights are drawing in and temperatures are falling – but in Plymouth that’s all the more reason to wrap up warm and head outside.
Organisers of this year’s Winter Festival are inviting residents and visitors to celebrate the season with a line-up that’s billed as bigger and better than before.
The festivities’ official launch is on November 22, when the Christmas lights will be illuminated, the Christmas Market will open, late-night shopping begins and Santa opens the doors to his grotto.
As a first for this year, a Christmas Farmers’ Market will be celebrating all things local at the Waterfront, while traders in the Barbican will be opening their doors to late-night shoppers on December 12.
Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Manager, said: “Last year’s late-night shopping evening on the Barbican proved to be very popular. It’s a great evening within the relaxed, atmospheric setting of the historic quayside with opportunities to dine by the waterside too. We're introducing the Saturday farmers' markets this year giving people added reason to buy local this Christmas.”
Plymouth City Centre Company has also teamed up with CityBus, Radio Plymouth and the Plymouth Herald to launch the ShopPlymouth Saver Card, which will offer cardholders access to discounts and deals.
Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager, said: “With the launch of the ShopPlymouth Saver Card this month there’s never been a better time to bag a bargain, so come and make the most of all the deals on offer while enjoying the great entertainment and events in the lead up to Christmas.”
For more information on the card and what’s on this Christmas, visit www.shopplymouth.co.uk.
There will also be plenty of festive spirit to be found at Brickfields with Plymouth Albion. Anyone scratching their heads over what to buy their rugby-mad relative could find a perfect match by treating them to a Boxing Day lunch at the club’s Kier Marquee at £39 per person, including entertainment, followed by the local derby against Cornish Pirates and a disco.
Louise Uncles, sponsorship and marketing director, said: “Christmas is such a great time to come along to the rugby as there is entertainment as well as the match. You can make a real occasion of it and enjoy the atmosphere.”
And with last year’s racy calendar – in which Albion players modelled a different kind of strip – proving a stocking-filler sell-out, this year’s version, at £5.95, will have an increased print run to ensure there are plenty to go round.
Here are our Top 10 picks for Christmas shopping and entertainment in and around Plymouth:
- Late-night shopping - heralding the start of Plymouth’s late-night Christmas shopping will be the festive light switch-on. Taking place on November 22, there will be free entertainment from 4pm in the city centre with the big switch-on at 6.15pm. Special guests include TV star Christopher Biggins and the Military Wives choir. Head for Cornwall Street for the music and entertainment while a disabled viewing area is opposite the stage in the Methodist Central Hall. Late-night shopping will run every Thursday from November 22 to December 20 with most shops open until 8pm. In the week before Christmas – starting December 17 – most shops will open every night until 9pm.
- Christmas Market – also opening the night of the light switch-on is Plymouth Christmas Market which will run until Christmas Eve. Traditional European-style market stalls will be packed with a range of gifts to buy. There will also be festive food and drink on sale. Among those with a stall are Plymouth’s own TV chefs Chris and James Tanner.
- Traditional toys – Toyday has opened a store in time for Christmas at Drake Circus Shopping Centre. Situated between Lush and Next on the first floor, it offers traditional and classic toys and urges customers to make a “nostalgic journey through traditional and classic toys as well as the timeless toys and games for kids of all ages”.
Toyday Traditional & Classic Toys, Unit 50, Drake Circus Shopping Centre, 1 Charles Street, Plymouth, PL1 1EA. Head office: T: 018452 696452
- Reindeer Rally – take a break from the shopping to either watch or take part in the Reindeer Rally organised on November 25 to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice. It features a 5km or 10km run for adults and a 1.5km fun run for children. Everyone taking part will receive a pack which includes antlers and a red nose!
St Luke’s Hospice, Stamford Road, Turnchapel, Plymouth, PL9 9XA T: 01752 401172
- Historic shopping – take a wander around Plymouth’s historic Barbican for late-night shopping on December 12. There will be mulled wine and seasonal treats and the chance to follow a special trail to help you discover that unique handmade gift. Staying open until 8pm on the night will be Funky Poppy, Frankly Linen, Plymouth Prints (Chris Robinson), Flameworks @ Relegacy Gallery, South West Image Bank, Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery, Kaya gallery, Blue Peace Gallery, 45 Southside Gallery, Spoilt, Whistlefish Gallery, Phippen Contemporary Gallery, Ipe Gallery and Peardrop Beads.
The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LR
- Lantern parade – the Twinkling Twilight Lantern Parade combines late night shopping with the chance to get in the festive mood. The parade involves hundreds of school pupils and Stiltskin Theatre Company creating a trail of light through the city centre led by Santa in a sleigh pulled by three of his reindeer. It leaves the City Market car park on Cornwall Street at 6pm on December 6.
- Christmas Fayre – enjoy the surrounds of historic Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park for a special festive event. Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of mount Edgcumbe and is set in Grade I gardens within 865 acres of country park on the Rame Peninsula. The Christmas Fayre is now in its ninth year and takes place on December 8 and 9 from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Boasting demonstrations from West Country chefs and local produce available to buy along with crafts and gifts. Admission is £3 adults and £1 children.
Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Cremyll, Torpoint, PL10 1HZ T: 01752 822236
- Hope Church Christmas – Women’s Rendezvous run at Hope Baptist Church is holding a Christmas Fair and coffee morning for Little Harbour Children’s Hospice South West on November 17 from 10am until noon. It will include The Great Hope Victoria Sandwich Bake Off competition during the morning with categories for men, women and children under 16. There will also be a host of stalls for Christmas shoppers including gifts and homemade cakes.
Hope Baptist Church, Peverell Corner, Peverell Park Road, Plymouth, PL3 4QG T: 01752 708090
- Albion fans – Plymouth Albion has a number of special Christmas gifts on offer, including a half-year season ticket for uncovered standing area for £90 or tickets to dine on Boxing Day for £39 including watching the game v Cornish Pirates.
Plymouth Albion RFC, Brickfields Recreation Ground, 25 Damerel Close, Plymouth, PL1 4NE T: 01752 565064
- Chocolate – be it selection boxes or candy treats in a stocking left by Santa, there’s no getting away from chocolate at Christmas. So why not check out Hotel Chocolat which among its offerings has advent calendars, the chocolate alternative to mince pies, chocolate boxes, special Christmas Crackers and puddings as well as reindeer and trees made from it.
Hotel Chocolat Store, Unit 24, 1 Charles Street, Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Plymouth, PL1 1EA T: 01752 261373