Royal William Yard | Dates for your diary: open-air markets

Dates for your diary: open-air markets

22nd Aug 2021

The popular Good Food and Craft Market is back at Royal William Yard. The first market in over 18 months ran successfully earlier this month, and it has been announced that the much-loved monthly event will now return as a regular fixture throughout the rest of the year.

Making use of the destination’s abundant outdoor space to help visitors to shop and socialise safely, August’s market saw around 50 stalls set up on the lawn. A mix of old favourites and new faces, the market hosted an array of local traders, including Nook House Plants, fresh produce from Evergreen Farm, and handcrafted gin and rum by Barbican Botanics. 

Known for showcasing some of the region’s most talented artists and makers, the markets offer everything from tasty treats to handcrafted gifts. The monthly markets have been a staple of Royal William Yard’s event calendar for years, and they are now finally back in business.

Following August’s welcome return, the markets will resume their regular slot of the first Sunday of the month. These are the dates for your diary:

  • Sunday 5th September, 10am-3pm
  • Sunday 3rd October, 10am-3pm
  • Sunday 7th November, 10am-3pm

Festive markets are expected to run throughout December. All dates are subject to Government restrictions and the markets will adhere to official guidelines in force at the time. 

Hailey Cattle, Regional Marketing Manager for Urban Splash said, “The return of our much-loved Good Food and Craft Market is another step forward and we love having traders and visitors back. It’s taken careful consideration and planning to bring these back in a safe way and we’ve taken our time to get it right. There is ample opportunity to shop at the stalls, as well as visit the Yard’s other shops, cafes and restaurants, all in a spacious and relaxed environment.” 

Getting here and staying here

Visitors can make a day of it – if not a short stay! The vibrant array of bars and eateries are open for indoor and outdoor visits, stunning Grade II listed Rooms by Bistrot Pierre is welcoming overnight guests again, cultural hub Ocean Studios has a variety of workshops and exhibitions taking place, and there are countless places to explore and things to do throughout Royal William Yard. 

For those travelling locally, the Plymouth Citybus number 34 service runs hourly; it includes routes to the City Centre and the park-and-ride at Milehouse. The number 21 runs frequently and has a stop at Stonehouse that is only a short walk from Royal William Yard. Or why not take to the water, with a new Barbican, Royal William Yard & Mount Edgcumbe ferry service.