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Posted on: 11 Apr 2024

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Susie Bissell

Shark Week is a renowned cultural phenomenon – but Plymouth is going bigger and better this summer by welcoming Shark Month to Royal William Yard this July. The month-long celebration is a partnership with the Shark Trust, a leading international conservation charity, based in Britain’s Ocean City.

Visitors will be invited to celebrate and support the vital work of the Shark Trust while enjoying a month-long extravaganza of art, entertainment and advocacy. With a captivating art exhibition, Great White wine tasting, paddleboarding with shark experts, and a screening of the iconic film Jaws all taking place, Shark Month promises a plethora of events for everyone to enjoy.

""Royal William Yard is the perfect place to celebrate the wonders of the sea. We can't wait for people to dive into a month of shark-themed activities - the lineup of events makes this an unmissable occasion for ocean lovers of all ages. Shark Month will be an opportunity to celebrate these incredible creatures, highlight the importance of conservation, and help safeguard the future for sharks.""
Paul Cox, CEO of the Shark Trust.


  • 1st-31st July: Kicking off the celebration is the Oceanic 31 Exhibition at Ocean Studios. Dive into the mesmerising world of oceanic wonders showcased through an enthralling exhibit of art inspired by marine conservation. Book your tickets here.
  • 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th July: Families are invited to unleash their creativity at Family Art Activity sessions each Saturday at Ocean Studios.
  • 7th July: Joining forces with Royal William Yard Good Food & Craft Market, the Shark Trust Activity Day promises a day filled with educational fun and exciting activities.
  • 11th July: The Great Whites Wine Tasting at Le Vignoble offers the opportunity to support a good cause, while savouring wines produced in regions where Great White sharks are found.
  • 13th July: Test your knowledge at the Shark Quiz Night at Steel Brew, where teams can compete in a battle of wits for a chance to win fantastic prizes. Book your tickets here.
  • 18th July: Letterpress Poster Workshops with Alan Qualtrough at Ocean Studios, using the recently restored 19th-century Albion press.
  • 18th July: Renowned artist Marc Dando and Shark Trust CEO Paul Cox will hold a Sharks and Art Talk at Ocean Studios, exploring the intersection of marine life and artistic expression. Book your tickets here.
  • 21st July: Film enthusiasts won't want to miss the screening of Jaws - the most iconic shark film ever made – at Everyman Plymouth, offering a thrilling cinematic experience followed by Q&As with shark experts. Book your tickets here.
  • 26th July: Adventure seekers can embark on an exhilarating Shark Trust Paddle with South West SUP, taking to scenic waters while learning about shark conservation.

For more details about Shark Month, visit www.royalwilliamyard.com/shark-month where all events - including more that are yet to be announced - will be listed along with any booking details. To learn more about the work the Shark Trust does to safeguard the future of sharks through positive change, head to www.sharktrust.org