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Things to do

Visitors can custom-build a trip to suit their passions and pastimes, from gastronomic to artistic, sea-faring to family-friendly.

This is a vibrant place to enjoy activities in the day and when the sun sets. We have plentiful green spaces, open to all. Climb our dramatic staircase – a piece of award-winning architecture - to join the South West Coast Path above.

Or take to the water by boat or ferry, paddle in our natural tidal pool, or go through Firestone Arch to the bay below – looking out on Drake’s Island – to swim or stand-up paddle board.


Eat and Drink

Royal William Yard has a well-deserved reputation as the place to come and eat, there’s something to tempt you back time and time again. Alternatively, if it’s refreshment you’re after we’ve got you covered, with everything from fine wines or healthy juices to great local beers and cocktails.


Explore the Yard and indulge in some serious retail therapy and pampering. Our independent boutiques offer bespoke styling services, limited edition designer fashion, jewellery and a host of accessories. With pop up retail there is always something new to see with locally sourced gifts and homeware.


The Yard offers a variety of experiences to relax the mind and body. Practice yoga on the lawn or looking out to sea, enjoy a restyle from the acclaimed hair stylists at YOKE The Salon or experience spa therapy treatments designed to relax, restore and rejuvenate, from Enhance Aesthetics & Wellness.

Arts and culture

Culture and community on the coast - explore Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard’s home of the arts. Located in the Factory Cooperage building, Ocean Studios is a creative hub where artists create, community gathers, and you can try your hand at making yourself with a range of workshops.

On the water

You can set the pace, from invigorating seascapes and water sports to tranquil sunsets and coastal walks.


With so much to keep you busy, the Yard is somewhere you can take your time to explore and try new things. And visitors are able to stay here, to enjoy their visit at their own pace.

Everyman Cinema

Everyman is redefining cinema, bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to cinema-going.

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Build your itinerary

Curate your visit or stay, your way. Simply select the places or activities you like the look of to custom-build your own itinerary.

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Use it to plan your visit, make a schedule to share with others, or create a wish list for a special occasion. With contact details listed on your itinerary, it makes booking a breeze

Upcoming Events

Royal William Yard has some great events throughout the year, promising an eclectic mix of high quality activities and experiences for the whole family.

Shark Trust Oceanic 31 Exhibition — Ocean Studios

Mon, Jul 1st at 10:00am - Wed, Jul 31st, 2024 at 5:00pm

Location: Ocean Studios, Factory Cooperage


Mark Fielding Portrait Clinic

Wed, Jul 24th at 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Ocean Studios, Factory Cooperage

blur: To the End - Everyman Cinema

Wed, Jul 24th at 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Location: Everyman Cinema, Melville