Award Winning Market Returns to Plymouth’s Royal William Yard

The Royal William Yard Good Food Market – which won Gold at last years Visit Devon Tourism Awards – will be back this Sunday (April 6th) to kick off another year of fine food and drink.

Delivery to Royal William Yard This will be the first market of the year after the March market was postponed due to bad weather.

The first Sunday of the month has become a popular date in the diary of ‘foodies’ from around the region as they flock to the Royal William Yard to taste and buy a whole host of artisan foods.

Delivery to Royal William Yard

Market traders will welcome two new stalls to their ranks with Eat Like A Greek and The Beanbug Coffee Tricycle offering a something new this year. Eat Like A Greek is a Westcountry based ‘street food’ producer selling the best locally sourced free range pork and chicken Souvlaki wraps alongside other Greek favourites. Whilst the Beanbug Coffee Tricycle is a mobile coffee bar selling premium fairtrade coffee, and has been recognised by the National Market Traders Association for producing fairtrade and ethical products.

The market takes places on the Green from 10am to 3pm and is free to all. 


The Royal William Yard Western King Staircase Wins Top Award

The Western King staircase that links the Royal William Yard and Devil’s point has won a top architectural contest, been commended in another and shortlisted for a third.

The staircase was named as the most sustainable scheme in this year’s Architects Journal (AJ) Small Projects Awards. It came just days after the structure was commended in the final of the 55th Annual Civic Trust Awards. The flight of stairs has also been shortlisted for a Regional RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award. P1030927

The staircase, designed by Dartington-based Gillespie Yunnie Architects, was opened in June last year after being manufactured at the yard, and funded with a grant of £237,000 from Natural England.


RWY developer Urban Splash worked with the Friends of Devil’s Point Park, the South West Coast Path Association and Plymouth City Council on the project, which filled a gap in the South West Coast Path, bringing walkers around the Stonehouse peninsula for the first time.


The staircase is a dark solid mass of bold contemporary design set against the historic retaining wall, which with the concealed glass viewing platform provides panoramic views over the Tamar Estuary across to Cornwall. At night, concealed LED lights illuminate the entire inner surfaces in an ever-changing river of colour.


Two Men, One Boat.

Children’s Hospice South West is delighted to invite members of the public to the official premiere of ‘Row4PreciousLives,’ at Royal William Yard, Plymouth, on Saturday 29th March between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.


‘Row4PreciousLives’ is the stunning custom-built boat that ocean rowers, Elliott Dale and Chris Walters, will use in June when they take on the Precious Lives Atlantic Challenge, rowing the Atlantic from New York to the Isles of Scilly.


The men, who have a combined age of 109, are rowing the Atlantic to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West, but have decided to do it in style by trying to better the current ocean rowing record at the same time. The rowers are aiming to beat the current record of 55 days set by Norwegian fishermen Harbo and Samuelsen in 1896.


To give them the best possible chance of success, ‘Row4PreciousLives’ the Rannoch Ocean Pairs boat, which has been custom made by Rannoch Adventures Ltd, is equipped with the very latest marine technology. This includes built-in solar panels to provide electricity and a satellite communications package to enable Chris and Elliott to send blogs, photos and videos to loved ones back home whilst at sea.


The boat will be premiered on the 29th March at Royal William Yard where members of the public can see the boat kitted out in all its glory and meet Chris and Elliott who have just over two months training left before their challenge begins in New York. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about Children’s Hospice South West, Elliott and Chris’s chosen charity.


This is a huge feat for Elliott and Chris who, despite being very experienced rowers, have never taken on a challenge of this enormity before.


Their last rowing achievement was completing the Talisker Whisky Challenge in 2011/2012. Elliott and Chris completed that row as part of a four man team. The Talisker Whisky Challenge was 3000 miles across the Atlantic on the warmer route from the Canary Islands to Barbados. This time there is going to be just the two of them, a 3246 mile row and a very cold North Atlantic Ocean.


It was visiting CHSW’s Little Bridge House in Barnstaple that inspired Elliott and Chris to take on the challenge. Elliott said, “Little Bridge House is a magical place. It is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.”


Elliott continues, “When we are at a low point we will think back to the families and the children, and what we are enduring is nothing in comparison.”


So if you would like to find out more about the Precious Lives Atlantic Challenge, see the boat and meet the rowers that will be taking on this epic 3246 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean then come down to the Royal William Yard in Plymouth between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 29th March and find out more.

March Good Food Market Postponed

March Good Food Market Postponed

We’re sorry to say, that due to the particularly poor weather the March Good Food Market at the Royal William Yard has been postponed.

The Green on which the Market is usually held remains waterlogged and is unlikely to recover from the vast amount of rain it has had to soak up over the recent weeks.

The good news is, the sun is out and the Market will return on the first Sunday in April (6th) from 10am – 3pm.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Happy New Year – what’s up at the Yard this Winter.

It might be a tad on the chilly side but there lots happening at The Yard to warm us all up this Winter.

First up a big congratulations to River Cottage Canteen and Deli, Plymouth, who won GOLD at The South West Tourism Awards for their fantastic seasonal, local organic and wild food. Come to their spectacular waterfront restaurant to try it for yourself.

Bibi & Mac launch their amazing 80% off  4 day sale on Jan 31st. Tons of men’s and women’s wear from the most stylish brands on the fashion scene including Ash, Scotch and Soda, Hoss Intropia and many more.

The Yard was on the front cover of Devon Life this month featuring stunning pictures of one on the best places to work, rest and play in the South West.

Royal William Yard Front Cover


Finally, the award winning Royal William Yard Good Food market will be back better than ever in March and there’s now talk of a Super Summer Market in high Summer… don’t miss out. Come to The Yard and check it out!


Royal William Yard Supporting Plymouth Food Bank This Christmas


Plym_Food_Bank_LogoThe Royal William Yard will be supporting the Plymouth Food Bank this December.

If you would like to donate, the Food Bank will be collecting outside ‘Envy’ (by the Green*) on the following days and times:

  • Friday 6th December – 11am – 1pm
  • Saturday 7th December – 11am – 3pm
  • Sunday 8th December – 11am – 3pm
  • Friday 13th December – 11am – 1pm
  • Friday 20th December – 11am – 2pm

*(If raining – opposite the Guard House)

The Food Bank provides help for local individuals and families in crisis and are currently most in need of:

  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Longlife Fruit juice
  • Tea bags
  • Biscuits and snack bars



Santa by Boat and Three Christmas Markets around Royal William Yard on Dec 7 & 8

Catch Christmas Market Weekend at the Royal William Yard!

Need to get some Xmas gifts or just get into the festive spirit? There are three lots of very special Christmassy goings on at the Yard on Dec 7 & 8, as the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, River Cottage and Mount Edgcumbe host their Christmas Weekend Markets.

Royal William Yard

A two day Christmas gift market will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2013 and be held in the Factory Cooperage. There will be a frenzy of festive fun with over 40 stalls of arts, crafts and local produce from 10am until 4pm on both days.

Santa will arrive by boat on Saturday at 12 to add to the festive goings on.

There are also two other Christmas markets happening in and around the Yard on the same weekend. From 11am-4pm, shoppers can wander over to River Cottage Canteen and Deli to experience some wonderful Christmas tastes and ideas.

Or perhaps hop on the Cremyll Ferry and head across the water to Mount Edgcumbe and be inspired at their fantastic Christmas Gift Market.

So why not make a weekend of it and enjoy a magical Christmas shopping experience at all three markets.

For more information about the Factory Cooperage market please contact:

Sarah O’Leary - 01752 305993