Carnival! comes to the West End
Plymouth’s unique independent quarter, the West End, is hosting its first summer carnival on Saturday 4 August.
The free event, organised by the Plymouth City Centre Company in association with Plymouth Market, is open to everyone and will see local businesses getting involved and putting on free tasters and demonstrations, along with other sponsored activities, including music, children’s entertainers and dance in Cornwall Street, New George Street, Frankfort Gate and Market Avenue.
The West End is full of amazing independent shops and restaurants including Plymouth Market, which accommodates more than 140 stalls, eateries and cafes all under its newly refurbished roof. Nowhere else in Plymouth can you eat in a Brazilian café, buy fresh fish and find stunning jewellery all within a few yards of each other.
Steve Hughes, Chief Executive of the City Centre Company said “We’re really excited about Carnival! We want to build on the incredible success of last Year’s Grand Day Out which celebrated the newly refurbished Plymouth Market, and showcase to the people of Plymouth everything that’s great about the West End.
“The West End is such a surprising place, full of character and quality independent businesses: bars, shops, market stalls and restaurants. We want everyone to discover what they’re missing!”
During the day there will be a number of American cars on display along Cornwall Street, as well as music and dancing with Plymouth-based Samba band and live music on stage in Frankfort Gate. The Market will be hosting free face painting and a children’s entertainer to keep the youngsters occupied, a great opportunity to check out the huge variety of stalls and products available in the Grade II listed building. Local organisation Plymouth Community Homes, which has many residents and a community shop in the locality, is also supporting the event.
Plymouth Market Manager Matt Jones said “As the flagship of the West End the Market and its traders are really looking forward to taking part in Carnival! Grand Day Out was such a great success and helped to raise people’s awareness of how much the Market and the West End of the city has to offer shoppers. We hope to repeat and add to that success on the 4th.”