The Traditional Survey of the Waterworks and Fishing Feast
  • Drake's Place Gardens, Plymouth University

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Plymouth City Council, South West Water and Plymouth University are delighted to bring this historic event, believed to be one of the oldest surviving ceremonies in Britain, to our local community.  

Join us in celebrating the role of water in the health of the city and appreciating its important connectivity with Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir which have recently been restored to their former glory.

The ancient ceremony at Burrator Head Weir is by invitation only but join us from 12:30-15:30 in Drake’s Place for Elizabethan and Victorian themed storytelling, tours of the reservoir and gardens, and live music – or just enjoy this tranquil community space. There will be speeches from 14:00 which we would love you to be a part of.

Building on the success of recent community events on campus such as Lord Mayor’s Day and the Big Festival Weekend celebrating the Respect Festival, there will be an opportunity to chat with staff from Plymouth University who are inviting you to come on in and engage in a whole host of University activities.

  • Visit the South West Water stall and talk about their plans to build an innovative new water treatment works in north Plymouth
  • Enjoy a picnic from the Reservoir Cafe in the restored Drake's Place as a vibrant community space, recognising its origin as the water source for Plymouth before Burrator reservoir was built
  • Toute Ensemble Early Music Wind Band in Elizabethan costume
  • 'Ruff Luck' Elizabethan actors
  • Make a Tudor mask
  • A schools art competition, run during the University’s Science and Technology Showcase on 16 and 17 June 2015, created some fabulous works of art - the winners will be presented with their prizes at 14:30 and all their wonderful artwork will be publicly showcased in Drake’s Place colonnade
  • Play Ping! in the Park in Drake’s Place Gardens – there is a table tennis table there for all to enjoy until mid August!
  • Play traditional games in the park - lawn bowls, croquet and quoits
  • See photographic highlights from the ceremony at the Head Weir at Burrator from the morning’s ceremony
  • Visit the WaterAid stall
  • Meet Sir Francis Drake!

Just for this week, the Thursday BBQ at the Reservoir Cafe will be held today in the gardens for this event. So welcome and 'come on in' to join us for food and fun!   

News release: Celebrating the role of water in city's health (2 July 2015)

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