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christmas opening hours

Column Bakehouse Store and Cafe 



Friday 21st December: Cafe - 9am-5pm/ Stores 9am - 4pm

Saturday 22nd: Cafe - 9am-5pm (last for fresh bread day) / Stores 9am-4pm

23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th - CLOSED 

Thursday 27th - Cafe: 10am - 3pm / Stores CLOSED

Friday 28th -  Cafe 10am - 3pm / Stores CLOSED

Saturday 29th - Cafe 10am - 3pm/ Stores CLOSED

Sunday 30th: Cafe 10am - 3pm/ Stores CLOSED 

Monday 31st - 4th Jan CLOSED

Saturday 5th: Cafe 10am-4pm/ Stores CLOSED

Monday 7th: CLOSED

Tuesday 8th: Cafe 10am-4pm / Stores CLOSED



Our autumn/winter brochure is here!!









The creative economy is booming. Currently worth £91 billion to the UK and growing at twice the rate of other sectors, it is testament to the huge talent and skill to be found across the country and in all parts of Plymouth.  

Plymouth is known as a city of makers. Our creative economy centres on making in its widest sense combining arts, craft, digital, technology, engineering plus social and community making. Now being heralded as the 4th Industrial Revolution, new technologies are combining with established practice to change the way we work and live our lives.  

The 1000 Makers… 

We believe it is essential that are young people have the experience of being ‘creators’ (Makers), rather than solely consumers or audience at the effect of technology. Our world need makers. Versatile, emotionally intelligent and agile makers. Makers who make with language, image, code, steel, clay or even policy.  

In in world where the take up of creative subjects in schools are being squeezed, where it is ever easier to be a passive consumer of content and entertainment than a maker and where industry is crying out for creative skills- The 1000 maker campaign is a call to arms.  

Creature Make

We're welcoming over 500 children and young people over the summer to participate in high energy, collaborative making sessions at Ocean Studios.  These sessions are part of our 1000 Makers series and free to participate. Our maker spaces will be opened up to young people to introduce them to the possibility and potential of making as a future in the age of the 4th industrial revolution.

Children and young people taking part will:

- Experience the buzz of making to a deadline
- Build a single colour, tech-enabled, scrap sculpture, inspired by 'creatures' that will become part of Ocean Studio's 1000 Maker collection.
- Uncover a world of exciting STEM inspired makers from Royal William Yard's own enormous purple Squid to Alistair Gibson’s Formula 1 inspired sharks.
- Be introduced to the premier maker space in the city
- Get the opportunity to complete Arts Award Discover (in a day) 

The activity will be relevant to any young people whatever they are focused on but will link particularly to students with an interest in  Design and Technology, Art and Design and science subjects








ocean studios spring brochure is now live


Containing all the latest information, the brochure gives you the run down on all things Ocean Studios, events, exhibition, workshops, hire and everything in between.

CLICK HERE: https://issuu.com/oceanstudios/docs/oceanstudiosspringguide



ocean studios presents 


Be ready to fire up your Fridays and festive feeling with Studio Sessions across December. We'll be hosting a range of local musical talent for you to enjoy, from disco-drenched beats to mesmerising melodies. Join us in the Bakehouse Cafe for drinks (range of alcohol available), food and free tunes from DancersHip, Lottie Bolt and Joanna Cooke.

DancersHip (DJ set) | Fri 1st Dec 5-9pm
Travelling all the way from Hip Thrust Avenue, this DJ duo will be indulging us with delectable disco, soulful throbby nuggets and feel-good house for the fellow hip thrust enthusiast. 

Lottie Bolt | Fri 8th Dec 5-9pm
Live music from Lottie Bolt; a fusion of Pop, Soul, R’n’B and with influences of Drum and Bass, Reggae and Indian style. Lottie works with a range of the most talented local musicians to help translate her vocal ideas into full productions. Her performances ooze character, energy and a down to earth charm

Joanna Cooke | Fri 15th Dec 5-9pm
Joanna Cooke has a voice that wroughts magic whenever it is heard; her versatility and soul shine through. Brought up in the South West UK, Joanna was fed a musical diet of blues masters and female soul greats, from Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf to Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. She's supported major label artists, including JP Cooper and Rag n Bone Man as part of his hand-picked bill. Prepare for a brilliant talent, carrying raw and richly soulful talent.

What's more? Visit with your #YardCard in hand and receive 10% off your orders! Column Bakehouse will be open in RWY from 9am until 9pm on these dates.




21 - 29 October

Join Ocean Studios for an eclectic programme of events for this year's Plymouth Literature Festival. There will be a diverse range on offer from talks and workshops to readings and performance, all taking place between 27th and 29th October 2017. Outspoken Press will be kicking off the excitement with an evening of charged poetry, followed by artists Liv Wynter and Emily Pope the following night - with a bar provided! What's more? Rowena Kennedy-Epstein will be discussing her undercovering of Muriel Rukyeser's long-lost war novel, Savage Coast, whilst Felicity Gee will be shedding light on the women creatives working within the Surrealist movement. Writer's Block will be finishing the weekend with a discussion and workshop, exploring how space can influence writing practice with the suggestions of how this can be implemented through education. 




We are excited to announce that we now have two local makers to take on the management of the Jewellery and Ceramics workshop. Clare-Elizabeth Kilgour wi


ll be taking on the jewellery and glass area whilst Rebecca Roberts will be taking on ceramics. These makers use the workshops for their own practice, whilst organising and delivering a diverse range of courses and making sessions to our resident makers and the public.  

Interested in finding out more?

Jewellery/glass (UNIT FIFTEEN): Clare-Elizabeth Kilgour



Ceramics: Rebecca Roberts Ceramics
























Column Bakehouse café and stores now open at Royal William Yard


A second outlet for the popular artisan bakery Column Bakehouse has opened today (Wednesday, 12 July) at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard.

The successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength winning countless awards and fans along the way. Run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – Column Bakehouse has in recent years cemented its position as Plymouth’s premier artisan bakery, supplying a range of restaurants and trade customers as well as real bread fans right across the city and beyond.

RIO’s Head of Enterprises Claire Burgess explains: “We are thrilled to open the doors to the new Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. Since we took over the running of Ocean Studios back in April 2017 we have worked hard to create a café offer that supports the community of artists and makers in the building as well as contributing to the food and visitor offer on the Yard.

“As well as a Café, the new outlet will also feature Column Bakehouse Stores – a small shop featuring local products alongside those from social enterprise suppliers – where customers can purchase and take home many of the ingredients used in our Café menu to recreate their favourites at home.”  

Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Royal William Yard will also house a Tourist Information point, a collaboration between RIO and Plymouth City Council to create an information point for visitors to explore what else the city offers beyond Royal William Yard.

Cllr Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture at Plymouth City Council said: “Introducing this new Tourist Information point at Ocean Studios is really exciting. Plymouth offers so much to see and do, and this additional outpost for tourist information will help visitors to Royal William Yard discover even more of what our great city has to offer.”

"We are delighted to welcome Column Bakehouse to Royal William Yard,” said Emily Handslip, Director, Urban Splash. “Royal William Yard has become the best place to work, rest and play in the South West. We’re really excited about the Bakehouse Café and Stores at Ocean Studios - it is a fantastic addition to the Yard food offering. We’re excited that it will draw footfall down to Factory Cooperage and add a new dimension to the visitor experience at Royal William Yard We look forward to seeing more visitors using it to discover all of what Plymouth has to offer.”








Picture Perfect Partnership for Ocean Studios

Fotonow CIC will be RIO’s first new tenants at Ocean Studios thanks to a deal which will see them make Royal William Yard their new home, taking on office space, the photography studio, dark room and media suite. Fotonow will also work with RIO to create an exciting programme of workshops, short courses and activity at Ocean Studios to promote creativity through photography and filmmaking.

RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – officially took over the running of Ocean Studios in April 2017, with a commitment to keep supporting makers and creatives in the city as well as using its social enterprise model to ensure Ocean Studios is sustainable and prosperous in years to come. 

Claire Burgess, Head of Enterprises for RIO, said: “We are very excited to be working with Fotonow and to welcome them to a new home at Ocean Studios.  We have always admired their fusion of creative practice and social enterprise and that, along with their impressive track record of working with a wide range of people to share skills and empower others to use photography and film, makes them a perfect fit for the ethos of Ocean Studios."

Matthew Pontin from Fotonow said "The move is really fantastic for the company, Plymouth is our home and we've been looking for the right space to nurture creative opportunities. Over the years we've had some brilliant support, especially when we moved the company to Devonport (where we aim to continue to grow projects) and from everyone at Hamoaze House. The timing to move and manage the media facilities at Ocean Studios is indeed perfect, as Fotonow has some big plans in the months and years to come. We're ready for the challenge, working with RIO, meeting Ocean Studios artists and welcoming many new people to come and participate in our activity in the months ahead.”

Fotonow will move into their new suite of studios in June and will take on the commercial running of the photography studio, media suite and darkroom at Ocean Studios. For more information on commercial photography or use of these spaces please contact; info@fotonow.org Details about Fotonow's workshop activity programme at Ocean Studios will be announced in the coming weeks and will be published at www.fotonow.org



Bakehouse success on the rise as expansion plans are announced



Column Bakehouse, the successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall, has announced plans to open a second café outlet and a ‘Bakehouse Stores’ shop inside Ocean Studios at the prestigious Royal William Yard, Plymouth. 

The Bakehouse which is run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – was opened in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength, cementing its position as Plymouth’s premier artisan bakery, supplying a range of restaurants and trade customers as well as operating the popular café and shop at Devonport Guildhall.

When RIO took on the running of Ocean Studios at Royal William Yard in April 2017, the potential for a second Column Bakehouse café and shop quickly became apparent.

RIO’s Head of Enterprises Claire Burgess explains: “Having grown a successful retail and wholesale bakery business from Devonport Guildhall we have been looking at options for a second outlet for some time.

“When we took on the management and running of Ocean Studios back in April, we began to explore how a Column Bakehouse café and Bakehouse Stores could work within the venue and support the community of makers as well as contribute to the food offer for visitors on the Yard.

“We’re incredibly excited to be bringing Column Bakehouse to Ocean Studios, the café will bring more of the great, fresh food that customers have been enjoying at our café in

 Devonport, with a hearty helping of our handcrafted artisan bread, with eat in and takeaway options available.  The Bakehouse Stores will stock the staples that visitors and residents on the yard might need, all of which are either locally sourced – including our artisan bread – or from social enterprise suppliers.”

"We are delighted to welcome Column Bakehouse to Royal William Yard,” said Emily Handslip, Director, Urban Splash. “Royal William Yard has become the best place to work, rest and play in the South West. We’re really excited about the bakery opening at Ocean Studios - it will be a fantastic addition to the Yard food offering.” 

Column Bakehouse Stores is set to open in June, with the Column Bakehouse café at Ocean Studios opening in July. 



FEB 2017


Real Ideas Organisation in talks to take on Ocean Studios

RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – has today [Wednesday 28 February 2017] revealed that it is in talks to take on the management of Ocean Studios, the creative space for local makers situated on Royal William Yard.

RIO is working with Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England who both 

support RIO taking the helm to offer expertise and support as it enters its next phase of growth and development.

Based in the south west, but with international reach, RIO is an award winning social enterprise, well known for its track record of successfully managing creative, multi-use spaces in historic buildings. Now in its 10th year, RIO first worked with Plymouth City Council back in 2007 when it took on the renovation and management of Devonport Guildhall, which it has run successfully, without revenue funding, since 2010. RIO also works closely with Plymouth Culture and together are keen to see a Creative Industries Plan developed for the city to support those working in the sector.

Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO, she said: “We are delighted to be in talks with Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England with a view to supporting Ocean Studios in the next phase of its growth and prosperity.

“Ocean Studios has already established itself as an important part of the city’s cultural landscape. It is a fantastic facility for both established and emerging artists and as part of a strategy to better support Creative Industries in the city we believe there is huge potential for Ocean Studios to grow, develop and prosper, whilst maintaining its vision as an accessible creative space for Plymouth.”

Dom Jinks, Director of Plymouth Culture said: “RIO has a strong track record in managing cultural assets in the city, including the renovation of Devonport Guildhall and the upcoming Devonport Markethall transformation.

“RIO supports the creative industries to flourish and is a key partner in Plymouth’s continued cultural growth.”



About RIO

RIO has a strong and proven track record of working with Plymouth City Council, having collaborated on high profile public projects including Devonport Guildhall, Devonport Column and the Market Hall. RIO’s social enterprise business acumen has seen it make a success of Devonport Guildhall and Column, and set up the award winning Column Bakehouse; RIO builds strong business and commercial bases for its projects, setting them up for success. 

RIO is also an Infrastructure Support Organisation for Arts Council England, working with cultural organisations and practitioners right across the south west. RIO has more than a decade’s worth of experience supporting arts practitioners across a wide range of disciplines, including visuals arts.

The experience of offering cultural support, teamed with the social enterprise business model it runs, makes RIO an ideal partner to support Ocean Studios on the next steps in its journey.

For more information visit www.realideas.org