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A mysterious and beautiful creature of mythological proportions will soon be arriving in Plymouth.

You’ll be able to meet this unusual visitor on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August, as she roams the streets of Plymouth city centre and the Hoe.

It’s going to be a truly unmissable spectacle, as the world premiere of this ground-breaking outdoor theatrical performance takes place in Britain’s Ocean City.

Over the weekend, come along to watch as the giant puppet dragon hatches in the city, builds herself a nest and then attempts to take to the skies in a bid for her freedom. Along the way, she’ll explore and encounter new people and places, as well as meet some special groups of locals for amazing performances.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Hatchling…


Where and when can I see her?

The Hatchling performance takes place throughout the weekend, so as long as you visit during the times outlined below, there’s something to see! The incredible puppet will be roaming the streets and at certain points will be joined by community groups from Plymouth for special moments.

We’re encouraging everyone to dip in and out throughout the weekend – come along at a time that suits you to see some of the performance, then enjoy everything that Plymouth has to offer, whether that’s a spot of shopping, a bite to eat or a visit to one of our great attractions.

On Saturday 28 August, she will hatch in Plymouth city centre and explore the streets between midday and 7.30pm, when she falls asleep again (top tip: we’ve heard she’s a light sleeper, and will need lulling back to sleep with a gentle lullaby from around 9.30pm). Look out for her on Armada Way (between Place de Brest and Royal Parade), Cornwall Street and New George Street – she’ll be hard to miss!

On Sunday 29 August, The Hatchling will wake from her slumber at about midday after a lovely lie-in, and spend the day moving from the city centre to Plymouth Hoe, where she’ll remain from early evening. Look out for her on Armada Way, Royal Parade and the Hoe Promenade.

The weekend culminates in her spectacular flight over Plymouth Sound, which will be best viewed from the Hoe. This takes place on the Sunday evening and if you’d like to watch we’d advise you plan to be there between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. There will be food and drink stalls on the Hoe to enjoy while you’re there, as well as extra toilets.

If on either day you can’t find The Hatchling, or you’re looking for more details, head to the information point on the Piazza.

Impression of The Hatchling puppet preparing for flight on Plymouth Hoe


Can we interact with The Hatchling?

As she moves around Plymouth, The Hatchling will be reacting to the people she meets, the places she sees – even the sounds and noises around her – so you’ll be able to watch this happening.

However, the puppet itself is very sensitive so please don’t touch her, as we want to avoid any accidental damage.


Travel information

If you’re travelling by public transport, a bus to Royal Parade is probably the best bet – as wherever The Hatchling is wandering, she’ll be easy to find from this point. Plymouth also has three Park & Ride services that will take you directly into the city centre. Find out more about travelling around Plymouth here.

If you’re coming by car, then there are 19 car parks in and around the city centre to choose from.

And if you’re visiting by train, then you can simply walk down Armada Way from North Cross Roundabout when you arrive – keep your eyes peeled and you’ll be sure to spot The Hatchling sooner or later!

There will also be a number of road closures in place on Sunday 29 August:

  • Royal Parade (west bound) from 11.45am to 2pm (please note, this will affect some bus routes).
  • Princess Street from 1.45pm to 3.45pm
  • Notte Street from 3.30pm to 4pm and 8.30pm to 10pm
  • Windsor Place and Armada Way loop (Crowne Plaza) from 4pm to 5.30pm and 8.30pm to 10pm
  • Citadel Road (from junction with Lockyer Street to junction with Hoe Approach) from 4pm to 5.30pm and 8.30pm to 10pm
  • Hoe Road (from the roundabout at Madeira Road to the junction with Pier Street) from 5pm to 10.30pm


Who created The Hatchling?

The Hatchling has been conceived by Angie Bual, Artistic Director of Trigger, Bristol-based producers of extraordinary theatrical projects. It has been brought to life in collaboration with a team of leading creatives including Mervyn Millar, part of the original creative team of the acclaimed stage production War Horse, and Carl Robertshaw, a designer who has created sets for the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies.

The project is part of Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 commemorations.


Want to know more? Check out the full list of FAQs

We’d love to see your photos of the performance too, so please remember to tag @VisitPlymouth and @HatchlingUK or use #TheHatchling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Plymouth is easily accessible by train with a wide range of services running from a variety of locations within England. Although some services may require a change or two.

Travelling from London takes around 3 hours with Great Western Railway, if you're coming from the north, the trip from Manchester can take 5 hours 15 minutes. 

Alternatively, the recently renovated Night Riviera Sleeper service runs Monday – Friday and Sunday evenings. Visit for more details on times and how to book.

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  1. Adrian
    Has the dragon been test flown or will this be its first flight?

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