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A space to create, collaborate, and connect.

Located by the sea in the stunning Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Ocean Studios is Real Ideas’ hub of creative energy.

Ocean Studios is home to a collective of resident artists, beautiful co-work space, artist studios with specialist equipment, amazing workshops, regular events, and a public café, exhibition space and courtyard.

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From Pottery to Print there’s something for everyone!

Open to everyone, Ocean Studios hosts a wide range of creative workshops and events for all ages. From Pottery to Print there’s something for everyone! Our studios have specialist equipment, accessed via our membership, giving artists the chance to access the tools they need to improve their creative practice. Our workshops open up this space for resident artists to share their talents and teach others, why not book a workshop and pick up a new skill?

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Join our co-work community!

Alongside creative events and workshops and specialist studio space, Ocean Studios also provides co-work space for a variety of artists, makers and creative businesses.

Join the Real Ideas membership from as little as £20 per month to access:
Co-work across our broad campus of stunning spaces in the south west
Monthly bespoke 1-2-1 support; your projects are unique – our support flexes to help you best
Access to news, updates, ideas, collaborations and connections from across the Real Ideas network
Priority invites to experiences, workshops and events, online and face to face
All-In and Dedicated members can enjoy a free members’ breakfast
20% discount on selected activity or services

Join the community of likeminded individuals and businesses who are passionate about creating real, lasting and positive change.

Ocean Studios is the perfect location for those looking to explore and improve their creative practice and network with other artists and makers. To fuel your creativity, the building boasts a beautiful cafe/bar and exhibition space allowing you to enjoy a wholesome lunch and coffee whilst soaking in artwork from local creatives. In the warmer months (or all year round for some) you’ll be able to take a walk in the sunshine or enjoy a dip in the sea just a stones throw away from the building.

Access to the co-work and meeting rooms is managed via our membership, to sign up visit our membership page.


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Opening times

The co-working facilities at Ocean Studios are open to members 7 days a week, to book your co-working slot through the members’ portal. Please read our current COVID guidance before visiting.

Real Ideas café and gallery space:
Monday: 8:30am-5pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-5pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-5pm
Thursday: 8:30am-8pm
Friday 8:30am-5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am-5pm.

Heyl Bakery offer fresh bread ‘click and collect’ on Fridays from 11am-2pm, order your loaf here.

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How to find us

Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP.

You can drive, sail or walk to Ocean Studios, Plymouth city centre is 20-minute walk or a 12-minute cycle away. Find us at The Factory Cooperage, opposite the Clubhouse with the red telephone box.


From Plymouth City Centre take A374 to Durnford Street in Stonehouse. From Cornwall take the Tamar Bridge, A38, A3064, B3396 and A374, continue onto Durnford St until you reach the yard. There are plenty of Pay and Display car parking spaces at Royal William Yard.


The number 34 bus travels from the city centre and stops at the Royal William Yard roundabout.


The closest mainline station is Plymouth. Ocean Studios is a 30-minute walk away or a short bus or taxi ride from the train station.


The ferry runs every hour from the Barbican to Royal William Yard, or you can travel from Cornwall on the Cremyll Ferry to Stonehouse.



Accessible parking on site.
Areas of uneven ground in some areas due to heritage restrictions.
Lift access to upper floors.
Disabled toilet facilities available downstairs and upstairs.

Heritage Restrictions

Whilst we work to ensure the building is fully accessible to all, we are limited by the heritage building and land in which we work. The listed building and historic location have certain constraints which unfortunately we cannot avoid or adapt.

Where possible we have improved accessibility by ensuring lift access is available however please be aware that areas of Royal William Yard and our buildings has uneven ground and narrow steps with may limit access to wheelchairs and prams. For further information please contact us or whilst visiting Ocean Studios please speak to a member of staff.

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