Archive: 2017

City College Plymouth Employer Link

Wednesday 26th April, 2017|Category: News
We are thrilled to be in the Spring edition of City College Plymouth’s Employer Link, a newsletter covering everything from bespoke training programmes to the live events industry. We have a long-standing relationship with City College that we are proud of and we highly value the work they do. This is reflected in our recent blog post which aims to Celebrate National Apprentice Week. We wanted to recognise the fantastic work of both our past Apprentices who are now working in prominent positions within the hotel as well as those who have joined us more recently. City College Plymouth are at the heart of the city, ...

Gavin and Amy’s Sparkling Big Day!

Thursday 13th April, 2017|Category: News
We simply love being part of a couple’s special day. It is so rewarding to go from the initial coffee and consultation, to helping them plan the finer details, to seeing everything come together on the big day itself! We love our job and feel very lucky to meet lots of lovely couples on this exciting journey! We wanted to catch up with newlyweds, Gavin and Amy Briffa who got married on Friday 4th November 2016 and see how they are finding married life. From the cake that Amy made herself to the stunning décor and personalised stationery, the guests (and hotel staff) were blown away with the couple’s attention to detail! Get a cup of tea and enjoy ...

Magic, Music and The Duke Mini Collection!

Thursday 6th April, 2017|Category: News
On Thursday 16th March, we opened our doors for our first ‘Duke Mini Wedding Collection’. This fantastic event aimed to help engaged couples on their journey to finding their dream wedding venue. We dressed the hotel for a wedding, incorporating elements from our various Wedding Packages including our stunning candelabras which took pride of place in the centre of our tables. Roger Miners, our pianist for the evening played as guests arrived, setting the ambience for the evening. Alongside this, we invited a fantastic range of suppliers who we work with on a regular basis to provide accessories including chair sashes, a cake and flowers to really showcase how the space can look once fully dressed. ...

Vibrant Views from our Iconic Tower

Monday 3rd April, 2017|Category: News
We were delighted to see Scott Grenney from One Plymouth last month. Scott popped in to take some photos from our Tower, making the most of the glorious sunshine! We absolutely love these photos… Did you know that Scott’s fabulous business Eddystone Media offer 360 packages. Check out our Facebook for just one of the incredible ...

Devon Plans for an Egg-citing Easter!

Friday 31st March, 2017|Category: News
With the Easter holidays approaching, you are probably starting to think of fun activities to keep your children entertained over the break! If so, you are in luck as we have collated the best activities taking place in and around the city which are sure to have the whole family smiling. If you are local, how wonderful to have so much right on your doorstep! If you are from further afield, why not plan a trip to Plymouth over the Easter break? Here are some of our favourite events, the following information was provided by the event organisers: Quiet at the Aquarium Sunday 2nd ...

Congratulations Drake Circus!

Thursday 30th March, 2017|Category: News
We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Drake Circus who have been awarded the prestigious title of Shopping Centre of the Year! We are thrilled for everyone involved and can’t think of a more deserving team, especially following their ten year anniversary! Here’s to the next ten years! The following information was provided by the team at Drake Circus: At a glittering awards event in Brighton last night, Drake Circus scooped the Primary category for best shopping centre customer service, before going onto win the overall award – Top ACE, the best customer service award in the UK. Drake Circus is now the Shopping Centre of the Year in the UK for 2017, out of over 150 entries. The award ...

110 Years of Improving Lives in Plymouth!

Wednesday 29th March, 2017|Category: News
Today marked a double celebration for the Plymouth Guild, not only are they celebrating their 110th Anniversary, but they also changed their name to Improving Lives Plymouth! It was a true honour for us to be invited to share in the occasion. We enjoyed listened to CEO George Plenderleith, his commitment to the organisation is incredible and his role as CEO for the past 20 years has seen huge changes and developments as required by the people of the city. The organisations response to the needs of individuals and communities has been ...

Northern Lights and Snowball Fights: Education through Expedition

Tuesday 28th March, 2017|Category: News
We were thrilled to support the launch of the The Education through Expeditions (ETE) project last week. The ETE was set up by Antony Jinman and Paul Hart and aims to raise the aspirations of young people from Barne Barton and King’s Tamerton by combining interactive workshops with outdoor learning and confidence building. Following a successful crowdfunding effort raising over £35,000, Antony Jinman and team have embarked on an expedition to Finland along with five students from local Plymouth schools. For full details about the ETE, please click here. Jess Stainsby is one of the teenagers from Tamar View and ...

Golden Anniversary Celebration

Monday 27th March, 2017|Category: News
Kay and John Hughes surprised the team today with a visit to the hotel to celebrate 50 years of marriage. The couple married on 27th March 1967, exactly 50 years ago today! Kay and John fondly recall the day, saying they married on Easter Monday at St Mary’s Church in Plympton. They returned to The Duke for their Wedding Reception in The Restaurant with 40 of their closest family and friends. We visited The Restaurant so that they could reminisce and see how the room had changed over the years. We thought it would be lovely to capture an image of them underneath the magnificent chandelier which was present for their wedding day. The couple have always been ...