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The Perfect Day for a Spring Shoot!

Thursday 25th May, 2017|Category: News
We are so delighted to share a sneak peak of today’s Spring stylised shoot with the fabulous Meg from Mimosa Photography! Meg has brought together an array of wonderful suppliers to create a simply sensational shoot! Meg’s vision was to create a traditional shoot, perfectly in keeping with the history and decor of the hotel. The shoot took place in various locations around the hotel, including our newly refurbished Millbay Room which was set up as the civil ceremony room (we will be sharing the images following the official Millbay launch next week!). The colour scheme of the room perfectly complimented the shoot, with the gold detail in the wallpaper accentuating the décor flawlessly. Following two ...

Festive Fun at our Millbay launch

Monday 22nd May, 2017|Category: News
Above images – Liberty Pearl Photography Yesterday we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon welcoming many of our regular guests and friends to the opening of our newly refurbished Millbay Suite and we took the opportunity to launch our Christmas (yes we said the C word, sorry!) brochure. Above images – Liberty Pearl Photography Wally and his team spent the first few months of 2017 lovingly restoring the Millbay Suite. The long function space can be divided into two – the Millbay Room and the Station room. It is finished to the highest standard, restoring every detail including the intricate ceiling. The original windows have been restored, one of which was hidden since the 70’s behind a bookcase! We ...

The Perfect Day for a Spring Shoot!

Thursday 18th May, 2017|Category: News
We are so delighted to share a sneak peak of today’s Spring stylised shoot with the fabulous Meg from Mimosa Photography! Meg has brought together an array of wonderful suppliers to create a simply sensational shoot! Meg’s vision was to create a traditional look, perfectly in keeping with the history and decor of the Duke. It took place in various locations around the hotel, including our newly refurbished Millbay Room which was set up as a civil ceremony (next week we are officially opening the Millbay so you can look forward to photos of the new look!). The colour scheme perfectly complimented the shoot, with the gold detail in the wallpaper accentuating the décor flawlessly. ...

Sensational Spring Styling

Friday 28th April, 2017|Category: News
For a Spring Wedding, think floral, pastels and everything pretty! Spring is synonymous with lighter evenings, an array of stunning flowers and new life– what a wonderful time to say I do! Spring can often provide the best of the British weather making it the perfect time to tie the knot! For those of you planning a Spring Wedding, congratulations! We hope this blog provides you with some inspiration and ideas for your big day. A Wedding at The Duke is simply stunning in any month. We enjoy celebrating the seasons and believe there is something magical about Spring. The morning dew on the grass as you arrive to get ready in one of our luxury bridal suites, the ...

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 ...
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 ...
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