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Destination Dartmoor

Friday 17th November, 2017|Category: News
We feel extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful region. The hotel is just a short drive away from Dartmoor, where you can enjoy breath-taking views over the moorland. Back in August we did a Destination Devon blog and promised to explore Dartmoor, we’re keeping our word! And blimey doesn’t this epic landscape deserve a feature all of its own – for starters Dartmoor covers an area of 368 square miles or 957 square kilometres, it is the perfect place for those who love nothing more than a leisurely ramble over the exquisite countryside or perhaps a beautiful drive with a cream tea. It is also the perfect place for an adventure, with over 365 ...

Festive Fun in Britain’s Ocean City

Wednesday 15th November, 2017|Category: News
Britain’s Ocean City is the place to be this Christmas, with a wonderful line up of festive activities and events for all of the family! For those of you who live in Plymouth, how lucky are you – make sure you get about and out and explore! For those of you planning a trip to Plymouth, here are just some of the festive treats taking place in November. For full details, click on the name of each event to be transported to a page full of magical detail and of course our calendar lists many more activities that are happening across the city from the big shows to the local plays! Thank you so much to those who ...

Plymouth Remembers – Poppies on Tour

Wednesday 8th November, 2017|Category: News
Poppies: Wave is a magnificent sculpture which currently stands proudly in front of the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe. The structure is made up of 7,300 ceramic red poppies on towering stalks and symbolises the servicemen and women of the First World War who sadly have no known grave. The piece is one of two sculptures created by designer, Tom Piper and artist, Paul Cummins and was taken from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at The Tower of London. Here is an amazing film showing the poppies being made from the initial cutting of ...

A Magical Christmas at the Yard

Tuesday 24th October, 2017|Category: News
It is an exciting time at the yard with a fabulous array of events lined up to get you in the festive spirit! First in the event calendar is the fantastic Illuminate! The following details were provided by the event organisers and give an overview of what attendees can look forward to. Illuminate, an event marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, takes on a stunning new location in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard on Nov 24-26. For the first time ever, the former victualling yard will be lit up with dazzling light installations, immersive visual art and light projections, ...

Mimosa Photography

Friday 13th October, 2017|Category: News
Mimosa Photography is run by the talented Megan Hope. We have worked together on a number of exciting shoots in recent months, the first being our Duke Mini Collection which took place in March this year. The event provided engaged couples with the perfect opportunity to see the hotel set up for a wedding, and to meet some lovely suppliers for inspiration. Meg captured the evening beautifully, focusing on each element with fantastic attention to detail. ...

Devon Tourism Award Finalist

Wednesday 11th October, 2017|Category: News
We are absolutely delighted to have been announced as a finalist in the Devon Tourism Awards in the Venue and Business Tourism Award category. We are looking forward to the Awards ceremony in November at Plymouth Guildhall. The following information was provided by the Devon Tourism Awards. Devon’s leading tourism businesses have been chosen for the finals of the Devon Tourism Awards which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 23rd November 2017. This year saw a record of 205 entries and an increase to 25 categories in the competition which is now in its 8th year following its launch in 2010. A new category ...

Wallflower Project

Sunday 8th October, 2017|Category: News
Local artists have teamed up with Plymouth University to create visually stunning pieces that will remain for years to come. With one mural completed and four more to go, it’s going to make a wonderful trail around the city! The project will add another feature for guests and visitors to enjoy whilst exploring Britain’s Ocean City during the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020. We will let the organiser Dr Jody Patterson, tell you all about this wonderful project and how you can get involved. The Wallflower Project website is almost near completion, but to stay updated in the meantime click here to visit the projects Facebook page. In 2020, a series of cultural projects will help Plymouth ...

A Second AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence

Friday 6th October, 2017|Category: News
The gastronomic offerings of the Duke’s restaurant has been recognised with a coveted award. We are proud to receive a second AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence, following a highly favourable inspection last month. This award is a significant accolade, making our restaurant one of only a handful of establishments in Plymouth to attain this standard. Two Rosettes are awarded only to restaurants that meet exacting criteria of innovation, technical skill and culinary judgement set by the AA. Fewer than 5% of restaurants across the UK are considered to be at a standard deserving of two Rosettes. We have enjoyed a growing reputation as a ...

Celebrating World Tourism Day

Wednesday 27th September, 2017|Category: News
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year and was first established in 1980 to create global awareness about the importance of tourism. As a business we know the value that tourism brings into the local economy. Britain’s Ocean City is on an exciting journey and Mayflower 400 presents an opportunity for the city to see tourism rise over the coming years. Well beyond 2020 we would like to see the legacy of the global event mark Plymouth as a leading UK destination to be enjoyed by guests from far and wide. Destination Plymouth are working hard to raise the city’s profile and Plymouth has been ...

A Marriage of Ideas at The Duke

Friday 8th September, 2017|Category: News
Getting married is one of life’s profound moments of union. But a successful wedding day involves another kind of union too – the collaboration of diverse wedding suppliers to make it all happen. A recent styled wedding shoot at the hotel was an exquisite illustration of how this combination of creative talents can amount to something special. As an iconic and longstanding Plymouth wedding venue, The Duke was the setting for the shoot and played host to some of the region’s finest wedding suppliers. The style brief for the shoot was dreamt up by Meg Hope from Devon-based Mimosa Photography. Meg explains: “I felt ...

The Secret Garden Flowers – Supplier Love

Monday 21st August, 2017|Category: News
We first met Louise from The Secret Garden Flowers at Plymouth Pavilions Big Day Wedding Show in February, her stand was so beautiful that we had to go over and say hello! Since then, Louise has created stunning floral designs for couples holding their wedding at the hotel and Louise was also involved in our latest stylised shoot in May with the wonderful Mimosa Photography. We can’t wait to share the images of her stunning floral creations from that shoot in September (there is a sneak peek of three images below, the rest will come soon)! ...

Destination Devon

Wednesday 16th August, 2017|Category: News
We feel so privileged to live in such a beautiful region. With rolling hills, picturesque countryside and surrounded by the sea, it is clear to see why Devon is so popular. If you are coming from further afield and planning a holiday in the region, you are in for a treat with a wealth of adventures waiting to be had. The Duke is the perfect base for your holiday, we are at the heart of both Devon and Cornwall allowing you to travel with ease and see all the regions hidden gems. When talking about Devon, Steven Spielberg said “I have never before been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty”. We believe this perfectly describes this beautiful ...
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