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South West Wedding Awards Nominee

Friday 15th June, 2018|Category: News
After making the finals of the ‘Wedding Venues Town’ category at the 2018 South West Wedding Awards, we are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for the 2019 awards! If you hosted your wedding at the hotel between 2017 and 2018, and haven’t already voted, please do vote for us by clicking here. We received some fantastic anonymous feedback from our past couples following the 2018 awards, some of which we are delighted to share with you below… Feedback from 2018 “From the very first ...

Volunteering at Devil’s Point

Wednesday 6th June, 2018|Category: News
Following the launch of the Make a Difference for Mayflower 400 campaign in 2016, Plymouth businesses have been busy volunteering across the city ahead of the commemorations in 2020. The campaign is led by Improving Lives Plymouth and a partnership between Plymouth City Council, the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and the City Centre Company and encourages businesses to invest in their own premises and make a commitment to the public realm between now and 2020. As part of the National Volunteers Week campaign, a day was organised to bring businesses together. Jo, Olivia, Sam and George from The Duke spent the morning painting the staircase railings at Devil’s Point, taking them from a rusty, faded ...

Becoming a Mayflower Maker

Wednesday 6th June, 2018|Category: News
The following information was provided by the team at Improving Lives Plymouth. For full details, click here. Are you interested in becoming an Ambassador for the Mayflower 400 initiative? Sign up as a Mayflower Maker where you will receive training on the story of Mayflower and the events diary. Mayflower Makers are local people trained as Mayflower Ambassadors to be Mayflower Makers. They will have conversations in their local community about Mayflower 400’s history, cultural projects, and landmarks within the city. Mayflower Makers will: – Share the Mayflower story – Explain Mayflower 400 – Promote the events calendar for the Mayflower ...

Fun at West Hoe Park

Friday 25th May, 2018|Category: News
It is that time of year again where our team have been busy at West Hoe Fun Park preparing the train and boat for the summer season ahead! In 2015 we first started our journey with the train and boat at West Hoe Fun Park. The park is so beautifully maintained, but these two items needed some TLC. Walter Combstock has fond memories of the park with his children and now grandchildren and with Jonathan Morcom the joint owners of the hotel were keen to invest in the local community. We received such a fantastic reaction and took such a pride in the work that we pledged to maintain the play equipment on an annual basis. Four years ...

Art Deco at The Duke

Friday 20th April, 2018|Category: News
For decades the hotel has been a sensational venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. With its grand, elegant spaces, the Duke oozes style and sophistication, and delivers the sense of occasion that a wedding deserves. With so many fashion trends we enjoy working with creative and talented suppliers to showcase the Duke in a variety of styles to inspire future couples. This time it was an Art Deco theme selected by Agata from UpArt photography who captured and coordinated the shoot. As an iconic venue in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City we couldn’t wait to see how Agata and her carefully selected team transformed the hotel. We are delighted to be able to share ...

Step into Spring

Friday 13th April, 2018|Category: News
Spring is officially here and what a wonderful line up of events the city has in store for its residents and visitors alike! If you are travelling to Britain’s Ocean City in the coming months, here are just some of the things you can look forward to, with a small glimpse into each event. The following information was provided by the event organisers, for full details click on the name of each event to visit our calendar. This is a great starting point for those looking to plan a family trip and provides some fantastic inspiration! Plymouth History FestivalPlymouth History Festival is an annual celebration of Plymouth’s history and heritage. ...

An egg-cellent Easter in Britain’s Ocean City

Wednesday 28th March, 2018|Category: News
Easter is an exciting time in Britain’s Ocean City, with lots of fantastic activities to keep children (and parents) entertained. We wanted to share just a few of our favourites and provide you with some fabulous inspiration for the school holidays and beyond. The following information was provided by the event organisers: Easter Break on The Barbican – 30th March – 2nd AprilThis Easter, there is lots to see and do on the Plymouth Barbican. Join us for the Eggstra special Barbican Easter Bunny Bingo! Eggsplore the Barbican and find the matching pictures to help our Bunny complete his Bingo Card. You can collect your FREE bingo cards from the Tourist Information Centre from Good ...

A Vibrant and Prosperous City Centre

Wednesday 21st March, 2018|Category: News
As many of you know I am incredibly passionate about our fantastic city. I enjoy living and working here and I am proud to be raising my family in such a vibrant and creative place. This morning I attended the City Centre Company’s Conference ‘Your Changing City Centre’ and what a morning to feel passionate and excited about the coming years for Britain’s Ocean City. ...

Supplier Love – UpArt Photography

Monday 12th March, 2018|Category: News
UpArt Photography is run by the lovely Agata, who started the business three years ago. We have had the pleasure of working with Agata on several occasions, including the Mini Wedding Collection back in October 2017, where she not only photographed the event itself, but also captured a styled shoot in our stunning Hayward Room. Below photos: October Mini Wedding Collection ...

Meet Nick Reed – Our New Head Chef!

Thursday 22nd February, 2018|Category: News
Above photos: images 1 and 3 Cornerstone Vision; image 2 Richard Downer Photography We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Head Chef to lead our Award winning Restaurant and culinary offer at the hotel, and he’s a familiar face… Following five years of dedication to the Duke, Nicholas Reed was promoted to Head Chef at the beginning of the year. Nick brings passion and creativity to the role, adding delicious new dishes to the menu on a daily basis and with his extensive experience in the catering industry he is the perfect choice to lead the hotel’s food offer forward. Nick’s drive ensures that the Restaurant remains fresh and inviting ...

Duke Weddings: Mr and Mrs Higgins

Friday 9th February, 2018|Category: News
As one of the Westcountry’s most remarkable wedding venues, the Duke has played a proud part in couples’ love stories. We’re pleased to introduce you to some of the people who have chosen the hotel as the setting for their big day – this time meeting Dawn and Mark Higgins, who got married on 1st September 1990. Mark was serving with the Royal Navy when he proposed to Dawn. While stationed in the US, he had invited Dawn for a holiday, during which he surprised her by popping the question. Mark’s proposal spot was fittingly water-based for a seafaring man – the Mississippi boat ride at Disneyland! The couple were married at Plymouth’s St Andrews Church on a beautifully ...

The Duke’s Titanic TV Moment!

Friday 26th January, 2018|Category: News
If you’re a fan of the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys, you might have seen the Duke of Cornwall Hotel appear in a recent episode. In presenter Michael Portillo’s journey along the South West’s railway network, he stops off to talk to Nigel Voisey, organiser of the Titanic exhibition that starts here at the Duke this weekend. In the programme, Nigel explains the role played by Plymouth, and specifically the Duke of Cornwall, in the tragic story of history’s most notorious cruise liner. Ascending the spiral stairs into the Duke’s tower ahead of his chat with Nigel, Michael Portillo remarks, “What a brilliant place!” and compliments its “superb view”. During Nigel’s interview, he talks about how the hotel welcomed twenty ...
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