Evita Launch at The Duke

Monday 25th February, 2019|Category: News
We were delighted to welcome the cast of Evita to the hotel for their launch photo shoot last week. This renowned musical will be at Devonport Playhouse, Plymouth for one week only from 27th – 30th March 2019 (click here to view Evita in our events calendar). With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show is sure to be a sell out! The team chose to focus their shoot on our magnificent staircase and in various locations around this historic hotel, making use of an ornate gold mirror and desk (shown below). ...

A Magical Mini Wedding Collection

Friday 1st February, 2019|Category: News
On Thursday 18th October 2018, we hosted our fourth ‘Duke Mini Wedding Collection’. Our increasingly popular Mini Collections are aimed to help engaged couples on their journey to finding their dream wedding venue. We dressed the hotel for a wedding, allowing couples the chance to gather wedding inspiration whilst seeing how the Duke could look for their big day. It also provides the perfect opportunity to meet our experienced team and some of the fantastic suppliers who we work with on a regular basis. To make the most of our styled spaces, we hosted a photo shoot prior to the evening event, which featured the suppliers invited to exhibit at the Mini Collection. This resulted in some ...

South West Wedding Awards 2019 Finalist

Friday 25th January, 2019|Category: News
We are delighted to be finalists in the South West Wedding Awards, the most prestigious wedding awards in the region. We were shortlisted along with four other establishments in the South West for the award of Wedding Venue – Town. Congratulations to the winner of this category, China Fleet Country Club! We are honoured to be recognised amongst the best wedding venues in the region. This competitive category saw nominees stretching from Cornwall to Gloucester, it truly is a proud achievement to reach the finals. Thank you to the South West Wedding Awards for putting on such a great show. The glitzy ceremony, which took place at the Crowne Plaza ...

2019 in Britain’s Ocean City

Friday 18th January, 2019|Category: News
2019 promises to be a corker as we get closer to the launch of the Mayflower 400 commemorations in November. Before that we have the annual calendar to entertain us with so many fantastic events happening across the city. For us a family favourite is Pirate Weekend – it gets bigger and better every year and it is definitely worth booking a weekend away if you’re not local. Flavour Fest, the British Firework Championship and the Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival all keep the city busy over the summer months, and the events keep coming right up until the Christmas celebrations which begin in November. Plymouth is the ...

LB Magic UK – Supplier Love

Wednesday 12th December, 2018|Category: News
This month’s supplier love celebrates the talented Lewis Belcher owner of LB Magic UK. We have worked closely together for a number of years on our Mini Wedding Collections for engaged couples and weddings at the hotel. Lewis is fantastic at what he does and really brings the wow factor to a wedding, entertaining guests with a series of clever and exciting close up tricks. His charm and professionalism set him apart from others in the industry, you really do need to see him perform! Mini Wedding Collection March 2017 – Image 1: Mimosa Photography; Image 2: Duke Team We sat down for a cuppa to share more about him and his ...

Mixing Business with Pleasure

Friday 23rd November, 2018|Category: News
The Duke’s qualities as a business venue have been recognised with a prestigious regional award. We’ve received the bronze in our category at the 2018 Devon Tourism Awards, which was held at Highbullen Hotel in Umberleigh last night. This accolade was for the Business Tourism and Venue category, which selects corporate settings that deliver “an exceptional standard of service and an outstanding, memorable experience”. This achievement makes it two-in-a-row for the Duke – we also won bronze in the same category last year. Businesses from ...

Christmas in Plymouth…!

Monday 19th November, 2018|Category: News
It’s our favourite time of year and we are excited to see a new line up of events in Britain’ Ocean City. Last week saw the city lit for the festivities with the city centre and Drake Circus Christmas light switch on. Late night shopping has begun and the mood is full of festive merriment as Plymouth gears up for its best Christmas line up yet! Here are our highlights… Illuminate 22nd – 25th November ...

A Vintage Tea Party

Friday 16th November, 2018|Category: News
We are so lucky to work in the wonderful world of weddings and this week we get to share our latest Vintage Tea Party styled shoot where we collaborated with the very best suppliers in the region. You may have seen the beautiful feature in Your Devon and Cornwall Magazine, if you haven’t and you’re engaged, make sure you buy your copy for fantastic inspiration and advice when planning your big day! We feel fortunate to work with a strong team of suppliers (many of whom are listed on our Wedding Partners page). including the wonderful Agata from ...

Supplier Love – Cornwall Caricatures

Wednesday 3rd October, 2018|Category: News
We first met Cassie from Cornwall Caricatures back in 2016 when she attended our Wedding Collection. We loved the originality of her creations and she proved very popular amongst our attendees! A caricaturist is a fantastic addition to any wedding, providing guests with a unique form of entertainment, as well as a memento of the day. Duke Wedding Collection 2016 – Image 1: Artography We caught up with Cassie to find out all about her business. Have you always enjoyed drawing, when did you discover it was something you were good at?Drawing faces is all I ever wanted to do as a child. I didn’t walk until I ...

Plymouth Art Weekender

Thursday 6th September, 2018|Category: News
With just over three weeks to go, we are very excited for the highly anticipated Plymouth Art Weekender to commence. An exciting array of events, exhibitions, talks and workshops are set to take place across 63 fantastic venues in Plymouth, including the hotel! We will be sharing some of our favourites each week, although with over 100 to choose from, this may be easier said than done! We have loved hosting Laura Denning with the Hydrosapien rehearsals in our Ballroom over the past month. Guests can look forward to a collaborative performance which pushes the boundaries of how sound can be understood, whilst exploring ideas of Hydrofeminism. The first performance will take place on Friday evening ...

The Wonderful World of Weddings

Monday 3rd September, 2018|Category: News
Jay Stone Photography Jay Stone Photography Have you ever wondered how much people spend on their dream wedding day, and what the biggest expenses are for the average wedding? Well, ...

The Prop Factory – Supplier Love

Saturday 1st September, 2018|Category: News
The Prop Factory is a fabulous company providing a wide range of handmade items to hire for weddings and events. We have had the pleasure of working together on a number of styled photo shoots at the hotel. These have included the 1920s shoot in January 2018 and our English Tea Party shoot in June with UpArt Photography (photos to be revealed shortly!). ...

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