Step into Spring
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 Festival
Plymouth History Festival is an annual celebration of Plymouth’s history and heritage and takes place across the city in a range of venues and locations. We look forward to welcoming you at one or more of the 100+ events on this year’s programme. Celebrating Plymouth is always the central theme for the festival. This year we’ll be exploring the themes of ‘War’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Health’, marking important anniversaries linked to the Institution of Civil Engineers, the NHS and the RAF, and running a number of other events that focus on Plymouth’s amazing history and heritage.
Pirates Weekend Plymouth
The award-winning Pirates Weekend Plymouth returns to our shores on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018 for two days packed full of family fun.
Hop aboard the two tall ships that will be docked in Sutton Harbour and imagine you’re sailing the high seas. Back on dry land, you can meet Plymouth’s very own Captain Jack Sparrow, Jonty Depp, and his evil adversary Captain Barbosa, or settle down for story-time with Melody the mermaid. To keep everyone entertained, sea shanty bands will fill the streets with song while.
Britain's Ocean City Half Marathon
Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon takes place each year in partnership with Plymouth City Council. The route is a challenging, yet scenic 13.1-mile course taking in Plymouth’s famous landmarks.
Lord Mayor's Festival
Each year, crowds gather at the Plymouth piazza for the Lord Mayor’s Festival. This annual event is popular with local residents and as well as an opportunity to meet the Lord Mayor, the event offers families a day packed with activities, live music and a parade.
Come and meet Tiny, a 125 million years young dinosaur brought to life by the wonders of modern science. You can pet her, you can feed her, you can talk to her in dinosaur language; just make sure you avoid the dreaded Thagomizer or you might end up extinct yourself! Tiny will be appearing in the Piazza where you’ll find a jam-packed programme of entertainment to enjoy during the day, including performances from local community groups.
Flavour Fest is the South West’s largest food and drink festival which returns to the city centre Piazza from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June 2018. Due to its popularity, Flavour Fest has been running for 15 fabulous years! If you have attended this wonderful event previously, you are sure to see why! Showcasing some of the best produce from the region, Flavour Fest is sure to tantalise your taste buds as well as provide you with tips from a number of top chefs.
Armed Forces Day
Plymouth Armed Forces Day is an annual event held in support of the national Armed Forces Day initiative. We love attending this wonderful event year after year, with everything from air shows, parades, activities and a chance to get up close to a wide variety of aircraft. Plymouth has a strong military heritage making this wonderful city the perfect setting for the event. As well as a fun day out for all of the family, Armed Forces Day provides attendees a chance to show support and celebrate the hard work and dedication of these brave men and women. With air displays, evening entertainment and military parades, there really is something for everyone!
Ocean City Sounds
Ocean City Sounds is a two-day event on Plymouth Hoe which will build on the success of MTV Crashes Plymouth and is part of the MTV Presents series. Indie titans Bastille will headline Day One, performing a full 90-minute set, supported by Ella Eyre, Professor Green and R3WIRE & VARSKI on Thursday 26 July, whilst Day Two will be headlined by Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra, performing ‘Ibiza classics’ conducted by Jules Buckley on Friday 27 July.
Now that you have seen what Plymouth has to offer, surely you are planning a visit to the city! With 72 individually styled rooms, The Duke is the place to stay. We benefit from a fantastic central location, just a stones throw from Plymouth Hoe, the location for several of the above events. Book a table in our Two AA Rosette Restaurant to ensure your stay is truly unforgettable. Choose from dishes such as Prime Westcountry Beef Fillet with Braised Short Rib Suet Pudding, Caramelised Onion and Cavolo Nero (pictured below) or how about Creedy Carver Duck Breast with Braised Chicory, Dauphinoise and Green Beans.
Above images: Richard Downer Photography; Artography
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