May 2, 2015
by Scott Grenney

Plymouth Armed Forces Celebrations – Music Line up confirmed

Armed Forces Day 2014 webZU2, Beatlemania and X-Factor star, Jay James are warming up to perform at this year’s evening concert at Armed Forces Day, Plymouth 2015.

Thousands are expected to visit Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 27 June for a fun-filled day of activities, air-displays and demonstrations to celebrate the city’s Armed Forces.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Plymouth’s Armed Forces Day celebrations are renowned to be one of the biggest and best in the whole of the country. To give a little extra back to the community we have an evening of entertainment lined-up with some fantastic acts. With a number of up-beat, well-known songs, it certainly is going to be fun night.”

Jay James will kick off the evening concert, sponsored by C & G Catering, at 5pm and will get the party started with a mixture of well-known and new tracks.

Fresh from his association as a finalist with the ITV show the X Factor in 2014/15, and recently finishing the 2015 X Factor live tour, Jay has been playing to over 300,000 people across 23 dates in the biggest arenas and venues in the UK and Ireland.

Jay is a former Royal Navy fitness Instructor from Saundersfoot in South West Wales and he spent some of his serving years in HMS Raleigh. After serving 9 years Jay was badly injured playing Rugby for the Royal Navy Rugby League side and whilst on sick leave decided to learn to play a guitar he had bought 3 months previous as a ‘drunken bet’.

From his first audition Jay caused widespread international interest with his unique voice and background. During the show Simon Cowell described Jay ‘Incredible and a Genius’ with great renditions of ‘Changing’ (Sigma/Paloma Faith), ‘500 Miles’ (Proclaimers) and ‘Skyfall’ (Adele) amongst others.

Jay said: “It’s going to be amazing coming back to Plymouth after all these years, it’s where I started a life changing journey in the Royal Navy at 16 years old and led to a career that sculpted & made me the person I am today, I’m buzzing for it.”

Beatlemania, the ultimate Beatles experience will also be part of the evening concert.

Regarded as one of the UK leading tribute acts, Beatlemania play to ecstatic sell-out audiences throughout the world and regularly appear on television and radio.

The band, which was formed in the summer of 1992, quickly built up a huge nationwide following and since then have gained such a high reputation on the tribute scene that they are constantly in demand internationally.

The evening will come to an end with a performance by ZU2, the world’s most authentic U2 tribute band.

Armed Forces Day will begin at 9.30am and finish at 11pm, for more information go to Also taking place on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 28 June will be the Royal Naval Band Association Festival.

April 10, 2015
by Scott Grenney

MTV Crashes Plymouth 2015 Tickets Announced

MTV Crashes Plymouth 2014Tickets for this summer’s MTV Crashes Plymouth event will be on sale from Thursday 16 April 2015.

The spectacular live music event, being organised by MTV in collaboration with Plymouth City Council, will take place on Plymouth Hoe on Wednesday 22 July.

It will be followed by a ‘Club MTV’ night on the same stage on Thursday 23 July, featuring handpicked DJ talent.

Both events will feature a number of headline music acts, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for MTV Crashes Plymouth and Club MTV will be available on pre-sale for Plymouth residents living in the PL1 to PL7 and PL9 postcodes from 6pm on Thursday 16 April. Pre-sale tickets can only be booked online through the See Tickets website (search for ‘MTV’).

Any unsold tickets will go on general sale at 9am on Friday 17 April through the See Tickets website and the box office on 0871 231 0840.

The ticket price for each event is £10, plus a booking fee of £2 and there is a limit of four tickets per person, per event. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult at both shows. Full terms and conditions are available on the Visit Plymouth website.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering with MTV again to host two more fantastic events for the city. This summer’s Crashes will be MTV’s biggest-ever live UK event and we’ve got some great acts lined up. We’ve kept ticket prices very reasonable for what will be two top nights of entertainment for music fans. It’s an amazing opportunity to promote Plymouth on a worldwide stage and cement the city as a leading venue for major events – and we can’t wait to do it all over again.”

Tickets for last year’s MTV Crashes Plymouth sold out in 20 minutes.

For more information and the latest updates see the Visit Plymouth website, follow @MTVPlymouth on Twitter or see the What’s On Plymouth Facebook page.

March 16, 2015
by Scott Grenney

The Red Arrows are set to soar in Plymouth this summer

Red ArrowsThe Royal Air Force’s world-famous aerobatics team, The Red Arrows, will take to the skies of Plymouth for an exciting, heart-pounding air display this summer.

Residents and visitors to Plymouth will be able to watch as fast jet pilots put on a show to remember. Taking to the air on the second night of the British Firework Championships on Wednesday 19 August they will be displaying their acrobatic talents across the beautiful setting of Plymouth Hoe, the Arrows display will take place at 7pm.

This fantastic, internationally acclaimed display team will be a great addition to a packed summer of events in the city.

The Twister Aerobatics display team will be wowing crowds with their electrifying pyrotechnic display on the first night of the championships, taking place on Tuesday 18 August. This amazing display will start at approximately 9pm.

Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Pete Smith, said: “We are delighted to have secured The Red Arrows as one of the highlights of the British Fireworks Championships. The Red Arrows are always a major attraction and we are very much looking forward to their display.”

The British Firework Championships, held this year on Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 August, is one of Britain’s most spectacular firework displays.  Jointly organised by The Event Services Association (TESA) and Plymouth City Council, the Championships feature six top pyrotechnics companies who set off four tonnes of fireworks over the Plymouth Waterfront as they battle it out to become the British Firework champion. The firework displays start at 9.30pm on both nights.

This is part of Plymouth’s 2015 exciting summer events programme.

February 25, 2015
by Scott Grenney

The Pub on The Hoe has reopened

Pub On The Hoe Plymouth 8Good news: The Pub on The Hoe is now reopened!

From the Team: The Pub On The Hoe is now reopened! Our friendly staff are now serving a selection of real ales, fine wines, beers, ciders and spirits. Our Chefs too are preparing mouth watering meals for you to enjoy.

We recommend you book ahead for Sunday roasts as seats are limited until we are able to restore the dining room.

Following a recent blaze in the upstairs B&B room 15th February 2015, THE PUB IS NOW OPEN for business! We encourage everyone to show their support by buying a few drinks at the pub next time they are in the area.

Landlord Nigel Ledger and his crew spoke to us today about the fire which was allegedly set intentionally by one of the B&B guests.

Nigel commented:”We have missed out on the busy half term trade which is usually a great boost for the business after a quiet January.” Both management and the staff are in positive spirits and keen to keep moving forward in order to restore the damaged areas.

So next time you are out and about, do pop in for a pint of local ale and some delicious pub grub and support this lovely local business.

About the B&B Blaze from the Plymouth Herald…

January 11, 2015
by Scott Grenney

Now complete – Waterfront cycling improvements

bikesFamilies can now enjoy some of the best views in the city from their saddles, thanks to improvements along Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront cycle route.

The route is part of National Cycle Network Route 27 and connects the Barbican, the Hoe, Millbay and Royal William Yard.

A new contraflow cycle lane now runs eastwards along Madeira Road, from the mini roundabout junction with Hoe Road and past the Citadel to the Elphinstone car park.

Motorists should be aware that cyclists are now allowed to travel in both directions along this stretch of road and that a new 20mph speed limit is also in place.

Improvements have also been made to help cyclists and pedestrians cross Millbay Road and travel through Millbay roundabout more easily and safely. Work has included narrowing the space around the roundabout to slow down traffic and creating a cycle route that avoids the roundabout altogether.

Both schemes – designed and built by the Council’s highways contractor Amey – make it easier and safer to explore the city’s magnificent waterfront and historic features by bike, which will in turn provide an economic boost to waterfront businesses.

The improvements have been funded through the Coastal Communities Fund, along with the new bike hire hubs at the Royal William Yard and Commercial Wharf, which Rockets and Rascals have been running since last Easter.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “Our waterfront is one of the best features of Britain’s Ocean City and these improvements make it easier for cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy the amazing views. This isn’t just about providing a great experience for tourists; it’s also about encouraging people here in Plymouth to get on their bikes, explore their surroundings and stay healthy and active.”

Sarah O’Leary, Waterfront Manager for the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership added: “The waterfront is one of our greatest assets and activities that encourage more people to visit are warmly welcomed. The link between the Royal William Yard and the Barbican is critical in directly benefitting businesses right across the area.”

Source: Plymouth City Council


January 11, 2015
by Scott Grenney

Thank you to the volunteers of the Barbican / Hoe Waterfront Media Team

Over a three year period a volunteer media team, coordinated by Scott Grenney saw a band of talented photographers, writers and social media reporters brought together to help cover various events across the Barbican & the Plymouth Hoe. The team also took part in a number of community related projects to help showcase the Barbican and Plymouth Hoe areas.

The team disbanded on January 5th 2016.

Scott Grenney, volunteer team coordinator had this to say: Volunteering for the Barbican & Hoe Waterfront Volunteer Media team allowed team members to showcase the Barbican/Hoe and their own work, helping to build their portfolios, share skills and learn new techniques. This also led to a number of opportunities for each member as a result along with some great exposure with some having work printed in magazines, gaining press coverage via news paper, radio and even on the BBC, being hired by businesses and agencies to take photos and so on.

It’s been a great journey and I’m proud with what the team and individuals have gone on to accomplish.

Everyone dedicated a lot of free time as volunteers and you’ll be hard pressed to find another talented and skilled group of individuals.

This leaves me to finally say a big thank you to all the volunteers. It’s been an honour working with them all as members of the team.

The long running Barbican and Hoe waterfront websites and Social media will remain unchanged and continue to offer local and community based news to help showcase the areas to tourists and locals alike.