September 30, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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PHOTOS: Aqua Adrenaline event held on the 27-28th September 2014

Lots of high speed action as the Aqua Adrenaline teams took to the water. Photographer Mike Pitches was there to capture the action :)

September 10, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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British Firework Championships 2015 dates announced

The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth for its 19th showdown in August 2015.

Visitors from all over the world can see the skies light up over Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 August.

Hosted by The Event Services Association (TESA) and Plymouth City Council the championships are one of the biggest annual displays put on by professional firework companies in the UK.

Tens of thousands of Plymouth residents and holiday makers head to Plymouth’s Hoe for two evenings of family entertainment and three spectacular fireworks displays.

Jim Winship, Director of The Event Services Association (TESA), said: “Plymouth has always stood out as an ideal location for fireworks as it provides a great, natural amphitheatre enabling large scale pyrotechnics to be used safely and watched from a variety of points around the harbour and Sound. The Championships have grown hugely popular and are now recognised as the premier annual display in the UK, attracting tens of thousands to the city each August.

“As the Hoe is the focal point for watching the Championships, entertainment is provided throughout both evenings. Visitors arrive early and, in addition to all the fun of the fair, many turn up hours before the start of the displays to sit and watch the comings and goings of yachts and other craft on Plymouth Sound while they wait for the competition to get under way.

Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Pete Smith, added: “The British Firework Championships are part of our annual events calendar and are known world-wide. Visitors plan their holidays around this popular event – so if you are planning on making this part of your holiday next year, book your accommodation now.

“This awe-inspiring event won the best tourism event for over 5,000 visitors in the city in 2013 and we have been shortlisted again in 2014. It would be fantastic to be able to defend this title.”

Source: Plymouth City Council

August 31, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Shortlist for the Plymouth City and Waterfront Awards 2014

Plymouth City and Waterfront Awards 2014The shortlist has been released! Strong competition this year and it’s going to be close between the winners and runners up in each category!

We’ll find out the winners and runners up on the 8th October at The Holiday Inn. Good luck to everyone! :)

BEST ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER: B&B OR GUEST HOUSE

Edgcumbe Guest House
Imperial Hotel
Squires Guest House

BEST ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER: HOTEL

Copthorne Hotel
Holiday Inn
The Grosvenor Plymouth

BEST AFTER DARK VENUE

Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque
B-Bar Plymouth
Blues Bar and Grill
The Treasury Bar

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Julie Goulding – NMA
Lush
Plymouth Gin
The Original Pasty House

BEST EVENT: COMMUNITY (FEWER THAN 5,000)

Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival
Live Music Nights
St. Patrick’s Day @ Kitty O’Hanlons

BEST EVENT: TOURISM (MORE THAN 5,000)

Armed Forces Day
British Fireworks Championships
MTV Crashes

BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION: LARGE

National Marine Aquarium
Plymouth Pavilions Arena & Ice Rink

BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION: SMALL

Barbican Theatre
Plymouth Gin Distillery
Winter Outdoor Ice Rink

BEST FASHION RETAILER: CHAIN

Debenhams
House Of Fraser
Next

BEST FASHION RETAILER: INDEPENDENT

Bibi & Mac
John Brown Menswear
Sam Cox Bridalwear

BEST JEWELLER

Drakes Jewellers
Michael Spiers
Nicola Hurst

BEST HOMEWARE, GIFT SHOP, ARTS & CRAFTS

Art2Frame/Glass
Final Frontier
Funky Poppy
Whoopeetoys

BEST HAIR & BEAUTY BUSINESS

Envy Hair Salon
Maiya’s Hair and Beauty Salon
Shock Hair Salon
Utopia

BEST FAST FOOD BUSINESS

Ice Cream Studio 54
Rockets and Rascals
The Original Pasty House

BEST RESTAURANT: FAMILY

Barbican Kitchen
JDS Grill
The Dock

BEST RESTAURANT: FINE DINING

Dolphin House Brazzerie
Tanners Restaurant
The Chancel

BEST LOCAL PRODUCE OR SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION

Pilgrims Ice Cream
Plymouth Gin
The Original Pasty House

Read the full story on the Plymouth Herald website here…

August 19, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Barbican & Hoe Waterfront Media Team: Emily Clark’s Departure

Emily Clark Band Music Coverage 2014Emily Clark one of our volunteer members specialising in graphic design and photography recently completed her course at the College of Art and Design and has been awarded a BA with honours in Graphic Design. Congratulations Emily! :).

Emily first joined our team back in July 2013 and has enjoyed many adventures covering various events across Plymouth.

During her time with the team Emily earned herself the title “tough cookie” after always battling to grab photos to help show off events to their fullest. She even fought off bouts of sea sickness during the British Firework Championships in 2013 although vows never to go out on rough seas again :).

Emily Clark had this to say about her experience working with the Barbican & Hoe Waterfront Media Team: “It has been an incredible experience to work with so many passionate and dedicated people within the team for just over a year, ranging from photographers to writers the team supports and promotes local businesses and events around the city using there own time to do so.

The owner Scott is a great friend and joy to work for, providing every team member with a large range of different job opportunities to gain new skills and promote themselves and the team at the same time. I already miss not working for the team; I have gained some friends for life and will miss the enjoyable team banter.”

Emily upon completion of her course has moved back to her home town of Oxford, although she is keeping an eye on graphic design jobs here in Plymouth for a possible return :).

We wish Emily well in the future and look forward to her return trips back to Plymouth where she has found her second home :).

Emily Clark Website: www.emilyclarksdesigns.co.uk and you can find out more about the volunteer team here: Barbican & Hoe Waterfront Media Team.

August 18, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Photos & Video: Plymouth Megaride 2014

Plymouth Mega Ride 2014What a day! Started off raining, but as soon as the first bike hit the ramp up to the Plymouth Hoe the sunshine broken through the clouds and soon after the rain stopped.

Thousands of bikers and non riders filled the Plymouth Hoe promenade a day enjoyed by all and lots of money raised for charity. A win win :)

A thank you to the event organisers and all the volunteers on the day who helped make the Megaride another great success! :)

The official photographs will be on www.soperfectimages.co.uk/main/ in the meantime here are a selection of photographs and a video taken by two of our media team members Scott Grenney & Megan Johnson:

August 14, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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EVENT: Plymouth Mega Ride – 17th August 2014

Plymouth Mega Ride 2014

Get your motors running and get out on the highway for the Megaride returns! Thousands of bikers will take to roads as they ride up to the Plymouth Hoe all in the name of charity. A sight not to be missed!

Lots of family fun entertainment will be available with food and refreshment around the Plymouth Hoe too making the Plymouth Mega Ride a great event to attend :)

Chosen Charities this year:

- Made to Measure (Scope)
– Diabetes  (Children’s section in Derriford Hospital)

See the official website for full details: www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk

Video by Chloe Chapman – Plymouth Mega Ride, Rider POV