Waterfront Snowflake Trail | 18th November – 3rd January

NEW for 2016, Waterfront Snowflake Trail. Enjoy a family day out and collect the names of the 20 Snowflakes located at the Royal William Yard, Millbay, Hoe, Barbican and Sutton Harbour – all within walking distance of one another. Download the entry form and take a look at which businesses are participating this year and plan your Winter adventure. Each snowflake has a snowflake-1245747_1280_2_20161122110048493unique name, clearly displayed in the business’s window. Complete the entry form with all 20 names and send it either by using the Santa’s Post boxes on the Barbican and Royal William Yard or by post (full address on the form). There are some great prizes to be won!

Entrants can win 1 of 11 prizes:
– An Apple iPAD mini 2
– One of three family tickets to the National Marine Aquarium
– Free entry for a family to climb Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse
– A VIP tour for four of Nancy Astor’s former residence at Eliot Terrace
– A VIP lunch at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel
– A high speed rib ride around Plymouth Sound
– One of two Barbican Christmas hampers
– Cream tea for 2 at Boston Tea Party

The six week long Snowflake trail with competition prizes on offer launched on Friday 18 November and will continue throughout the Festive season until Tuesday 3rd January 2017. You can download your form by following the link below or you can pick it up from any participating businesses.

Grab your Snowflake trail booklet here: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/dbimgs/SFT_AW_web(1).pdf

Event: Bonfire Night on the Plymouth Hoe 2016

Event: Bonfire Night – Saturday 5 November 2016

Plymouth will be hosting a bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday 5 November on The Hoe for Bonfire Night.

Fairground rides and catering stands will be open from 4pm and entertainment, courtesy of Radio Plymouth will be provided from 6pm.

As the night draws in and the temperature drops, this event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm. The fireworks display will be set off from the Citadel at 8pm.

Details: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats…/bonfire-night-p1988563

EVENT: British Firework Championships 2016

british firework champtionships 2014 plymouthBritish Firework Championships:
Tuesday 16 – Wednesday 17 August 2016

The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth for its 20th showdown in just over 2 weeks!

The successful companies competing this year are:

  • Aurora Fireworks
  • F1 Pyrotechnics
  • Phoenix Fireworks
  • Gala Fireworks
  • Distant Thunder Fireworks
  • Smart Pyrotechnics

A fantastic free Waterfront event, with judging from an expert panel, fairground rides, entertainment from Heart Radio and bands, The Poet Junkies and Ten Zero One.

See full details…

EVENT: Armed Forces Weekend 2016

Plymouth Armed Forces Weekend 2016

Armed Forces Weekend in Association with Babcock International
Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 June 2016

Plymouth Armed Forces Week is an annual event held in support of the national Armed Forces Day initiative.

With 50,000 attending the event last year we are continuing to improve our annual event on the glorious Plymouth Hoe, and with this in mind we are developing a spectacular two day event which will be known as Armed Forces Weekend, in association with Babcock International.

The intention of the weekend for Plymouth is to say a big Thank You to the Armed Services, their families and our veterans.

The aim of the event from the MOD; is to raise awareness of and support for our Armed Forces community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country.

Plans to date include:

**Saturday 25 June – 10am to 10.30pm**

Villages & Arena Displays:

  • Veterans Village Sponsored by Royal British Legion
  • Hidden Heritage Living History Zone
  • Royal Naval Village
  • Army Village
  • RAF Village
  • Emergency Services Displays

Event Programme:

  • The annual RAF and Allied Air Forces Monument Service supported by the Royal Marine Band, Plymouth in the Arena
  • Veterans parade on the Hoe including over 30 Royal British Legion Standards
  • Plymouth Youth Music Service (PYMS) Stage
  • Cadets Corps of Drums and Drill Display team in the Arena
  • HMS Raleigh Training School Arms Drill Display with the Royal Marine Band, Plymouth in the Arena
  • Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech on the main stage
  • Plymouth Drake Sea Cadets in the Arena
  • Company B – 7 piece rowdy energetic jump jive band that bring an era of musical vintage bang up to date with their show performance on the main stage
  • The Rifles Freedom of the City Parade and led by The Rifles Band and Bugles
  • HMNB Devonport V HMS Raleigh Field Gun Competition in the Arena. Babcock Cup Presentation in the Arena
  • Jnr Field Gun Run. RM Volunteer cadet Corp. V Pennycross Primary School in the Arena
  • SW Massed Pipe Band in the Arena
  • RAF Air Cadets continuity drill display team in the Arena
  • Air Displays sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems

Evening Stage Entertainment:

  • Military Wives Choir
  • The Function Band of HM Royal Marines Band Plymouth
  • Phil Collins tribute – straight out of the tribute top drawer
  • Red Hot Chilli Pipers – the most famous bagpipe band on the planet…it’s Bagrock!
  • Birmingham Blues Brothers – On a Mission in Plymouth

**Sunday 26 June – 10am to 4pm**

  • Junior Field Gun competition and competition trophy presentations
  • Feu de Joie from 29 CMDO Royal Artillery Citadel with Royal Marine Band, Plymouth
  • 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot (Napoleonic era) drill display, marching and musket firing display
  • Air Displays sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems

Other activities include the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Event on Monday 20 June in front of the Plymouth Guildhall and the Children and Young People’s Services have planned a HMS Heroes Service Children’s Voice Awards, The HMS Heroes small marquee, a competition for art and design and much more.

For a full list of events and activities see: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/…/armed-forces-weekend-p1306…

Business Event: Make a Difference for Mayflower 400

Mayflower 400 Business link eventNews of an event for businesses looking to linkup with the Mayflower 400 event.

The event is free to register and will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

‘Make a Difference for Mayflower 400’ will demonstrate the power of partnership working, as Plymouth City Council, the city’s two Business Improvement District organisations and independent businesses have joined forces to get Plymouth ready to feature on the world’s stage.

Aimed at businesses across Plymouth, this event is a launch of the city’s preparations in getting the place ready for Mayflower 400.

Just four and a half years’ away in 2020, the city will host a major events calendar and welcome hoards of international visitors as we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

‘Make a Difference for Mayflower 400’ will demonstrate the power of partnership working, as Plymouth City Council, the city’s two Business Improvement District organisations and indepedent businesses have joined forces to get Plymouth ready to feature on the world’s stage.

This event is a call to action, laying out the city’s plans to uplift the public realm and will present an ‘ask’ for help to the private sector. Ideas for projects will be provided, volunteer initiatives for teams will be shared and updates on what’s already happening will be showcased.

So if you’re not already part of the Plymouth ‘Make a Difference for Mayflower 400’ team, come aboard and join us now!

Booking details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-difference-for-mayflowe…