March 16, 2015
by Scott Grenney
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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
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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
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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
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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.

December 15, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Plymouth Hoe’s line lookout – new lease of life

Plymouth Hoe Line Lookout New BusinessA watch tower overlooking Plymouth Sound is getting a new lease of life, thanks to an exciting, award-winning scheme to entice entrepreneurs with cracking ideas.

The ‘Liner Lookout’ stands on Plymouth’s world-famous Hoe and is one of a number of sites in the city centre and on Plymouth’s stunning waterfront being marketed for use under the Plymouth Your Space project.

Plymouth businessman Dave Morrish has worked with the Plymouth Your Space team to agree a short-term lease on the lookout for the next five years for deck chair hire, free games as well as refreshments.

He said: “We wanted to turn this quirky building into somewhere for local people, dog walkers and tourists to get something to eat and enjoy the amazing views.

“There’s nothing better than sitting on the world famous Hoe in a deck chair and looking out to sea. We want to hire out deck chairs as well as giant grass games for children. Every step of the way has been met with enthusiasm and support from the Council.”

Plymouth Your Space opens up opportunities for people to use space in the city in different ways, while not having to commit to long term lease arrangements. Ideas could include pop-up shops, art exhibitions, temporary cinemas, outside dance events, floating restaurants and cafes. It could also include temporary salons or bike repairs – there are no limits to the ideas.

The Plymouth Your Space project was recognised as a national exemplar earlier this year when it won the Association of Town & Centre Management’s Diversifying the Business Mix award.

The Council worked with partners to focus in the Business Improvement District areas, working with Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Centre Company, Plymouth University and City College Plymouth to identify 20 sites including:

  • the hard-standing terrace on the water’s edge at Pebblestone Beach
  • space beneath El café on the water’s edge beneath Hoe Road
  • the Lion’s Den – a former ‘gentlemen’s bathing area’ on the waterfront
  • the roof and sun terrace of Tinside Lido
  • empty city centre units, including along Cornwall Street

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “I’m chuffed to bits to see this building come back to life. It’s a lovely building and its new use will help bring people up onto the Hoe.”’

Chris Arscott, Chair of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said “It’s a simple concept but is important in terms of regeneration and job creation, key to opening up buildings long vacant, breathing new life into strategically important areas.”

A number of sites have successfully been brought back to life such as Rumpuscosy in an empty city centre shop on Derry’s Cross, and Flameworks ran in a city centre shop for the past two Christmas periods.

The Line Lookout is a small stone building which looks like a miniature castle turret and was built in the 1870s as a lookout for the big ships that called into the busy port of Plymouth. It has been boarded up for at least 20 years.

Source: Plymouth City Council

 

December 1, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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MTV Crashes Plymouth for the next three years!

MTV Crashes Plymouth 2014Plymouth is to host MTV Crashes for the next three years for not one, but two nights of cracking entertainment for Plymouth people and global exposure for Britain’s Ocean City.

Plymouth’s Cabinet will be asked to give the thumbs up to a three year partnership with the global music channel to host a major music event across two nights on the magnificent Plymouth Hoe.

Deputy leader Councillor Peter Smith said: “We’re chuffed to bits that MTV want to come again and want to be in partnership with us over three years.

“Anyone who was on the Hoe this summer will know what an epic event it was. The crowds loved it, the bands loved it, MTV loved it and millions of people across the world got to see Plymouth at its best.

“This decision marks the start of a lot of hard work for our staff and partners to make this happen. It will be bigger, better – and with more beer tents!”

Last summer’s event led to Britain’s Ocean City being exposed to over 162 countries and the city benefitted from being associated with the world’s number 2 global media brand with a web reach of over 2.3 million per month, a Facebook following of over 44 million and a Twitter following of over 7.9 million.

Councillor Smith said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to put Plymouth in pole position for staging major outdoor events in the South West, fulfilling one of the Council pledges.

As well as cracking entertainment for people of all ages, the report outlines the significant economic benefits of MTV Crashes. It has been conservatively estimated that the economic impact of the summer’s event was £1.26 million based on the audience alone.

Plymouth’s visitor economy is worth £307 million a year and currently provides about seven per cent of the city’s jobs. Under its Visitor Plan, the city intends to increase visits by 20 per cent up to 2020 and a key strand of the plan is a major events strategy to encourage day and repeat visitors.

The cost of the undertaking is commercially sensitive, but the Council has agreed to underwrite the event as it has major economic and reputational benefits for the city.

It is expected that the event will be cost neutral to the Council.

Ticket details and prices will be announced in the New Year.

The MTV ‘Crashes’ Plymouth event was headlined by Kaiser Chiefs and supported by Example, The 1975 and Kiesza. The concert generated over 25 hours of programming highlights shown across MTV UK Network between August and September 2014.

Following extensive national and local press coverage estimated at over half a million pounds the 20,000 tickets for the event priced at £5 with a £1.50 booking fee sold out in less than 20 minutes. Kaiser Chiefs and The 1975 both enjoyed number 1 albums in 2014 with 230k album sales between them and a total of 3.5m album sales career wise.

Before the event, MTV ran a Plymouth TV promo campaign for 5 weeks in the build up to the event, featuring a competition to win tickets this was seen by 4.4million viewers across the UK.

Source: Plymouth City Council