March 19, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Plymouth Hoe Events Calendar 2014

plymouth hoe events calenderThe Plymouth Hoe Events Calendar is now updated with listings and dates for events on the Plymouth Hoe in 2014.

Each year the events get bigger and bigger! In 2014 expect to see big things from huge sailing races (Solitaire De Figaro), thousands of bikers take to their bikes for the annual Mega Ride charity ride, a HUGE music festival as MTV ‘Crashes’ Plymouth and a celebration of Plymouth’s joining of the three old towns… Phew! But wait there is more!

Check out the full Plymouth Hoe Events Calendar 2014…

April 14, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Fun Fair on the Plymouth Hoe Tues 8th April to Mon 21st April 2014

The fun fair is back in town! Located on the Plymouth Hoe Promenade, open daily from 1pm (Tuesday 8th April to Monday 21st April 2014).

There will be appearances by Woody, Fireman Sam, Hello Kitty and Dora The Explorer!

A great day out at with lots of rides, refreshments and entertainment on offer :).

Fair on Plymouth Hoe

April 9, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Sky Ride returns to Plymouth in 2014

Sky Ride PlymouthThe streets of Plymouth will be closed to traffic on Sunday 25 May as thousands of people are expected to take to their bikes as Sky Ride Plymouth is back for its third year running – or is that third year cycling.

One of sixteen major events taking place across the country this summer, Sky Ride Plymouth is set to be a brilliant day out. There will be extreme challenges, music and entertainment, competitions and above all, an awesome traffic-free route to ride around Plymouth Hoe, Stonehouse and the Royal William Yard.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what sort of bike you ride or how fast you ride – at Sky Ride Plymouth there’s something for everyone.

Plymouth City Council’s Cycling Commissioner, Councillor Philippa Davey said: “I am so excited that Sky Ride is coming back. The last two years have been fantastic family friendly events that have been enjoyed by thousands of people. It’s not often that roads are closed to the traffic so make the most of the freedom this will provide and see the city from a different perspective.”

Everyone who registers their free place online will receive a Sky Ride lanyard that unlocks a fantastic bundle of on-the-day benefits and goodies. What’s more, the first 1,000 people to register at http://goskyride.com/plymouth will also receive a limited edition Sky Ride gift on arrival at the event. Registration will be open over the coming weeks.

If you haven’t been on your bike for a while, don’t worry. The bike experts at Halfords are offering a free bike safety check (worth £14.99) to everyone who registers for Sky Ride Plymouth, and they’ll be there on the day to help out with any last-minute problems too.

Sky Ride Plymouth rolls into town on Sunday 25 May: don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this fun, free celebration of cycling. Registration for the event will be open soon at http://goskyride.com/plymouth. Let’ s Ride Plymouth!

April 3, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Plymouth’s Waterfront – Free Public Wi-Fi from summer 2014

Smeatons Tower from the air March 2014Visitors to Plymouth’s waterfront will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi on the move as early as this summer as the city signs up to create the biggest free public Wi-Fi network in the South West.

Plymouth City Council is to sign a concession contract with BT to roll out the network which will provide free coverage for the Waterfront, Royal William Yard and the City Centre.

And additional coverage is also being planned to help those most in need across the city get online.

Councillor Tudor Evans said: “This is fantastic news both for visitors and local people. A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes on this extremely important project to get us to the contract stage. If we are serious about being open for business and about attracting visitors, we need to make it as easy as possible for them to access information.

“We aim to have Waterfront coverage up and running in time to coincide with our summer events programme and for the City Centre in time to help out for the Christmas shopping period.

“We know this is what many people want and are beginning to expect. Visitors will arrive in the city, click onto the page and see what’s on and where to go. We can also keep our residents more in the loop with what we are doing. Those most in need, without internet access will now find it easier to at least have a basic level of access to the internet revolution.”

The network will be 100 per cent free for all users 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The move will enable thousands more people to tap into the wealth of information on the web to help them buy in Plymouth, get around the city, eat, drink as well as enjoy activities in Plymouth.

The network will be available to anyone following a simple one-off log in, people will then be taken automatically to a landing page which will provide search facilities and links to key useful sites for visitors, residents and businesses.

Councillor Evans said: “Mobile access to the internet, particularly through tablets and smart phones has grown massively in recent years and mobile access is often the only means of connection for many poorer people who cannot commit to monthly contracts.”

The project will not cost the Council tax payer anything, in fact the project promises to generate revenues which the Council aims to reinvest to help more people benefit from the internet across the city.

David Parlby, Chief Executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Digital Plymouth said: “It shows that we are modern and forward-looking – it sends out all the right messages for potential investors as well as visitors.

“It will encourage people to become more familiar with digital technology which, in turn is good for ICT skills.”

Paul Coles, BT South West regional manager, said: “More and more people are using wi-fi enabled devices to log onto the internet via BT Wi-fi. In fact, our research shows 75 per cent of people who get online whilst out and about, use wi-fi to do so.

“BT already operates the largest Wi-fi network in the UK, with more than 5 million hotspots, and our new agreement with Plymouth City Council brings this valued service to an even bigger audience, offering even greater levels of service for people enjoying a day out.”

The project will link with the Plymouth Get IT Together project which helps people access the internet. They will be able to access public Wi-Fi and access the internet via the City’s libraries and other public internet access points.

Source: Plymouth City Council

March 28, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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The Plymouth Inspiring Volunteering Awards 2014

volunteer awards 2014The Plymouth inspiring volunteering award nominations are now open. Would you like to nominate The “Barbican / Hoe Waterfront Volunteer Media Team”? ;)

For over 3 years now I (Scott Grenney) together with a team of dedicated, passionate volunteers helping cover and showcase as much of the Barbican and Hoe as we can to highlight businesses and events with the aim to help encourage people to come down to visit via our website and social media.

We are also active within the community and regularly on site during events and appearing randomly to meet traders inbetween.

It would be nice for the team members to be recognised for an award (number 8 looks possible). There will be stiff competition, but I like to feel we could be nominated and give it a go.

Attached is the nomination form and further details. Deadline is 25th April 2014

Download/View (Word Document): Nomination Pack 2014 

All nominations are highly appreciated! :)

March 28, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Happy Birthday Barbican Waterfront Media Team and New Member Jason Kiely

Plymouth Barbican WaterfrontIn mid February our website for the Plymouth Barbican Waterfront reached the 3 year mark!

Happy Birthday to the website and the volunteers who make up the joint Barbican & Hoe Waterfront Volunteer Media team! :)

Our team is made up of a band of enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who help the local Plymouth Barbican & Hoe communities. We have a range of skills from social media reporting, photography, writing and graphic design which we use during our volunteering roles to help support the local community, businesses and events.

Not only do we enjoy showcasing the Plymouth Barbican on the www.barbicanwaterfront.com website / Plymouth Hoe on www.plymouthhoewaterfront.com and linked social media,  we enjoy meeting the people in the community, the locals and traders on a regular basis :)

Read more about the 3rd year of the Barbican Waterfront team…

New Volunteer Team member joins our Barbican & Hoe Waterfront Media Team

Jason KielyJason Kiely has now joined the Barbican & Hoe Waterfront Volunteer Media Team.

Jason is a keen photographer, kayaker and has access to produce aerial film and photography. You may have seen his work regularly appearing via our Plymouth Barbican & Hoe Facebook and Twitter feeds :).

Jason has been regularly sharing photos and videos from around the waterfront over the past few months and I even helped link Jason up with the BBC News during his storm coverage resulting in his appearance on tv! (more here…)

Jason is a nice guy, polite and will fit in well with the team. He brings additional photography & website skills and addition of IT/repair to the team :).

With Jason our team now have land, sea (kayaks, rib boats, tall ship) and air covered for 2014!

March 20, 2014
by Scott Grenney
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Bouled over on the Plymouth Hoe

Petanque on a beach of Nice

Pétanque players on the beach at Nice, France. – Wiki

A patch of ground on the Hoe is being transformed into a pitch for the game of petanque as reported last week here: New to the Plymouth Hoe: Boules / Petanque rink being built.

Work has been carried out by Council staff to creating the ‘piste’, as it is known, for the French game which has enjoyed an explosion of popularity in the city.

The site – which is just below the site of the former big wheel – has been levelled off, and is now ready for action.

The funding for the piste has come from the St Peter and the Waterfront ward councillors, Councillors Chris Penberthy, Sue McDonald and Ian Tuffin who contributed £1,750 through their Community Grant Scheme.

Cabinet Member for the Environment Councillor Brian Vincent said: “We think it is a great addition to what’s on offer for both visitors and local people who flock to enjoy our amazing Hoe. It is a fun, free sport for all ages.”

Councillor Sue McDonald said: “The piste improves facilities in the local area and is a great way for people of all age to meet up, enjoy the fresh air and gentle exercise.”

 Councillor Penberthy added: “The idea came from local people and we were delighted to help them achieve this goal. We met with the Hoe Conservation Society and worked out how we could support the scheme, which really adds something to the area.”

Plymouth has four sites for the game across the city including:

  • Devonport Park –created as part of the People’s Park Lottery programme
  • Freedom Fields – developed and installed in partnership with the friends group and local councillors
  • Moor View Park can hold two or three games and the Friends of the Park group host very-well attended boules camp in the summer.

Last year the Plymouth Pétanque Club was set up to promote and encourage the playing of the game to everyone, welcoming people of all ages and abilities. A planning application for the scheme was approved last Autumn and was supported by the Petanque Club, as well as the Garden History Society

Source: Plymouth City Council