The Sky Ride Route

Sky Ride PlymouthStarting on The Hoe, the Sky Ride eight and a half kilometre route has now been announced and will travel through the Barbican, City Centre, Millbridge, Stonehouse, Royal William Yard and Millbay.

Sky Ride Plymouth is a mass participation cycling event for all ages and abilities which is being held on Sunday 13 May between 10am and 4pm. Sky and British Cycling have been working closely with Plymouth City Council to bring this free event to Plymouth which will encourage people to have fun on traffic free roads.

The route showcases some of Plymouth’s finest landmarks and places of interest such as the architecture of the Citadel and The Crescent, the character of the Barbican and Southside Street and the new foot and cycle path at Stonehouse Creek.

One of the highlights of the ride will be cycling the perimeter of Royal William Yard, along the boardwalk and over the lock gates which will be a unique experience as these are normally closed to the public.

There will be a number of road closures in place on the day between 7am and 5.30pm. The roads that will be closed are; Hoe Road, Maderia Road, The Barbican, Southside Street, Notte Street, The Crescent, Millbay Road, West Hoe Road, Pier Street, Phoenix Street, Manor Street, King Street Roundabout, Stoke Road, Eldad Hill (from the junction of Stoke Road to the entrance of the Victoria Road cycle path), Caroline Place and Emma Place Ope.

Residents are being advised that any vehicles parked on these streets overnight on Saturday 12 May will not be able to be moved between 7am and 5.30pm on Sunday 13 May. Alternative parking is available at the Barbican multi-storey car park (near the Aquarium), Lambay Hill car park and Devil’s Point car park.

Motorists will be able to drive along Cremyll Street, Durnford Street and Royal William Road on the day but will not be able to park, wait or use as a loading area.

Diversion routes will be signed for people travelling through the city.

To sign up for the Sky Ride Plymouth event and for a chance to win some amazing prizes visit the Sky Ride Plymouth website. Prizes include a bike, free Sky for a year, a signed jersey or a day with Chris Hoy!

To find out more about the event and to view the full route visit our Sky Ride page.

Source: Plymouth City Council

Olympic Torch celebrations in Plymouth – Live entertainment programme

Olympic Torch Relay PlymouthA spectacular free stage show with live music and acrobats will celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch on Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 19 May.

The UK’s first Torch Relay Evening Celebration live event will begin at 7pm and will include a programme of entertainment staged by LOCOG, the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung with support from Plymouth City Council.

Coca-Cola will showcase exciting up-and-coming live music acts, Lloyds TSB is bringing stunning acrobatic performances and Samsung will stage dance performances.

Local performers will also get a chance to shine. The Council is providing part of the live entertainment programme and has commissioned Plymouth Dance for two performances. ‘Top-Notch’ is an explosive mix of street dance and elite sports movement. ‘On Your Marks’ is a cultural celebration that blends film and live dance in a breathtaking display of dance and sport training.

Before and during the show the audience will have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities courtesy of Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. These include having your photograph taken with the London 2012 Torch and other Olympic-related activities. Towards the end of the two hour show the final Torchbearer of day one will light a huge cauldron on stage.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Community Services (Culture, Sport and Leisure, Safer and Stronger Communities) said: “What a fantastic way to conclude day one of the Olympic Torch Relay. This event is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m delighted we are able to invite the people of Plymouth to witness it for free. Not only will we get to see the Torch arrive but we will also be treated to spectacular live entertainment and it’s a chance for local talented performers to get involved.”

Council Leader, Councillor Vivien Pengelly added: “I urge everyone to come and cheer on our Torchbearers and enjoy the fabulous evening of free entertainment on the Hoe. Plymouth is the first city to host the Flame in an Evening Celebration and the live stage show will be a wonderful finale to day one of the Torch Relay.”

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “The evening celebrations give the whole family a chance to share the excitement of the Olympic Games as we countdown to the Opening Ceremony.

“The event in Plymouth is set for an exciting line-up, including performances from talented local people who will give each celebration a distinct feel. I am looking forward to the series of 66 evening celebrations showing how diverse the UK’s cultural life is, as the eyes of the world turn our way.”

James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola: “We are thrilled to be taking some of the nation’s best loved and most exciting up-and-coming musical talent on the road for an incredible 66 night tour to give young people across the country the chance to Move to the Beat and participate in the magic of London 2012. We’re encouraging everyone to join us in celebrating the Coca-Cola Future Flames who have carried the Olympic Flame through their communities by finding out more about their local events, and by getting tickets to the massive finale celebration concert in London’s Hyde Park by visiting the ticketmaster website.

Sally Hancock, Director, 2012 Partnership and Group Sponsorship at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “As the only National Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, we’re encouraging everyone to celebrate with Lloyds TSB as the Flame passes their front door. To find out how you can join in the celebrations with Lloyds TSB in your community and how local residents at each evening celebration site can win tickets to London 2012, please visit the Lloyds TSB London 2012 website.

Andy Griffiths, Managing Director, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 66 Evening Celebrations during the Olympic Torch Relay. Samsung’s ambition is to make London 2012 everyone’s Olympic Games and for these celebrations we have created opportunities for as many people as possible to take part in what we’re sure will be an unforgettable experience.”

The Olympic Torch Relay begins at Land’s End on the morning of Saturday 19 May and reaches Plymouth at approximately 7.40pm on Saltash Road outside HMS Drake.

Visit our Olympic Torch Relay page for more details on the Torch Relay.

More details on the live acts for the evening celebration on the Hoe will be released shortly.

Source: Plymouth City Council

Plymouth’s Marine City Festival

Plymouth Hoe WaterfrontPlymouth will celebrate its historic, unique and scientific connections with the sea and all things marine in its first Marine City Festival, to be held in September this year.

The Festival aims to raise awareness, nationally and internationally, of Plymouth’s role as a leading UK marine city, for research, leisure, heritage and food. As well as attracting local residents, families and visitors to the City to enjoy a range of fabulous events and activities, the Festival will also challenge and encourage key thinkers, academics, environmentalists, writers and others to debate one of the hottest topics around – the future sustainability of our seas and oceans.

The Festival ( will combine world-leading scientific debate on the future of our oceans with a varied and exciting range of marine related events and activities, including:

+ Oceans of Potential – a world leading marine science conference with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Plymouth Marine Sciences and featuring BBC broadcaster Monty Halls

+ The opening of the prestigious new Marine Sciences Building at Plymouth University as part of its 150 year Anniversary

+ A fabulous seafood festival focussing on sustainably sourced fish in the lively and atmospheric Barbican and Sutton Harbours – featuring locally caught seafood and top local chefs

+ Paddling, swimming and kayaking as part of the mass participation Ecover “Blue Mile” event

+ Learning and great family fun at Just Add H2O with the National Marine Aquarium

+ Celebrating and experiencing art, music and performance with the City Museum, Peninsula Arts and Plymouth Arts Centre throughout the Festival

+ A major marine business expo with bespoke events for inward investors, buyers and sellers

Throughout the week the Festival will play host to a varied programme of family events and activities based around the Waterfront organised by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and cultural events, performances and exhibitions supported by the Plymouth Culture Board and partners.

Festival organisers want the event to become internationally renowned, showcasing the best of everything Plymouth has to offer, a “signature event” inspiring visitors to come to the City and providing opportunities for local communities to reconnect with the sea.

Duncan Currall, Chairman of Destination Plymouth, said: “Last year’s America’s Cup World Series highlighted just how well Plymouth can put on a world class event – centred on our unique maritime location but also encompassing wider opportunities to attract visitors and investors.

“The Plymouth Marine City Festival brings together all that is best in Plymouth, from our unique coastal environment to the city’s marine enterprise and research strengths and our growing reputation for great food.

“The result is a programme that caters to a broad audience, which will attract visitors and investors and which can become a nationally significant recurring festival that will allow the city to make the claim that Plymouth is the UK’s Marine City.”

Cabinet Member for Planning, Strategic Housing and Economic Development, Councillor Ted Fry said: “This festival is part of an exciting programme of events that will bring in visitors to our amazing city, but also give our residents the chance to learn more about some of the superb work that goes on in our city as well as have some fun.”

In tandem with the development of the Marine City Festival, a series of thought provoking articles is being published during 2012 with the first (by Professor Martin Attrill, Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University, and BBC broadcaster and marine biologist Monty Halls) calling for a national debate over marine management. See this link for more details…

1st class programme for Plymouth’s national Armed Forces Day celebrations

Plymouth Armed Forces Day Flag Handover 2012The city of Plymouth officially accepted the honour of hosting the Armed Forces Day national celebrations for 2012 as the official flag was delivered to the city.

Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Peter Brookshaw, accepted the flag on behalf of the city and promised a first class programme of events to honour our forces past and present.

Plymouth will host the national celebrations on Saturday 30 June 2012 in a spectacular event on Plymouth Hoe which will provide a unique opportunity to see the armed forces up-close and will feature displays on land, sea and air from current personnel, veterans, cadet forces, the Merchant Navy, support agencies and charities.

The event programme, revealed today by organisers Plymouth City Council, will include the opportunity to visit HMS Argyll at anchor in the Sound, a moving Drumhead Service on the Hoe, a parade of armed forces past and present, an air show including a Typhoon and historical flights, an impressive steam past of British Naval vessels in Plymouth Sound and will culminate with a display from the spectacular Red Arrows.

There will also be a packed programme of music and entertainment including performances from the Military Wives Choir, a cadet band competition and highlights from the ever popular Music of the Night event.

Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Peter Brookshaw said: “Plymouth is incredibly honoured to have been chosen to host the 2012 national celebrations. The city has an incredibly proud naval heritage and as home to the Army and Royal Marines as well, the Armed Forces really are at the heart of the city. The event schedule is shaping up to be something really special and will be a tribute to all of those who serve, as well as all the people, agencies and charities who support them.”

Speaking on behalf of the Armed Forces, Commodore Jamie Miller of the Royal Navy said: “We are delighted that Plymouth has been chosen to host the Armed Forces Day national event this year. It has been the culmination of a lot of hard work by local people to get together a fantastic programme of events to celebrate the dedication of the nation’s armed forces and their families, as well as the many agencies that support them. The warmth and hospitality Plymouth has shown the armed forces, veterans, cadets and families over the years has been outstanding, so it is most fitting that Plymouthtakes a lead role in the Armed Forces Day national celebrations for 2012.”

The Armed Forces Day national event will be the grand finale of Plymouth’s Armed Forces Week (25 June to 1 July), and will see visitors from home and abroad join together in the city to honour and celebrate the dedication of our armed forces and their families.

This national event has become a regular feature in the British summer calendar, having been held in Edinburgh and Cardiff in the two previous years.

Source: Plymouth City Council.

Plymouth Armed Forces Day Flag Handover

An RAF Sea King search and rescue helicopter touched down on the Plymouth Hoe Promenade this morning. We were invited to join the media in welcoming the arrival of the Armed Forces Flag in an official handover by members of the Armed Forces.

Plymouth Armed Forces Day Flag Handover

The flag was handed to the Lord Mayor by members of the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF.

Plymouth will be hosting the National Armed Forces Day to include a week of activites and events from the 30th June.

Business briefing on the Plymouth Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Relay PlymouthPlymouth businesses are being invited to a lunchtime briefing to find out about the plans for the Olympic Torch Relay, which arrives in Plymouth next month.

Team South West, in partnership with RELAYS, the FSB and Coca Cola Enterprises is holding the briefing at the Holiday Inn between 12 noon and 2.30pm on Thursday 19 April.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay presenting partner, Coca-Cola, will outline what the Olympic Torch Relay will look like and plans for the route for the arrival of the torch in Plymouth on the evening of Saturday 19 May.

The Olympic Torch Relay Community Task Force will give an overview of the Olympic Torch Relay and evening celebration preparations, including timings, route, road restrictions and projected crowd numbers.

Councillor Ted Fry, Cabinet member for Planning, Strategic Housing and Economic Development,said: “We are anticipating a lot of people in the city over what is stacking up to be a truly phenomenal weekend, with the Lord Mayor’s Day parade as well as the power boat races on the water.

“The crowning glory of the weekend will be the Olympic Torch relay, with Plymouth hosting the first evening event on the Hoe on the Saturday and a further run through the city the following morning.

“We think there are opportunities for businesses to capitalise on this as well as have fun and help create a truly memorable occasion for themselves and their customers.”

On the Saturday evening for instance, the Olympic Flame will be carried through the city centre, along Southside Street ahead of the flame lighting the country’s first Olympic Cauldron as part of the evening celebration.

And it does not end there, the following day the Olympic flame will set off from Plymouth from the Plymouth Life Centre and travel through the city centre and out into the South Hams.

Councillor Fry added: “This business briefing is designed to give businesses a few pointers on what they could consider such as packages and window dressing as well as providing them with guidance about what they need to be careful about, including branding and marketing.”

The Council is working with LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the Relay –Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – to host the evening celebration and details of the event on the Hoe will be released over the next few weeks.

Plymouth is the first city to host the Torch Relay. On 19 May the torch relay will cross the Tamar Bridge and head onto Saltash Road along Albert Road, Park Avenue, Chapel Street, Cumberland Road, Union Street and into the city centre.

It will travel along Raleigh Street, New George Street and onto Armada Way to Royal Parade, up to Kinterbury Street, Bretonside and Vauxhall Street then onto the Barbican along Southside Street past the Mayflower Steps then along Madeira Road, Hoe Road and up onto the Hoe promenade, arriving at approximately 8.50pm.

On Sunday 20 May the Olympic Flame will leave the Plymouth Life Centre at approximately 7.50am and be carried along Outland Road, onto Alma Road, Saltash Road, Cobourg Street, Charles Street, Exeter Street, Embankment Road and out to Laira Bridge Road.

Source: Plymouth City Council

Sign up for Sky Ride Plymouth

Sky Ride PlymouthWith four weeks until Sky Ride comes to Plymouth residents are being urged to sign up.

Starting from The Hoe on Sunday 13 May this eight kilometre bike ride around the streets of Plymouth is set to get your blood pumping.

Sky and British Cycling have been working closely with Plymouth City Council to bring this free event to Plymouth which will encourage people to have fun on traffic free roads.

The ride will take in the Barbican and the city centre as well as Stonehouse, Royal William Yard, Millbay and West Hoe. People can join the ride anywhere along the route at anytime during the event and British Cycling trained leaders will be on hand throughout the day to provide support and tips.

Clive Perkin, Assistant Director for Transport said: “Sky Ride Plymouth is a bike ride with a difference – people of all ages and abilities can get on their bikes and travel around the streets of Plymouth without having to worry about other vehicles being on the road. It will be a fun day out for all the family with a number of different activities and entertainment taking place throughout the day. You can even get your bike ‘blinged’ up before setting off.

“I am a keen cyclist myself and I’m really looking forward to taking part in this event.”

Sky Ride Plymouth is part of Sky Ride 2012, a national campaign from British Cycling and Sky aimed at encouraging the nation to get back on their bikes. Everyone’s invited to participate in Sky Ride, its free and open to all.

Whether you are a keen cyclist, haven’t been on a bike for years, ride a unicycle or use a mobility scooter, wheelchair or trike this event will let you take in local scenes as you ride through the city at your own pace.

To find out more and for a chance to win some amazing prizes, register for Sky Ride Plymouth by visiting the Sky Ride website.

Source: Plymouth City Council

Opportunities for Waterfront Businesses Announced

Plymouth Waterfront PartnershipThe Plymouth Waterfront Partnership have opportunities avaliable for local waterfront businesses to get involved in a number of high profile events.

This is an extremely important year for the Waterfront with significant events taking place, including the Olympic Torch Relay (19th May) and the launch of Plymouth’s Marine City Festival (8th – 16th September). It’s vital BID businesses have opportunities to participate and we aim to keep you updated on future opportunities.

Here are current opportunities that might be of interest…

View full details here on WaterfrontBID website…