Event: Bonfire Night – Plymouth Hoe Thursday 5th November 2015

plymouth hoe bonfire night 2013
Photo by Steve Dudfield

With one month to go until Bonfire Night plans are in place for Plymouth to host a family evening of fireworks, fun, entertainment and most of all…..a bonfire!

Taking place on Thursday 5 November on Plymouth Hoe the evening celebrations will begin at 4pm when fairground rides and catering stands open.

The presenters of Heart FM South West will keep visitors entertained with an exciting music programme from 6pm on the stage which will be located on the grassed area near the Royal Citadel.

Located on the grass area by the Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse, timber provided by Babcock will create the bonfire which will brighten the dark skies and provide warmth for the evening. The bonfire will be lit at 7.30.

Creating a cosy atmosphere, visitors can gather around the fire with hot chocolate, tea, coffee and hot food that can be purchased from the many catering stands that will be available.

A fantastic firework display will also take place with Pyrovision setting off an assortment of rockets, fountains and firecrackers from the Royal Citadel at 8pm.

Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Peter Smith, said: “Remember, remember the 5th November! Following tradition Plymouth will once again provide visitors to Plymouth Hoe an evening of fun entertainment and fireworks. It’s a real family event which has been running for years so remember to dress up warm and enjoy the show.

“Babcock has kindly offered to provide the timber for us again so it’s going to be an impressive bonfire.”

Visitors to The Hoe on Bonfire night are encouraged to plan their journeys in advance and use public transport wherever possible. Disabled parking will be available on the Hoe for those displaying a blue badge. This can be accessed via the Elliot Street entrance from 5.30pm.

Further information about this evening will be available on visitplymouth.co.uk nearer the event date.

Plymouth is going gold for childhood cancer awareness – 1st September 2015

Plymouth going Gold Smeatons Tower event awarenessPlymouth is going gold for childhood cancer awareness on 1st of September. Near Smeatons Tower and the liner lookout will be lots of games and activities, fire brigade, dancers, singers, kite surfing and more planned. Also night time will see Smeatons Tower turn gold!

Please follow the following page for updates and details: www.facebook.com/bringonthesmiles

Step back to the 1930s as Tinside Lido celebrates 80th birthday

plymouth hoe tinside pool photo by local tony cannanPlymouth’s spectacular Tinside Lido will be celebrating its 80th birthday in style with a weekend full of 1930s vintage charm.

Visitors to the art deco complex on Saturday 12 and 13 September will be able to step back in time and enjoy a cream tea at poolside café, with music from the era and staff dressed in 1930s swimwear and lifeguard uniforms.

Entry will cost just one penny all weekend – the same as when Tinside first opened on 2 October 1935.

It began life as the Ladies’ Bathing Place, before plans were rolled out to develop the foreshore and provide a salt water lido that could be enjoyed by the many people flocking to Plymouth’s waterfront to fill their leisure hours.

Owned by Plymouth City Council and managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active, it is one of only 12 listed lidos in the UK and has been voted one of the best outdoor pools in Europe.

The birthday celebrations form part of this year’s Ocean City Festival, which will run from 5 to 27 September. They will also mark the end of this year’s summer season at the pool.

David Greenwood, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “This is a milestone event for Tinside Lido and we’re really looking forward to celebrating such a special feature of Plymouth. This will be a great opportunity for us to look back on the history of Tinside Lido and appreciate its success over the years. The event will offer families a great day out and we hope to see lots of people joining us for the festivities.”

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “Tinside was – and still is – one of the most spectacular and iconic outdoor pools in the country. People of all ages will have fond memories of swimming and sunbathing there and we look forward to taking a nostalgic look back at the pool over the years as we celebrate its 80th birthday.”

Tinside will be open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September. If the lido gets particularly busy Everyone Active may operate sessions to ensure everyone can take part in the celebrations.

For more information about the event call 01752 261915. Further details of this year’s Ocean City Festival can be found at www.oceancityfestival.co.uk.

Plymouth Megaride 2015 – 9th August on the Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Megaride 2015Plymouth Megaride along with members of Plymouth Motorcycle Club recently held their ‘Meet the charities’ event at City Business Park.

The Megaride is celebrating its 21st annual run on the 9th August this year and supporting two great local charities, Operation Henry and Dartmoor Mountain Rescue.

Riders come from all over the country and Europe to join us and support this event that meets at Lee Mill from 9am and leaves for Plymouth Hoe at 11.30am. The motorcycle community helps raise thousands of pounds each year for charities.

The event is an amazing spectacle for the people of Plymouth who line the roads from the bridges on the A38 to the Hoe to see the bikes pass by.

The event on the Hoe is for all the family to enjoy with different attractions for all ages from bouncy castles to face painting for the young megariders through to XLR playing all afternoon on the stage to all the latest motorcycles from a variety of local motorcycles dealers. There is all round family entertainment from 10.30am.

As the event gets bigger each year we are always looking for new traders for the event and we also have some great sponsorship deals available for local businesses.

Megaride organiser Ritch Bounds said: ‘There are not many charity events that have been running for twenty-one years. We bring together the motorcyclists and the general public who we greatly acknowledge have helped and supported us over the years.’

Please contact the Megaride team at info@plymouthmegaride.co.uk for more info or check out all the latest updates on our website or Facebook page.

Plymouth City and Waterfront Awards: Nominations now open

City and Waterfront Awards 2015PLYMOUTH’S best and brightest businesses will be honoured at The Herald’s dazzling City and Waterfront Awards on Thursday 22nd October.

You are invited to nominate your favourite Businesses across 15 categories, including best event of the year, best visitor/leisure attraction, best restaurant, best accommodation provider, best fashion retailer, best after dark venue, best fast food, best gift/homeware/arts & crafts/hobbies and interests, hair and/or beauty salon, local produce or sustainability champion, best customer service, and new for this year, best market trader and professional services business.

Full details here…

Plymouth Armed Forces Day – 27th June 2015

Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2015

For the full details see: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday

Magnificent air displays including the Royal Navy’s Black Cats Wildcat and the RAF’s Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will take place at Armed Forces Day on 27 June.

Organised by Plymouth City Council visitors will be able to see incredible performances from some of the UK’s leading pilots in our Armed Forces on Plymouth Hoe at 1pm and 4.30pm.

Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Pete Smith said: “The air shows are definitely a main attraction for our Armed Forces Day celebrations and we have a great show planned for everyone to enjoy.”

The Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog will be the first to take to the skies, followed by the Royal Navy Black Cats Wildcat, Dr101 One Design and the RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter.

UTC Aerospace Systems, based in Plymouth, sponsors the air shows and provides technology for military aircraft. Kevin Pindard, Managing Director of UTC Aerospace Systems in Plymouth, said: “Sponsoring this excellent Armed Forces Day air show offers us an opportunity to visibly demonstrate our commitment to, and pride in, our armed forces. Our TERPROM digital terrain system supports Typhoon pilots in operations every day and we believe the technology developed by our 270 strong, Plymouth-based, team is helping make life safer for UK forces wherever they are in the world.”

The Typhoon will be flown by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby who will put on a display that will showcase what this aircraft can do as well as demonstrate the dedication, professionalism and excellence of the RAF personnel who fly, maintain and support Typhoon operations in the UK and across the world.

Flight Lieutenant Shaun Kimberley returns for his second year flying the Grob 115E Tutor. The Tutor is the RAF’s elementary trainer and Shaun will superbly demonstrate the agility and performance of this aircraft.

The Tutor replaced the Bulldog as the RAF’s elementary trainer some 15 years ago and today the Bulldog is owned privately and will be flown by Rod Dean who will demonstrate its classic aerobatic capability. Rod is a very experienced display pilot and is well known for his displays in the Hunter, Spitfire and other ‘heavy metal’ warbirds. It is hoped that the Bulldog will formate with the Tutor so two generations of aircraft can be seen together.

The Black Cats Wildcat will provide an exciting helicopter display that will thrill audiences with their air shows. Wildcat is the latest generation of multi role helicopter specifically procured to operate from the Frigates and Destroyers of the Royal Navy, a task it is taking over from the Lynx.

The Rihn DR-107 One Design is an American aerobatic homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Dan Rihn and first flown in 1993. The DR-107 was designed as a low-cost one design aircraft for competition and sport basic to advanced aerobatics, including International Aerobatic Club Class One competitions. It will be flown by Phil Burgess, an RAF avionics engineer, who is one of the UK leading aerobatic pilots.

The RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will be the final aircraft to make a flying visit to Armed Forces Day. The aircraft is a standard Rolls Royce Avon powered Hunter T7 trainer. It is capable of a wide range of aerobatic manoeuvres as well as speeds approaching 600kts. The aircraft will be flown by retired RAF Squadron Leader Chris Heames who has been displaying this particular aircraft since 2001.

Visitors will also be able to get a closer look of a military aircraft by visiting the static Sea King, located on The Promenade.

Key highlights of the day include:

  • 11.15am – Sea Cadet Display in the arena
  • 12pm – Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech on the main stage
  • 12.15pm – Military Wives perform on the main stage
  • 1pm – Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog flying displays
  • 1.30pm – Field Gun competition heat one: HMS Raleigh vs. 29 CDA RA in the arena
  • 2.40pm – Field Gun Competition heat two: HMNB Devonport vs. HMD Raleigh in the arena
  • 3.45pm – Field Gun Competition heat three: 29 CDA RA vs. HMNB Devonport
  • 4.30pm – Royal Navy Blackcat Wildcat air display. DR 107 Aerobatic display and Hawker Jet Fighter display

Evening entertainment (on main stage)

  • 5pm – Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth
  • 6pm – Jay James
  • 7.15pm – Beatlemania
  • 9.30pm – ZU2

The air shows are part of a wider entertainment programme for Armed Forces Day in Plymouth. For more information and to download programmes go to visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday.

*Note – the above aircrafts and times may be subject to change.

Plymouth Armed Forces Celebrations – Music Line up confirmed

Armed Forces Day 2014 webZU2, Beatlemania and X-Factor star, Jay James are warming up to perform at this year’s evening concert at Armed Forces Day, Plymouth 2015.

Thousands are expected to visit Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 27 June for a fun-filled day of activities, air-displays and demonstrations to celebrate the city’s Armed Forces.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Plymouth’s Armed Forces Day celebrations are renowned to be one of the biggest and best in the whole of the country. To give a little extra back to the community we have an evening of entertainment lined-up with some fantastic acts. With a number of up-beat, well-known songs, it certainly is going to be fun night.”

Jay James will kick off the evening concert, sponsored by C & G Catering, at 5pm and will get the party started with a mixture of well-known and new tracks.

Fresh from his association as a finalist with the ITV show the X Factor in 2014/15, and recently finishing the 2015 X Factor live tour, Jay has been playing to over 300,000 people across 23 dates in the biggest arenas and venues in the UK and Ireland.

Jay is a former Royal Navy fitness Instructor from Saundersfoot in South West Wales and he spent some of his serving years in HMS Raleigh. After serving 9 years Jay was badly injured playing Rugby for the Royal Navy Rugby League side and whilst on sick leave decided to learn to play a guitar he had bought 3 months previous as a ‘drunken bet’.

From his first audition Jay caused widespread international interest with his unique voice and background. During the show Simon Cowell described Jay ‘Incredible and a Genius’ with great renditions of ‘Changing’ (Sigma/Paloma Faith), ‘500 Miles’ (Proclaimers) and ‘Skyfall’ (Adele) amongst others.

Jay said: “It’s going to be amazing coming back to Plymouth after all these years, it’s where I started a life changing journey in the Royal Navy at 16 years old and led to a career that sculpted & made me the person I am today, I’m buzzing for it.”

Beatlemania, the ultimate Beatles experience will also be part of the evening concert.

Regarded as one of the UK leading tribute acts, Beatlemania play to ecstatic sell-out audiences throughout the world and regularly appear on television and radio.

The band, which was formed in the summer of 1992, quickly built up a huge nationwide following and since then have gained such a high reputation on the tribute scene that they are constantly in demand internationally.

The evening will come to an end with a performance by ZU2, the world’s most authentic U2 tribute band.

Armed Forces Day will begin at 9.30am and finish at 11pm, for more information go to visitplymouth.co.uk. Also taking place on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 28 June will be the Royal Naval Band Association Festival.