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!

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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 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!

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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

MTV Crashes Plymouth – Information for Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd July 2015

MTV Crashes Plymouth 2014With just days to go until MTV Crashes Plymouth, people are urged to plan ahead to ensure a fantastic time is had by all.

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the two-day music event, which takes place on Plymouth Hoe on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July.

Tickets are currently being dispatched and can be tracked on the See Tickets website.

Plymouth City Council, which is organising the event in partnership with MTV, is urging people to plan their journeys and use public transport where possible. For general bus information and times call Traveline South West on 0871 200 2233 or visit the website.

Park and ride services will be running later on both nights for people leaving the event and Plymouth Citybus is arranging extra buses from Royal Parade to help people get home. Buses will run until queues have cleared.

Several city centre car parks will be open until midnight, including Civic Centre, Colin Campbell Court, Drake Circus, Elphinstone, Guildhall, Theatre Royal and Western Approach. Anyone dropping people off or picking people up is asked to use one of these car parks. Car park locations can be found on our car parks page.

A number of road closures and ‘no parking’ restrictions will be in place around the Hoe.

Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 July, 7am until midnight

  • Hoe Road closed from the Royal Citadel to Madeira Road. No parking.
  • Lockyer Street closed from the Esplanade to the Hoe promenade. No parking.
  • No parking on the Armada Way ‘loop’ outside the Holiday Inn or between the pitch and putt and the bowling green on Citadel Road. (These roads may need to be closed to traffic at busier times to provide safe access for pedestrians.)

Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July, 7am until midnight

  • Princess Ope closed

Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July, 10.30pm until midnight

  • Citadel Road closed from Lockyer Street to Hoe Approach
  • Notte Street closed from Hoe Approach to the Crescent
  • Princess Street closed from Lockyer Street to Princess Ope

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July, 10.30pm until midnight

  • Lockyer Street closed from the Esplanade to Notte Street

A small section of the cycle lane on Hoe Road will also be closed from Monday 20 to Friday 24 July.

There will also be limited access to the Hoe over the next week while the event infrastructure is being built and following the events. Details of the build schedule can be found on the Visit Plymouth website.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “This event attracts tens of thousands of spectators and to ensure everyone has the best time it’s important for people to take a few minutes to plan ahead. There will be increased traffic into the city so everyone is advised to allow extra time for this when travelling.

“There are also a number of terms and conditions, such as what you can and can’t bring to the event and the ratio of how many children are allowed per adult. To avoid any disappointment I urge people to ensure they have fully read and understood these before attending the events.

“It’s going to be a great couple of days – let’s enjoy them!”

There will be two main entry points to the site on both days: Gate A near the Holiday Inn on Citadel Road and Gate B on Hoe Road. Gates will open at 3.30pm on Wednesday 22 July and 3pm on Thursday 23 July. Queuing is expected and this could take up to two hours at peak times.

When reaching the gate entrance, you will need to show your ticket (displaying the official hologram). This will be exchanged for a wristband which will need to worn at all times. Anyone without a ticket can purchase them at the box office, located at Gate A, on Tuesday (1pm to 8.30pm), Wednesday (9am to 11.30pm) and Thursday (9am to 8pm), subject to availability.

Search procedures will be in operation and any prohibited items will be confiscated. These include food and drink, chairs, umbrellas, flags, flares, any illegal substances and glass. Each person will be allowed to take up to 500ml of water into the site, as long as it is in a plastic container with an unbroken seal. Sunscreen and sunblock are also allowed. Food and drink will be available to purchase at the event. For a full list of items that can and cannot be taken see the terms and conditions on the Visit Plymouth website.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied at the event by an adult (18 or over), with a maximum of three children per adult.

Councillor Smith added: “These events are held for people to enjoy and have a good time. The weather can play an important part in that and taking precautions as necessary, such as staying hydrated or wearing waterproof clothing, are essential. Follow the Council and Visit Plymouth on social media for regular updates about how the forecast is looking.”

For more information see the Visit Plymouth website, email or call 668000

Source: Plymouth City Council

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 for more info or check out all the latest updates on our website or Facebook page.