Awesome August in Britain’s Ocean City

“Get out! Get out and enjoy August’s amazing events!” That’s the message from Plymouth City Council this summer.

A stonking calendar of free and fun family events has been put together and after months of careful planning and preparation, it’s time to play.

Deputy leader Councillor Pete Smith said: “August is awesome in Plymouth. We’ve got a wonderful couple of weeks lined up with some brilliant activities for all ages. These events are world beaters and they happening right here in Plymouth. We’ve got thousands of visitors flocking to Plymouth but these events are also for you, your family and friends – come along and enjoy them!”

The first event starts tomorrow.


Rolex Fastnet Race Plymouth Yacht Haven, Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 August

Plymouth has welcomed home yachtsmen and women taking part in this gruelling race since it started 1925. This year, the race village is open to the public for three days and there’s live music, face painting and circus skills workshops on land, while one the water, there’s free stand-up paddle-boarding sessions run by the Mount Batten Watersports team. You can also check out the yachts and talk to some of the competitors.

There’s free transport to the race village via the Mount Batten Ferry. Get your tickets from the Tourist Information Centre. Find out more here.


Ocean City Blues ‘n Jazz Festival The Barbican, Friday 9 to Saturday 11 August

Niceeeeeeee. Smooth blues and swinging jazz will take over the Parade for three days of free live music.

More than 20 talented local bands and musicians will be performing with everything from funk and folk to acoustic and rock as well as jazz and blues. The festival starts at 12pm each day, finishing at 10pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. Find out more here.

Plymouth Pride Plymouth Hoe, Saturday 10 August

This loud and proud LGBT+ celebration is open to all and starts with a parade through the city centre from the Jigsaw Garden near Drake Circus at 11am. The parade will head for the Hoe for the main festival, where there’s live music, a fun fair, children’s rides, food and drink traders, stalls and fun, inclusive activities. Find out more here.


British Firework Championships Plymouth Hoe, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August

The big one.  Two nights of breath-taking pyrotechnics will light up the skies over Plymouth at the annual British Firework Championships.

Six top firework display companies will battle it out to be crowned the country’s best – so there are three ten-minute displays to watch each night.

The best viewing point is Plymouth Hoe, where there’s a funfair and food and drink stalls. There’s free entertainment on a big screen and stage from 3pm each day, with the new Dumbo film on show and performances from talented local dance groups and choirs.  The displays start at around 9.30pm. Find out more here.


West End Carnival  City Centre, Saturday 31 August

Head to the West End of Plymouth city centre for a fantastic family day out with two samba carnival parades and loads of live bands.

This year’s carnival is also marking the 60th anniversary of Plymouth Market and bands including Joey The Lips and a Beatles tribute act on the main stage, hosted by Radio Plymouth, will help the celebrations go with a bang. There will be lots of street entertainment along Cornwall Street and outside Plymouth Market, including juggling unicyclists, fire breathers and performances from Street Factory and Plymouth Morris Dancers.

Mi Salsa Cubana will be encouraging everyone to get into the carnival spirit with dance sessions on the streets. There will also be children’s carnival craft activities, cooking demos, classic cars and a gin bar. Find out more here.