Tag Archives : Plymouth


New plans submitted for West Pier

New plans have been submitted to ensure that the West Pier is looking its best in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. Details are being outlined for how the historic pier will look cared for and tidy, ready for thousands of visitors in 2020 – with all of its cobbles in situ. The plans will […]


Selstar Fireworks winners of 2019 British Firework Championships

Selstar Fireworks from Chichester, West Sussex, have been crowned the best in their field, winning the 2019 British Firework Championships. Tens of thousands of visitors and locals gathered along Plymouth’s waterfront to watch the competition, which took place over Wednesday and Thursday this week (14 and 15 August). The five professional fireworks companies that competed […]


Plymouth set to become one of the UK’s first cities of learning

An exciting project to turn Plymouth into a digital learning campus gets underway later this year. The City Council has worked with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) on a successful bid to the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) to become one of the first UK ‘Cities of Learning’. Cities of […]


Free festival of blues and jazz music in Plymouth this weekend

This weekend, Plymouth’s Barbican will be filled with the sounds of smooth blues and swinging jazz as the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival returns for its fourth year. The festival, organised by Plymouth City Council, runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August and starts at 12pm each day. The main stage on The […]


Everything you need to know about the Rolex Fastnet 2019

This August, the historic Rolex Fastnet race will once again finish in Plymouth. Starting in Cowes on 3 August, sailors travel 605 challenging nautical miles, rounding the Fastnet Rock off the south west coast of Ireland, before returning to Britain’s Ocean City via the Isles of Scilly. The race has finished in Plymouth since it […]


Grassroots music venues across Plymouth unite to create Fightback Plymouth

We are proud to be working with Music Venue Trust to support and develop live music in Plymouth and are excited to announce more details about Fightback Plymouth. Fightback Plymouth is a two-week celebration of Plymouth’s vital grassroots music venues that will take place 13 to 28 September. The campaign will encourage audiences to visit […]


Still time to have your say on railway station regeneration

We’re building up steam with our plans to create Brunel Plaza at Plymouth railway station. We’re committing an extra £2.577 million towards the project which is expected to cost around £80 million. Key partners, the Council, the University of Plymouth, GWR and Network Rail are working together to create a whole new feel to this […]


Box-supported project wins two national awards

A community project which has been supported by The Box has won two national awards. ‘Maker Memories’ has been collecting stories and memories to help preserve the social history of Maker Camp on the Rame Peninsula. It’s already engaged with more than 16,000 people through a series of events and displays and reached nearly 250,000 […]


Partners launch new Plastics Code of Conduct

A new code of conduct to help businesses, community organisations and individuals cut down on single use plastics has been launched by partners in Plymouth. The Plan for Plastics Code of Conduct was launched jointly by members of the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce and Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s […]


Tinside to be turned into giant lab for STEM Mayflower 400 Big Splash

Testing homemade boats to destruction, experiments in how sound travels underwater and answering the big questions about why ships float but pebbles don’t – what better place in Plymouth to experiment than Tinside? The stunning Art Deco Lido is being turned into an open air laboratory for two days – Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 […]


Thinking outside the Box – plans to win Plymouth hearts and minds

The team behind Plymouth’s Box project have been outlining plans to inspire and involve the city’s residents in history and culture – far beyond the walls of the Box. Members of one of the Council’s key scrutiny committees toured the construction site on North Hill to get a progress report on the hugely ambitious project […]


Public plaza to be named after one of the greatest engineers

Plymouth’s train travellers will be walking out of the station onto Brunel Plaza. The multi-million regeneration scheme proposed for the area around the station will be named after the great engineer, who was not only the chief engineer for the Great Western Railway, but also built the iconic Albert Bridge over the Tamar and Plymouth’s […]


Children invited to join Space Chase at Plymouth libraries

Our libraries service is calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. The theme this year is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Every child who signs up to read six books over the summer holiday will get a […]


Plymouth to work with Music Venue Trust to support grassroots music

Plymouth City Council are working with the Music Venue Trust, a national grassroots music charity, to support and develop live music in Plymouth. Following consultation with venues, promoters and musicians involved in the local music industry, the Council has teamed up with the Music Venue Trust to discuss and identify the problems faced in Plymouth […]


£75 million commitment to city by top law firm

Plymouth City Council has secured transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson as key tenants for its headquarters at Millbay. The company has signed a new lease committing to Ballard House – and to the city and region – until at least 2035. Council leader Tudor Evans said: “What a great day. This is a company […]


Consultation for commuters on railway station revamp

Plymouth’s regular rail commuters will be getting a sneak peak of the big picture for the area around the city’s railway station. A masterplan is being unveiled and displayed on the concourse next Tuesday (2 July) so that people who use the station most can see what changes could be coming down the line. The […]


Flag raising ceremony marks start of Armed Forces Week in Plymouth

The Armed Forces Flag was raised in Plymouth today following a ceremony at the Guildhall, marking the start of Armed Forces Week. The flag will be flown all week, including during Plymouth Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June. This morning’s ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Richard Ball, the Naval Base […]


Plymouth City Council joins campaign for two weeks of mass co-operation

Plymouth City Council will be celebrating this year’s Co-operative Fortnight, a nationwide drive to bring people and communities together, with a range of events and promotions alongside member-owned businesses throughout the city. Taking place from 24 June to 7 July, Co-operative Fortnight encourages people across the country to engage in ‘acts of co-operation’, inspiring people […]


Construction work to begin at historic Elizabethan House

The restoration and reinterpretation of Plymouth’s historic Elizabethan House moves into an exciting phase next week when building work begins in earnest. Led by Plymouth City Council, with additional funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Coastal Revival Fund and The Pilgrim’s Trust, it’s one of the key legacy projects for the […]


Smart Sound Plymouth to support next generation of marine technologies

The Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) has officially launched Smart Sound Plymouth, a proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the advanced marine sector. Using the facilities and expertise available within the MBTC, Smart Sound Plymouth is the first of its kind in the country with a wealth of […]


Plymouth in the top 10 for Engaged Cities Award

Plymouth has been recognised for its work alongside residents to create and implement solutions that improve lives and communities Its groundbreaking crowdfunding ‘City Change Fund’ has helped Plymouth become one of 10 cities to reach the finals for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Over 100 cities submitted bids for the award which has […]


Jessica’s Armed Forces Day badge design a winner

11-year-old Jessica Horton from Widewell Primary Academy has created the winning design for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day badge. Pupils from schools across Plymouth have been competing to create a badge which represents the spirit of Armed Forces Day. Jessica’s winning design shows the iconic Smeaton’s Tower with the Mayflower ship in the centre, […]


West Pier response

The amount of comment and debate about the plans to restore West Pier shows just how much people in Plymouth care about the Barbican and the city’s heritage. But there is some misinformation and misunderstanding about the scheme which is leading to unnecessary anxiety about the plans. We’re as proud of our heritage, including the […]


Plymouth at the forefront of tackling the effects of childhood trauma

Plymouth will become one of the first cities in the country to try an innovative new approach to tackling the effects of childhood trauma. The City Council’s Cabinet are going to be making a commitment to support the work of a Trauma-Informed Network to understand the impact of childhood trauma on people’s behaviour in adulthood. […]


Plans to preserve, protect and transform historic pier submitted

Plymouth’s West Pier could be transformed as part of an extensive rejuvenation programme designed to preserve, protect and strengthen it for next 100 years. The historic pier, which is home to the Mayflower Steps, looks set to get a major makeover which will shine a spotlight on the globally significant space as well as enable […]


New Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor for Plymouth

Plymouth’s new Lord Mayor Councillor Richard Ball and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Terri Beer have officially taken up their roles. Councillor Richard Ball has been Compton ward councillor since 2008 and was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2015/2016. Councillor Ball was born and raised in Plymouth and apart from occasional absences due to his naval career, […]