Tag Archives : Plymouth


Making the most of on-water opportunities in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is setting out plans to review the city’s watersports offerings and the service offered by Mount Batten Watersports Centre, in line with Plymouth’s new Visitor Plan and Plymouth Sound’s recently declared status as the UK’s first National Marine Park. The review will explore how the Mount Batten Watersports Centre’s existing offer – […]


National report supports Plymouth’s Marine Park ambitions

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park gets a mention in the new national Landscapes review by Julian Glover. The Landscapes Review looks at National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this the 70th anniversary year of National Parks in the UK. The report states: “We heard the case for a Plymouth Sound National Marine […]


Topper Dinghy Race brings £50,000 boost to Plymouth economy

Round One of the Topper National Series held over the weekend (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September) at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre, has, on initial estimation contributed over £50,000 into the local visitor destination economy. The single-handed dinghy event (the first of a series held around the UK) was hosted by Plymouth Youth Sailing with additional […]


Mother of all lighthouses to get a makeover for Mayflower 400

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower is to get a new coat of paint as part of a massive work programme to get the city Mayflower ready. The lighthouse on the Hoe is to get a makeover later this year to make sure the landmark looks its best for Plymouth’s seminal commemoration year 2020 – which marks […]


New cycle path for Sherford residents

Make the most of great outdoors with a new family-friendly walking and cycle path. The route links Sherford with Haye Road and is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The path runs around the northern edge of the King George V playing fields between the existing trees and the hedge. Additional trees will be planted […]


Plymouth Road improvements begin

Junction upgrades on Plymouth Road will begin on Tuesday. The much anticipated Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme kicks off with work at Marsh Mills roundabout and at the Larkham Lane junction. Cones will go out on the road on Tuesday and lane closures will be in place between 9.30am and 5.30pm. At Marsh Mills, an […]


Plymouth shortlisted for Future High Street Fund

Plymouth has made the shortlist of the Future High Streets Fund, which could unlock more funding to help the city centre’s regeneration. The Council submitted its initial bid in March which focused on Plymouth City Centre and seeks funding to help deliver an ambitious regeneration agenda. Yesterday’s announcement confirms that our expression of interest for Plymouth City […]


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 […]