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March 22, 2018 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Celebrity Chef announced for Plymouth Flavour Fest 2018
MasterChef judge and celebrity chef John Torode will be the star of the chef stage at this year’s Flavour Fest on 1 – 3 June, 2018. Visitors can look forward to an exciting three-day programme of chef demonstrations, food stalls, street food and entertainment for all the family with John Torode performing two cookery demonstrations on the main stage at the Piazza on Saturday 2 June. John will also be signing copies of his new book; for more details see:

Dates for the Diary

Easter Wonderland – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday 1 April 2018
Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP
Don’t be late for a very important date… Royal William Yard springs into action this Easter with a Mad Hatter’s tea party, Easter Egg Hunt and the ever-popular Good Food Market. Get the kids involved and join the hunt to find egg-citing clues to complete a mystery task to unlock a chocolatey Easter treat. For more information visit:

Pirates Weekend Plymouth – 12-13 May 2018
The Barbican, Sutton Harbour and West Hoe, Plymouth
Visit Plymouth’s historic waterfront for a swashbuckling weekend of fun for the whole family. Visitors will be able to hop aboard two tall ships docked in Sutton Harbour while sea shanty bands fill the streets and puppeteers captivate the crowds. A pirate trail will be running throughout the weekend encouraging children to follow the clues to be in with the chance of winning a prize. More details here:

Armed Forces’ Day – Saturday 30 June
Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 2NZ
Plymouth will celebrate its proud military tradition at the annual Armed Forces Day, which this year will be commemorating the RAF’s 100th anniversary. The exciting arena programme will return, and from 6pm, performers will take to the main stage for a free outdoor evening concert against the stunning backdrop of Plymouth Sound. More information:

Ocean City Sounds – 26-27 July
Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 2NZ
Indie chart toppers Bastille have been confirmed as the headline act for Day One of Ocean City Sounds which will be held on 26 and 27 July, 2018. Individual day tickets, event pass tickets and VIP tickets are all on sale now, for more information see

And in other news…

Foundation stone laid for Plymouth’s new cultural and heritage centre
The foundation stone for Plymouth’s new cultural and heritage centre, The Box, was laid at a ceremony last week. The £37 million gallery and museum complex will house seven collections in one building and will open as the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations in spring 2020. For more on this story, please click here:

Plymouth plans to ditch plastics
A bold bid to phase out single use plastics in Plymouth has been agreed by Plymouth City Council. The plan being considered would see an Ocean City Plastics Task Force set up to co-ordinate a citywide effort to rid the city of most single use plastics. Click here for the full story:

Places to stay

Pentillie Castle & Estate, St Mellion, Cornwall, PL12 6QD
The stunning setting for SkyOne’s Delicious, starring Dawn French, Pentillie is a luxury B&B sits in a spectacular setting on the banks of the Tamar River but just 20 minutes from Plymouth city centre. It has a truly unique history dating back to 1698, ten beautifully appointed bedrooms and 55 acres of woodland gardens to explore. Pentillie was also the location for internationally renowned tv programme “Delicious”; now guests can immerse themselves in a Delicious themed weekend package. For more details click here:

Did you know?

After being appointed as a member of parliament for Plymouth Sutton, Nancy Astor entered the House of Commons on 1 December 1919, becoming the first female MP in British history to take a seat in parliament. Plans are already afoot in Plymouth to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this important event in 2019.

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