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March 14, 2018 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Bastille to headline Ocean City Sounds event in July

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 Bastille’s Plymouth-born drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood is looking forward to performing on Plymouth Hoe. He said: “I’ve wanted to play on The Hoe for years and I was so jealous watching other acts play there year after year. I can’t believe we’ll finally get to perform there.”

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Stella Parton bowled over by picturesque Plymouth Dolly Parton’s sister, Stella, feels so strongly about the Mayflower story that she has vowed to write a song about Plymouth.  Following a “wonderful” trip to the city last weekend.  Stella Parton, a popular country singer in her own right, was bowled over by “picturesque” Plymouth – and says she’s already looking forward to coming back.   During her trip she paid a visit to the historic Mayflower Steps – the site where the Mayflower Pilgrims are believed to have left England aboard the Mayflower before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to settle in North America in 1620.  Stella said she loved Britain’s Ocean City so much she is going to write a song about it and its connection with America.  Charles Hackett, CEO of Mayflower 400 said “It was a great pleasure to meet Stella Parton and show her around Plymouth.  Stella’s passion for the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims is evident. For her, as with many Americans, the Mayflower story highlights Freedom, Humanity, Imagination and looking to the Future. That influential journey means so much, not just to the descendants of the Pilgrims, but for many millions of Stella’s compatriots. ”

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Stella Parton with Mayflower 400 CEO, Charles Hackett (image: Guy Harris)

The foundation stone has been laid for The Box

A museum for the 21st century, The Box will feature extraordinary gallery displays, high profile artists and art exhibitions, as well as exciting events and performances that take visitors on a journey from pre-history to the present and beyond.  Born from a need to protect and safeguard the future of some of Plymouth’s most valued archives and historic collections, the project has access to a rich and varied resource of material and stories, from films to images, artefacts, to prized collections and documents.

*Dates for the Diary*

Pirates Weekend Plymouth – 12-13 May 2018

The Barbican, Sutton Harbour and West Hoe, Plymouth

Visit Plymouth’s historic waterfront for a swashbuckling day of fun for the whole family on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. This award-winning, free, family event promises a great adventure-filled day out.  Visitors will be able to hop aboard the two tall ships docked in Sutton Harbour and imagine they’re sailing the high seas, or they might meet Plymouth’s very own Captain Jack Sparrow, Jonty Depp, and his evil adversary Captain Barbosa, or they could settle down for story-time with Melody the mermaid.  Sea shanty bands will fill the streets with song while 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.  Younger children will be able to let off steam in the Giant Octopus soft play activity centre situated on West Hoe. There will also be a ‘Best Dressed Pirate’ competition, so get your eyepatches and Jolly Rogers ready and enter into the spirit of the weekend.

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British Firework Championships – 8 – 9 August 2018. The Hoe, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2LR The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth’s Waterfront for its 22nd year with Smeaton’s Tower as its backdrop. Plymouth will provide a natural amphitheater where large scale pyrotechnics will amaze the crowds. There will also be entertainment and fairground rides making it a great family event!

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*Company of the week*

Rockfish, 3 Cox Side, Rope Walk, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth  PL4 0LB

Overlooking the ocean and beside the National Marine Aquarium, Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish restaurant and takeaway at Sutton Harbour commands stunning views of fishing boats, yachts and water sports with a backdrop of the Barbican.  With a menu of freshly fried or grilled sustainable and local fish and a cornucopia of seafood pleasures.  The entire menu is also available gluten-free!  There is a large outdoor eating area for the restaurant with seating for nearly 100.  Behind the theatre and chic styling at Rockfish is an ethos firmly grounded in sustainability and understanding the importance of safe-guarding fish for future generations. But this is ultimately a place to relax and have a lot of fun. Fish & chips tastes better by the water, visitors can come down to what we call England’s “Seafood Coast” and see for themselves.  Current offer: £3 fish Fridayevery week at Rockfish Plymouth

*Fact of the week*

In 1919 Nancy Astor became the first woman Member of Parliament, representing the constituency of Sutton in Plymouth.

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