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January 15, 2019 Visit Europe No Comments Email Email


Valentine’s Day Presents: Visit Plymouth for the perfect lux micro-gap experience!

  • Enjoy a scenic Stand Up Paddle Boarding session, followed by wine and tapas at the Royal William Yard
  • Exclusive cream tea with your own private butler in the top turret room of The Duke Cornwall Hotel
  • Book a 5 course dinner and boutique stay at the award winning Glazebrook House Hotel

Enjoy a scenic Stand up Paddle Boarding session, followed by wine and tapas at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth

If you are looking for a date with a difference why not look to book a Stand Up Paddle Boarding session in a secret corner of Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard. South West SUP offer tailored tuition and paddleboard hire based from their unique waterfront location at Firestone Arch in Plymouth. With a focus on giving you the ultimate experience, you can enjoy being at the centre of Britain’s Ocean City whilst learning an exciting new skill.

You are provided with a top of the range Red paddle Co paddleboard, adjustable paddle and optional wetsuit so you just need to book and enjoy.

Once back on shore you can relax in the stylish Le Vignoble wine lounge for tapas and your pick of romantic fine wines taster or glass of wine from one of the self-service enomatic dispensers which ensures your wine is delivered in tip top condition, every time.

For details of SUP visit: http://southwestsup.co.uk/

For detail on Le Vignoble visit: https://www.levignoble.co.uk/

A cream tea with a difference – experience an exclusive ‘Tea at The Top’ at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel

If you have a head of heights, treat your loved one to an exclusive cream ‘Tea at the Top’ turret room of the Duke Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth. You’ll have exclusive use of the Duke’s tower, with elevated 360-degree views over Plymouth Sound, Dartmoor and the Cornish countryside. From this unique position, you can enjoy a classic English cream tea, plus a variety of delicious sandwiches, exquisite cakes and scones, and champagne – all with your own private butler service!

This indulgent afternoon tea costs just £90 for two people, so why not treat yourself?

For details visit: https://thedukeofcornwall.co.uk/dining-bars/#tea

Book a 5 course dinner and boutique stay at the award winning Glazebrook House

Surprise and delight him/her with a Valentine’s adventure in the South West’s hippest boutique hotel, Glazebrook House hotel.

Glazebrook House, set in beautiful, secluded grounds close to Dartmoor, is a luxurious boutique hotel and restaurant with nine unique rooms and a surprise around every corner. With a strong heritage and recent luxurious upgrade, Glazebrook House has metamorphosed into a magical escape that provides a caring, genuine, and comfortable environment to facilitate connectivity. The hotel’s opulent, yet relaxing restaurant is a key part of the experience at the Glazebrook. Executive head chef Ben Palmer uses only the best the region has to offer, creating sophisticated but unpretentious dining, big on flavour and technical skill.

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember and treat your loved one to a 5-course dinner in Glazebrook’s award-winning restaurant.  Dinner is £70 per person, booking is essential.

Where to stay:  Glazebrook House Hotel: save 30% on stays of two nights or more…..

Set in beautiful, secluded grounds, Glazebrook House is a luxurious boutique hotel and restaurant with nine unique rooms. Fancy treating yourself to some serious R&R before the cold of winter sets in? You can save 30% on stays of two nights or more at Glazebrook House, the perfect spot to sit back and unwind in beautiful, boutique surroundings in the heart of glorious South Devon countryside. This offer is valid for stays of 2 nights or more until 28th February 2019 – subject to availability, excluding Saturday night stays and Bank Holidays. Offer is for new bookings only and not applicable on bookings previously made.

Bed & Breakfast rates start from £139 per night.

Sunday to Thursday rooms available from just £139 B&B.

Friday night rooms available from £181 B&B.

Take it one step further and upgrade to dinner at Glazebrook’s award-winning restaurant on an evening of your stay, available for just £90 extra per room per night, based on two people sharing for a 3 course evening meal and welcome glass of Prosecco each.

Email or call direct to book the 30% offer. For more details visit: https://www.glazebrookhouse.com

What’s On in Plymouth for 2019:

Plymouth boasts an ocean of events year-round. Here’s an overview of some of the impressive events taking place in Britain’s Ocean City in 2019:

11-12 May – Pirates Weekend Plymouth

Plymouth’s waterfront offers swashbuckling fun on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May. This award-winning family event promises to give you a great adventure-filled day out filled with pirates, shanty bands, children’s activities and more.

19 May – Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon offers a challenging and scenic 13.1 mile course taking in Plymouth’s famous landmarks. For full details of the Corporate and Services Challenge and to book your spot visit http://www.runplymouth.co.uk/britainsoceancityhalf/.

31 May – 2 June – Flavour Fest

Plymouth plays hosts some to some of the best food & drink events in the country including Flavour Fest. Every year more than 100 regional food and drink producers transform the city centre into a bustling continental-style market, with plenty of tempting treats to try and buy.

29 June – Armed Forces Day

A spectacular and exciting day of entertainment, with air displays, parades, demonstrations, displays, competitions and activities for the whole family.​ During the event the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and veteran’s organisations, charities and the emergency services will showcase their services in a variety of ‘villages’ set out across Plymouth’s Hoe,

8 July – 15 Sep – Elmer’s Big Parade

For 10 weeks in the summer of 2019, a parade of 40 fabulously colourful and unique elephants will take you on a trail around the beautiful city of Plymouth and surrounding areas. St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is working in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press to bring this mass participation, family friendly, art trail to life; featuring the much beloved children’s character of Elmer, by Devon born artist and author David McKee

6-8 August – Fastnet Race Finish

Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race. The first yachts are expected to arrive in Plymouth in the early hours of Monday 5 August. The Plymouth race village will be located at Yacht Haven at Mount Batten and will be open to the public from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 August, with live music, family friendly activities and opportunities for local people to try their hand at on-water activities like sailing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding.

9-11 August – Ocean City Blues ‘n Jazz Festival

The Rolex Fastnet will be followed by the free Britain’s Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival located at Plymouth’s Barbican area, from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August, rounding off a week of celebration. More details to be announced.

14-15 August – British Firework Championship

The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth’s waterfront on 14 and 15 August 2019. It is one of the biggest firework displays in the country and has for the last 20 years delivered a burst of lights and creativity for all the family to enjoy. Families return year after year for this spectacular annual event, hoping for a warm summer’s evening and an incredible display as firework companies from across the UK compete to be crowned the best. Offering two nights of breath-taking pyrotechnics that are completely free to enjoy – this is an event not to be missed.

14-15 September – Seafood Festival

Plymouth Seafood Festival is a two day celebration of the city’s enduring relationship with the sea and its traditional fishing industry, as well as its growing reputation as a food lover’s haven. With plenty to buy and see the festival will showcase Plymouth’s fantastic quality local seafood alongside demonstrations by local chefs; teaching you how to create mouth-watering dishes using catch fresh off the boats.

6 October – Plymouth 10k

Plymouth 10k is the largest road race in Devon and Cornwall. The race attracts in the region of 3,000 competitors and is suitable for runners of all abilities. The course is a fast, relatively flat, traffic-free road race that takes an out and back route through Plymouth’s historic city centre landmarks and the nearby scenic River Plym.

November 2019 to December 2020 – Mayflower 400 Programme begins

2020 will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship’s pioneering voyage from Plymouth UK to Plymouth USA. Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme will be an exceptional year of over 400 moments including art, music, theatre, exhibitions, immersive storytelling, digital innovation, literature, crafts, sports, festivals, debates, business activity and more. Highlights will include the Mayflower Muster in Plymouth and light based festival Illuminate. For more detail on the Mayflower 400 Plymouth Programme visit: https://www.mayflower400uk.org/visit/plymouth-england/



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