Fun in Plymouth starts with a bang

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the Hoe in Plymouth

Plymouth Hoe – best place to see the fireworks

This summer, Plymouth is celebrating the centenary of it expanding to absorb two nearby places and becoming the geographical city it is today. But linked with that are the usual events that draw people to visit the Devon seaside and naval place that has history going well before the era of Sir Francis Drake and his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe.

In 1914, Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse, formed the city of Plymouth as we know it today. The other two were not insignificant suburbs either. Devonport is forever linked with the navy and East Stonehouse is said by some to be where the timbers were prepared that went to construct the Mayflower that sailed to the “colonies” with the pilgrim fathers. And with this centenary is the other one – the WWI commemoration – and Plymouth’s links with it.

To begin all this is the well-known British Firework Championships  which will held on the 12th and 13th of August  when six of the UK’s best pyrotechnics companies will compete to produce the best and possibly loudest display. This draws tens of thousands of people to the city so if you are thinking of going consider public transport. Music and entertainment will be starting from 6.30pm each evening, courtesy of Heart FM Radio. There will also be fairground rides and refreshment stalls and the first firework displays will commence around 9.30pm each evening.

Then the following weekend (15th-17th of August) is FlavourFest, the largest free food festival in the South West. It showcases the best of regional produce alongside demonstrations and food theatre from some of the top names in cooking. This attracts more than watch the fireworks; an astonishing  150,000 visitors come to Plymouth as more than 100 regional food and drink producers line Armada Way transforming the city centre into a bustling hub with plenty of tempting treats to try and buy.

Starting on the 8th of September and running until almost the end of the month is the annual Ocean Festival which, obviously, centres on the city’s important and long-standing links to the sea. The organisers put it this way. “Enjoy the city, taste great food, see fascinating marine life, experience inspiring art and music and learn about a world beneath the waves. The event also aims to raise awareness, nationally and internationally, of Plymouth’s role as a leading UK marine city, for research, leisure, heritage and local produce. “

As part of the Ocean City Festival, Plymouth’s Plymouth’s Seafood Festival which is at the end of the month (27th and 28th of September) showcases the quality of seafood available in Plymouth. Naturally, both local and celebrity chefs will create a range of mouth-watering dishes from the catch of the day.

And if that isn’t enough to entice you to visit Plymouth over the next two months, nothing will!

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