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Top 10 summer events in Plymouth

3rd July 2019

Summer has officially begun, even if the weather can’t always be relied on to remember that… Not to worry as whatever the weather brings, there won’t be a dull moment in Plymouth this summer thanks to the busy calendar of exciting events taking place over the next few months. From live music and firework displays to a variety of festivals, Plymouth’s lively events calendar never disappoints.

Already this year we have seen many successful events take place in Britain’s Ocean City, including Pirate Weekend, Flavour Fest and MTV Music Week, and now we are set to have a fantastic, jam-packed summer.

Here are ten of the top upcoming events to get excited for:

1. Plymouth Summer Circus

The circus is coming to Plymouth! This spellbinding event is set to take place on Saturday 6th July in the city centre and will showcase jaw-dropping performances from unicycle jugglers, fire breathers, trapeze artists and many more. The family-friendly event is free to attend and offers workshops to help your little performer master their own circus skills. Workshops include sessions based on unicycles, juggling, plate spinning and hula hooping.

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2. Plymouth Vegan Festival

Following the success of the Plymouth Vegan Festival in 2018, the event is back for another year and will take place in Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday 6th July. The festival is hosted by Vegan Events UK which has partnered with animal welfare and education charity Miracle’s Mission. There will be a large variety of food stalls, live music, workshops and a range of stands and activities on offer.

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3. Tropical Summer Festival

This July the Tropical Summer Festival is returning to Plymouth for three days of music, dance and fun. From Thursday 19th to Sunday 21st July, live music, shows and dance rooms will take over the city, with events taking place at Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth Hoe and The Marina Bar in Sutton Harbour. The Tropical Summer Festival has been ranked as one of the best Latin Music and Dance Festivals in the UK and Europe with an extensive line-up of artists, DJs and performers already announced.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

4. Live brass band concerts

Award-winning brass band, Soundhouse Brass, will be performing in Sutton Harbour throughout the summer. Every Thursday in August, Soundhouse Brass will play two 45 minute sets from 7.30pm until 9.15pm, performing a varied programme including marches and popular musical arrangements. Based in Plymouth, Soundhouse Brass is of First Section National Standard and was formed over 90 years ago. The band currently has more than 70 members ranging in age from 7-79 years in their senior band and youth academy.

The Sutton Harbour summer performances will be weather dependant, and free for all visitors to enjoy, with a collection taken for band development funds.

For more information, visit our website.

Soundhouse Brass, live performances in Sutton Harbour

Soundhouse Brass.

5. Rolex Fastnet Race

Starting on Saturday 3rd August on the Isle of Wight, the Rolex Fastnet Race will once again finish in Plymouth this summer. Yachts are expected to arrive in Britain’s Ocean City from the early hours of Monday 5th August with the race village, located at Yacht Haven at Mount Batten, open to the public from Tuesday 6th until Thursday 8th August. Over the two days, visitors will enjoy live music, family-friendly activities and the opportunity to have a go at some water sports, such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

6. Blues N Jazz Festival

The Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival returns to the Barbican from Friday 9th until Sunday 11th August. This free event will see some of the best blues and jazz performers take to the stage in the heart of Plymouth’s historic harbour. As well as listening to the live musical performances, visitors can enjoy a visit to some of the surrounding venues along the Barbican and Sutton Harbour for a drink or a bite to eat. Each day performances will start at midday, finishing at 10pm on Friday and Saturday and at 6pm on Sunday.

For more information, click here.

Blues N Jazz Festival

7. Plymouth Pride

Pride Festival is returning to Plymouth on Saturday 10th August, celebrating and supporting the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community. The event will start with pre-parade activities at 10am. The parade will then depart from the Jigsaw Garden in the city centre at 11am and will make its way to the Hoe, where the main festival will kick off at midday, with live music, fair rides and fun activities.

There will also be a series of events and exhibitions at the Royal William Yard celebrating LGBTQ+ history during the two weeks leading up to Plymouth Pride.

8. British Firework Championships

The world famous British Firework Championships returns to Plymouth this summer for its 22nd year. Across two nights, spectacular firework displays will light up the waterfront as six companies each put on a 10 minute display and battle it out to be crowned the winner. The event will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August with fun fair rides and live music on the Hoe. The Firework Championships is incredibly popular, with huge crowds flocking to Plymouth Hoe and Sutton Harbour to get the best views possible.

British Firework Championships

British Firework Championships

9. Motorcycle Festival

A new motorcycle weekend event will take place in Plymouth this August, incorporating two popular and successful events; Ocean City Bike Show and The MegaRide. The Ocean City Motorcycle Festival will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August in support of Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Day one of the event will be hosted on Plymouth Hoe from 10am until 5pm, entry is £3 for adults and free for children. The MegaRide on day two will start at Lee Mill at 10am, departing approximately at midday, and is £5 per bike.

10. Plymouth Seafood Festival

Plymouth Seafood Festival is set to take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September in Sutton Harbour and the Barbican. The event offers live entertainment, cookery displays from local and well-known chefs, activities and stalls to celebrate and support Plymouth’s local seafood trade.

Euten Lindsey at Plymouth Seafood Festival

Euten Lindsey at Plymouth Seafood Festival 2017

To keep up to date with events happening across the city all year round, got to the Visit Plymouth website.

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