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This issue is jam-packed with the best events, exhibitions, festivals and shows the city has to offer. We speak to the stars Eric and Ern at the Theatre Royal, a preview to some of this years outstanding events and festivals, spring programmes from the likes of Plymouth Pavilions and Barbican Theatres, plus the usual competitions.

Sstar of Strictly Come Dancing and CBBC's Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer returs to Plymouth Pavilions with the 2019 Easter Panto Peter Pan, featuring Lloyd Warbey of Disney's Art Attack! We speak to Dani and Lloyd about this years show, what makes Panto so popular as well as a chance for you to meet and greet the stars!

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In our 16 page food and drink section, we focus on Afternoon Teas and the best places to take it.

The ďŹ rst chance for a few days off is here and it couldn't come soon enough.

We celebrate the origins of Mother's Day, along with some outstanding eateries that can help you spoil mum. Plus, Stephen Barrett takes a look at a new wine that will certainly win a few new admirers. There's something for everyone this spring.

Easter offers up an opportunity to pack the car up and get out and about in some, slightly more, clement weather. Our 24 page days out guide will highlight some great Easter events, holiday clubs, activities and things to do for all the family.

Our property section will investigate the local market as well as get expert opinion on how it may perform in 2019. As always, there will be great advice and tips on all things property related.

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what's on 2 Mar Brit Floyd Plymouth Pavilions Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, returns to the stage in 2019 with its most ambitious and best production yet, a very special 40th Anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock opera, ‘The Wall’. Time: 8pm Prices vary, please see website for details 3 Mar Le Navet Bete presents: Dracula – The Bloody Truth Theatre Royal Stop what you’re doing and read this very carefully. Your life may depend on it… This critically acclaimed, multi five star awarded hilarious comedy will be presented by Professor Abraham Van Helsing and his three idiotic actors as they stage a life-changing, theatrical production surrounding the true events of Dracula. Will they pull it off? It’s highly unlikely! With four actors playing over forty characters and directed by one of the UK’s most exciting comedy directors, John Nicholson, *_Dracula: The Bloody Truth_* will make you die laughing! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 6 – 9 Mar Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast Theatre Royal A cruel Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Witness transformations, wild waltzes, soaring birds, and a relationship between Belle and

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the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful. Times and prices vary, please see website for details

7 Mar Dara O Briain: Voice of Reason Plymouth Pavilions Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robot Wars and Go 8 Bit. Time: 8pm Prices: £ 25.76 (includes booking fee) 7 – 23 Mar God of Chaos Theatre Royal Stan and Rosa work as ‘moderators’ for a social media company. Each day they go into battle against a rising tide of rage and smut. As an unlikely romance evolves between them, new employee Becky is horrified by the world she encounters through her screen. She decides to take the fight into the real world. Time: 7.45pm Prices: £15.00 8 Mar Billy Ocean Plymouth Pavilions Following his sold out tour last year British Soul icon Billy Ocean has announced a huge UK headline tour for November/December 2018 where he will perform the best of his greatest hits and favourite tracks. Due to phenomenal ticket demand nine new dates have been added to the tour for March 2019. Time: 7.00pm Prices vary, please see website for details.

Billy Ocean 8 Mar Birmingham Royal Ballet: First Steps Theatre Royal A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet. Time: 1.00pm Prices: £12.50 9 Mar Birmingham Royal Ballet: Class On Stage Theatre Royal Ever wondered what a ballet dancer does to prepare for a day of rehearsal and performance? Free to BRB Friends. Time: 11.45am Prices: £10.00 11 – 16 Mar Club Tropicana Theatre Royal Take a trip back to the electric 80s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics. Hair was big! Shoulders were padded! Mobiles weighed a tonne! Times and prices vary, please see website for details 16 Mar Pavilions Introduces: Haunt The Woods + Wildwood Kin Plymouth Pavilions HAUNT THE WOODS take to the stage for the second Pavilions Introduces. See our interview with the band on page 18. Time: 7.00pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 18 – 23 Mar Rough Crossing Theatre Royal Bill Kenwright presents a brand new production of one of the most hilarious and brilliant plays by Tom Stoppard, Tony and Oscar award-winning writer of Arcadia, Travesties and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Times and prices vary, please see website for details

9 - 13 Apr The Worst Witch Theatre Royal Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble. An ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest and most important adventure yet… Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 11 Apr Milkshake Live! Plymouth Pavilions Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Times: 12 & 3.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 13 Apr Ant Middleton Plymouth Pavilions Ant Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2019, The Mind Over Muscle Tour. Time: 7.00pm Prices vary, please see website for details.

An Evening with Eric and Ern 23 Mar Rich Hall's Hoedown Red House Theatre Rich Hall's critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall's precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. Time: 8.00pm Prices: £ 17.00 plus 10% booking fee 28 Mar Hancock's Half Hour Red House Theatre From the producers of the critically acclaimed tours of Round the Horne and The Goon Show comes another radio comedy classic live on stage. Time: 7.45pm Prices: £ 18.00 plus 10% booking fee 29 Mar Mike and the Mechanics Plymouth Pavilions Mike & The Mechanics, who have sold over ten million records worldwide – announce their 2019 nationwide ‘Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour’. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 30 Mar St Luke's Men's Day Out Plymouth Albion RFC Men's Day Out is back for 2019 and it's looking set to be bigger and better than ever! Time: 10am Prices: £ 32.00 30 Mar Nish Kumar Theatre Royal Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK!

The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 25.00 2 – 6 Apr Kite Theatre Royal Stuck in her Grandma’s obsessively tidy flat, a recently orphaned girl discovers a kite which comes to life and takes her on a wild adventure. Little does she know that Grandma has her own brand of magic and the wind will bring them together in ways they never would have imagined. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 5 Apr UB40 Plymouth Pavilions As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Britain’s world-famous reggae band UB40 will release their first new studio album in five years in September 2018, before embarking on an extensive nationwide 40-date UK tour in 2019. Time: 8.00pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 7 Apr An Evening with Eric and Ern Theatre Royal This is a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, that hits all the right notes! From Greig’s Piano concerto to Mr Memory, “Arsenal!” It’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches, and of course a musical guest. This wonderful show evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings.Prices vary, please see website for details. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 23.00

14 Apr The Simon & Garfunkel Story Theatre Royal Now seen by over a quarter of a million people across the world, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 24.00 16 – 17 Apr Pepperland Theatre Royal Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with an exuberant new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of The Beatles’ ground-breaking album. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 18 – 20 Apr We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Theatre Royal See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on tour, direct from the West End, as it returns vividly and noisily in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 19 Apr The Specials Plymouth Pavilions The Specials, one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time, release “Encore”, their first new music for 37 years on February 1st 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979, and also marks 10 years since the band reformed to play some of the most vital and joyous live shows in recent memor

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The Vamps 22 – 27 Apr Hair The Musical Theatre Royal Welcome to the ‘Age of Aquarius’. It’s 1967 and Hair’s hippie ‘tribe’ youngsters in the East Village of New York are yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. Wild, colourful, sexually liberated and free, they are united in protest and song, under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 27 Apr The Vamps Plymouth Pavilions The Vamps kick off their Four Corners UK & Ireland 2019 Tour on Saturday 27th April at Plymouth’s Pavilions, and then spend the next 5 weeks visiting all corners of the UK before wrapping the dates in Bournemouth on 1st June. Time: 6.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 28 Apr Andy Ford: Live and All Over The Flippin' Shop! Theatre Royal He’s back! One of Plymouth’s favourite Pantomime stars Andy Ford returns in his own riotous – yet at the same time quite ridiculous – one man stand-up comedy show. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 14 – 18.00 2 – 4 May Shen Yun Theatre Royal Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the breathtaking art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 3 May An Evening with Aggers Red House Theatre Since the home Ashes series in 2013, the

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Evenings with Aggers shows have been delighting audiences and selling out theatres all over England. Jonathan Agnew learnt his craft under the tutelage of Brian Johnston, emerging from the notoriety of the gloriously funny 'leg over' incident (yes, you will hear that tonight!) to become BBC Radio's voice of cricket. Time: 8.00pm Prices: £ 20.00 plus 10% booking fee 3 May Fastlove Plymouth Pavilions Original band members come together to celebrate the music of George Michael!

“A packed saleroom, a record number of online bidders and a most buoyant auction” is how auctioneer Paul Keen described his recent sale of jewellery and watches. With the majority of the 200 lots finder buyers from as far as Las Vegas, Dubai, Scotland and London resulting in great start to the year for Plymouth Auction Rooms. Diamonds were in demand once again with a two stone, five stone and solitaire ring each finding buyers at £3200 each. A pretty diamond line bracelet was richly competed and sold for £2900 and a another but smaller raised £1250. Thirty lots of assorted gold sold very well with many local investors and collectors bidding. Gold albert watch chains sold for over £600 each and a nice collection of gold charms raised nearly £2000.

Fastlove, the world’s largest George Michael celebration, announces a 15-date UK Arena Tour. Direct from London's West End and touring around the world, Fastlove has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon, bringing to life a respectful and moving tribute to the late great George Michael. Time: 8.00pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 4 May The Band of HM Royal Marines 'By Request' Plymouth Pavilions Following the success of the Royal Marines Band in Concert, the RM Band Plymouth returns to the Pavilions on the 4th May 2019 with another fabulous concert, but with a twist! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details. 6 May Peter Pan Plymouth Pavilions Comedy Legend Bobby Davro and star of Strictly Come Dancing and CBBC's Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer return to Plymouth Pavilions with the 2019 Easter Panto Peter Pan, featuring Lloyd Warbey of Disney's Art Attack! Let your dreams take flight at Plymouth Pavilions this May Bank Holiday. See our interview with Dani, Bobby and Lloyd on pages 14 and 15. Times: 2 & 6pm Prices vary, please see website for details.

The watch section proved popular with Rolex watches, a gents 18ct gold Day Date model 18038, sold for £5600, a ladies and gents pair of 1996 bi metal watches at £4500, a well-kept 2006 Rolex, model 16610 for £4700 and a Ladies Cellini at £2200. The auctioneers are now accepting entries for the their next specialist watch and jewellery auction in March. Contact them on 01752 254740 or visit for more details.


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An Evening of

Eric & Ern

Bringing the sunshine to the Theatre Royal Plymouth

Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ian Ashpitel as Ernie capture the brilliance of Morecambe and Wise in their fantastic homage to Britains best loved comedy duo. Ahead of their 7th April show, at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, the pair chat to us about the inspiration behind the show, how they met and how the show has impacted on their lives.

Jonty (Eric): To be honest it all came about through other people seeing what we had from a five minute sketch and saying ‘you should do something with this’. Ian (Ernie): It’s only when we sat down and talked about it that we decided that if we were going to do something, it had to be a play that looked at the relationship between Eric and Ern. Jonty: It was a real voyage of discovery for both of us. I was a massive Morecambe and Wise fan and had seen and read just about everything they’d ever done or had been written about them. Ian: Yes, it was Jonty’s brilliant impression of Eric and his knowledge of Morecambe and Wise that laid the foundation to everything that followed really, How did you both meet and how did the pairing for this show happen? Ian: We first met at Drama school in 1983 - I was a mature student….. Jonty: And I was an immature student. Ian: Despite Jonty being two years ahead of me and me being a lowly first year we became the best of friends and have remained so ever since. Jonty: The pairing happened for that five minute sketch which we performed at the host club for the Stage Golfing Society, of which we are both members. Some fool asked me to do Eric for the show and I said “yes, but I’ll need a Little Ern, I looked across the bar and there was Ian with his hair and short fat hairy legs” Ian: Then six years later they asked us to do it again, but this time we wrote some material in the style of M and W and It went down so well we realised two things - People believed were good enough to portray them and that perhaps we could write something about them as well. What can you tell us about your show An Evening With Eric and Ern? Jonty: It’s a real celebration of the comedy of Morecambe and Wise. You’ll see some of their most loved sketches along with some you may not be so familiar with. Ian: Plus some new material by us in the style of Eric & Ern. We also have the brilliant singer Becky Neale with us. We gently rib her as Eric and Ernie would….. plus a few surprises. Jonty: It’s real family entertainment, with good old fashioned belly laughs at the silliness and brilliance of Eric and Ern - as it was with all the M and W shows. We love it when there are children in the audience laughing along with their Mums and Dads. Ian: Of course they’re seeing this comedy for the first time and love it as much as we did when we were kids. I’ve no idea why the parents are laughing ‘cos they have seen some of it before! What makes Morecambe and Wise so special? Jonty: I think the fact that they were so close, performing together from the age of 13. They honed their skills for over 20 years before they really made it big in their 40’s. That friendship and closeness gave them their unique talent.

Ian: They had such broad appeal. Mums, Dads, Children and grandparents - three generations laughing at the same comedy. Written of course by the late great Eddie Braben. There is nothing like it on TV today - and I’m not sure there ever will be again.

How does it feel for you to be able to give people a taste of such amazing comedy from such great legends? Jonty: It’s a huge honour to portray them and shine a light on their huge talent. We take it very seriously and feel a huge responsibility to represent M&W in the right way. Ian: You know, going to the theatre its a two way street. The performer gives out all they can and sometimes it doesn’t come back. In this show we literally bask in the love and affection coming back from the audience. It’s amazing.

Ian: We first met at Drama school in 1983 - I was a mature student….. Jonty: And I was an immature student.

What made you want to do a show that uses Morecambe and Wise as the inspiration?

What do Eric and Ernie’s families think of your show and what impact has that had on you?

Jonty: We have been very lucky to have had amazing support from the Morecambe family and the estate of Ernie. We treasure our relationship with them. We always try and run everything buy them before we do anything as Eric and Ernie. It’s vitally important that the families are happy with what we are doing and how we are portraying the boys. Ian: Yes, to have there ‘approval’ is paramount and it’s a question we are often asked and to be able to say we have that nod makes us feel more secure in what we are trying to do. What type of audiences do you get for An Evening With Eric and Ern? Jonty: What’s been great is that we obviously get the die hard Morecambe and Wise fans who we love because they get everything and sometimes join in. Ian: But also we are also getting young people who maybe didn’t know Eric and Ernie initially and are brought along by parents and find they are loving the comedy just a much. Then they go home and look them up and start watching them online at home. What are you most looking forward to about taking this show on UK tour? Ian: Sharing the genius and wonderful comedy of Eric and Ern up and down the country. Taking them to a world of sunshine and laughter…..

Ian: It was also their relationship off and on stage which gave them their huge success. They were so funny together, they trusted each other. There’s a chemistry between them that you can’t fake. It has to be real, otherwise the audience can see if it isn’t.

Jonty: Where there is no mention of Brexit and that other fella - Donald something or other.

What did their humour and comedy shows have that you think is missing in comedy these days?

Jonty: That’s the one

Jonty: They were just so funny, the years together. The runnings gags, Ernie’s wig, Eric’s glasses. Their roots in variety with song and dance. The innocence of their comedy.

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An Evening of Eric and Ern comes to the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Sunday 7th April at 7.30pm . For more information on how to book tickets, visit: or call 01752 267222 General Enquiries:

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New Drake Circus clinic aims to get you feeling back to your best A brand new sports therapy clinic has now opened in Drake Circus. Located on the top floor of the popular shopping centre, DMT Sports Therapy offers a selection of treatments including; Sports Massage and Strength & Flexibility classes.

But what is sports therapy? And how can it be beneficial?

The Plymouth Theatre Company has a 'Truly Scrunptious' treat in store for you at the Devonport Playhouse The Plymouth Theatre Company can trace its roots all the way back to 1899. A small group of friends took in turns holding musical evenings at each household. With a wide range of music to choose from, and of course always someone to play the piano, the group decided to take it one step further and perform HMS Pinafore at the Royal Naval Barracks in Devonport. Encouraged by their success, these pioneers decided to form themselves into an amateur operatic society. So, the Plymouth AOS was born, beginning in 1899 with a production of The Pirates of Penzance. Elated with their further success, members set their sights higher and performed The Gondoliers at the Theatre Royal, the theatre becoming their home for many years. With a few name changes over the years, today they go by The City of Plymouth Theatre Company. A major milestone in their history occurred 31 years ago in 1988, when the company purchased the old Methodist church in Fore Street, Devonport which you now know as the Devonport Playhouse. This little gem has magically transformed into a major hub for amateur theatre in the local area for the PTC and visiting companies alike. The next show the Plymouth Theatre Company will be taking to the stage for is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! The fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's

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book, featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious".

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! The fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. The show will be under the direction of Katy O’Brien Morse and Musical Direction of Gary Hawkins. So, come along to our home at the Devonport Playhouse to see this phantasmagorical show from Tuesday 30th April until Saturday 4th May 2019. With 5 evening shows at 7:30 and a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm. Be quick, tickets are already starting to fly out!

Bella Reid, owner of DMT explains that muscular dysfunction or injury can occur during anyone’s occupation, hobby or activity and that it is a misnomer that sports therapists can only help people with sporting injuries. In actuality, sports therapists can help with a wide range of concerns including those caused by performance, manual handling, office and study work. Sports therapy as a profession is the practise of rehabilitating existing muscular dysfunction or injuries as well as helping to prevent future ones. At DMT, they create a personalised treatment plan that is catered for their clients’ needs and goals. Using a blend of massage and stretching techniques combined with an individual strengthening exercise plan, that can help our clients benefit from pain relief, reduction in stress and tension and increased muscular strength and flexibility. Bella is an active dancer and performer for various companies and groups in the local area such as Hartley House Dance Centre and the Plymouth Theatre Company, she is proud to be the first Performance Arts specialist Sports Therapy clinic in Plymouth. As well as treating clients in Plymouth, she will also be working alongside Sterts Theatre Company’s productions providing performance specific sports therapy for their members. If you have an injury that you’d like to discuss, you can phone Bella on 07444 512484, book online at or pop by the clinic to enjoy a free tea/coffee. Book today!

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Comedy Legend Bobby Davro and star of Strictly Come Dancing and CBBC's Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer return to Plymouth Pavilions with the 2019 Easter Panto Peter Pan, featuring Lloyd Warbey of Disney's Art Attack! We speak to Dani and Lloyd about this years show, what makes Panto so popular as well as a chance for you to meet and greet the stars!

Dani: I cannot wait to come back to Plymouth. We always have such great audiences there and they are always up for joining in and having a laugh. Lloyd: I literally can’t wait. Not only is playing Peter Pan a great role to play, I’m excited to return to Plymouth and share the magic of this fabulous story. You’ve worked with Bobby on a few Easter Pantos at the Pavilions. What do you love about the shows and about working with each other? Dani: I love working with Bobby because I never know what I'm going to get. He knows that I'm a giggler and will always try and make me laugh on stage. We've all worked with each other for so many years now that we're our own little strange family. Lloyd: Panto is a great opportunity for families to come together and it’s always so nice to see the audience reactions. We are very lucky to work with each other and have a great bond that shines through our performances. Peter Pan is such an amazing all round family show; full of adventure, fantastic dance routines, great music and laughter for all the family. How important, in this day and age, are shows that cater for the whole family? Lloyd: Family is everything and whatever troubles you may be facing, seeing a show like Peter Pan as a family is a great chance to escape from day to day life. You can just sit back and relax with the people you love. Dani: It's so important as there aren't many shows you can take a whole family to see. Unless you drag everyone up to London and spend your whole years wages. Nothing brings me more joy than loking into the audience and see Grannies, teenagers and young children enjoying and laughing at our show! You all do a wonderful job in creating such an amazing atmosphere for families coming to the show. Understandably, you take the panto very seriously - how easy is it to keep hold of the reigns and whip the audience up to create that energy? Dani: It's easy when you have a great story like Peter Pan which is full of magic. The tour is very hard work with all the performances and travelling but we do out best to keep energy and spirit up, so our audiences get the best possible show every year. Lloyd: An audience actually makes a show for an actor, the responses are different each performance and that’s what keeps us focused on delivering a magical show. Audience participation really helps us connect and thrive off their energy.

How different is the Easter panto (2 shows) compared to a typical Christmas panto? Does it put more pressure on rehearsals or does it just give more chance for a few more laughs?

Dani: Easter is a lot harder as we travel up and down the country with very little time off. But, as far as the show it's pretty much the same as you get at Christmas. Our crew have to work so much harder and a lot more coffee is consumed. Lloyd: I don't see Christmas and Easter Panto differently, although Peter Pan has more of a story there’s still lots of laughs, magic and sparkle.

I love working with Bobby because I never know what I'm going to get. He knows that I'm a giggler and will always try and make me laugh on stage.

Thank you for taking time out to chat to us ahead of this year's Pavilions Easter Pantomime ‘Peter Pan’. How excited are you to come to Plymouth to put on such a magical show?

(To Lloyd) How excited are you to work with Dani and Bobby again and are you a little apprehensive about what Bobby might get up too (which may not be strictly in the script)? Bobby and Dani are great to work with and I can’t wait for the tour to start. Having worked with Bobby on a number of shows you never know what comedy stints he will put in the show, so I always try and stay focused - although there has been times where he had made me laugh so much. Finally, what are your favourite parts of the show? Dani: For me, the most exciting part of Peter Pan is the flying! So I can't wait to be sprinkled with fairy dust again this Easter.


Lloyd: Playing Peter Pan has to be one of the best Roles! Who wouldn’t want to fly every day.

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March - July 2019

Boringdon Events Guide Wine Supper with Stephen Barrett Hosted in the beautiful surroundings of our Elizabethan House, this exquisite dinner will be presented by Plymouth-based wine educator Stephen Barrett, allowing guests to explore a diverse range of contemporary wines paired with Head Chef Scott Paton’s indulgent five course tasting menu. Friday 8th March | 7pm | £59 per person, includes five course tasting menu & wine flight

Mother’s Day Lunch Treat mum to a delicious three course Sunday lunch or Afternoon Tea in the enchanting surroundings of our country house. Sunday 31st March | 12.30 – 2.30pm | Sunday Lunch - Adults £34.95, Children £16.95

Easter Sunday Lunch Join us for a traditional Easter Sunday lunch with all the trimmings followed by a marvellous Easter Egg Hunt for the children. Sunday 21st April | 12.30pm - 2.30pm | Adults £24.95, Children £16.95

Boringdon Gin Festival Join us for our annual Gin Festival on the Boringdon lawn and enjoy the finest local and artisan gins accompanied by food stands, live music and outdoor activities. Proceeds donated to the Mustard Tree. Sunday 26th May | 2pm | £10 per person, includes a Gin & Tonic

Cooking Demo with Scott Paton at the Amphitheatre Watch a cooking demo whilst sipping on a glass of Champagne at the Boringdon Amphitheatre followed by a kitchen tour and a three-course lunch. Saturday 6th July | 1pm | £45 per person, includes a three-course meal and glass of Champagne

Shakespeare Supper Join us on the Boringdon lawn for a summertime evening of Shakespeare. The Candlelight theatre Company will be presenting The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a fun interactive play that has 3 actors performing all 37 plays in 97 minutes. Friday 26th July | 6.30pm | £60, includes arrival drink, selection of food and entertainment | | 01752 344455



HAUNT THE WOODS are an exciting Prog Rock band from Cornwall, with a sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar. The band will become the second act to headline the 'Pavilions Introduces' series on Saturday 16th March supported by Wildwood Kin. Here, the westcountry locals talk about the show, new music and touring habits. It’s great to see you will be performing at the ‘Pavilions Introduces’ in March. How much are you looking forward to the gig and how important is it that a venue like the Pavilions supports the grass roots local music scene? We've grown up seeing some of our favourite bands at Plymouth Pavilions so it's a real pleasure to be playing on that same stage, definitely never thought we'd ever be in the position to be playing it ourselves! It's tremendously important for Pavilions to support grassroots music; it's the largest venue in Plymouth and one of the largest in the South West. There are just so many musicians around and such a variety of small/medium venues in Plymouth - it's nice to have one large venue still standing that supports and involves itself in the scene. At the end of the day we wouldn't be here without grassroots music venues, nor would anyone that's set foot on that stage. For those who are yet to see you live, or hear your music, how would you describe your sound? We've always been so bad at answering this question! We have a combination of influences, everything from Jeff Buckley to Pink Floyd to metal. We all bring a little bit of what we love into the band, and the result of that is... whatever you'd call us! What can we expect from this forthcoming show at the Pavilions? New tunes. We are playing through our upcoming debut album, most of it has never been heard before, and we're working with session musicians which is very new to us and really exciting. A lot of time and attention is being put into the arrangement, and making our light show as big and awesome as possible. Every step is being taken to make this show special, and of course having our friends Wildwood Kin along for the ride makes it just that.

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You’ve recently released some new music, will we be hearing some of the new songs on the night? We are in a very interesting position where our fans have heard a lot of unreleased material over the last two years or so at our shows, but on the album itself most of it didn't even make it on...! Only 2 of our album tracks have ever been played before at Haunt the Woods gigs, the rest is brand new. How has your music/songwriting evolved from the early days? Since Jack came on board he's brought a lot of new ideas to the band. Haunt the Woods has evolved into a collaboration with each of us bringing our own influences and styles into jams and writing sessions. It all feels very natural... except for some of Olly's fills in practice... You’re no strangers to touring, so what have you learnt about each other whilst on the road? Who has the worst habits? Basically, Olly antagonises everyone for 10 days straight, Jack gets hangry, and Jon often refuses to sleep in the same room as Olly. Phoenix has to deal with all of the above! It's honestly incredible how Olly can use such simple things to create anarchy, he's offended Jon twice using a teddy bear. We've developed pretty thick skins, but he still finds a way through... the problem is he also knows Jujitsu. You have a very loyal following, so as a local band, how special will it be to play at the Pavilions in front of a home crowd? It's our biggest ever indoor show, surrounded by our friends, family and fans that have supported us so much over the years (and hopefully some new ones too!). Not to mention that this is promoting our first album that we genuinely cannot wait for people to hear. We wouldn't be

in this position without everyone who donated to our album crowdfunder, so to finally be able to be on that stage saying 'this is what we did because of you' is going to be a landmark. This show is a celebration, but also just the start. What plans do you have for the rest of 2019 ? We'll be releasing more songs from our debut album before launch, playing loads of festivals in the summer and who knows... keep your eyes peeled as we may well be on the road...

Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterized by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into their genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongsode their hypnotic three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emilie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining forces on harmonies. Currently in the studio with producer Ian Gimble, they are working on their second album, much od which was written in the US. The album is due out on Sony/Silvertone in May when the girls will be headlining a UK wide tour in conjunction with Bob Harris' Under The Apple Tree brand. They have just released a covers ep 'Vocies of Equilibrium' and have recently topped 13 million streams on Spotify.


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what's on inventive" (The List), “Expert, charming stand-up” (The Sunday Times) As seen on As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) £11.50. 8pm. Plymouth Comedy Club return to The Plymouth Athenaeum for their first night of hilarity in 2019, on Saturday 27 April where you can expect the usual trio of top stand up comedians plus resident MC Chris Brooker. Your Headline Act: Scott Bennett, has been hailed as one of the finest comedy talents to emerge in the last decade. Fusing old school and new school perfectly, Scott has a delightfully traditional line in true stories and proper gags. Scott is supported by two award winning comedians; Jack Campbell, Former English Comedian Of The Year and Jenny Collier who has toured the world performing stand up. £16. 8pm.

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Plenty of live entertainment coming up at The Plymouth Athenaeum and Barbican Theatre this spring… JD King is the world’s highest rated Elvis impersonator and we’re very excited to welcome him to The Plymouth Athenaeum on Saturday 23 March. Over the past 15 years Jim Devereaux has built a five star international reputation for his incredible recreation of the King - covering his greatest hits including Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds and The Wonder of You. ***** "Critics' Choice" (Time Out) ***** "He is brilliant" (Fringe Review) "The best Elvis we've ever seen" (The Brand Inside) Tickets £20. 8pm Dust off your flares and platforms as the kings of disco are coming to Plymouth when Jive Talkin’ present The Bee Gees Live In Concert (Plymouth Athenaeum Friday 26 April) Renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show, wherever the group play they receive superb plaudits; "The soundalike quality is quite sensational" (The Stage), "Amazing similarity to the real Bee Gees" (Wakefield Le Navet Bete

Express), "Absolutely Brilliant" (Maurice Gibb) For a truly amazing experience and an opportunity to hear all the great Bee Gees hits; Tragedy, Night Fever, Massachusetts, Stayin Alive, Jive Talkin and more in a 2 hour explosion of music and vocal harmony, this is a night not to be missed! Tickets £25. 8pm. Host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast (10 million downloads!) we welcome Stuart Goldsmith to our intimate Barbican Theatre stage on Saturday 27 April with his new stand up tour. ‘End Of’ is a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares. Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who've lost touch with all their old friends and can't eat just one pain au chocolat. Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions. "Truly a comedy masterclass... Endlessly

Award-winning creators of smash-hit show Dracula: The Bloody Truth, Le Navet Bete, will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside with their hilarious new comedy adventure The Three Musketeers. Due to popular demand we're excited to welcome The Beach Boyz Tribute Band back to The Plymouth Athenaeum (Saturday 12 July) following their fantastic performance in July 2018. Let them take you on a journey of time and space, back to the 1960s and across to the sunny shores of California where the surf sound was conceived. The show is exhilarating filling the auditorium with glorious, rich vocal harmony, the five all singing, all playing boys that are Beach Boyz Tribute Band continue to amaze, astound and defy belief in their recreation of America’s biggest and longest selling pop rock band The Beach Boys®. No other tribute act can provide a lively fun packed show showcasing over 30 hit records that are performed 100% live. £20. 8pm Le Navet Bete and the award-winning creators of smash-hit show Dracula: The Bloody Truth, bring their hilarious new comedy adventure The Three Musketeers to The Plymouth Athenaeum this summer. It will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside. Armed only with a baguette and his questionable steed, join hot-headed D’Artagnan as he travels to Paris full of childish excitement and misplaced bravado to become a Musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely. With four actors and over 30 characters this will be their most hilariously chaotic adventure yet! ***** Side-splittingly funny (Broadway World) ***** Bright, bold and wittily inventive (Reviews Hub) 31 July – 17 August 2:30pm & 7:30pm. £17 / £19/ £68 family. Tickets for all these shows and more can be booked at or by calling 01752 267131. All prices stated are inclusive of all booking fees. For regular updates and announcements of new shows follow Barbican Theatre on Facebook:

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Get active on the water in Britain's Ocean City

this Spring Get inspiration, ideas and details to plan your next on water adventure at

Photo credit: Mount Batten Watersports & Activities Centre

what's on Lord Mayor’s Day Plymouth City Centre 25 May

Welcome the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to their role with this day celebrating the best of the city’s community. The theme of this year’s event is The Future – so expect lots of exciting scientific, technological happenings! The star of the show will be the 8 foot tall Titan the Robot, who will appear twice throughout the day. A day-long stage programme will feature performances from local dance and theatre groups and choirs, while charities and local community groups will showcase the work they do. There will be a range of food and craft stalls on offer to enjoy too. This year the Council House will also be opening up for the day, with guided tours being given by the Lord Mayor’s Macebearers, so you can learn more about this historic building and the role of Lord Mayor (advance booking required).

Flavour Fest

Plymouth City Centre 31 May to 2 June

Nadiya Hussain

Britain's Ocean City is the place to be for world class events There’s a packed line-up of events to look forward to in Britain’s Ocean City this year, whether you’re after a free family day out, an amazing food festival or incredible live music. Here’s some of the unmissable events you’ll be able to enjoy this summer.

Pirates Weekend Plymouth

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour 11 to 12 May

Ahoy there me hearties! Get ready for a swashbuckling day of fun enjoying the best of the high seas in Britain’s Ocean City as this awardwinning event returns for another year. Enjoy an adventure-filled day out for the whole family as you wander the streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Two tall ships, The Phoenix and Grayhound, will be docked in Sutton Harbour for you to hop aboard and hoist the main sail! Watch out for arch-enemies Jonty Depp and Captain Barbossa roaming the streets, meet the magical Madame Galleon and be enchanted by Melody the Mermaid. There’s plenty more entertainment too, with puppeteers, stilt walkers, storytellers, displays and a programme of shanty bands to enjoy. Children will love the Giant Octopus soft play on The Parade, or getting creative with arts and crafts activities. Don’t forget to follow the Pirate Trail, finding the 10 pirates wanted for their crimes! There’s a prize for everyone who takes part, plus every completed form will be in with the chance of winning pirate LEGO.

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Armed Forces Day

The South West’s largest free food and drink festival, sponsored by Column Bakehouse, returns to Plymouth with two Bake Off stars making an appearance in the Cookery Theatre. The star of the show this year is Great British Bake Off winner and TV chef, Nadiya Hussain, who will be showcasing her skills to the crowds on Saturday 1 June, while runner-up from series eight of the show, Steven Carter Bailey will be giving a demonstration on Sunday 2 June. They’ll be joined by a packed line-up of talented regional chefs, keen to demonstrate their incredible cooking skills and share tips with you. The festival also sees more than 100 traders lining the city centre streets, selling the very best regional produce – expect to find everything from fresh fruit and veg to locally made gin, cider and beer, to fudge and baked goods, and much, much more! There will also be a huge range of street food traders selling delicious food to indulge in on the day, so whether you fancy fresh falafel or delicious spicy noodles, there’s the perfect treat for you.

Rolex Fastnet Race Mount Batten 6 to 8 August

The historic Rolex Fastnet Race will once again finish in Plymouth this summer. Yachts come from all over the world to compete in the race which will start on Saturday 3 August 2019 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 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.

Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival The Barbican 9 to 11 August

Listen to the sweet sounds of summer at the free Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival, which will round off a week of celebration in Plymouth following the Rolex Fastnet Race. Enjoy the very best blues, jazz and acoustic musicians from across the region, performing on the stage on the Parade. Relax with a drink from one of the many nearby bars and pubs, or put on your dancing shoes and party the night away.

British Firework Championships Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival

MTV Music Week Plymouth 5 to 8 June

MTV Music Week will be taking over Plymouth this June and running a series of exciting events across the city. See for full details and line-up!

Armed Forces Day Plymouth Hoe 29 June

Celebrate Plymouth’s proud military tradition at our annual Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June. Plymouth Hoe is the perfect setting to showcase the services, becoming a spectacular stage where you can enjoy static and arena displays and parades. The exciting arena programme will return this year, with a highlight being the Tri-Service Field Gun competitions and the thrilling unarmed combat display by the Royal Marines. The Parade of Standards will see cadets and veterans march across the Hoe Promenade, and the military bands will provide entertainment for all to enjoy. There will also be military vehicles and equipment on display to see up close and you can meet the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and veterans’ organisations in a variety of villages set out across the Hoe. The emergency services displays will also have a selection of vehicles and interactive activities to get involved with. There will be a thrilling air display including a Coastguard Rescue Display on the water with the RNLI. From 6pm, a brilliant range of performers including One Step Behind, Europe's biggest tribute to Madness - will take to the main stage for a free outdoor evening concert, treating the audience to some great live music against the stunning backdrop of Plymouth Sound.

Plymouth Summer Circus Plymouth City Centre 6 July

Roll up, roll up! The thrills of the circus are coming to Plymouth city centre this July for you to enjoy for free. Head to the Piazza to see spectacular shows in the Big Top-style stage and put your own talents to the test with circus skills workshops. Plymouth Summer Circus will kick off a Summer of Fun in the city centre, with entertainers and performers taking to the streets every Saturday throughout July and August. British Fireworks Championship

Plymouth Hoe 14 to 15 August

The world famous British Firework Championships will return this August, offering two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that will illuminate Plymouth Sound. Six top firework companies will battle it out over two nights, each putting on an awe-inspiring ten minute display. Enjoy the thrill of the funfair on Plymouth Hoe, or simply sit back and soak up the atmosphere – it’s an unmissable event!

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Catherine de Braganza

How your morning 'cuppa' became a national obsession

A brief history in tea in England Often described as the most quintessential of English drinks, the custom of drinking tea was a relative late comer to British shores in the mid 17th century. Origins of our nations favourite drink date back to the third millennium BC, and it took until 1560 for tea to reach Europe, by way of Venice, from its Asian origins. Some 50 years later in 1610, Portuguese and Dutch traders became the first to import tea to Europe, with regular shipments. Despite this being a popular past time in these countries, it wasn't until the mid-18th century that the East India Company capitalise on tea's popularity bringing it to these shores.

It may pain a devoted tea drinker to know that we need to thank coffee houses, and one on particular, for introducing tea to England. Thomas Garraway was a coffee house owner and merchant in Exchange Alley, near the Royal Exchange, in London. He sold both liquid and dry tea to the public as early as 1657 stating that its virtues included "making the body active and lusty", and "preserving perfect health until extreme old age". Tea drinking became even more popular throughout England in the 1660's due to the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza's (wife of King Charles II) love of tea.

Thomas Garraway sold both liquid and dry tea to the public as early as 1657 stating that its virtues included "making the body active and lusty", and "preserving perfect health until extreme old age".

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Popularity grew quickly in the coffee houses, and by 1700 over 500 of them sold tea. Not everyone, however, was pleased to see this particular drink thrive. With tavern owners witnessing a drop in the sales of ale and gin, coupled with the government of the day seeing a drop in revenues from the taxes earned on liquor sales, it wasn't long before a taxation was placed on tea. Ironically, Charles II did his best to counter the growth of tea with several acts forbidding its sale, but these laws became so unpopular that they were impossible to enforce. Despite this early setback, governments continued to try and control, or at least profit from the popularity of tea in Britain. Tea had become so popular in the mid 18th century that duty had reached an absurd 119%, resulting in a new industry – tea smuggling. As large ships from Holland and Scandinavian countries reached the shores of Britain, smugglers (often local fishermen) would unload the tea into smaller vessels and sneak them inland through underground passages and hidden paths to special hiding places. One of the best hiding places was in the local parish church! Even smuggled tea was expensive, however, and therefore extremely profitable, so many smugglers began to adulterate the tea with other substances, such as willow, liquorice, and sloe leaves. Used tea leaves were also re-dried and added to fresh leaves. Finally, in 1784 William Pitt the Younger introduced the Commutation Act, which dropped the tax on tea from 119% to 12.5%, effectively ending smuggling. Adulteration remained a problem, though, until the Food and Drug Act of 1875 brought in stiff penalties for the practice.

Anna Maria Russell, 7th Duchess of Woburn

The Birth of Afternoon Tea How a Duchess turned a 'sinking feeling' into a fashionable pursuit

We have a lot to thank Catherine de Braganza for, for bringing tea to England as part of her dowry. But, there is another lady to thank when it comes to one of the nations tea 'obsessions'.

Thomas Garraways coffee house By the early 1830's the East India Company was given a monopoly on the tea trade. Previously, it would take ships almost a year to make the unrelenting journey from Asia back to our shores. One of the first things this forward thinking company did was to introduce the first "clippers", to cut down journey times. These streamlined, tall-masted vessels cut through the oceans at the speed of todays ocean liners. The most famous of the clipper ships was the Cutty Sark, built in 1868 in Dumbarton. It only made the tea run eight times, but for its era it was a remarkable ship. Today, there are 51 million tea drinkers in the UK with the tea industry worth some 530 million pounds. Black tea accounts for 450 million pounds worth of trade, followed by fruit and herbal teas coming in at 78.7 million pounds. With these new tea products gaining ground as consumers seek the health and wellness benefits, the nations love of tea drinking shows no sign of declining.

During the mid-nineteenth century it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast and dinner. Dinner was a more formal affair and would typically occur around 8 o'clock in the evening, thus leaving a long period of time between meals. In order to suppress 'that sinking feeling' during the late afternoon, Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Woburn asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during around 4 in the afternoon. Later Anna Maria would invite friends to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey during the summer and continued the practice when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for "tea and a walk in the fields". Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long, all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling cakes in the middle of the afternoon.

upperclass and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a 'low' or 'afternoon' tea around four o'clock. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial 'high' tea later in the day, at five or six o'clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table. A traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from silver tea pots into delicate bone china cups. In recent years, the addition to the menu of a glass of Champagne or Prosecco has increased its popularity. To experience the best of the afternoon tea tradition, indulge yourself with a trip to one of our finest hotels and restaurants who will be more than happy to offer you a special 'afternoon tea' experience. We have selected a few of the cities best to whet your appitite as well as offer up some recipe ideas for you to try at home.

During the late nineteenth century, afternoon tea became extremely popular with the

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It's always time for tea at Boringdon Hall It is no secret that we adore Afternoon Tea here at Boringdon Hall and our guests seem to love it just as much as we do. With care, time and passion the team create indulgently wonderful Afternoon Teas, from the signature three tiers, to our ever-popular Special Edition masterpieces. Served everyday from 1-4pm

Special Edition Afternoon Tea Served 1-4pm | £27 per person

Plenty on offer this Spring at

Moorland Garden Hotel

The Moorland Garden Hotel is a special place to be at any time of the year. If you are looking for a night away from it all, a lunchtime outing, a cream tea looking over the lawns, an afternoon tea treat with friends or dinner with family, the team at the Hotel will be happy to look after you.

The Wildflower Restaurant is a great place to enjoy every meal of the day. It looks out over the Hotel’s 9 acres of grounds and the terrace, which is a beautifully sunny place to enjoy a glass or two of your favourite beverage as the sun sets. Monday to Saturday 12 – 2.00pm guests can enjoy a set lunch or choose from the individually priced menu. On Sunday, a traditional lunch is available as two or three courses, served between 12 – 2.00pm. The Dartmoor Bar and Lounge is a great option for catching up over coffee and cake, enjoying lunch and dinner menus in an informal setting, or dining with fourlegged friends. As well as serving the traditional Devon cream tea daily the Moorland Garden Hotel also has a delightful Afternoon Tea with a choice of loose leaf teas supplied by Tea’s Me who are an artisan company creating their own blends of traditional and unique loose leaf teas and infusions.Spring is a great time of year and the Hotel are celebrating this with a Snowdrop Break which provides tickets to visit the local Garden House during their annual Snowdrop season. Mother’s Day falls at the end of March and the Hotel are providing a three course lunch between

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Spring is a great time of year and the Hotel are celebrating this with a Snowdrop Break which provides tickets to visit the local Garden House during their annual Snowdrop season. 12pm – 2pm and an afternoon tea between 3:30pm – 5:30pm, full menu and pricing can all be found online and if you would like to book please contact their Events Team who will be happy to arrange this for you. Looking ahead in the year there are many events to be enjoyed at the Hotel, including tea tasting and cocktail making, Easter Day, tea tasting and afternoon tea, Father’s Day, an outdoor theatre production, a food/wedding fair and a themed afternoon tea at the end of the year. Let the team at the Hotel help to make your occasion special and be a part of your day and begin this by contacting the Hotel today on 01822 852245 or

Our bi-monthly Special Edition Afternoon Teas are carefully selected to complement the time of year, season or national occasion. Each edition is individually designed to feature sweet treats and delicacies to compliment the theme.

Traditional Afternoon Tea Served 1-4pm | £27 per person Champagne Afternoon Tea Served 1-4pm | £39 per person

Enjoy our traditional afternoon tea served with the added luxury of a glass of Champagne

Gluten-free Afternoon Tea Served 1-4pm | £27 per person Vegan Afternoon Tea Served 1-4pm | £27 per person For more details on our range of Afternoon Teas, visit the website:

Mother’s Day at Boringdon Sunday 31st March | 12.30 – 2.30pm

Treat mum to a delicious three course Sunday lunch or Afternoon Tea in the enchanting surroundings of Boringdon’s fi ve-star country house on the edge of Dartmoor.

Sunday Lunch - Adults £34.95, Children £14.95 To book an event call 01752 344455 or email For more information:

Award-winning teas at The Moorland Garden Hotel

Afternoon Teas

Devon Cream Teas

Our afternoon teas offer special blends to enjoy from Devonshire supplier Tea's Me, choosing from the unique Moorland Garden Hotel blend, Earl Grey and Dartmoor Caravan, a homage to the Russian classic. Served from 3.30pm until 5.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Winter opening hours), available to enjoy in our Dartmoor Bar and lounge or in our Wildflower Restaurant.

Treat yourself to our hugely popular Devon Cream Teas, which have been one of the winners of the title of 'Best Cream Tea' as voted for by the Cream Tea Club.

£18.95 per adult, £9.95 per child £25.95 per adult with a glass of Champagne

Cream Tea £6.50 per person Cream Tea with glass of prosecco £11.50 per person

No need to book, so if you are passing, or out for a stroll, why not call in for a delicious local treat from 10am until 5.30pm.

To book a table or a stay please call us on

01822 852245 Yelverton, Nr Plymouth, Devon PL20 6DA t: 01822 852245


There’s always time for tea at Boringdon Hall With time, care and passion our team create indulgently wonderful afternoon teas, from the traditional three tiers to our ever popular special edition masterpieces.

Served everyday 1- 4pm Call to book - 01752 344455

Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4DP / 01752 344455 / @boringdonhall

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Afternoon tea at home? Try a couple of these recipes to impress your friends

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Method Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Lightly butter a 23cm springform cake tin. Remove the zest from three of the oranges and set aside, then remove the pith and discard. Roughly chop the flesh, then either place in a saucepan with the rapeseed oil and blitz until puréed with a stick blender, or blitz with the oil in a food blender. Whisk the orange zest, eggs and 250g of the caster sugar in a food mixer or a large bowl with an electric whisk, until the mixture is very light and ribbons form when the whisk is lifted out. Mix the flour, ground almonds and baking powder together in a separate bowl. Fold half the puréed orange into the eggs, then add all the flour and the rest of the puréed orange. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour until golden-brown and risen. Check the cake is cooked by inserting a clean skewer or knife into the centre – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready; if not, cook for a further 5 minutes and check once more.

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The quintessential English afternoon tea Twist the end of the bag to seal the icing in. Pipe swirls of the icing on top

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Smoked salmon & cream cheese, ham & mustard mayo and cheddar cheese of each cupcake. Scatter with the edible pink hearts, or other sprinkles, to & homemade chutney finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones, clotted decorate. cream, strawberry preserve, moist carrot cake, tangy Sicilian lemon tart and creamy raspberry Madagascan vanilla panna cotta, spoil someone special Making the icing: £9.95 per person. Using an electric or hand whisk, beat the icing ingredients until well mixed. Aim for a soft, fluffy consistency. Add: Gooey Chocolate BrownieAdd - £2extra milk if the mixture is too dry.

Place the last 50g of caster sugar on a plate and toss the julienned orange peel into it, moving it around with your hands to make sure all the strands are coated.

Add: Glass of Prosecco - £4 Recipe taken from Mary Berry Everyday, published by BBC Books Hardcover: 12.00, RRP For all bookings and RRP enquiries please £all: 01752 266Kindle 600 edition: £ 9.99 For more details visit:

Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin before turning it out and cooling completely on a wire rack. Spread the frosting over the top of the cooled cake and decorate with crumbled walnut pieces, the candied julienne strips and basil cress. Without the cress the cake will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

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Recipe taken from 'More Home Comforts' by James Martin (Quadrille) Photography: Peter Cassidy

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The Duke of Cornwall

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. Millbay Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3LG The magnificent Victorian architecture of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel makes it one of Plymouth’s most treasured buildings. One of its most distinctive features is undoubtedly the imposing tower that rises up from the hotel’s curved corner. And this tower also happens to be the setting for one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon in the city – its Tea at the Top experience. Tea at the Top grants exclusive access to the Duke’s tower suite for two hours to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea for two. What makes this comfortable spot at the hotel’s highest point so inviting is the sensational 360-degree viewpoint it affords. To the south, you can look out over Drake’s Island and the English Channel. As your gaze sweeps around, you take in the lush green of the Cornish countryside, a unique aerial view over the cityscape of Plymouth, and Dartmoor’s tors on the horizon.

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The Duke of Cornwall

Whilst the views provide a pleasure for the eyes, afternoon tea is a treat for your taste buds. Home-made scones, a variety of sandwiches, and tempting cakes and pastries make for a delicious offering, with the all-important fresh pot of tea making this a classic English afternoon tea. A glass of champagne brings an added indulgence. Plus, the experience comes complete with your own private butler – this attentive service leaves you and your companion free to relax and fully enjoy the afternoon. All in all, Tea at the Top is the perfect opportunity to share a thoroughly relaxing and memorable couple of hours in beautiful surroundings. You can purchase a voucher from the hotel for this experience – so why not treat yourself or offer this as a thoughtful and unique gift for someone special. Tea at the Top costs £80 for two people and must be booked in advance for a Wednesday or Sunday between April and September. Availability is limited so early booking is essential. Call our events team on 01752 275850.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2HJ Indulge in a slice of tradition in the most glamorous of surroundings.

Why not treat your friend or loved one to one of the restaurants unique Afternoon Teas served from their penthouse location.

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Get together for a quintessentially British tradition and treat yourself to traditional afternoon tea, complete with savoury sandwiches, sweet treats and specially selected TeaPigs tea. Only £24.95 per person £29.95 per person with a prosecco Available: Wed to Sun 12.30pm to 4.00pm.

Genteman's Afternoon Tea

Only £24.95 per person or £29.95 per person with a Beer. Available: Wed - Sun 12:30pm4:00pm.

Children's Afternoon Tea

Only £9.95 per child under 12 Available: Wed – Sun 12:30pm-4:00pm. Terms & Conditions apply: Subject to availability. Must be pre-booked. Call: 01752 639937

Smoked Salmon on brown bread. English Cheddar Mayonnaise on white bread. Ham & Mustard on brown bread. Roast Beef and Horseradish on white bread. With a glass of Prosecco, Borgo Sanleo (ITALY) Tea or Coffee. £24.95 per person To make a booking call our friendly reception team today on 01752 881555.

Langdon Court

Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 ODY If you’re looking for High Tea, Plymouth won’t disappoint. A time-honoured tradition that blends the best of the meal’s history, at Langdon Court it is treated with the reverence it deserves. For the traditionalists, a selection of freshly baked delights, speciality teas and classic finger sandwiches; for those looking to truly indulge are on offer. The hotel also recommend you sip upon a glass of Prosecco alongside your clotted cream scone. In the winter months,the welcoming dining room will provide the backdrop for your afternoon respite. During the warmer months, you’ll be treated to a view of the stunning Jacobean gardens when you take a prime seat on the terrace. Traditional High Tea - £15.95 per person Sparkling High Tea - £19.95 per person Served Monday - Saturday - 3pm and 6pm To enquire and book a table, call 01752 862358

The Treasury

Catherine Street, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2AD Served daily between 3-6pm – Celebrate a special occasion by swapping tea for cocktails in the pot! Delicate finger sandwiches with traditional fillings such as cheese and cucumber, homemade scones with clotted cream and local jam, selection of cakes and topped with petit four

Kitley House Hotel

Yealmpton, Plymouth, PL8 2NW The award-winning restaurant at Kitley House has established a reputation for the creative use of local South Devon and regional produce, while the backdrop of the historic surroundings adds to any dining experience. Their range of South Devon Cream Teas and Afternoon Teas can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or, if the weather is good, on the terrace with views of the estate:

Classic Cream Tea

Two large scones served with fresh strawberries, clotted cream & strawberry preserve. Tea or Coffee Your choice of fruit or plain scones. £8.95 per person

Kitley Afternoon Tea

Two large scones served with fresh strawberries, clotted cream & strawberry preserve. A selection of sandwiches finished with a selection of minicakes. Tea or Coffee £17.95 per person

Afternoon Tea with Bubbles

Two large scones served with fresh strawberries, clotted cream & strawberry preserve. A selection of sandwiches finished with a selection of minicakes, including: Kitley House Hotel

Marco Pierre White's Afternoon Tea chocolates accompanied by a traditional a pot of loose leaf tea with strainer and all served on vintage china and white linen table cloths. Enjoy the age of decadence by having a Sparkling Afternoon Tea, swap the tea for glasses of Prosecco and we will place fresh fruit in the glasses for your indulgence or celebrate with a touch of 1940’s prohibition by requesting your choice of cocktail (they recommend the Manhattan or Cosmopolitan) to be served in the tea pot and drunk from the vintage china tea cups! Only £12.95 per person for regular and £17.95 per person for High tea with Prosecco. Please call 01752 672121 to make a reservation. The Treasury

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“Before a meal serve great bread and all will be well” If you’ve experienced dining at Boringdon Hall’s 3 AA Rosette Gallery Restaurant you’ll know that bread plays an important part. Each day Head Chef Scott Paton and his team make delicious and fresh breads for their guests which is something Scott feels passionate about. We take a few moments with Scott to find out more about what goes into the bread baking at Boringdon… Tell us about the bread making process… Bread has always been an important part of my training as a chef, I feel in our industry it’s one of the simple pleasures that we can provide; sit down and before you tuck into some serious food, relax, break bread with friends and family, loved ones and colleagues…is that not the essence of great hospitality? Of course, many places offer bread before your meal, but is it great bread? Does it have that 90% love given to it? For me great breads are 10% about the recipe, 90% love and effort, without this you cannot have great bread.

trusted member of my team. I love teaching bread…however, I am still very possessive over it! It’s great for me to see my team so enthusiastic about making bread the same way I was when I was training. Hopefully they’ll look back in 10-15 years’ time and think wow, we created some great bread, if I can inspire them the way I was inspired, the future of dining is in good hands because for me putting that much love and effort into the first thing our guests will eat will have a ripple effect through the whole meal. It teaches great discipline, the importance of seasoning, it teaches about balance of texture, salt, sour, sweet and heat and most of all it teaches how love can be the essence of simply great hospitality.

How long have you been baking bread? I have been baking bread my whole career, 16 years. I used to stay at work until the early hours of the morning weighing out doughs with my mentor at the time, then I’d be back in the kitchen six hours later, making fresh bread for that day, 150 covers every day, seems crazy looking back now but my god, they were some of the most inspirational times of my training. It never felt like a chore. Talk us through the bread experience and the choices of bread when you dine at The Gallery Restaurant? In the Gallery, we do 4 breads, we offer a pain de campagne, a pain de morvain, a maple and miso sourdough and a cranberry and rosemary loaf, each one is made every day by myself or a

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Head Chef Scott Paton

For me great breads are 10% about the recipe, 90% love and effort, without this you cannot have great bread.


Find out more about dining at Boringdon’s Gallery Restaurant on their website To book a table, speak to a member of the team on 01752 344455.

The Gallery Restaurant at Boringdon Hall Intimate, Memorable & Utterly Divine Dining. Boringdon Hall’s award-winning restaurant is one of the most original places to eat in Devon. Head Chef – Scott Paton


Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4DP / 01752 344455 / @boringdonhall

food and drink As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday, the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

Modern day

Today, Mothers Day is celebrated all over the World and although the celebration itself can take on a variety of guises there is one constant, the celebration of the Mother and motherhood. So even if you sometimes feel that life doesn't offer you a moments rest, take time to consider treating that special person this Mothers Day. Here are just a few examples of how other countries celebrate.


The U.S celebrates Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. Julia Ward Howe first issued her Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870 as a call for women to join in support of disarmament. In the 1880s and 1890s there were several further attempts to establish an American Mother's Day, but these didn't catch on. The current holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 as a day to honour 'one's mother'. Mother's Day took off so well in the U.S that Jarvis became a discenter due to the increased commercialization of her day. In the United States, Mother's Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of owers and greeting cards.


Origins of Mother's Day and how other countries celebrate it. So where did it all begin?

The earliest accounts that relate to a 'Mothers Day' date back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Similar spring festivals were also prevalent in Ancient Roman, where the festival of Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess were celebrated some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

Connections to the church

As Christianity spread throughout Europe churchgoers would regularly use their nearest parish or 'daughter' church to worship albeit when the spring celebrations arrived, usually around the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter), worshipers were asked to return to their home or 'Mother' church for spiritual protection that would give life and keep family members from harm. Over time the church festival became an opportunity for people to celebrate both the church and the work of mothers in general.

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A day of celebration

Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday has since become a regular celebration of mothers and an opportunity for the family to show their appreciation. During Victorian times many of the poor worked as servants for the wealthy.

Mother's Day in Italy was celebrated for the first time on 12 May 1957, in the city of Assisi, thanks to the initiative of Rev. Otello Migliosi, parish priest of the Tordibetto church. This celebration was so successful that the following year it was adopted throughout Italy, where since then it is usually celebrated on the second Sunday in May.


Although the Germans celebrate Mother's Day in a similar fashion to us now, back in the 1920's 'Muttertag' was introduced as a way to increase the countries low birthrate. The 'Mutterkreuz' or Mother's Cross was awarded to Mothers of 4 or more with the Gold award going to mothers with at least 8 children

A new wine on the block by @BistroWineMan, Stephen Barrett

It’s always an exciting thing for a wine writer to experience the emergence of a “New on-line Wine Company” this time emerging from our own City of Plymouth. Lucy George Foster known to many in the city as a PR Gru, Copywriter and great supporter of business in Plymouth has taken the (wine) plunge and along with business colleagues has created the on - line company Garden of Italy. This will be the (on-line) vehicle to offer quality wines, initially from Bologna, followed by regional Italian produce initially to complement the wines. The process of creating this new business has been near to 12 months in creating. Along with her business colleagues they have financial and internet skills in truck-loads and along with Lucy’s marketing know-how are set to introduce the ever inquisitive wine world to a modern style of wines from the beautiful Italian region of Emilia Romagna. I can vouch for the wines the great dishes, environs, towns and villages of Bologna (Emilia Romagna) as in late 2018 I had the privilege of visiting and tasting their exceptional wines including Sangiovese (rosso) and Albana (bianco) wines of great diversity and undoubted quality. Lucy and her colleagues have chosen this region to kick-off their fledgling company and are now ready to sell through their website. Offering this diverse range incorporates exploring modern wines from what was perhaps perceived as one of the more traditional (wine) regions in Italy. You noticed in my previous sentences I mentioned the grape (and wine) Sangiovese? This is an ancient and wonderful grape better known as the major component of Chianti. Sangiovese from Romagna is an altogether different beast as the varying soils, influence from the Adriatic plus a modern approach to wine making and vineyard management produce some wonderful examples often with a delightful “light touch”.

Albana is an ancient white grape bestowed the privilege of being Italy’s first white grape to be awarded the prestigious DOGC stamp of authenticity. I found an extraordinary range of styles from dry to dessert all elaborated and presented with style and imagination. Internationally known grapes such as Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are also offered for purchasing with the identifying appellation of Indicazione Geografica Protetta (IGP), meaning quality grapes are used but not from the better known DOC and DOGC wine appellations. The website is ready to accept orders via with clear directions on how to purchase etc. The wines offered are all sumptuously liveried and presented with an ultra - modern twist and will stand out as wines of distinction.

Montaia Prosecco Extra Dry DOC – from the Veneto – £65.95 for Six bottles plus P & P Deliciously dry with a defined apple and citrus note.

Montalia PG Pignoletto – DOC – Vino Frizzante – £62.50 plus P & P Offering big citrus noses and taste, gentle and great with alfresco dishes.

Montaia Cabernet Sauvignon Cubera IGP – 2017 £59.95 plus P & P

With no trace of oak this fresh, red fruited Cab Sav is a modern distinctive 13.5% easy sipping Rosso. Match with strong – soft cheeses or your favourite Lasagna!

Montaia Sangiovese Vese DOP – 2017 £59.95 plus P & P

Elaborated in Stainless Steel then finished in Barriques for 6 months the quality shines. Decant for best results and serve with hearty casseroles.

Montaia Sangiovese Superiore Sangio DOP 2017 £65.99 plus P & P

After fermentation the Sangio is interned for between 12/15 months in Barriques after which it delivers a floral complexity on the nose followed by a cherry – scent over a vanilla note and fine tannins to the finish. Keep for a couple of years to benefit its classical complexity.

Montaia Zresa Sangiovese – Merlot IGP 2017 £53.59 plus P & P A juicy blend of Cherry scented Sangiovese and plumy even spicy Merlot is a casual stylistic wine with instant accessibility. Great with Grilled Leg of Lamb, Rosemary, sea salt and garlic.

Montaia Sangiovese Superiore Riserva – DOP 2015 £83.90 plus P & P With three years in wood this Riserva is a classy drop. Decant for best results to experience and tame the acidity that is Sangiovese. Juicy rare beef would be perfect! This beautifully – presented range of wines are a great start for Lucy and Garden of Italy’s foray into quality wine on-line. Wholesale enquiries welcomed.

Montaia Pinot Bianco PG IGP – 2017 – £59.95 plus P & P Refreshingly aromatic and dry with a precise stone fruit note palate teaser. Try with shellfish.

Montaia Chardonnay Diverso IGP – 2017 – £59.95 plus P & P

With modern temperature controlled wine making evident this green-tinged Chardonnay is “whistle clean” providing an excellent wine with homemade Seafood Risotto!

Stephen Barrett is a Wine, Food and Travel Writer based in Plymouth. Stephen welcomes correspondence via Find on Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram as @bistrowineman

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food and drink The traditional afternoon tea menu consists of delicious finger sandwiches, mouth-watering homemade cakes and handmade scones with lashings of clotted cream and fruit jam. These are all made by using local produce and ingredients. For those who really want to celebrate you can add on a bottle of prosecco or champagne, or even have a few cocktails on the day. Sittings can be booked between 1pm-5pm with the Fishbone Restaurant team on 01752 701000 or by emailing It is important that you pre-book as they are made to order, and you may be asked for pre-payment.

What about a Mother’s Day gift?

Gift vouchers are available to purchase on Future Inns website and are valid for 12 months too, meaning there is no immediate rush to use them. As well as dining experiences you could also purchase an overnight stay in Cardiff, Bristol or Plymouth. At all of the hotels, you can expect exceptional value and they are of 4* quality. Bedrooms are all en-suite, modern and stylish.

Book a homemade afternoon tea this Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is an occasion which is celebrated throughout the world to express respect, honour and love towards mothers. As well as grandmothers and mums to be, we must also acknowledge step-mother’s, aunties, foster carers and those who go above and beyond. The day is an event to honour their love and support to our lives and give something back. Fishbone Restaurant at Future Inn Plymouth is a bright space filled with comfortable booths and stylish furniture. The elegant restaurant has gained an excellent reputation for serving wholesome British food as well as their local fish menu. It is the perfect setting for a Mother’s Day celebration. Open all year round, start with an unlimited breakfast buffet or a dedicated lunch menu, or end the day with evening a-la-carte dining. For many, it has become the go-to location for a family celebration, catch up with friends or for an intimate dinner for two.

What is unique about Fishbone Restaurant?

Unlike many other restaurants, all of the mouthwatering dishes are made on site using local, fresh ingredients.The chefs have the freedom to create their own menus and cook them from scratch. As all of the food is homemade, it means that those who have an allergy or require gluten free, dairy free or even a vegan menu can be catered for. They ask that you inform the team when you make your reservation so that your needs can be tailored too.

What treats can you enjoy this Mother’s Day? On Sunday 31st March 2019 you could enjoy an Afternoon Tea with unlimited servings of tea or coffee if you prefer, plus a glass of prosecco, for £16.95 per person. Children are more than welcome to join you too with under 12’s at £8.95 per child and under 5’s are free of charge.

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The elegant restaurant has gained an excellent reputation for serving wholesome British food as well as their local fish menu.

Guests are invited to ‘get comfortable’ and snuggle down together in the big Canadian bed and put your feet up and relax in the complimentary robe and slippers. Plus, free parking and free Wi-Fi is included during your stay. Visit the website here to purchase:

Future Inn Plymouth 1 William Prance Road | Plymouth International Business Park | Plymouth | PL6 5ZD 01752 701000


Mother’s Day It is time to treat the special ladies in your life!

£16.95 per person

Under 12’s £8.95 Under 5’s complimentary

Sunday 31st March 2019 Between 12pm-5pm • Traditional Afternoon Tea • Served with tea or coffee • Glass of prosecco Pre-booking is essential, and full payment is taken at the time of booking. Please note this is non-refundable and non-amendable

Future Inn Plymouth | 01752 701000 |

food and drink new food and drink book releases

Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking Author: Mary Berry Publisher: BBC Books RRP: £ 15.40 (Hardcover)

The nation’s queen of home cooking brings her foolproof, delicious approach to quick fix cooking. In this brand-new, official tie-in to the major BBC Two series, Mary shows how being in a rush will never be a problem again. Find brilliant 20- and 30-minute meals and enjoy wonderful dishes that can be swiftly assembled and then left to cook away while you do something else.

All aboard the new look 'Ship' and get 10% off your food bill In March The Ship on The Barbican is getting ready for the spring... We have just had a bit of renovation in our upstairs dining room which has the best views over the harbour and we will be launching our new menu in March offering locally sourced dishes. Come and try our new menu during March and receive 10% off your food bill when you dine in our new upstairs dining room. Our full menu can be viewed online at including our homemade Sunday roasts with all the trimmings for just £9.50. We cater for small or large group bookings in the upstairs restaurant, taking parties of up to 75 guests..also perfect for office meetings, christenings, weddings and birthdays and mothers and toddlers day groups. Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements. The Ship provides an ideal destination at any time of the year as we bring you every Monday two delicious burgers for just £15, every Wednesday two premium rump steaks and a bottle of wine for only £35 and you can have

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every Thursday a super fun evening with our popular quiz. And remember we show all live sport here including this year's 6 Nations.

Come and try our new menu during March and receive 10% off your food bill when you dine in our new upstairs dining room. Last but not least all students, and all the fantastic emergency services get 10% food and drink in March. Just bring your ID card! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Greenfeast: spring, summer Author: Nigel Slater Publisher: Fourth Estate RRP: £ 15.40 (Hardcover)

Greenfeast: spring, summer is a vibrant and joyous collection of the food Nigel eats at the end of the day. Over 110 simply beautiful spring and summer recipes, each with suggested variations, that can mostly be on the table in 30 minutes. This is perfect for people who want to eat less meat, but don’t want to compromise on flavour and ease of cooking.


to our newly refurbished upstairs dining room, with the best views over the harbour. We have had a sparkle, with new decoration, furniture and local artwork.

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The New Continental Hotel

Everyone loves a family holiday... There is no question about it, if we could all be guaranteed a couple of weeks a year when we could diarise time off together; we would. Ok, so we would also all diarise non-moody teenagers, tantrum free toddlers and partners with patience – but time at least is something most of us can manage! Easter is the perfect time to get away; it’s a reward for getting through the first part of the year, and the springboard that connects us to summer, which is just around the corner! Coming to Plymouth and staying at the New Continental Hotel makes so much sense; it is the perfect destination and home away from home for all the family to enjoy!

Make Plymouth Your Own... Situated in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City and easily accessible; we offer an unbeatable location and the warmest of family welcomes.

Surrounded by iconic architectural, cultural landmarks and Plymouth’s sensational attractions and events; the New Continental Hotel is in the perfect location to explore Britain's Ocean City. Our Grade II listed, Victorian hotel is perfect for families, with a friendly yet professional service, offering everything you need for your break away.

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For visiting family and friends, we love nothing more than to open our doors to allow everyone to enjoy the riches on offer here in Plymouth; of which there are many!

Inside The Hotel...

Club Continental is our in-house leisure complex; complete with sauna, steam room, two air-conditioned gyms and an indoor heated pool. With FREE use of Club Continental for all our guests and opened 7 days a week, it’s the perfect addition to the hotels facilities on offer. Delicious freshly prepared to order breakfast is worth waking up for. It’s also FREE for those little ones six and under. Whether it’s getting fresh & fruity at the breakfast bar; a full Classic English breakfast; a warming all butter croissant or perhaps some of our favourites like grilled kippers or smoked haddock.

Everything you need for your break away

Everything is prepared just how you like it, so you just have to sit back, relax and wait to be wowed! Steve’s Brasserie is our in-house restaurant; with a children’s menu perfect for any little hungry tum! What’s more, we don’t only have an amazing Pizza Oven that produces pizzas everyone falls in love with; but an Early Evening and Ala carte menu for any hungry traveller!

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Steve's Brasserie

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For visiting family and friends, we love nothing more than to open our doors to allow everyone to enjoy the riches on offer here in Plymouth; of which there are many!

With golden oldies that have stood the test of time; to new independent gems. It’s not just our holiday makers that are in owe of Plymouth’s amazing food diversity; Plymouth is a city that meets over dinner, so there is no shortage of options!

Outside The Hotel...

As ever; Plymouth is putting on quite the show this Easter, so if you’re lucky enough to be spending the holidays here, your whole family is in for a treat! Plymouth as a city offers so much to see, do and be part of all year through – and Easter is no egg-ception! There are lots of free activities as well as theatre fun, the National Marine Aquarium and MUCH, MUCH MORE! The Theatre Royal Plymouth always has an amazing programme of work on its stages; and this Easter there are some truly extraordinary performances. What’s more, it’s just a two minute walk from the Hotel! Saltrum House is an amazing National Trust House & Garden and a winner with our guests every year. It was once a home to the Parker family and is now a home to lots of wild animals. You could easily spend one or two of your days in Plymouth exploring the park, dressing up in the house or finding out all about natures 'Grand designs'. There is an infamous Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt too. {Easter Egg Hunt | 24 March – 8 April | 10am to 4pm. £2 per hunt. Normal admission prices into the house and garden apply. There is no

admission charge for Under 5s and National Trust members.} Plymouth by Foot & Bike is an amazing FREE activity. Given our cities history; there have been many famous people walking the Plymouth cobbles. Follow in the footsteps of these infamous explorers, pioneers and artists and walk the Southwest coast path from the Royal William Yard to the Barbican. You will encounter iconic naval buildings, breath-taking views over the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound and the intriguing characteristics of the former towns and villages that make up this original marine city.

Plymouth’s Food Scene...

Food feeds holiday memories; as well as your tummies and soul! The Plymouth restaurant and food scene is a joyful mix of old and new, and most importantly perhaps, like many things in Plymouth, old informing new! An ocean city famed for its fresh seafood as well as honouring food diversity. Diversity potentially born from a city that thrives on collaboration, culture, history and the Arts; we have a food scene that is a melting pot of excellence on our door step!

From restaurants at home in the glamour of the Royal William Yard, a Grade-I listed former Navy building situated on the entrance of the River Tamar; to city centre wonders that will take your breath away and barbican beauties waiting to dazzle; Plymouth promises an explorer's ransom of options – the hardest thing is perhaps making the choice!

Getting Here By Road...

Plymouth is a city that is easily accessible; the road trip here can be good fun too, thanks to some tips on how to survive ‘The Family Road Trip’ - shared by staff here at the New Continental Hotel! They have added some great printable resources too!! With so much to see and do; check our availability or contact us for more details. We would love to be part of your Plymouth holiday and live on in your memories for years to come, as a city that does family holidays for everyone to treasure. Call: 01752 276498 Email: Web:

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EASTER 2019 Good Friday 19th April

Bank Holiday Monday 22nd April

Easter family fun and activities guide

There is much for Plymouth, and its surrounds, to be proud of; Britain's Ocean City with a rich naval heritage, its independent, creative and unique stlye, the breathtaking views... As the winter jumpers and scarfs are beginning to find there way to the back of the wardrobe, and with the last couple of years proving that some of the better weather comes this way at the start of spring, there is no better time for the family to get out for the day and visit some of the cities best attractions. We have highlighted some of the best places for all the family to go this Easter - I'm sure you won't be disappointed!


It's almost that time of the year when the Nationl Trust sites across the region team up with Cadbury to offer you the ultimate day out. Join the likes of Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Saltram, Antony House and others over the Easter holidays to run through muddy woodlands, around mystical lakes and along nature trails on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2019. What’s more, everyone will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury treat at the end of each completed hunt. And every time you head out on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, you’ll help us fund vital conservation work to protect special places for future generations to explore. With two weeks of school holidays over Easter, many of the areas best attractions will be running opening offers, exciting new facilities and rides as well as Easter themed events. We highlight the likes of Woodlands, Crealy, Mount Edgcumbe, Kents Cavern and The Monkey Sanctuary to name a few, plus the National Marine Aquarium have a host of events from Boat Trips to conservation, birthday parties to sleeping with sharks. If you have a penchant for science, fashion, breathtaking art, industry or architecture, there will be a location somewhere in the city and its surrounds that will cater for your every whim. Many of the cities museums and galleries are set in, and around, beautiful historic buildings where visitors can observe fascinating collections free of charge. Throughout the holiday period you will also find that many sites will hold workshops, talks and activities targeted at children and families.

Get your sporting fix:

Sitting high on the top of Haldon Hill, just outside Exeter with wonderful views down towards Dartmoor, Exeter Racecourse has an action packed calendar of events throughout the jump season. The racecourses 'Superhero Family Day' on April 16th is one of our busiest and most actionpacked days of the year with kids aged 17 and under going racing for free! To add to the fun, they are offering on the spot prizes throughout the day, so dress your little one as their favourite Superhero to be in with the chance to win. Not to be outdone, Newton Abbott racecourse will have an Easter Saturday event on 20th April where there will be fun for all the family.

Get out and about:

Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland, popular with local dog walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. Waymarked trails will take you deep into the woods to discover stunning viewpoints and an intriguing history, and Woods Cafe will help you refuel after your adventure. The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Cardinham. This Easter, head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the cafe for just £3.

Join the likes of Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Saltram, Antony House and others over the Easter holidays to run through muddy woodlands, around mystical lakes and along nature trails on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2019. On the edge of wild and magical Dartmoor is a hidden gem of all things small, cute and cuddly. At The Miniature Pony Centre you go into a paddock and where you will be surrounded by miniature ponies and tiny foals. The joy of being able to stroke and cuddle them is something to remember forever. The Miniature Pony Centre is an animal lover’s idea of heaven! At Pennywell Farm you can meet all the new arrivals and help bottle feed Easter babies, pond dip for tadpoles, cuddle pigs and pets and cheer on this seasons racing pigs. Plus a full line-up of top notch entertainment with 2 Big Shows daily. Chocoholics will appreciate the Easter egg hunts and the chance to win an extra chocolate treat by completed the Easter Quiz. There will be Easter activities and special entertainment in the Pennywell theatre courtesy of Poco Drom and ‘gentleman juggler’ Matt Pang. In order to help your family spring into the new season, we have highlighted some of the best places for all them to visit this Easter and beyond. With 24 pages of events, exhibiitons, workshops and offers, we have something for everyone - I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

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co-hosts a multi-sport club every Wednesday afterschool. This experience also enables the holiday club provision to include young people who may typically find it difficult in other settings where their needs are not understood. Stacey says: “We have specially trained staff who work with young people with additional needs on a daily basis, so this enables us to also cater for children that maybe on the autistic spectrum or have other related needs. Any parent of a young person with additional needs is welcome todiscuss with us how the needs of their child can be taken care of at our club.”

Celebrating over 20 Years of Holiday Club in Plymouth YMCA Plymouth has been a hub of youth activities and sports in Plymouth for several decades. The charity has built a strong reputation for its quality and affordable services, combined with a friendly and welcoming ethos. Recently YMCA celebrated over 20 years of running its holiday club, which takes place at their Honicknowle Lane centre every school holiday. The club is open to young people aged 8-16 and hosts all kinds of exciting activities, that include a range of sports, games and trips. The club enables young people to get the most out of their holiday by providing fun and structured activities led by a team of friendly and experienced staff. Activities range from team games like quidditch and dodgeball to creative activities. It’s this variety as well as their friendly and enthusiastic staff that YMCA Plymouth believes has made the club so successful. Stacey Ferris, Youth Manager says: “We make sure we offer a range of different activities that any children can take part in, whatever their ability or interests. We do something new every day of the club so it’s always fresh and interesting throughout the week!” Getting people active and encouraging healthy lifestyles has always been part of YMCA Plymouth’s DNA – the centre hosts over 20 community sport clubs and a wide selection of group fitness classes throughout the week, as well this they even offer BTEC Sport qualifications for ages 16-18 through their Discovery College. One of the aims of holiday club is to get young people moving and interacting with each other, something which can sometimes be difficult in today’s age of iPads and Xboxes! However, the club provides a great way to ensure children can make the most of their holiday and are spending less of their time in front of a screen. Stacey says “It’s really important for young people to interact and be active, the types of

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activities we offer aren’t like PE in school but are fun and varied meaning even children who don’t typically do sport can be involved and have fun.


We make sure we offer a range of different activities that any children can take part in, whatever their ability or interests.

YMCA’s Holiday Club starts at just £12 for a 9.30am-3.30pm session and offers extra early and late sessions for only an extra £3 each. Special days like trips away may vary in cost depending on the activity. As an Ofsted registered centre and all youth workers having relevant qualifications, first aid training and DBS checks you can be assured your young people are in a safe environment. Parents say YMCA Plymouth’s Holiday Club is unique due to its friendly and varied activities. Gemma, a mum of two children that attend the club says, “My children love all the staff and always have fun at the club, it’s something they look forward to each half-term.”


Throughout the week YMCA Plymouth also offers a number of inclusive activities specifically for people with a range of additional needs. YMCA is also an official partner of Special Olympics and

To find out more about holiday club call YMCA Plymouth on 01752 201918 or visit their website at


Holiday Club Half-term activities for ages 8-16

Fun multi-activity club including; games, sports, trips and much more, every school holiday at YMCA Plymouth! YMCA Plymouth has over 20 years experience delivering high quality youth holiday activities. All staff are enhanced DBS checked, have had child protection training and hold relevant national body qualifications. A first-aid officer is always on-site.

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Easter activities Jump: It’s all about having fun!

At Jump, children are free to be as energetic and active as they wish. In this safe but exciting environment, they develop physical and social skills, co-ordination and balance and at the same time their imaginations run wild. We actively encourage parents to join in with the fun.

Plymouth Jump has a fantastic play-frame, an enormous infl atable, an indoor football pitch and a zone just for toddlers. Your child can enjoy the amazing facilities, which are packed into 19,000 square feet of laughter and adventure. We also offer themed party rooms, a café and different activities every day.

GEt your skates on this easter at Plymouth Pavilions ice rink

Thinking of ways to use up all of that energy your child has this Easter Half Term? Why not take them to Plymouth Pavilions’ Ice Rink? With a large variety of sessions available for everyone, grab your friends and bring your family along! There is parking on site and it is open seven days a week.

Customers are also able to take full advantage of Cheap Sk8, a session offering the full fun of the Ice Rink without breaking the bank, ice hockey, group lessons as well as the general public skate time.

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From the moment the birthday child arrives we take care of everything from gathering the party children together at the beginning to making sure they all have a big smile on their face when saying goodbye! Party prices start from just £10* per child and all parties include: • Jump Birthday Present for the Birthday Child - Fantastic Unlimited 1 Month Play Pass or Family Day Pass • FREE Birthday Child~ • FREE Adult Admission • Party Invitations • Unlimited Play • Party Activities (Laser party activity includes exclusive use of Jump!) • Party Food • Balloons • Jump Party Host

Sessions include Chilly Tots, a fun and exciting activity to enjoy with your toddlers and young children, Family Fun Skate sessions, which are aimed at children under the age of 12 and their adults. Check out the timetable and the range of sessions on offer at Sessions include Chilly Tots, a fun and exciting activity to enjoy with your toddlers and young children, Family Fun Skate sessions, which are aimed at children under the age of 12 and their adults, offering the perfect introduction to the ice with fun and games and Ice Discos, where you can skate away to the latest chart music.

Jump’s themed parties are fantastic, actionpacked,and fun. Each is an adventure in its own right, a special experience that the birthday child, and his or her guests, will always remember. That’s why they’re so popular, with children and parents.

Whatever your age, ability or interest, they have got something you’ll love including a range of skating aids for those a bit wobbly on the ice! Choose from polar bears, penguins and seals to help build your confidence and keep you on your feet. Give the team a call on 01752 936363 to find out more or head to the website and book your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment this Easter!

If your child has lots of friends to invite, not to worry, we have brilliant news! For all weekend/ holiday Activity and Laser parties with 20 children or more you will also receive a 10% discount as well as not having to pay for the birthday child! *Afterschool Party only, not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. ~Terms and Conditions Apply

For more details on these and more activities, at jump, call: 01752 782415 or go online:

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Mount Batten Watersports and Actvities Centre

Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre:

Try sometHing new this Easter There’s a huge range of land and water based activities you can enjoy at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre this spring. From stand-up paddleboarding to kayaking to multi adventure days to simply enjoying a breakfast, coffee or lunch in The Lookout, there’s something for everyone at the Centre.

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We want you to make your Mount Batten moments with us – to head home and tell your friends and family of the fun you’ve had, of the new experiences you’ve enjoyed and for those memories to last a lifetime.

The Centre are running a variety of two hour try sessions (stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking) on selected dates and times from March onwards starting from just £27.50 per person and are the perfect opportunity for you to try something new. How about a Breakfast Paddle to set yourself up for the day?

The sessions are suitable for ages 8+ for TryKayak and 11+ for TrySUP. The Centre also hosts Kayak Tours – explore Plymouth Sound from the water and see the City’s historical and picturesque waterfront from a different perspective. The kayak tours last for three hours or five hours and start from just £32.50 per person. The minimum age is 8 and under 12s must be accompanied by an adult for the three hour tour and for the five hour kayak tour the minimum age is 14.

School holiday activities for budding adventurers For younger adventurers, the Centre hosts a range of Multi Adventure Days for ages 7 to 11 during the school holidays – each day includes three different activities including seashore survival, abseiling, orienteering, soft archery, Giant SUP boards and a packed lunch. Making friends, learning new skills and lots of fun is guaranteed for £36.95 per person.

Perhaps you’re enjoying walking the South West Coast Path this spring – fantastic, the Centre is situated right on the path – pop in and enjoy food and drink in The Lookout with superb views of Plymouth Sound and waterfront. The Centre are proud to be one of Plymouth's Plastic Free Pioneers and are working hard to reduce, and remove, single use plastic at The Lookout.

Try something new!

All equipment is provided – all you need to do is book your place online or by phone and then arrive at the Centre with a towel, suitable shoes and lots of enthusiasm!

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To find out more and to book any of our activities this spring please call 01752 404567, visit or email: Don’t forget to share your #mountbattenmoments with us on social media too! The Lookout

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Easter attractions Mega Easter fun and meet Peter Rabbit™ AT CREALY

Crealy Theme Park & Resort is an award winning family theme park in Devon that boasts over 60 rides and attractions, with spectacular live entertainment shows and animals galore, it's no wonder that Crealy Theme Park & Resort is regularly voted the best day out in Devon. Our resort offers the ultimate Devon family holiday with a choice of accommodation ranging from touring & camping pitches to luxury glamping cabins and five-star luxury hot tub lodges, with the family theme park tickets included. Plus with that wonderful warm Devon welcome - it could only be Crealy Theme Park & Resort.

Get the family ready for an eggstreme Easter at Woodlands Family Theme Park Woodlands Family Theme Park is the largest family theme park in Devon, a fun filled family day out for everyone. From little kids to kid-ults there’s something for anyone and everyone!

6th – 22nd April 2019 Eggstreme Easter at Woodlands

You will be able to meet and greet the mischievous Peter Rabbit™ himself from 18th to 22nd of April! He will be making personal appearances on the Piazza Stage at intervals on each day – don’t forget your cameras!

The grotto costs £4.50 per child and adults can accompany free of charge. All children receive a gift from the Easter Bunny.

Mother’s Day 2019 at Woodlands!

Join us on Mothering Sunday 31st March and treat your Superhero Mums to the best day out in The South West!

In 2019 the Woodlands Easter Bunny has been joined by loads of NEW and exciting friends! Get ready for an Eggstreme Easter.

Mums go FREE on 31st March when tickets are booked online and in advance with a paying child.

Travel through a land of chocolate heaven, take in the stunning views and see the magic of the world of Easter, then meet the Easter Bunny himself and collect your special gift in the Chocolate Easter Bunny’s Grotto.

Friday 12th & 19th April 2019 Fizzpop Science Workshop and Shows

Woodlands Easter Bunny’s Grotto is the first of its kind in the South West where customers will experience an eggstra special eggcounter with the one and only Easter Bunny… The fun-loving Chairman of Chocolate.

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Easter highlights include:

6th - 22nd April Megga Easter Egg Hunt PLUS MEET Peter Rabbit™!

With one of the largest and best indoor play areas in the South West, amazing water rides, a zoo farm and much more, there’s fun to be had rain or shine. A great value family day out and with up to 30% off when you buy tickets online, it makes your day even better! Looking for things to do in Devon? We have different events on throughout the year for you and all the family to enjoy. These include special ticket discounts, Halloween themed rides and events, Christmas Grotto and shows throughout the summer.

Located just minutes off Junction 30 of the M5, Exeter and with plenty of free parking, we've got everything you could want from the biggest theme park in Devon.

Practical and exciting science workshops!

Fizz pop will be getting very busy and creative with their gooey slime making workshop which is all included for Annual Members and in your day ticket price. For more details on these and other events, visit:

While you're at the park, you can take part in our mEGGa Easter egg hunt, from the 15th to 22nd of April, where you will be tasked to find all the magical eggs hidden and use your special map to tick off which ones you've found. Once you've completed the Easter egg hunt, you can head over to Guest Services to claim your very chocolatey, egg-ceptional prize! Plus the whole Theme Park will be in full swing as we open up are water rides and Twister after the winter break, so you'll be able to have a whole day of fun, laughs and screams as you enjoy over 60 rides and attractions across the park! And you'll be able to use your 7 days for the price of 1, which means you can come to the park for a whole day and come back to the park for the next seven days for FREE! All you have to do is validate your ticket at guest services before you leave the park. It's going to be super egg-citing, super fun event that is perfect for the whole family! You'll be silly to egg-nore Crealy this Easter!

Run wild at Becky Falls this Easter Set within a spectacular ancient valley, Dartmoor’s famous Becky Falls has been attracting visitors since 1903, and no trip to Devon would be complete without a visit. This Easter will be no exception. We have a wonderful array of activities planned; including our Eggsellent Quiz for children of all ages – find the answers around the park to all things egg related! There’s a prize for every child who takes part which includes a go on the tombola to win Easter eggs galore! Make Easter special with some breath-taking woodland walks. Take time to explore over 50 acres of woodland and streams which are rich in wildlife. There is a choice of trails. Choose the Blue Trail for a gentler walk along the Becka Brook and through the ancient oak woodland. The Red Trail is where you will discover our stunning waterfall and its dramatic 70ft drop at the heart of the park. Why not have a go at our notoriously fun boulder scramble and if you enjoy that, carry on to the Purple Trail for views of the beautiful lower falls on more rugged terrain.

As always, we will be offering hands-on Animal Encounter Shows where you can get up close to some of our friendly residents. Who will you meet today? They could be furry, scaly, feathery, or even have 8 legs! No session is the same. Not forgetting the Meet the Keeper Sessions throughout the day with our Meerkats and other animals. We also have a children’s stamp trail, where every child wins a prize, and there are Explorer Backpacks available to borrow to help young explorers really discover the woodland.

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After all this, relax and treat yourself in our licensed woodland café and gift shop. There really is something for all ages (including your dog, who will be made very welcome!). Remember, once you’ve paid your entrance fee, all the shows and activities are included - so there’s nothing else to pay! Becky Falls is just 10 minutes from the A38 expressway. See more at:


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Easter is a great time to hang out

at The Monkey Sanctuary

Support a local charity and visit Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, offering a safe haven for monkeys since 1964.

Set in beautiful woodland and nestled into the side of the south Cornish coast between Looe and Seaton, Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of rescued monkeys, giving visitors an intimate insight to a working sanctuary and a chance to meet some of its amazing monkey residents and wildlife inhabitants.

Go underground this Easter

at Kents Cavern

There’s lots to do for the whole family, who can take a tour of the monkey enclosures and learn about these fascinating animals and the work that goes into caring for them on a daily basis, from a team of expert carers. The Monkey Sanctuary is home to 40 individuals; many of them rescued from conditions of abuse and neglect and each one with their distinct characters and personalities.The monkeys get fed almost every hour throughout the day, so visitors can be sure to catch them enjoying a snack or hanging out with their friends!

Kents Cavern is an extensive labyrinth of caverns with spectacular natural formations, widely used by prehistoric people.The human archaeology discovered in cave is the most ancient found in Britain, some over 500,000 years old, making it Britain’s premier prehistoric cave. The most signifi cant artefact is a 38,000 year old human jawbone; Europe’s oldest human fossil.

Tours of the cavern are led by entertaining guides concluding in an underground exhibition chamber. Plenty goes on outside for the family with a Stone Age themed woodland trail, kids archaeological dig, hands-on cave art walls and regular appearances by Cavogthe-Caveman during school holidays. There is a superb gift shop, good restaurant and relaxing gardens. Spectacular coastal walks, along the South West Coast Path, beginning and end at the caves. Easter highlights include:

16th March Stone Age School - Musician

Join our ‘Rock’ band with your own percussion instruments made from the finest natural resources. Make either a rain stick or pan pipes with bamboo and decorate them before we head into the caves to try them out. Each child will leave every session with something that they have made and a badge to show their new Stone Age skill. £7 for each individual session or £50 for all 10 Stone Age School sessions. Booking essential, Times: 10am-12pm or 2pm - 4pm

20th April Stone Age School - Doctor

Learn about natural remedies discovered by ancient people that have been passed down through the ages and are even still used in some cultures today. Make your own lip-balm and a shaman stick. £7 for each individual session or £50 for all 10 Stone Age School sessions. Booking essential, Times: 10am-12pm or 2pm - 4pm For more details on these and other events, visit: or call: 01803 215136

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It’s not just monkeys though! Kids will love the wild play area where they can learn about the environment around them and let off some steam in the playground. Take a gentle stroll around the beautiful Wildlife Gardens to see what wildlife can be spotted, or simply relax on the front lawn, whilst taking in the stunning sea view. Find out how to help the wildlife in your own garden in the Wildlife Room, with live feed cameras, recorded footage, and displays, it is a great place for children and adults alike. Our gift shop offers a selection of souvenirs, clothing and toys selected from ethical suppliers, and sourced from companies that operate Fairtrade or ethical means of production. We also offer hot and cold refreshments and vegetarian light ‘bites’ from the shop too! For more information on prices and opening times please visit

easter attractions Just before the exhibition closes, Art Curator Terah Walkup will explore the changing dialogue around art and science from ancient times to the present day, in a special evening lecture on Thursday 14 March.

Blast from the Pasties The pasty is one of the region’s most iconic foods and a special event filled with pastythemed fun for all ages will take place at Moments Café in Plymouth’s city centre on Saturday 23 March!

‘Blast from the Pasties’ will give you a chance to find out about the history of the pasty and some of the changing food fashions of the last century. You’ll also be able to see images and archive film footage from our collections and test out your taste buds with different pasty fillings.

Maker Memories

The ‘Maker Memories’ project has been recording stories, collecting photographs and objects for the last 18 months to build a fascinating story of Maker Camp. A mobile display that explores some of the project’s highlights can be seen at Plymstock Library until Saturday 30 March.

Box Update

Super Stover

Lots to enjoy this Spring with The Box ‘On Tour’ The Box’s ‘On Tour’ programme promises real variety this spring.


A partnership between The Box and KARST will see a series of rapid-fire exhibitions, each lasting a week, displayed at KARST, George Place, Stonehouse from 5 to 30 March. The exhibitions are part of a UK-wide programme supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Outset called fig-futures. Featured artists for the Plymouth exhibitions, which are curated by Ben Borthwick, are Suzanne Treister, Eva Grubinger, Charlotte Moth and Laura Eldret. A special launch event, including a Q&A talk with the artist from each exhibition will take place on Monday 4, 11, 18 and 25 March from 6pm. Everyone is welcome so please come along.

Birds in Flight

Join us on a special expedition to the Devon Bird of Prey Centre near Newton Abbot on Saturday 9 March as part of our series of family-friendly natural history events. Find out more about the birds at the centre and the fascinating journeys they would take in the wild.

Film Screenings

Come along to our community hub space on floor 5 of House of Fraser to enjoy a free screening of ‘Four Degrees West’ on Tuesday 12 March. This 1965 exploration of Plymouth and its surrounds by Armada Productions will run on a loop from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Another film screening will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday 2 April. Come and watch Westward Television portraits of influential studio potter Bernard Leach (1887-1979) and famous artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975).

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Jem Southam exhibition

It’s your last chance to catch an exhibition of work by leading landscape photographer Jem Southam in the Levinsky Gallery on the University of Plymouth’s campus. ‘Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands’ reflects on 300 years of natural history studies in Britain and is on display until the end of Saturday 16 March.

Artists and Scientists

The development of The Box has come a long way during the last year on the construction site and behind the scenes. You can get the latest update on progress from CEO Paul Brookes and find out what else is planned for the next few months in an evening lecture at the Plymouth Athenaeum on Thursday 11 April.

Super Stover

Enjoy the great outdoors with us at one of Devon’s most scientifically important sites at our ‘Super Stover’ event on Monday 15 April. We’ll be joined by one of Stover Park's expert rangers for a special nature ramble around their ancient lake. You’ll also get chance to explore for mini beasts, plants and birds.

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The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) has an exciting and fun year of activities & events planned for 2019. Check out some of their upcoming plans and support their Ocean Conservation Charity.

Diving into Easter!

The Aquarium in Plymouth always has something different to do and experience. This Easter School Holidays are no different! Their holiday theme this April is “Diving into Easter”. As well as meeting their huge array of Ocean animals you’ll find out what it takes to explore beneath the waves.

Plymouth’s Plastic Polar Bear is here!

The NMA kicked off their year by becoming the home of a single-use plastic life size polar bear statue. The model made by freelance designers in partnership with the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, is made using a metal bamboo and willow framework with weaved bits of plastic bag, net, cups, bottles and wrapping into the bodywork to make a very realistic looking animal. This polar bear will help the NMA highlight the effects of single-use plastics in our Ocean. As an Ocean Conservation Charity the NMA are doing a lot of work to help our Ocean, and a visit to the Aquarium will help support their vital conservation work. Their new plastic pal will be housed in the NMA’s Great Barrier Reef exhibit area and is a must see!

The holiday theme this April is “Diving into Easter”. As well as meeting their huge array of Ocean animals you’ll find out what it takes to explore beneath the waves.

With a chance to meet their expert divers, learn about the equipment needed for underwater adventures and to top your day off, you can try some virtual Scuba Diving with a the NMA’s new VR experience this is set to be a great day out. With a daily shows, talks and feeds (and if you’re feeling extra special a bookable V.I.P Behind the Scenes tour) the National Marine Aquarium has something for the whole family. Don’t forget, pay once and they’ll give you a complimentary ticket to return as much as you like for 12 months!

Children’s Birthday Parties at the UK’s largest Aquarium

With the mission of connecting people with the Ocean the NMA have launched their new children’s birthday party offerings. With three new party packages for children aged 1 to 12 years old they have something to cater for all ages. Whether you’ve got a tiny Turtle Todd (aged 1 to 5) and you’d like to let your party loose in their Loola Land Soft Play area, a Clownfish Kid who’d like to become a pirate, mermaid or superhero or even a Aquarium Adventurer looking to take part in a science session or artistic activity they have something for all! Book your party package via the Aquarium’s website

easter attractions Mount Edgcumbe is a place of ancient barrows, mystical woodland, beautiful formal gardens, listed monuments, battle sites, forts, chapels and holy wells dotted along a remote coastline above secret beaches and smugglers’ coves. Originally built in 1547 the House remained home to the Edgcumbe family until1971 when the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe passed over the land to the stewardship of Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council as a Country Park During the five centuries the Edgcumbes lived here, they built new roads and numerous fortifications; an extraordinary and ground breaking house (15471550); summer houses; an ice house; garden houses; seats; follies; stables; kennels; a dairy; a sawmill; a smithy; a wheelwrights workshop, estate workers houses and even a substantial gunpowder store. Today Mount Edgcumbe comprises 865 acres of parkland with over 10 miles of coastline. The Grade I listed landscape contains 56 listed buildings, 4 ancient monuments, 4 sites of Special Scientific Interest, over 180 different species of tree and plays host to the direct descendants of the fallow deer that Sir Piers Edgcumbe introduced in 1515. With adventure play zones, shops, café’s and restaurants it is the destination of choice for visitors to Cornwall and Plymouth alike. You can enjoy disk golf, Segway adventure in the great outdoors; explore creativity at the blacksmiths and weaving workshop with retail therapy all available in the Barrow Centre or visit the family collection, paintings, tapestries, furniture, sculptures, exhibitions and even dressing up in the costume room at the House. Mount Edgcumbe is the perfect day out in all weathers. So why not join the smugglers, pirates, Vikings, Armada’s, visiting Royalty, painters, explorers and writers who have enjoyed this place and come along to visit Mount Edgcumbe this year?

Make some memories at Mount Edgcumbe

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is open 7 days a week 8am to dusk. Mount Edgcumbe House is open between April and September, Sunday to Thursday 11am to 4.30pm (last admission at 4pm). For further information visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter views. You can take a moment to stroll through the garden and enjoy the displays. If you prefer to get an expert take on all things gardening then you can join a Glorious Garden Tour to find out more. Tours are scheduled throughout the year and listed on the website.

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After visiting in spring you might like to return to see the change of the seasons, indulge in another cream tea or see something different like Conservation-In Action. Each time you discover something new at Antony, it allows the National Trust to keep looking after special places like Antony for ever, for everyone. Thank you for your support.

Enjoy the glorious gardens, and maybe find an egg or two, at Antony House this Easter Antony is springing into life this Easter and the cheeky Cadbury bunny has been hopping through the garden leaving sweet treats for families. The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is back for 2019. You can follow a set of clues around the garden and find your way to the secret finish to claim a Cadbury chocolate egg reward. This year, the hunt is all about butterflies. Clues to each stage of the butterfly life cycle will lead you around the garden. You might even be able to spot and identify a butterfly yourself using the identification key provided.

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There are visual treats in store along the way. The black walnut tree crowning main lawn will be decorated with over 1000 colourful eggs and ribbons. Would you like to dance under the branches? Or perhaps you could add your own decorated egg? The lawn next to the house will be the focus of a giant installation of Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring, you’ll have the chance to add branches to her ever increasing skirt. Once you reach the finish you can pick a Cadbury chocolate egg from the giant nest. At Easter-time the garden is a shock of colours with spring blooms adorning the flower beds and

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Good Friday 19 Apr, Easter Sunday 21 Apr, Easter Monday 22 Apr, 12noon – 4.30pm.

Outside of the Easter weekend 9-11 Apr & 16-18 Apr, 12noon – 4.30pm, £2 per hunt (includes Cadbury chocolate prize), normal admissions apply. 01752 812 191 See the website for further details about what’s on including a full list of opening times.

Visit historic Mount Edgcumbe House, the family collection and the Earl’s private garden linked to the nearby Barrow Centre shops, arts and craft outlets and a wonderful Cafe. Come and see the working blacksmith, weaver and textile designer bringing the estate back to life. Mount Edgcumbe House and Earl’s Garden - open daily April to September, Sunday - Thursday 11.00 to 16.30 (last admission at 16.00). Open every Sunday throughout the year for guided tours (advanced booking required). Group visits can be arranged at any time of year by using the contact details below. Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1HZ Tel. 01752 822 236

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Now's your chance to admire the renowned Repton views, be curious about a still lived-in family home and enjoy a cream tea in the tearoom. Each bite ofthrough a scone, treat the gift shop Go crunching fallen leavesfrom and discover a forest teeming withthrough wildlife and autumn colours, with walking and stroll the spring blooms helps us routesafter for all Antony ages and abilities. look for centuries to come.

Call 01752 812 191 for details When you visit, donate, volunteer join the When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the or National Trust,National your support helps to look after special <inafter the region> <likeplaces Trust, yourussupport helps us places to look special property X, property Y and Proeprty Z> in for ever, for everyone. for ever, for everyone. © National Trust 2019. The National Trust is an © National Trust 2016. The National Trust is an independent independent registered charity, number 205846. registered charity, number 205846. Photography © National Trust Photography © National Trust Images\National Images. Trust/Clare Dearden.

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Capture the beauty of Spring at our National Trust locations.... and if you're lucky, an egg too! Buckland Abbey

A carpet of flowers, newborn lambs and walks in the countryside; where better to enjoy a day out than at Buckland Abbey this Spring? This Easter the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is back and this year bunny has hidden lots of giant eggs around the estate for you to find. Did you know that rabbits in medieval times were very mischievous? For example some of these rabbits were found jousting or playing musical instruments. We need your help to find all these playful bunnies hidden around the estate before they cause real mischief! The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt runs from Saturday 6th - Sunday 28th April (£2 per egg hunt and normal admission applies, members free). Throughout Easter we also have lots of craft activities for families to enjoy. Why not come along and join in with Medieval egg decorating in the school room? Or perhaps come along and join Naturemake, where you can make magical fairy dens to sparkling unicorns, all made from natural materials. The fun continues inside with one of our house trails, can you help us find all the mythical beast eggs hidden in the abbey? Spring is an excellent time to explore. From frothy blossom to delicate wild flowers, the gardens at Buckland burst into colour in the spring sunshine. With plenty of seats where you can stop to admire it's the perfect place to escape the bustle of everyday life.

Why not stop off at the Chapel Tearoom after your stroll for a refreshing cup of tea and a slice of cake? Or if you fancy a longer walk, choose from one of our many routes around the estate and spot the diverse wildlife and changing woodlands as we move into the new season. There will be lots to see and do at Saltram this springtime. You can treat Mum to a lovely day out on Mother’s Day this year, and plant a snowdrop in the garden together. Join us for the the Easter holidays and take part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Follow the clues around the garden to finish your adventure and receive your Cadbury treat. Every time you head out on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, you’ll help us fund vital conservation work to protect special places for future generations to explore. Saltram: 01752 333500. Find us and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or check out our website. You can find all of our events and activities on


At Cotehele things really spring back to life at this time of year as the house and mill reopen on Saturday 9 March after their winter deep clean and conservation work.

The garden is full of spring colour, most notably the many varieties of daffodils which grow here and are a reminder of the Tamar Valley’s market gardening past. We’re celebrating this with a Daffodil Festival from 9-24 March when there’ll be daffodil tours of the garden, displays of the different varieties, a Daffodil Discovery trail for families and daffodil sculptures by NAFAS groups, which will be on display from the weekend of 16 March. Tamar Valley AONB is decorating the packing shed in the garden, where we’ll be telling the story of market gardening. Photography courses with Going Digital return in March. On Saturday 2 March you can learn how to take photographs of birds of prey, which will be flown for you by a professional falconer. The following day, novice photographers will learn how to use their camera’s settings and how to compose images. Find out more about these courses and book on In April, Costume Sunday’s return at the mill with the team milling flour wearing traditional Victorian clothing. We’ll be running the Cadbury Easter Egg hunt at Cotehele from 6-28 April this year, so if you’d prefer to escape the Easter weekend rush, you can follow the trail helping Bunny complete his shopping list in the market gardens of the Tamar Valley on a quieter day! The trail is £2 per child, with a Cadbury chocolate prize.As always, there’s more about everything happening here on our website or check out our social feeds on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We hope to see you soon!

For more information, please call us or visit the website or check out our Facebook page.

Spring is now in full swing at Saltram, and the park and gardens are transformed with colour. As we emerge from the winter months now is the perfect time to come and see our spring flowers. This year the garden team have been working on a beautiful daffodil corridor, a sea of yellows and oranges makes for a magical springtime walk through the formal gardens. This will be followed by a rainbow of tulips to brighten the greyest of days.

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When you race around on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, it helps keep us up to speed with our conservation work When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places around Plymouth such as Buckland Abbey, Cotehele and Saltram for ever, for everyone.

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property Bath market still buoyant despite national uncertainty Carey Gilliland, Partner, Madison Oakley First-time buyers still play the 'waiting game' despite rise in home ownership. The governments annual 'English Housing Survey' (a continuous national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)) shows that 64% of the population owned their own home in 2017-18. This one percentage increase on last years figures is certainly a positive but is way below the peak of 71% in 2003.

Jack Merriott

Director, Cross Keys Estate Agents For those of you who are new to the house buying game, as the title says, choosing a solicitor to do your legal work can be very challenging to say the least. There are two types of people that can do the legal work for you, the first is a “licensed conveyancer” and the second is a “solicitor”. Both of these groups will do the same job but a firm of solicitors will usually have a dedicated conveyancing department to deal with selling, buying property, lease extensions, probate and remortgage and equity transfers. Some buyers and sellers look online to compare the prices for these services and although this does seem logical to ensure that you get a good price for this service, as an estate agent of 20 years I can tell you that this is probably the worst At the time of writing, the Bath property market thing possible for you to do. If you cannot go in is having to cope not only with intermittent snow to see the person dealing with this, do not use warnings but also with the looming spectre of them. During any property transaction there will Brexit deadlines. However, we have so far found be a lot of issues that get raised and have to be activity from buyers to be at surprisingly high answered before contracts can be exchanged, levels this early in the year. This may be the usually this entails lots of running around trying usual British phlegmatic approach coming to the to get the relevant information back to your fore but buyers are out in decent numbers and chosen conveyancer. It is always much easier transactions arranged for our clients have been if you can get a face to face meeting and thus considerably higher than January norms. ensure that the right questions and answers are being given.

We have so far found As an estate agent selling hundreds of properties in Plymouth and the surrounding we activity from areas, buyers often have buyers and sellers telling us that to be at surprisingly they are going to use an online company to fulfil the legal obligation. My first response to this is high often to checklevels out the onlinethis reviews early for these companies, sometimes we already have had in the year. experience in dealing them so we are often able

to offer a firsthand account of how good or not I have also been delving into the latest Land their services are. The main issue for these big Registry data (November 2018) as one of the call centre based conveyancing firms is that all main reasons the Bath market has often been the legal groundwork is carried out by paralegals insulated from wider national trends is a shortage or administrative assistants (not the qualified of local supply and this seems to have continued person that you think), all this paperwork is then over the last year. Comparing the last six months put into a file for a solicitor or conveyancer to of completions with the same period in 2017 sign off. Usually in these firms there are several shows a 5.8% decrease in overall transactions different teams in several different locations and driving average sale prices to a peak of £426,000 sometimes they don’t always coordinate very in BA1 and £397,000 in BA2.

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well leading to lengthy delays in the purchase or sale process and this in turn can lead to huge amounts of frustration to both sides of the transaction. In Plymouth and many other cities around the country, there are lots of different covenants on properties. These can vary from things such as “You cannot have chickens at this property”, “You cannot run a business from this property”, “You cannot alter the front fascia of this building” or one of the most common ones being ”You cannot split this property into multiple dwellings”. Plymouth has all of these covenants and many more besides. A lot of them are no longer enforceable but a surprising amount of them are In opposition to the above positive data, our enforceable and this often catches buyers out as continued monthly tracking of “on market” Bath it can change their decision as to complete the statistics shows a significant slowdown over the purchase or to pull out altogether. You can get last 90 days in average time on market/selling around some of these covenants by having an time per property. However, this pattern is often indemnity policy to protect you from them being prevalent at this time of year (the Christmas enforced but again using an online firm that does effect) and we should see a rapid increase in not know the area or the idiosyncrasies that we speed if previous years early Spring figures are have often leads to poor advice being given and any judge. usually a sale will fall through as a result. Lastly, a quick tip if you’re looking to sell this There is an old saying “You get what you pay Spring. Ask the agents you have invited out for for” this is certainly true when it comes to two facts – a) what is their “average percentage conveyancing in England, just because they of original asking price achieved” and b) what is may be cheap, doesn’t mean that you will be their “average time to sell”. Why should you find happy. At Cross Keys Estates, we regularly offer this out? our clients several quotes from local solicitor firms so that they can compare local prices, that Well, as an example, when accessing the added to the fact that we have sat in the middle latest data from 10 Bath agents we identified of thousands of property sales, means that we differences of a) nearly 3% and b) over 12 can help you make the right choice for you to weeks between the top and bottom scores. 3% ensure that you have a smooth house buying/ might not seem too much but even at the lowest selling process. average price detailed above, that could be £11,000 to you.

Many experts believe those younger buyers are having to still rely on the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' in order to get their foot on the property ladder.

One of the main findings of the survey showed that there are far fewer young buyers than a decade earlier. Some 38% of 25 to 34-year-olds are homeowners, down from 55% a decade earlier, in part owing to rising house prices. In the same period, the average age of first-time buyers has risen from 31 to 33.

Despite incentives such as help to buy and the fact that house prices have remained fairly static over the calendar year (according to the Nationwide Building Society), more younger people are still renting and fewer expect to be able to buy. Many experts believe those younger buyers are having to still rely on the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' in order to get their foot on the property ladder. It may not come as too much of a surprise that over 65s are more likely to be homeowners than they were a decade earlier, with 79% of this group owner-occupiers in 2017-18, most having paid off the mortgage.

Young adults living with parents reaches one million more than 20 years ago. Recent research from think tank, Civitas, has concluded that a million more 20 – 34 year olds in the UK are living with their parents than two decades ago, research suggests.

What the tenant fee ban means Mortgagefor rateyou reduction adds to a busy

Currentlyin tenants can and active property market the city be charged admin fees Francine Watson, Associate, Knight Frankas for such services

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From 1 June new tenants will no longer have to pay letting fees. Sounds like great news – but could there be a sting in the tail?

Welandlord are alsosomething launching 12, two bedroom the for these services, if the apartments at Charlecote, which is situated landlord’s tenants aren’t going to pay. Will the on the corner of Sion Road & Lansdown Road landlord simply bump up the rent? The evidence and another scheme Lower Borough Walls; from Scotland, where at tenant fees are already both by the prestigious developer banned, suggests that rents won’t Kersfield. rise very The apartments at Charlecote all come with much at all. parking plus the option to purchase a garage, which a luxury andarea, something of amay rarity for But in aissought after landlords well Bath. More in can the Lower Borough believe that centrally the market cope with extra Walls rent development, with somemay properties already rises. In the end tenants pay more rent in sold prior to release,fees. we will be marketing exchange forthis no upfront That’s arguably still two bedroom apartments, (of over whichtime. one is a3,benefit – the costs are spread a maisonette) and a three bedroom house. Uniquely, these properties willkind be sold as a shell On the other hand, is this the of time so that the buyer their ownraising bespoke when landlords willcan feelcreate relaxed about finish. Perhaps not. It may even be that the rents? tenant fee ban and increased charges from For further information Knight lettings agencies will beplease the lastcontact straw for some Frank + 44feeling 1225 325 999. For by more mortgage landlords, beleaguered government information, please contact Knight Frank Finance taxation changes and increased regulation – and on +44 203 857to1996. that could lead lower supply and therefore an increase in rents. Not so good for tenants. We don’t know. But we do know that new tenants will pay hundreds of pounds less at the start of their tenancies. Enjoy the bonus!

The figures, released recently, shows that where housing is more expensive the increase is much greater than those where housing is cheaper (e.g 41% in London, 14% inYorkshire and Humberside 17%).

One of the largest increases in percentage came in 23-year-olds across the UK, with the proportion living with parents rising from 37% in 1998 to 49% in 2017. As home ownership and social housing have each become more difficult to enter, and with the previous option of renting also proving too expensive, many have decided to stay with their parents a bit longer instead. One of the largest increases in percentage came in 23-year-olds across the UK, with the proportion living with parents rising from 37% in 1998 to 49% in 2017.

Despite the government building 220,000 new homes in 2017-18, the highest level in 31 years, and the promised to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020's; still more needs to be done to create affordable homes that young adults can afford.

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Uncover a hidden gem in Modbury House hunters looking to get their hands on a fabulous new home in the sought-after town of Modbury should explore Bloor Homes’ development at Palm Cross.

Nestled on the edge of the South Hams region of South Devon, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Palm Cross is a boutique collection of new homes built by housebuilder, Bloor Homes.

Each home has been carefully designed to reflect and respect the unspoiled nature and tranquillity of this beautiful area and to complement the town’s existing architecture. The development includes a wild meadow, allotments and large informal grass play area. These high specification, energy-efficient homes benefit from easy maintenance and low running

The development is proving extremely popular with everyone from first-time buyers, to young families and downsizers looking to relocate to this spectacular part of the country.

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costs, making them the ideal purchase for those looking to combine the very best in flexible and spacious living with stress-free home ownership. One of the properties being offered for sale is the Eastbury sp, a beautifully designed four-bedroom spilt level home with integral garage. Priced from £429,950, the house has flexible living space spread over three floors. Enter this wonderful family home on the first floor and follow the stairs down to a light and bright ground floor, where you will find a spectacular open-plan kitchen/dining room. Surrounded by large windows and with French doors opening onto a private rear garden, it’s easy to see how this space will become the hub of the home. Back upstairs and off the main entrance, you will find a cosy family area plus separate lounge with bay windows, providing the perfect places to relax and unwind with family and friends. On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms, including an impressive master suite with en suite shower room and fitted wardrobes, plus en suite to the second bedroom. A fourth bedroom and contemporary family bathroom complete the living space. Rowena Adams, Regional Sales Director at Bloor Homes South West, said: “Modbury is a hidden gem in South Devon. A picturesque town, with

Looking for an executive stylish new home in Plymouth...? Look no furhter than Charles Church's Bircham Combe Bircham Combe is a collection of executive homes in an elevated location overlooking Devon’s beautiful Forder Valley and Community Park, benefiting from stunning views.

a rich history, it is full of charm, character and warmth. “Palm Cross is ideally situated on the outskirts of the town, close to a good range of local amenities, including independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The development is proving extremely popular with everyone from first-time buyers, to young families and downsizers looking to relocate to this spectacular part of the country. “We would encourage anyone interested in finding their dream home in this highly-sought after town to act now to avoid disappointment.” A range of three- and four-bedroom homes are currently available at Palm Cross, priced between £309,950 and £439,950. For more information, please call 01548 895253 or visit

The new community park with its large areas of woodlands, farmland and streams will also offer a network of footpaths, nature trails, running routes and cycle paths for both leisure and commuter cyclists.

An ideal location with fantastic local amenities...

Bircham Combe is located north of Plymouth, 10 minutes from the city centre and is in a prime location nestled between the coast and Dartmoor National Park. Offering residents fantastic transport links, a primary and nursery academy on your doorstep and nearby shops and pub as well as scenic countryside – it’s a great place to call home. These spacious detached four bedroom homes all come with garages, with some boasting extra storage space next to the garage. These stylish homes could be within your reach, you could be enjoying luxury living in no time. Take advantage of one of these great schemes: Don't delay; reserve now and take advantage of the Government-assisted Help to Buy scheme. If you have a 5% deposit, you could be eligible for an interest free equity loan of up to 20%, taking your mortgage borrowing down to 75%. Alternactively, Buy this home using our Part Exchange scheme.

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Is it true I can exchange my current home for a new one? Yes, it is! Our Home Exchange scheme takes the hassle out of selling your home, because we buy it from you! With no chains, no estate agents fees and us as your guaranteed buyer, it’s the faster simpler way to move.

How do you ensure your developments integrate into existing communities? We are proud to support local communities and contribute towards the community in a number of different ways. Some of the ways we have helped include financial contributions towards local sports facilities, public transport and education facilities, improving infrastructure, providing public art and creating public open space and areas of play.

Can I add a personal touch to my home? We offer a fantastic range of options, including your choice of kitchen and tiling finishes. We also offer you the opportunity to really make it you own with a wide range of upgrades available such as a choice of appliances, lighting options, sliding wardrobes and much more!

Do you offer discounts for workers in certain sectors? Yes, we do! We offer an exclusive ‘Key Worker’ discount to those who are employed by public Government bodies such as the NHS, Police Force, Education and Ministry of Defence! More information can be found on our website at

What do you love most about the South West? We love everything about the South West! With city, coast and country on our doorstep, this beautiful part of the world provides us with the perfect backdrop to build homes that people can really fall in love with.

Find your dream home with Bovis Homes, Sherford

On the outskirts of Plymouth, Sherford offers an impressive range of high specification 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes! Built using a mix of traditional Georgian style architecture and contemporary design, these fantastic new homes are designed around modern living. All our homes at Sherford come with a high specification as standard, including integrated appliances, downlights, ceramic flooring and much more! Its the perfect place to find your forever home, and with a range of purchase assistance schemes available to help get you moving, it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be simpler! Make an appointment or pop in and see us weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open 7 days a week!

Sherford Plymouth PL9 8AR Visit our website for more information or call:

01752 929029 Photographs depict a typical Bovis Homes interior. Elevations may differ from those shown. Purchase assistance schemes are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility and not in conjunction with any other offer. Ceramic flooring is included as standard to bathrooms and en suites. Exact specification may vary between house types. Please see a sales advisor for more details.

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Discover a new way of life at Kier Living's 'The Vines' The Vines, is a joint venture development built in partnership with Sovereign Housing. The development will comprise of a mixture of two, three and four bedroom homes positioned in one of Elberton’s most desirable locations, Nightingale Close; nestled within a quiet culdesac with outstanding far reaching views. It is not difficult to understand why there is already been a lot of interest. The village of Elburton sits within the parish of Plymstock, approximately 5 miles outside the Ocean City of Plymouth. The village provides an array of independent local shops, highly recommended schools and bus route. The location of ‘The Vines’ is perfect; located on the edge of the beautiful South Hams, whilst being near to the Devon Expressway leading to the M5, Exeter Airport and all destinations further afield. From charming coastal terraces to a contemporary detached home, all our houses have modern design elements and essential traditional features. Some homes include fitted cupboards or a connecting garage for additional

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storage or usable space, while they all have convenient ground or first floor WCs. Every home includes a ten-year warranty from the NHBC alongside eco-conscious insulation materials and heating systems, to keep your best interests at heart.

The village provides an array of independent local shops, highly recommended schools and bus route.

Kier Living will be offering three different house types that definitely appeal to all; The two bedroom Hazel is alive with light, the three bedroom Beech offers spacious living throughout and the four bedroom Oak, really has it all. Whereas Sovereign Housing will offer the opportunity to purchase a shared ownership home or homes to rent.

The Beech 3 bedroom home From £249,950

The Beech offers superb styling with clean lines and practicality throughout. The ground floor boasts a kitchen / diner, and large living room the width of the house, with doors opening out into the enclosed garden. There is also a WC which completes the ground floor accommodation. On the first floor you will discover an impressive master bedroom with en-suite and two further well-proportioned bedrooms with a family bathroom and storage cupboards. Outside, there is an enclosed rear garden and designated parking.

The Oak

4 bedroom home From £349,950

The Oak house type really does have it all. The expansive ground floor has a spacious, open

Fall in love with the style and character of Linden Homes at Sherford plan family kitchen and dining room leading onto the useful utility room. Off the hallway there is a downstairs W/C and discrete study area before reaching the large separate living room, with double patio doors, where the outside is welcomed in.

Linden Homes is offering an impressive range of spacious 2, 3 4 & 5 bedroom houses in the area of Sherford. Featuring desirable high ceilings and sash windows, the layout and styling at their Sherford development provides a real sense of elegance and charm in this collection. There are numerous benefits to choosing a home here. You are just a short walk from a good range of local amenities, including a post office, Co-op food store, cafes, pubs and a large playing field. There are also Ofsted rated village schools just over a mile from home. For commuters, you will find the A38/Devon Expressway provides simple access to Plymouth, Paignton and Torquay, while Plymouth train station allows for journeys to Penzance, Liskeard and London Paddington.

The first floors leads to four bedrooms; A large master with en-suite shower room, an additional two double bedrooms and a smaller fourth bedroom. A beautifully fitted family bathroom completes the first floor. Outside the property, you’ll find an enclosed rear garden, garage and parking. For more information regarding rental homes, please contact the Sovereign Living Contact Team on: 0300 330 0718 or For more details on new homes at the Vines, contact 07812 623558 or visit the website:

Created as part of a consortium, Sherford will see 5,500 classically designed homes built as part of an exciting new town. Nestled in the South Hams, the new town will incorporate high quality homes with a host of amenities, including a market square, schools, shops, a leisure centre, plus woodland and wildlife habitats. Each of our homes at Sherford have been designed and built to the high standards and specifications you would expect from Linden Homes.

A choice of 2, 3, 4 or 5 bedroom houses for sale Plymouth, Paignton and Torquay within short commutable distances Good links to the A38 and M5 motorway Help to Buy*, Part Exchange† or Assisted Move‡ available. Book your viewing appointment with a sales advisor today. Show home open seven days a week, 10am - 5pm. Prices from £97,475 Tel: 01752 522 814

Each of our homes at Sherford have been designed and built to the high standards and specifications you would expect from Linden Homes. Choosing Sherford as your new place to call home means you will have;

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