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Our May/June issue is jam-packed with the best events, exhibitions, festivals and shows the city has to offer.
Our Food and Drink section takes a look at the history of Father's Day as well as a section on National Vegetarian Week 2019.
We speak to Simon Reeves ahead his tour that comes to Plymouth Pavilions later this year. We also have a breakdown of some of the best shows and events the city has to offer.
We look into the history of both Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine, plus there are some recipes for you to try. Finally, Luke Lauri of Bonne Sante talks about the ethos behind the restaurant.
Plymouth offers a vibrant calendar of theatrical, musical, artistic and sporting events, but in May, and throughout the following three months, the city comes alive with its 'Festival Season'.
Fans of the Great British Bake Off are in for a treat at this year’s Flavour Fest in Plymouth, with series six winner Nadiya Hussain and series eight runner-up Steven Carter-Bailey both appearing in the Cookery Theatre.
Our property section will get expert opinion on how the local market is currently performing.
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Our extensive guide to the festival season will make sure you don't miss a beat giving you the lowdown of the best festivals around the region.
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what's on 3 May Fastlove Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Original band members come together to celebrate the music of George Michael! Fastlove, the world’s largest George Michael celebration, announces a 15-date UK Arena Tour. Time: 8pm Prices vary, please see website for details 6 May Easter Panto: Peter Pan Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com 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. Times: 2pm and 6pm Prices vary, please see website for details 6 - 11 May Annie Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.com The smash-hit production of ANNIE comes to Plymouth for 1 week only direct from London’s West End. This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) stars Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family… Prices vary, please see website for details
9 May Rumours of Fleetwood Mac Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its 'Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac/ Times: 8pm Prices vary, please see website for details
11 May Cheesefest Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com We are very excited to announce that CheeseFest UK is coming to Plymouth for 2019, celebrating 30 cracking years of Wallace & Gromit. Join us and celebrate all that’s great in the world of cheese. Expect the most incredible melted delights and delicious cheese-based cuisine presented for your culinary pleasure by the finest fromagers from across the land. Time: 10am Prices vary, please see website for details
14 - 19 May Cirque Berserk! Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.com Direct from the West End, Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular is back by popular demand – featuring all your favourite Cirque Berserk! acts plus some thrilling new ones! Times and prices vary, please see website for details 18 May Michael Ball Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Multi-platinum recording artist and national treasure Michael Ball today announces a 21-date U.K. tour, supporting his forthcoming studio album Coming Home To You set for release in 2019. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 19 May Plymouth Half Marathon www.runplymouth.co.uk/britainsoceancityhalf Britain's Ocean City Half Marathon, in partnership with Plymouth City Council. A challenging, yet scenic 13.1 mile course taking in Plymouth's famous landmarks.
14 and 15 May Bill Bailey Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian.
19 May Radio Active with Angus Deayton Red House Theatre www.laughablecomedy.com Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show on the road following a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Time: 8.00pm Prices: £ 18.00 plus 10% booking fee
With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Time: 8pm Prices vary, please see website for details
21 - 25 May The Verdict Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.com Middle Ground Theatre Company is delighted to present the second tour of the gripping and critically acclaimed courtroom sensation The Verdict.
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Martin Kemp Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win. Up against the unforgiving medical establishment and the all-powerful Catholic Church, he courageously refuses an out of court settlement, believing it is negligence that has condemned a young mother. Smelling a cover up, he instead takes the case and the entire legal system to court. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 22 and 23 May Strictly Come Dancing Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date UK tour. Time: Wed 7.30pm and Thurs 2.30 and 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 25 May The Guilty Feminist: Live Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests explore the noble goals of 21st century feminists whilst confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes which undermine those goals. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 26 May That’ll Be The Day Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.com Highly acclaimed for its stunning LIVE entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music. Featuring incredible live music performances, this hugely entertaining Rock & Roll spectacular blends classic gold hits from the 50s, 60s & 70s, with bags of hilarious comedy! time: 7:00pm Prices: £19.00 - £30.00
Bill Bailey 1 June Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. Time: 8pm Prices vary, please see website for details 4 - 8 June Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.com Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the South West’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies played live by the New Adventures Orchestra. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 6 June MTV Presents: The Amazons | Pale Waves Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com THE AMAZONS The Amazons were the most hotly tipped band of 2017 earning themselves a place on MTV's Ones To Watch list among others. They followed through with their debut album reaching #8 in the official chart. From BBC Radio 1 and 6Music A-lists, to rounding off the campaign with a soldout tour including London's Kentish Town Forum, The Amazons are now a rock band poised for greatness in 2019. PALE WAVES Pale Waves are an English indie pop band from
Manchester, formed in 2014. It was founded originally as Creek when lead singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie met drummer Ciara Doran while attending university in Manchester. The band was joined by guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood, completing the lineup. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 7 June Martin Kemp's Back To The 80s Party Plymouth Guildhall www.facebook.com/PlymouthGuildhall Martin Kemp's 'Back to the 80s' party is selling out across the UK and he's heading to Plymouth. Spread the word! The ultimate 80s party is coming to the city! Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 8 June MTV Club Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com R3WIRE & VARSKI joined forces in 2010 through their shared passion for music and performance. Combining their key strengths, they have quickly become the dynamic duo known for wowing crowds. Their talents did not go unnoticed and in 2011 they were signed up by Ministry of Sound to head up their new student brand 'Unitrash'. In 2013, after an extremely successful two years, with national and international gigs under their belts, R3WIRE & VARSKI were snapped up by super brand MTV to join their new team. They were to become musical curators, hosts and ambassadors to MTV UK's new clubbing division 'CLUB MTV'. Time: 7pm Prices vary, please see website for details 8 June The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Barbican Theatre www.barbicantheatre.co.uk This is a story about choices and consequences and a journey through time and place. A host of historical, fictional and biblical characters gather in a makeshift courtroom
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11 June - 16 July Les Misérables Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.comAfter nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boubil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables will play at Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2019.
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With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century” (Huffington Post). Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 51 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. Times and prices vary, please see website for details 14 June One Night of Queen Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up. Time: 7.30pm Prices vary, please see website for details 16 June Race For Life www.raceforlife.org Cancer Research UK's Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. Thousands of people uniting with one purpose. To come together. To raise money. To beat cancer. Time: 11am 20 June Hardeep Singh Kohli Red House Theatre www.laughablecomedy.com Hardeep Singh Kohli is a comedian, broadcaster, journalist, and chef. In addition to being a BBC Radio 4 favourite, Hardeep's broadcast credits include shows
22 June Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible - with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want. Times: 2pm and 7pm Prices vary, please see website for details 6 July In The Night Garden Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com Brand new In the Night Garden Live show coming to Plymouth Pavilions in 2019! Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are back in their brand new live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day! Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them. Times: Sat 1pm and 4pm, Sun 10am and 1pm Prices vary, please see website for details 8 July - 15 Sept Elmer's Big Parade For 10 weeks in the summer of 2019, a parade of 40 fabulously colourful and unique elephants will take you on a trail around the beautiful city of Plymouth and surrounding areas. From the hustle and bustle of the city streets to the peace and grandeur of the Hoe, and from the green spaces of Plymouth to the spectacular coastline; Elmer’s Big Parade will navigate you around Britain’s Ocean City. At the end of the summer each of the beautifully designed Elmers will be auctioned to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.
March has been a busy month a Plymouth Auctions with two major sales including art, jewellery, watches and silver. There have been many highlights but what has stood out for the auctioneers is that despite high numbers of online UK and international bidders there were several top lots selling to or underbid by local collectors. The art sale saw Seth Garlands beautiful painting titled ‘Inertia Shines’ selling at £5,800 to a South Devon buyer bidding against Plymouth collectors in the packed saleroom. The same sale Robert Lenkiewicz’ study of Lisa from the Project 18 ‘Painter with Women’ series generated a saleroom bid battle with a Plymouth collector securing it for a respectable £4,400. Although not successful a South East, Cornwall bidder in the room underbid a nice pair of Italian paintings by Eugenio Zampighi (1859-1944) the winner at £2,200 was in fact bidding online from Beverly Hills!
Many of the Lenkiewicz works were secured by local collectors apart from a portrait of the artist with his two sons Reuben and Wolfe which went to a telephone bidder from the north of England at £5,200. The jewellery sale saw a determined Plymouth watch enthusiast delighted to outbid an army of online bidders and phone bidders to secure a Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner for his collection at an impressive £5600, also selling to Plymouth buyers were the emerald cut diamond ring at £10,600 and a fine diamond brooch at £5,100. Watches continue to sell well in Plymouth with the 1960’s Rolex GMT fetching £15,000, a military Lemania watch selling for £3000 and also a scruffy Omega military watch picked out of a bag that the owner was ‘throwing out’ selling for £920. For further details about buying or selling call 01752 254740 or visit plymouthauctions.co.uk
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Entertainment for all at The Plymouth Athenaeum and Barbican Theatre this summer and beyond… Plymouth Fringe Festival is back from 27 May to 1 June. For the fifth year in a row, Plymouth’s annual celebration of theatre and live performance will showcase some of the most exciting companies from across the UK along with the best in homegrown talent from the South West. From the City Centre to the Waterfront, Plymouth will buzz with fresh and inspiring new shows right here in Britain’s Ocean City. Tickets will be on sale soon at barbicantheatre.co.uk (for info on the exact date sign up for updates at plymouthfringe.com) Plymouth Fringe Festival is curated by Toast in partnership with Barbican Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, and Plymouth Conservatoire.
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The Actor’s Wheel return to Barbican Theatre’s intimate stage with The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Saturday 9 June). This is a story about choices and consequences and a journey through time and place. A host of
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
Due to popular demand we're excited to welcome The Beach Boyz Tribute Band back to The Plymouth Athenaeum (Friday 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.
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! 31 July – 17 August 2:30pm & 7:30pm. £17 / £19/ £68 family. Tickets for all these shows and more can be booked at barbicantheatre.co.uk 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: facebook.com/BarbicanTheatrePlymouth
Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush
We’re excited to bring the Music Of Kate Bush back to The Plymouth Athenaeum this autumn (Saturday 5 October) Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC ONE as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK. Many of Kate’s original collaborators from stage and studio have been inspired to join the band on stage, including bass player Del Palmer, drummer Preston Heyman and dancer Stewart Avon Arnold, all of whom performed with Kate on her legendary Tour of Life live shows 40 years ago. Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights, Hounds of Love, Babooshka, This Woman’s Work, Wow… Cloudbusting can’t wait to whip up a storm of love for Kate’s music once again in 2019, their new show featuring all the hits you’d expect as well as many songs you wouldn’t! £20. 8pm.
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BBC TV presenter Simon Reeves takes to the road for his ﬁrst-ever theatre tour, recounting tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. From being chased by pirates, hounded by the Maﬁa and bombed by Columbian barons this fascinating and educational show is at times shocking, inspirational and hilarious - all in one. Before coming to Plymouth Pavilions on November 7th, the Devonian talked to us about the show, his childhood as well as eating barbecued rat. What inspired the terriﬁc idea of doing this new live show, “An Audience with Simon Reeve”? I’ve had some magniﬁcent adventures and met some of the most inspiring people on the planet. So obviously I’ve got lots of tales from my travels, and this show is a tremendous opportunity to share them with audiences across the UK. There’s a lot that I see and ﬁlm that never makes it into the programmes, so there’s also behind-the-scenes stories to tell and footage to show. I also like doing things that are a bit challenging and nerve wracking - and performing a live show is certainly a challenge that gets the ticker going. I like the adrenaline rush. Tell us more. I’m very keen that people push themselves into unfamiliar territory. The world can seem a scary place, but it really isn’t. This is the golden age for travel. These days, ordinary people can have adventures that in the past only Kings and Queens could have dreamt of. You can go anywhere now. But people are sometimes reluctant to leave their holiday resort. They are told that they should simply go to a resort and sit by the swimming pool being milked for cash while being served drinks in primary colours. I’m urging people to go beyond the conﬁnes of the resort. That’s where you get the best memories. Do you hope this show might inspire people? Deﬁnitely. I want to entertain people, but I also want to inspire them – even if it’s just a little bit. I want the show to prompt people to go on their own adventures and encourage them to get out of their comfort zone in life. I also want to remind people that starting from nothing doesn’t need to stop you from achieving your dreams. Everyone seems to think that to be on TV you need to have got straight A’s at public school, but I don’t come from a media family or a wealthy, travelling background, and I left my local comprehensive with basically nothing and went on the dole. I started work in a mailroom. I never went to university. Don’t tell anyone! Are you enjoying meeting your audience face to face and doing a Q and A with them? Deﬁnitely. And they’re great! It’s wonderful to see them, meet them, and have a chat and get some feedback. In a strange way I really like being put on the spot and I love probing questions. On stage, I just hope they’re picking-up on my enthusiasm for the idea of pushing yourself in life.
What might people take away from “An Audience with Simon Reeve”? Well people are telling me that the live shows are inspiring them, which is completely wonderful to hear. I’d love it if people left one of the events feeling they can now climb a hill they thought was too challenging, or go on a trip they’ve always wanted to do, or do anything really that they have dreamt about and never got round to trying. We all need a bit of a reminder to live the life we want to live, because time is short. If your goal is to break out of a rubbish job, I’ve done that. It is possible. Have faith. Give it a try. Don’t put it off. Just do it!
"I’d love it if people left one of the events feeling they can now climb a hill they thought was too challenging, or go on a trip they’ve always wanted to do, or do anything really that they have dreamt about and never got round to trying." Was adventure part of your upbringing? No. I deﬁnitely wasn’t born into it. When I was a kid, we only went abroad once when we took the ferry to France to go camping. I didn’t get on a plane till I was working. When I was growing up, people didn’t travel in the way they do now. People have forgotten that. I remember the ﬁrst Spanish and Greek restaurants opening in London during the late 1970s. That was the result of British people taking Freddie Lakertype ﬂights abroad. I only came to travel and adventure as an adult. What was your childhood like, then? I grew up in tropical Acton in West London. My adventures were restricted to riding my BMX and my grandmother’s magical mystery tours. She would take my brother and me in her car when we were very little to explore exotic, unknown places like Hounslow. Sometimes we even got as far as Chiswick! I never stowed away on a plane. I never imagined I’d live the life I have today. My aspirations and dreams were very limited. How were your school days? I didn’t get on with school. I spiralled down in a bad way and came quite close to deciding whether or not I would end it all. I was at a very
low point. I ﬂunked an exam, walked out and never went back. I left school with basically no qualiﬁcations. What happened next? I was on the dole for a long while. Then I got a few jobs. I ran some charity shops, but organising people of a certain age into a roster was a very tricky art. I worked in a jewellery shop for a day and at the Ministry of Defence for half a day. After I walked out, Special Branch came looking for me because I had worked in a secret department. I got turned down for a job as a white van driver, even though no one else applied for it. I was lost. How did you turn things around? I got a job as a post boy on the Sunday Times, and my world began to open up. I owe my career to Andrew Neil – I’m sure you’ve rarely heard that sentence before! I was very lucky. His idea was to give the post boys an opportunity to have a crack at working on the paper. Everyone else on the paper was Oxbridge, and I was very London. I was pretty unusual, but I was keen and eager and they gave me a chance. How did your career progress from there? I was this pathetic kid suddenly thrown into an environment where people were doing very exciting things and working on serious investigations. I carved out my own niche – and that was the making of me. First I became an expert in ﬁxing these vital big photocopying machines they had, so they couldn’t sack me. Then I fell into investigating terrorism, as you do. I started researching the ﬁrst attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, and eventually wrote the ﬁrst book on al Qaeda, which came out in 1998. Nobody read it. Then I wrote some other books and worked on hardcore investigations where I spent time undercover. What changed things for you? 9/11 happened, and suddenly I was chucked into the world of TV. I’d written the only book in the world about the biggest story of the time. I also knew people who died as the Towers came down - I’d met them when I was researching my ﬁrst book. What did that lead to? The BBC wanted me to make a series for them. The ﬁrst ideas were a bit daft. They included wanting me to inﬁltrate Al Qaeda. I didn’t think that was a very good idea. In the end we settled on the idea of going on adventures in parts of the
what's on world that weren’t often on the TV, and into which we would try and work light and shade, both adventure and issues. The first BBC series I did in 2003 was called Holidays in the Danger Zone: Meet the Stans, and it was all about my journeys in the Stan countries to the north of Afghanistan, including Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. I loved it from the first day of filming. It was very well received, which was a surprise to me as the presenter. So the BBC had me back, and since then I’ve made more than 100 programmes around the world. What can you tell us about the BBC TV series you are currently filming? Well it’s top secret of course. I probably shouldn’t say anything. But ok twist my arm. I’m filming a new series where I’m travelling the length of the Americas. From top to toe. It’s my biggest, modangerous, most epic journey yet. I’m travelling through the two continents that together form more than a quarter of the land surface of our planet. We’ve started the journey already, and right from the beginning it’s been completely mindblowing. Is there anywhere you wouldn’t travel? I don’t think so. You can go almost anywhere. I’ve had extreme experiences that are unfiltered, upsetting and raw. But I don’t think we need to shy away from them. We just have to approach them carefully and sensibly. You need to go in with your eyes open and keep your wits about you. It really is a very safe world, as long as you take some basic precautions. We have to get things in perspective. Remember we live in a country where thousands of people are hospitalised each year just putting on their trousers! You can travel almost anywhere, as long as you wear a seatbelt and avoid hotel salad buffets!
into a very tiny space. It housed some of the most dangerous people on earth, people who have skinned other gang members alive. It was a cross between Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and an 18th-century sweatshop. It had all sorts of shops like a barber’s and a café, and people were making candles, clothes and wigs in their little cell factories. So how did you approach it? We thought of going in with special forces as our guards, but they would have been ripped apart, and the inmates would then have turned on us. So we went in with the very best bodyguard anyone could have in that situation: the Bishop of San Pedro Sula, wearing a very large crucifix. He could look after us and stop the ludicrously dangerous gangs from holding us hostage or chopping off our heads. So who did you run into there? We met men with tattooed tears running down their cheeks, each one indicating a person they had killed. We met the leader of one of the most fearsome gangs in Central America, and all he wanted to talk about was this Nativity scene made out of recycled rubbish that he had been building in the prison yard. A panel was coming round the next day to judge all the prisoners’ Nativity scenes. It was bizarre beyond belief. That is how surreal life on this planet can get. Are you not terrified in the situation like that? No, I wasn’t nervous. But it was certainly very, very intense. When you walk in to somewhere like that, your senses are so alert to the danger you don’t have the chance to experience fear. After visiting the prison, we sank quite a lot of whisky as we did a post mortem on the experience.
"I’ve eaten everything from penis soup in Madagascar to barbecued rat in Laos. That was so bad that even the scrawny dogs in the local market wouldn’t touch it." What are the most unusual things you have eaten on your travels?
Do you let your young son come face-to-face with danger?
I’ve eaten everything from penis soup in Madagascar to barbecued rat in Laos. That was so bad that even the scrawny dogs in the local market wouldn’t touch it. I’ve even had a roasted sheep’s eyeball, which was actually rather delicious. Food is obviously a real window into a culture. If you want to rack up some memories, I’m always pushing people to eat the craziest food. Food is often where the most interesting experiences lie.
I’m really keen on people doing more and going further and pushing themselves. But that doesn’t entirely apply to my 7-year-old son who I intend to tether to my ankle till he’s in his 30s! I love him too much to let him go. Having said that, we’re fairly relaxed about most dangers. We live in a wild and remote spot, and every day my son runs through the forest with our big dog. He’s got an enormous playground to enjoy right there.
On your travels, you have done some extraordinary things, such as being arrested for spying by the KGB, electrocuted in a war-zone, protected by stoned Somali mercenaries and witnessed trench warfare in the Caucasus. But what has been your most extraordinary experience? It’s hard to pick just one. But In the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras – the deadliest place in the world outside an active war zone – two colleagues and I went into a prison controlled by the inmates. It had thousands of men crammed
programmes, so she knows they’re not a jolly jape.. What qualities do you need in your job? I’m very enthusiastic about the world. Part of my job is to go “wow!” a lot – and I can’t stop doing that in real life because that’s how I really feel! I also have a great deal of curiosity – that’s crucial – and I’d like to think that I do care. I cry a lot. I get very emotional and uplifted by the sights and people I meet. An openness to other people really helps. That is how we understand each other and how we break down the barriers that divide us. Do you think you’ll ever get bored of travelling? Absolutely not! What telly presenter would say, “I think I’ve seen enough now”? As long as I’m allowed, I’ll be out there. When I’m travelling, my senses are not just tingled but rattled every minute of every hour. Your wife Anya Reeve is a camerawoman and campaigner. Can you tell me how you met? We met at a rather glamorous party. I had a proper love at first sight moment. I saw Anya across the room and that was it – I was instantly smitten. You were brought up in Acton, but you now live in Devon with your wife and son. How do you find life in the country? I was pretty happy in London, but my wife, who’s also a Londoner, said, “We’ve got to move to the countryside. This is our chance to go and live somewhere healthier.” She sort of forced me. Now whenever I say perhaps it might be a bit easier with my work if we moved back to London, my son tells me, “You can, but I’m not going. I’ll be really cross with you.” He loves it in the wild. What common misapprehensions do people have about you? I’m in my 40s, but I’m really lucky that some people think I’m a couple of years younger. I’ve stopped telling people I’ve had plastic surgery because they take it seriously – I’ve even had emails asking where I got the cut! People also think I must be yet another public school graduate posho, but I grew-up in Acton. I lost my strong west London accent but I can still put it on when needed. Finally, what are the benefits of going travelling? Travel teaches us that we should embrace life and not live it on our knees. It’s a wonderful and immediate way of pushing our buttons and exciting our senses. We have an enormous planet of seven billion stories and magnificent sights to see and incredible food to eat. Anyone who isn’t mortgaging their grandparents or their grandchildren to get out in the big world needs their head examined!
What does your wife think of your trips? For some reason she’s just keen I up my life insurance above the rate of inflation. No, she’s very adventurous herself, and she knows that adventures add huge meaning to life. I’m not foolhardy, and I’m not doing it for my own delight. I think there’s real value in travelling the planet and sharing experiences with others – whether that’s your grandmother telling everyone how wonderful Namibia is or me coming back from a remote place with a TV programme. My wife worked with me on some of my earlier
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Open Air Cinema is returning for 2019, offering audiences the opportunity to enjoy their favourite ﬁlms in a series of iconic city locations. Since 2012, this much-loved feature on Plymouth’s summer calendar has visited spectacular sites across the waterfront city for a programme of ﬁlm events through August and September. With a mix of blockbusters, cult classics and good old sing-alongs, the ﬁlms are carefully chosen to suit their unique locations, and dressing up is encouraged! Films will be announced at the end of May so keep an eye on the PAC website or follow us on social media.
Rebel Film Festival is a true celebration of independent ﬁlm. Join us for a weekend of the world’s best short ﬁlms, exclusive independent features, Q&A’s, and a whole heap of atmosphere. Short ﬁlms are screened in carefully curated blocks and our specially selected feature ﬁlms will be followed by Q&A’s with the directors, cast and crew. On Sunday we’ll kick off the day with our traditional mimosa brunch, and crown the weekend with the awards ceremony in the evening where the winners will be celebrated, including the audience choice, so don’t forget to vote for your favourite. Between screenings, take the opportunity to mingle with the ﬁlmmakers, where some of the UK’s ﬁnest craft beer from Left Handed Giant will be available, along with some of the tastiest local food creations. Think music festival, but for ﬁlm! Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June at Plymouth Arts Cinema Follow Rebel Film Festival’s social media for up to date festival and schedule info. Tickets will be available for purchase on our website soon.
Our Open Air Cinema season On May 11, we’ll celebrate Wild Swimming with a matinee screening of feature documentary The Enjoy a mix of blockbuste Ponds followed by a programme of short ﬁlms about wild swimming from the 1920’s (from The sing-alongs in a serie Box), to the present day. And if you're feeling brave, we're inviting you to join some of Devon Wild Swimmers for a swim from Plymouth Hoe in the morning! We'll reward you with a free hot drink and sweets at the screening.
Join us on May theTinsi Fourth for a very 1-3 special charity 23-25 event from a galaxy Royal W far far away.
Runners in the West Country will have their ﬁrst chance to see award-winning documentary ‘The Road to Sparta’ when it screens at Plymouth Arts Cinema on May 16 just three days before thousands of people take to the streets for the Plymouth Half Marathon. The ﬁlm will be followed by a Q&A with the ﬁlm director.
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Check our website, and sign u social media (plymartscinem our website www.plymouthartscentre.org May-June programme at Plymouth Arts Cinema Visit to see the full programme for May-June. You can out the p These are a particularly exciting couple of explores the lives of the actors and extras who also pick up the printed guide at our Box Ofﬁce months for Plymouth Arts Cinema, as our usual mix of independent British, American and World Cinema is topped up with a series of one-off events, which will bring their lot of special guests, talks and Q&As (and even a sea swim from the Hoe!), culminating with the return of the Rebel Film Festival on the last weekend of June. Join us on May the Fourth for a very special charity event from a galaxy far far away. We'll be screening Elstree 1976, a documentary which
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After the screening of the ﬁlm, there will be a Q&A panel with some of the cast from Elstree 1976, as well as their colleagues from the wider Star Wars Saga. Not only that, but there will also be a chance to get yourself a piece of movie history by purchasing an autographed photo from each of the actors. MayJune19.indd 109
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what's on Looking back Last year’s Degree Show saw BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts student Florence Moore exhibiting her eye-catching neon installations. Specialising in large-scale metal fabrication, her pieces are often distinctive and minimalist, a style that developed over her time studying both a Foundation Diploma and Undergraduate degree. Since graduating from BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts, Florence has joined the team at the Crafts Council, who organise the renowned international art fair Collect. As the only gallerypresented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design, Collect provides an opportunity to discover and invest in exceptional work produced in the last five years by artists of all disciplines. Florence said, “I was also incredibly proactive whilst studying at Plymouth College of Art, by interning at London Craft Week and the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, as well as being an Ambassador for The Gallery on site at the college. This definitely helped me gain a lot of relevant work experience, and knowledge on how exhibitions are put together.”
Plymouth College of Art's Degree Shows
Celebrating a new wave of creative talent
The annual Plymouth College of Art Degree Shows see the college transform into a hub of creativity and inspiration, showcasing the work produced by final year students across a range of digital and traditional programmes - from ceramics and printed textiles to game arts and graphic design. Highlighting work from the freshest creative talent across the college’s undergraduate programmes, this summer’s Degree Shows, from Saturday 15 to Thursday 20 June 2019, offer an exclusive window into life at an independent art school, and a chance to preview a new wave of makers ready to take over the creative industries.
Three buildings, four floors and more than 15 exhibition spaces Our campus will be full of inspirational thinking and making. We provide a space where people come together, explore new horizons, and push the boundaries of creative practice. With open doors across all our working studios, guests are invited to explore cutting-edge facilities such as Fab Lab Plymouth and our £8 million dedicated crafts workshops for ceramics, glass and metalwork.
An eclectic range of mediums Combining both modern and traditional, artwork will be exhibited across the college — including film, photography, fine art installation, fashion design, game arts, illustration, glassworks, ceramics, animation, 3D printing and so much more. You can get involved too with artwork available to purchase, film screenings, and live presentations running throughout the show schedule.
Considering a course with us? Be sure to register for our official Open Day on Saturday 15 June, the perfect opportunity to connect with staff, alumni and preview the thrilling culmination of three years study here at our unique institute. Entrance is entirely free and all exhibition spaces are open to the public. Continue the conversation online, using #DS19.
“While studying I developed a vast knowledge of the various disciplines within craft. This has been invaluable, as the galleries at Collect represent an array of makers using different techniques within their practice. I am able to talk about these areas with confidence due to the technical inductions I had at the college.”
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Discover our BA & MA courses and see what you could be creating if you study with us at our OPEN DAY, SAT 15 JUNE plymouthart.ac.uk/open-days
Student work: Florence Moore, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts
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a brief history of
Vegetarian and Veganism
National Vegetarian Week 2019 runs between 13-19 May and will highlight to the wider public the beneﬁts and pleasures of a meat-free diet. Here, we trace the history of vegetarian and veganism as well as offer recipe ideas and the best places to try plant-based food in Plymouth. For anyone thinking that vegetarianism in a new phenomenon, it may come as some surprise that eating a plant-based diet found favour with some of the great ﬁgures of the classical world. We all recognise the name Pythagoras, the ancient Ionian Greek philosopher, from secondary school maths classes; athough he was more well known for his contributions to mathematics, Pythagoras was an independent thinker, the ﬁrst to admit women to his intellectual circle on equal terms and to argue that the world was a sphere. One of his other, less celebrated teachings, stated that animals should be treated as kindred and therefore abstained from eating meat. These theories mirrored, in part, the traditions of civilisations such as the Babylonians and ancient Egyptians. Certain religious groups, such as the ancient Egyptians, believed in karma and reincarnation and practised the ideology that eating animal ﬂesh and the wearing of animal derived clothing was sacrilege. Pythagoras, and the ancient Greeks, not only championed vegetarianism because of its avoidance of animal cruelty, but Pythagoras also identiﬁed health beneﬁts. Other notable Ancient Greek that came after Pythagoras favoured a vegetarian diet. These included Theophrastus, pupil of Aristotle and successor to him as head of the Lyceum at Athens. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle himself. Many religions have a philosophy where abstinence from meat is central. Hinduism, Brahinanism, Zoroasterianism and Jainism encouraged vegetarianism and is mentioned in ancient verses of the ‘Upanishads’ and also mentioned in ‘Rig Veda’ — the most sacred of ancient Hindu texts. Vegetarianism has always been central to Buddhism, which enshrines compassion to all living creatures. The Indian king Asoka converted to Buddhism having been shocked by the horrors of battle. On return, all animal sacriﬁces were ended as his kingdom became vegetarian. Between the Middle Ages and modern times, the Renaissance period saw famine and disease where crops failed and food was short. Meat was largely a scarce and expensive luxury for the rich, so new food sources from Europe, such as potatoes, cauliﬂower and maize were more abundant. The introduction of these new sources also had a beneﬁcial effect on health, helping to prevent such things as skin diseases which were then widespread. Despite the writings of such luminaries as Italian Luigi Cornaro, (who after a hedonistic early life, turned to a primarily vegetarian diet after the age of 40, helping him live to the age of 100) Thomas More and Leonardo Da Vinci, all of whom wrote with some passion on the plight of animals; meat eating was still the most popular food source for all classes.
The mid-19th and early 20th Century, saw the largest growth in those practising a vegetarian diet. Sometimes born out of necessity than by design, advocates such as Reverend William Cowherd, who was one of the philosophical forerunners of the Vegetarian Society, promoted vegetarianism as a form of temperance. In 1908, The International Vegetarian Union, a union of the national societies, was founded. Its focus on nutritional, ethical, and more recently, environmental and economic concerns helped vegetarianism become more conscientious and increased the numbers of those practising. Throughout the early 20th century public health was generally poor with high infant mortality and widespread poverty. With World War II making resources limited the nation was asked to 'Dig for Victory'. As communities lived off the land, a near vegetarian diet sustained the population and improved the nations health. At this time there were 100,000 vegetarians in the UK. As the worlds population began to consider how the way we live our lives has an affect on the Earth, vegetarianism was promoted as part of the process of change. With recent Horsemeat and Bovine CJD scares the past twenty years has seen a major increas in those choosing a vegetarian diet. In 1989 a poll indicated that three per cent of the UK's population was vegetarian. A more recent poll put it at 5.7 per cent. This means there are now over three million vegetarians in the UK today.
The term veganism was ﬁrst coined by Donald Watson a former member of the Vegetarian Society and founder of the Vegan Society. As a child, Watson spent time on his Uncle George's farm. The slaughtering of a pig on the farm horriﬁed Watson; he said his view of farm life changed from idyllic to a death row for animals. Watson began to reassess his practice of eating meat. He became a vegetarian in 1924 at the age of fourteen, making a New Year's resolution to never again eat meat. He gave up dairy products approximately 18 years later, having decided the production of milk-related products was also unethical. Veganism describes the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and rejects the commodity status of animals. A well-planned vegan diet can contain all the nutrients that our bodies need. Some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
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Endorsed by the Vegetarian Society, events will be held across the country to illustrate the recipes which make veggie food accessible and inclusive to all. Meat-eaters can still enjoy a vegetarian meal and many people have already adopted meat-free Mondays in to their diet.
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'I had a crazy delicious Naked Green Juice and a gluten-free vegan coconut cake that is definitively to die for."
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Ingredients For the biscuits: 100g Tomor hard vegan margarine or butter 50g caster sugar 1 lemon, zest and half the juice 100g plain flour 1 tsp cracked black pepper 2 tsp freeze dried strawberry powder 50g ground almonds Pinch of salt For the jam 4 tbsp icing sugar plus extra for dusting 3 tbsp freeze dried strawberry powder 3 tbsp water Method To make the biscuits: Preheat the oven to 180C/ Gas 4. Cream together the margarine and sugar. Add all the remaining biscuit ingredients and mix till thoroughly combined.
Allow the mixture to chill for 20 minutes. Lightly dust your work surface and rolling pin with a little icing sugar. With the rolling pin carefully roll out half of the dough to approximately 3mm. Cut out the dough with a circular cutter then place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll out the remaining dough and cut out circles as before. This time take a small cutter and carefully cut out the centre leaving a ring. Place the rings on to the baking sheet. With any remaining dough, simply cut into biscuit shapes and place onto a baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes. When cooked, allow to cool before transferring to a cooling rack. To make the jam: simple mix all of the ingredients together. (no need to heat). Finally fill your biscuits by placing a little jam in the centre of the base biscuit and carefully sit the ring on the top. With a few biscuits simply place a blob of jam in the centre with no ring and leave the remaining biscuits plain. Place your biscuits into an air tight container. The jam will harden overnight enabling easier transportation.
tray (sheet) and bake in the oven for 1 hour until soft, then leave to cool in the foil. Once cold, remove from the foil and transfer any liquid into a saucepan. Rub the skin from the beetroot (beets) and put the skin into the saucepan. Line a chopping board with 4 sheets of cling film (plastic wrap) to stop staining, and use plastic gloves. Cut the top and bottom from each beetroot (beet), then cut each one into 1cm (½-inch) thick slices. You need 20 slices. Using a vegetable peeler, trim the edges from each disc to round it off neatly. Set aside. Add the beetroot (beet) offcuts to the saucepan with the skin, along with the onion, celery, bay leaf, peppercorns and the rest of the measured water (500ml/17fl oz/ 2 cups). Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool completely, then strain and return 200ml (7fl oz/generous ¾ cup) of the beetroot (beet) stock to a clean saucepan. Boil the stock rapidly to reduce until it begins to thicken noticeably, almost completely evaporating. Add the red wine and port and simmer to reduce by three-quarters. Meanwhile, make the orange emulsion. Finely grate the zest from the oranges and then juice the oranges. Check you have 200ml (7fl oz/ generous ¾ cup), and add a little more if necessary. Put the zest and juice into a small saucepan and simmer gently until reduced by half. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, then add the mustard and sugar and mix to combine. Using a stick blender to emulsify, slowly add the rapeseed oil and blend until it is thick and glossy. This will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Rasied a vegetarian, Richard has recently released his first cookbook, 'Plants Taste Better', sharing his passion, knowledge and techniques in order to increase the general standard of vegan cookery across the country. Here is one of his recipes for you to try.
SMOKED CASHEW CROQUETAS with port-glazed red beetroot (beets) and orange emulsion
FOR THE CROQUETAS
300g (10½oz/21/3 cups) smoked cashew nuts, 750ml (26fl oz/3 cups) water, 10g (¼oz/1¾ tsp) sea salt, cayenne pepper, 200g (7oz/12/3 cups) plain (allpurpose) flour, 400g (14oz/32/3 cups) panko, breadcrumbs, sunflower oil, for deep-fat frying
Pipe the croqueta mix in 5–6cm (2–2¼-inch) lengths onto the floured plate and carefully roll to coat them in the flour. Repeat until you have 8 perfect croquetas. With a knife, transfer them one at a time into the flour and water mix first and then into the breadcrumbs. Roll each one in the breadcrumbs, ensuring they are completely covered and then gently re-roll so you have a neat tube shape. Continue until all the mix is used. Deep-fry the croquetas, in batches if necessary, until crispy and golden brown, then drain on kitchen (paper) towel. At the same time, put the beetroot (beet) discs into a large frying pan (skillet) and add the port glaze. Bring the glaze to a rapid boil and reduce it down until it forms a sticky shiny glaze. Turn the beetroot (beets) over in the glaze to make sure they are well covered – if the glaze is too thick, add a tiny splash of water. Place 3 or 4 beetroot (beets) slices and 2 croquetas on each of 4 large plates. Drizzle the orange emulsion around the plate (remember it is a strong flavour). Scatter the dressed watercress and red mustard frill over each plate and then sprinkle with the toasted seeds.
Smoked cashew nuts
FOR THE GLAZED BEETROOT (BEETS)
Smoke and nuts is a fantastic modern flavour. Use these to bring a wonderful interest to any plate. Makes: 100g (3½oz) 100g (3½oz/¾ cup) blanched cashew nuts.
FOR THE ORANGE EMULSION
Put 1 tablespoon of hickory chips into a stove-top smoker. Line the top grate with foil to prevent the nuts from escaping and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Smoke the nuts until they have a pronounced smoky flavour. Remove from the smoker and leave to cool. These will keep for 2 weeks in an airtight container.
6 round red beetroot (beets), 550ml (19fl oz/2¼ cups) water, 1 onion, finely sliced, 2 sticks of celery, sliced, 1 bay leaf, 20 black peppercorns, 100ml (3½fl oz/scant ½ cup) red wine, 125ml (4fl oz/½ cup) ruby port.
2 oranges, 15g (½oz/1 tbsp) Dijon mustard, 5g (1/8oz/1 tsp) caster (superfine) sugar, 100ml (3½fl oz/scant ½ cup), rapeseed oil.
FOR THE GARNISH
mixed toasted seeds (see opposite), handful of watercress, handful of red mustard frill, extra virgin olive oil.
Prepare the smoked cashew nuts (see below), then add to a blender with 500ml (18fl oz/2 cups) of the water and the salt. Blend until very smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring all the time – as it comes to the boil it will thicken dramatically. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Add a small pinch of cayenne pepper and transfer to a small bowl. Cover with cling film (plastic wrap) in contact with the surface of the mix and place in the fridge to chill. Preheat the oven to (fan) 160°C/180°C/350°F/ gas mark 4. Make the mixed toasted seeds (see 3rd column). Take a large piece of foil and wrap the beetroot (beets) and 50ml (2fl oz/scant ¼ cup) of the water tightly in it, making a watertight parcel. Put on a baking
Mixed Toasted Seeds
This makes enough for about 10 meals, although you can easily just eat them all without really meaning to straight from the oven – they’re very moreish. Makes: 1 small jar 20g (¾oz/2½ tbsp) sunflower seeds 5g (1/8oz/½ tbsp) poppy seeds 10g (¼oz/4 tsp) sesame seeds 10g (¼oz/1 tbsp) flax seeds 10g (¼oz/4 tsp) hemp seeds ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil 1g (scant ¼ tsp) sea salt, finely ground Preheat the oven to (fan) 160ºC/180ºC/350ºF/ gas mark 4. Mix all the seeds together with the oil on a baking tray (sheet) and roast for 5 minutes until just golden. Sprinkle with the salt and allow to cool. These can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Serves 8 - 10
Recipe taken from 'Plants Taste Better' by Richard Buckley. Published by Jacqui Small £25| Hardback
Richard Buckley is an award-winning restaurateur with one of the world’s top vegetarian eateries.
Finish the croquetas. Put half the flour onto a plate and the other half into a large bowl. Whisk the remaining measured water (250ml/8fl oz/1 cup) into the bowl to form a thin batter. Place the breadcrumbs on a plate. Transfer the croquetas mix to a piping bag fitted with a 2cm (¾-inch) round nozzle (tip). Prepare your deep-fat fryer. Put the watercress and red mustard frill in a small bowl and dress with a little olive oil.
food and drink The couple had less than three months to transform the chosen premise into their own after completing a Outset Plymouth business course. They managed to secure funding from SWIG and Fredericks Foundation of just £20,000 allowing to turn their dream into a reality.
Samphire Brasserie I can’t believe it’s all vegan!
Established in March 2013, Samphire is a small family run business and is owned by Head Chef Joe Wadge and Becca Speare and their two young children whose main job title are chief tasters!
They shared a clear vision for their restaurant; a heavily American-influenced junk food dining experience, small, relaxed, personal and intimate, generating continued excitement with innovative weekly specials & great customer service.
The menu is full of veganised classic, including ‘The Big Moc’ burger & their own interpretation of a ‘Kruelty Free Cooking Bucket’. Great pride is taken in all preparation of food and they make all of their ‘meats’ on site using vital wheat gluten flour. Seitan is a popular meat alternative as it has the same texture and is high in protein. As well as perfecting their own cheeses. Front of house is a deli counter often filled with delicious cakes, whoopie pies, viennese whirls and pots of raw cookie dough. They became fully licensed in 2017 and have a s uperb selection of wines, ciders and beers. As of 2018 they started the first vegan delivery service in the area making it more convenient then ever to get your Samphire fix. All the hard work is paying off as they often get nominated for local business awards and most recently won the LUX Life magazine "Restaurant & Bar Awards" for BEST FAMILY-RUN EATERY 2019 – PLYMOUTH.
Samphire Brasserie's famous
Ingredients: 1 tbsp lemon zest 140g caster sugar 140ml lemon juice Large pinch of salt 2tbsp + 1 TSP unbleached organic cornflour dissolved in 1 1/2 tbsp water 1 tbsp butter substitute Method: In a saucepan combine all ingredients above. Heat on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When simmering add 1 tbsp butter substitute. Remove from heat, cool and refrigerate. We use this recipe in our lemon meringue pie, lemon possets and other zesty sweet treats in our deli counter. Can also be enjoyed on toast!
Exciting & Innovative Vegan Cuisine In The Heart Of Plymouth
111 Mayflower Street, Plymouth. PL1 1SD www.samphirebrasserie.com Tel: 01752 263116
Bonne Sante Food for the mind, body and soul
Bonne Santé, a Cafe, Bar & Restaurant located inside The Custom House on the world famous Barbican, has been offering diners a great range of fresh, indulgent food and beverages since it opened last May. Owner, Luke Lauri, talks to WOInPlymouth about his vision behind the restaurant, the benefits of a healthy diet and what plans the venue has for this summer. For those who have yet to come to Bonne Santé, tell us little about the food you offer and the vision behind the restaurant. Bonne Santé is a direct translation of 'Good 'Health' in french, France being renowned for its outstanding fresh local cuisine. This is exactly what we aim to provide; somewhere that our recipes have been long thought-through to ensure the maximum amount of freshness and super nutrients, without jeopardising the enjoyment of flavour. With this comes a natural link to lean free range meats, fresh Vegetarian and Vegan dishes, alongside a 100% gluten free menu. The emphasis is on healthy, local produce, made with enjoyment & 'good health' in mind. Have you always followed a healthy diet? Personally, I have always kept physically active and understand the importance of maintaining a highly nutritious diet, to aid recovery and assist physical and mental performance.
Many of your dishes are either vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free - including the children’s menu. How important is it to promote the benefits of a healthy diet into children? This is crucial. WIth the aid of research and studies, our future generations with have a much better understanding of what is 'good' and 'not so good' for their bodies, and this goes much further than just weight management. It is our job to ensure our dishes are still enjoyable for children, including our healthier twist on a range of commonly expected dishes, like oat breaded lemon chicken goujons, mini 100% lean beef burger with homemade sugar free salsa andcarrot and kale slaw or our reduced fat home-made, gf margarita pizza, and the more adventurous, Tuscan bean stew and super garden grain salad bowl. Do you have any tips or alternative recipe ideas to encourage readers to try a healthier, plant based diet?
Take the time to study the energy that different food items can provide, for example, did you know that a browned ripened banana contains more fast acting glucose that your body breaks down much faster and rapidly increases your blood sugars, just like refined sugar. A less ripen banana is slower to break down, meaning a slower and longer lasting increase of blood sugars (energy). You mention that your menu has been designed to reduce the 'saturated fats, refined sugar, and other bad stuffâ€™. For those who arenâ€™t aware, what damage can these do and how prominent are they in food? Refined sugar is rapidly broken down causing your blood sugars to spike, there are many reasons as to why this process is not good for you as a long term effect. For example, a high refined sugar diet has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, as well as an unhealthy increase in body weight. A high saturated fat diet, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease by raising cholesterol in the blood. You still offer non-vegetarian and vegan dishes on your menu, but have these also been designed for a more balanced diet and an emphasis on calories? We didn't set out to become a totally Vegan or Vegetarian restaurant, as mentioned previously, our goal is to provide meals that can balance every diet, whether it be a high protein post work-out meal or something packed with super nutrients for a general well-being, naturally this has formed many Vegetable based dishes. With a plethora of produce to choose from this time of year, what will we see on the menu this summer? Our menu will alter every so slightly, mainly down to the garnish and side components to our main
A healthy lifestyle is about maintaining good balance, a healthy lifestyle certainly does not need to be boring, you can still very much enjoy the food and drinks that you consume, as long as you have a general understanding of the things to avoid, on a regular basis.
dishes, to ensure we maintain their seasonal freshness and flavour. The venue is open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals as well as having a cocktail menu that also focuses on calorie intake and using 100% pure juices, purees and syrups. Was this part of the vision that enabled visitors to enjoy a healthy lifestyle whilst not compromising their lifestyle choice?
A healthy lifestyle is about maintaining good balance, a healthy lifestyle certainly does not need to be boring, you can still very much enjoy the food and drinks that you consume, as long as you have a general understanding of the things to avoid, on a regular basis. At Bonne SantĂŠ, we have that thought process covered, so you can relax and know that we have this in hand throughout our menus. Finally, what do you have planned for the summer and the rest of 2019? Our menus and operation is now 100% fluent, this has taken the last 11 months to alter and adapt to our customers requests, so for 2019 we will enjoy providing a product that we are proud to call complete.
The Custom House The Parade | Barbican Tel: 01752 310263 www.bonnesanteplymouth.co.uk facebook/BonneSantePlymouth instagram: bonnesante_plymouth
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The Mayﬂower Brasserie at Boringdon Hall The Mayﬂower Brasserie is one of two dining spaces at 5-star Boringdon Hall and (formerly known as The Wembury Restaurant) is the more casual alternative to the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette Gallery Restaurant.
The origins of Father's Day There is a school of thought that believes Father's Day is a relatively recent concept, conceived to compliment the already popular Mother's Day and celebrate the paternal side of parenting. It may, therefore, surprise you to know that scholars believe the earliest Father's Day message came from a young boy called Elmesu, who lived 4000 years ago in Babylon (modern day Iraq), and carved a message on a card, out of clay, wishing his Babylonian father good health and a long life. Father's Day remained an annual appreciation in several countries all over the world but only became popular in Western culture during the early twentieth century. Although there are numerous potential 'founders' of Father's Day in Western society, one persons efforts stand out above all others. Born in Arkansas, but raised just outside of Spokane, Washinton, Sonna Smart Dood had seen the success obtained by Anna Jarvis, promoting Mother's Day in the US, and took it on herself to make sure fathers were honoured throughout the nation. Dodd's own father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran and a single parent who reared his six children after his wife died in child birth. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors hadn't enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The ﬁrst Father's Day celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910 and although it didn't have much success initially it was on her return from College in the early 1930's that Dodd started to raise awareness of the day on a national level.
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Having gained the necessary support from trade groups that may beneﬁt from the celebration (tie manufacturers, tobacconists etc..) and from 1938, the Father's Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion, Father's Day celebrations became more widespread. Despite her best efforts, Fathers Day still hadn't been embraced by the American public. Many took a cynical view that, like Mother's Day, it was a synthetic celebration solely for the purposes of commercial industries to make more money. Despite presidential backing, it wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the ﬁ rst presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. It was soon after that Father's Day was adopted by the UK, although not a national holiday, many of us take the opportunity to treat our 'Dad's' in the form of gifts, meals or just a relaxing day.
The Mayﬂower’s interior has a modern feel yet maintains the feeling of history, charm and elegance of the 16th century manor house, offering fresh, ﬂavoursome and seasonal cuisine. The perfect backdrop for a Sunday brunch or lunch date, a sophisticated social gathering or intimate celebration with friends and family.
The Mayﬂower’s interior has a modern feel yet maintains the feeling of history, charm and elegance of the 16th century manor house, offering fresh, ﬂavoursome and seasonal cuisine. Every Sunday, brunch is served from 10am 1pm, two courses for £20 per person including tea and coffee, with the option to go bottomless (unlimited Prosecco or Bloody Mary's) for an additional £10 per person. Sunday Lunch is served in the Mayﬂower Brasserie every week from 12-3pm. Delightful treats served in cosy surroundings, an idyllic way to catch up on quality time with loved ones…after all that’s what Sunday’s are all about.
Something new for the Spring, Steak & Wine Club launching on Thursday 28th March and continuing every Thursday evening from 6.30pm. Enjoy two steaks and a bottle of house wine for £50. To book call the team at Boringdon Hall on 01752 344455 or book your table online www.boringdonhall.co.uk/food-drink/ mayﬂower-brasserie
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SET IN THE HEART OF PLYMOUTH, THE DUKE OF CORNWALL HOTEL IS BRIMMING WITH VICTORIAN GOTHIC CHARACTER DINE With two AA rosettes, the Duke’s restaurant is one of the places to dine in the city. Savour classic dishes with an adventurous twist, beautifully presented by our talented chefs, in an impressive chandelier-adorned restaurant. For a more informal dining experience, our stylish lounge is the ideal choice. Here, you can enjoy a light lunch or meet for a drink with friends before a night out in Plymouth.
TEA AT THE TOP Spend an enchanting afternoon in the Duke’s iconic tower for Tea at the Top. This luxury treat gives two people access to the hotel’s exclusive tower suite, with sensational 360-degree views over the sea, Dartmoor and the bustle of Britain’s Ocean City. Champagne is served by your own private butler, along with a classic afternoon tea that includes delicious sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. Tea at the Top costs £90.00 for two people and must be booked in advance on a Wednesday or Sunday from March to September. AvailabVility is limited so early booking is essential.
PRE-SHOW SUPPERS What better way to spend an evening than watching a fabulous show at Plymouth Pavilions with great company. To really make this a night out to remember, head to the Duke first for a delicious twocourse meal in our stunning restaurant for just £15.95 per person, before taking a leisurely stroll just over the road to the Pavilions. Tables are bookable between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meal before the show starts at 7.30pm.
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Sunday Lunch at Boringdon Hall Relax in our cosy Mayflower Brasserie with a delicious Sunday Lunch catching up on quality time with loved ones. Sunday Lunch is served from 12-3pm. To book call 01752 344455 or visit boringdonhall.co.uk
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What’s on this Summer at Boringdon Hall
Sunday 26th May – Boringdon Gin Festival sponsored by Barbican Botanical Gin Join us for our annual Gin Festival on the Boringdon lawn and enjoy the finest local and artisan Gin’s (including our very own, home distilled Boringdon Gin). Enjoy live jazz and swing music from West End Duo and the Johanna Graham Quintet. Foodies can indulge in a selection of food stands including a BBQ, Hog Roast and Paella. Tickets are £10 per person with proceeds going to the Mustard Tree and includes a welcome Gin & Tonic. To book give the team a call on 01752 344455 or book via the website www.boringdonhall.co.uk
The Moorland Garden Hotel The Perfect Summer Location The Moorland Garden Hotel is a 9 acre haven situated between Tavistock and Plymouth and this Spring and Summer the Hotel offers plentiful excuses to make a trip out to the moors. In May the Wildflower Meadow begins to show the array of colours and grasses to come and it is at this early stage the Hotel hosts Miss Ivy’s Spring Fete on Monday 6th May between 10:30am – 4:00pm. There will be 40+ artisan and gift exhibitors, refreshments to be enjoyed and a performance from Samantha Montini. The month of May also sees an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon with a tea tasting and afternoon tea experience hosted by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Hannah of Hannah Ruth Tea. Whether looking to try a new version of this favourite drink or learn a lot more about an excellent beverage, booking to be part of this experience will certainly be a good start to the Summer. In June why not bring Dad out to Sunday lunch to thank him for all he does at a place where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll afterwards. A three course lunch in the Wildflower Restaurant awaits the family with a little gift for each Dad. In July the outdoor theatre production of Three Men In A Boat takes place and will be performed in the Hotel’s gardens. Join Jerome as he
In June why not bring Dad out to Sunday lunch to thank him for all he does at a place where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll afterwards.
recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Giles Shenton pilots the audience through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats. With these many opportunities to visit the Hotel, the team look forward to welcoming all their guests over this Spring and early Summer and wish everyone a happy, sunny time.
Friday 28th June – Murder Mystery Evening ‘Life’s A Beach and then you Die’ Who doesn’t like the idea of a good engagement? The happy couple have invited their friends and family to their Hawaii themed engagement party. It is fitting as they met whilst on a surfing lesson in Hawaii 5 years ago. Not everyone is a fan of these two getting engaged so the evening is not likely to end up happily ever after. So, break out your board shorts, your grass skirts, dust off your sunglasses, find a Hawaiian shirt that would make Magnum P.I. jealous and let’s have a party. Releasing your inner super sleuth, you will piece together the clues, interrogate potential suspects and solve the crimes. The evening is £57 per person which includes a flavoursome three-course à la carte dinner with coffee and entertainment. To book your place give the team a call on 01752 344455 or book via the website www.boringdonhall.co.uk Saturday 6th July - Cooking Demo with Scott Paton at the Amphitheatre Sit back and relax whilst sipping on a glass of Champagne and watching a cooking demo at the Boringdon Amphitheatre, followed by a kitchen tour and a divine three-course lunch. Scott started working at Boringdon Hall in May 2016; he has since been awarded three AA rosettes and named best chef at the Food Magazine Reader Awards 2017 for his colourful, eyecatching cuisine. Scott focuses on the flavours and visual impact of each dish. Sourcing the best of local produce, he creates dishes that are as memorable for their beautiful presentation as they are the flavours; he brings both together exquisitely. To book your place on this delicious summer’s day at Boringdon give the team a call on 01752 344455 or book via the website www.boringdonhall.co.uk
The AA Rosette award-winning Wildflower Restaurant, at The Moorland Garden Hotel, offers diners a tranquil, relaxing dining experience with ever-changing views of the moorland garden and lawns. Serving traditional British cuisine, with a twist, and using locally sourced produce, the seasonal menu is complemented by a carefully selected wine list, that will suit all palates. As summer approaches, there is no finer place to sip a glass of wine on the terrace or dine al fresco.
The perfect summer dining experience
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Great new Sausages and South African Wines Sausages! As a nation we devour tons of them! Fried, Grilled, Casseroled there are many different ways of cooking them to eat! A classic breakfast item or Speciality samples as a part of the great French classic Cassoulet or with Potatoes and Paprika as a modern adaption of Goulash! The reason I flag this up is I was recently asked to taste some great South African Sausages known as Boerewors created from traditional recipes but created in Manchester. These famous crescent shaped dense sausages are full-on with flavour as the minimal meat content as around 90%. Based on milled Pork, Lamb and Beef, flavoured with Chilli, Garlic or Coriander I gently cooked them in an oven – medium heat – for around 20/25 minutes turning from time to time. At this point I thought that my proposed so called casserole might need a foil as these South African Boerewors pack such a punch so a sort of calming down was needed. I plumped for another great West Country sausage this time based in Newton Abbot. Hogs Pudding by name - a true white pudding made with poached Pork in wide skins with gentle spices such as All-Spice and nutmeg offering a sort of ‘sweetness’ as the sausage is ‘poached’ in heir famous crescent format. The samples in question came from Westaways Sausages made under close scrutiny from their Director, Charles Baughan, Charles has been at the helm at Westaways for over 20 years and is always looking at how to improve their range of famous sausages. But it’s the new recipe and slight change in shape of the Hogs Pudding that interest me so the opportunity to merge ‘bangers’ with a v gently prepared Casserole of Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, Onions and Butter Beans flavoured with Sweet Smoky Paprika, Tomatoes and veg stock started to take shape. The thought of Boerewors and Hogs Pudding called for some wine so I gathered my Wine Club together for a tasting plus the casserole to match.It also seemed appropriate to find some wines from South Africa, hoping that some of the reds might fit the bill? Starting with Cape Lady from Warwick, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – Morrisons £8.75 – a lovely soft red wine with ripe cassis notes over a light kiss of oak. V modern wine this will suit most red wine pallets . Next the Surfers Path Shiraz 2017 – Morrisons £7.50 – showing a sophisticated red
and black fruit style, spicy but quite gentle. This will also match v well but purchase more than one as it is very moreish! Last a red wine making a ‘return’ to the South African wine industry namely The Saviour Cinsault 2017 – Morrisons £5.50 once the mainstay of red wine making in South Africa it has been rather in the doldrums but younger winemakers are at this renaissance creating a plethora of Cinsault styles for you to sample. This one is a light easily sipped wine that will chill a tad very nicely. Especially if you’re cooking BBQ’d Boerewors on the grill for the oncoming Summer months al fresco eating, why not pop the Saviour Cinsualt in an ice bucket for a few moments before matching with the lovely bangers ready to eat! My casserole took a slight turn as I was coming to the end of its cooking. I decided to keep both sausages separated from the casserole. I cut the Hogs Pudding into large format and ‘scorched’ them in the hot dry pan after which I added large cut format of the cooked Boerewors to the pan with a twist of seasoning and a small glass of Cider to moisten them. Assembling side by side on a large format serving dish it became a great crowd pleaser to match which ever wine they fancied! So it’s Red Wine all the way with this kind of dish, to experience the power of the Boerewors plus the gentleness of the Hogs Pudding with the paprika scented Vegetable Casserole. Go to www.wsboerewors.co.uk for the Boerewors and www.westawaysausages.com for the Hogs Pudding plus prices and delivery.
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Spring at The Ship We now have our fresh and exciting new menu in full swing and the reception has been fantastic. With an impressive and good value fresh dishes, many inspired by and sourced from the local sea and countryside, The Ship provides an ideal destination at any time of the year. All dishes are prepared to order and the menu is supplemented by an ever-changing specials board. There’s nothing better than joining us in our beautiful harbourside seating area whilst trying out some of our amazing new dishes! We cater for small or large group bookings in our brand new refurbished restaurant with fantastic harbour sea views, taking parties of up to 80 guests…. 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. Our summer menu boasts some fantastic dishes including our award-winning Fish and Chips, a great selection of burgers and delicious vegetarian options. Looking for something lighter?! We have brilliant freshly prepared sandwiches and light bites to suit everyone. Along with our range of well-kept St Austell Brewery beers and our harbour location a visit to The Ship will always be a memorable one and you can always expect a warm welcome from all at “The Ship”. Look out for our Live Music events plus the Ship Quiz every Thursday. Marley White will once again have the entire Barbican jumping as The Ship plays host to his Ska and Reggae sounds every last Saturday of the month. If you’ve seen his act before, you know it’s not one to be missed! And don’t forget about our next door little gem, Brewer & Bean Plymouth, offering quality service and freshly ground Brewer & Bean coffee, made with care by our trained baristas. Blended exclusively for St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales our 100% Arabica coffee originates from Colombia and is grown by cooperatives of coffee producing families who in help support local businesses and craftsmen. The beans are blended together and hand roasted in Cornwall to create a coffee that’s medium bodied and packed full of flavour! For more information and to book please call 01752 667604 or visit www.theshipplymouth.co.uk
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Leave the sleeping bags and tents at home this festival season; relax and unwind at the New Continental Hotel There really is nothing nicer than knowing that you have a beautiful little city break away on the horizon; fuse that with a festival or two and things just got a whole heap better! We have so many guests stay with us to enjoy the amazing plethora of events that Plymouth hosts; and our festival scene is a winner for many! Festivals have the power not only to bring people together, to entertain and inform, but also to educate and inspire and provide the very best runway for your wardrobe!. Plymouth’s backdrop and rich history lends itself to great arts and cultural festivals; challenging perceptions and providing a new point of view via a wide variety of mediums. First up this year is the History Festival, which starts in the beginning of May. Our sensational food scene also creates the perfect pull to attract the very best food festivals; with top city chefs sharing their knowledge ... and some fabulous giveaways..yum! The Seafood Festival and Flavour Fest are massively popular; with guests booking year after year to enjoy the food vibe.
Part of the holiday fun, is the holiday fashion...
Our guests choose to leave their tents and sleeping bags in the garage and stay with us while they explore our cities treats; and who could blame them, given the somewhat inclement weather which has taught us that even in spring there’s no guarantee the sun will shine!
But no matter what the weather – events in Britain’s Ocean City are sure to add sunshine to your holiday. If you’re among the lucky ones that have planned your trip to enjoy Plymouth this year; you will be guaranteed an unforgettable combination of music, people, art and perfect Instagram moments! But preparing what to pack can be a mineﬁeld! Travel-inspired fashion has been on the runways for years, so too has festival fashion. We asked our fashionista travellers what they pack to blend both city travel AND festival, for the perfect Plymouth luggage!
What we found out...
It turns out the ﬂower crowns may have ofﬁcially died; but the sequinned garments, feathered head pieces and tasselled jackets; bold colours, joyful prints and sarong-like wrap skirts are all going strong!
But how do we ﬁt all our splendour into a single weekend tote..?
Well, that’s the bonus of staying with us during your festival adventures; your essentials are here waiting for you, like the hairdryers, iron and ironing boards - meaning you can pack without worrying about the big and bulky and the left behind creases! Our central location and onsite parking means if you want to pack that extra bum bag, pearl and shell jewellery, headscarves, tie-dyed t-shirts and Cuban shorts (just in case the sun greets us!) there’s really no reason not to!
PLUS our offers page on the website always has the best deals and promotions (some even offering a deal for just £50 per night for two sharing). So, if you’re planning on enjoying the wide range of annual festivals this year, helping us celebrate Plymouth’s diversity through food, music, dance, history and more, then leave your dry shampoo at home and stay with us; in the centre of all the action where even in the rain, you can still look hot!
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Festivals special Buzzing with life, Plymouth offers a vibrant, year-round calendar of theatrical, musical, artistic and sporting events, but in May and throughout the following three months, the city comes alive with its 'Festival Season'. The season kicks-off in earnest with the annual celebration of Plymouth’s history and heritage, that is the Plymouth History Festival. Running from 4 - 31 May, the festival, which is coordinated by the City Council’s Museums Galleries Archives service, features special events, family activities, talks, tours, guided walks, music and performance events as well as exhibitions and displays. This will be the seventh year in a row that the festival has taken place with the aim of highlighting Plymouth’s diverse history and heritage. Celebrating Plymouth is always the central theme of the festival. For 2019, event providers are also being asked to consider the themes of ‘Empowerment’, ‘Journeys’ and ‘The Great Outdoors’. The City Councils world-class festivals continue throughout May and June with a number of fantastic family orientated events. Get ready for a swashbuckling day of fun at Pirates Weekend Plymouth (May 11 - 12) 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. We welcome the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to their role on 25 May, 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. See more on page Flavour Fest, 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. We speak to Nadiya about life since 'Bake Off' on pages Armed Forces Day
For the fifth year in a row, Plymouth’s annual celebration of theatre and live performance (Plymouth Fringe Festival) will showcase some of the most exciting companies from across the UK along with the best in homegrown talent from the South West. Running from 27th May – 1st June, the citywide festival stretches from the City Centre to the Waterfront. Plymouth will buzz with fresh and inspiring new shows right here in Britain’s Ocean City.
Enjoy an adventurefilled day out for the whole family as you wander the streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour.
New for 2019, MTV Music Week will be descending on the city from 5th – 8th June. Taking a new direction from previous events MTV Crashes Plymouth and MTV Presents Ocean City Sounds, the week will see a huge range of acts perform in the city at live evening shows, along with inspirational daytime events targeted at young people with a passion for music. Find out more on pages xxxx plus exclusive interviews with two of the star acts. Finally, celebrate Plymouth’s proud military tradition is the 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. Whether it's music, comedy, food and drink or agriculture that floats your boat, our 'Festivals' section, we take a look at some of the many festivals, fayres and events that will keep us entertained throughout the summer months. There is something for everyone this festival season to make summer 2019 one to remember. >>>>>>>>>>>
A great month is on the horizon for this year’s History Festival Following the success of last year’s celebration of all things historical, Plymouth History Festival is set to return to the streets, parks and historical buildings of the city. Whether granting access to normally hidden areas or shining new light on familiar sights, its speakers, tour guides, workshop leaders and performers are ready delight residents and visitors alike from 4 to 31 May. Now celebrating its seventh year, the festival boasts a wide range of activities, many of which explore the themes of ‘Empowerment’, ‘Journeys’ and ‘The Great Outdoors’ this year. Important anniversaries linked to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage, the women's suffrage movement, health and wellbeing will be recognised alongside the usual focus on the city itself. Check out the website at www.historyfestival2019.wordpress.com for further details and booking information.
Local Studies Day
As always, the festival kicks off with Local Studies Day on 4 May - a full day of events celebrating Devon’s community, social and archival heritage. Speakers and specialist exhibitors will gather in the Roland Levinsky Building at the University of Plymouth for this popular event. This year the day has been organised by members of the local heritage
community. They’ll also be available throughout the day to talk about their work.
Historic Plympton Festival Visitors to Plympton’s animated corner of the festival from 13 to 19 May will be treated to exhibitions about the St Maurice conservation area and Plympton’s rich history, tours of Plympton St Maurice, Plympton Priory Site and the Parish Church of St Mary, and a May Fair. Evening events include ‘Educating Plympton’, told in words and music by Sylvia Guthrig, and an evening with Plymouth Morris Men who’ll present a lively array of songs and dances.
Age of Chivalry will be honouring all the themes of this year’s history festival over the weekend of 18-19 May at Plympton Priory Site, with medieval characters recounting the stories of pilgrims, princes, noblemen and ladies.
Important anniversaries linked to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage, the women's suffrage movement, health and wellbeing will be recognised alongside the usual focus on the city itself.
Number 1 Depot Company will also be getting in to character. On 4 and 5 May they’ll be demonstrating the daily life of a detachment of 1890s artillery gunners, including military signalling, arms displays and demonstrations of how to fire a travelling field gun. See them in action from their 9-man bell tent outside the Liner Lookout Café on the Hoe.
Exhibitions and Displays
Over the course of the festival Royal Adelaide Art and Yoga will be housing exhibitions examining Stonehouse’s ‘100 Homes Project’, while The Athenaeum will be throwing open its doors for an exhibition that tells the story of its fascinating 200-year history. See images from Devonport Dockyard’s past at the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, sample the ‘Outdoor Experience
Collections’ at the University of St Mark and St John’s Archive and lament the mishaps of some of the people buried in Ford Park Cemetery who died in accidents involving trams, cars, trains, bicycles, fires and even lions!
Producer/director Rob Giles and Professor Kim Stevenson present, discuss and screen ‘How Do You Fix A Town Like Plymouth?’ at the Plymouth Arts Cinema at Plymouth College of Art on 7 May. This biographical film depicts the life and times of Plymouth’s youngest Chief Constable, Joseph Sowerby (1892-1917), and the respect he attracted by tackling drunkenness, crime and bad behaviour.
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On 25 and 26 May, the Liner Lookout Cafe invites you to sample two historical treats: the Original Plymouth Pasty, taken from a recipe that dates back to 1510, and a Medieval Pottage Stew served with bread and cheese. The Café also hosts an exhibition of old photos of the Lookout and the Hoe on 11 and 12 May.
More than 25 talks are packed into this year’s festival, with diverse subjects ranging from 17th century British Civil Wars at sea to Nancy Astor’s take on the Suffragette movement. The line-up can be browsed via the festival website or brochure, and includes titles like ‘Rising From The Ashes’, ‘The Kosher Kitchen and Mikvah’, and ‘A General History of Ears’!
‘Lest We Forget’, the nationwide campaign to preserve memories of the First World War (1914-18), will also be coming to libraries across the city throughout the month. Andrew’s Church will host a variety of musical Family Fun
Most of this year’s events are child friendly, but some of them are also especially for your little ones. Young historians can shiver their timbers and yo ho ho with the motley crew at Pirates Weekend on 11 and 12 May, solve clues to win badges on a treasure trail around Devonport Park on 19 May, and find out what was happening on the day they were born at Central Library’s ‘History Explorers’ event on 24 May.
Why not take a stroll in the company of some of the city’s finest history experts? Locations for guided walks this year include Central Park, Devonport and Devonport Park, East Stonehouse and Plymbridge Woods. Many of this year’s walks have exciting themes, such as ‘Lotions, Potions and Devotions tour on 9 May which will explore treasures from Park Pharmacy’s world of natural remedies. The ‘Murder, Mystery and Mayhem’ walk round Ford Park Cemetery on 5 May will give an insight into the gripping and gruesome lives and deaths of its inhabitants. And if that sounds a bit too sobering, why not sing up a storm with Devonport Park Community Choir along the 2-mile ‘Singing Pub Crawl’ trail on 19 May, which will stop at all the pubs listed in the 1950s ditty ‘An Old Devonport Poem’.
‘Keeper of the Light’, a 10-30 minute performance inspired by the Eddystone ighthouses, will be debuted throughout 24 May, including entry to Smeaton’s Tower. St
performances including an organ recital and string quartet. The Noah’s Ark pub will hold writing workshops and performance evenings based on the themes of this year’s festival.
Representatives from the art world will be demonstrating the impact of historical events on their work at various points during the festival. On 7 May artist Helen Snell will talk about her ‘Neogeographies’ project, a direct response to the extraordinary prints and images that documented Captain Cook’s three voyages during the 1700s. On 21 May, Bridgette Ashton will discuss her 2018 work ‘Worth’s Folly’ which commemorated the discovery of Plymouth’s Cattedown Caves in 1886.
Prepare to sneak a peek inside Plymouth’s hidden and not so hidden gems at a range of locations including Mount Batten Tower, Saltram House, the new Bridging the Tamar Visitor and Learning Centre, the Minster Church of St Andrew, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prysten House, Plymouth Synagogue, Royal William Yard and more.
The festival offers a wealth of support to those interested in their own place in Plymouth’s history. There will be drop-in workshops on researching family history using online and library archives at the Efford, Central, Crownhill and Devonport Libraries, with a special workshop for children at the Central Library on 24 May. On 18 May the Lesbian Voices of Plymouth Oral Archive project invite you to Quaker House to
help create a lesbian timeline encompassing events of global, national, local and personal importance. ‘Lest We Forget’, the nationwide campaign to preserve memories of the First World War (1914-18), will also be coming to libraries across the city throughout the month. You are invited to bring diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs, objects or stories about your family’s experience in the war to these digital collection days where they will be recorded and added to an online collection. All the events in Plymouth History Festival are open to the public, but as some require booking in advance it’s worth getting hold of the brochure or heading over to the website at www.historyfestival2019.wordpress.com for full details. You can also follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter using @plymhistoryfest – and don’t forget to tag us in your event photos using #PHF19. We’ll see you there!
The Devon County Show
The Devon County Show 16 -18 May www.devoncountyshow.co.uk
Prepare for your senses to be awakened at Devon County Show 2019, on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May. See rows of and rows of brilliant white marquees, colourful bunting, acres of freshly mown, spring grass, and a sea of show stewards and judges sporting bowler hats. Browse the 3 miles of shopping avenues packed with a cornucopia of independent retailers, selling unique products that you won’t see anywhere else. Touch, feel and purchase on the spot. It’s instant gratification with no waiting and no delivery charges unlike buying online. And of course, kids will love to stroke the piglets and feed the calves in the Farmwise Zone. Hear a cacophony of animal choruses – from the lowing of cattle, to horses gently whinnying, alpacas humming and ducks quacking as well as a procession of vintage tractors chugging noisily through the showground, brass bands pumping out rousing marches, and motorcycles revving up when the show’s main attraction, the Bolddog Lings take to the main ring. Taste a delicious morsel from one of the hundreds of food producers who will be griddling, frying, baking, toasting, flipping, wrapping and generally tempting you with a smorgasbord of gourmet goodies. Smell a host of aromas on the gentle spring breeze that will trigger your olfactory senses. The scent of delicately fragrant spring flowers in the craft and gardens marquee, the aroma of sausages sizzling on a griddle, the smell of freshly mown grass, the sweet smell of honey in the bee tent and pork crackling crisping up on a spit roast. Be sure not to miss:• A mouth-watering Devon cream tea (jam on top of course) • A half of delicious refreshing, gently sparkling, artisan cider • The Grand Parade in the Main Ring (Friday and Saturday only) • Scurry Racing – just downright daredevil • Pigeons – a most underrated species. We love these birds and there are plenty of show specimens to see in Fur & Feather • Titan the belching, farting robot (Friday and Saturday only) • Heavy Horses – without doubt the most magnificent beasts in the world • Angora Goats – What’s not to love? • Devon Chefs cooking up a storm in the food and drink exhibition • The new Foodwalk taking food offerings onto an international level. Book Tickets – Advance Adults £19 On the Gate £22 Advance Seniors £17 on the Gate £19 Kids £7.50 Free on Saturday - Free Parking - Disabled Parking Group Bookings of 20 + at £18/person Super Saturday – two VIP Adults for £35 including Forward Parking and access to the exclusive Members’ Enclosure Diamond Deal – Buy one get one half price on over 60’s tickets for Thursday or Friday Tickets available online at www.devoncountyshow.co.uk or at Mole Valley Farmers, Mole Avon and local Tourist Information Centres, check our website for more details How to get to the Devon County Show Map – by Bus from Exeter, Sidmouth, Seaton, Honiton, Lyme Regis, Exmouth and Exeter Bus Station see www.devoncoutyshow.co.uk for timetables – By Bike there is free cycle parking at et every entrance - By Car there is Free Parking we are just 1 mile from M5 Junction 30 on the A352 – just follow the signs. Devon County Show, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ
Hands on experience
The Devon County Show where family memories are made Advance Ticket Prices: Adults £19, over 60s £17 Children under 16 go free on Saturday (or £7.50 on Thursday and Friday)
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festivals special 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 spicy noodles, there’s the perfect treat for you.
Armed Forces Day 29 June Plymouth Hoe
Celebrate Plymouth’s proud military tradition at the annual Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June, in association with Babcock. Enjoy a spectacular air display featuring the Red Arrows, who are returning to Plymouth for the first time since 2012. There will also be a flypast from an RAF Spitfire and a rescue display from the Coastguard, in partnership with the RNLI. The exciting arena programme is set to return this year, with highlights including the Tri-Service Field Gun competitions and the thrilling unarmed combat display by the Royal Marines. There will also be displays of military vehicles and equipment and ‘villages’ showcasing each of the services spread out across Plymouth Hoe, as well as the veterans’ village, with more than 65 organisations and charities represented.
The Red Arrows
Summer Fun In Plymouth Don’t miss out on some of Plymouth’s biggest events taking place this summer! Lord Mayor’s Day 25 May City centre
Welcome the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to their role with this day celebrating the best of the city’s community, sponsored by Rowes Honda and Rowes Suzuki. 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. Children can take part in the Planet Trail, supported by the Plymouth City Centre Company, with the chance to win amazing prizes. A Science Dome using a 360 degree projector will run half hour shows about space, while the National Marine Aquarium will have Virtual Reality headsets so you can take a virtual dive into one of their tanks. A day-long stage programme will feature performances from local dance and theatre groups and choirs. 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 31 May to 2 June City centre
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 Lord Mayor's Day
The entertainment continues into the evening, with a free live music concert on the main stage. Dance the night away with One Step Behind, Europe's biggest tribute to Madness, a Tom Jones tribute act and Scarlett Lee, the 2018 X Factor runner-up.
Plymouth Summer of Fun
6 July to 31 August (every Saturday) City centre Head to the city centre to enjoy a Summer of Fun, run by Plymouth City Centre Company. There will be a huge variety of entertainers, workshops and performers appearing on the streets of Plymouth every Saturday, all for families to enjoy for free.
The fun begins with Plymouth Summer Circus on 6 July, when a Big Top-style stage will pop up in the Piazza, featuring performances from unicyclists, jugglers, fire eaters, escapologists and more! For more information about all these events, head to visitplymouth.co.uk or facebook.com/whatsonplymouth.
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What's Your Flavour? Fans of the Great British Bake Off are in for a treat at this year’s Flavour Fest in Plymouth, with series six winner Nadiya Hussain and series eight runner-up Steven Carter-Bailey both appearing in the Cookery Theatre. We caught up with Nadiya to talk about her passion for baking, self-esteem issues as well as how meeting Ainsley Harriott topped meeting the Queen.
Nadiya will be the star of the show on Saturday 1 June, making two appearances in the Cookery Theatre and demonstrating some delicious cooking. Since winning the Great British Bake Off, Nadiya has presented a plethora of programmes for BBC including The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya's Asian Odyssey, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and Nadiya’s Family Favourites. Her cookery books and books for children have reached bestseller status and she regularly writes for media including The Times and has featured in the BBC’s 100 Most Inﬂuential Women list. You bring such enthusiasm and passion to your baking/cooking. What were your ﬁrst ‘food’ memories? Every weekend, my dad would buy half a sheep and we’d have the whole family over. It was such a busy house that we’d all sit round on the ﬂoor and tuck in because we couldn’t all ﬁt around the table. That’s a very fond food memory for me.
very supportive husband and it was actually Abdal who entered me for Bake Off without me knowing. He said I should go and do something for myself. Of course I was nervous doing it but I just took it week by week and I’m so thankful I did it. Look at the amazing opportunities it has given me! It is amazing to see you now, full of conﬁdence, and embracing everything that comes your way. Do you still have those self doubts though? Winning Bake Off has meant I’ve been able to do everything I’ve ever dreamed of. I’m shaping my future every single day and seeing where it takes me but I'm not a different person, I'm a different version of myself. I still relate to that slightly nervous character on Bake Off. Having suffered from low self-esteem what would be your message to anyone stopping themselves from achieving something that they really wanted?
“I’m really excited to visit Plymouth and meet everyone at Flavour Fest! It’ll be great to try some of the South West’s amazing local fresh produce too.” Do you think having positive early memories of food/cooking are important for children growing up, giving them an understanding of taste combinations/health beneﬁts and more? Deﬁnitely! I think all children should be involved in the kitchen - cooking not only hones a skill that is needed in life in general beyond childhood, but it also teaches self-conﬁdence, how to be frugal, understanding ingredients and where they come from, measuring, being organised… the list could go on! My eldest son Musa loves to cook and often prepares dinner for the whole family. He can whip up a mean spaghetti bolognaise. I read that you suffered from low self-esteem before winning bake-off. How difﬁcult was it, and how much courage did you have to ﬁ nd, in order to enter? I was so busy being a mum I forgot to make time for myself. I had three very young children and I was a young mum. Being their mum was all I thought about for a long time. I think a lot of parents can relate to that. Luckily I have a
I suffer from panic disorder and it can be different things that set it off. It has no rhyme and reason and you get to learn your triggers and give yourself coping mechanisms. So I would advise people to be kind to themselves and recognise when they need to take a step back. Winning ‘Bake-Off’ and receiving such positive feedback from viewers must have been an amazing feeling?
It’s really nice to see that my background paired with the win can inspire so many different people. What has really stunned me I have to say is how much it has inspired the younger generation to get in the kitchen. I have met many parents who have said that I have inspired their younger children to get in the kitchen. Now to me that feels like the biggest achievement. The last two years must have been a whirlwind. I understand meeting Ainsley Harriott even topped meeting the Queen! Has there been anything since that has topped it? It’s hard to top baking the Queen’s birthday cake but I got so nervous when I saw last year’s Strictly winner Ore Oduba at a do recently. I was too shy to say hello so I gave him a little smile and he did the same to me. I loved him on Strictly so I felt so gutted that I’d not had the courage to say hello. I sent him a tweet after! What has been the best bit of advice you have received since winning the show? To have boundaries between your life as someone in the public eye and your life as mum. Selﬁes seem to be the new autograph and I’ve had to learn to say no to people when I’m with my kids. That’s when I’m mum so I’m polite and say hello but I don’t do selﬁes anymore when I’m with my children. And on coming to Plymouth? I'’m really excited to visit Plymouth and meet everyone at Flavour Fest! It’ll be great to try some of the South West’s amazing local fresh produce too.
Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June 2019 Plymouth City Centre www.ﬂavourfestsw.co.uk
ARMED FORCES DAY Saturday 29 June 2019 | Plymouth Hoe
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Glorious Green Man Event
25 - 26 May, 10am - 4pm ww.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk As the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe burst into life with all the colours of the rainbow, we are beginning to prepare once again for the wonderful Green Man Weekend. A high light in our events calendar, the Green Man himself is the culmination of a wonderful community project. He is the result of cooperative work between the Park's gardeners and rangers, a host of local volunteers and many artists from across the Tamar Valley. Each year he changes and takes on the personality of the storm damage materials available to the team. Everyone comes together to create the backdrop for an exciting family day out. The creative process starts around the 13th May, so if you're in the park come along and see the build in-progress.
This year is the 7th annual Green Man event here at the park and will be a fantastic mix of entertainment provided by local bands Space Cowboys, Rootz Mill and Magerison, circus acts, morris dancers, The Age of Chivalry (medieval knights) and much more to keep you entertained. Once again traditional family activities will be running throughout the event along with food and craft stalls. wood turning crafts in the Barrow Centre, vintage fairground rides, stilt walkers, bouncy castles, a beer tent, and the obligatory hog roast. Lots of fun for visitors of all ages! Ample parking is available very close to the event and free transport will be running to transport visitors between the car parks, the event and the Barrow Centre. There will also be additional ferries running along-side the regular Cremyll Ferry service from the Barbican and Royal William Yard to allow regular crossing opportunities from Plymouth.
Although there is a charge for all-day car parking the event is free for all to enjoy. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and follow the progress of the Green Man as he grows. For further information on this and other events, check our website at www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk
Green Man Event 25th & 26th May 2019 10am - 4pm
Celebrate the spirit of rebirth as Spring arrives. This fantastic event offers craft stalls, traditional entertainments, live music, food and drink, all woven around the magical central figure of a Green Man. There will be displays of traditional crafts throughout the day plus bouncy castles, traditional fair ground rides, Morris Dancers and lots more - thereâ€™s something for everyone! Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park @mt_edgcumbe mtedgcumbe www.moutedgcumbe.gov.uk
festivals special eas which have built from the Atlantic Ocean. The hosts for the Regatta, Royal Western Yacht Club in conjunction with the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association, describe their event as 'The Yachtsman's Regatta'; which is hard to disagree with!
25 - 28 July www.porteliotfestival.com “It’s like falling from the sky into a magic garden where you will be constantly surprised and delighted; where you can drink, dance, discuss, dress up, camp, explore, get lost, fall asleep under the stars to the sound of Andrew Weatherall, and wake up to the ringing of church bells.” Port Eliot is a festival unlike any other. When you come to Port Eliot, we welcome you as our guests. Whether you’re swimming in the estuary, picnicking under a 300 year old tree, rocking out at the Park Stage, canoeing on the river, catching an intimate gig in the church, watching a cooking demo in the Big Kitchen or dancing ‘til the wee hours in the Boogie Round – our home is yours for the weekend. We invite you to our little corner of Cornwall from 25th to 28th July 2019 when we’ll celebrate words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, ﬂowers, laughter, exploration, fun and all that is good in the world!
Boringdon Gin Festival 26 May www.boringdonhall.co.uk
Join us for our annual Gin Festival on the Boringdon lawn and enjoy the ﬁnest local and artisan Gin’s (including our very own, home distilled Boringdon Gin). Enjoy live jazz and swing music from West End Duo and the Johanna Graham Quintet. Foodies can indulge in a selection of food stands including a BBQ, Hog Roast and Paella. Time 2pm - late, Tickets: £ 10 For further information and to reserve your tickets call us on 01752 344455
Plymouth Fringe Festival 27 May – 1 June www.plymouthfringe.com
Plymouth Fringe Festival 2019 will take place from Monday 27th May to Saturday 1st June. For the fourth year in a row, Plymouth’s annual celebration of theatre and live performance will showcase some of the most exciting companies from across the UK along with the best in homegrown talent from the South West. From the City Centre to the Waterfront, Plymouth will buzz with fresh and inspiring new shows right here in Britain’s Ocean City. If you’d like a sneak peek at the line-up then head over to our News section and, don’t go too far, as tickets will be available from this very website in the coming weeks. Plymouth Fringe Festival is curated by Toast in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Barbican Theatre and Peninsula Arts, and is supported by the TRAC Legacy Fund.
Funky Llama Festival 8 June
www.facebook.com/FunkyLlamaTRP Funky Llama is part of TRP’s Engagement and Learning programme and is supported by the Big Lottery Fund. It is a platform for adults with disabilities to actively participate in the creation
and delivery of inclusive arts events. It’s remit? To challenge stereotypes. Director of Engagement and Learning, Mandy Precious, said: “When we say that the Funky Llama Festival is ‘all-inclusive’, we mean all-inclusive! Everyone is welcome. If you’ve never been before, then do come along – it’s a wonderful day to be part of.” “For the artists, it’s an opportunity to perform at an iconic venue and to network with other artists, which is extremely important. Funky Llama is all about challenging stereotypes, and the festival, as the highlight of the year, does just that.” Shiraz Baziko, Head of Events at MTV UK, added: “We’re thrilled to have partnered with the Funky Llama Festival on Plymouth Hoe during MTV Music Week. Inclusivity is a hugely important part of MTV’s DNA and we’re thrilled to provide a platform for Funky Llama’s programme of events for adults with different abilities.” The festival is a fully accessible event. Facilities include a MobiLoo with a hoist and changing facilities so that everyone can enjoy the full day, and a British Sign Language interpreter. Tickets are £10 for the day; £5 for under-18s, and for admission after 6pm. Enablers go free when accompanying an adult ticket holder. Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day, or in advance via the Theatre Royal Plymouth box ofﬁce on 01752 267222. Or visit www. theatreroyalcom .Funky Llama Festival part of MTV Music Week. Find out more about MTV Music Week overleaf.
12 - 14 July www.yacht-regatta.ppsa.org.uk For racers, sailing in the Plymouth waters is hard to beat. Inside Plymouth Sound provides ﬂatter waters but with hills surrounding this playground, racers are kept on their toes by plenty of wind shifts. Outside of Plymouth Sound has a racing area with minimal tidal inﬂuences but roughers
Plymouth Seafood Festival
14 - 15 Septmeber www.visitplymouth.co.uk Plymouth Seafood Festival is back for its 8th year in 2019 and is set to bring The Barbican and Sutton Harbour alive with entertainment, activities and dishes to celebrate the city’s fantastic caught seafood. Plymouth is the ﬁrst city in the world to be awarded the Fish2Fork Blue City status for its commitment to sourcing sustainable ﬁsh. Between Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 September 2019 there will be opportunities to watch inspirational, regional and celebrity chefs who will delight you with their tantalising dishes at the Cookery Theatre. Wonder the array of local food and craft stands and be entertained. Seafood Festival
Turning up the volume in Plymouth MTV is returning to Plymouth this summer with an unforgettable four-day music extravaganza.
Running from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 June, MTV Music Week will see a huge range of acts perform in the city at live evening shows, along with inspirational daytime events targeted at young people with a passion for music.
Supported by Plymouth City Council, MTV will host four exciting evening events at venues across the city:
Wednesday 5 June at The Treasury Thursday 6 June at Plymouth Pavilions
YO! MTV Raps
Friday 7 June at The Hub Saturday 8 June at Plymouth Pavilions
Ms Banks The impressive line-up includes: Ghetts, Jvck James, Pale Waves, RAY BLK, R3WIRE & VARSKI, The Amazons with fan favourites Disciples, Kurupt FM and Young T & Bugsey joining the exciting roster of fresh talent. Top industry insiders Becca Dudley, Jack Saunders, Snoochie Shy and Tinea Taylor will will be taking part in panels, workshops and exclusive artist interviews throughout the fourday event in the shape of MTV Breaks. Music fans can also sign up for a DJ workshop at The Hub and speed networking events to meet music industry professionals. Following on from MTV Crashes Plymouth and MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds, MTV Music Week Plymouth marks a new direction for the Plymouth showcase, focused on curated events relevant to young fans, in addition to live music events. Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “We’re passionate about supporting music in Plymouth and excited to be working with MTV to bring such an amazing range of genres to the city. Our ongoing relationship with MTV is just one of the ways we’re working to protect and build Plymouth’s amazing music scene. “This new format is really exciting for anyone in Plymouth interested in breaking into the music industry with the daytime workshops giving a unique chance to meet and learn from talented industry professionals, in addition to the four spectacular live music events for all music fans to enjoy.” Tickets are on sale now. Tickets for YO! MTV Raps and MTV Push Live will start at £10 (plus booking fee) and tickets for MTV Presents and Club MTV will start at £17 (plus booking fee). For more info visit www.mtvmusicweek.co.uk and stay tuned to MTV’s social channels for all the latest news and updates.
Meet the artists: Disciples
Nathan Vincent Duvall, Gavin Koolmon, and Luke McDermott make up South London based production trio Disciples. The trio gained international recognition through their collaboration with fellow British record producer Calvin Harris on "How Deep Is Your Love" which peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart.
Born Justin Clarke in Plaistow, East London, in 1984, Ghetts (formerly known as Ghetto) started out in the grime collective NASTY Crew before leaving to set up the Movement, which also featured Devlin, Wretch 32, and Schorcher and with whom released a CD entitled ‘Tempo Specialists’. Ghetts gained mainstream exposure when a dance remix of the single "Sing 4 Me" was picked up by U.K.-based label All Around the World. Continuing to release singles through various grime blogs and websites -- including the MTV diss track "Who's on the Panel" -- Clarke returned in 2014 with his full-fledged debut album proper, Rebel with a Cause.
East London born & bred, 20-year-old Jvck James is already creating a buzz with his blend of R&B music taking in influences from the 90’s greats whilst also giving a nod to the likes of Khalid, Frank Ocean and the UK scene.
Currently headlining shows all over Europe selling out her first Headline shows in London whilst launching her EP ‘New Chapter’. She has a wide range of artist fans far and wide who regularly invite her to support, including artists like Big Narstie on his BDL UK tour and American Rap group ‘Migos’ on their UK Dab Tour.
RAY BLK (which stands for Building Living Knowing, which she describes as her three main values) was the opening act for the UK leg of Nicki Minaj's Nicki Wrld Tour.
22-year-old, South London born MS banks, is a multi-Award winning artist who stands for female empowerment & individuality.
Formed in Manchester in 2014, Indie Pop band Pale Waves released their debut studio album 'My Mind Makes Noises' in September 2018 and reached number eight on the official UK Albums Chart. Read our interview with lead singer and guitarist, Heather Baron-Gracie overleaf.
R3WIRE & VARSKI
Nigerian born singer and songwriter and rapper RAY BLK won the BBC's Sound of 2017, and was the first unsigned artist to do so.
Radio based Rock band, The Amazons were formed in 2014 and were included in MTV's and the BBC's Brand New for 2017 and Sound of 2017 longlists respectively. Read our interview with the band overleaf.
YOUNg T & Bugsey
Nottingham rap duo Young T and Bugsey were part of a youth and music project set up by Prince Harry.
R3WIRE & VARSKI joined forces in 2010 through their shared passion for music and performance. Combining their key strengths, they have quickly become the dynamic duo known for wowing crowds.
With a huge following on social media their fierce sound came to be championed by Stormzy , who was impressed by their rapping abilities backstage at one of Tim Westwood’s Crib Sessions.
Accolades in recent years include R3WIRE & VARSKI’s track ‘Jump & Shout’ peaking at #44 in the Beatport charts whilst their latest big room track “Epic”, peaked at #2 in the Deejayworx worldwide chart [beating the likes of Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Martin Garrix and more].
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2018 was an incredible year for Jvck, winning over an army of fans across the UK, Europe and the US releasing critically acclaimed tracks including ‘Extroverted Lovers’, ‘Easy’, Wine’, ‘Fears’, ‘Wave’ and the fan favourite ‘On My Way’.
Created, written and performed by Allan Mustafa, Steve Stamp, Asim Chaudhry and Hugo Chegwin, People Just Do Nothing is a BBC television sitcom that follows the lives of MC Grindah (Mustafa) and DJ Beats (Chegwin), who run Kurupt FM, a pirate radio station broadcasting garage and drum and bass from Brentford in west London. 2019 will see the group perform at a string of show, including MTV Music Week in Plymouth in what will 'probably' be the bands last tour. R3WIRE & VARSKI
Reading based rock band ,The Amazons, come to Plymouth this June as part of MTV Music Week. We speak to the band about their sound, influences and how one of the band is looking forward to coming home. Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from… We are a 4-piece Rock & Roll band from a medium sized sleepy commuter town called Reading. Describe your sound in three words… Rock, Roll, And. Who inspired you to start a career in music? There have been so many people and moments. Catching ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana for the
first time on the radio was the lightbulb moment. I can remember feeling like ‘this is me now, I need to find more’. Who are your biggest musical influences right now? We’ve been really digging into the roots of Rock & Roll in the last year. I get excited finding out the origins of things, starting points, reasons why things are like they are today. The blues was obviously a huge part in the story of the music we play today and we found it so easy through the internet to delve into the back catalogues of artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins etc What can we expect from your live performance? We try to put on the kind of show that we want to see. We ache and pine for live music. Musicianship, the bond between the members, a touch of improvisation, blood and sweat. How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why? We’re very excited to be a part of the series of events that MTV are hosting in Plymouth. The range of what’s happening reflects how much of an institution in music MTV has become and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Have you ever played in Plymouth before? If so, what were your best memories of it? Plymouth is not somewhere we’ve played before which is exciting. Especially in the UK it’s getting harder to find places where we haven’t performed already, so it’ll be fun to explore the town and discover what it’s all about.
If not, have you played in the South West before? Is it nice to play for audiences outside of the usual cities you’d play eg. London, Birmingham, Manchester Oh for sure. Sometimes the response from audiences outside of the bigger cities is even greater and more wild. I guess that comes from being spared the overexposure to Rock and Roll that you’d find in the usual cities. What springs to mind when you think of the South West? Josef our drummer spent a lot of his formative years in Totnes. He’s mentioned going to see a lot of key shows at the Plymouth Pavilions when he was growing up. What does it mean for you to be championed by a brand such as MTV? The way we find and consume music has changed quite a bit from its beginnings but I think we still look to institutions like MTV to help guide and curate through the chaos. MTV clearly changed the game in the early 80s and it’s still a hugely respected platform for music so we feel very privileged. What has been your most exciting career highlight so far? Writing and recording our new album was an experience we haven’t had before. Knowing it was such a visceral and turbulent time creating it from nothing, listening to it finished now is certainly a highlight. Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business? Take the time to master your instrument. There are so many opportunities to cut corners but I would advice strongly to not take them. See The Amazons at MTV Music Week. Get your tickets at mtvmusicweek.co.uk
Formed in 2014, Mancunian Indie Pop band, Pale Waves have already won the coverted NME Under the Radar Award as well as ranking fifth in the BBC Sound of 2018. Here, Lead singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie chats to us about playing playing a memorable sweaty show in Plymouth as well as how she doesn't get her singing talent from her Dad. Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
Have you ever played in Plymouth before? If so, what were your best memories of it?
My name is Heather Baron-Gracie. I’m 24, spend all my time in a band called Pale Waves, and we’re originally from Manchester!
We have. We played it on one of our first ever tours with our friends from In Heaven. It was in a small venue with absolutely no stage room but overall it was a super sweaty, memorable show.
Describe your sound in three words… Emo pop music
What springs to mind when you think of the South West?
Who inspired you to start a career in music?
The main influence was probably my dad. I grew up listening to his musical heroes and he also taught me guitar. He tries to sing but he’s not the best, bless.
What does it mean for you to be championed by a brand such as MTV?
Who are your biggest musical influences right now? Well, I’m currently really indulging in American Football, Yung Lean and Yazoo. What can we expect from your live performance? An honest performance. How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why? We’re so excited! We feel very humbled to be a part of it. We all grew up watching/listening to MTV so it’s a pretty surreal moment when your own band gets asked to be a part of that.
It means a great deal to us. We’re very thankful for the support and opportunity we’ve been given. What has been your most exciting career highlight so far? Definitely releasing our first ever record and walking into shops such as HMV and seeing it right there in the physical form. Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business? Be prepared to dedicate your life to your music That might sound intimidating but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. See Pale Waves at MTV Music Week. Get your tickets at mtvmusicweek.co.uk MayJune19.indd 109
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summer days out 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 summer will be no exception. We have a wonderful array of activities planned; including our animal encounter show where you can meet and learn about amazing animals from around the globe. Collect your Explorer Passport and become a Young Explorer.
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.
We have lots of exciting new animals for you to meet, such as; pigmy dormice, striped squirrels and our gorgeous skunk Rogue. Enjoy 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 to suit all ages and abilities. Choose the Blue Trail for a more gentle 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 or even have 8 legs!
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No session is the same. Not forgetting the Animal Feeding Sessions throughout the day with our Meerkats and animals in the petting area. 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. 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: www.beckyfalls.com
Hang out at The Monkey Sanctuary this summer
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. 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! 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 monkeysanctuary.org
summer days out bluebells at their best, as well as having the chance to marvel at the view of the Tavy Valley and to take in the smell of the wild garlic growing along Cot Lane. Buckland’s bluebells are traditionally quite late, so we anticipate them looking their best towards the middle of May – but do keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for updates. This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, will be coming to Buckland Abbey. A rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited outside of London and in the sea farer’s former home in Devon.
Clouded Yellow Butterfly at Cotehele
Beautiful gardens, scenic walks and half-term fun awaits at our National Trust sites Cotehele
As part of our conservation and wildlife management work our rangers closely monitor the butterfly population at Cotehele, as their numbers are a good indicator of the health of the local environment. The team carry out counts weekly through to the end of August. You can find out more about this work and how you can help on our website:www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ cotehele
Explore the garden and find a rainbow of colour with our garden trail for May. Then come back in June to have a go at our toddler friendly trail and use your senses to discover your surroundings. There will be lots to do in May half-term with storytelling, crafts and seed planting. If you’re on an adventure around the park and garden, tick more things off your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ list. This year there are a couple of new things added so even if you’re a ‘50 things’ veteran, there will be something different to try.
Cotehele credit: James Robbins Saltram credit: James Dobson.
Cotehele is full of flowers and butterflies and the hum of buzzy bees. These pollinators play a vital role here – without them the orchards would be unproductive and plants would fail, so we have them to thank for the beauty you can enjoy on a peaceful garden stroll here.
Over May half term we’ll be celebrating pollinators, with a free trail to help children discover more about different pollinators and why they’re so vital for a healthy environment and a bee box making activity on weekdays. It’s not all about bees and butterflies here though. Nancy Belle is back on the water for boat trips along the Tamar on various dates in May and June; artisan florist Miranda Hackett is back with a Garden Flowers workshop in May; Going Digital has a weekend of photography workshops scheduled in June and on Thursday 20 June, we’re running Cotehele Unlocked, where you can see behind closed doors in the house.. Prebooking is essential for these popular events, so for more details check our website or call us on 01579 351346. As always, there’s more about everything happening at Cotehele on our website or check out our social feeds on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We hope to see you soon.
Warm weather, blooming flowers and long days make the perfect setting for leisurely garden strolls, bike rides in the park and picnics on the lawn at Saltram.
Drake: National Portrait Gallery London. The painting will travel to Buckland Abbey as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s COMING HOME project. This portrait will be on display at Buckland Abbey from April 27th to 22nd September. With great new family trails, it will be a must this season. May half-term will also be packed full of family focussed activities to enjoy come rain or shine. For more information, please call us or visit the website or check out our Facebook page.
In the house and garden, Saltram will be celebrating all things 18th century. Find out more about the family members who lived at Saltram in the 18th century and made many of the design changes that you see today. If you have a passion for history, find out more about Saltram on a house tour which happen daily at 11 and 11:30am. Find us and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or check out our website. You can find all of our events and activities on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/saltram. For more information call 01752 333500.
A gentle stroll around Buckland Abbey reveals many treasures inside and out. Seas of colour are starting to appear within the woodlands as Buckland’s much anticipated bluebells burst into flower. Steve, Buckland’s ranger recommends heading out on the red estate walk to see the
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made with the National Trust Visit Buckland Abbey, Cotehele and Saltram and enjoy scenic walks in the beautiful gardens and countryside and fun activities in the May half-term holidays. These are the places that make us. nationaltrust.org.uk/plymouth
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summer days out Humphry Repton can be enjoyed from a bench on the terrace or picnic on the lawn.
During May half term, families have the chance to try their hand at den building and seed planting in a workshop led by a National Trust gardener.
Memories made at Antony Summer is just around the corner, the garden is alive with blooms and there’s plenty to keep families entertained over the May bank holidays and half term at Antony. During May half term, families have the chance to try their hand at den building and seed planting in a workshop led by a National Trust gardener. Will your den pass the water test? Can you encourage your seeds to sprout by looking after them in the correct way? Adventurous types might take up the challenge of the half
term telescope trail. Can you navigate your way around the garden and find all the hidden locations? Colourful formal displays in the summer garden and flower beds on the terraces make the transition from late spring to early summer a great time for walks in the garden. Expect to see several different varieties of rose and impressive displays of wisteria along the side of the house and the Japanese Pond. Sweeping views designed by celebrated landscape designer
made at Antony Visit Antony this Spring & Summer These are the places that make us. nationaltrust.org.uk/Antony
Remember to come back and see the change of the seasons, indulge in another cream tea or see some conservation in action in the house. Each time you visit you might discover something new and you help us keep looking after Antony for ever, for everyone. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony 01752 812 191 See the website for further details about what’s on including a full list of opening times.
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Moments to remember
Antony is a home with a heartbeat. The Carew Pole family still live in the house and have lived on the site at Antony for over six hundred years. All the rooms you can visit are still used today. Hundred year old portraits sit comfortably alongside signs of present day living. There might be the chance to see a conservation assistant at work during your visit and you can find out about how the things in the house are cared for.
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Celebrate World Oceans Day at the NMA
Spring and Summer fun at the National Marine Aquarium The National Marine Aquarium is gearing up for a bumper Spring and Summer as the Sutton Harbour footbridge has recently reopened after two years of closure. Following the end of the lengthy maintenance repairs, local residents and tourists alike are now able to take advantage of the easy access route to visit the Aquarium and discover its many exciting exhibits and educational shows - as well as over 4,000 mesmerising Ocean animals from around the world and a range of innovative hightech additions that have transformed the visitor experience – including Virtual Reality undersea experience headsets and Diver Communications, which allows visitors to talk to our Divers whilst they’re under the water during afternoon shows.
It has been an exciting couple of years for the NMA, which has seen the arrival of plenty of new animals and exhibits for visitors to discover - including much-loved Green Sea Turtle Friday, who arrived from Bournemouth Oceanarium in 2017. Friday was joined in the Aquarium’s popular Atlantic Ocean exhibit by three new Sandbar Sharks in 2018, making the NMA the only Aquarium in the UK where this type of shark can be seen and becoming a major draw for visitors. With plenty to see and do this Spring and Summer at the NMA, there’s no better time to visit Plymouth’s best-loved Ocean-themed attraction. Here’s a taster of what’s coming up.
Saturday, 8th June sees the return of World Oceans Day for 2019, with people across the globe set to come together in celebration of our Ocean - and thanks to David Attenborough and his immensely popular Blue Planet II, this year it is expected to be a bigger and better occasion than ever before. The National Marine Aquarium will be celebrating the Ocean in style with a day packed with fun and educational activities and an Ocean-themed festival out on the plaza in front. Visitors will have the chance to learn a little bit more about the human-Ocean connection and understand just why it’s so vital we look after our waters – as well as visiting over 4,000 Ocean animals in the Aquarium’s selection of vibrant exhibits. Shop for unique gifts at the Ocean Gift Shop Did you know that you can pop into the National Marine Aquarium’s Ocean Gift Shop any time, whether or not you’re visiting the Aquarium itself? Featuring a range of new eco-friendly product lines - from bamboo coffee cups and lunchboxes to plastic-free food wraps and hessian shoppers there are some great ideas for helping to reduce your consumption of single-use plastic and do your bit for our Ocean. You can also ﬁnd some great marine-themed toys and unique gift ideas, with something for everyone, whatever your age.
Be an Ocean Hero during Challenge Week this May Half Term! Rise to the challenge this May Half Term at the National Marine Aquarium! As well as having the chance to roam the NMA’s numerous exhibits and watch its range of exciting daily talks, feeds and shows, visitors will be given the chance to get involved with a series of fun challenges – from science experiments to arts and crafts, and a range of Ocean-themed games. Each challenge will shine a spotlight on the various issues facing our Ocean and highlight the ways in which we can all do our bit to help, making for an entertaining and though-provoking week and a fun day out for all the family. www.national-aquarium.co.uk
summer days out Multi Adventures and multi fun!
For the younger adventurers, the Centre hosts a range of Multi Adventure Days for ages 7 to 11 during the school half terms and summer holidays – each day includes three different activities including abseiling, orienteering, raft building, bellboating and soft archery, a packed lunch and lots of fun, and is £36.95 per person.
Perhaps you’re enjoying walking the South West Coast Path this spring and summer – 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 continually working hard to reduce, and remove, single use plastic at The Lookout. The Lookout is open at 9am daily for breakfast, cakes and lunch and serves soft and hot drinks. The Lookout also has a bar serving a wide range of wines, beers and spirits.
Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre
There’s a huge range of land and water based activities you can enjoy at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre this spring and summer. From sailing to stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking to multi adventure days, to simply enjoying breakfast, coffee, cakes or lunch in The Lookout, there’s something for everyone at the Mount Batten Centre.
Try something new!
The Centre are running a variety of two hour try sessions on selected dates between May and October which start from just £27.50 per person and are the perfect opportunity for you to 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! The sessions are suitable for ages 8+ for TryKayak and 11+ for TrySUP. And once you’ve experienced one of our TrySUP sessions you’ll probably want to SUP slightly further afield – so join one of our SUP Tours! We'll do some SUP-skilling to propel you along your way as we explore either the River Plym or, conditions permitting, into Plymouth Sound. Please note this session is for minimum age 16 years. Spaces are limited on our SUP Tours so you are guaranteed to be in a small group! £32.50 per person for a three hour tour. 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 five hour kayak tour the minimum age is 14 and is £45 per person.
Mount Batten Moments
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. To find out more and to book any of our activities this spring and summer please visit www.mount-batten-centre.com, call 01752 404567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t forget to share your #mountbattenmoments with us on social media too!
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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. 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. 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 • Birthday Cake (Every child receives a piece) • Jump Party Host 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: www.123jump.co.uk
With a whopping 44 climbing challenges, Clip ’n Climb Plymouth is one of the biggest in Europe Visitors to Clip ’n Climb Plymouth can look forward to taking on an array of incredible challenges, with climbing lines to suit every ability promising fun for all the family. Most recently the centre introduced its newest challenge, an epic vertical climbing line scaling 26ft called ‘Ascendor’. This is the latest addition to the popular local attraction, which now features a whopping 44 climbing lines, making it one of the biggest Clip ’n Climb centres in the whole of Europe.
“Our visitors have access to a whole host of fun and challenging climbs all in one place. Our centre is popular among both locals and tourists and all our climbers can look forward to an action-packed day out filled with unique challenges.” As the hub of innovation, Plymouth’s Clip ’n Climb pilots the company’s newest lines to gauge customer reaction, and on the back of its success, Ascendor could now be rolled out internationally across 150+ of its centres, spanning 35 countries including France, Australia and Holland. As well as featuring the UK’s tallest ‘Big Cheese’ challenge and ‘Stairway to Heaven’, Plymouth’s centre is also home to the world-famous interactive climbing wall, ValoClimb, which uses augmented technology to put climber’s skills to the test.
Laura Gemmell from Clip ’n Climb Plymouth, said: “Our visitors have access to a whole host of fun and challenging climbs all in one place. Our centre is popular among both locals and tourists and all our climbers can look forward to an action-packed day out filled with unique challenges.” For more information about session times or to book your visit, visit the Clip ’n Climb Plymouth website at https://plymouth.clipnclimb.co.uk . *Booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment
property 'Tranquil' garden is the dream for most Brits The average Brits’ dream garden is 48 feet long, south facing – and contains a vegetable plot and a hot tub, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study also found a cosy seating area, a barbecue and a lush, green, well-kept lawn are also essential. Other must-have elements include decking or a patio and a summer house. Entertaining throughout summer proved important, as 41 per cent required an socialising space, which explains why a drinks bar and a pizza oven also made the top 20.
Avoiding the Feeble Marc Rees Lang, Town and Country
When not hosting, 45 per cent described their dream garden as being ‘tranquil’ and over half felt it must look tidy and organised. On average, Brits reckon it will cost a whopping £1,770 to achieve their ultimate garden.
Marc Rees of Lang Town and Country ﬁnds that there is not only life in the property market this spring, but also some wonderful opportunities. Some of us remember the last time the property market had few cash buyers, not many buy-to-let investors and relatively few second and holiday home purchasers. It seems now that we have come full circle as once again, ﬁrst time buyers with mortgages are making up the bulk of the entry level, whilst the higher discretionary end of the market has been affected by Brexit concerns, increased taxes and a stagnated market, especially in London and parts of the South East. This is a market that experienced estate agents, who have been round the block a few times, understand and will work to great effect. To get the most from market conditions like these agents need a special understanding of buyers and a keen local knowledge, built up over many years of negotiating, to get the best possible deals for their clients. This is not a time for inexperienced order-takers whose only selling point seems to be to cut their fees to commercially harmful levels. This may seem appealing to sellers, but cheap doesn't go very far. We know how important our job is to obtain the highest price for your home and driving the sale through in a timescale, to ﬁt in with your plans for the future. In property it is best not to know "the price of everything and the value of nothing", as Oscar Wilde quipped. As we emerge from what seems to be the bottom of this latest property cycle, the Country is buoyed up by the highest employment ﬁgures for ﬁfty years, historically low interest mortgage rates and stamp duty savings, watch out for the
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The 'true cost' of moving property Home buyers can expect to spend almost £4,000 on top of the cost of their new property – for legal fees, surveying costs and other removal bills, it has emerged. Researchers found that while the price of the average home is now £230,776, additional costs leaves the purchaser having to spend far more. A study carried out among 2,000 adults who have moved in the last ten years found the average bill for unexpected costs is £3,823.88. More than 40 per cent of those who took part said the cost exceeded their expectations. The research also revealed one third had to borrow money to cover the unforeseen costs. On average £948.74 was the amount borrowed, with 21 per cent even requiring more than £2,000 in order to afford the extra costs. Over half turned to friends and family for the unexpected charges, while one third relied on their credit card. A further 27 per cent took out a bank loan. In preparation to sell, homeowners spent on average £331.28 decorating their previous nest, with one in 10 spending over £1,000 and one in five forking out over £2,000. Legal fees alone came to a grand total of £1,614.27, almost half of the total price of moving house. New furniture cost on average £991.58, with a further 46 per cent spending over £1,000 on furnishings from cushions to dishwashers. However, cost saving tips from respondents included ‘buy second hand furniture’, ‘accept furniture offered by the seller’ and ‘buy furniture one by one’. Another popular hack was revealed as ‘do as much as you can yourself’, which explains why 30 per cent didn’t spend anything on removal companies. Before even moving into a new property, further costs include a mortgage valuation at an average of £209.44 and £25.09 on an energy performance certificate. Those in the North West were most caught out, with 47 per cent of homeowners forking out more than expected. While on the other hand, 38 per cent of Londoners were pleasantly surprised at their seemingly cheap cost of moving, the OnePoll study found.
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House prices in Plymouth are on the rise again Jack Merriott, Director, Cross Keys Estate Agents Yet again we find ourselves in the situation that everyone who is in the know says that we are hitting hard times with the property market as a result of Brexit, well, Brexit is still not here and nor is the crash that the “experts” were predicting. Things went right to the wire for the March deadline but the market here did not react, if anything, here at Cross Keys Estates, we witness a substantial rise in the number of sales that we have agreed over the last few weeks. According to the BBC news wesbite, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), uncertainty over Brexit is likely to have an impact on the UK housing market. RICS believe, and have come up with a report, that the number of properties being sold and the prices that they will achieve will fall next year, they say that fewer people are interested in moving, and fewer want to sell if they cannot reach the price they want for selling their property.
offer a more sociable lifestyle that is very much en vogue at this moment in time. Stamp duty rates are affecting the lower end of the market with land lords still reluctant put their hands in their pockets for the 3%, 5% or 8% rate that any buyers have to pay for any second or more properties, for instance, If they buy a flat or an apartment at £145,000 then they are looking to pay £3,750 on the first £125,000 which is at 3% then £1,000 on the remaining £20,000 (£125,000 to £145,000) which is at the rate of 5% meaning a total of £4,750 in total. This amount of money normally equate to the first 2 years profits from any rent that they may earn, so it makes the Buy-to-let market a very disappointing place to be at this moment in time. As for houses (main residences), the stamp duty rate are as follows: Purchase price of property Rate of Stamp Duty
House prices are predicted to increase this year but www.homesandproperty.co.uk suggests only by 1.5%, this is well below the rate of inflation. In essence, this equates to a price decrease.
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Having multiple offices in Plymouth means that Cross Keys were able to look at all types of properties across the price spectrum and in all cases we witnessed levels of interest that were quite surprising. Our Stoke branch had no less than 12 sales in just four days last week, this certainly goes against the RICS theory of property sales and property prices going down!
This is how to calculate the new Stamp Duty Rate. If you bought a property for £850,000 you would you pay no stamp duty on the first £125,000, then 2% on £125,000 to £250,000 = £2,500 then 5% on the remainder above £250,000. (eg: £850,000 - £250,000 = £600,000 = £30,000. Totalling £30,000 + £2,500 = £32,500.
The most interest and sales came yet again from the family homes sector at prices ranging from £150,000 to £300,000, but the biggest increase in buying was in properties that ranged between £300,000 and £500,000. This leads be to believe that no matter what is on the horizon for our country and whether we stay in the EU or whether we leave, family life still moves on and so does the need for quality houses. Upsizing seems to be the way ahead for the majority of our buyers, previous first time buyers are realizing quickly that with mortgages being as affordable as ever, it is quite an easy transition to move up that housing ladder sooner rather than later. We have had some fabulous sized period properties lately that have been on the market for as little as one week before being snapped up by discerning buyers looking for that perfect lifestyle change as larger properties are able to
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All of these figures may seem daunting to you, but at the current rate of property price increases, these figures are being made back in the price rises in under a 12 month period. As for our silver seniors, there is a little change in their circumstances. State pensions are due to rise by around £4.25 a week or £220 a year from April 2019 according to moneywise.co.uk. This means that it will rise above the rate of inflation, thus giving pensioners a welcome boost to their earnings and help with living costs.
'Tranquil' garden is the dream for most Brits The average Brits’ dream garden is 48 feet long, south facing – and contains a vegetable plot and a hot tub, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study also found a cosy seating area, a barbecue and a lush, green, well-kept lawn are also essential. Other must-have elements include decking or a patio and a summer house. Entertaining throughout summer proved important, as 41 per cent required an socialising space, which explains why a drinks bar and a pizza oven also made the top 20. When not hosting, 45 per cent described their dream garden as being ‘tranquil’ and over half felt it must look tidy and organised. On average, Brits reckon it will cost a whopping £1,770 to achieve their ultimate garden. The research also found one in three begin prepping for the spring and summer months in March - and spend on average 10 hours getting the outdoor space ready. Brits spend five and a half hours in their garden during the average summer week leading to one in 10 revealing it is the ‘most important’ aspect of their home. Four in five said they would spend more time outside if they had their dream garden and almost one third admitted their current garden makes them 'sad' at how unkempt it looks. Over half want plants and flowers in their backyard with the most popular including lavender, daffodils and roses. A further six in 10 said having colourful flowers makes them feel happier while 57 per cent enjoy their outdoor space more when plants are present. Three in 10 also want their own vegetable patch, with over half wanting to grow their own strawberries, followed by tomatoes, apples and blueberries. Of those who do grow their own produce, 45 per cent said it gives them a sense of achievement and over one third find it makes them enjoy their garden more. When it comes to seeking inspiration for outdoor space, the majority go to garden centres, while one quarter feel influenced by television shows and one in 10 even take ideas from their neighbours. The top reasons holding Brits back from achieving their ideal outdoor are includes not having enough space and not knowing where to start. Almost half said they think they can’t afford their dream garden, while one sixth admitted they don’t have the creative vision to bring it to life, according to the OnePoll study.
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The 'true cost' of moving property Home buyers can expect to spend almost £4,000 on top of the cost of their new property – for legal fees, surveying costs and other removal bills, it has emerged. Researchers found that while the price of the average home is now £230,776, additional costs leaves the purchaser having to spend far more. A study carried out among 2,000 adults who have moved in the last ten years found the average bill for unexpected costs is £3,823.88. More than 40 per cent of those who took part said the cost exceeded their expectations.
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These are the house rules Brits expect guests to still follow Not taking your shoes off on entry, asking for the WIFI password – and using your mobile phone at the dinner table have emerged as house rules guests break most regularly, it has emerged. Research also revealed polite guests should always use a coaster when setting their drink down and always put the toilet seat down. Steering clear of private areas of the house, not swearing in the presence of your host and sitting down at the table without washing your hands also made the list. Leaving your host to do the washing up is also considered 'rude'. The study also revealed while 71 per cent said there aren’t any particular rules they have which a guest must follow, those that do said it’s just a matter of 'respect'. It also emerged more than a quarter of British homeowners find it ‘impolite’ when guests ask for the WiFi password during a visit. And one in 10 adults have gone to the extreme of refusing to hand out their WiFi password, reasoning ‘they’ve come for a visit, not to sit glued to their device’. If homeowners are to give out their WiFi password, they believe guests should wait for up to 30 minutes before asking, according to research carried out among 2,000 adults. But those who took part in the study who are frequent dinner guests at friends' and neighbours' homes feel strongly that they aren't doing anything particularly wrong. One in five said they need to connect to their host’s WiFi because they feel compelled to check their emails. In fact the study found the average Brit can go just 36 minutes after arriving at someone’s home before the temptation to check emails and social media overwhelms them. One in ten admitted feeling compelled to check social media, according to the Virgin Media research. A further 23 per cent said they go online because there’s something on the internet they want to share with their host. And a quarter think being connected to the internet at all times has simply become a 'habit'. A third of adults have visitors over at least once a week, with a tenth inviting guests round ‘most days’.
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Sherford town is set to have three primary schools, one of which opened their doors for the first time in September and there will also be one secondary school. There are a number of colleges in nearby Plymouth offering a variety of subjects as well as being home to two universities; The University of Plymouth - ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world and The University of St Mark & St John, one of the UK's top universities for student satisfaction.
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