It's the first weekend of the summer school holidays. We've handpicked five things to do this weekend, but don't worry some of our choices are things for the grown ups to enjoy... it's not all about the kids.

Get creative

Enjoy a free drop in arts & craft activity at The Box this Saturday 31 July and discover bronze age archaeology from 'Port of Plymouth' Suitable for 4-11 year olds. Running 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm. A great way to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays. 

Also available on other dates

Visit a community market

Head along to the Manor Street Market at Union Corner Saturday 31 July where you can join in with lots of activities, have a chat, and grab a bargain too!

From 10am until 2pm you can browse a range of handmade gifts and treats from local sellers, as well as browse the Mini Markets where younger sellers will be offering goodies! There will be some lovely activities to join in with where you can have fun and connect with lots of people. There will also be some yummy food available, teas and coffees, and some great music to enjoy!

Enjoy a date night

Take your loved one out for a special date night. Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin distillery, the Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James. With a great menu showcasing stunning local ingredients and the opportunity to have a drink in the Refectory cocktail bar before or after dinner, Barbican Kitchen is a wonderful place to enjoy a special evening.

Explore the heritage of Plymouth's LGBTQ+ community

With Plymouth Pride on the horizon why not discover the the heritage of Plymouth's LGBTQ+ community with the new Rainbow Connections Trail

The 3 mile route runs from Stonehouse to the Barbican, stopping at 17 sites with a connection to LGBTQ+ people, events and stories. Find out about the now-lost underground gay clubs of Union Street, Mark Weston who transitioned in 1936, and the link between Gus Honeybun and Plymouth’s gay community. The trail celebrates Plymouths LGBTQ+ heritage, but also remembers the darker moments, including the brutal murder of Terry Sweet in 1995.

Head out on the water

Grab the kids and head out on the water with the Mount Batten Watersports & Activities Centre. Enjoy a huge range of activities, from sailing to stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking to school holiday activities, to simply enjoying coffee and cakes at The Lookout Take-Away with stunning views across the Cattewater.

Plymouth is easily accessible by train with a wide range of services running from a variety of locations within England. Although some services may require a change or two.

Travelling from London takes around 3 hours with Great Western Railway, if you're coming from the north, the trip from Manchester can take 5 hours 15 minutes. 

Alternatively, the recently renovated Night Riviera Sleeper service runs Monday – Friday and Sunday evenings. Visit for more details on times and how to book.

We recommend using to search for the fastest and best route for your journey, and book in advance for the best price. 



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