From a colourful carnival to a flying dragon, the streets of Plymouth will certainly be an exciting place to be this Bank Holiday. Here are our top 5 picks to help you make the most of this action-packed weekend!

Get into the carnival spirit...

The colourful, family-fun West End Carnival is back with a programme of street entertainment, live music and lots of activities to celebrate the vibrant culture of our City. From street art to circus performers there is something for everyone at this brilliant free event running from 11:30am-4:30pm! 


Watch in wonder...

Keep your eyes peeled in city centre on 28 and 29 August as the streets become a stage for a The Hatchling. Theatre-makers Trigger have created an extraordinary outdoor performance bringing a worldwide myth to life. A giant puppet in the form of a dragon will appear in Plymouth and roam through the city, exploring its new surroundings and interacting with the public. This event is certainly not one to miss!


Be amazed by a spectacular show...

Check out this awesome headlining act of Plymouth’s West End Carnival, The Barbican Theatre's ‘Petrol Headz On The Piazza’. This awesome free show celebrates the modified cars with the surrounding street culture! The performance features skateboard tricks, parkour stunts, street dancers, DJs, MC battles and much more! Catch the action at 4:30pm or 6:30pm.


Eat al fresco by the sea…

Soak up the glorious sunshine whilst enjoying a delicious meal and drinks with a sea view at The Terrace café and bar. Grab a pint and catch-up with your friends to celebrate the summer. They even have a bank holiday live music special featuring Andy Quick and Lottie Bolt on Saturday evening starting from 6pm!


See the sunset...

Climb aboard, relax and unwind on a Summer Sundowner cruise with Plymouth Boat Trips. The trip last 1 1/2 hours and showcases Plymouth's beautiful coastline. With a complimentary glass of prosecco or bottle of beer, this is the perfect way to see the sights and watch the sunset from the sea.

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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