We’re into August already and it’s set to be a busy weekend in Plymouth with the return of some amazing events! Here’s our pick of the top five things to see and do this weekend…


1. Listen to the smooth sounds of summer

Blues and jazz music will fill the Barbican this weekend as this hugely popular free Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival returns. It all takes place on The Parade, so head on down to soak up the atmosphere – grab a drink from one of the nearby pubs and bars, or tuck into some traditional fish and chips and enjoy the music from some of the South West’s best musicians.

The festival starts at 12pm each day, running until 10pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. See the full line-up on the event page.


2. Celebrate love

Plymouth Pride returns this Saturday 7 August. A free, family-friendly event where everyone is welcome, there’s stalls, food and drink and funfair rides to enjoy. The day begins at 12pm with a colourful parade from Civic Square to Plymouth Hoe, where the main event officially opens at 12.30pm, and live entertainment will take place on the main stage until 8pm.


3. Browse for treats and trinkets

The popular Good Food and Craft Market is returning to the Yard this Sunday 8 August after an 18-month hiatus. Taking place from 10am to 3pm, you’ll find a variety of the region’s best artisan traders at spaced out stalls, selling everything from tasty treats to handcrafted gifts.


4. Tuck into Asian cuisine

Pop into Tea & Bun, on the edge of Plymouth Market, for a lunch inspired by Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine. The menu includes delicious bowls of ramen, tasty bao buns as well as light bites like gyoza and there's lots of vegan options so everyone is catered for. Don't miss out on their tasty bubble tea too!


5. Snap an extra-special selfie

Need a new backdrop for your photos? We’ve got the answer! Head to The Box to see their new piece of public art by Camille Walala, on display until 5 September. The brightly coloured, unique piece is 6m long by 2m high and plays with perspective – definitely one to make sure you see in person!

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 gwr.com/sleeper for more details on times and how to book.

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



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