Whether you're thinking of starting your Christmas shopping, looking for ways to commemorate Rembrance Sunday or like the sound of an immersive experience, this week's Friday Five explores a few different ideas for things to do this weekend in Plymouth.

Do some early Christmas shopping 

Struggling for gift ideas this year? Take a stroll along the cobbles of The Barbican and visit the newly re-furbished Tourist Information Centre & Mayflower Museum Shop. Their gift shop has a wide range of locally made products, confectionary and local interest books offering the perfect presents for locals and visitors.

From a Devon jigsaw puzzle to a delicious chocolate pasty, their shelves have plenty of novelty gifts that are fun for all the family! Deck the halls with charming hand-made felt decorations - will it be a snowman or a seagull hanging on your tree this year? Browse their stocking-fillers, perhaps a telescope for a young explorer or a fishy fun game for those that love the sea.

Find more gift ideas at the Tourist Information Centre


Grab a delicious lunch

Taste some of the best seafood around at Rockfish Plymouth - the perfect destination for seafood lovers. 

Better still, grab a few friends and have a Rockfish seafood Christmas with their fabulous three course Christmas menu, complete with Champagne & nibbles on arrival. There's no need to pre-book the Christmas menu, you can decide on the day!

See more at Rockfish Seafood Restaurant


Experience Plymouth's new 360 Immersive Dome

Larkhall Postclassical Piano & Creative Code Performance at the 360 Immersive Dome at The Markethall.

Head to the Market Hall on Friday 12 November, as Larkhall's beautiful live piano music comes to life with incredible reactive visual projections.

Piano, visual art and technology collide in Larkhall's moving, cinematic performance. A composer, pianist and creative coder, he has written software to turn the nuances of each performance into reactive visual projections.

Find out more and get your hands on tickets here 


Remembrance Sunday

Remember all those who lost their lives in both World Wars and in all conflicts on Sunday 14 November on Plymouth Hoe.

The service will commence with a two-minute silence at the Royal Naval Memorial at 11am.

See more at VisitPlymouth.co.uk

Explore outside the city

The Tamar Valley is an area of breathtaking natural beauty, history and industrial heritage. Quiet villages, bustling towns, beaches, moors and quaint country walks can all be found within a few miles.

There's a number of Tamar Valley towns to visit and makes for a great place to explore by foot or bike.

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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