This weekend is the National Marine Park Open weekend at the National Marine Aquarium. If you didn’t manage to nab tickets to the sold out event there are still plenty of ways for you to experience all that the National Marine Park has to offer. This week’s Friday Five has some of our top suggestions for you to enjoy!

Walk with a view

Wander along the South West Coast Path, spanning Plymouth’s waterfront and take in the beautiful views overlooking Plymouth Sound. With large stretches of Plymouth waterfront along the route you’ll be spoilt for choice for pit stops for coffee, cake or something stronger!

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Hop on the ferry

The weather may not be quite as sunny as last weekend but don’t let that stop you from heading to the beach! The Cawsand ferry restarts for the season from this weekend. Hop aboard and head over to Cornwall for a few hours for a spot of lunch. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even walk from Cawsand back to Mount Edgcumbe and catch the Cremyll Ferry back to Plymouth!

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Take a paddle

Head on down to Royal William Yard and book in to a session with South West SUP. With tailored SUP tuition and paddleboard hire you can get out on the water and learn some new skills.

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Brunch by the Sound

Start your day with a gorgeous view of the water with breakfast at Pier One. With gorgeous views and inside seating along with a real fire if the weather is a little chilly you can still look out and pretend it’s summer!

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Make a splash

Feeling brave? Why not take a dip in the waters of Plymouth Sound. With many wild swimming spots from Batten Beach to Tinside Cove or Firestone Bay there’s plenty of ways you can get into the water.

Remember – if you’re new to wild swimming to read up on safety advice first, and make sure you know that the water you are swimming in is safe to do so.

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