Schools out for summer and you're likely looking for things to do with the kids to keep them entertained over the six weeks until term starts.

Wether you're local to Plymouth or planning on visiting us for a break away, here's some ideas that'll make the six weeks holidays fun for the whole family. 

The Box Plymouth

The Box has set out a whole range of summer activities with the focus on Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. 

Their Magical Marine Park are free with no need to book. Just drop in for a little or as long as you wish. Activities are most suitable for children aged 4-11 and their adults. Dates and sessions as follows:

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Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Theatre Royal Plymouth have got a whole host of shows and workshops for all the family this summer. From musicals to comedies, and workshops to cater for all ages between 7 – 16, there is something for everyone. Find out more

British Firework Championships

The beloved British Firework Championships returns to Plymouth on 17 and 18 August 2022. 

Look to the skies above Plymouth Sound as six top pyrotechnic companies showcase their very best work and battle to be crowned the champion.

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West End Carnival

The West End Carnival returns to the streets around Plymouth Market on Saturday 27 August, offering a jam-packed day of free family activities.

The carnival will have an amazing programme of free entertainment to enjoy both on stage and roaming the streets. The main stage at Frankfort Gate will play host to musical performances including Manuka and Samba Kernow as well as a host of circus performers.

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Snorkel Safaris

This summer, the National Marine Aquarium are running their incredibly popular Snorkel Safaris, right here in the heart of Plymouth Sound. For just £17.99 per person, you'll have the perfect oppor-tuna-ty to discover the wonders of the Ocean as you head outside of the Aquarium and explore local UK waters.

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Dear Zoo

This summer, experience your favourite children's book brought to life at Dartmoor Zoo!

Celebrating 40 years since the publication of author Rod Campbell's classic storybook, Dartmoor Zoo is partnering with Macmillan Children's Books to host the perfect Dear Zoo experience!

Up to 4 September, become immersed in this children's book as you journey around the zoo. Interact with a giant storybook, listen to the story being told, have fun with your special activity book and of course say hello to some of the animals from the story in real life!

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Legend of the Enchanted Reef - Dome Experience

The clumsy and energetic reef fish Shorty, his smart sister Indigo and Jake, a daring sawfish, live in a colourful coral reef. When an enormous trawl devastates their reef, the three friends have no choice but to set out on an adventurous journey to find a new home. Full of humour and imagination, this film for the whole family raises awareness for the acuteness of marine conservation.

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Fairies and Dragon Trail

Explore the gardens at The Garden House up to 11 September and keep an eye out for mischievous fairies and friendly dragons!

The fairies might be hiding in the woodland dell, or dancing around the magic circle or even letting their hair down from the top of the tower in the medieval walled garden.  However, where there are fairies there must be dragons – but friendly ones of course!  The woodland fairies are shy creatures, and they are not always easy to find, so visitors will need to look up as well as down, in order to catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures – the guide map available from Visitor Reception will help!

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Tinside and Mount Wise Pools

Head to the Tinside or Mount Wise outdoor pools for a refreshing dip on a warm summers day.

Tinside Lido is set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe. t is advised to pre book via the Plymouth Active website or App.

Mount Wise pools are free and no pre-booking needed. Check out session times via the website Mount Wise Swimming Pools - Plymouth Active.

Geo Trail

Travel back through time to learn what Plymouth was like 380 million years ago. The University of Plymouth and Royal William Yard have joined forces to create a new interactive Geo Trail, enabling families to embark on an exciting exploration of the city’s past.

Suitable for all ages and a fun family activity for the summer, a free printed Geo Trail guide will be available from the welcome suite at Royal William Yard’s Gatehouse. It includes a trail map with nine stops, each one marked by a distinctive plaque on the wall featuring a QR code.

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The Box

Take the kids to explore the many exhibitions, archives and fun activities that The Box has planned this summer.

See the giant Wooly Mammoth, the fantastic ship figure heads and the tiny insects... and don't forget to visit the shop and cafe on the way out for gifts and refreshements.

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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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