What to do in Plymouth this summer
Whether you’re sailing into Plymouth this summer, or are a local looking for things to do, we’ve put together some great events and activity ideas for the whole family…
Visit the National Marine Aquarium
Why not head down to the National Marine Aquarium during the summer holidays?
The aquarium offers an exciting itinerary of fun activities all year round but this summer they have boat trips around the Plymouth Sound and beach exploration trips. Ocean Discovery Rangers will accompany you on the boat trip to help spot British wildlife and get a history of Plymouth’s waterfront.
You can also join the aquarium’s Marine Biologists at the beach. They’re offering sessions to take part in rockpool rambles, beach games and see some whale’s teeth and dolphin’s skull up close.
Head to their events page for all the dates and times.
Watch the amazing SailGP Championship
Sail GP returns to Plymouth this July for a second year running. This thrilling race sees teams competing in multiple locations across the globe for a grand prize. Ten nations will compete in high tech catamarans capable of reaching speeds exceeding 60mph.
You can watch the events unfold from either on the water, or one of the multiple vantage points around the waterfront. Last year’s event was a hit amongst spectators, it’s not one to be missed.
Find out more information here.
Enjoy The British Firework Championships
The popular British Firework Championships returns to Plymouth Sound on 17th and 18th August. The event offers one of the country’s most spectacular fireworks displays with six leading pyrotechnics companies lighting up the sky as they go head-to-head to dazzle the audience and wow the judges.
The fireworks can be enjoyed from all along the waterfront, with many restaurants and venues hosting food and drink during the displays.
Swim in Tineside Lido
Set in a stunning location, Tinside Lido overlooks Plymouth Sound at the tip of Plymouth Hoe. It is continuously voted one of the top 10 best outdoor swimming pools in Europe.The large outdoor saltwater pool offers a unique experience for residents and tourists, feeling as though you’re out at sea but with the safety of being within a pool.
Tinside also offers a beautiful space for people to sunbathe beside the pool with sun loungers available to use.
Climb Smeaton’s Tower
Smeaton’s Tower was built by John Smeaton in 1759 on the Eddystone Rocks and is one of the world’s most famous lighthouses. The tower was moved to The Hoe in 1884 when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock beneath.
Smeaton’s Tower now stands proud as an iconic attraction for Plymouth and one of the most famed landmarks in the South West. Climb the spiral staircase and the lantern room at the top of the tower offers stunning panoramic views of Britain’s Ocean City, especially on a clear summer’s day.
You can purchase your tickets on the door, but head to website for more information.
Tour Plymouth Gin Distillery
The oldest working distillery in England is located along this historic part of the city. Plymouth Gin Distillery offers a range of tours for all G&T enthusiasts.
Experience the Plymouth Gin Tour or the Master Distiller’s Tour where you get to create your own bottle to take home.