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Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of attractions.  Whether it be rain or shine you will find something for everyone among the city streets, surrounding countryside and marine environment.

Plymouth has also become the first city in the world to secure a Fish2fork Blue City Award.  Announcement was made by Paul Cox Director of Conservation and Communication at the Big Food Debate.  With the majority of the city’s restaurants now demonstrating excellent sustainable seafood practices, Plymouth has been successful in its bid to become the first city in the world to achieve the Fish2fork Blue City Award.

Plymouth Armed Forces Day – An annual event held in support of the national Armed Forces Day initiatives takes place on Saturday 28 June on Plymouth Hoe.  This event provides the unique opportunity to see the Armed Forces up-close and will feature displays from current personnel, veterans, cadet forces, support agencies and charities.

The focus and intention of the day is to show our thanks, raise awareness of and support for our Armed Forces community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country.

The day’s events include Memorial Service, Cadets and Veterans Parade, Plymouth Youth Music Service, 335 Squadron Continuity Drill Display, Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps Band, Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech, Morice Town Primary School Field Gun run, Military Wives Choir, Sea King Search and Rescue Display, Tutor Flying Display to mention but a few – something for the whole family.

Wander the Barbican’s quaint cobbled quayside following in the Pilgrim Father’s footsteps. Lido

Visit the UK’s largest Aquarium The National Marine Aquarium you will be amazed by the fascinating underwater world and how we all play a part in  conserving it.  It is a registered charity committed to promoting an understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research. with  its deep water fish tanks.

Your journey will take you across the world’s oceans from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics.  With over 70 sharks from more than ten  different species, ranging in size from small catfish to large Sand Tiger Sharks, action packed talk schedule including interactive dive show.  This is a truly unique  venue set in a stunning location, relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking views which makes it the perfect venue for a variety of functions and events, from birthday  celebrations to wedding receptions.   Whatever you do make sure you don’t miss this venue out.

If you like Gin then why not visit the Blackfriars Gin Distillery.

Offering a range of unique tours for food and drink enthusiasts tailored to suit all tastes throughout the year.

Whilst in Plymouth why not visit Plymouth’s iconic waterfront Lido.

Open between June and September it is the largest salt water pool on Plymouth Hoe – built in 1935 and restored to its original art deco glory.  The pool includes fountains, inflatable fun sessions, views across Plymouth Sound, a sunbathing terrace, lounger, deckchair, wetsuit hire and disabled access.  Refreshments are available and picnics are allowed.

If by this time you are getting hungry, then why not go along to Les Routiers Award Winning Restaurant of the Year 2014 establishment Dolphin House Brazzerie.    They have also recently won The Gold Award with Taste of The West which is the biggest regional food awards in the country, recognised by Fish2Fork for  sustainable sourcing.

The Dolphin House Brazzerie is an independently family business.  A fabulous restaurant housed in a former warehouse overlooking Sutton Harbour in the  historic Barbican.  Opened in just 2011 is now led by a young talented Chef Nick Cottrell and his equally passionate team who aim to make your dining experience a  memorable one.

Real food from daily made speciality breads to house smoked shellfish and even ketchup!

You will always receive a warm friendly welcome with attentive and hospitable staff every visit.

There is lots of family fun to be had on the Hoe where you can climb the iconic Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse.  The lighthouse was originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759 but was taken down in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock it was standing on.  Now standing at 72 foot high, Smeaton’s Tower offers fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern ro

Art gallery

om which along with the rest of the building has been painstakingly restored to its original glory.

A must visit for entertainment is Theatre Royal in Plymouth which showcases some of the UK’s biggest and best productions throughout the year.  Also the Pavilion has leisure and entertainment under one roof with its packed diary of live gigs, shows along with the ice rink.

If you are interested in museums and art galleries then Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is the place to go.  This bright, welcoming, family friendly place is just on the edge of the city centre, five minutes-walk from the main Drake Circus shopping mall.

The Museum is spread over two floors, has nine permanent galleries featuring thousands of items from its natural history, world cultures, Ancient Egypt, archaeology, local/maritime history, fine and decorative art collections.

Whether you are eating freshly caught seafood or relaxing in the sunshine with a picnic each area of Plymouth has something special and unique to offer to all the family and visitors.

June 20, 2014 | Les Routiers UK

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