‘What’s On’ at Mayflower Marina and in Plymouth for 2019:
Plymouth boasts an ocean of events year-round. Here’s an overview of some of the impressive events taking place in Britain’s Ocean City and at Mayflower Marina this year.
11-12 May – Pirates Weekend Plymouth
Plymouth’s waterfront offers swashbuckling fun on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May. This award-winning family event promises to give you a great adventure-filled day out filled with pirates, shanty bands, children’s activities and more.
18 May – Mayflower Marina’s Berth Holders Breakfast Meeting
Our berth holder’s meeting will be held in Jolly Jacks on Saturday 18th May. Breakfast (free for berth holders) will be served between 0845-0945. The meeting will start at 1000 and usually lasts for about an hour. The format will be that of previous years i.e. a brief presentation by Charles Bush, questions and answers then finishing with an opportunity for tenants to say who they are and what they do. All berth holders welcome.
19 May – Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon
Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon offers a challenging and scenic 13.1 mile course taking in Plymouth’s famous landmarks. For full details of the Corporate and Services Challenge and to book your spot visit http://www.runplymouth.co.uk/britainsoceancityhalf/
31 May – 2 June – Flavour Fest Food & Drink
Plymouth plays hosts some to some of the best food & drink events in the country including Flavour Fest. Every year more than 100 regional food and drink producers transform the city centre into a bustling continental-style market, with plenty of tempting treats to try and buy. Flavour Fest has become the biggest free food festival in the South West and is attracts over 100,000 visitors to Plymouth over the weekend. The Kitchen theatre stage plays host to a packed line-up of local chefs and famous faces, which in previous years has included Plymouth’s own Tanner Brothers, Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and Master Chef John Torode.
30th May – 2nd June – ARC Portugal Rally (Plymouth Leg)
Credited each year with introducing sailors to life-long cruising friends, ARC Portugal departs from Plymouth each June and crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona, then cruises south in a series of day sails with stopovers in welcoming marinas along the way to finish in Marina de Lagos a little over three weeks later. This scenic and social rally promises much more than a delivery trip to the Med – visits ashore to explore historic cities, excellent meals with breathtaking views and the World Cruising Club team on hand in every port make the rally a real holiday.
14 June – 16 June 2019 – Plymouth Regatta
Plymouth Regatta is fast becoming one of the South West’s favourite regattas. For racers, sailing in the Plymouth waters is hard to beat. Inside Plymouth Sound provides flatter waters but with hills surrounding this playground, racers are kept on their toes by plenty of wind shifts. Outside of Plymouth Sound has a racing area with minimal tidal influences but rougher seas which have built from the Atlantic Ocean. There is a new formula for the event this year with fleets and courses being set for each handicap system – You choose which one you want to race in.
15 June – Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit
The South West’s largest sailing fundraising event. Join in a day’s great sailing and raise funds for your favourite charitable cause. This unique offshore event aims to raise money for charities that benefit the human condition.
Choose the charity you wish to support and get a crew together to sail your yacht around the 26 nautical mile course around Plymouth to the Eddystone lighthouse and back. To add to the excitement of the day, there are chances to win money to go into your fundraising pot during the pursuit. The prize pot is presented at a social get together at The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth after the sail. The 2016 event raised a whopping £78,000 and the 2017 charity prize pot has been raised to £20,000. The Mayflower Marina yacht that raises the most money will win the Mayflower Marina Trophy. More details https://www.eddystonepursuit.com
29 June – Armed Forces Day
A spectacular and exciting day of entertainment, with air displays, parades, demonstrations, displays, competitions and activities for the whole family. During the event the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and veteran’s organisations, charities and the emergency services will showcase their services in a variety of ‘villages’ set out across Plymouth’s Hoe,
*8 July – 15 Sep – Elmer’s Big Parade *
For 10 weeks in the summer of 2019, a parade of 40 fabulously colourful and unique elephants will take you on a trail around the beautiful city of Plymouth and surrounding areas. St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is working in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press to bring this mass participation, family friendly, art trail to life; featuring the much beloved children’s character of Elmer, by Devon born artist and author David McKee. Alongside the original Elmer, there will be 40 further sculptures on parade; each featuring a unique design created by some of our amazing local artists. At the end of the summer each of the beautifully designed Elmers will be auctioned to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth
6-8 August – Fastnet Race Finish
Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race. Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles and round the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland before returning via the Isles of Scilly to finish in Plymouth. Yachts come from all over the world to compete in the race which will start on Saturday 3 August 2019. The first yachts are expected to arrive in Plymouth in the early hours of Monday 5 August. The Plymouth race village will be located at Yacht Haven at Mount Batten and will be open to the public from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 August, with live music, family friendly activities and opportunities for local people to try their hand at on-water activities like sailing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
9-11 August – Ocean City Blues ‘n Jazz Festival
The Rolex Fastnet will be followed by the free Britain’s Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival located at Plymouth’s Barbican area, from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August, rounding off a week of celebration. More details to be announced.
14-15 August – British Firework Championship
The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth’s waterfront on 14 and 15 August 2019. It is one of the biggest firework displays in the country and has for the last 20 years delivered a burst of lights and creativity for all the family to enjoy. Families return year after year for this spectacular annual event, hoping for a warm summer’s evening and an incredible display as firework companies from across the UK compete to be crowned the best. Offering two nights of breath-taking pyrotechnics that are completely free to enjoy – this is an event not to be missed.
14-15 September – Seafood Festival
Plymouth Seafood Festival is a two day celebration of the city’s enduring relationship with the sea and its traditional fishing industry, as well as its growing reputation as a food lover’s haven. With plenty to buy and see the festival will showcase Plymouth’s fantastic quality local seafood alongside demonstrations by local chefs; teaching you how to create mouth-watering dishes using catch fresh off the boats.
6 October – Plymouth 10k
Plymouth 10k is the largest road race in Devon and Cornwall. The race attracts in the region of 3,000 competitors and is suitable for runners of all abilities. The course is a fast, relatively flat, traffic-free road race that takes an out and back route through Plymouth’s historic city centre landmarks and the nearby scenic River Plym.
November 2019 to December 2020 – Mayflower 400 Programme begins
2020 will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship’s pioneering voyage from Plymouth UK to Plymouth USA. Plymouth’s Mayflower400 programme will be an exceptional year of over 400 moments including art, music, theatre, exhibitions, immersive storytelling, digital innovation, literature, crafts, sports, festivals, debates, business activity and more. Highlights will include the Mayflower Muster in Plymouth and light based festival Illuminate. For more detail on the Mayflower400 Plymouth Programme visit: https://www.mayflower400uk.org/visit/plymouth-england/