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Posted 03.08.18

What’s on in Plymouth August 2018

By Kat Peberdy

August is the perfect month to explore the city and everything it has to offer, with outdoor cinema and theatre performances making the most of the warm evenings and plenty of family activities for those enjoying a summer break. We've put together a list of some of the top workshops, exhibitions and events happening across the city in Plymouth's cultural calendar.

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1. Shakespeare's Macbeth Open Air in the Secret Garden

'Something wicked this way comes…'

Macbeth is a good man, a courageous war hero, respected and loyal. He recognises an opportunity for advancement, he is talented, ambitious....and his wife even more so. But what lengths will he go to secure his power and what will he do with this power?

Macbeth is the fourth production in the Barbican Theatre’s popular annual ’Bard in the Yard’ programme, running outdoor performances at the iconic Royal William Yard site.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth – 1 to 11 August

2. Royal William Yard Good Food & Craft Market

Experience fresh produce and handmade crafts from local traders at Plymouth’s favourite monthly market. Held on the first Sunday of every month at Royal William Yard, it’s the place to find your new favourite sweet treat or crafty maker.

Good Food & Craft Market – 5 August

3. British Firework Championships 2018

The world famous British Firework Championships will return on 8 and 9 August, offering two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that will illuminate Plymouth Sound.

Six top firework companies will battle it out over two nights, each putting on a ten minute display. The displays are fired from the Mountbatten breakwater and are designed to be seen from Citadel and The Hoe, making these the prime viewing areas!

If you fancy enjoying the fireworks from a different perspective, book yourself a place on South West SUP’s Night paddle event.

British Firework Championships 2018 – 8 and 9 August

4. Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival 2018

The Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival returns for a third year to The Barbican, from 10 to 12 August 2018. Music fans will be able to soak up the tunes across the weekend, with live music filling the streets. This is a free event for all to enjoy!

Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival 2018 – 10 to 12 August

5. Plymouth Pride 2018

The Plymouth Pride Festival and Parade returns to the city for 2018 on Saturday 11 August.

This year the parade will depart from the city centre, at North Cross roundabout, and then make its way up through Armada Way - providing a fabulous display of diversity - before arriving at The Hoe for the event opening, at 1pm.

A packed stage of performers will then entertain the audience for the next eight hours and the festival will include a wide selection of stalls, informations stands, a street food market, face painting and some surprises to be announced in the run up to the big day.

Plymouth Pride – 11 August

6. Open Air Cinema at Mount Edgcumbe and Tinside Lido

Plymouth Arts Centre’s Open Air Cinema is returning for 2018, offering audiences the opportunity to enjoy their favourite films in a series of iconic city locations. Since 2012, this much-loved feature on Plymouth’s summer calendar has visited spectacular sites across the waterfront city for a programme of film events through July, August and September.

With a mix of blockbusters, cult classics and good old sing-alongs, the films are carefully chosen to suit their unique locations, and dressing up is encouraged!

We’ll be giving away tickets to the SOLD OUT screenings of The Greatest Showman and Jaws on Instagram - make sure you’re following us for your chance to win!

Open Air Cinema 2018 – 17 to 26 August

7. Pinhole camera workshop at Ocean Studios

Working from Fotonow's studio and darkrooms at Ocean Studios, join experienced photographer Jamie House for a practical workshop that teaches the joy, fun and magic of Pinhole Photography.

Understand the science, history and contemporary approaches to Pinhole Photography.
Make a Pinhole camera out of drinks cans or shoeboxes, make a 360-degree panoramic camera and even build a Pinhole camera that can take a 6 month exposure time!

Fotonow will provide all materials needed for the workshops, which are open to all ages.

Pinhole camera workshop – 18 August

8. Pilates at the National Marine Aquarium

Relax and unwind yourself at the National Marine Aquarium with a pilates session. This peaceful and calming class will soothe your mind, body and soul in front of the impressive Eddystone Reef.

Did you know they also hold Quiet at the Aquarium sessions? Perfect for exploring the underwater exhibits away from the usual hustle and bustle.

Yoga at the NMA - Monday 19 March

9. Meet the Artist: Geoff Nugent at Devonport Guildhall

Alongside Geoff Nugent’s exhibition which runs from 17th August until 24th August in the historic guildhall cells, Geoff will also be holding a meet-the-artist session on Wednesday 22 August, 10am-3pm. This is the perfect opportunity to drop by and meet the artist and discuss his work, inspirations and techniques.

Meet the Artist: Geoff Nugent – 22 August

10. Hello Bank Holiday Weekend! At Rockets and Rascals

With free entry, live music, beers and bicycles every friday from 5pm until 8pm, head to Rockets and Rascals for the perfect place to kick start the weekend. On Friday 31 August the live music line-up includes Joanna Cooke and Michael QKlein.

Hello Bank Holiday Weekend! – 31 August


... And, if you're interested in creative study, you can also visit us at our Drop in Event for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Foundation programmes on Thursday August 16. Register online to secure your place!