August is the perfect month to explore the city and everything it has to offer, with outdoor cinema screenings and a jazz festival making the most of the warm evenings and plenty of family activities for those enjoying a summer break. We’ve done the legwork and put together a hand-picked selection of the best outdoor activities, creative meet-ups, and theatre productions happening across the city.
1. Open Air Cinema at Tinside Lido
Catch a film by the sea and under the stars with Plymouth Arts Cinema’s Open Air Cinema! Offering audiences the opportunity to enjoy their favourite films in a series of iconic city locations, the Open Air Cinema has been running since 2012 and will be showing films outdoors through 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!
2. Le Navet Bete production: The Three Musketeers, at Plymouth Athenaeum
From our favourites, Le Navet Bete, Exeter Northcott Theatre associates and award-winning creators of smash-hit show Dracula: The Bloody Truth, comes a hilarious new comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside.
Armed only with a baguette and his questionable steed, join hot-headed D’Artagnan as he travels to Paris full of childish excitement and misplaced bravado to become a Musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely. With four actors and over 30 characters, this will be their most hilariously chaotic adventure yet.
3. Public talk on Climate and Environment: Permaculture in Plymouth at St Saviours Hall
This evenings talk is the third in a series connected with issues of climate and environment, and is open to everyone with an interest in the topic. Permaculture is the act of developing agriculture, such as a garden, that is sustainable and self-sufficient.
Led by Tess Wilmott, the aim of this talk is to inspire more people about local permaculture projects and possibilities in the Plymouth area and how participating can aid in climate and ecological balance. Tess will showcase some amazing projects around the southwest and through discussion offers to share skills about what you are doing and what you could do locally.
4. Twist Board Game Cafe launch weekend at Mayflower Street
Join the Twist team on their opening weekend for a full day of board games, snacks, cocktails and more! Twist will be offering over 400 games for visitors to get stuck in to, from family classics like Uno and Mousetrap, to the more modern options of Obama Llama and Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit.
5. Hot Topic: Discussions about representation in Contemporary Art at Lord High Admiral
For this session, the group will be looking at 'Witness Blanket' as a starting point to discuss ideas around co-authorship of artworks with communities and where they fit within the contemporary art landscape.
Exploring the sliding scale through the lens of international art world acclaim with examples that have been touched on in the past such as Sam Durant's Scaffold, or the work of Theaster Gates who is represented by leading contemporary art gallery White Cube; they'll discuss ideas around artists' value systems, and how artists can truly represent the communities they work with in a form that can translate to a "high art" reading or whether that is even important in the end.
6. Digital Plymouth Meetup at The Loft
With a trio of fantastic speakers including cybersecurity expert Bob Tilley from Digital Fortress UK, and UX Designer Rob Breeds, this event is the perfect opportunity to hobnob with like-minded creatives from the South West.
Tickets are free, but they’re limited, so be sure to book your place!
7. Plymouth Pride at Plymouth Hoe
The colourful loud and proud Pride Festival returns to Plymouth on Saturday 10 August celebrating and promoting the diversity that exists within the LGBTQ communities. All are welcome to join us to show your support and acceptance of our diverse people and talent.
The Parade departs from the Jigsaw Garden (near Drake Circus) at 11am with pre-parade activities starting at 10am. The Parade will make its way through the City Centre to the iconic Plymouth Hoe for the main festival with live music, funfair, children’s rides, selection of food, licensed bar and lots of fun activities for people of all ages.
8. Ocean City Jazz N Blues Festival at Plymouth Barbican
The Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival returns for a third year to the Parade on the Barbican, from 9 to 11 August 2019. Head to the seaside destination to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat while listening to some amazing music!
This is a free event and has a jam-packed line-up across the whole weekend - with performances from Swingology, Jessica and the Rabbits, and Andy Quick amongst others.
9. British Firework Championships at Plymouth Hoe
The world-famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth's waterfront on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August 2019. Enjoy spectacular pyrotechnics that will illuminate Plymouth Sound as six top firework companies battle it out over two nights, each putting on an awe-inspiring ten-minute display in an attempt to be crowned the winner.
The free entertainment starts from 2pm with music, fairground rides and refreshment stalls on Plymouth Hoe. Stick around until dusk, usually around 9pm, to see the start of the fireworks. You can get a great view from Plymouth Hoe, or alternatively head to Jennycliff, Mount Batten or even better, from the sea!
10. Summer Mix Igneous Interactive Creative AR App Design at Southway Youth Centre and Ocean Studios
Suitable for creatives aged 16-25 years, learn how to make your very own AR app with this one-day introduction! Learn about the software and the creative process of designing, programming, and tracking points required for AR apps. Bring your android device, tablet or phone, then once you’re done the AR app is yours to take home and start augmenting reality!!
Wednesday 14, 21 & 22 August at Southway Youth Centre, Hendwell Close, Southway, PL6 6TB
Friday 23 August at Fotonow CIC, Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3RP
11. Beach Clean leaving from Plymouth Guildhall
Suitable for all ages and abilities, this beach clean day is perfect for anyone interested in nature conservation and tackling pollution along our coastline.
Meet the Plymouth Environmental Action team at Plymouth Guildhall at 9:30am, and they’ll provide free transport to the beach (as well as wellies and waterproofs if needed!), for a day of beach cleaning.
This event is completely free, just take a drink, a packed lunch and some suitable clothing. These events are very popular, so you must book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. No Whey! It’s Summer! At The Clipper
Why not celebrate the arrival of Summer with a 100% vegan fair! The No Whey team promise this event will be bigger than ever, with more stalls, more food and more fun.
Activities include making your own badges, crafts and street performances to watch and join in with, live music, candyfloss, ice cream, beer, and cocktails. We also hear the little whispers of an after-party...
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