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Posted 09.07.19

What’s on in Plymouth - July 2019

By Kat Peberdy

The opening event of Many & Beautiful Things at The Gallery.

The sun is shining and the ice-cream vans are out in force, it's finally summer in Plymouth and we couldn't be happier. We’ve put together a hand-picked selection of the best comedy, outdoor activities, and exhibitions happening across the city so you can make the most of July.

Want to give us a heads up for a forthcoming event? Email or let us know on Twitter.


1. Many & Beautiful Things at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

Many & Beautiful Things is concerned with that time in youth when anything is possible, everything is ahead of you, and life is a rush for new experiences.

Of course, there may be inner anguishes, but still there’s an abandon, a thirst – before it inevitably leaves, usually gradually, sometimes suddenly. Many & Beautiful Things is as much about those points when things change, as it is about a mind-set that it won’t. And perhaps a nostalgia for more innocent times.

Head to The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art to explore this multi-medium exhibition!

Many & Beautiful Things - 5 July to 31 August

2. Sunset Yoga at Royal William Yard

The weather is looking perfect for some summer sunset yoga sessions with a beautiful view of the ocean. Head to one of this months Ashtanga Yoga class at Royal William Yard, flow through sun salutations, forward bends, and cobra positions, to bring yourself balance, flexibility, and peace of mind.

Ashtanga Yoga can be practiced by everyone, regardless of age or ability, and these sessions are suitable for all levels of practitioner, including complete beginners.

Sunset Yoga - 11, 18 & 25 July


3. Quiz Night - a Lord of the Rings special at Cafe Fandom

Do you know your Orcs from your Ents? Your Sauron from your Saruman? Test your LOTR knowledge at Cafe Fandom’s latest quiz night!

With different specialist subjects every two weeks, from Harry Potter and Doctor Who, to The Simpsons and Superheros, this quiz night is the perfect event for anyone who loves to geek out.

Quiz Night - a Lord of the Rings special - 12 July

4. Plymouth Comedy Club Summer Sizzler at The Athenaeum

Plymouth Comedy Club returns to The Plymouth Athenaeum for their summer comedy night where you can expect the usual trio of top stand up comedians plus resident MC Chris Brooker.

The headline act is Keith Carter as the deliciously dark Stacey Silcox, with Njambi McGrath and Sean Percival as hilarious supporting acts.

Summer Sizzler - 13 July


5. Rebel Meetups by Yena at Bonne Sante

Join the Rebel Meetups team at their next meetup for rebellious, young entrepreneurs in Plymouth.

Thinking of starting a business? Growing your start-up and looking for peer support? Or maybe you just want to find out where the opportunities are in your city?

Yena's is a global community for rebels. Their Rebel Meetups bring together young and ambitious individuals, below the age of 35, to help them start and grow remarkable businesses. A chance to meet like-minded people and grow your network to give you and your business the best start possible.

Rebel Meetups - 16 July


6. Back Her Business at Ocean Studios

Interested in finding out more about crowdfunding? Have you got a great business idea, but not sure where to start? Do you need some money to help you get your business up and running?

As part of the NatWest Back Her Business programme, this is a free workshop to teach you all about how crowdfunding works, and on how crowdfunding in general and Back Her Business in particular can be an effective way to get your new business up and running.

By joining the session you’ll learn about:

  • The importance of female entrepreneurship to society
  • What crowdfunding is, and all about using Crowdfunder
  • Available guidance and support, including Back Her Business match funding
  • A talk from a female project owner about her crowdfunding journey

Back Her Business – 16 July

7. Plymouth Art Weekender Soup at Ocean Studios

The annual Plymouth Art Weekender SOUP Micro Funding Event is back!

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three-day event that will take place across the city from 27-29 September 2019. On the 23 July five artists or artists groups will be invited to pitch their projects to an audience, these audience members then get a chance to ask questions before settling in for some delicious soup and Column Bakehouse bread while listening to live music.

There will then be a vote for the three projects the audience would like to see funded the most. The three projects with the highest number of votes will each receive a small grant of £500 each, plus a third of the takings on the door, so they can run an event during this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender.

To submit your project idea to Visual Arts Plymouth, just email them a summary of your project, what it’s going to cost and what the outcomes are likely to be to with the subject line ‘PAW 2019 Soup Pitch’.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday 17 July.

PAW Soup - 23 July

8. Women and Obsession: Vintage Reclaim the Frame Double Bill at Plymouth Arts Cinema

Part of the nationwide BFI FAN Film Feels: Obsession season, on the theme of Women and Obsession - book your tickets for a double bill of two female-made thrillers from the 80s plus a free creative writing workshop tapping into your own obsessive capacities...

If you also book for both films at the same time, you’ll benefit from the Double Bill Offer and only pay £10 in total to watch both films (Plymouth College of Art staff and students can make the most of their discounted tickets by booking both for just £8).

With free monthly cinema tickets to everyone who signs up as a Reclaim the Frame member, it pays to be a film lover.

Also showing at Plymouth Arts Cinema this month: Booksmart, Amazing Grace, Tucked, and Yesterday.

Women and Obsession: Vintage Double Bill - 25 July


9. Ocean Giants at National Marine Aquarium

Go BIG this Summer at the UK's largest Aquarium!

With a colossal celebration of everything enormous, Ocean Giants are coming to the National Marine Aquarium throughout the Summer Holidays. There’ll be games, shows, feeds, talks, activities, crafts and more. Head to their brand new Sea’cret Garden for a sunny space to relax with a drink during your visit too. Plus, tickets to the Aquarium come with a free year pass to come back for 12 months.

Ocean Giants  - from 26 July

10. Port Eliot Festival

Situated in the grounds of one of the most beautiful estates the UK has to offer, Port Eliot Festival is known for its art, fashion, literary discussions, eclectic music nights and pop-up boutiques – and is only a 15 minute train ride away from Plymouth!

There's something for everyone on this year's line-up, including installation and conceptual artist Jeremy Deller, British fashion designer Alice Temperley MBE and internationally acclaimed documentary photographer Martin Parr.

Port Eliot will also be welcoming iconic names that our students have worked with previously, including Zandra Rhodes and Aardman Animations. Discover more about the Zandra Rhodes in-house workshop with our BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern students, and our BA (Hons) Animation students' recent visit to Aardman Studios.

Port Eliot Festival, 25 - 28 July 2019, St Germans Estate, Cornwall

... And, if you're interested in creative study, your next chance to visit us is at our Campus Experience Day on Wednesday 4 September. Register online to secure your place, or email us on and we can arrange a bespoke visit for you at a time that suits you.