The top events and festivals happening in Plymouth this Summer
Plymouth is set to welcome back visitors for a range of exciting events in 2022. We have rounded up a few favourites below if you're looking to make plans this Summer.
Pirates Weekend (7th - 8th May)
Starting off the Summer with a weekend of activities on the Barbican where Plymouth will host Pirates Weekend. Tall pirate ships will arrive and dock in Sutton Harbour where you can climb aboard and explore what life at sea would be like. There's also a treasure trial for the youngsters and a whole host of entertainment from pirate stilt walking to cannon firing.
Flavour Fest (27th - 29th May)
Flavour Fest is the South West’s largest free food and drink festival, with hundreds of local producers selling tasty treats and a chef stage with regional cookery stars showcasing their skills. Explore the many stalls set up selling unique local produce and enjoy a drink at the open-air bar whilst watching some live cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs.
1 Big Summer Festival (2nd - 4th June)
With an impressive line-up of live music, Plymouth will host 1 Big Summer music festival over the Jubilee Weekend. Plymouth Hoe will be the open-air venue to host this three day festive with acts including Basement Jaxx, Years and Years, The Libertines and Supergrass.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea (2nd - 5th June)
Boringdon Hall will be celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s historical moment with a special Jubilee Afternoon Tea menu. With divine cakes and traditional sandwiches worthy of the occasion, this afternoon tea is a fabulous way to mark the Platinum Jubilee and honour her majesty.
Served over the Jubilee weekend, this afternoon tea is sure to be the most regal affair and certainly one not to be missed. Book a table here.
Armed Forces Day (25th June)
Another popular event coming back to Plymouth Hoe this year is Armed Forces Day. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to show their support for the military community, from serving troops to veterans, cadets and their families. The day includes a packed programme of entertainment, with arena displays, interactive activities and parades, including a dedicated parade of veterans to recognise the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War. Visitors can enjoy live performances throughout the day before a free evening concert takes to the stage, with an amazing headliner set to be announced soon.
Paloma Faith & Simply Red (9th - 10th July)
Cottage Field in Central Park is set to host more global music superstars this year following on from Tom Jones in September 2021. Singer-songwriter Palmoa Faith will return to Plymouth on 9th July followed by chart-topping band Simply Red on 10th July.
SailGP (30th - 31st July)
For sports fans, sailing enthusiasts and action lovers, SailGP is returning to the city for the second year in a row. Expect adrenaline fuelled excitement on Plymouth Sound as ten international sailing teams comprised of the world’s top athletes battle it out to win the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix.
British Firework Championships (17th - 18th August)
Look to the skies from Plymouth Hoe in August as the beloved British Firework Championships sees six pyrotechnic companies showcase their very best work in epic ten-minute displays, as they compete to be crowned the country’s best.
Plymouth Seafood Festival (17 - 18th September)
Plymouth Seafood and Harbour Festival will celebrate all that’s great about the city’s stunning waterfront and fishing industry. Head to the barbican to sample an array of local seafood produce with live entertainment throughout the day.