That’s it – the fourth Plymouth History Festival is officially over. Thank you so much to everyone who has attended our events and to all the organisers for their support.
Time certainly flies and tomorrow is the final day of this year’s festival. There are exhibitions at Mount Edgcumbe House, Saltram House, Whitsand Bay Holiday Park and Buckland Abbey. Tours of the Masonic Centre, Saltram and the Royal Citadel will also be taking place. The ‘Damnation Alley’ audio walk is available for one last day and Flavour Fest draws to a close in the city centre. Enjoy!
As we enter the last weekend of the 2016 Plymouth History Festival, there are still plenty of things to see and enjoy! If you’ve yet to visit Saltram House, tomorrow could be a great day to do it with three events including an exhibition, guided tour and the special family friendly archaeology-based activity ‘Raiders of the Lost Garden’! If you’re spending time in the City, there are four exhibitions to enjoy at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Flavour Fest continues in and around the Piazza!
If you’re looking for family friendly half-term fun this Friday, pop along to the City Museum and enjoy butterfly themed activities inspired by historic specimens! Flavour Fest returns for another year and members of the Arts and Heritage Service will be on their stand displaying food-related material from the archives! Hidden Heritage present the last of their Blitz Walks and Talks with journeys around Devonport and Stonehouse and it’s your final opportunity to visit the excellent Darwin exhibition at Plymouth Athenaeum.
Aside from ten exhibitions to enjoy, Thursday is your last chance to visit the North Prospect Museum house during the 2016 Festival. There’s also a final opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Beatles at the Plymouth Athenaeum. Local historian Richard Fisher presents an illustrated talk about the evolution of Stonehouse Creek and Reverend Kate Whyman from the Unitarian Church presents a lively introduction to the history of the Plymouth Unitarians from their origins way back in 1662!
There are a number of exciting events this Wednesday including three at St Andrews Church as it concludes its ‘Words and Music’ performances and runs tours of the Minster and the Prysten House. Clive Charlton and Nigel Overton explore Plymouth’s back yard with a train ride and walk of the Tamar Valley, or why not pop along to the City Museum and make Elizabethan style paper ruffs and cuffs inspired by the days of Drake and Shakespeare?
This Tuesday why not visit Ford Park Cemetery and their exhibition of sports and sporting personalities in Plymouth, or venture to North Prospect and enjoy the Museum House on Cookworthy Road? At lunchtime, hear more about the centenary of the Battle of Jutland at the City Museum. Later on there’s another chance to tour the Royal Citadel and, in the evening, a guided walk of Drake’s Place at Plymouth University.
We’re entering the final week of this year’s History Festival, but there’s still plenty to enjoy on bank holiday Monday! The ever popular Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Open Day will take place tomorrow, with a chance to board an RMAS Support Vessel for a Harbour tour, or descend beneath the waves for a tour of HMS Courageous! Elsewhere in Devonport, why not pop along to Devonport Park for a children’s treasure trail?
The Green Man Festival continues on Sunday – there’s also an opportunity to enjoy additional exhibitions at Mount Edgcumbe including ‘Forgotten Wrecks of WW1’, ‘The Metta Catherina’ and a look into classic English landscapes in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. There’s a tour of the Masonic Lodge in Plymouth and a chance to find out more about historic Freemasonry’s connection with the city. You can also tour the Millfields Royal Naval Hospital in Stonehouse with Museum Curator Nigel Overton.
There’s a lot on offer this Saturday in Plymouth and beyond. Exhibitions and family activities kick off the half term holiday at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. There are exhibitions on display at Ford Park Cemetery, Saltram House, Buckland Abbey and Whitsand Bay Fort Holiday Park too. Saltram also hosts another ‘Raiders of the Lost Gardens’ event and ‘Grand Tour’. The ‘Damnation Alley’ audio walk is available on the Barbican. Two big events will also be taking place – the annual ‘Lord Mayor’s Festival’ in Plymouth’s city centre and the ‘Green Man’ at Mount Edgcumbe.