Open Days and Special Events

Throughout May
Day and night
Plymouth Shortcuts enables you to watch snippets of funky SWFTA archive films on your smartphone in the very places where the action original occurred. So you can see 1930s seaplanes land on Plymouth Sound, a 1960s beauty contest at Tinside Pool, Robert Lenkiewicz beside his mural on The Parade. Find out how at Or, on a smartphone, tap this link
Admission is free. A smartphone is required.

Throughout May
The Fortescue Hotel, 37 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6JQ

The Clifton Inn, 35 Clifton Street, Plymouth PL4 8JB
The Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
The Minerva Inn, 31 Looe Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
The Pub on the Hoe, 159 Citadel Road, Plymouth PL1 2HU
In partnership with Summerskills, Plymouth’s oldest working brewery, a special History Festival ale will be available throughout May at five historic pubs from Mutley Plain to Plymouth Hoe. Within each venue, beer mats featuring images from the Arts and Heritage photographic collections that relate directly to the geographical location of each pub will be on display for people to take home.
Opening times and prices vary
An ale trail guide with historical infomation is available at each venue or you can download it here.


Friday 22 May
6pm to 8pm
Devonport Live Cafe / Venue, 56-58 George Street, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4HR
As part of the ‘Constructing a Community’ exhibition at Devonport Live, archive films produced in Devonport from the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) will be shown as a complement to the photographic images from the City Architects and City Engineers collections.
Free admission, donations to charity welcome. Booking essential due to limited seating.
For enquiries and bookings call 01752 657843 or email

Sunday 24 May
10am to 4pm
Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1HZ
Join us to celebrate the peninsula’s dark and murky dealings over the past 500 years. The Pirates of St Piran will be arriving on board a real pirate ship which will moor just off shore.
With a themed market, beer tents, hog roasts, children’s activities and live music from the pirates there’s something for everyone.
Free entry, no need to book. (£5 per car – all day parking)
For enquiries call 01752 822236 or visit

Sunday 24 May
10am to 12pm
St Andrews Minster Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Attend a special Civic Service to celebrate the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01752 661414.


Monday 25 May
10am to 4.30pm
Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, off Granby Way, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4HG
Visit the Naval Heritage Centre and discover how the dockyard of the 1690s has grown into the largest Naval Base in Western Europe, and led to the creation of both Devonport and Torpoint. Explore more than eight galleries of artefacts displayed in adjacent buildings in the historic South Yard, plus enjoy wide range of displays and activities together with a programme of short talks/slide shows. On 25 May you can also take a guided Harbour Tour on a RMAS Support Vessel or decommissioned submarine HMS Courageous (bookable on the day). Detailed programmes will be available on the gate on the day.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Light refreshments are available on-site.
For enquiries call 01752 554200 or email

Sunday 31 May
10am to 4pm
Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EL
Come along to an interactive fun family event filled with living history, celebrating Plymouth’s rich heritage. Artefact displays, re-enactors and guest speakers will bring the past into the present – from the Roman period, medieval times, The Siege of Plymouth to the Blitz of World War II. We will also be commemorating the 70th Anniversary of VE/VJ Day.
Admission to the main event is free. Donations are welcome. There is no need to book. Standard charges for Column Tours apply.
For enquiries call 01752 822388 or email

  1. Margaret Jarvis

    I arrive in Plymouth from Australia on 28 May – I should have organised my flight to co-inside with the festival but didn’t think to check! 😕

    • Plymouth Arts and Heritage

      Hopefully you might manage to catch the last few days of the Festival Margaret! Safe journey.

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