• VE Day Celebrations in Plymouth

    Find out what's on in Plymouth for the 75th anniversary bank holiday weekend

VE Day Celebrations in Plymouth

"My dearest friends, this is your honour" Sir Winston Churchill


VE Day is on Friday 8th May 2020. It will mark 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the future. The 75th anniversary will provide our nation with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life.

Friday 8th May 2020 has been designated a bank holiday. To commemorate this important time there will be various VE Day Street Parties and Celebrations in Plymouth.

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The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2

Join us in Fishbone Restaurant at 3pm on Friday 8th May 2020 and take part in The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2. Enjoy a glass of fizz or orange juice on us as pubs, bars and restaurants from all over the UK will be raising a glass to all who took part in the war.

Just before the toast, at the top of the four highest peaks in the UK, The Last Post will be played at 2.55pm. A feat never undertaken before. It will also be played at the six most widespread locations; Lands End, Lowestoft, St David's, Unst, Enniskillen Castle and the Tan Hill Inn. This will be shown on the TV screen in Fishbone Restaurant. 

VE Day 75 Celebrations on Plymouth Hoe

In association with the Royal British Legion, Plymouth will be providing an opportunity for the local community and visitors to pay tribute and celebrate the occasion.

The day starts with a commemorative service at 11am. Visit the veteran's village, see a range of preserved military vehicles and exciting displays and re-enactments and performances from The Military Wives Choir. After The Last Post, there will be a Plymouth historic tradition, with an iconic Tea Dance and big band performances.

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Plymouth History Festival

The Plymouth History Festival is a city-wide programme of activity, including talks, tours, reenactments and exhibitions run by local people and organisations in Plymouth. Events are held between 8th-31st May 2020. 

Later in the month, people will be able to see the start of ‘The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’ – a series of inspiring performances that use movement, text and music to explore the Mayflower’s historic journey.

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The Weekender Festival 2020

A brand new two-day outdoor multi-genre music festival coming to Plymouth on the 8th and 9th May 2020, at Newnham Park.

There will be 5 stages with more than 20 of the biggest names in dance music, and 2 huge afterparties. Throughout the park, there are licensed bars and independent food vendors.

Headliners include Becky Hill, High Contrast, Mike Skinner, Roger Sanchez, Danny Howard, Jaguar Skills, Waff, Latmun, and Romeo and Lisa Mafia.

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Pirates Weekend

Ohhh arrr! The pirates are coming to Plymouth! This award-winning family event attracts thousands of visitors every year. It takes place between 9th-10th May 2020. 

Enjoy an adventure-filled day out for the whole family as you wander the streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour. With puppeteers, stilt walkers, storytellers, displays, bands, soft play, arts and crafts, two tall ships to hop aboard and pirate-themed ales for adults to sample. 

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Upcycled Market

Re-use not refuse - it's the way forward! The trailblazing event will showcase a myriad of innovative recycling ideas. The Upcycled Market is being held in the town's historic Butcher's Hall in Tavistock on Saturday 9th May 2020 between 10am-4pm. It aims to promote the ethos of re-use, not refuse. 

There will be 30 exhibitors demonstrating how you can create clothes, furniture, homewares, jewellery, glass and wooden objects through imaginative recycling.
In addition, there will be a special repair café for electrical items and a selection of demonstration workshops.

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OSTAR and Twostar

Head down to Plymouth Hoe, hop on a Plymouth Boat Trips or take your boat out to watch the start of these iconic races. 60 years of short-handed Oceanic Racing and it started here in Plymouth. 

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Stay at Future Inn Plymouth

Future Inn Plymouth is an ideal base for the night offering various sized rooms including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or reservations.plymouth@futureinns.co.uk.

Pre or Post Event Dining

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after the event. Every day the team serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on SundayOur set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 5pm-9.30pm. A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails all of which are £7. Under 5's eat for free with a paying adult, and the offer is extended to under 12's during the school holidays. Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or fishbone@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online:

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