Summer in the South West

As a full time masters student a big part of my summer will be about staying in Plymouth and working away on my dissertation, but I don’t want to write about that today frankly. Today I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight my top 6 things that you can do if you happen to be staying in Plymouth over the next few months and you want to get out and enjoy the sunny weather!

1. The Hoe

Of course on anyone’s list of great things to do in the city when the weather is fine is getting down to the Hoe, and fair enough, there’s great views, you can do something active like running, or football (if you’re that way inclined), you can even set up a barbecue, and it’s all free!


2. The Lido

Just a stone’s throw from the Hoe, and only open during the summer months, the lido is an iconic feature of the Plymouth waterfront and is a really refreshing way to spend a few hours. Go for a swim (if you can brave the cold water), or just chill out on around the edge of the pool. My top tip would be to get down there during on a week day if you can, as it can get pretty busy on a weekend.

3. Perranporth beach

If you’ve got a car, or access to transport, then go down into Cornwall for the day and visit one of its many beaches such as the one at Perranporth. It’s easy to take Plymouth’s location in the South West for granted, but believe me, there are some amazing beaches that are really close by, and if you’ve not got a car, it just takes a little research to find a bus route which will get you most of the way there.


4. Coastal walks

Kind of linked with number 3, but if you’re feeling active why not explore some of the amazing coastal walks around the area. These might be a bit more difficult to get to by public transport, but if you’ve got a mate with a car, pack up some lunch and go as a group and explore some of the amazing coastline.

5. Fish and Chips

Not sure how much more I need to say really… but there are some fantastic fish and chip shops in Plymouth, and you’d be a foolish not to pay a visit at least once, if you can! I like to sit by the quayside, watching the hustle and bustle of all the tourists who pile down in the summer months on their holidays!

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6. The Fireworks Championships

A spectacular competition between a number of fireworks manufacturers, this is a yearly occurrence in Plymouth and is well worth the visit. Usually spread over a couple of nights in August, this event hosts some of the best firework displays I’ve ever seen and benefits from its setting in the Plymouth Sound which means there are plenty of viewing spots all around the waterfront.

So if you, like me, are spending the summer in Plymouth, be assured that there is plenty to do to keep you occupied over the next few months!