Summer is well and truly here with soaring temperatures up in the 20s and the final term of this academic year having drawn to a close. This is a great time to take a well-earned rest after exams and coursework, as well as a fantastic opportunity to explore new areas of Plymouth and attend events during your free time, which you’ll hopefully now have more of. In this blog article, I’ll let you know what I’ve been doing to make the most of the summer so far.
Recently, my girlfriend and I decided to take a ferry trip across to Mount Edgcumbe, to the west of Plymouth. The ferry trip only costs a few pounds and is fun in itself, however it’s also worth going to explore the different places. For example, we took a nice long walk to Kingsand and Cawsand for the day, which are lovely little villages just down the coast.
They have a few little pubs and cafes, as well as a beach to spend some time on. One of my favourite parts of the day was the walk itself, through beautiful woodlands with stunning views over the sea and back towards Plymouth.
Another thing I did recently was visit this year’s Flavour Fest in the city centre. This free event was a lot of fun, as the sun was shining and it was super busy. There was an amazing variety of food stalls on offer, including pasties, curries, breads, cheeses, and so many more. I picked up a delicious curry for lunch, as well as a couple of jars of fresh jam to take home as there were some very interesting flavours on offer.
The large crowds also attract street entertainers to the area, for example musicians, and even a limbo dancer (the pole was on fire!). This all culminated in a little bit of a claim to fame as MasterChef judge John Torode hosted a cooking session for everybody in attendance to watch!
Finally, I was recently generously offered a spare ticket to go and see a live Ed Sheeran concert in Cardiff. I travelled there and back by train, and rail replacement bus services of course! Whilst I typically haven’t listened to his music, concerts are always fun, and he was particularly good at getting everybody in the mood to join in and sing along.
He put on a great show, and what stood out was that he doesn’t need a band behind him but instead uses a loop pedal to build up each track of the music himself, backing vocals included. This, combined with some great support acts made for a brilliant evening. Concerts are a fun activity any time of year, and don’t forget there are many in Plymouth itself, in the Pavilions arena.
Overall, I’ve been having a great summer overall, making the most of my free time before heading into the little matter of a career. I hope you’ve been having great summers too, if not, make sure you do, or else!
Talk soon people,