Since writing my last blog in September, it is now somehow November already?! The weather is getting colder, it is getting dark earlier, Halloween has been and Christmas is just around the corner! Third year is proving to be fairly busy and stressful at the moment, but at the weekends we’ve been making time to get out the house and enjoy ourselves! I told myself that, with it being my last year here in Plymouth, I would make the most of the beautiful location and get out to do lots of new things and explore new places! So far so good, so I thought I’d go through some of the things I’ve been getting up to.
My boyfriend and I decided to have a spontaneous day out by the sea! We caught the ferry from the Barbican to Cawsand Bay (about £4 each way) and just spent the afternoon having an explore and relaxing by the sea. It was actually really warm for October, and although there isn’t a great deal to do over there it was perfect for just an afternoon. We took a picnic but if you have a bit more money to spend there are some nice pubs and fish and chip shops!
I hadn’t really explored Central Park in the two years that I’ve been in Plymouth because I wasn’t particularly close to it before, but this year it’s just a 5-minute walk from our house. I hadn’t realised how big it was and in the autumn, it looked particularly pretty. It was also a great place for dog spotting! Being in the woods and looking at nature always makes me feel really at home, and I think it’s important to get this little bit of greenery whilst living in a city!
As our last Halloween here in Plymouth, we went all out. From Pulp fiction themed costumes to clowns to a scarecrow, we decided to go for it and it was so much fun! The SU hold a Halloween night every year so we all went and it was a great night. Halloween is definitely a great excuse to dress up and go out at University! But it’s also great to just stay in, watch Halloween-themed movies and get all cosy too.
Royal William Yard:
If you haven’t been already, Royal William Yard is probably my favourite spot in Plymouth. I am lucky enough to have my Fine Art studios located down here, so I get to see the beautiful views that the yard has to offer at least twice a week. We can get a free bus down there with our uni cards (perks of having our studios there) but it is roughly a 45 minute walk from the town centre. You can get the ferry over to Mount Edgecumbe, or just take in the nice views that the yard has to offer. There are lots of nice restaurants and cafes there too, and lots of nice art galleries as well! I always find it really relaxing to explore, because it’s a little distance from the hustle and bustle of the town centre. The whole atmosphere is very relaxed and chilled.
Fireworks at the hoe:
Every year that we have been in Plymouth, we’ve watched the fireworks on the hoe, so we couldn’t miss it one last time! It was surprisingly warm this year too, so it was so nice to just huddle around the bonfire and view the fireworks with the sea and lighthouse in the background. If you haven’t watched the fireworks in Plymouth before, make sure you go next year! They were very impressive and went on for about 15 minutes, and there’s lots of rides and food and drink stalls there too. It was a nice way to spend our Monday evening!
Thank you for reading! I hope everyone is enjoying the term and not too stressed with work. Keep going, you’re doing great! I’m so excited for all the festivity to come to Plymouth in the next month before Christmas!