Navy Days is the biggest British forces public event, and it takes place at the huge Devonport Navel Base in Plymouth (the largest base in Western Europe).
There are many events going on, both plane & helicopter fly bys, a few navel boats you can explore which you have relatively free access too and usually an open submarine. We visited in 2003 & It is quite a high spirited event, with the opportunity to meet both British and foreign navy men & women.
I recommend you use the park & ride facility, they expect a minimum of 20,000 visitors a day, so get there early. 2004 prices were 10.00 pounds for adults 5 pounds for children 5-15. Navy days is usually the last weekend in August.
Every year the very impressive National Firework Competition is held at Mount Batten in Plymouth. The competition is held over two nights in August, the dates for 2005 are 16th and 17th of August. Six of the best British companies (3 each night) put on their best displays and suprisingly they were very different in style.
2004 was the first year we attended this spectacular event, we watched the fireworks sat on the cliffside at Jennycliff, this seemed to be a very popular viewing point. An excellent free night out!
Of course Cider making is part of Cornish Culture. We took a trip to the Cider farm at Penhallow.
Open throughout the year and during summer months until 8.00 p.m.
Located on the A3075, 5 miles from Newquay at Penhallow.
Here's a picture of one of the amimals there.
There is loads of free parking for cars and coaches.
Free admission into the farm
Free cider tasting and jam tasting
More info on
Also do tractor rides round the farm for the young or the young at heart.£2.50
Meat and veg wrapped in pastry.
I guess you are obliged to sample them as it is a local delicacy. Originally made by the wives of tin miners in Cornwall for the men to take with them for lunch.
As Crocodile Dundee once said, 'tastes like sh*t, but you can eat it'.
Stick to ice-cream and cider if you want to sample the local delights :)
Cornish cream and scones.
'Good' cornish cream can only be found, guess where, yes in Cornwall. Scones is probably the only thing cornish cream is good with. Oh, oh! I will get a lot of grief for the above comments, but I don't care much for cornish cream. Sorry.
Whilst we all deplore smoking in public places (says he very much toungue-in-cheek) we also really deplore litter. Plymouth is a very egalitarian sortof a place and so when the municipality commissioned these benches overlooking the harbour they realised they would get smokers using them and so built ashtrays into the bench design.
That's why I like Plymouth!
When the Woolworths chain of retail stores went into administration in 2009 (after almost 100 years of trading in the UK) many city centre shopping precincts were left with empty buildings with the prominent "Woolworths" signage.
Most of the shop buildings were bought out by other chains but many of the larger branches proved difficult to sell simply because the other groups which might have been interested in them already had a High Street presence in the area. Plymouth's Woolworths has sufferred this latter fate and has been derelict since its closure in 2009.
The City Council though has maintained the frontage of the building, keeping the, what is now historical, "Woolworths" signage and allowing the use of the windows as exhibition space for the local arts college.
A giant TV screen and many chairs were set up in the Town Centre for people to sit down and watch the tennis matches at Wimbledon.