Events and festivals
Top bands and live shows perform at the 4,000-seat Plymouth Pavilions arena, and Plymouth plays host to international events: major sports events like The America’s Cup World Series; public spectacles like the British Firework Championships; niche celebrations of artistic endeavour on the very edge of technology and music, the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival.
From the Hoe, a Victorian promenade descends along the coast to the Barbican. Bombed to bits and burned to the ground in the Second World War, Plymouth’s old town was largely destroyed. But here, clustered around Sutton Harbour on cobbled, Elizabethan streets, is what remains, with quirky shops, galleries, pavement cafés and eateries, bars and nightclubs.
Our Students’ Union runs around 60 sporting clubs and societies, some of which are possible only because of our location: bouldering, canoeing, caving, climbing, cycling, coasteering, gorge-walking, high ropes, kayaking, kite-surfing, mountain biking, horse riding, power-boating, sand-yachting, swimming, surfing and windsurfing.
The sea and Dartmoor
Between Dartmoor and the sea, the reward for living in Plymouth is the outdoors. To be outdoors in summer or winter is compelling because the landscape is breathtaking.
Barbeques on the beach, picnics on the Hoe, hikes along the coastline, long bicycle rides on vehicle-free paths that traverse the moors – if being in nature is a source of regeneration for you, this is the place to study.
"I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor."