Top five things to do by the sea around Plymouth this summer

marjon boatThe Marjon campus can be quiet at this time of year but Plymouth is a great place to be ­during the summer months.

Here are my top 5 things to do this summer to make the most of the great weather we have in the South West, all no more than 30 mins from Marjon.

Each activity has a local’s tip too so you can get the most out of your visit if it’s your first time.

1. Go to the beach! Wembury is perfect at sunset.

Not many universities have as much stunning coastline on their doorstep as we do. Wembury is around 30 minutes from campus and confirms the saying South West is Best! The on-site marine centre can tell you all about the magnificent wildlife and geography. Will you explore the rockpools by foot at low tide or with a snorkel and flippers at high tide?

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Local’s tip: The beach can be busy if you go straight from work. Stay until sunset to miss the crowds and you won’t be disappointed.

2. Go sailing! See Plymouth Sound from a different perspective.

sailingboatMarjon students and staff can take to the water aboard the university’s own dinghies from the Mount Batten centre. The sessions are run by Plymouth Youth Sailing and can accommodate first time sailors or experienced seafarers. Get in touch through the club’s Facebook group to book your session.

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Local’s tip: Don’t forget to climb up to Mount Batten Tower for a scenic view of the Barbican before descending to Mount Batten Bar for refreshments as the sun sets.


3. British Fireworks Championships – 14th & 15th August 2019.

fireworksNot one but several of the most impressive fireworks displays you will see! Teams compete over two days to put on the most spectacular performances to music. Can you predict which display will win?

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Local’s tip: The obvious viewing spots get very busy. Follow the Tinside paths, down the steps from Hoe Road, to escape the crowds. If you have time, drive up to Jennycliff before the road closes for an elevated view!

4. Indoor and outdoor adventures at Royal William Yard.

royal william yardThe grade I listed ex-naval yard and buildings are imposing but hidden within are lots of great restaurants, bars, shops and galleries. There are frequent events like the monthly good food market and outdoor cinema screenings so check what’s on before you head down.

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Local’s tip: If sailing isn’t the way you want to see Plymouth from the water Royal William Yard has guided stand-up paddle board tours!

5. Walk in beautiful grounds with stunning views at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

mount edgecombe viewCatch the Cremyll ferry over to Cornwall, it departs just up the road from Royal William Yard. As you sail past Devil’s point you will see the grounds of the impressive 16th century manor house come into view.

The grounds are open all year in all weathers and the house is open during the summer months. With 7km of coastal trails and Segways and bikes available to ride to the summit of Mount Edgcumbe there is adventure here for everyone.

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Local’s tip: Catch the bus to the top of the hill towards Maker then enjoy the walk back down!

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