Monday, 14 December 2009

Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity visiting Plymouth

Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity are set to visit Plymouth Pavilions next year as part of a 13-date UK tour.

The innovative show, based around the concept of toys coming to life and including state-of-the-art lighting and video screens, will also feature Britain’s Got Talent star Aidan Davis as well as other special guests.

Diversity hit Plymouth Pavilions on April 3, 2010. Tickets cost £18.50 and go on sale at 9.30am on November 21, 2009 from 0845 146 1460 and
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Monday, 30 November 2009

N-Dubz Against All Odds Tour Coming to Plymouth

London hip-hop group N-Dubz are to play Plymouth Pavilions next year.
The group, who have won three MOBOs, will play Plymouth Pavilions on April 14, 2010 as part of the Against All Odds tour.
N-Dubz, from Camden, have had three top 40 hits in the UK singles chart and a platinum-selling album.
The group's second album, also titled Against All Odds, went into the UK charts at number six last week.
Comprised of Dino 'Dappy' Contostavlos, Tula 'Tulisa' Contostavlos, and Richard 'Fazer' Rawson, N-Dubz originally met as schoolmates and began their recording career as the Lickle Rinsers Crew.
After changing their name to N-Dubz, the group began to experience modest chart success in 2006. But it wasn't until 2008 that the group hit the big time,, with hits such as Ouch, Papa Can You Hear Me and I Need You as well as collaborations with Tinchy Stryder, Pixie Lott, Chipmunk, Mr Hudson and Wiley.
N-Dubz's first tour sold out within days and five extra dates had to be added. Plymouth is one of just 16 dates across the UK.
Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday, December 4 from 0845 146 1460 and
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Monday, 16 November 2009

Jimmy Carr to bring Rapier Wit tour to Plymouth Pavilions

Following two hilarious shows last summer, Jimmy Carr is set to bring his new show, Rapier Wit, to Plymouth Pavilions next year.
A heady mix of artistic integrity, loyalty and avarice has put Jimmy back on the road. If you only see one comedy show this year… What’s the matter with you? Get out more!
The Rapier Wit tour will feature 120 minutes of fresh, uncensored material, completely updated from that seen in any of his previous performances and DVD releases.
A ‘rapier’ is the long sword of a gentleman. ‘Rapier wit’ is defined as clever, quick, intelligent humour.
Please note, Jimmy Carr doesn’t have ‘the long sword of a gentleman’ and even if you like him, ‘clever, quick and intelligent’ is a bit of a stretch.
He has, however, deservedly earned his place among the premiere league of British comics.
His stand-up achievements to date include a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up Tour, a Loaded LAFTA Award for Best Stand Up, a Perrier Award nomination, Best Stand Up at the Time Out Awards and Best on Screen Newcomer from the Royal Television Society.
Jimmy hits Plymouth Pavilions on July 30, 2010. Tickets cost £22.50 and go on sale at 10am on November 19, 2009 from 0845 146 1460 and
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Wednesday, 4 November 2009


Thursday, November 5.
6.00pm start
Bonfire Night fun for all the family on Plymouth Hoe
The sky will be lit up over Plymouth Hoe on November 5 with colourful explosions and bright lights for Bonfire Night.
The event will start on the Hoe at 6pm with live entertainment from Heart FM who will be entertaining the crowd from their show stage on the Hoe promenade.
A huge traditional bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm with fireworks being launched from the Citadel Ramparts at 8pm.
This year a dramatic soundtrack of music will accompany the spectacular firework display. Smeaton's Tower, The Citadel and the War Memorial will also be 'colourwashed' with coloured floodlighting to complement the glow of the traditional bonfire.
There will also be fairground rides and refreshments available from food stalls throughout the evening.
Parking will be available on the Hoe Promenade for Blue Badge holders on a first come, first served basis. Access will be via Elliot Street.
There will be no parking on Hoe Road alongside Plymouth Citadel. The Barbican car park will close at 11.45pm but the Sutton Harbour Plymouth locking gate will close at 9.30pm.
As part of its crackdown on illegal bonfires, Plymouth City Council is encouraging Plymouth residents to enjoy the celebrations on the Hoe or attend a properly organised event, rather than build their own bonfires.
For more information call 01752 307172 or see

Thursday, 29 October 2009


Mock The Week star and stand-up comedian Dara O'Briain is set to return to Plymouth next year.
Following his sell out show at the Pavilions back in May 2008, his bestselling DVD Dara O'Briain Talks Funny and his debut book Tickling The English, the award-winning comedian returns to the venue on March 25, 2010.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch the most charming, charismatic, fast-talking funny man working on the UK's live comedy circuit today.
Tickets for the Plymouth show go on sale at 10am on October 30 and cost £19.50 on 0845 146 1460 and
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Tuesday, 29 September 2009


Book your overnight stay on November 12th at The Avalon Guest House Plymouth Bed and Breakfast when American rapper Flo Rida comes to Plymouth Pavilions, just a ten minute walk from The Avalon, this year.
As a teenager, Flo Rida (real name Tramar Dillard) toured with local rap group 2 Live Crew. Later, he appeared in numerous popular rap mixtapes and studio albums, most notably in We The Best in 2006.
Mail on Sunday was Flo Rida's solo debut album - its first single Low, featuring T-Pain, was a number one hit for ten weeks in early 2008.
Two other singles resulted from Mail on Sunday - Elevator and In The Ayer.
In 2009, his second album R.O.O.T.S. was released. Its most successful single, Right Round, was at the top of America's Hot 100 for six weeks.
He has so far enjoyed six top twenty singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart within only two years.
He also memorably featured on the soundtrack to Step Up 2 The Streets.
Flo Rida hits Plymouth Pavilions on November 12. Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 30 from 08451 461460.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Peter Andre Coming To Plymouth

Book your overnight stay At The Avalon Guest House by visiting as Pop sensation Peter Andre will bring an extravagant live show to Plymouth next year as he bids to relaunch his music career in style.Staff at Plymouth Pavilions are bracing themselves for a frenzied response from the Australian superstar's fans on Friday (Sept 25), when tickets for March's concert go on sale.While his private life has dominated the headlines, the 36-year-old's comeback album 'Revelation' shot into the charts at Number Three on Sunday.It beat releases from rapper Jay-Z and songwriter David Gray, while his latest single 'Behind Closed Doors' peaked at an impressive Number Four on the UK charts.Peter Andre's Plymouth show, expected to be a sell-out, will be part of a UK tour that will see him hit the road for almost a month, landing in the city on March 22.Pavilions bosses are expecting tickets to fly out of the door over the weekend, with the singer and reality TV star set to hit our screens as a showbiz reporter for television chat show This Morning.Marketing officer Robert Maltby said: "Peter Andre is so current and topical at the moment."Not only has his music career been totally re-launched but everybody is so intrigued about what is going on in his private life."An impressive Number Three position in the album charts on Sunday, only losing out to Vera Lynn and Muse, really shows that the UK are loving his new sound and can really connect with the meaning behind some of his tracks."I've seen the public going wild last week when Peter was doing promotional appearances to promote his album and think tickets to see him live will send fans into another frenzy."March's shows will be Andre's first full concert tour since his much-publicised split from wife Katie Price – aka Jordan – earlier this year.The pair met on reality TV show 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!', sparking unprecedented interest from the UK press and a documentary series following their relationship for four years.Speaking after announcing his March tour, the man best known for the 1995 hit Mysterious Girl promised fans an effects-filled but 'grown up' stage show.He said: "Touring is the ultimate professional dream."Things will be a bit different from my last show as I'm 36, so I've got to grow up a bit."Take That still dance and they look great but I want to leave the dancing to the dancers – I might join in occasionally but it's not something I want to focus on."It'll be about the great sounding band, great lighting, the effects."Peter Andre was discovered on the Australian TV talent show New Faces in 1990 after doing an impression of pop star Bobby Brown.He released his first single in 1992 and shot to fame in the UK three years later.With a devoted following of teenage girls, two Number One singles followed in 1996 – 'Flava' and 'I Feel You'. He unsuccessfully dabbled with becoming an R&B artist in the late 1990s before a 2004 re-release of 'Mysterious Girl' saw him top the charts once again.His romance with former glamour model Jordan continues to dominate magazines in Britain, while the subject matter of his latest album is said to have been inspired by the couple's high-profile split.Peter Andre's gig is just the latest in an ever-expanding list of stars gracing the city venue, including Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen, Alice Cooper, The Specials and Bloc Party.Tickets, priced at £23, go on sale at 9am on Friday, September 25, and are available from the box office by calling 0845 146 1460.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

JLS Coming Back to Plymouth

Britain’s favourite new boyband, JLS, will return to Plymouth next year as part of their first-ever headline tour.
Oritsé, JB, Aston, and Marvin are the most successful group of all time to enter The X Factor.
From the outset it was clear that JLS were not usual X Factor fodder. They took their path one step at a time, from auditions to boot camp to the judges’ houses right up to the live show knock-out rounds and eventually the final.
The band's infectious, addictive, street-savvy debut single, Beat Again, went straight in at number one in the UK singles charts on Sunday.
JLS have also broken every boyband rule as they are involved in each aspect of the creative process as they put the finishing touches to their debut album, coming soon.
JLS will hit Plymouth Pavilions on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.
Tickets cost £26.50 & £22.50 and go on sale at 10am on July 24. Call 0845 146 1460 to book. Maximum of six tickets per customer.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Basement Jaxx Coming to Plymouth

Chart-topping dance combo Basement Jaxx are heading to Plymouth this Christmas.
Basement Jaxx last visited the region when they played Plymouth Pavilions in 2006. They return to the venue on December 14. Tickets go on sale at 9am on July 8 from 0845 146 1460.
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Tuesday, 30 June 2009


FIREWORKS lighting up the skies above Plymouth Sound will be the headline event of the second half of this year's Plymouth Summer Festival.
The annual British Fireworks Championships returns to Plymouth this August during what has been tagged Golden Week.
So far the festival, which opened in May with the Barbican Jazz and Blues Festival, has seen events including the Plymouth Half Marathon and Honda powerboats.
The next three months will be kicked off by superstar rock n’ roller Rod Stewart headlining at Home Park on Thursday.
The Festival’s Golden Week (August 11-17) features the British Fireworks Championships on 11- 12 August, race action on the water with the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race on 11- 12 August and great food as the City Centre welcomes back Plymouth Flavour Fest from 14 – 16 August.
The fireworks start at 9.30pm and will see displays by Dragon Dynasty, Phoenix, Skyburst, Vulcan, Celebration and Highlight.
Other Festival highlights between now and the end of September include the Classic Boat Rally on 2 - 4 August and Navy Days on 5 – 6 September.
Full details are available at


We’ve got a huge range of exciting maritime, music, arts and food and drink events as well as a massive variety of free entertainment on offer.
It makes Plymouth the South West’s number one destination for a great day out and somewhere you’re sure to find something for the whole family.
Come and enjoy our fantastic coastal location. We look forward to welcoming you to our festival city.
“Plymouth is the perfect destination for anyone wanting to combine a city break with an escape to the country”
Which? Holiday- Plymouth has been voted one of the top 10 UK holiday destinations for 2009

Monday, 27 April 2009

Lily Allen Coming to Plymouth

Edgy pop princess Lily Allen is coming to Plymouth as part of her UK tour.
Described as the ‘voice of her generation’ Lily Allen is famous for her outspoken lyrics and opinions.

Now she is bringing her own brand of top pop music to the Plymouth Pavilions stage when she appears at the venue in November.

Plymouth Pavilions marketing officer Robert Maltby said: “This is our first of hopefully many major signings for our forthcoming season and they don’t come any bigger than Lily Allen.”
Daughter of actor Keith Allen, the 23-year-old stirred up the UK music scene when she shot to stardom with hit album Alright Still.

Lily’s popularity has continued to skyrocket with the release of singles The Fear and Not Fair from her latest album also called The Fear.

“Lily who is currently touring Europe before heading to the UK for a series of key summer festivals is certainly the flavour of the month,” said Robert.

“This leg of the tour is only visiting seven cities in the UK with Plymouth one of the lucky chosen few; once again putting us on a level with some of the biggest cities in the country.
“A true pop princess who will go down a storm in Plymouth!”

Lily Allen will be performing in the city on Saturday, November 21.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, May 1, priced at £23. To book, call 0845 146 1460 or visit

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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Plymouth Named in Top Ten Tourist Destinations

THE city's tourism industry is gearing up for a bumper summer after Plymouth was named as one of the top 10 destinations in the country.
Hoteliers, restaurateurs and traders welcomed the city's inclusion in Which? Holiday's list of recommended destinations, as tourism chiefs revealed that the industry was worth more than £300million to Plymouth.
Top chef Chris Tanner said: "It's fantastic news for Plymouth", and it was about time the city had some recognition. "This is a great part of the world," he said.
Andrew Huckerby, director of the Kitley House Hotel, who is preparing to launch the Visit Plymouth partnership to promote the city as a destination, said: "I'm delighted that Plymouth is being recognised for the destination that it's becoming.
"This is a real boost for Plymouth, and for Devon and Cornwall as well."
Mr Huckerby said visitors to the city spent more than £300million a year during their stay, and he would be announcing a more precise figure at the Visit Plymouth launch event tomorrow.
Richard Smith, Plymouth Gin's brand home director and economy and tourism chief at the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, added: "This only confirms what some of us have been saying for some time: that Plymouth has a huge amount to offer visitors. It also confirms that Plymouth is ideal for short breaks, and we're exactly right as a gateway for places around us."
He added: "Which? is a hugely respected name and I think this can only do us good – not before time. What the city has to realise is that we have got a lot to offer, and we need to market it."
Mike Jones, general manager at Drake Circus, said: "It's no surprise to us that Plymouth has been identified as a great holiday destination in this survey. Since we have opened we have seen growing numbers of tourists visiting Drake Circus as part of their holiday, and we're a destination for coach holidays, especially from South Wales.
"Retail-wise, Plymouth has a lot to offer across the spectrum, and visitors to the city enjoy this."
Which? Holiday is predicting that 2009 could be a bumper year for British tourism, with people choosing to holiday close to home due to the recession and the low value of the pound against the euro.
As a result, the magazine published a list of 'Ten of the places we love to visit across this great land.'
The list, which did not rank the destinations against each other, placed Plymouth alongside traditional holiday hotspots such as the Cotswolds and Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District. The feature said Plymouth 'is completely undervalued as a tourist destination, despite having so much on offer.'
"With Dartmoor only 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, and the beaches of South Devon or Cornwall only a few minutes away, Plymouth is the perfect destination for anyone wanting to combine a city break with an escape to the country," it said.
Louise McShane, owner of the Avalon guest house on the Hoe and secretary of the Plymouth Hospitality Association, said the top 10 position was 'jolly good news. It's about time Plymouth was put on the map', she said.
Mrs McShane said the tourist season was looking promising, with a good level of bookings including European tourists choosing to holiday in Britain, perhaps because of the weak pound.
However, there are also reports that visitors from the USA and the Far East will be staying away from Britain due to the recession.
David Draffan, of the Plymouth Summer Festival team, said: "For such a respected organisation as Which? to highlight Plymouth in its top 10 is a huge boost for the city.
"Now the secret is out nationally I hope families who are sitting down to plan their summer holidays will listen to what the experts at Which? are saying and make Plymouth and the Plymouth Summer Festival their choice for 2009."
Plymouth Summer Festival was set up two years ago to bring together the huge range of events which take place in the city during the summer and to allow Plymouth to market itself.
This year's line-up can be found at

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Christopher Biggins to star in Christmas Show at Plymouth Theatre Royal

KING of the jungle and Dame of Panto Dames Christopher Biggins has been announced as the star of this year's Christmas show at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
Biggins, in the role of Widow Twankey, will headline this year’s traditional family pantomime Aladdin.
Biggins rose to fame with a TV career in the seventies and eighties, with roles in Porridge and children's TV quiz show On Safari. His career was kickstarted again in 2007 when he appeared on and won ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and went on to win Channel 4's Celebrity Come Dine With Me.
Along with the traditional elements of comedy, stunning sets and outrageous costumes, Aladdin in Plymouth will also feature an array of outstanding 3D special effects.
Biggins will have a very special co-star as the Genie of the Lamp comes to life in amazing 3D.
Wearing special 3D glasses the audience will see the Genie rise from his lamp and move around the auditorium as he interacts with the crowd and cast on stage.
Further visual wizardry will transform the stage into a 3D cave of riches, where Aladdin finds his fortune and you can join the cast on a 3D magic carpet ride to Abanazar’s lair.
Christopher Biggins said: “I'm thrilled to be taking my Widow Twanky to the Theatre Royal Plymouth - a theatre I adore and I know every one will be on the edge of their seat with my larger than life performance!”
Aladdin runs at the Theatre Royal from Friday 18 December 2009 to Saturday 23 January 2010. Tickets are now on sale from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01752 267222 or online at
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

The Saturdays set to perform in Plymouth

The Saturdays set for Plymouth Pavilions show (news)
Girl group The Saturdays are set to visit Plymouth Pavilions this summer as part of their first headline tour.
The band consists of Frankie Sandford, Rochelle Wiseman, Vanessa White, Mollie King and Una Healy. Both Sandford and Wiseman were formerly part of S Club Juniors.
Una told WOSW: “I can’t believe we are about to go out on our first very own tour. We hadn’t even released our debut single this time last year and nobody knew us. So many great things have happened.”
The Saturdays have had a growing fanbase since their first single was released in 2008 and also have a number of celebrity fans including Girls Aloud (who they supported on their Tangled Up tour in 2008), the Pussycat Dolls, and Lily Allen.
The group's debut album, Chasing Lights, produced three UK top ten singles, If This Is Love, Up, and Issues, and was said by The Times to 'eclipse recent efforts of the Sugababes and Pussycat Dolls'.
The band recently released the Comic Relief single, Just Can't Get Enough, a cover of the Depeche Mode original.
This reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. The band re-issued their album this month to include the charity record. A new single will be released to coincide with the tour.
They were last seen in the region switching on Barnstaple's Christmas lights.
The Saturdays hit Plymouth Pavilions on July 1. Tickets cost £20 and go on sale at 10am on March 21. Call 0845 146 1460 for details.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Rod Stewart To Play at Plymouth Argyle

INTERNATIONAL rocker Rod Stewart will play Home Park this summer – and tickets go on sale today.
The iconic singer and a self-confessed football fanatic is to play his only 2009 confirmed UK date at the Argyle stadium on Thursday, July 2.
The gig – to include rock classics Maggie May, Tonight's the Night, and Do you Think I'm Sexy? – will be the first time Stewart has played Plymouth.
Tickets go on sale – initially to Argyle members, Foundation members, and shareholders only – at 9am today. They go on general sale from 6pm tomorrow.
They cost £100, £75, £65 and £55, and are available from the Home Park Box Office or by phone on 0845 338 7232 or online at
After 6pm on Friday, February 6, from See Tickets on 0844 412 4639 or at
VIP Corporate hospitality packages for the concert are available in the club's Pyramid Suite.
Further details can be obtained from the Argyle commercial team on 01752 302204.
All telephone bookings and internet bookings are subject to service charge.
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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Jimmy Carr Adds Extra Plymouth Pavillions Date

Due to popular demand, Jimmy Carr has added another Plymouth date to his UK tour, heading to the Plymouth Pavilions for a sell-out show on June 27 and the new date of Friday, July 31.

This summer Jimmy will take his dry and sardonic one-liners to a whole new level as he launches his brand new live tour, Joke Technician.

Never one to recycle jokes, the Joke Technician tour will contain all-new, unseen material, completely updated from that seen in any of his previous performances and DVD releases.
As Jimmy explained: “This show is exactly the same as last year’s except every single word. It’s rude, crude and offensive but those aren’t the only reasons you’ll enjoy it.”

Tickets for the new Plymouth date (which is not suitable for under 16s) cost £20 on 0845 146 1460 or visit

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Friday, 23 January 2009


JLS will support Lemar at Plymouth Pavilions show.

X-Factor stars JLS will be the special guests at Lemar's forthcoming Plymouth show.
The foursome, who have been tipped as the best boy band to emerge in recent years, will join the tour after appearing on the X Factor tour.

Lemar said: "I was really impressed with JLS's performances on the X Factor, and I’m thrilled that they’ve agreed to join me on my tour.

Marvin from JLS said: "We're really excited about supporting Lemar on his new tour."
Aston added: "We've loved Lemar's music for years so it will be brilliant to get to tour the UK with him. We're really looking forward to seeing all of our fans at the live shows."
The Plymouth concert will be Lemar’s fourth visit to the city.

You can catch JLS and Lemar in action at the Pavilions on March 31. Tickets cost £25 on 0845 146 1460 or visit

Monday, 19 January 2009

Diary of Plymouth Events 2009

The Avalon Guest House Plymouth Bed and Breakfast happy to announce the details of a diary of events for Plymouth 2009.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Plymouth Farmers Market Calendar 2009

The Avalon Guest House Plymouth Bed and Breakfast is pleased to bring you details of the popular Farmers Market held on the 2nd & 4th Saturday monthly, 9.00am to 4.30pm

Plymouth Farmer's Market is a lively and bustling market to visit. Held fortnightly on the second and fourth Saturday of the month it is situated by the Sundial in the City Centre. Shoppers at the market can expect to find the finest meat, Westcountry cheeses, sausages, organic vegetables and delicious chutney, pasties and pies.

With numerous stalls selling a wide variety of local produce, the city centre farmers market is situated by the sundial in the heart of the city centre shoppers can source produce which has been reared, grown or made by local farmers.

Visitors to the market can also expect to find locally reared ostrich meat, pork, beef, lamb, locally grown strawberries.

The dates for 2009 are :
Saturday 12 and 26 January
Saturday 9 and 23 February
Saturday 8 and 22 March
Saturday 12 and 26 April
Saturday 10 and 24 May
Saturday 14 and 28 June
Saturday 12 and 26 July
Saturday 9 and 23 August
Saturday 13 and 27 September
Saturday 11 and 25 October
Saturday 8 and 22 November
December 13 and 20 December