September sees the return of Ocean City Festival, bringing a packed programme of events to the town, and presenting the opportunity to learn more about Plymouth’s fascinating maritime history, and the activities that the south coast has to offer.
The Ocean City Festival kicks-off with The Cardboard Boat Race – an engineering challenge to build a vessel out of cardboard and sticky tape, and navigate round a course in Plymouth harbour. The Barbican Raft Race bookends the festival on 25 September, with teams battling it out on the water to raise money for Jeremiah’s Journey.
There are plenty of more sedate pursuits throughout the festival fortnight. On 12 September, the Writing to the Waves Competition sets the challenge of creating a poem in 30 minutes inspired by an ocean-themed prompt. The Sea Portraits exhibition will also run over the festival (Drake’s Place Garden Colonnade), and there will be special screenings at the open-air cinema at Royal William Yard.
The Ocean City Festival culminates in a weekend of locally-caught dishes served from stalls along the quayside. This year’s event will also include a cookery theatre programme and street entertainment.
For more information, visit: http://www.oceancityfestival.co.uk/