A ‘flipping’ big year for the National Marine Aquarium


The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year with a programme of events to commemorate its work and inspire new audiences about our oceans and their importance for a healthy planet.

As the largest aquarium in the UK, the NMA welcomes more than 300,000 people every year. Plymouth has been home to an aquarium since 1888. Initially housed at the Marine Biological Association, a new and much larger aquarium was built at the current site in the Barbican district of the city in 1997, designated the National Marine Aquarium. Leading the way, the NMA was the first aquarium in the UK to be run as a separate charity solely dedicated to education and conservation of the marine environment.

South West - Escape to the rugged, romantic coast...

South West - Escape to the rugged, romantic coast...

Crystal clear waters, vast sandy bays and award winning restaurants with unrivalled views…you’ll find all this and more in the the holiday capital of the UK - The South West Of England.
Besides its many beautiful bays and magical secret coves, Cornwall has a wealth of industrial heritage too. At one time the county was awash with tin mines, all are now closed but visitors can venture to sites such as Botallack, to see the remnants of this once flourishing industry. Perched on the coast this dramatic scene has been used as a backdrop more than once in tv and film, most recently for BBC’s Poldark series.

Plymouth’s top refreshing winter walks with cosy pubs, cafés and hotels

Burrator Reservoir Dartmore - Credit to Gary Burge

With the festive season drawing to a close, Great Britain is looking for a virtuous start to 2017 and what better way to begin the year than with a revitalising country or coastal winter walk. Visit Plymouth ( has highlighted its top walking trails with accompanying cosy pubs, cafes and hotels – as no ramble would be complete without a hot chocolate, refreshing pint or comfortable bed on the horizon!

Spotlight on Plymouth's Christmas events and activities

Plymouths Christmas Events and Activities

From meeting Santa in his Grotto to hopping aboard the Christmas Land Train to embarking on the Nutcracker Trail, there is plenty going on in the city of Plymouth this festive season. Christmas shoppers looking for special gifts will be spoilt for choice at the city’s annual Christmas market and Drake’s Circus shopping centre with a range of activities and events taking place across the city to get them into the festive spirit!

Here are some of the highlights of Plymouth’s Christmas events programme for 2016…

Visit Plymouth’s Giant Snow Globe (17th November to 23rd December 2016)