What's On in Plymouth - July 2023
Summer is in full swing and Plymouth is a glorious city to enjoy during the hotter months. Whether you want to party hard, peruse some exhibitions or enjoy the natural landscape surrounding Britain’s Ocean City, here’s our What’s On guide for the month of July.
Feels Like Memplex™ is initiated and includes work by Berlin-based art collective Omsk Social Club and London and Helsinki-based artist Joey Holder, and is the second iteration of Memeplex™, a group exhibition previously presented at Seventeen, London. In this new presentation at KARST, Mememplex has been leaked through a rogue unit facility in PLymouth and has now become a publicly open entity. The facility will be open to the public in a bid to give transparent information on the last years of hospitalised meme manipulation. Secret papers, facility areas and video footage formerly used by the organisation are now on view and accessible to the public for a limited time.
Feels Like Memplex™ will be at KARST Gallery until 29 July. Photo Credit: Stateless Studio.
Union Street Makers is a celebration of local artisans and their unique creations. From handmade jewellery to one-of-a-kind pottery, there’ll be a wide variety of handmade goods to browse and purchase. Nudge Community Builders are offering a variety of unique workshops for adults and children, as well as free taster sessions, at The Plot. Expect to see Plymouth Parkour, Precious Plastics, Sewcial Guild, The Greenhouse, The Sheep Shed, Plymouth Book Coop and many more! Come and meet the makers and learn more about their craft.
Shop small this summer at the Native Makers Market at Ocean Studios. With over 40 of the best indie businesses in the South West, selling everything from jewellery and ceramics to plants and doggy cupcakes, there will also be kids crafts, live music, delicious food and more. It’s also free entry and dogs are welcome too!
Native Makers will be hosting their Summer market at Ocean Studios on 1 & 2 July
Are you an LGBTQ+ identified writer who would like to meet other LGBTQ+ writers and write in the community? Join us on a Sunday morning to keep your writing practice regular. After introductions at the beginning, the rest of the time is for writing - whether you want to chat during or at the end is up to you! Some people may come only to write, some to share their work, some to read and some to swap their work for praise or critique.
Royal William Yard’s popular Good Food & Craft Market will be taking place inside the iconic Melville building and surrounding area outside. Enjoy the freshest local produce from the South West’s top suppliers and unique arts and crafts by artisan makers, while also having the opportunity to explore one of the Yard’s oldest buildings.
Held at Leadworks in Stonehouse, Plymouth Improv Group is a non-judgemental creative space to touch on, explore and magnify unseen aspects of your persona with vocal, physical, dramatic, humorous and playful forms of expression. No previous experience required!
Cancer Research’s first Plymouth fashion show promises to show you designs from all areas of the fashion world, from high street shops in the city to boutiques and designers. Womens and menswear will be shown, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research’s groundbreaking work.
Join the Stoke Village Hub for this hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to upcycle cotton fabric to make your own beautiful reusable beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to plastic cling film and covers. These food wraps help keep food and sandwiches fresh and reduce your kitchen waste while being washable, reusable and won’t tear. All materials and equipment supplied, beeswax wraps made will be on sale in aid of the Village Hub with one to take home with you!
Make your own beeswax wrap at the Stoke Village Hub on 7 July
Prepare to put your best foot forward to walk, talk and celebrate precious memories of lost loved ones at the iconic Midnight Walk. Join hundreds of other generous and caring fellow walkers who support the compassionate care St Luke’s provides for hundreds of local families, free of charge, at the toughest time of their lives. All routes begin and end at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium and you can choose from a 3 mile, 6 mile or 13.1 mile route.
Grab a bag on your way in and pick and mix vintage clothing, all for just £20 a kilo! The organisers bring nine tonnes of handpicked vintage stock to the event, pick from mens and womens’ vintage clothing from the 60s all the way to the 90s including all your favourite branded names!
Join this monthly Ocean Studios artist community critique club where you’re able to share, support and encourage conversations around current creative projects and work. The session is a welcoming space and peer-led, a place to bounce around ideas with a like-minded group of creatives.
Are you passionate about sewing and looking for a supportive community to share your projects with? Join Lizzy from Makeat140 where sewing enthusiasts can come together to work on their personal sewing projects in a fun and chilled environment. The fully equipped sewing studio awaits with spacious tables, a comprehensive sewing kit and all the accessories you’ll need to unleash your creativity. Whether you’re a seasoned sewist or just starting out, this is the perfect place to make progress on your projects while connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion.
The Great Sea Choir will be performing at the Market Hall in Devonport on July 12
Hosted by the Market Hall in historic Devonport, the Great Sea Choir brings home the folk songs of the sea, from yearning folk lullabies and maritime drinking songs to naughty sailor shanties. The choir is known for their intricate and rhythmic arrangements and the high quality of singers, despite being a mixed-ability group of un-auditioned singers. A vibrant choir with a fresh take, don’t miss out on their moving, exciting and passionate renditions.
An audacious original, Medusa Deluxe is a bold, camp and unique take on the murder mystery. After a stylist is found dead at a hairdressing competition, the remaining competitors try to uncover the killer over the course of an evening in this vivacious and absurdly comic ensemble drama. Rivalry and mistrust build as the remaining group of determined contestants suspect that someone may be trying to rig the competition, by gruesomely picking off the entrants.
Medusa Deluxe (15) will be showing at Plymouth Arts Cinema from 14 to 20 July
As part of LOW PROFILE’s artists’ residency at GROW Plymouth, they are holding some free, open-to-all making days - for people to come together, sew, chat and hang out. Join them in making a series of new large-scale banners. Using patchwork and hand-quilting techniques, people of all abilities are welcome, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced sewist. Together you’ll make artworks that celebrate the power of coming together to achieve change through community building, group effort and collective action.
The Westcountry has a long tradition of cultivating some of the nation’s most delectable producers. The Mount Edgcumbe Festival is proud to celebrate the local growers, producers and artisan makers of food, drinks and kitchenalia, all set in the glorious grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. With chef’s demos and masterclasses on topics as diverse as growing on your window sill to crafting the perfect cocktail, there will be plenty of opportunities to shop, celebrate local produce, taste and treat yourself to all manner of delicious goodies.
Hosted by Plymouth’s Central Park, climb, crawl and slide around the Pretty Muddy obstacle course. 5k is just over three miles and can take an average of an hour to complete, but there’s no pressure to finish at a certain time. Get muddy as an individual or with a group of friends or family, have fun and raise money for life-saving cancer research.
The Armchair Adventure Festival will be at Mount Edgcumbe from 27 to 30 July
Featuring some of the world’s leading adventurers, the Armchair Adventure Festival brings tales of adventure and exploration, adventurous activities and live music to the idyllic grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Brain child of the Sidecar Guys, Guinness world record holders for longest journey by scooter and sidecar, you can have your own adventure kayaking, mountain biking and paddle boarding, or by participating in survival and bushcraft workshops, organised sailing tours and more.
Diversity Business Indicator and The Box present a monthly marketplace gathering, held every last Saturday of the month. Enjoy an array of local vendors displaying exceptional and skillfully crafted products, from street food to fresh produce and from independent artists and local vendors. Indulge in different cultural experiences and immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere with live music and entertainment.