New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LD

Tel: 01752 276798

It’s Penguin Time!

It’s time to P-p-pick up your Penguins: A LEGO® brick trail map … today!

The adorable LEGO® brick penguins have returned to Plymouth’s city centre. It’s their final year of bringing festive family-fun and Christmas magic to Plymouth.

So, let’s make the most of it! Now in full swing, the adventures started on Saturday 30 November. There are 19 life size LEGO brick penguins and one spectacular Emperor Penguin. They are all hidden in shops and cafés across the city centre, waiting to be discovered!

The trail cards can be collected from each participating business; Drake Circus Shopping Centre, libraries and the Tourist Information Centre. They can also be downloaded from the Visit Plymouth website.

The trail will run until Sunday 5 January 2020. So, you still have plenty of time to seek out all 20 penguin names and add them to the trail card, or enter online:


All entries must be fully completed and sent in by Wednesday 15 January 2020. Then you will be in for the chance to win some awesome prizes! These include a weekend family trip to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, courtesy of Plymouth Citycoach! Or a Penguin Feeding Experience at Living Coasts for four people.

The trail is a great opportunity to entertain the children whilst shopping for Christmas gifts or just enjoying some festive treats. Why not head to the Piazza and visit the Christmas Market? Open until 19 December, it’s the perfect place to p-p-pick up some unique gifts for family and friends!

Children will love the Creation Station, who are providing free penguin making craft activities at the market every Sunday. For the selfie-lovers among us, the giant walk-through illuminated bauble arch will be back on the Piazza this year too, providing the perfect backdrop to your festive snaps.

With a family-fun trail, big name brands, fantastic independents, spectacular events and entertainment, a beautifully lit Christmas Market with a Bavarian style bar, there’s plenty to enjoy in Plymouth this festive season. Find out more at

12 Days ‘Till Christmas

12 Festive Treats from the New Continental Hotel this Christmas…

Whether you are visiting Plymouth for the Christmas Lights; Panto fun at the theatre; Christmas shopping or seeing family and friends; the New Continental Hotel is perfectly located!

Christmas is a special time of year for us, as a family business it offers us the perfect opportunity to give that little bit more to our staff, guests and friends old and new.

As custodians of a Grade II listed building and all the odd eccentricities our Victorian gem has to offer, the hotel really compliments the festive season and reminds us all of the traditional values that Christmas holds for many of us.

Twelve Offers This Christmas Time…

Our First Offer: Make the most of our ‘Christmas Shopper’ Special. Enjoy Plymouth and snap up those last-minute Christmas gifts. Enjoy 20% OFF your entire stay between now and the 20th December with the promo code: XMAS19. Call or book online.

Our Second Offer: Don’t dirty the dishes! December is a busy month; late night shopping, working later, visiting friends, the list is endless! So why not treat yourself to PIZZA at Steve’s Brasserie! Steve’s Brasserie is open from 5.30pm Monday – Saturday and with a great Pizza Oven you can be fully sated and back out in no time. To book (or order a takeaway!) call 01752 276798

The Third Offer: Indulge in a three for two! Stay any Friday and Saturday night and get Sunday FREE! To book call now on 01752 276798 and quote: PLANAHEAD

Fourth Christmas Offering:  Party the Night Away! Everyone looks forward to a Christmas Party this time of you year, and there is no better place to eat great food and dance the evening away than here at the New Continental Hotel. Call 01752 276797 for last minutes availability.

Fifth Offering: There are still some dates available for a festive Christmas Lunch! Throughout the festive season, our Head Chef has created a special lunch menu. Choose between a 2 course or 3 course lunch and enjoy the company of friends and family whilst indulging in our festive menu. Call 01752 276797 for last minutes availability.

Sixth Christmas Offer: Not sure what to get that someone special for Christmas? Purchase the perfect Christmas Gift Voucher. Available for the Hotel, Club Continental and Steve’s Brasserie, all in a range of values. To order yours, simply call us on 01752 276798 and we can ensure you will receive them in time for Christmas morning present opening!

Seventh Offering of Christmas: Oh Yes It Is! Heading to the Panto? Our Early Evening Menu offers the perfect place to enjoy a treat before you take your seat! 2 and 3 courses, served from 5.30pm. Book now by calling 01752 276798.

Number eight:  Give yourself a gift! Club Continental will be offering their limited number of reduced annual memberships in January. The Managers Special is launched via their Facebook page – so hurry over and like now to be the first to grab a bargain!

On the ninth offering of Christmas; Indulge in our Christmas Day Celebration. Our amazing Christmas Day Lunch is not only served with all the trimmings, but a visit from Father Christmas himself and live music! The perfect Christmas Day. Places limited – call now on 01752 276783

Tenth Offer:  Welcome to 2020! After all of the fun of the festive season, pamper yourself this January with our 2020 special offers. Like us on Facebook for all of the very best deals, as they happen throughout 2020!

At eleven:  Celebrate the New Year with that someone you love. Stay in January and receive 20% OFF your booking; in any room on any night or nights! Call or book online and quote: NY20

Finally, our twelve offering…

May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, and feeling of joy be the very best offering to you all.  Have a VERY Merry Christmas from all of us here at the New Continental Hotel!

A Very Special Service…

Something that we are all extremely proud of here at the New Continental Hotel, is being part of The Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA).  In 2015 we became Plymouth’s first Dementia Friendly Hotel.

PDAA was established in 2011. It is comprised of  organisations who have come together to transform the quality of life for people with dementia;  also for those who care for them in and around Plymouth.

It is with great honour that we can announce the date of this years Dementia Friendly Carol Service.

Where & When…

Wednesday 11th December from 3pm at St Pauls Church in Stonehouse.

This time of year is traditionally characterised by tinsel-decorated trees; mince pies; present-giving; a turkey dinner (or two) and of course carols.

This year you can once again delight in the sounds of a fabulous selection of sing along classics at this sensational Dementia Friendly Carol Service. You can listen to your favourite carols and hear some lovely readings from some very special guests.

Although everyone is welcome, it’s also perfect for people living with, or caring for those with Dementia. Singing carols at Christmas with those that you love, brings families and friends together. But for some with Dementia, the music makes them feel connected to a time period or a memory that they can associate with that song. This then creates a magic with every beautiful note.

To find out more you can email: or call: 07710096210

If you are in Plymouth on the 11th, we can highly recommend this festive wonder. It really is the perfect opportunity to see Plymouth shine in both community and Christmas cheer.

Be A Polar Bear Explorer…

In case you hadn’t noticed the little fella sat in our Foyer; we have a very exciting announcement to make! We’re proud to be part of the Polar Bear Explorer Trail and carer of our very own cub!

You too can be involved too! Become a Polar Bear Explorer. Not only will you find new friends in these beautiful little life like Polar Bears; but also be in with a chance to win prizes!

Launched on the 25th of November, 20 polar bear cub sculptures were introduced to Plymouth! Hosted by NMA and What’s on Plymouth, during the days after the launch the Polar Bear Cubs were set free across Plymouth, throughout Sutton Harbour, The Barbican and Hoe, Millbay and Royal Willam Yard.

Find out facts…

Each cub will have a Bear Fact with them, telling us about the Arctic and the Oceans, how plastic is affecting their homes and how we can all help.

As a Polar Explorer, your task is to find each of the Polar Bear Cubs with their facts.

Don’t worry – you have until March 2020, the little guys and girls aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! Once they have made enough friends, shared enough facts they will then go home again, hopefully to a happier environment.

Be part of the fun…

You can download the trail brochure from the VisitPlymouth Website, or pick one up in our reception area. You simply write down the key word from each of the cubs’ Bear Facts.
Once you’ve found all 20 facts – complete the Explorer form. Add your details and make a pledge to help Polar Bears by reducing single-use plastics. This could be at home, at school, or in the workplace.

Here at the hotel we have already gone Plastic Free in Club Continental and our pledge will be to keep working at being greener with every business decision we make.

Once completed, deliver your completed Explorer form to one of the three Arctic Post Boxes. You can find one at the National Marine Aquarium, the Tourist Information Centre or Bistrot Pierre. Alternatively you can mail it to: Polar Bear Explorer, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Ballard House, West Hoe, Plymouth PL1 3BJ or enter online.

Good Luck! Don’t forget our little cub. He’s looking out onto Millbay Road waiting to be discovered and share his fact with you!

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