Taking place in Plymouth on 17th and 18th July 2021, the third event of SailGP Season 2 follows the action-packed season opener in Bermuda in April, with a triumphant win for Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain SailGP Team, and then the first-ever Italy Sail Grand Prix in June.
The event see some of the sport’s best athletes go head-to-head and promises high speed, high tech and high drama. Fans in Plymouth will be able to witness some of the most incredible sail racing scenes both on and off the water and get up close to the impressive line-up of world-class athletes and top sailing nations representing Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, New Zealand and the United States.
Plymouth Hoe provides a spectacular viewpoint for fans to immerse themselves in the adrenalin-filled action as the foiling F50 catamarans, capable of speeds of nearly 60 mph, race right in front of their eyes within the natural amphitheatre of Plymouth Sound.
The Great Britain SailGP Team will be looking to maintain its place at the top of the leaderboard at it’s home event and hoping that fans will come out in style to cheer on the red, white and blue boat.
A limited number of tickets for the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth can be purchased online now at SailGP.com/GreatBritain. Additional tickets will be released inline with the Government Covid updates.
The Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth is held in partnership with Plymouth City Council and with support from Associated British Ports, English Cities Fund and Sutton Harbour Group.
Book your accommodation in Plymouth for the 17th and 18th July 2021 here.
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: transformingplymouthtogether.org.uk 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.
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!
This week in Plymouth shows just how our city is evolving at a staggering pace; with the list of utterly brilliant things to see, be part of and do here growing so long, that it may be hard to tick them all off! What a conundrum to have!
From dynamic and eclectic shows at the Theatre Royal Plymouth to the Illuminate Festival, events and activities big and small fill the cities calendar and give YOU plenty to see and do!
There’s a cheeky, independent streak running through this city too. They say Plymouth has everything – and this week is proof we do! But with so many excellent restaurants, events, activities and shows, how do we choose what to do?
To help; here are our top picks of all things Plymouth over the next week:
First up we have a fictional story co-produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth and Told By An Idiot. You can be certain that this hour and 35 minute performance will not only be sensational, but hilarious, heart warming, gripping and inventive.
It will start to feel like Christmas as soon as you take your seat! Feel-good, funny and full of joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films. Age guidance is 5+ and really will be a treat for all.
100 years after she took her seat as the first female Member of Parliament, Theatre Royal Plymouth presents a playful new 30 minute drama by South West writer Shiona Morton uncovering the controversial and contradictory story of Our Nancy.
Catch one of four free flash performances of this sharp and witty insight into Plymouth’s trailblazing political history in the foyer at Theatre Royal Plymouth, steeped in shadow and undeniable truth.
We are very excited about this, not only because its great for ALL the family, but because we have our very own Polar Bear coming to the hotel to live with us until March!
George, the Polar Bear cub wants you to follow the Polar Bear Explorer trail this winter. Follow the trail for the chance to win some great prizes. Along the way, you’ll learn about how climate change is affecting his environment – and what you can do to help!
We re proud to be Illuminate Festival 2019 Plymouth’s Accommodation Sponsors.
Following on from last year’s fantastic success, Illuminate returns to Plymouth from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December 2019 from 5.30pm – 10.00pm.
From 5:30pm each night, llluminate welcomes you to immerse yourself in stunning projection mapping, interactive pieces and playful light art installations at the historic Royal William Yard. New for 2019 audiences are also invited to discover additional installations at the Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Created by artists, tech designers, performers and children, the festival promises to deliver an inspiring immersive experience which will delight visitors of all ages.
Free event. 17:30 – 22:00
Festival centre – Royal William Yard
Additional installations – The Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe www.illuminate-festival.co.uk
Every year, events shift and adapt depending on social, technological and economic trends. In the way they engage their audiences, and the lens through which they present and share their material.
As Plymouth’s largest independent hotel, our events team are passionate about having the right products to offer our corporate partners. They look closely at predicted trends; and use their vast knowledge and experience to decipher those they believe will take root.
Looking at trends and analysing data means that we are not only able to offer the right products, but the best service too. Our analysis doesn’t only benefit future bookings; it also allows us to optimise success rates for the here and now.
Many corporate events aim to sell, educate or inspire. Organisers require a venue that works with them to optimise results, producing the very best ROI’s.
Being generous with findings and moving with the times is essential; this article shares three trends that we envisage taking ‘root’ in 2020…
Next year’s Sustainability Summit 2020 will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and researchers from around the world to highlight the actions necessary to meet internationally agreed sustainability goals.
As yet delegates are not refusing to attend if there are paper handouts or literature on seats, but sustainability is a topic of debate and it’s getting louder. Our hotel has a sustainability policy that empowers and enables our guests’ and our business partners to play an integral role in being greener, whilst not impacting on anyone’s experiences.
In an age of connectivity, almost everyone on the planet is just one tap away from anything!
Like many cities, Plymouth’s digital scene is really gathering pace; more and more businesses are investing in innovative technology, transforming the way people interact. We see ‘Tech Experiences’ dominating the event landscape in 2020 more and more connectivity; global ‘live’ speakers and social media along with other digital platforms will continue to enhance and promote events.
Corporate events have always had a social aspect. Connecting and engaging with others offers real and purposeful outcomes; building partnerships not transactions.
We have seen a drive towards cross sector and community collaboration at events. We predict that this will increase and that there will be more social engagement and consultation style events in 2020, with drop-in style sessions, an increase in free inaugural advice workshops and open product and service Q&A’s.
New Continental Hotel; We Have It Covered…
Sustainability: Our sustainability policy is on our website. It not only tells you what we offer but has some great tips that we invite you to adopt in any venue you choose.
Digital: Offering Enterprise grade Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, access to some of the best tech and pro-active and engaged audiences on both social media and via our website, we can help you get better connected.
Social: Our five unique function rooms and break out spaces offer the perfect springboard to connect with the local community. With our city centre location, free parking and amazing coffee – we are the perfect choice for any event in Plymouth!
A week today, Plymouth will be hosting their very own International Men’s Day Conference here at the New Continental Hotel.
The International Men’s Day (IMD) Conference is a platform to encourage, enable and empower men to teach boys values and responsibilities. Furthermore, the hope is that it will create a springboard that connects everyone to a better understanding of issues such as men’s health.
IMD is a grassroots movement which is totally inclusive. It’s an event that invites everyone to celebrate every single man and every boy. It doesn’t matter their ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief or relationship status; it’s simply about them being seen, heard and celebrated.
Tuesday 19th November, from 1pm…
This event, which is being held at the New Continental Hotel and it really does seem like everyone in Plymouth is supporting it. Probably in part because this event has organically grown into a very purposeful solution to some very real challenges. Challenges that we all face on a daily basis.
The speakers feature influential and inspirational people, speaking about their experiences across a range of different industries, areas and diverse topics.
The Plymouth conference aims to celebrate positive male role models, provide a forum for open discussion and will most certainly offer access to health care support. There will be ample opportunity for delegates to mingle, meet and learn from each other and from the various organisations and exhibitors supporting the conference.
Illuminate Plymouth | 28th November – 1st December 2019
Plymouth is an ambitious and inspiring city, which is so easy to fall in love with. It is full of beauty and innovation at every turn. There is always something wonderful to see, do or be part of.
One of those things has soon become the city’s best-loved free outdoor event. It welcomes thousands of people of all ages each year. Running across four FABULOUS days …
Illuminate Plymouth has added a real richness to Plymouth’s dynamic and eclectic programme of events and activities. It’s a series of dazzling installations and projections that not only make Plymouth shine brightly, also provide the most vibrant, fun and inspiring experience for EVERYONE!
The festival will run this year from 28th November – 1st December from the festival centre at Royal William Yard.
Yet this year there is more!
New for 2019 there will be additional light installations at the Barbican, the Watefront and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park.
Illuminate is a free event. Open to families and people of all ages. The installations can be viewed by boat, on foot or bike. You can wander around and explore the works at your leisure. Or perhaps follow one of the dedicated routes which enhance the experience.
This 4-day event will open the Mayflower 400 commemorations, and is inspired by the values of freedom, humanity, imagination, and future. The festival offers a host of workshops, installations, performances and projections with various opportunities for you to take part in activities or simply wonder at the spectacular illuminations.
Claire Honey, Project Manager for the festival, said: “In 2018, Illuminate stunned with incredible light installations, interactive artworks and spectacular projections from local, national and international artists. The festival was enjoyed by over 28,000 people across the four days. Now a multi-site festival we’re really excited to welcome new artists creating awe-inspiring light art to inspire visitors of all ages.”
Adrian Vinken OBE, Chair Mayflower 400 and Destination Plymouth, said: “Growing on the back of previous years’ festivals Illuminate has become a real highlight in Plymouth’s annual events calendar. It’s such a special event and we’re thrilled that this year it will act as the opening moment of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, not just in Plymouth but across the whole country.”
Proud Partners of Illuminate for the second year running. We are thrilled to be supporting people to stay and enjoy the totality of the festival. Our guests receive 20% off their stay by simply using the promotional code LIGHTS19.
Having a dream is one thing; making it happen is another…
There are people that inspire millions through their bravery, curiosity and life’s work. Individuals that’s difference, is what makes the difference.
They might be artists; CEO’s; authors; scientists; community leaders; athletes … basically, an inspirational person is that someone who challenges the status quo. That someone who thrusts through said limits of human capacities. That someone who evokes wonderment in our hopes, dreams and imaginations.
Someone that has captures our hearts…
One of those people for us is someone who significantly and triumphantly changed Plymouth, Politics and Perceptions forever. She made people, especially women, feel that the possibilities were endless. That any limits which had been put upon them could be surmounted.
In December 1919, Nancy Astor became the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. One seat alongside 706 men. A turning point towards equality and the beginning of a story, a story we are still writing, but a light that sparked possibility for everyone.
This is not only a terrific tale about a women who marched through barriers and who was triumphant in changing the landscape of Politics. This was a women of strength, curiosity, bravery and vision in so many other ways too.
A woman who came from America to the UK after a divorce; who went on to re-marry and have five children. Who supported and empowered her husband to shine. A woman who fell in love with Plymouth and who was proud of the many riches; yet could see even more possibility and potential. A women who swallowed the fear and used her voice, even though at the time it was a voice sharing a very bold message.
Actions speak louder than words…
There are many amazing people that have added to Plymouth’s patchwork; Lady Nancy Astor was one of them.
On November 28th from 12:30pm, there will be a great celebration of the passion and purpose that ran through the veins of this remarkable lady. After a large Crowdfunding campaign, Lady Astor Statue Appeal has unlocked the funding (and the hearts of all) and have built a statue a Lady Astor which will be unveiled on the 28th November.
This will not only commemorate this momentous event where Lady Astor is back in Plymouth, but also celebrate 100 years since the first woman walked the corridors of power, representing the men, women and children of Plymouth.
There will be an AMAZING VIP to unveil the first statue of the first woman in Parliament. There will be so much happening, combined with a truly sensational atmosphere whereby everyone there will be celebrating a century of increased equality, democracy and freedom and a change that the people of Plymouth made happen.
EVERYONE is welcome to see a dream come true on The Hoe, on 28th November, from 12:30pm.
At the New Continental Hotel, we are all about days that celebrate people. People who do amazing things; people that support amazing things to happen and people who form part of the amazing community in which we live.
A good ‘International’ day of recognition is exactly what we love. To celebrate and to acknowledge; to guide and support and to bring together all the great people that surround us.
International Men’s Day (IMD) is far from being an antithesis to International Women’s Day. In fact, the day marks ways we can all work together. Ways in which we can change gender stereotyping and discrimination – just this time, the lens is on men!
This annual day of recognition was started in 1992. It has grown each year exponentially and is now being celebrated in over 70 countries around the world. Proving that it’s a really powerful day -and a day that has really powerful outcomes.
Our Difference Is What Makes A Difference…
This is not only a day that celebrates positive role models in Plymouth. It’s also a day that puts narrative over some of the issues that affect men; whilst helping to raise awareness of some very real challenges.
There are some incredible topics that will be covered during the conference. Even if they aren’t topics that affect us directly – they are topics that most definitely will impact all of us indirectly.
This is a day that talks inclusively about topics. Topics such as men’s health; diversity; toxic masculinity; coping with bereavement and the prevalence of male suicide. The biggest killer in young men here in the UK is sadly suicide. So, it’s vitally important that we ensure boys and men are supported and given the tools they need to ask for help.
Your attendance on November 19th is the most important and powerful way that you can show those that need it most, that they are not alone. That there are positive role models, that there are success stories and many people waiting to listen. The visual sign of togetherness is what will show everyone the very tangible signs of the support they have in the city.
There is a tremendous line up of inspirational speakers, sensational exhibitors and there will be amazing opportunities to create new friendships, to mingle and meet new people and new contacts. What’s more, the opportunity to learn and grow from each other’s experiences and from the various organisations supporting the conference.
It is so important that everyone feels supported, empowered and enabled. We may have separate days to recognise and support individuals, but knowing that everyone has a time and a space to feel that they have a moment to breath, to feel supported is an essential element of a strong community.
The Plymouth conference aims to celebrate positive male role models, provide a forum for open discussion and provide access to health care support.
Throughout the afternoon there will not only be time to hear from local and national speakers, but also time to step off the treadmill and take a moment to connect, or perhaps reconnect with others in Plymouth
2020 Corporate Bookings; what we think the landscape may look like …
What an interesting year 2019 has been!
In recent years there have been some massive shifts in how we do business. The social and economic landscape can empower and enable some settings to shine; and sometimes can cause businesses to remodel, resize and in some cases close their trading doors. What we have seen is a vast and varied rhythm governed by many factors. And let’s face it, that isn’t about to change anytime soon!
The one thing that hasn’t changed is the tangible evidence that no matter how the landscape changes or how we progress with our tech and digital abilities – we humans are social creatures!
We like to do business in person wherever possible…
Here at the New Continental Hotel we couldn’t agree more! We believe that true hospitality is found in the nurturing and building of strong relationships. Relationships with each other, our guests and our communities. We do this by recognising and valuing each other. Understanding individuality and respecting any differences. ultimately great hospitality is all about great relationships. However it’s not just hospitality businesses that see the value of a personal touch; in a report from Harvard Business Review it states that ‘face-to -face’ requests are 34 times more powerful that a business request via email.
That single fact tells us so much…
If we know that great business is done best when it is done via face to face meetings and cultivation, then it tells us that our corporate business (our ‘Road Warriors’) will keep doning the motorways to visit their clients … and they will always need somewhere great to stay!
Here at the New Continental Hotel we believe that even with all the digital advances planned for 2020, we predict that our business travellers will continue to choose the more personal approach. Both in how they do their own business, but also what they expect from their hotel provider.
We know that Plymouth will be alive with leisure guests in 2020. Visiting Plymouth for the Mayflower400 celebrations. Yet we also know that many businesses will also want to maximise the business potential of 2020 and so join us here in Plymouth too.
What are business guests going to be looking for..?
Sustainability, personalisation and the transition onto the 5G superhighway will be a few new trends that will change the landscape in 2020. As well as these changes, we feel that there are two other areas that will have a magnifying lens placed over them. We think that with the new decade will be a new outlook on both CSR and the Food & Beverage offer for Business travellers.
Corporate Social Responsibility | Our Thoughts …
Doing good business and collaborating with other businesses that follow your same ethical, sustainable and environmental compass, we believe will matter more and more.
Not only does having strong policies in place mean we can contribute to positive change; it also leads to a better, stronger more kind society. The narrative around how a business, especially within hospitality, is taking responsibility for the impact they have on the environment, will become increasingly important.
Much like a Social Enterprise who reports on a triple bottom line, we believe that hotels will have to be more proactive when reporting too. Making sure they report on how they are working towards a more sustainable future. We think that business customers will want to make choices based on more than just their rates and services offered.
We believe that one of the key trends for 2020 is sustainability.
More and more hotels will be looking sustainability, from an environmental, economic, and social perspective. In the past there have been some hotels that have been driven by their own passion and desire to do more and be better. Yet not all of them, and so when the drive is from customers, the masses tend to make change happen more rapidly.
There’s a massive focus on social responsibility in the hospitality sector around the world. We saw in France the PACTE law, plus more hotels with green credentials popping up and celebrating their successes. We believe that this trend will seep into events and corporate functions. With the idea that events should do more than just educate or have a business development opportunity; but also create good and positive outcomes for the planet and for people.
We have seen tremendous changes in the Food & Beverage offer within our hotel over the last 5 years. What’s more we are certain that there are more changes to come! Not least due to October 31st!
Our Food & Beverage and our Kitchen Brigade noted in the last 18 months that there has been a significant rise in delegates requesting gluten-free, vegan and locally sourced products. With a steady increase in buffets being purely vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. Others wanting to know the traceability of the food on their plates.
All positive changes as it means we are getting more seasoned in the sector at reacting to changing trends and customer requirements. Plus it’s a powerful thing to think that more and more people are increasingly more interested in the ingredients we use.
We feel that in the future more event organisers will also be as concerned about the wastage, as well as the journey of their food to their plate. As we have seen an increase over the years in the ‘grab & go’ style food outlets, we believe delegates will be looking for these ‘street food’ style stations, that are more controlled and less harmful on the environment. We also believe that healthy choices with trends towards both natural and organic food will definitely not slow down but in fact speed up!
Working With You …
The one thing that we know for certain will not change is our desire to make sure we offer you the perfect service. Trends change, they come and they go, but our passion and motivation to ensure you have the best experience is here to stay.
If you’re a business looking to plan your 2020 stays, functions or events then contact us today. We have amazing corporate rates and delegate offers. Our hotel caters handsomely for business travellers with on-site parking, enterprise grade WI-FI, leisure complex and in-house restaurant. Our Superior Rooms make remote office work not only practical, but comfortable and enticing.
Join us for 2020 and beyond and let us look after your business needs.