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How will you spend your evenings as a delegate of the UKELA Annual Conference 2020… 

The Box, Plymouth, Friday 26th June 2020

This evening we will have the opportunity to look around the newly opened Mayflower 400 Legend and Legacy exhibition and get a chance to look at the life size Woolly Mammoth moving into The Box.  After our time in the exhibition we will then enjoy a hot and cold buffet in the magnificent new foyer area, housing 14 ship figureheads from the Royal Navy collection.

At the time of writing, some of The Box’s exhibits are still under construction, so to see how the museum is unfolding, please take a look at their very informative website for more information on what you may be able to enjoy.

After party … if you are not quite ready to finish your evening when the Woolly Mammoth retires into bed, then you are welcome to pop across the road to The Roundabout Pub for the rest of your evening.  We have organised a DJ to help you dance the night away, requests are always encouraged!


National Marine Aquarium, Saturday 27th June 2020

We are very lucky to be dining in the tank rooms including the impressive shark tank at the UK’s largest aquarium, run by The Ocean Conservation Trust, an optimistic, people-focused conservation charity that is dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

Focusing on the two key areas of habitat restoration and behaviour change, it runs and funds a number of initiatives across the UK and worldwide, in countries including Ghana, Mozambique and the Galapagos Islands. The National Marine Aquarium is one of its major initiatives and is run as a centre of Ocean excellence used to connect and engage people with the Ocean, starting exciting conversations and experiences that lay the foundation for life-long support of Ocean conservation and pro-Ocean behaviours.

If you would like more information on the good work that the Ocean Conservation Trust does, please follow this link


Saturday afternoon excursions, don’t forget to sign up for something, spaces on all tours are limited.  

All tours leave the Roland Levinksy Building foyer at 3pm on foot, there is a short (max 20m) walk to each of the tour start points.  There will be a member of the UKELA events team to walk with each group and meet your tour guide.  Make sure you have good walking shoes. We do hope that the weather will be kind, however please make sure you do have everything you might need to be outdoors.


Plymouth Gin Distillery Tour


£12.50, 40 minute tour

15 minute walk from the Roland Levinsky Building, tour starts at 3:30pm. Meet outside the RLB at 3pm.

This tour involves a fascinating overview of the history of the Distillery as well as an introduction to the Plymouth Gin distillation process and the botanicals which are used. Visitors also participate in a short tutored tasting of Plymouth Gin Original, Plymouth Sloe Gin and Plymouth Fruit Cup. At the end of the tour guests can choose between a complimentary miniature of Plymouth Gin to take home or enjoy a Plymouth Gin and Tonic at the Refectory Bar.


The Mayflower 400 & Plymouth Harbour Cruise


£23, 1 hour tour

20 minute walk from the Roland Levinsky Building, tour starts at 3:30pm. Meet outside the RLB at 3pm. 

New, one hour, Mayflower Heritage and Plymouth Harbour Cruise departs at 3:30pm from The Barbican Landing Stage, adjacent to the Mayflower Steps, Plymouth.

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of this momentous journey, we set sail from where the Pilgrims departed, with informative commentary of the voyage and those on board. We then continue along the scenic River Tamar, to learn more about the rich history of Plymouth and its links to the US. From the Pilgrims of 1620 to the present day, we journey on to the Royal Naval Dockyard, where mighty warships and submarines await.


Walking Tour of Waterfront, Plymouth Hoe & City Centre


£8, 1 hour tour

20 minute walk from the Roland Levinsky Building, tour starts at 3:30pm. Meet outside RLB at 3pm.

This option requires a moderate level of fitness. It follows a route from the waterfront to the City Centre, via Plymouth Hoe, where you can gaze out onto the historic Plymouth Sound. Your guide will recount tales of the voyagers that settled Australia, colonised New Zealand and mapped the Pacific, while taking you through this incredible city. Prepare to learn about groundbreaking discoveries that changed our understanding of the world and see other fascinating monuments, including perhaps the world’s most important lighthouse.


Mount Batten Beach Clean

Included is a return ferry to Mount Batten Beach -  If you are interested in this trip please check back soon, transport information is being gathered.





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