I was fortunate to spend some time over the October half term down in Devon visiting family and used the opportunity to catch up for a chat with our team in Plymouth, who do a great job covering the Southwest! Nicky Conner (station manager) was very keen to add her ten pence worth of comments on Plymouth and activity in the Southwest…
Hi, I’m Nicky, and following the trend being set by our colleagues on the South Coast I thought it was about time the glorious South West got a posting! I am based in Plymouth where we have 2 locations – one at Plymouth Airport and one in the City. Our team comprises of Myself, Jackie, Sophie and Dave – all of whom are always ready with a smile!
Our central location is situated in the Cattedown area of Plymouth just 2 minutes walk from Queen Annes Battery (QAB for all you sailing enthusiasts!) and the National Aquarium which boasts the largest tank in Europe. We are also just 5 minutes walk from the Historic Barbican area, where by day you can browse the Antique shops, sample cream teas made with locally produced clotted cream, visit the Mayflower Steps (the point where Sir Walter Raleigh set sail from for America) or even take a tour around the Plymouth Gin Distillery. I am told sampling is a must!
By night the Barbican has something to offer everyone: bars, night clubs and a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes. It is even home to Plymouth’s very own celebrity chefs, the Tanner Brothers (fans of TV cookery programmes will know who they are!). Adjacent to the Barbican we have The Hoe (this has confused many a visitor to Plymouth!), where you can visit the spot where Sir Francis Drake played Boules, climb to the top of Smeatons Tower Lighthouse or just relax and take in the glorious views around you.
If nature is more your thing then Dartmoor National Park is a short drive from Plymouth with its rugged landscapes and Tors to keep you busy. Not forgetting the beaches – Devon and Cornwall are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, if not the world!
If after visiting all the sites, sampling cream teas, pasties and Plymouth Gin you fancy some shopping then Plymouth’s new Drake Circus shopping Centre is the place to visit with something for everyone.
Our Plymouth Airport office is based in the terminal building at the Airport and we are partners with Air South West who have recently announced new flight routes from Leeds, Glasgow, Dublin, Cork and France (starting in April) in addition to the current routes to Gatwick, Manchester and the Channel Islands.
And to finish, I can’t go without continuing the trend and mentioning Plymouth Argyle who are currently holding their own in the Championship so watch out Portsmouth and Southampton!
Nicky Conner – Station Manager, Plymouth