Plymouth, a port city in Devon, is known for its maritime heritage. Sutton Harbour is home to the National Marine Aquarium which is definitely worth a visit. The Mayflower Steps are where the Pilgrim Fathers famously set sail for The New World and not too far from the city is Dartmoor Zoological Park which is home of the Hollywood Movie “We bought a zoo”. It’s set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland on the edge of Dartmoor and has the largest variety of big cats in the region!

More to see around Plymouth:

The Plymouth Mystery Trail can be found at The Plymouth Mystery Treasure Trail, Royal Parade, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 1EW. Follow the self-guided trail, solve the clues and see the local sights…

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is based at Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AJ and houses extensive collections of fine art, human history, decorative art and natural history. During the year there are hundreds of events and activities so check out what’s on before you visit.

If you want to hit the water, then Plymouth Boat Trips may be your thing. Find their HQ at 2-5 Commercial Wharf, Madeira Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2NX where you can enjoy a private charter or sight-seeing cruise or party-night. Their foot-ferries connect Plymouth to Devon and Cornwall.

Wembury Beach is definitely worth a visit. Owned by the National Trust, it has its own Marine Conservation Centre and you can also go on one of their guided “rock pool rambles”. The beach is sand and shale and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Plymouth City Centre is vibrant with an array of independent stores and the usual high street brands. Drake Circus is the most well-known popular shopping centre in the South West and apparently Alan Sugar likes to shop for his watches at Luxury Independent Jeweller Michael Spiers! In the West End, you will find the Plymouth Market which is usually home to around 150 stalls.

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What’s the difference between a Civil Partnership and Marriage?

In 2019 the Civil Partnership (opposite Sex Couples) Regulation 2019 allowed opposite-sex partners to also enter into civil partnerships. This made everything equal for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. A man and woman no longer have to get married; they can enter into an agreement without saying vows. A civil partnership is formed by signing the civil partnership document in front of witnesses and a registrar.

As of December 31st 2019 both sets of couples could enter into a civil partnership. Civil Partnerships were originally introduced in the early 2000’s by the Civil Partnership Act 2004 for same-sex couples, to “bridge the gap” before the law around same-sex marriage was introduced. The act finally enabled same-sex couples to form a legal bond similar to a marriage and have the same rights around things such as inheritance.

Of course, money can be tight when you are getting divorced and South West Family Law recognise this. They say, “we can help in all aspects of family law including divorce, financial settlements, child contact and residence issues, prenuptial and separation agreements and issues involving civil partnerships. Our hourly charging rate is £150 per hour plus VAT and we offer a free initial interview. We offer a fixed fee for divorce of £300 plus VAT and court fees.”  South West Family Law are based at Kelson House, Bakers Lane, Chilcompton in Somerset, BA3 4EW but look after clients in Bath, Bristol and Radstock.

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Mary-Ellen Glasgow has been supporting people for the past 25 years and is based in Devon. Mary-Ellen is very approachable so contact her for a chat about what you are going through.


Louise Barnes is a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist based in beautiful and quaint Cullompton in Devon – she offers a free initial consultation, so do get in touch with her.

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