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Finding good quality entertainment leisure centres in the south west isnt easy, especially in the Devon and Cornwall area's.
Plymouth Pavilions is the best place you can visit.
There is a swimming pool with slides, an ice rink and an entertainment arena which is host to some of the best national groups and productions. There is also food venues at the pavilions.
The ice rink is a decent size and there are various sessions ranging from skate and coffee, general skating, skating lessons, ice hockey and skating discos. You can hire your own skates or take your own and there are also lockers available to put your shoes in for a returnable 20 pence.
The swiiming 'fun' pool has two slides, wave machine and a jacuzzi. There are also different sessions for the pool, toddlers, young and disabled, general sessions, inflatables and swimming lessons.
The entertainment venue has a variety of acts over the year, top names include Girls aloud, tickets can be booked a head at the booking office and quite often through ticket master.
As a whole Plymouth Pavilions is an all round good entertainment complex thats is reasonably prices and also has good disabled access.
Plymouth Pavilions used to be the prime swimming/skating location, well the only ice skating place in the South West. Nowadays I feel the Pavilions have gone a little un-noticed, due to the new shopping complex up the other end of town drawing the people in.
I have been using the Pavilions for the past 7 years and it has seen highs and lows. It's facilities include ice skating, swimming, concerts, ceremonies etc. I have to say I have seen the prices go up considerably. I used to pay about £2.50 for ice skating years ago and now it is nearer £6 - I know it is like most places, but i think alot of people in plymouth have stopped coming here due to the prices. The ice skating rink itself is a little on the small side and the ice can sometimes be very bumpy - which I do not think is very good. The leisure pool though has several shutes and a jaquzzi and the water is alot warmer than general pools. It is a really nice pool for children - with a ship reck also in the pool that the kids can explore.
The concerts here are also worth a mention - they host bands such as The Feeling, Will Young and Avril Lavigne. Although the arena is smaller than places you get up country - I think it helps the south west get on the map more (as it were). I went to see Daniel Bedingfield several years ago and because it was a smaller areana it felt more personal - which i quite liked.
Overall this place needs a little investment and TLC i feel. I think that the facilities are good but could be made even better.
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