The Big Festival Weekend - Alumni Events

Big Festival Weekend key events

The Big Festival Weekend: 20-21 June 

Plymouth University is delighted to invite you to join us for our biggest ever reunion weekend! This summer your university will  open the campus for an exciting programme of free events for alumni and their families.

We invite you to come back to Plymouth and enjoy all that the city and University have to offer. Reconnect with your friends from University and catch up on their lives since graduation!

This exciting two day programme of events for alumni and their families includes an ‘old school’ reunion in the Students' Union and campus tours to help you explore the University as it is now. This includes areas of the campus which are normally closed to the public, such as our unique COAST laboratory with its wave tanks and ship simulator.

Our alumni events 

Saturday 20 June

15.00-16.35: Alumni networking event 

An opportunity revisit the campus, grow your network of fellow Plymouth graduates, share your experiences and meet some of our current students. Book now*

20.00 till late: Students' Union Old School Reunion

Come and visit the newly renovated Students' Union for our 'old school' reunion. Join us for a reunion in the heart of the campus with complimentary drinks on arrival and music throughout the evening. Book now*

Sunday 21 June

11.00–13.00: Harbour cruise boat trip

Take to the water with friends and family and view the stunning coastline and heritage of Plymouth. Refreshments provided. Spaces are limited. Book now*

Alongside our specific alumni events we have a weekend of free activities planned across the campus. 

Reunite with your friends!

Why not organise a group of your fellow alumni to return to the University and take advantage of the programme on offer? The programme is designed to allow you to join in with as much or little as you wish. Our team is happy to help you contact graduates you may have lost touch with from your subject and/or year group. Social media is another great way of finding old university friends, and we can use our networks to help you.

This is a wonderful opportunity to return to Plymouth, spend the weekend exploring the University and city, revisit your old haunts, learn about the University today, reconnect and have a lot of fun!

To find out more email

We hope to see you there!


The Copthorne Hotel is kindly offering a discounted rate of £70 bed and breakfast (B&B) for single occupancy or £79 B&B for double occupancy for alumni and their families who are coming to Plymouth for this event. 

To secure your discount, please email or call the hotel to book and quote ‘Back to Plymouth Uni Weekend’.

Please note these discounted rates are subject to availability and early booking is advisable.

* This event is available to book online through Survey Monkey. Survey Monkey is a third-party data capture tool which is not owned or managed by Plymouth University. Information about how your data is treated can be found on Survey Monkey’s Privacy Policy page. If you wish to attend this event but do not wish to use Survey Monkey to book your place, please contact the events team directly.