27th May – 4th June 2017
Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark at this years Geopark Festival . A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay.
There’s a range of events all week that can help you enjoy, explore and experience all of the different aspects of the Geopark.
A landscape untouched by glaciation, revealing stories unseen elsewhere in the world. Stories of tropical seas and scorching deserts, raised beaches and drowned forests, hippopotami and mammoth, straight-tusked elephant and sabre-toothed tiger, cave bear and earliest man…
TORBAY AIR SHOW
3rd & 4th June 2017
The inaugural Torbay Airshow in 2016 was a huge success and the Bay’s unique curvature lends itself to high quality aviation aerobatics, with both hi-tech aircraft and vintage war birds taking to the skies.
Some of the best military and civilian airshow performers will soar through the skies over Torbay
We are delighted to say, that some of the best military and civilian airshow performers will soar through the skies once again over Torbay on 3rd and 4th June 2017.
Entry to the airshow is FREE with the best viewing area at Paignton Green, where there are a number of options for you and your family to upgrade your visit for a truly memorable weekend.
Babbacombe Ukulele Festival – 3rd Year
Live Music all day down on Oddicombe Beach from a host of Great Ukulele bands – Free to enjoy.
At the time of posting this event we have eight Ukulele clubs performing during the course of the day. each performing in 30 minute sessions. Solo artists will also fill in between bands. Join us and enjoy a singalong,
We have local service providers like Babbacombe Cliff Railway and 3 Degrees Cafe supporting us in making your day an enjoyable experience.
- * The Festival is sponsored by Babbacombe Cliff Railway.
English Riviera Dance Festival
This annual event is organised & presented by Claire and James Taplin and Holiday & Dance with support from festival originator Philip Wylie. This is the perfect dance break for social, leisure and competitive dancers.
• Great music for dancing and listening
• Watching World Class Dancers in Cabaret
• Learn & Improve dance sessions in a fun and friendly atmosphere
• Complimentary Master classes
• General dancing & social teach-ins
• Evening Social Dancing and Gala Dance Evenings
Dancing takes place in the Warwick and Richmond Ballrooms at the Victoria Hotel during the daytime and evening, with Master classes, Practice sessions, Social Dancing and Learn and Improve sessions.
Two Days of live music, superb beer and a feast of food
Occombe Beer Festival is back on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017 with beer and cider tasting, live music and a feast of food.
As Torbay’s only festival on a working farm, the foot-stomping line-up is yet to be confirmed.
To give you an idea, the 2016 line up included: Friday: Wille and the Bandits, Sound of the Sirens, Rich Cottell, Alex Hart, True Bass, and Saturday: Silent Alarm, MBP, Society Rocks, 3BF, Riviera Dogs and New Daze. With 100% of festival profits going to Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, to protect the places we love – Berry Head, Ansteys Cove, Occombe Farm and Cockington – this festival offers good times that do good. Plenty of reasons to SAVE THE DATE, grab your pals, buy tickets (February 2017) and head down to the farm.
This quirky race is when Brixhams Modern working fishing fleet lets its hair down.
Skippers dress the boats with bunting and battle it out with two-lap race around the Bay and fun and festivities on the quayside all raising money for local charities.
The winner is not always the first across the line as there is a very strict handicapping system.
English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament 2017 ~ Torquay
The English Riviera welcomes all bowlers to participate in this friendly but competitive tournament.
Over the years bowlers from all parts of the U.K. as well as from Holland, South Africa and Australia have participated.
We endeavour to provide good facilities and bowling conditions at our three host clubs, Kings, Torquay and Victoria B.C.’s which are all located on the main Torquay sea front and within easy walking distance. We particularly thank those who have regularly supported us over the years, trust they will continue to do so and hopefully introduce new faces.
The tournament runs over an eight day period from Sunday to Sunday and will always be in the week which includes the third Monday in June.
Events programmed for 2017:- 18th to 25th June.
(new competition with enhanced prize money, open to all)
Men’s and Ladies Pairs – There will also be a limited entry “Consolation Men’s Pairs” for early round losers.
Men’s Triples and Mixed Pairs.
Each competition is played through to a conclusion so there is no “finals day”.
BABBACOMBE ROTARY FAYRE
21st June 2017
Babbacombe Downs comes alive with this wonderful community and charity based event.
A wide variety of stalls, activities, music, fun & games, in fact, one of the best family events in the bay, with plenty to interest adults and children alike.
TORBAY HALF MARATHON 2017
June 25th 2017 will see the 25th running of this very popular seaside event; with demand for places steadily growing, early entry to this event is advised, as we may well be full before race day.
The Torbay Half Marathon route is a traffic free two lap route which starts and finishes on Paignton seafront, taken in the stunning coastal views across Torbay. Starting with one lap of Paignton Green before heading towards Torquay, where the course will pass the historic Torre Abbey and by the Princess Gardens where you will start the return back to Paignton. See Course Map
£450 to first Male & Female finisher, is part of the extensive prize list worth over £3,000 and includes prizes for all age categories from age 17 to 65+ years,there is also an award for the best Fun Costume! All finishers will receive a Goody bag, Souvenir technical T-shirt, and Commemorative medal.
Rowlands Fun Fair & Amusements
The ever popular Rowlands Fun Fair returns to Torre Abbey Meadows once again in August 2017.
(Exact arrival and departure dates are provisional.)
There will be something to interest everyone, with rides and sideshow games for all the family.
Open from 2pm daily.
Seven generations of travelling showmen have made Rowlands Fun Fair and Amusements the family business that it is today.
Like those family members who came before him, David Rowland, current business manager and son of the late Albert Rowland of J Rowland and Sons, has a reputation for delivering the very best in fun fairs and amusements.
That reputation is thanks to the wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated over decades in the business.
There is a lot of history to this family firm.
Family members have served in both World Wars and throughout the lifetime of this great company the skills and expertise required to run a fun fair of the highest quality has been passed down from generation to generation.
Over the years we have worked with many local and national organisations which have benefitted from a reliable, professional service using equipment of the highest quality that offers the ultimate fun fair experience.