Paignton Festival is a very good event that takes places every year during the summer months of July and August. There is an amazing atmosphere and fun for all the family, from clowns to live music there is something for everyone and I am excited to be bringing this to you.
With the name of the event changing for the year of 2017 we hope to bring you a lot more fun and entertainment while keeping the same ethos we’ve had for over 100 years. Since the first event in 1909 we have been run by a small, dedicated team of volunteers and committee members and solely from donations from our main sponsors Anderton & Rowlands Fun Fair and Babbacombe Inn, also from local businesses and traders, as well as from members of the local public.
As the years go on, Paignton Festival is proud to be one of, if not the best events put on in the south west, and with no entry fee, we feel that we have the edge over some of our main competitors.
Despite the new name of Paignton Festival, Torbay Carnival is not gone for good, as the procession night will up keep that name.
The structure of the event will remain the same, with the party on the green taking place on the opening night, the procession taking place on the Wednesday and Dubs on the Beach taking place on the last Sunday.
Lockdown Festival at POWDERHAM CASTLE
We are delighted to confirm that LOCKDOWN, the South‐West’s biggest dance music
festival, will return to the magnificent Powderham Castle, Exeter on the weekend of
the 1st to the 3rd of September 2017.
Acts already confirmed:
DIZZEE RASCAL, WILEY, WILKINSON DJ, SIGMA DJ, GORGON CITY DJ, BASEMENT JAXX DJ
SET, AJ TRACEY, BECKY HILL, SASASAS, TQD, JAX JONES, SAM WHITMORE, J.MASSISION,
SAM DEVINE, METRIX, MY NU LENG, CONGO NATTY + MANY MORE
Many more LIVE acts and DJ’s to be announced. Huge headline act for Saturday night main stage TBA.
LOCKDOWN will be spread across four stages over the 3 days, and will feature well‐known
brands such UKF, Hospitality, Playaz, Hatcha & Friends and Garage Nation stages, with more TBA.
Camping will be available on site from Friday 1st ‐ Monday 4h September, with free hot
showers in the camping area.
For further details and to book tickets, visit www.lockdownfestival.com
Fishstock Brixham ~ 9th September 2017
Fishstock Brixham, the English Riviera’s renowned urban music and seafood festival takes place at the new Fish Quay on Brixham’s picturesque fishing harbour. The one-day event was last held on Saturday 10th September 2016 with the seafood show running all day and the music show continuing throughout the evening.
A real hit for the whole family, thousands of visitors regularly enjoy tasting the delicious seafood and marvel at the live theatre cooking demonstrations with some of the English Riviera’s most famous chefs. There’s a big music stage with a vibrant programme of live entertainment, visits to working fishing trawlers and heritage vessels on the quayside plus lots of fun activities for the children. There will be local food and drink producers, a wide range of maritime display stands and lots of fascinating insights into the marine environment.
The event is held in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission which overlooks the Fish Market.
Expert demonstrations – watch fishmongers and chefs prepare and cook fresh Brixham fish.
Buy and try! Sample some the ocean’s bounty with the finest of South West food and drink.
The International Agatha Christie Festival 2017
Celebrate 100 years of Agatha Christie’s creativity and the creation of Hercule Poirot this September.
Thursday 15th September marks the birthday of the Queen of Crime, and her birthplace of Torquay is hosting a very special event to celebrate 100 years since she wrote her first published novel. It was in 1916, aged just 26, that Agatha wrote The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the novel that introduced Hercule Poirot to the world.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of Poirot, the latest adventure of the Belgian detective, Closed Casket, will be published globally on 6th September. The author of the book, Sophie Hannah, herself a passionate Agatha Christie fan, will be in Torquay for the birthday celebrations, answering your questions on her inspiration and discussing her love of Christie. Find out more about the mystery, listen to Sophie’s anecdotes, and bag yourself a signed copy.
The programme includes an exclusive early evening event with Royal Mail, who will launch a special anniversary set of Agatha Christie stamps nationally that very same day, inspired by Christie’s extraordinary creativity. Hear from the stamp designer about the inspiration behind the designs, and from Royal Mail’s Editorial Manager on the process from design, through royal approval, to print.
The birthday event will be topped and tailed by Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson. Mathew will open the celebrations with a reading of the famous short story The Witness for the Prosecution, first published in 1925 and shortly to be adapted into a major new BBC production by Sarah Phelps, the screenwriter behind last Christmas’ big hitter And Then There Were None, starring Aidan Turner and Charles Dance.
The evening will draw to a close as fans join Mathew to raise a birthday glass to Dame Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime.
In addition, there will be book signings from artist Tom Adams, famous for his Fontana Agatha Christie covers of the 1960s and 1970s, and from Dr John Curran, who has recently released a dual volume of his Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks.