Apr
7
Fri
Grinagog Festival Torquay @ Torre Abbey + Various Locations
Apr 7 – Apr 9 all-day

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Grinagog Festival Torquay 2017

A WEEKEND OF MUDLESS MISCHIEF BY THE SEA!

Over 200 acts across Torquay from the people behind the music at Glastonbury’s Shangri-La.

From award-winning festival producers Continental Drifts, the musical heart and soul behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-la, Bestival’s Caravanserai, Boomtown’s Ballroom Stage and Wilderness’ Carousel, comes a brand new addition to the Spring Festival calendar. For the first time, a world-class music festival will descend on the beautiful seaside town of Torquay for a weekend of escapism and adventure to transform even the most jaded festival goer into a tropical, grinning party monster!

A myriad of musical genres will be represented across 15 stages, ranging from the beautiful historical 12th century Torre Abbey to bustling harbourside nightclubs and rock venues with over 200 live bands, solo artists, and DJs. All this alongside street performers, art installations, talks and workshops, award-winning food, outdoor pursuits and much more. With a “No Mud Guarantee,” palm trees aplenty and adventures big and small; get ready to escape the humdrum with Grinagog in Torquay against the backdrop of the stunning English Riviera.

Torquay is part of the Geo Park-status English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay, and is formed by other towns of Paignton and Brixham. A popular seaside tourist destination for well over a century, Torquay has well-established travel links with the rest of the country.

*** Music ~ Arts & Culture ~ Families & Teens ***

Sep
13
Wed
Agatha Christie International Festival 2017 @ Various Agatha Christie Locations
Sep 13 – Sep 17 all-day
Agatha Christie International Festival 2017 @ Various Agatha Christie Locations | Torquay | United Kingdom

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.