23rd – 31st July 2016
You may be surprised to know that Torbay Carnival has been running for over 100 years.
It was originally held on one night – procession night – but over the years we have grown and now we run over nine days of free entertainment for all the family. We do all this to help raise money for local charities and organisations.
3rd August 2016
The famous Cockington Fayre. Come and join in a traditional old English village summer fair in beautiful Cockington. ‘A Great Family Day Out’ in the grounds of the historical Cockington Court.
GERRY COTTLES WOW CIRCUS
ROLL UP, ROLL UP: New for 2016 , Gerry Cottle is back with his sensational WOW CIRCUS – a high-energy family show featuring a new generation of vibrant young performers against an infectious, non-stop Rock and Pop soundtrack.
Driven by all our favourite music from the last 60 years accompanying an awe-inspiring line-up of the world’s greatest acts in circus, comedy and magic for LIVE entertainment to thrill and astonish all ages.
From Romania, the amazing hand balancing and trapeze skills of Mikal Ionescu who recently starred on Britain’s Got Talent. From America and Holland, the comedy illusions of Scott and Mureil, Gold Clown Award winners from the Monte Carlo Circus Festival. From Africa, the whirlwind acrobatics of the Tanzanian Tornadoes, and from France, the hilarious comedy talents of Coreo Hazzard who juggles ping pong balls with his mouth and ends up inside a giant balloon.
TORBAY STEAM FAIR
5th – 7th August 2016
Torbay Steam Fair is now one of the biggest events on the English Riviera events calendar and attracts visitors from far and wide.
Situated just outside Brixham on the main A3022, this 3 day event is a must for all the family.
Come and view the wonderful working steam engines, vintage, and classic cars, lorries, military displays, market stalls and so much more.
Craft and Model Tent
Awning Displays and Charity Stalls
Beer and Tea Tents
A truly special day out, one not to be missed!
6th – 14th August 2016
Paignton Regatta is a good old-fashioned week of traditional seaside fun, mainly taking place on and around Paignton Green.
To mark the 169th year of Paignton Regatta there is a whole host of events happening on Paignton Sea Front.
(awaiting further details)
More information can be located at www.paigntonregatta.org or facebook: www.facebook.com/paignton.regatta
Torbay Lifeboat Week 12th – 14th August 2016
For nearly 140 years Torbay Lifeboat Station has operated an all-weather lifeboat and today the station also has an inshore D class lifeboat. The crews have a remarkable history of bravery with 52 awards for gallantry.
Our Station is among the busier lifeboat stations in the Country and can anticipate around 100 launches in any one year. Brixham is a busy fishing port, there are five large marinas within our operational area together with leisure and yacht clubs, water skiing, para gliding, diving, cliffs (climbing, walks and falls!) – in fact any water activity you can think of probably occurs in our area.
Torbay Lifeboat Station based in Brixham close to the famous Breakwater becomes the centre of a series of events planned by the local volunteers and sponsors for the whole family. Full details are listed on the web site www.torbaylifeboat.org.uk and in printed programmes.
2016, INTERNATIONAL AGATHA CHRISTIE FESTIVAL, TORQUAY
Discover Agatha Christie’s Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.
Agatha Christie, the world’s most famous crime writer, was born in Torquay in 1890. Many of the English Riviera’s locations can be recognized in her novels.
From the Agatha Christie Mile to the Agatha Christie Festival and her beloved estate at Greenway, the English Riviera is the place to discover the real Christie.
The International Agatha Christie Festival dates always fall around the 15th September, to celebrate Agatha’s birthday. The programme includes guest author talks from leading crime writers, murder mystery dinners, tea parties and much more.
Drift back into the style and opulence of the Jazz Age as you retrace Agatha’s steps on the Agatha Christie Literary Trail based on the 20 special places that inspired her life and works.
There’s also the famous Agatha Christie Mile in Torquay, which takes people to some of the additional places that were so special to her in her younger years.
Agatha Christie – Two Day Guided Packages.
Agatha Christie tour packages are now available through participating Hotels.
The features are that these tours are exclusive guided tours of Torquay Museum’s Christie Gallery, Torre Abbey’s Christie Poison Plants Garden, the National Trust’s Greenway House (Christies South Devon Home) via the Dartmouth Steam Railway, and a murder mystery.
Book these tours at www.englishriviera.co.uk
- Visit Torquay Museum to see its large collection of Agatha Christie memorabilia.
- Visit “Greenway” Agatha Christies home in Devon. This is now administered by the National Trust and is a must see