Top Events 2016

BMAD Bike Nights (1 Jun 2016 – 28 Sep 2016) Every Wednesday 6 pm – 10 pm 1st June – 28th September, 2016 (except when Paignton Carnival bike night will take place, Thursday 28th July instead) BMAD started way back in 2002 with an idea by the founders of ‘Bikers Make A Difference’ Kelvin and […]

BMAD Bike Nights (1 Jun 2016 – 28 Sep 2016)


Every Wednesday 6 pm – 10 pm 1st June – 28th September, 2016 (except when Paignton Carnival bike night will take place, Thursday 28th July instead)
BMAD started way back in 2002 with an idea by the founders of ‘Bikers Make A Difference’ Kelvin and Jane Halloran, which was to have a social gathering of bikers on Paignton Seafront in Devon, they wanted to raise money for charity and have a good time as well. Over the years this is exactly what has happened, Paignton Bike Night finally saw its birth in 2003 and has gone on to become the longest running and largest regular social gathering of bikers in the South West of England.

Each year on Paignton Seafront there is regularly a mile of bikes parked side by side every Wednesday evening from May to Sept. Bikers mix with locals and holiday makers alike, the bikers enjoying chips, coffee or ice cream, the locals walk their dogs and the holiday makers stroll through the bikes enjoying the evening sunshine whilst walking off their evening meals! The atmosphere is wonderful!

Paignton Seafront
The Esplanade


Torbay Carnival Week 2016 (23 Jul 2016 – 31 Jul 2016)

Carnival Torbay

Paignton Green and other locations
Contact: Tel: 07709 092250


Torbay Half Marathon 2016 (26 Jun 2016)

Half Marathon

Paignton Green
Contact: Tel: 01803 690444

Occombe Farm Beer Festival 2016 (3 Jun 2016 – 4 Jun 2016)

Occombe Beer Festival

Friday, Saturday
Occombe Farm
Preston Down Road
Contact: Tel: 01803 520022

Bring along a thirst for sampling from the best of the region’s beverages washed down with live bands and dancing in the farmyard as we celebrate Occombe’s Annual Beer Festival.

You’re sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds amongst the 60+ range of beers, local ciders, perry, wine and even Pimm’s on offer, accompanied by delicious local foods including a hog roast and BBQs.

Occombe Beer Festival is a fundraising event run in aid of local conservation charity Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. For full details and tickets see

The International Agatha Christie Festival (14 Sep 2016 – 18 Sep 2016)

Agatha Christie Festival

Torre Abbey and other venues
Contact: Tel: 01803 211211

Based at Torre Abbey the International Agatha Christie Festival is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading literary festivals. The festival guide will be available on the official festival website: , where you can also subscribe to receive e-mail updates.

Torbay Air Show (10 Jun 2016 – 12 Jun 2016)

Air Show

Paignton Green

A spectacular Torbay Airshow will take place on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016 at Paignton Green.

Activities at this FREE event will run from Friday, 2pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm, and Sunday 10am to 6pm. It is estimated that 150,000 visitors will attend the event over the weekend.

Saturday 11 June will be Armed Forces Day with a range of military displays and a parade including military veterans. Evening aerial displays are planned for Friday 10 June with a VIP launch.

Land based activities will include a large event village on Paignton Green with entertainment, fair rides, bars and catering. There will also be enclosures such as VIP, Hurricane Hangout and Family Fly By areas, for which tickets will be sold.

A leading Airshow consultant has been recruited to book the planes and there may be opportunities to meet pilots on the ground. It is planned that the Torbay Airshow will be an annual event.

Brixham Pirate Festival 2016 (30 Apr 2016 – 1 May 2016)

Brixham Pirates

Brixham Town Centre

A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment! Please dress up if you can, whatever you can manage will be fine even if it is just an eye-patch! There will be LOTS of pirates in costume right through the weekend so you will fit right in. We stay in costume in the evening too.

Brixham was once home to marauding hoards of hell-bent pirates, and for a week each May the town returns to its piratical roots with the Brixham Pirate Festival, a swashbuckling mix of entertainment, reenactments and shows.  Budding young tyrants can witness an attack on the Golden Hind, while there’s plenty of grog and grub on offer for older coves.

For three days Brixham is awash with colour, as street performers such as jugglers and buskers come to show off their skills – and to take the town back to its dark and stormy days amid smugglers, privateers and the like. Who knows – you might come back with a few pieces of silver. Or at least a funny hat.