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Starting on Thursday 7th December and First Thursday of
Enjoy a Visit to TRAGO MILLS - read more
SeekaService is a wonderful useful directory for locals to keep until the next issue comes out. Full of information on events, useful phone numbers and how to find a service that you may require now or in the future. http://www.ilovesouthdevon.co.uk/SeekaService-Issue-1.pdf
Miles Dobson and James Sheppard won the 2017 Cowes Torquay Cowes with an average speed of 84.03 mph in the popular red hull of Halcyon Connect.
The winner to Torquay, A69 – Cougar driven by Richard Carr and Steve Curtis broke a power steering belt on the race back to Cowes, this after winning
an impressive outward leg at an average speed of 97.68 mph.
Mechanical troubles also befell Hendricks 55 driven by 2 time winner of the race Markus Hendricks. (Read on for more exciting information)
57 years of Powerboat Racing at Cowes -This Bank Holiday weekend (26th - 27th August) will see the 57th year of Offshore Powerboat Racing at Cowes.
It's time again for the world’s most prestigious offshore powerboat race, The Cowes to Torquay, Torquay to Cowes.
The Cowes - Torquay - Cowes race covers a distance of 190 nautical miles. The course record speed was set in 2015 by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Mal Crease and David Gandy driving Vector Martini Rosso at a staggering average speed of 94.55 mph. READ ON FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION
Torbay Tourism has just been sent the latest update from the official Cowes Torquay Cowes Race organisers for your information. According to the weather forecast for 27th August, cloudy and sunny. So great news for all your visitors.
As discussed, this is the outline programme for this year's event: read more overleaf...................................
The Cowes Torquay Cowes Offshore Powerboat Race is set to take place on Sunday, August 27th this year.
The 200-mile classic has long been recognized as one of powerboating’s toughest challenges, and comparisons have been made with motorsport events such as Le Mans and the Indy 500 and
around 20 boats are expected to be in the line-up and if the conditions are calm, the winner could complete the course in under three hours.
The 2015 winner Vector Martini Rosso (left) driven by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Mal Crease and David Gandy averaged the fastest course speed ever at 94.55 mph.
Only until the 21st May! Cockington Centre, Cockington Lane, Torquay. Send your visitors and try and find time to visit this remarkable free thought provoking photography exhibition yourself. From the portfolio of a very talented Exeter based photographer.
This event showcases pictures from his rollercoaster trips over the last 10 years, which have led him to visit abandoned theme parks, huge deserted industrial zones, underground medical facilities and secret military establishments.
A big thank you to the organisers - Sail Training International.
Two events are happening in Torbay in April 2017: The Small Ships Race (organised by ASTO, April 17th to 19th) and the Tall Ships Regatta (organised by Sail Training International, starting April 19th ).
A big thank you to the organisers - Sail Training International.
Two events are happening in Torbay in April 2017: The Small Ships Race (organised by ASTO, April 17th to 19th) and the Tall Ships Regatta (organised by Sail Training International, starting April 19th ).
Vessels taking part in the Small Ships Race include:
Percy Fawcett was born on 18 August 1867 in Torquay, Devon, England, to Edward Boyd Fawcett and Myra Elizabeth (née MacDougall).He received his education at Newton Abbot Proprietary College along with Bertram Fletcher Robinson. Percy Fawcett's father was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and his elder brother Edward Douglas Fawcett was a mountain climber, Eastern occultist and author of philosophical books
Book Launch – YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED. – RSVP BELOW.
The Torbay Tourism Association in conjunction with The Torbay Bookshop will be launching a new book published by HarperCollins:
The Riviera Express by T P Fielden.
This will be the first in a new series of 'Miss Dimont Mysteries' set on the English Riviera in the fictional town of Temple Regis.
Love South Devon? You will even more, with the publication of THE RIVIERA EXPRESS - the first in a brilliant new series of murder mysteries by local author TP Fielden. Centred on Temple Regis, 'the prettiest town in Devon', they feature 1950s detective Miss Dimont who works on the local newspaper by day and solves murder mysteries at night.
Mr Fielden says:
David Gandy - check our www.ilovesouthdevon.co.uk events calendar -
New tourism App specially commissioned to help our visitors find everything they are looking for. It's so easy to use a baby could do it! Looking forward to hundreds of visitors coming to Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton, Brixham, Salcombe, Teignmouth, Dartmouth, Shaldon, Dawlish Warren for their Christmas break and to having a wonderful 2017.
Pennywell Farm and the Golden Hind Museum Ship will work together in the summer and are delighted that the hugely popular piglets from the award winning Devon outdoor attraction Pennywell Farm, will visit the Golden Hind on TUESDAYS in August! Sir Francis Drake and his crew would have had pigs on board during their circumnavigation voyage in 1577 and it's a great opportunity to add to the on-board experience for visitors, helping to bring history to life.
The piglets have been aptly named Bosun and Pretty Officer.
The Pennywell pigs will be on-board the Golden Hind Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th August see www.goldenhind.co.uk
Filming of the 1st and 2nd episodes taking place in June. Due to limited spaces reserve your screen shot/airtime tonight to avoid disappointment.
Catering and hospitality students from the Mitch Tonks seafood academy at South Devon College are taking over the kitchens on Wednesday 18th May for a night of spectacular seafood with Mitch Tonks at Rockfish Brixham. Tickets are
GOOD NEWS 24.6% UP ON 2015!I LOVE SOUTH DEVON'S BRILLIANT DESTINATION HOLIDAY GUIDE-
We are delighted to have just received this email from our National Destination Company specialists in tourism marketing
PENNYWELL FARM WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD IN HIGHLY TARGETED CAMPAIGN VOTED BY THE PUBLIC!
South-Devon’s award winning family attraction, Pennywell Farm, have been voted the winners at Admedia’s Local Campaign Awards for the month of March.
I LOVE SOUTH DEVON'S BRILLIANT DESTINATION HOLIDAY GUIDE- GOOD NEWS!.
We are delighted to have just received this email from our National Destination Company specialists in tourism marketing.
Torbay Tourism is proud to be part of the marketing being done for the past, present and future seasons in Torbay.
Let’s look at what is going on to bring visitors to Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton, Brixham and South Devon to raise the profile of the area in valuable local, regional and national markets.
Torquay Coach Man Wins Prestigious Tourism Award
Torbay’s valuable year round coach trade received a boost of confidence when Alan Payling, owner of the Torquay based Coach Drivers Information Pack, was presented with the award for Coach Tourism Professional of the Year, 2016,
Although I was born in Budleigh Salterton (East Devon), I moved to South Devon more than 50 years ago when I got married. [My then boyfriend took me down to Lannacombe on the coast near East Prawle in the South Hams, produced a picnic and a bottle of wine and, having drunk most of it himself proposed).
A 100 day countdown to Torbay Airshow started from Wednesday 2 March.
This new spectacular event, with a breathtaking flying programme, on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016 at Paignton Green is one you will not want to miss.
BEYOND HEAVEN IN SOUTH DEVON – EVE WIGNALL MAKEUP ARTIST TO THE STARS.
Before finally moving to glorious South Devon I had visited with many film crews initially with the BBC - does anyone remember Dirty Den in prison! Grange Hill with all those lovely child actors up at Hay Tor on Dartmoor was another favourite. It was quite a sight to see the crew making kites out of their rain hats just for fun between takes.
Georgian Mansion with a Fascinating Past.
Fiona Freer is a retired teacher and author of “A Long Time Dying "
Hampton House in St. Marychurch, Torquay is now Abbey School – a private primary school with a warm, welcoming family atmosphere. I was lucky enough to work in the school for eleven years, and I loved the building and always wondered who had lived there in the past.
Unique Devon Tours is an award winning company offering exclusive driver guided tours of Devon and beyond for small groups of up to six people. We offer a series of pre-meditated one day tours, or tours can be tailor-made according to the interests of the people in the party. Also, multiple day tours are offered, and organisation of transfers, handpicked accommodation and meals are included as part of the service.
Tours are designed to be unique and exclusive where possible, hence Unique Devon Tours has linked up with many other attractions to provide private guided tours. Such places include Dartmoor Prison Museum, Exeter Cathedral, Coombe Trenchard Manor, Greenway, the Britannia Royal Naval College, Great Fulford, several vineyards and many other places.
LIGHTBULB MOMENT – WEDDINGS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.
The idea for Torbay.wedding came after chatting to some friends that had recently got engaged and they mentioned that when trying to find wedding suppliers they had two choices the first was Google where they had to go backwards and forwards searching each time for the type of supplier they were looking for.
In a boost to Torbay's valuable coach trade, Alan Payling of the Torquay based Coach Drivers Information Pack, has been shortlisted for a prestigious coach tourism industry award. Alan has been shortlisted for a National Coach Tourism Award, run by Coach Monthly magazine, in the category 'Coach Tourism Professional of the Year 2016'.
Torbay Tourism will be Exhibiting at this years South Devon Tourism and Business Show at the Riviera International Centre on Thursday 15th March , from 10am - 4pm.
Come along and see us on Stand 75 , bring your business card and you could win a Free Entry onto our exciting and easy to use web site , I Love South Devon.!
We are looking forward to welcoming members and prospective members at our stand, so don't miss out put this date in your diary ...
The Great British Breakfast !
In conjunction with South Devon College we are running a one day course that will cover the service elements of producing a quality cost effect breakfast for guests.
The content of the day will explore the quality points and selection of the ingredients used in for the preparation, cooking and presenting your cooked breakfast. The morning session will also look at the service elements of breakfast. You will be in our training kitchen using a range of equipment to evaluate the different methods used for preparation and cooking to ultimately produce the Great British Breakfast!
Genting Casino Torquay has a great line up of events starting with Chinese New Year !
Come along on the 8th February and enjoy a free Chinese Buffet and a Free to enter Prize drawn with will take place after midnight .
Collect prize draw tickets daily at the casino in Abbey Road between the 1st - 8th February.
Last week Torbay Tourism Ltd put out a call to action for any Accommodation providers that could help out people who have been caught up in the terrible floods in Cumbria.
This was our message that went out on Social Media ..
The South Devon Link Road Project has won one of the UK’s leading awards for its environmental activities, recognising the scheme’s sustainable and green credentials
Galliford Try, in partnership with Devon County Council and Torbay Council, was awarded a gold Green Apple award in the Waste Management category.
TORBAY TOURISM SUBMITS NOMINATION FOR COACH TRADE AWARD
The National Coach Tourism Awards run by the leading coach trade magazine, Coach Monthly, recognise excellence for those providing services to the coach trade. Torbay is without doubt one of the leading resorts for coach holidays in the UK. One of the categories for this award is for Coach Friendly Destination. Looking at the work that so many do in catering for the coach trade in Torbay, it is clear we provide a service that is second to none and as such deserves recognition from the coach industry, particularly now that the South Devon Highway nears completion which will make life so much easier for coach operators.
Join us here in Brixham as we celebrate the start of Christmas in style.
Brixham Christmas Market is on Saturday 28th November 2015 in the Scala Hall, from 10am to 7pm. The market will be filled with stalls selling Christmas gifts, cards, arts and crafts, helping you fill everything from your little sacks to gifts under the tree! BATS will be running the Cafe in the Function Room during the market times so you can rest your weary feet and enjoy hot or cold beverages, delicious food whilst finding out what's coming up in Brixham Theatre.
When launching our new 2016 Destination Guide , we though how as a Tourism and Marketing company can link up with what has to be one of the most important and significant projects that South Devon has seen in many years.
Simple, get a hard hat , ask the lovely people at Gallifordtry if we can use their stunning project as a back drop and work with a truly amazing company called Skyflicks Media to get a different and birds eye view of The South Devon Highway !
Just take a look at this video and see The Highway to Holiday Heaven !
Our 2016 guide is the ultimate free publication for South Devon and The English Riviera , combined with our web site you have everything you need to plan and book holiday, short break or just a day visit.
Guides can be ordered online, via our office or downloaded as a pdf , the choice is yours.
Remember I Love South Devon and I hope you do to !
Director of Marketing
I Love South Devon
Torbay Tourism Ltd
As promised here are the details of a few more displays for you all to enjoy in and around South Devon and the English Riviera.
Remember stay safe and stay warm ...
Sherwell Valley Primary School, in Torquay will be hosting their annual Bonfire Night Fireworks on November 5. There will be hot food available including burgers, hot dogs and home-made soup as well as hot and cold refreshments. The display starts at 5:30pm and will finish at 8:30pm, entry is charged at £4 per adult and £3 per child.
For the people in the know ,Brixham has always had a great variety of places to eat. From Fish and Chips to High Style cuisine, whatever tickles your taste buds, Brixham can supply.
One restaurant that has a long and loyal following is the Breakwater Bistro , situated in what must be one of the best spots in the bay, you can sit and watch the world pass by you byon their outdoor balcony or when a little chilly sit inside and watch the spectacular winter sea’s
Passengers travelling along the Riviera Line that links Exeter with Torbay are now benefiting from a more pleasant travelling experience as work on Torquay’s Grade II listed Station is now complete.
Since 2012 Torbay Council, Network Rail and First Great Western have worked in partnership to restore the stations and historic infrastructure across the Bay’s three rail stations. The work included refurbishing and aesthetically enhancing the stations by restoring their historic infrastructure and redecorating them in the traditional Riviera colours of poppy red, holly green and honeysuckle cream.
Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait exhibition at Torre Abbey Historic House
An exhibition of photographs, Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait: A Life in Photographs, offering a new insight into the life of world famous author will be at Torre Abbey Historic House between Saturday 12 September until Sunday 18 October.
Featuring never-before-seen photographs from the author’s private collection, the exhibition illustrates the life behind the works of the most widely published author of all time. Torre Abbey is the first venue outside of London to host this exhibition, complemented by a display of original letters and personal anecdotes from global fans collated as part of the #125Stories project.
Each image is accompanied by a quote in Christie’s own words, drawn from both published works and unpublished personal correspondence, beautifully capturing her thoughts and feelings from early childhood, through both marriages and her international adventures, to her years as a world famous author.
A timeline will sit alongside the pictures and mark the key milestones in Christie’s life, including the first performance of the world’s longest running play, The Mousetrap, and the publication of definitive works such as Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None.
The jewel in the crown of the exhibition will be a portrait of Agatha Christie by expressionist painter Oscar Kokoschka, painted in 1969 for Dame Agatha’s 80th birthday.
HMS MONMOUTH – RECEPTION AND CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION
1800 – 2130 on Friday 28 AUGUST 15
HMS MONMOUTH is due to visit Dartmouth in August 2015 for the Dartmouth Regatta and will be conducting a Reception and Capability Demonstration.
The Ship will be at anchor in the river and following the Red Arrows flying display (1815 – 1840) there will be a boat transfer to the ship which will depart from South Embankment at 1845, location shown on the map below. The Regatta will be operating their own Park and Ride this year for the first time, so that is where most people will be directed due to heavy traffic. For security reasons, a member of the Ship’s Company will control access onto the Ship and your Invitation will act as identification, therefore please ensure that you bring it with you.
September is the New August!
Down here in South Devon September is just a busy event wise as any month during our main season.
Coming down to visit us during September can be a real treat as the roads are just that bit quieter, parking is that bit easier to find and our weather, historically, is very pleasing indeed.
Book a short break or a long weekend and enjoy such wonderful events as the International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay Angling Festival, Fishstock, Heritage Open Days, International Power Boat racing... the list is endless.
So sit back and browse our web site all these great events and more, check out our accommodation pages and view, click and book... it’s that simple.
Image Courtesy of Chris Slack : http://www.chrisslack.com/
Everyone has their own special reason for visiting our great destination but one thing that we can guarantee is a list of evets like no other.
Family fun, fireworks, funfairs are the order of the day, with maritime and cultural events offering something for all tastes.
Sunday the 2nd August see's the start of Torbay's lifeboat week.
As always it features a packed program of events , with something for all the family.
Highlights include Fireworks and a Search and Rescue Demonstration on Sunday 9th, with Light up the Breakwater event on Saturday 8th.
Torbay and all the lifeboats around the county get no public money and rely on donations to keep running , so please do pop what ever you can in one of there collecting buckets or tins.
A full list of each days events with timings as available at http://www.ilovesouthdevon.co.uk/events-in-south-devon
Picture thanks to Chris Slack http://www.chrisslack.com/...
Torbay’s Velopark in Clennon Valley, Paignton, has just celebrated its one year anniversary.
The £800,000 facility was funded by both British Cycling and Torbay Council and has attracted over 11,000 community users in its first year.
The 1.5km closed road circuit offers professional coaching sessions provided by British Cycling qualified instructors. However, you don’t have to be an expert cyclist to enjoy the facility as it’s a good place to learn to ride or develop cycling skills for all the family and all ages. Learn to ride sessions and bikeability sessions are available at the Velopark too. There are also opportunities for multi-sport use and a roller skating club currently hires the circuit on Thursday evenings.
Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Community Services, Councillor Robert Excell, said: “The Velopark has proved to be a fantastic success over the past twelve months and an invaluable addition to Torbay’s sporting infrastructure. Open daily, the Velopark provides people of all riding abilities with a safe place to ride, have fun and keep fit together.”
Regional Development Manager for British Cycling, Will Newton, commented: "We’re very pleased with the cycling opportunities that our investment in Torbay Velopark has provided over the facility's first year of operation, for coaching and racing as well as recreational cycling participation.
“More people than ever before are riding their bikes in the UK and it is fantastic that the facility has performed so well in its first year. British Cycling looks forward to an increase in this activity as the circuit becomes more widely known both to Torbay residents and those further afield.”
The Velopark offers a variety of bikes to hire from £4, trikes and recumbent bikes are also offered. Prices to ride start at £1.50 per hour and there are several memberships available to regular users of the Park. Come and bring a picnic and have fun!
Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Our Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta leaflet is here! Keep a look out for it at our kiosks and booking offices and pick one up. It details our full programme of services and events for the famous Regatta (including cruises from Torbay)
Take a look at the full program details below.
DON’T MISS THE SPIRIT OF RIVIERA FRINGE FESTIVAL
This events is one of the highlights of the Torbay Events Calendar ... don't miss one moment of this packed program !
On 29th & 30th August 2015 at Princess Gardens (near the big wheel) and The Torbay Hotel, Torquay. Both days run from 10.30am-7.30pm with non-stop FREE entertainment and attractions.
Torbay Tourism will be taking delivery of new team member on Friday ... an Alpaca called George !
We are delighted to be taking part in the Torbay Schools Alpaca Trail which is a project that aims to promote the enjoyment of art in Torbay, and in addition a way of supporting the introduction of the requirement to study a South American country, in the new Primary National Curriculum.
The trail which officially opens on the 20th July at 1.30 at Occombe Farm covers the whole of Torbay with 34 Alpaca's to find.
The alpacas will be supplied by The Jolly Roger Company in Bovey Tracey. During the Summer Term, each school will paint their alpaca and have it installed on an ‘exhibit’ in a place where it can be easily seen. All 35 alpacas can then form part of a trail, which will be followed throughout Torbay. The alpacas can be viewed by pupils, families and the general public during the summer holidays. A trail leaflet will be produced which will include a map of Torbay and the location of all the alpacas. The trail opens on July 20th, watch this space for news and updates of this exciting project!
The trail leaflet can be down loaded from http://www.torbayalpacatrail.co.uk/#!the-trail/cf5y
We at Torbay Tourism think that this is a great way of getting children interested in art and we really hope you have as much fun following the trail and we will do hosting George !
Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens has teamed up with Play Torbay, a local leading provider of free play activities, to bring the Torre-ible Histories quest to the Abbey.
This weekend , 11th and 12th July , see's the return of the Brixham Hap'nin' in St Mary Park in Higher Brixham.
Two great days of local bands , tribute acts and lots of family fun.
There will be a licensed bar, trade stalls, food stalls, demonstrations, vintage rides , donkey rides and of cause a bouncy castle !
7pm: The DTS, followed by Tiny Folds , Old Ages Kicks and at 9.45pm Three Bags Full take to the stage .
Entertainment from mid day with acts including local schools , The Devon Players , Torbay Ukele Group and much more.
The Standbys take to the stage at 6.45 , followed by Tweak Freaks, Hendrix Alive Project. The Blues Brothers Collective rounds of the night at 9.40pm.
The whole festival is run by volunteers who raise money for good causes, including Brixhams Shoalstone Pool.
All timings are subject to change as is the running order.
It is worth noting there is no parking so please either take the short walk from the town centre, use the number 18 bus to St Marys Square or a taxi wont break the bank.
This is an amazing local event which is so welcoming to everyone, the music is great, lots for the kids so just come and enjoy what we have to offer higher Brixham !
Do you want to take home a Brand new Car !Our Car Giveaway promotion starts on Monday 2nd of March with a Grand Prize Draw on Saturday 29th of August.
Free Prize Draw Tickets are available on Every Visit to our casino.
You can collect extra tickets when playing our live tables, slot machines or when dining in our Fahrenheit Bar & Grill restaurant.
This weekend, Torquay's Cavendish Hotel is thrilled to be hosting an Irish Dance and Ceilidh!
Over the course of 3rd - 4th July, Cavendish Hotel will be joined by the Emerald Isle Irish Dance Team who will be performing live both evenings and offering free workshops on Saturday.
You will also be able to enjoy live music from amazing acts 'Pigs Might Fly' and 'Just Steve'.
Tickets cost just £4 per night.
We look forward to welcoming you with the luck o' the Irish!
New Torquay to Greenway House from Torquay.
Dartmouth Steam Rail and Riverboat Company have introduced a new bus trip from Torquay to Greenway House .
This gives visitors and residential alike a chance to visit Greenway without driving .
The bus which is number NT 5 is suitable for all persons and but has just 29 seats so make sure you book early to take advantage call in to our offices in Belgrave Road or call 01803 555872
Welsh National Opera returns for the final year of its three year residency and, as part of the wider Torbay Festival of Song, will be hosting a selection of spectacular concerts and family events priced only at £10 for adults and £5 for children.
The 2015 programme includes concerts at Princess Theatre and the Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC) and Torre Abbey and The Spanish Barn.
Amazing online coverage of the English Riviera yesterday with shots of Miss Devon on Torre Abbey Sands.
Showing what a great place this is ... you cant buy this sort of coverage , well you can at a very high price !
Click on the link to see what the Mail on Line are saying..
Babbacombe is to hold it's Armed Forces day on the 20th June 2015.
Britain's armed forces past, present and future will be honoured at a special event being staged in Torquay on Saturday 20th June, in partnership with the Babbacombe Festival. Veterans of several conflicts are expected to attend the annual Armed Forces Day, which has been organised by Torbay Council and supported by the Ministry of Defence and other local organisations.
Time table of events:
The Cambridge Student doctor Carina tyrrell who won the Miss England Grand final & Beach Beauty contest on Torre Abbey Beach returns to Torquay to meet the
finalists for Miss Devon 2015 & choose a winner to represent the beautiful county of Devon in Miss England . This is the first time Carina has returned since participating
in Miss World where she placed 4th ! The reigning Mr England Jordan Williams will
also be attending to announce the Miss Devon winner at Las Igunanas Abbey Sands later in the afternoon.
Rio comes to the Riviera …. A Night Out at Las Iguanas
To have a night out on a weekday is always a treat so when an invitation to sample Torquay’s newest dinning venue dropped into my inbox how could I say no.
Arriving in Torquay on a bright but slightly chilling May evening my friend and I parked up with ease and walked along to the area which has gained the name “The Strip”, its real name being Abbey Crescent.