Get Away in May – Great Bank Holiday and Half Term Events in Torquay

May Bank holiday and half term events

If you’re lucky to live in this wonderful part of the world, or if you’re thinking of spending the May Half Term in Torquay, you can find out more about what events are taking place here. We are sure there’s something for everyone.

Torquay is full of events and activities this May bank holiday and half term. It’s the perfect time to really welcome the warmer weather and enables you to explore the great outdoors. Here’s what Torquay has in store for you over the May Bank Holiday Half Term:

Geopark Festival

Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark at this year’s Geopark Festival. A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay. Events all week will help you enjoy, explore and experience all of the different aspects of the Geopark. Brixham Heritage Museum have lots going on such as ‘From Bone Caves to Barracks’ and ‘Make Your Own Cave!’. Torquay Museum is holding a ‘Sharing a Shell’ event as well as a ‘Meet the Ancestors’ one. Fossil Hunts at Kents Cavern and the Paignton Geoplay Park’s 5th Birthday Party are more events taking place during the Festival. Full information can be found at their website.

BrixFest 2017

The multi-award-winning free family festival in Brixham, Torbay on 27th, 28th & 29th May 2017 with Fireworks, Kid’s Day, Live Music and more only and officially ending after the vintage car rally on May 31!

The fun begins Saturday May 27 with the Arts and Craft Market, live music and a spectacular firework display in Brixham inner harbour and ends on Wednesday May 31 Vintage Car Rally. On Sunday May 28, Dragon Boat Challenge at the Breakwater will take place. Monday May 29, Fantastic Free Children’s Day, Breakwater Beach. This is the best-attended event, with lots of hands-on fun – an art and craft pavilion, crabbing competition, Mermaid Trail, marine science experiments, theatre workshops, street performers, face painters and build-a-boat. AND ALL ARE FREE. This year the idyllic Devon fishing town of Brixham is both the backdrop for and star performer in the 6th BrixFest, because also on Bank Holiday Monday at Old Fish Market there’s a Chamber of Commerce funded Heritage Day vintage and traditional music; South Devon Players; Brixham Museum’s Brixham Cavern artefacts; knot tying and withy-pot making; vintage films of Brixham; and heritage sailboats.

Brixfest 2017

A National Lottery grant of £8,100 is funding an ambitious year-long BrixFest social history project to gather and archive audio and film testaments from locals who worked in the town’s traditional industries or experienced historic events. Some of these memories are to be used to illustrate the Brixham Heritage Trail which is to be launched on Tuesday May 30. As well as a printed guide, there’ll be a Pokémon-style mobile phone app will include audio and film clips of people’s experiences of the activities which took place at each historic location along the trail.

As part of a spectacular Trail  launch (Tues, 11am-4pm) there will be live enactments of historic events (such as the Great Gale and the Brixham Angels) by church choirs; musicians; and voluntary groups stationed at strategic points along the trail (which includes vintage sailing trawlers in the Harbour, the Battery Heritage Museum and gunnery tunnels and Brixham Cavern). All the details can be found at

Explore Occombe Farm and their ‘Secrets of our Geopark Quest’!

Occombe Farm is a working farm in South Devon that is open to the public. There’s no charge to come and visit us and parking is free, so wander around the farm and explore our fantastic 2km nature trail, bustling with wildlife and beautiful views of the surrounding woodland. From 27 May 2017 – 4 June 2017 Occombe Farm are holding a Geopark Quest. During the holidays come and discover the secrets of Torbay. Follow their quest to unearth these hidden natural stories! Times are 10.00-15.00 and quests are available from the Occombe Farm Kiosk, cost £2.50 and is suitable for all ages.

Torbay Air Show 2017
Fantastic Torbay Airshow Line-up

Torbay Airshow will return this June with breathtaking air displays over the stunning South Devon bay. The two day show will take place over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June on Paignton Green offering free entertainment for all the family.

The Bay provides a stunning natural amphitheatre for viewing the airshow, providing a perfect location for a large coastal airshow. The event is free to attend, with parking available to purchase in advance.

The action-packed flying programme will take place over two full afternoons on Saturday and Sunday alongside ground displays, entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering within the event village on Paignton Green. Read our Torbay Airshow Blog.

Visit TLH Leisure Resort, Torquay

If you’re looking for a great hotel in Torquay and want a weekend away, have a look at our great offers here at TLH Leisure Resort, Torquay. With great facilities on-site and only 5 minutes from the seafront, we really are the perfect place to stay over the May Bank Holiday and Half Term!

Sally Starling

Sally Starling

Marketing Assistant at TLH Leisure Resort
Second generation full 'Torquinian'. Big fan of the great outdoors and all things unusual.
Sally Starling

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