Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll find our top 10 list of summer events in and around Torquay an invaluable guide.
Are you feeling brave? Can you hold your nerve as you walk around the dimly lit passages of these ancient caves with stories and supernatural events. This tour is designed to get the heart rate going and make you jump. It is not recommended for under 8s. It’s scary, really it is! One price for adults and children over 8. Booking confirmation includes a FREE PARKING voucher. Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 4th July to the 31st August.
Paignton Festival was previously known as Torbay Carnival. After around 75 years of the same name, we feel that change is good, however Torbay Carnival is not gone and forgotten, as the procession night will keep this name. Despite the new name, they have the same ethos since the event started, to raise money for local charities. Paignton Festival is run by a small team of dedicated volunteers, who rely solely off donations from the public and local businesses and traders. This year the event dates are 27 – 4 August 2019. See their website for a full programme.
The Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike join in the celebrations. Events throughout the afternoon include local arts, crafts and food stands, falconry displays, games and even a novelty dog show! The event takes place on the Village Green and is open from midday.
Pirate Thursdays are held during the Spring and Summer school holidays where the majority of shenanigans will be held under the Old Fish Market on Brixham harbour side. Piratical fun for the young and young at heart, engaging with locals and visitors alike. A great opportunity to join in the amusing antics and have a great free day out. Their naughty deeds include Soak the Pirate as well as Balloon modelling, Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts Workshops, Fancy Dress competitions, Photo Shoots, Live Music, plus much more.
The historical village of Cockington is worth a visit at any time, but the Cockington Fayre encapsulates everything a traditional old English village fair should be. Food and drink stalls, local arts and crafts, games and lots of family fun are to be found in the grounds of Cockington Court. The Fayre is on Wednesday 7th August.
A family – friendly interactive summer exhibition that explores the fascinating world of animal skeletons, which have evolved into a mind – boggling variety of forms since the first vertebrates appeared around 520 million years ago. 25 May 2019 – 8 September 2019
Many local people have grown up with Children’s Week and as usual, there will be a packed programme of performances, workshops and events taking place on Paignton Green, the majority of which are completely free. The fun starts on 20 – 24 Aug 2019. More information can be found on their website.
Our hugely popular Open Air Cinema Festival returns for the third year. Set under the stars amongst the stunning romantic ruins of the Abbey’s award winning gardens, popular blockbuster movies, some cult classics and family favourites will be screened over eight nights.
Torbay Steam Fair is now one of the biggest events on the English Riviera events calendar and attracts visitors from far and wide. Taking place on 2-4 August 2019 and is situated just outside Brixham on the main A3022. This is a 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. Children’s Entertainment, Craft and Model Tent, Awning Displays and Charity Stalls, Catering Facilities, Beer and Tea Tents. A truly special day out, one not to be missed!
Dubs at the Beach is back on the 4th August 2019. As in the previous years the show will have its very own auto-jumble, trade stalls, kids entertainment, refreshments and more. Over the past years the show has been a massive success with Volkswagen enthusiasts coming from all over the country and this year we want the show to be bigger and better than ever and aim to fill the green capacity.
Our list is by no means exhaustive. Torquay and its neighbouring towns of Paignton and Brixham really come alive during the summer months and you’ll find tons of other events and attractions to keep you and your family busy. For the best ‘what’s on’ listing, take a look at the English Riviera Tourism Company. And if you’re heading to Torquay this summer, why not subscribe to our blog to pick up more tips and insights into where to go and what to see.