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.
The Torbay Royal Regatta, one of the oldest such events in the country, once again takes place at the end of August from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th. This year sees an exciting new format with three days of racing over the Bank Holiday Weekend, followed by the Royal Regatta Anniversary Challenge Cup Races taking place on Tuesday 28th 2018.
The regatta will feature the VX One Sportsboat Class National Championship and the 29er Class Summer Championship (a new event this year) and will offer competitive racing for IRC Yachts, Cruisers, Sportsboats, Junior Dinghies, Asymmetric and Non-Asymmetric Dinghies.
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 1st July to the 28th 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 21 – 29 July 2018. See their website for a full programme.
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. Pirate Thursdays run from Thursday 26th July until Thursday 30th August.
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 1st August.
Fans of LEGO®, big and small, are in for a rare treat this summer as a large and exciting exhibition, entitled Brick Built, goes on show at Torquay Museum, showcasing some amazing and enormous models made entirely of LEGO® bricks.
The Brick Built exhibition has been especially created for Torquay Museum by LEGO® artist Warren Elsmore. Visitors can enjoy a celebration of architecture from three of the world’s great cities: New York, Paris and London. They can also discover a selection of the wonders of the world in miniature: historic, modern and natural. The exhibition runs from 25th May until 8th September.
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 14th to 18th August. More information can be found on their website.
Bring your project and join other like minded crafters for a relaxed afternoon of creativity, sharing tips and ideas over tea and cake. Basic art room resources provided. Every Thursday 1pm – 3pm. Donations welcome. No booking required.
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. 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 for 2018. 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.
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