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May Bank Holiday Events – Torbay

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Bank Holiday Events in Torbay from Friday 24th – Tuesday 28th May 2013. Please come and join in all the events and tweet your experiences to #torquay.

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24th – 25th May

Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta

The Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta has its roots in the Sailing Trawler races that have been held inTorbaysince the early 1800’s.

Contact: 07990 591126

24th – 26th May

Torbay Classic Powerboat Race

The Torbay Classic Powerboat Race in conjunction with the Puma Imperial Hotel will take place in Torquay on 25th and 26th May. Meet the teams and view the raceboats from Friday 24th May on Haldon Pier. First race is Saturday 25th May at3.00pm. Sunday racing starts at12.30pm.

24th May

Battle Ship Party Boat

Join us aboard our Battle Ship for a 2 hour cruise of the bay departing from either Torquay or Brixham. Only £5.00 if you pre-book or £10 on the night. FREE: Minesweeper Cocktail to all Personnel! Departing Torquay7.30 pm–9.30 pm. Departing Brixham8 pm – 9.50 pm.

Contact: 01803 882811 /

24th May

Jack Dee at the Princess Theatre

Contact: 0844 871 3023 /

25th May

Occombe Garden – Share the Harvest!

Come toOccombeGardenfor a tour of our veg patch and discover how we grow vegetables from plot to plate for our innovative Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme.

  • Meet: OccombeCommunityGarden
  • Time: 10 am – 11.30 am
  • Cost: Free of charge
  • Booking: Essential on 01803 520022

25th May – 2nd June

English Riviera Geopark Festival

During the annual festival, there’s fun for all the family with music, entertainment, arts and crafts in celebration of our incredible geology, landscape, culture and heritage. The annual festival really brings the Geopark to life, with an amazing range of activities to enjoy, from walks and talks, to arts and educational events, and even Geopark Cruises to experience our stunning natural heritage from the best vantage point – the sea!

Contact: 0844 474 2233 /

25th – 27th May

Torbay Water Activity Show

The informative and fun way to meet the providers, clubs and associations ofTorbayto help you start or maximise your on water enjoyment. Featuring: Yachts, Motor Boats, Fishing Boats, Dinghy Sailing, Rowing, Jet Skies, Ribs, Windsurfing, Diving, Chandlery, Clothing, RYA Training andRNLISeaSafety. Free entry for all the family10.00am to 5.30pmdaily.

Contact: 01803 854242

25th May

West End Encore at Babbacombe Theatre

‘West End Encore’ will feature an eclectic mix of current hit musicals, many of them award winners and will include Singing In The Rain, The Bodyguard, A Chorus Line, Let It Be, We Will Rock You and West Side Story to name just a few!

Contact: 01803 328385 /


Welcome to The Buccaneer Inn on Babbacombe Downs in Torquay. Situated in a stunning location on the cliff top promenade with far reaching views across Lyme Bay.

On the first floor above the pub are two 5* bedrooms, The Schooner Room and The Sloop Room, perfect for a room break with a difference. You can’t help but be drawn to the large windows and the 180° sea views from each of the rooms along with the lively atmosphere of Babbacombe Downs.

25th May

Paignton Sailing Club Junior Topper

Contact: 01803 525817 /

25th – 28th May

N12 National Championships

The National 12 is a fantastic two person two sail racing dinghy which is perfect for families, young teams and couples who enjoy racing.


25th May

Being Tommy Cooper at Princess Theatre

Tom Green’s astonishing play finds both the brilliance inBritain’s most famous comic and explores the pressures and loneliness of fame. The man who could make you laugh just by walking on to stage comes vividly alive in this confrontational new play. Tickets £10-£25

Contact: 0844 871 3023 /

25th May

Brixham Art and Craft Market

The market is colourful and a-buzz with atmosphere showcasing some of the best art and craft in the South West. The market consists of about 20 harbour side stalls, each one offering unique handmade and unusual gifts. There is something to suit every taste and budget.

Contact: 01803 852085 /

25th – 27th May


Enjoy some familiar events from the past, including the Heritage Sailing Trawler Rally and Race and the Sunday evening blessing of the fishing fleet and Saturday night Fireworks. . BrixFest is a true community event, organised and run by local volunteers for the benefit of every one in the town and for visitors too.

Contact: 07739643403 /

26th May

Prim and Proper Gift Fayre at the Grand Hotel

Come along to The Grand Hotel for a lovely morning or afternoon out to browse the gorgeous gift stalls, listen to our classical pianist, have a 15 minute massage, get the kids faces painted and the list goes on! Entry is £1.00 for adults and free for children.

10.00am – 4.00pm.

Contact: 07551545657.

27th May

Tor Bay Sail Past

A large flotilla of sailing and motor craft will be forming a sail past in the Bay to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Torbay Royal Regatta and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Good vantage points around Haldon Pier and Beacon Quay.

Contact: 01803 292006

27th May

Berry Head Fun Day – Napoleonic Boot Camp and Friends of Berry Head Fundraiser

A special day for the whole family to celebrate the incredible heritage of Berry Head National Nature Reserve. Step back in time to when Napoleonic soldiers marched the headland and join BrixhamHeritageMuseumon a Napoleonic Boot Camp. Take part in bushcraft activities with the rangers, help the Friends of Berry Head cover a giant guillemot with coins and enjoy a BBQ and live music at the Guardhouse Cafe from noon.

Contact: 01803 520022 /

27th and 30th May

Meet the Animals – Occombe Farm

Get close up to our animals and help the rangers feed and care for them. You will have the opportunity to handle our new chicks and ducks, feed the chickens and alpacas and help the rangers lead our friendly goats on a walk around the orchard.

  • Meet: Occombe Farm Visitor Centre
  • Time:10am– 12noon or2pm-4pm
  • Cost: £5 per child.
  • Booking Essential. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear advisable.
  • Contact: 01803 520022 /

Tuesday 28th May

Pearl Izumi Race Series (Cycle Race)

On Tuesday 28 May,Britain’s leading televised cycle race series will return to Torquay as the country’s leading professional cycling teams battle it out on the English Riviera in Round Six of the Series.

Contact: 01803 208850 /

27th – 31st May

Alice in a Miniature Wonderland

Daily from 10.30 – 3.30 experience costumed panto characters bring to life this all-time classic tale and see if you can find who has been shrunk down to size.


Contact: 01803 315315 /

28th May

Rockpool Safari

Join our Marine Rangers in exploring the incredible marine life that lives inTorbay’s rock pools. Discover shinning snakelock anemones, daring devil crabs and beautiful starfish.

  • Meet: The Seashore Centre
  • 12th April -1 pm – 3 pm
  • 28th May -2 pm – 4 pm
  • Cost: £3.50 per child; no booking required.
  • Contact: 01803 520022 /

28th May – 1st June

Save the Last Dance for Me

From the team that brought you Dreamboat and Petticoats, Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present a brand new musical full of rock ‘n’ roll classics!

Contact: 0844 871 3023 /

28th May

Spellbound at the Babbacombe Theatre

You will find magic in abundance this year, with the all-new show, SPELLBOUND.

Contact: 01803 328385 /

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