The English Riviera
The fabulous & welcoming English Riviera is one of South Devon’s most popular holiday destinations, made up of three unique towns – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. With an impressive 22 miles of truly stunning coastline, it is well known for its award-winning beaches and palm trees, and of course, the birthplace of famous crime writer Agatha Christie.
In recent years the English Riviera has reinvented itself from a traditional bucket and spade seaside resort (although we still love a good old bucket, spade and ice cream!), to a cosmopolitan tourist destination for everyone. Many maritime events and regattas are held in Torbay and each town is bursting with restaurants, bistros and cafés, a perfect place for both families and couples.
The English Riviera has so much to see and do, we are not sure you will fit it all in, in one holiday! Fun-filled family day trips and countless attractions such as Paignton Zoo, Living Coast, Model Village, Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark, Kent’s Cavern and more, plus action-packed watersports such as jet skiing, speedboat racing, deep sea fishing, kite-sailing, paddle boarding and canoeing. If you are looking for something a little more relaxed, Torbay offers countryside wonders with many National Trust properties on our doorstep, romantic waterfront walks such as the beautiful Breakwater in Brixham and there are many picture postcard villages to explore. Torbay hosts many top-class events & vibrant festivals throughout the year such as the Torbay Royal Regatta & Children’s Week, the Torbay Airshow, Occombe Farm Beer Festival, Torbay Music Festival, The Brixham Pirate Festival, Torbay Steam Fair and BMAD Motorbike Festival … to mention a few (there are so many more!).
English Riviera Events & Festivalsenglishriviera.co.uk
There's always something going on on the English Riviera! Pirate Festivals, Regattas, live music and arts in the Bay's top hot spots including Torquay and Paignton.
Explore Paignton Zoo in Devon: 2,000 creatures, six animal habitats, Jungle Express train, indoor play areas, good food & easy access. A great family day out.
Situated on the gorgeous seafront at Goodrington Sands, we boast some of the English Riviera's most spectacular views! Splashdown Quaywest is the UK's BIGGEST outdoor waterpark.
Kents Cavern, prehistoric cave, home of ancient humans, award winning visitor attraction in Torquay - with tours, shop, cafe and visitor centre
A working farm with nature trail, animals and kitchen garden. The Occombe Farm Café features the best of local food, including seasonal picks from the farm.
Living Coasts - Coastal zoo & aquarium in Torquay. See penguins, seals, puffins, otters, octopus, rays, sea horses & more... All weather family attraction.
Bygones, a family-friendly attraction with 3 floors of British history (Victorians, Railways, Fifties), nostalgia, authentic curiosities, interactive displays.
Babbacombe Model Villagemodel-village.co.uk
Babbacombe model village is one of the premier Torquay attractions and has plenty to see and do for the whole family.
Prickly Ball Farmpricklyballfarm.co.uk
Prickly Ball Farm has lots of animals to see, touch and meet including donkeys and foxes.
The South West adventure specialists. School and Youth Group Residential, Outdoor Education, Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions, Wild Weekends, and more.
Sea Kayak Devonseakayakdevon.co.uk
Sea kayaking courses, expeditions and BCU qualifications from the sea kayak experts, on the stunning Devon coast.
Babbacombe Cliff Railwaybabbacombecliffrailway.co.uk
Built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to and from Oddicombe Beach in over 90 years of service.