English Riviera Magazine April/May 2022

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Sarah Greenslade

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Seal Project


Torbay RNLI

Fundraisers aim high...

BRIXHAM PIRATE FESTIVAL ...back with a boom!



Farm Park & Play


40th Anniversary

Coastal Walk

Froward Point & Coleton



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to the April-May issue As we hear daily news of the devastating crisis in Ukraine, Torbay residents have been out and about gathering humanitarian support for its people. Many local people and local businesses have set up successful appeals and fundraisers while residents have rallied round to donate money and goods. If you wish to help you can also donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Appeal (see P18) or other reputable charities such as the British Red Cross, The Salvation Army or Unicef UK. There is, of course a ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme and more information can be found at torbay.gov.uk/Ukraine

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In this issue we look at heroes of another kind with the Torbay RNLI not only saving lives at sea but also undertaking a major series of challenges to raise funds for the local lifeboat in 2022-23. Rowcroft Hospice is marking its 40th Anniversary of vital service to the community and Sarah Greenslade tells us of her mission to protect our local seal population.

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Of course there are many other features on what’s happening in and around the Bay in April and May including open spring gardens, art exhibitions, theatre performances (some in aid of Ukraine) and lots more.

Happy reading and keep safe

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Vistas & Views on the coastpath

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In this issue | April & May 2022 6 Openers Local news snippets

12 Meeting Sarah Greenslade Founder of The Seal Project

16 Farm Park & Play

33 Interiors update

Occombe turns over a new leaf

19 Famous Alumni Torquay Boys’ Grammar School success stories

23 Heritage - Major Henry Garrett One man’s grand designs on the Bay

27 Brixham Pirate Festival Back with a boom!

28 Coastal Walk Froward Point and the Coleton coastline

27 Brixham Pirate Festival

31 Health & Beauty ‘Fire & Ice’ spa review

33 What’s On Our pick of April and May events

39 Rowcroft’s Anniversary 40 years of care and support

41 Social Diary Local people at local events

43 Arts Roundup Enjoy exhibitions & arty events

46 Theatre

13 Sarah Greenslade

Who’s treading the boards?

& The Seal Project

49 Gardening Open gardens around the Bay

On the cover

19 What they did next...

Mouth of the Dart from Froward Point © Julian Rees

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David Rowe, proprietor of town centre retailer Conroy Couch celebrated the maiden voyage of the number 12 bus, which is now flying the flag for his highly successful local jewellery business. It’s part of an active, local advertising campaign that goes across all local media - magazines, radio, buses and bus shelters. It also highlights the vital importance and variety of town centre shopping available in Torbay. David is an active member of the Torquay Town Centre Partnership, which does an untold amount of unpaid work on behalf of local business, tackling local issues and promoting the town centre. English Riviera Magazine was invited to cut the ribbon marking the occasion before the newly decorated bus went back into service. 

Do you fancy exploring the beautiful River Dart, competing, or enjoying a wildlife cruise and making new friends? Welcome aboard if you have a disability or if you would like to help keep disabled sailors afloat. Charity Dart Sailability enables people with any disability to enjoy sailing, boating and a wide range of social activities and is manned by volunteers. They need help both on the water and ashore with a wide range of interesting volunteer roles. It costs about £25,000 per year to keep the charity’s sailors on the water so donations, sponsorship and fundraisers are always needed. Based at Dartside Quay in Galmpton, the charity has a varied range of dinghies, yachts and even a landing craft. As part of the Royal Yachting Association’s Sailability scheme and with an experienced safety team, all members can be assured of impeccable standards. Members can also gain valuable RYA Powerability qualifications. An exciting programme of activities runs

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Sarah Greenslade

The Seal Project Sarah Greenslade is co-founder of Brixham-based, The Seal Project. Anita Newcombe meets her at Brixham Marina.


’m meeting Sarah outside Brixham Marina Office, close to the half-mile long breakwater. It’s blustery and chilly so we wander down to Breakwater Bistro. We sit upstairs and sip hot drinks while enjoying a view right across the bay. Sarah tells me that she has a regular day job working in accounts but that The Seal Project has become an integral part of her life. It all started one morning at 5.30am when walking at Shoalstone. She spotted an injured seal and, not knowing what to do, phoned her partner Lee Allen. He advised her to wrap it in a towel to avoid scratches or bites, carry it over the rocks and pop it back into the sea. She tells me, “It’s actually not what you are meant to do but I didn’t know any better at the time.” She achieved a successful re-launch and watched as the seal she called Rocky swam off. She later found out that Rocky had managed to survive its adventure. Her early-morning rescue ended up making the local news and she explains, “It turned my life upside down.” She started working with seal protection groups and trained with British Divers Marine Life Rescue. She explains, “My very first callout after taking the course was to a speared seal in 2017.” While following up sightings from concerned

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residents, Sarah and Lee managed to get photos and video, which appeared on media outlets including the BBC. But it was difficult to do anything to help as she always swam off. Sarah eventually caught up with the injured seal at Fishcombe Cove and discovered that she had miraculously managed to survive and rid herself of the spear. Having become inspired to help protect seals, Sarah started working with Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, initially sending in photos for identification. She is a very keen photographer and was soon photographing seals daily. Gradually she has learned to recognise seals herself and now does most of the identification work for the Seal Trust across South Devon. Her favourite seal at the moment is ‘Easter Bunny’ who she initially spotted with plastic around its neck. She now sees him 8-10 times a month hanging out at Brixham Breakwater. At first, Easter Bunny was rather sad-looking - dull beige, bald around the neck area and not keen to socialise. Then he moulted and became gorgeously black; suddenly his personality transformed. Sarah tells me, “He used to just sing all alone and do a bit of yoga but he is much more sociable now.”

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injuries. Water users such as sea Flame was a stunning seal kayakers will often see seals but it’s with distinctive orange markings. very important not to approach He became quite famous after them or feed them. appearing on Brixham posters and Sarah does sometimes have to was another of Sarah’s favourites. rescue seals that are injured and Flame often used to relax on get them to a seal sanctuary for Brixham Breakwater’s steps and later treatment. On one memorable was to be found hanging around occasion she had covered an injured the harbour in Torquay. In May seal with a towel, holding it with 2020 Sarah was called to a report Her favourite seal at the both hands as part of the rescue of a dead seal at a cove in Torquay moment is ‘Easter Bunny’ process when she realised her phone and she was saddened to discover it was Flame. However, sick or injured who she initially spotted was about to fall into the water. She then had to decide – save the seal seals can often be helped and Sarah with plastic around its or the phone? The seal’s welfare regularly responds to calls from neck. She now sees him won and it was placed in a cage British Divers Marine Life Rescue 8-10 times a month who co-ordinate all the incidents. hanging out at Brixham for transport to the seal hospital. Luckily, on this occasion the phone In winter, many of the seals Breakwater. survived as well. gather by Brixham Marina’s The Seal Project became a registered charity in 2020. wavescreen to mate and moult and socialise. A seal called Early supporters were the 365 Sea Swim Challenge, and Flower has been seen both in Brixham and at Padstow, Brixham Marina. Sarah gives many illustrated talks at making it back to Brixham again in just 3 days. Sarah says, places like Fishcombe Cove plus schools, colleges, and “Lots of the seals are readily identifiable.” Regulars include groups. Audiences find it fascinating that large numbers of ‘Fingers Crossed’ a real beauty who has a special spot near seals live in a big fishing port like Brixham. Sarah’s car is the wavescreen. Then there’s ‘Four Point Star’ who likes to permanently full of kit, either for the rescue of sick seals or chill at the back of the Fish Market, collecting delicious, storing items like skeletons and flippers for her seal talks. fishy scraps when the boats’ ice buckets are emptied. Sarah reveals, “I spend more time on The Seal Project Sammy the Seal is legendary in Babbacombe where she is than anything else these days. I’m often up at 5am looking very habituated and often fed. Beware though – seals are not for seals before work and in the evenings too.” pets and it is unwise to try and pat them; a tourist staying in Sarah’s partner Lee has bought a survey boat to support Babbacombe did and ended up in Torbay Hospital with a nasty bite. Nevertheless seals do often seem to enjoy engaging the project and this helps the couple get out and spot more seals. More volunteers are needed; if you’re interested or with people, as long as it’s on their own terms. would like to book a talk just get in touch via the website. The general advice is to give seals plenty of space, Sarah says, “I love seeing seals - I can pinpoint days in the especially important when they are on land. If you are year when they will suddenly reappear. Where do they go on the water and see seals basking on rocks, give them a when they depart? That’s the million dollar question...  very wide berth to avoid panicking them into launching themselves into the water. This can cause shock and severe  thesealproject.org


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Torbay RNLI, one of the UK’s busiest lifeboat stations has launched its Kilimanjaro Challenge 2023 in a bid to raise a whopping £60,000. You can support their intrepid crew now!


f climbing the world’s highest freestanding mountain is not enough to aim for, the Torbay crew has bravely accepted a relay of challenges including skydiving, endurance swimming, cycling, rowing and driving throughout 2022. Then in February 2023, the 8 oldest crewmembers will be braving the extreme altitude and hugely challenging conditions to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Ian ‘Barney’ Barnaby is leading the organisation of the fundraiser. He told us, ‘Myself and eight other volunteers at Torbay RNLI are all approaching our retirement ages from active RNLI duties over the next few years. We’ve all been a part of the station for such a long time, it felt right to make sure we ended with a bang, so we came up with the idea to climb Kilimanjaro! It’s not going to be easy, as our average age is 60! But it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to be able to raise money for Torbay RNLI where we’ve volunteered for decades, is so important to us. The idea grew into a relay so the whole crew can be involved and it’s going to be a huge team effort.” The eight volunteers climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are: crew members Ian ‘Barney’ Barnaby, Richard Fowler, Roger Good, Simon James, Gary Fletcher, Richard

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Burden, Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick O’Brien, and Lifeboat Medical Advisor Dr Rob Bromige. Collectively they have an average age of 60 and an incredible 193 years of volunteering experience. Also retiring from service in the next few years is coxswain Mark Criddle OBE. Mark has volunteered since 1988, becoming full time coxswain in 2005. As one of the RNLI’s most decorated and experienced coxswains, his exemplary leadership and seamanship has seen him launch on service as coxswain to over 500 shouts, and in 2018 his contribution was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Mark will be taking part in a number of the amazing challenges during 2022. The first daring fundraising endeavour is at Dunkerswell airfield in Devon on 22 May where a number of brave crew will be jumping out of an aeroplane at 15,000 feet. Next is a 200 mile cycle in June, a 12 mile sea swim in July, 60 mile row in September and a driving challenge in November, before the eight-strong team travels to Africa and begins the nine-day summit attempt. A flag stitched with the leading sponsors names will be passed at the end of each task to the next team leader until it is eventually raised

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Riviera Charity at the summit of 5,895-metre high Mt Kilimanjaro. Although all the crew are involved, tasks will be shared across different teams, so over the entire duration of the relay Torbay RNLI’s lifeboats will remain fully operational

and ready to respond to any emergency. The crew is largely self-funding the challenges themselves, enabling all public donations to go towards the £60,000 target.

The Kilimanjaro Team and some Lifeboat Memorable Moments Gary Fletcher has had plenty of amazing lifeboat stories but particularly remembers the crew’s rescue of a round-the world non-stop young sailor. The young man’s yacht was dismasted in the channel and he ended up with Gary as the first human he had seen for 7 months, rather than the girlfriend he was hoping to see. Richard Fowler remembers rescuing a young family in very reduced visibility. As the Torbay Lifeboat loomed out of the fog, the hugely relieved look on the mother’s face was priceless. “He says, “Nothing can reward you more than instances like this.” Nick O’Brien says, “It has all been eventful - every job is different - being with like-minded committed volunteers is the standout for me.” Richard Burden says, I suppose one area that I love with the involvement with the Torbay crew is the fact that of the 30 crew at least 60% are former students that I have taught in the past. Some are more senior (in fact many) to me on the boat and they are now the teachers. Education has come full circle and they are now sharing their knowledge with me.” Dr Rob Bromige says, “When I retire from the RNLI I will miss most that feeling of being part of an exciting organisation whose aim is to help others.” Roger Good says, ‘‘I have lots of happy memories. I love jumping from the lifeboat to the casualty on a shout and helping them out. It’s very satisfying to see a panicking face turn into a relieved and happy one.” Simon James remembers being on the lifeboat in big conditions but managing to escape the security of the wheelhouse for a quick pee. He was rewarded with the sight of a group of dolphins looking at him from the top of a towering wave crest, within a mountain of water with phosphorescence all around them. In the moment, it felt like they were guardian angels keeping the crew safe.

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Ian ‘Barney’ Barnaby’s memorable story is when the Torbay crew rescued two guys aboard their brand-new yacht, which had run into difficulty on the Skerries Bank, about 12 miles south of Berry Head. After several attempts in difficult conditions they established a tow and took them into Dartmouth. Had they not been there to offer assistance the yacht would have run aground with a potentially disastrous outcome.

The fundraisers in their Helly Hansen mountaineering kit The event’s lead sponsor is Inter-Line, a Torbay-based building supplies company; they have contributed significantly towards preparatory logistical and fundraising costs. Helly Hansen has also made a significant contribution towards the specialist mountain-climbing clothing needed. SPONSORS are still invited to come forward. Please englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

contact ianbarnaby8@gmail.com Barney says, ‘We are reaching out to our local Torbay community, both individuals and businesses, and to wider regional supporters. You can follow our progress through Torbay RNLI’s social media channels. TO DONATE visit justgiving.com/campaign/ RNLITorbayKili23  April/May 2022 | 15

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Farm Park & Play Occombe Farm’s brand-new Farm Park & Play will make the grown-ups seriously popular with their children for some perfect family fun!


ccombe Farm Park & Play is a brilliant new family attraction with a huge Play Barn, Animal Encounters Barn and Animal Paddocks Trail. Here you can cuddle the cutest bunnies and guinea pigs and chuckle with the naughty goats. You can have fun watching the bouncy, grey-faced Dartmoor sheep and spot the different breeds of chickens including some very cool and superfluffy Silkies! There’s a couple of very pretty Shetland ponies too. The new indoor play barn is destined to become a

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regular favourite for families comprising a unique space for outdoor play - indoors! Children can give free rein with magical make-believe, daring escapades and imaginary adventures. Representing the Bay’s stunning landscapes, there are cliff faces to scramble up, a giant shell to climb inside, slides to soar down, a shipwreck to clamber over, even a woodland area with musical trees. Each area has its own lighting and soundscape; seashore sounds on the shipwreck, underwater sounds in the seashell. The giant barn is designed for exploring and

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inspiring children aged 2–12 years – and it’s warm with underfloor heating! You’ll be able to meet bunnies and guinea pigs in the Animal Encounters Barn, and there will sometimes be babies: lambs, calves and chicks. Daily activities will include supervised handling, feeding, talks and demonstrations and these will change weekly and seasonally. See the animals in their paddocks, feed them their favourite snacks and watch the Trust team as they complete their daily tasks. Tickets can be bought in advance on the website or on the day at Occombe Farm. For regular visits, purchase an Occombe Annual Pass and enjoy unlimited entry for a whole year. At the heart of the farm is Occombe Farm Café. The


scrumptious menu is crammed with delicious homemade dishes, bakes and treats. You can drop by for breakfast, lunch or simply just tea and cake. No visit is complete without a good browse around the delightful Occombe Farm Shop. This large, attractively laid-out store is jampacked with local produce sourced from across Devon and the West Country, with a high quality range of toys and gifts too. A visit to Occombe Farm is an outing that contributes towards Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust’s conservation work in Torbay. The charity cares for over 1,700 acres of Torbay’s most beautiful natural spaces. These include places like: Cockington Country Park, Berry Head National Nature Reserve and lots of wildlife-friendly woodlands, meadows, pathways and bridleways around Torbay. It’s for nature and for people. Good times that do good! Check the website for opening details before travelling.   occombe.co.uk

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Famous Alumni Torquay Boys’ Grammar School has some fascinating and well-known alumni; James Hunt, Deputy Head Teacher takes up the story.


orquay Boys’ Grammar School has long had a reputation for providing a great education for students, but it is merely a springboard to some amazing life-long achievements. The school recently called out to alumni to get in touch with news and photos of what they were up to, to discover that past students were working in all sectors and across the globe. Their stories have formed a new corridor display to inspire current students with a message that future success can come in all shapes and sizes. There are too many to share, but here are a few snapshots of past alumni:

The Sky's the Limit As a centre of academic Chris excellence, it is Lintott inevitable that many alumni have pursued academic careers. The most famous former student must be Chris Lintott, professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University, and Citizen Science Lead. He’s recognisable as the host of the BBC astronomy programme The Sky at Night, first starring alongside Patrick Moore in 2000. He has published numerous books, including collaborations with Patrick Moore and Brian May. His love of the night sky was inspired at TBGS, not least because of the school observatory, opened in 1989. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Sporting Stars The school prides itself on developing academic success alongside the whole person, hence a strong focus on pastoral, extracurricular and sporting endeavours. Hopefully, Chris Read students leave the school with life-long healthy and active lifestyles. Many former students push the limits conquering mountain climbs, marathons, and expeditions. Numerous alumni have taken sport to a professional level, most notably Chris Read Tom (England Cricketer), Whittle and Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs and Scotland Rugby Union player). Tom Whittle, following a charity cycle ride through South America, discovered the energy power of tea, and so founded Mission Tea, offering hot and cold brews as healthy alternatives to coffee and energy drinks.

And Action! Many have also pursued the arts and film. Roger Deakins, Oscar-winning cinematographer is well-known for work on a host of films including The Shawshank Redemption April/May 2022 | 19


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Farm Park & Play Indoor play, animal encounters barn and animal paddocks trail.

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Riviera People and Skyfall. Also successful in this field is Madeline Brunt. Since offering the International Baccalaureate in 2009, female students have been able to join TBGS for sixth form, and the IB aims to provide Roger Deakins a holistic, globallyminded education. This has served Maddy well, as it led her to a degree in biology and a masters in wildlife filmmaking. This combination of disciplines has allowed her to pursue a passion of giving a voice to conservationists through film. She is credited with the film This Land, and is a wildlife biologist for the BBC Natural History Unit.

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Daniel Heathcote has seen success as postgraduate research fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, working on fluid dynamics and aerodynamic load projects. Andrew Wilson is a multiple awardwinning dentist, including Best Young Dentist 2018.

Keeping their Skills in the Bay TBGS is such a great place to be, perhaps attested by the fact that there are currently six alumni on the teaching staff. And the local area is full of former students who contribute significantly to the life of the bay, including the co-publisher of this publication, Julian Rees, former MP Adrian Saunders, and Principal of Torquay Academy, Steve Margetts. An article on alumni would not be complete without Steve mention of Don Margetts Roberts BEM, a student and teacher who and still supports school swimming in his 90s.

Professional Leadership TBGS core values are excellence, integrity, and leadership, attributes hopefully taken into professional work by alumni. Ben Channon is an architect, TEDx speaker, and industry leader of designing for happiness and wellbeing, publishing books Happy by Design and The Happy Design Toolkit.

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Major Henry Augustus Garrett Major Garrett was Chief Engineer and Surveyor at Torquay for forty years. He transformed the town bringing us Torquay Pavilion, Princess Pier, Royal Terrace Gardens, Torquay Promenade and much more. Ian Handford of Torbay Civic Society takes up the story.


these designs would complement the Torquay seafront enry Augustus Garrett, born in 1859, was from scene. Having commenced building by early 1892 the Bournemouth, where by the age of 20 he was new amenities were complete by 1895. It is interesting already an assistant surveyor with its council. Being a to reflect that at the age of just thirty-eight, Henry earned career engineer he successfully applied for the job of the town its new title ‘Queen of the English Riviera’ just Harbour Engineer & Borough Surveyor at Torquay in as the 20th century dawned. 1890, from a list of 109 applicants. Henry also wanted to construct a covered way for his Prior to his arrival in Torquay, the Town Board had promenade and pier but was subjected to a number of applied to Parliament to create a new pier at Torquay and “blocking motions” by Council. Having appreciated the ‘Pier and Harbour Provisional Order No 21 Bill’ had that it had taken five years for Council to approve a pier, become law on August 7th 1888. Yet by the time Henry a special public meeting was convened at Torbay and arrived to start his new job the foundation stone of the Cumpers Hotel in January new pier had not even been 1899. This resulted in the laid. His first action was It is interesting to reflect that at public consultees proposing: to put the project on hold, the age of just thirty-eight, Henry “that in the opinion of this which gave him an excellent earned the town its new title meeting it is advisable that a opportunity to visit other ‘Queen of the English Riviera’ just building should be provided resorts and observe how as the 20th century dawned. in this town wherein musical they had built their piers. and other entertainments With his planning complete may be given for the recreation of visitors and residents”. Henry returned for a Board decision; this was endorsed With few entertainment facilities in the town, Henry the town would have a new pier. Now a new Provisional suggested that his new pier was an obvious choice to Order was laid before Parliament and again approved, allowing a start to be made on the plans for a pier of 180ft use. He was determined to create a public emporium somewhere. His first drawings were jocularly dubbed length and 76ft wide. He estimated that it would cost the ‘Torquay Cucumber House’ by the press as it was £9050. designed with a glass front enclosing a bandstand. However, the Council refused his estimate and Henry Nevertheless, he pressed on with the idea of a Pavilion, was forced to redesign the plan using a reduced width of which could be sited on reclaimed land adjacent to the 55ft to meet budget. At the same time he was designing tidal area of Torquay’s inner harbour. Meanwhile, concerts what would become the Royal Terrace and new Terrace and other entertainments were held in an open-air Walk, which today we call Rock Walk. He believed that


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Riviera Heritage bandstand with a canvas awning, which eventually was located on Princess Pier. The town had numerous major problems including the disposal of refuse and sewage, general utility shortages plus insufficient housing caused by the town’s rapid growth. He prioritised a new refuse destructor in Upton Valley in 1897 and recommended the construction of a new seashore road from Torbay Hotel to Dyers Cottage (today the derelict Toll House). This idea thankfully received the full support of Council allowing his road to be completed as early as 1898. With the dawn of the 20th century, the junction at Lymington Road and Union Street (now Castle Circus) was recognised as the ideal site for a new Town Hall. It meant that the final section of the river Flete had to be buried in a large tunnel and constructing this in the centre of the town was difficult. When building of the Town Hall and Public Library commenced in 1906, numerous items were sealed in vellum and buried in the new foundations for posterity including local newspapers. Torquay Pavilion was also eventually built and on Saturday August 17th 1912 Mr Garrett handed the golden key to Mayor Towell who formally declared the new art nouveau building open.


With the First World War looming, Henry was already creating a new foreshore wall at Abbey Sands, which had been constantly flooding. He had only completed the first stage when was called up for National Service in 1913, and on joining the Royal Engineers he was soon made a Major. After the war in 1918 Major Garrett returned to Torquay and immediately picked up where he had left off five years before. He now set about building new homes at Westhill, Windmill Hill, Stentiford Hill and Barton. He also completed Torquay’s Esplanade, which still carries his name carved by a stonemason, and it was officially opened in January 1928. Major Garrett built new sewage works and public lavatories at St Marychurch and on Babbacombe Downs and then at Ellacombe Green and Vaughan Parade. He oversaw the widening of Newton Road and St Marychurch Road while also working on improving the sewage facilities at Shiphay and at Edginswell. Finally, he was involved in the construction of Meadfoot and Ilsham roads, which included what today we call Marine Drive. His decision to retire came due to failing health and when in 1930 he finally stepped down his public presented him with a notable gift. He had served them as Chief Engineer, Architect and Surveyor for forty years. Major Garrett lost his wife in 1933 and subsequently died at home at Kingsdale on Babbacombe Road in May 1934 at the age of seventy-three.  torbaycivicsociety.co.uk

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Out & About Are you ready for some very loud bangs? You may want to bring earmuffs for young children and pets, as there will be skirmishes at 11.45am and at 4.15pm on Saturday & Sunday. In the mornings these will happen by the Atyla and the Outer Harbour, and in the afternoons, around the Inner Harbour and the Golden Hind. The atmosphere throughout the historic harbour town will be alive with buskers, street entertainers, traders and militia plus pirates absolutely everywhere. Indeed it’s often hard to spot anyone who is not in pirate garb. Grab your pirate hat and eye patch and be transported back in time to an era of swashbuckling, piracy on the high seas and fierce skirmishes with the militia. The best way to get here is probably by catching the ferry to Brixham, unless you are lucky and are already staying in Brixham. Parking will be very limited and the roads busy. You can also try the Park & Ride at Churston.  brixhampirates.com

Brixham’s legendary gathering of pirates, buccaneers and freebooters will once again fill this harbour town from April 30 to May 2.

Tall Ship Atyla will be moored in Brixham for the event


rixham will be buzzing with swashbuckling piratical skirmishes, cannon fire, pirate rock, lilting sea shanties, bustling stalls, food and drink and lots of rum. The hugely popular annual event kicks off with a Grand Opening and Pirate Parade at 10am on the Saturday at the head of Fore Street with guests of honour from Torbay Hospital’s ICU. Popular band The Dolmen will play to lead the procession down Fore Street and along The Strand to The Quay and harbour. All pirates, all ages, in all kinds of kit, are welcome. The Main Stage is on the Old Fish Quay and there’s an Information Point here. You can listen to live daytime music from thirteen different bands plus at least one wandering busker around the quays. Bands include The O’Marleys, Gurdy Bird, The Dolmen, The Filthy Spectacula, Jolly Roger, Black Friday and many more. The wonderful Tall Ship Atyla will be sailing to The Brixham Pirate Festival from Bilbao, her home port. She will be moored past the Man and Boy statue at the Events Pontoon. Close by you’ll also see The Trafalgar Gun Company and their gundeck, with 10 cannons, ready for their artillery displays and weekend skirmishes. englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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ive minutes drive from Brixham lies some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the South West, if not the country. These stunning views are well worth the considerable effort that this walk requires and one doesn’t need to feel any shame at taking plenty of extended breathers to admire them! There is a lot of steep terrain so make sure you are equipped with stout walking shoes and plenty to drink on a hot day. There’s much more to see as well as the views including the National Trust’s picturesque Coleton Fishacre, the ruined WWII defences of Brownstone Battery (now a National Coastwatch Institute station) at Inner Froward Point and for the curious, Dartmouth’s Daymark. This circular route has options to extend or shorten If you like a challenge then extend the route by taking

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the red route to Scabbacombe Head from point one. If it’s a hot day and the hills have got the better of you then either of the yellow routes will take you back to the car park. 1 Leave the National Trust Coleton Camp car park by the kissing gate in the right hand corner and take the link path signposted for Ivy Cove to join the South West Coast Path. There are 4 stiles to climb along the way. Breathtaking views start from here along with steep climbs and deep combes!

2 Turn right and follow the South West Coast Path signs in a westerly direction until you come to a gate followed by a stepped descent down toward Pudcombe Cove where you can see the remains of a small sea pool and bathing platform once used by residents of Coleton Fishacre. Unfortunately the cove is no longer accessible

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now I’m definitely ready to cool down. This time I try the Ice Fountain to cool off. You simply grab handfuls of it and rub it on your body. This feels really nice and I can see that, after the heat treatment, the temperature change will definitely stimulate my circulation. Now I try the Finnish Sauna with its intense dry heat and I find that I’m getting more used to the temperature changes. I finish my hot and cold sessions with another visit to the Ice Fountain, a walk through the Shower Experience and a long session in the fabulous 8-person hydropool. Lastly I check out the heated loungers and the Zen relaxation area. I’ve enjoyed an absolutely superb 90-minute treat – lovely! But I’m not done yet; I’ve booked an ELEMIS Deeper Than Deep 70-minute Hot Stone Massage, which includes full body, plus face and head massage. Katie is my therapist and she leads me to a softly lit treatment room, complete with soothing tropical sounds. The massage is intensely pampering and moisturising with the use of deliciously scented Frangipani Monoi Body Oil throughout and is simply sublime. It’s been a truly delightful experience all round and I head home feeling totally rejuvenated! Fire & Ice can be booked as a standalone experience or alongside spa treatments and spa days.   tlh.co.uk/aztecspa

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Yoga in the Caves, Kents Cavern

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Selected dates till 28 April Enjoy a truly unique, 45-minute underground yoga experience. Allow yourself to completely relax with no distractions, and just the gentle drip of water as background noise. As you drift off into your meditation, immerse yourself as our e es o ow the flow o the ca e wa s. ost er session, suitable for: 18 years plus, booking essential. 91 Isham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

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Far Side of the World, Torquay Museum On till 4 June In a time of limited travel, be transported to the far side of the world and learn about the fascinating history, traditions and crafts of Fiji. Discover Torquay’s links to these remote aci c is ands throu h the museum’s rich collection of objects, and the stories of the collectors who brought them to Torquay. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

The Michelangelo Trail, Torquay Museum On throughout the year Explore hidden LGBTQ+ histories from Torquay Museum’s Collections by following The Michelangelo Trail around the galleries. The trail can be done in person or through the museum’s website. If you’re planning to visit the museum ou nd a the o ects rom the trai on dis a . 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Babbacombe Model Village Easter Trail 2-24 April o on o er and tr and nd the co our u e s hidden in and around the gardens. All successful young explorers will enjoy a chocolatey treat! englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

Anderton & Rowland Fun Fair 2-19 April & 28 May-6 June Enjoy favourite rides including Terminator Matterhorn, Star Flyer, Dodgems and North Pole Fun House plus games, stalls, food & drink. Paignton Green, Paignton TQ4 6ED

Easter Egg Hunt, Greenway House 2-18 April This spring treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Greenway on the Easter adventures in nature trail. Booking not needed, normal admission applies, times: 10.30am – 5pm (last entry at 3.30pm). Trail costs £3 and includes map, pencil & chocolate egg at the end. Greenway, Brixham, TQ5 0ES nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Easter Egg Hunt, Coleton Fishacre 2-18 April Ma e our wa a on the trai and nd nature ins ired activities for all the family.Booking not needed, normal admission applies, times: 10.30am – 5pm (last entry at 3.30pm). Trail costs £3 and includes map, pencil and chocolate egg at the end. Brownstone Road, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ nationaltrust org uk coleton-fishacre

Easter Fair, Dartmouth 2 April Enjoy an Easter Fair, raising funds for Children’s Hospice South West with lots of lovely gifts, cakes, crafts, cards, jewellery and much more plus balloon sculpturing and the children’s Dashing Devon Dukes playing their ukuleles. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated Easter hats. Time: 10am to 3pm. The Old Market, Victoria Road, Dartmouth TQ6 9QD Sue Tweed, 01803 770730 tweed833@btinternet.com April/May 2022 | 33


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What’s On Women Who Changed the World, Torre Abbey 2 April – 5 June (Tuesday-Sunday) This bold, colourful, educational and historically inspired exhibition features the works of Nigerian born Doncaster artist, curator, and art advisor Chinwe Russell. It gives an insight into the lives of some incredible women from around the world. Included in abbey admission fee. Times: 10am5pm (last entry 3.45pm). Café open daily. The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE torre-abbey.org.uk

Introduction to Dartmoor Geology, Torquay Museum 6 April A Torquay Museum Society Lecture by Josephine Collingwood. If your curiosity is piqued when looking at Dartmoor’s tor formations, old mine workings and odd, coloured rocks, then this talk is for you. Free to members, non-members welcome, cost £5 payable on the door. Time: 10.45am-12noon. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Easter Egglow 9-24 April What’s that glowing in the cave? Is it a torch? Is it a lantern? o its an e ut how man can ou nd hidin in the cave? Enjoy Easter Egglow fun at Kents Cavern, once home to our prehistoric ancestors and extinct animals. 91 Isham Road, Torquay TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 kents-cavern.co.uk

Monster Egg Trail, Cockington Court 4-18 April isco er dra on ri n dinosaur and other monster e s around the Court buildings. Cask, a mermaid and pirate duo will be singing shanties and sea songs on 9 April as part of the Easter activities. Cockington Court, Cockington Lane, Torquay TQ2 6XA cockingtoncourt.org

Fouracre & Son Stained Glass Merchants, Torquay Museum 5 April A Torquay Museum Society Lecture by Graham Naylor on the history of this renowned West Country stained glass studio. Free to members, non-members welcome, cost £5 payable on the door. Time: 10.45am-12noon. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org

Fougou Jazz, Paignton 5, 19 April & 3, 17 May n o i e contem orar a rom the nest nationa international and local musicians. Tickets online or by phone. Time: doors 7.30pm for 8pm start. Preston Conservative Club, 299 Torquay Road, Paignton TQ3 2EY 07967 790358 fougoumusic.com


Brixham Battery Heritage Centre Open Days 10 April, 8 May (VE Day) The whole site is open during open days, there are tours o the rounds tunne s un floors i in histor dis a s wea ons ta with an rin isitin rou s and mi itar vehicles in attendance. Times: 11am-4pm. Fishcombe Road, Brixham TQ5 8RU brixhambattery.net

Orchard Forest School, Lupton 11, 13, 14, 19, 21 April Enjoy half term family sessions getting back in touch with nature. Try some new skills, build dens, go mini beast hunting and get creative with nature on the 4-acre site. Enjoy hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows. Suitable for all ages. Cost: £15 per child to include one adult, additional child/adult £5. Times: 10am-12 noon except 13 April (Bat Evening) 7.15-9pm. See further details on Facebook. Lupton, Brixham TQ5 0LD orchardforestsch@gmail.com

My Butterfly Memories, Torquay Museum 12 April A Torquay Museum Society Lecture by naturalist Bill Hudson sharin his utterfl encounters and eauti u hoto ra hs. Free to members, non-members welcome, cost £5 payable on the door. Time: 10.45am-12noon. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum.org April/May 2022 | 35

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What’s On Horse Racing, Newton Abbot 16 April & 4, 11, 25 May Enjoy a spot of horse racing on these early season race days. Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Road, Kingsteignton TQ12 3AF 01626 353235 newtonabbotracing.com

The Music Industry, Torquay Museum 13 April A Torquay Museum Society Lecture by professional musician, songwriter, music publisher and record producer Graham Sclater on the music industry from Liverpool to Hamburg. Free to members, non-members welcome, cost £5 payable on the door. Time: 10.45am-12noon. 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG 01803 293975 torquaymuseum. org

Brixham Fish Market Tours 20, 27 April & 4, 18 May Now in its 11th year, Brixham Fish Market Tours are back and still proving to be very popular. Early risers won’t want to miss the opportunity to get a fascinating insight into behindthe scenes o erations at n ands ar est sh mar et. o nish o the mornin ou wi e erience a de icious sh rea ast at Mitch on s Roc sh restaurant situated ri ht next door. Cost: £25 per person. Unsuitable for wheelchairs or children under 14 years. The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW therockfish co uk products fish- arket-tour

bandstand in the park, outside the castle, and various hotels, pubs, and restaurants, throughout the weekend. And it’s all free to listen to. Dartmouth TQ6 9PS dartmusicfestival.co.uk

Wild Kayak Expedition 7 & 8th May An incredible ‘back to basics’ journey exploring the cliffs, hidden coves, sea caves and spotting wildlife on South Devon’s coastline and estuaries. This 2 day, 1 night expedition includes a secluded wild camp enjoying a hearty mea with an e enin cam re under the stars. Routes are dependent on the prevailing weather and Reach Outdoors reserve the right to amend routes in the interest of safety. All specialist equipment is provided excluding sleeping bags. Stable sit-on-top kayaks, which are suitable for the novice paddler with no previous experience are used. Cost: £180. Reach Outdoors, The Seashore Centre, Tanners Road, Goodrington Sands, Paignton TQ4 6LP

HM The Queen in the Bay, Torre Abbey 17 May – 19 une (Tuesday-Sunday) A special photographic exhibition, celebrating the many times that the Queen has visited Torbay throughout her reign. These include several visits to Torre Abbey itself, including during her Silver Jubilee in 1977. Included in abbey admission fee. Times: 10am – 5pm. The King’s Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE torre-abbey org uk

ORDA Aqua Adrenaline, Torquay 29 April-2 May The sound of powerboats will rebound around Tor Bay when the 2022 OCRDA Aqua Adrenaline Tour joins up with water ski racing, Zapcat racing, jet ski stunt displays, and stunning fl oardin dis a s. Torquay Harbour ocrda.com

Dart Music Festival 6-8 May With over 100 performances spanning almost every musical genre, the festival offers an eclectic mix of orchestral, rock, choral, blues, opera, folk, and jazz performances at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues including two churches, the englishrivieramagazine.co.uk

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Leave more than memories, leave a gift of care for the future

Make or update your Will this May and support Rowcroft Hospice

For more information: rowcrofthospice.org.uk/willweek Call 01803 217405 Registered Charity No: 282723


Riviera Charity Chris Linton, Partner at Wollens said, “Almost every single one of us is touched in some way by the work that Rowcroft do in our community. It is impossible to put a value on the support they provide to so many families in and around South Devon. Wollens are proud to be able to play our part in helping them raise funds to put towards their invaluable work helping families through the most difficult times.”

2022 is Rowcroft Hospice’s 40th anniversary year and an especially good time to consider including them in your will.


owcroft’s annual Make a Will Week runs from 16-20 May in 2022. This year eighteen local solicitors across South Devon will support this popular fundraiser by donating their will-making fee to the hospice. Sums raised will be used by the charity to care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses in their homes across South Devon and in Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit in Torquay. Making a will is a straightforward process that can bring you real peace of mind. Once done you’ll know that family and friends will be taken care of for the future and that your financial wishes will be fulfilled. For those who’ve already made a will, it’s prudent to update it if circumstances change. This could be a birth or bereavement in the family, or a change of address, marital status or financial situation. As Rowcroft funds the care of one in five of its patients through gifts in wills, legacies are a vital source of income for the charity. For those planning to make or update their will during Make a Will Week, Rowcroft invites people to consider including a gift to the hospice as a special way of creating a lasting legacy of generosity, compassion, kindness and love. “Taking part in Rowcroft’s Make a Will Week and leaving a gift in your will is such a meaningful way to ensure your kindness will live on by supporting the hospice now and in the future,” said Rebecca Cogger, Rowcroft’s In Memory Giving and Legacy Manager. “Your generosity will make such a difference in providing care, support and comfort to families across South Devon for generations to come.”


A place to find peace... The dedicated teams in Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit cared for Robin and Angie Hill’s daughter Sharon before she passed away just over a year ago at the age of 51. Robin and Angie explained, “Our lives were changed from being so dark, to a place where we all found peace, especially Sharon. Death is so worrying and quite frightening, but the care we were given by Rowcroft left us with peace. Our son has even said he is no longer afraid of death thanks to Rowcroft’s care. We have been supporters of Rowcroft for several years without ever thinking we would be so reliant on their services. It is very hard to imagine the value of this facility to the local community, but it is priceless. Rowcroft has made such a lasting difference to our lives. Leaving even a small gift in your Will to this wonderful local charity is your chance to play a vital role in helping families like us in the future.” 

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Torquay’s Artizan Gallery & Café Echoes in Time – Exploring Identity On till 9 April In this exhibition you will see artists explore themes of identity, the self, and the effect of time on these. Featuring artists: Thomas Oscar Miles, Rocio E. Bucheli, Genevieve Murray, Emma Roberts, Virginia Griem and Allan Poxton. art-hub.co.uk/ex/mar22

Artist Support Pledge – Showcase of Works On till 9 April Artizan has been supporting artists by participating in the national initiative started on Instagram - Artist Support Pledge. Some of these works can be seen in Artizan’s Basement Gallery and proceeds from the exhibition will allow continued participation in such initiatives to support artists in the future. art-hub.co.uk/ex/asp22

Art of the School On till 9 April Artizan welcomes Royal Academy Summer Exhibition exhibitor, Becky Nuttall to the Courtyard Gallery for this solo show of recent works produced from Becky’s home studio in Brixham. art-hub.co.uk/ex/bn22

been abandoned, valuing them, and giving them a new sense of purpose. art-hub.co.uk/ex/ regeneration22

Colour Chart 16 April-7 May Andy Cairns Heather Boxall has produced a series Arch 2 Assemblage of work inspired by colour charts. Her collaboration with poet Judith Willson has resulted in a collection of poems referencing the colours’ nomenclature, which can be seen alongside monochrome paintings that seek to reinterpret the colour. art-hub.co.uk/ex/colour22

Paean to the Sea 14 May-4 June Katie Jamieson’s works attempt to capture the raw, ephemeral energy of water, the erosion of the manmade structures that inhabit it, and the marks and remnants that are left behind. art-hub.co.uk/ex/kj22

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Fragile Earth 14 May-4 June A body of work by Sally Baldwin evoking natural forms such as trees ods flowers insects sea i e water. he materia s used - recycled paper, handmade paper, silk waste, silk, cotton scrim - are ghostly, white and ephemeral, suggesting de icate ra i e ne a anced and u nera e andsca es. art-hub.co.uk/ex/fragileearth22 Sally Baldwin Flower Bowl

The Long Walk 16 April-7 May Over several years, artist Steve Thorpe has gathered objects during walks and cycle rides to rivers, mountaintops, islands, lakes and holy sites. From these objects, Steve has created unique works. art-hub.co.uk/ex/longwalk22

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14 May-4 June Featuring works by Robert Mountjoy this exhibition of abstract works include new ideas, minimalist forms, and textures, but most of all colours— reds – both intense and bleached out, with deep yellows and dusty grey/blues. art-hub.co.uk/ex/rm22 Preview events 15 April & 14 May 6-8pm – call to book. All the above run Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm Artizan Gallery & Café, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UW

Torquay’s Artizan Collective Gallery English Riviera Print Exhibition On till 10 April This exhibition features a huge range of printmaking including linocuts, woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, drypoint and monoprints. Included in the exhibition is a piece entitled ‘The Scream’ by Ukrainian artist Olesya Dzhuraeva, a leading printmaker who lived and wor ed in i . i e man she has had to flee with her ami to escape the Russian encirclement of the city. This piece has been contributed by fellow printmaker Ian Cox and will be auctioned to raise funds for Olesya and her family. art-hub.co.uk/ex/ukraine22 art-hub.co.uk/ex/erpe22

Artizan Spring Exhibition 17 April-15 May This curated showcase brings together selected artists from across the South-West as Artizan Collective invites past and new exhibitors to the English Riviera. Preview event 16 April 6-8pm – call gallery to book. art-hub.co.uk/ex/spring22 Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm juliebrandon@artizangallery.co.uk 07522 509642 • artizan gallery.co.uk

Empress Josephine and the artists of her time 14 April Enjoy an Arts Society lecture by Stephen Duffy on the ma ni cent art co ection o the m ress ose hine. ime . m cost non mem ers . . a o owed tea and homemade cake. St Matthias Church Hall, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW 01803 314490 theartssocietytorbay.org.uk


Gilded Splendour – The History of Couture Embroidery 12 May An Arts Society lecture by Kate Strasdin on the history of the attic wor sho s o aris rom where a hidden trade e isted. ime . m cost non mem ers . . a followed by tea and homemade cake. St Matthias Church Hall, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW 01803 314490 theartssocietytorbay.org.uk

The GALLERY @ Cockington Court 10.30am-4.30pm daily Ongoing selling exhibition showing the region’s leading artists and makers. Items ranging from scarves, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, artists cards, metalwork, collages, paintings and prints. Don’t miss the Gods & Monsters Exhibition in the Kitchen Gallery from 2 April until 22 May with shanty duo Cask, a mermaid and pirate duo singing shanties and sea songs on the launch day 2 April. The fabulous craft studios are a must-see too! 01803 607230 Facebook @cockingtoncourt


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Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick STARLIGHT On till 19 October (Tuesdays Wednesdays) Don’t miss this uplifting new show. It’s simply bursting with delightful sparkle and fabulous fun. The talented cast brings you a non-stop programme of comedy, song and dance. Stars include comedian Steve Laister, West End vocalist Paul Cobley, singing sensation Lindsey Collard, multi-talented Wayne Martin, star of ‘The Voice’, Holly Cosgrove plus the brilliant and splendidly choreographed Danze Chique. Directed and produced by Colin Matthews. Also worth seeing… iles Brandreth Break a Leg – 24 April enning Wehn – 20 May

Princess Theatre, Torquay Box Office 0844 8717615 Editor’s pick ELLEN ENT’S CARMEN 20 April This dazzling production with orchestra features Bizet’s unforgettable melodies including The Toreador’s Song, Carmen’s enticing Habanera, and Don José’s lyrical Flower Song in a setting evoking the stunning architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and Moorish influences. Sung in French with English subtitles. Also worth seeing… Bowie Experience – 23 April atherine Ryan – Missus – 14 May

Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 415987 Editor’s pick STAND WIT U RAINE – DAR SIDE OF PIN FLO D 23 April Brixham Rotary Club along with Brixham Theatre are holding a charity concert featuring fabulous The Darkside of Pink

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Theatre Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick LETTICE AND LOVAGE 4-7 May Lettice and Lovage is a delightful comedy from the skilled pen of Peter Shaffer, whose other works include Amadeus and Equus. A tour guide in an historic house where nothing exciting has ever happened Lettice Doffet begins to drastically embellish its historical importance, leading to hilarious results. Also worth seeing… The Concert Band of Britannia Royal Naval College (Ukraine Benefit) – April 23 An Evening with Wayne Sleep – 29 May

Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 LAYING THE GHOST 4-9 April Margot Buchanan is a witty ex-actress living in a retirement home. A young actress, who is having an affair with Margot’s ex-husband Leo, pays a visit. Leo arrives but suffers a fatal heart attack with his ghost now appearing. Confusingly, only Margot’s psychic friend Freda can see Leo’s ghost, leading to chaotic hilarity. A TOADs season production. Also worth seeing… Take a Chance on Us ABBA Tribute – 22 April The Passing of the Third Floor Back – 16-21 May


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April and May is a wonderful time for garden visits and there are some stunning spring displays to enjoy around the Bay. Galmpton Open Gardens & Scarecrow Trail Sunday 10 April 11am – 4pm The Galmpton Festival Association invites you to visit dozen or so fascinating local spring gardens plus some Jubilee-themed scarecrows. From country cottage gardens to amazing show gardens, there will be lots to see during this one-day event. Entry to the gardens is by Garden Passport costing £5 per adult with children under 18 free. Passports can be purchased on the day at the Village Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton TQ5 0LT, or in advance from the Manor Inn, Galleon Stores, or Eric Lloyd & Co. Refreshments will be available in the Village Hall and from the Manor Inn. All proceeds go to Rowcroft Hospice as part of their 40th Anniversary Open Gardens programme and to other local good causes.  01803 844901 (Mike Tate) Email: post@tatewise.co.uk

Rowcroft Hospice Open Gardens 30 April & 1, 2, 7,8 May To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Rowcroft Hospice is launching a brand-new Open Gardens programme. They are kicking this off by throwing open their beautiful Rowcroft Gardens at the hospice in Torquay. Admission is by donation or you can book a guided tour for £4pp (children free). Anyone that has been to the

Rowcroft Estate will know what a tranquil and peaceful place it is. The garden tours will take in the Mediterranean gardens, the walled garden and plenty of wildlife. There will be fascinating guest speakers, live music, and a marquee café. All funds raised go to the hospice to care for local people living with life-limiting illnesses. Rowcroft supporters will also be hosting Open Gardens on selected dates – see website link below for details.  rowcrofthospice.org.uk/events/open-gardens

Gardens at Coleton Fishacre The lovely gardens at Coleton Fishacre are well worth a visit, especially during early April when their extravagant displays of Japanese cherry blossoms should be in full flower on Seemly Terrace. They’ve established some newly planted cut-flower borders for 2022, with early season bulbs as well as later flowering annuals and perennials, and a swathe of candelabra primulas coming into flower in May along the upper stream in the garden. At the end of May the banks will be full of bluebells and wild garlic. This is one of the few National Trust gardens to be RHS accredited. Dogs welcome on short leads in the garden, café and shop.  nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

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