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EnglishRiviera magazine August 2013


200 Years Torbay Royal Regatta

Glamour & Intrigue

The famous

Agatha Christie


David Suchet’s

Last Poirot


Fishstock Brixham Elephant Gardening with Simon Hulstone

Meet Torquay’s

Stone Age Man Dive the



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Welcome... the very first issue of English Riviera Magazine. Between us we have lots of experience in writing, photographing, editing, designing and producing beautiful glossy magazines and we thought it was about time the microcosm that is the English Riviera had its very own. As local residents, we just love the fact that the English Riviera is so much more than a seaside resort. It has been designated a Global Geopark, recognised by UNESCO and has an amazing history and heritage plus a tradition of great local food, culture, seafaring and the arts that make it a very special place to live and work. We’d like English Riviera Magazine to inspire you to discover all the great things that can be enjoyed right here on our doorstep. Having lived on the English Riviera for more years than we dare count, we are still regularly discovering new and exciting places and things to do. With our spectacular coastline, great walks, wonderful wildlife, literary links, dining out, shopping, theatres, museums plus year-round events, attractions and festivals, why go anywhere else? Above all, we will be promoting a ‘buy local’ message and by providing a beautiful free, coffee table magazine delivered direct into your homes, we will encourage readers to spend their pound locally and have fun doing it. We are very proud that English Riviera Magazine is written, photographed, designed and published entirely

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Contents 6



Torbay Royal Regatta


A Poirot Legacy


Glamour & Intrigue



Stone Age Man



Dive the Geopark


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News snippets

200 years celebrations

David Suchet visits Torquay Museum Agatha Christie Festival

Meet Nick Powe

Get active underwater


Art, History and Heritage


Local Charity

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36 Great Gorillas!

Torre Abbey reopens its doors


Treading the Boards

Torbay Lifeboat Week


Book Review

Local routes with lots to see



Reader Event

Beach clean at Saltern Cove

Local theatre dates for your diary Wild swimming on the English Riviera

Zoo Babies

New arrivals at Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts

Great Gorillas


Elephant Gardening


What’s On


Reader Competition


Fishstock Festival


Art and conservation in harmony

Things to do in August and September

Elephant Gardening


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Simon Hulstone gets green fingers Win a seafood feast

Celebrations in Brixham

Social Diary

Were you there?

Business Breaks

Local business news in brief

The Briefing

Legal advice from Wollen Michelmore On the cover

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Sleep Walkers pledge to raise £122,000 for Rowcroft Hospice

Living Coasts celebrated its tenth year with a life-size penguin cake The special cake, measuring 60cm tall and weighing in at 15 kgs, in the shape of a macaroni penguin, celebrates the first decade of Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium. It was created by Helen Hallett of Halletts the Bakers. o

Over £122,000 has been pledged by women taking part in this year’s Sleep Walk which took place on Saturday 6th July. This takes the total raised by the Sleep Walk in the last 3 years to over half a million pounds. Some 1,200 women signed up for the walk, in aid of South Devon adult hospice, Rowcroft. As day turned to night, the ladies walked a choice of a 5, 10 or 15 mile route which started and finished at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. The event was blessed with glorious sunshine and some of the best weather seen this summer. Palm FM, Barbara the Sheep, the Sleep Walk mascot and the So Street dance crew kicked off the proceedings at the Riviera Centre with the first wave of walkers setting off at 7.30 pm. Ric Yerbury, Events Manager at Rowcroft said, “It’s a very emotional evening for many taking part, but there’s such a wonderful atmosphere along the route and a fantastic sense of achievement when the ladies get to the finish line.” The funds from The Sleep Walk will help Rowcroft to deliver its specialist care to those who need it most whether that be in the hospice’s 17 bedded in-patient unit or in a patient’s own home, cared for by Rowcroft’s community team and 24/7 Hospice at Home nurses. For more information about the event and to see further pictures taken on the night, visit www. o 6

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Lord Churston’s 18th-century Bath House gets a makeover The bath house on Elberry Cove has just been unveiled having undergone a makeover to ensure its safety for future generations. Tor2, the council’s contractors working with local conservation and restoration experts StoneCo Limited worked on the 200 year old structure for several weeks and have repointed stonework and capped the walls to prevent further deterioration of the building to ensure its future as one of the English Riviera’s iconic landmarks. o


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Two Royal visits in two weeks!

HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, visited Living Coasts in Torquay on 22 July to commemorate the environmental and educational charity’s 10th anniversary.

HRH Prince Charles and Camilla went aboard the historic Brixham Trawler Pilgrim to present the King George V Perpetual Challenge Cup that the crew recently won in the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta.

He was given a guided tour of the coastal zoo by Simon Tonge, the zoo’s Executive Director, and Clare Rugg, Living Coasts Operations Director. On route Prince Edward met staff members, trustees, local schoolchildren and the stars of the show the animals! o

They went on to meet local trawlermen and SWFPO members aboard the trawler Catharina to view and discuss new gear innovations that are leading the way in fishing industry sustainability. This is an area that the Brixham fleet has excelled in and with which Prince Charles’ charity the International Sustainability Unit is involved. o

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orbay Royal Regatta on Devon’s English Riviera has a tradition as old as the resort itself. Apart from some enforced breaks in wartime, this spectacular event has continued to flourish and grow in stature since 1813. Set against the backdrop of the English Riviera’s beautiful Global Geopark, Tor Bay has been used as a venue for prestigious sailing competitions for many years and famously hosted the 1948 Olympic sailing. David Selly, Regatta Chairman said, “Torbay Royal Regatta has a fascinating history and proud heritage and our Bi-Centenary week in August 2013 will be a magnificent occasion. We are expecting a large number of extra visitors to the English Riviera and the whole week will be a truly memorable one with exhilarating sailing, shoreside fun, a superb fireworks display and the amazing Red Arrows.” The Torbay Royal Regatta originated when an advertisement appeared in Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post offering ‘Two handsome silver cups and other prizes’ to be ‘sailed for’ by ‘gentleman’s boats’ and ‘other boats’. The term ‘regatta’ was not applied to the races until 1828, when the Duchess of Clarence (later Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV) attended what was by now

a fashionable event. Five years later, Princess Victoria visited the regatta and showed great interest in the sailing trophies. As well as organising top class sailing races, the event has variously catered for other sports including: motor boat racing, rowing, running, water-skiing, swimming and diving. In 1847, Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post commented that the regatta attracted people who ‘enjoy the donkey racing rather than the yacht racing’. In this respect, the organising committee have always provided a range of social and recreational facilities for ‘landlubbers’ with a grand ball (since 1813) firework displays (since 1836), funfairs (since 1841) and aerobatic displays by the Red Arrows (since 1988).

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200 Years

In addition to lots of sailors, visitors flock from all over the world to watch the sailing in horseshoe-shaped Tor Bay with its wonderful vantage points for spectators who can also enjoy a wide range of shore-based fun. Today, Torbay Royal Regatta is made up of representatives from the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, The Torquay Rowing Club, Torbay Athletic Club and Torquay Water Ski-ing Club. The Regatta is a non-profit making organisation. These days the sailing is organized and managed by Torbay Week with the four local sailing clubs working together. On Wednesday 28 August, in the morning, Torbay Week is running a special race to celebrate the 200th anniversary of sailing in the Bay. The race is

called Torbay Royal Regatta 200th Anniversary Challenge Cup and there will be a prize of 200 guineas provided by Torbay Royal Regatta. The aim is to recreate one of the courses around the bay, which was used 50 years ago at the 150th. For more information about the sailing, please visit o In keeping with long-standing tradition there will be a big programme of activities for landlubbers with the now traditional sight of the Red Arrows roaring over the Bay (6pm on 28th August) and a wonderful ďŹ reworks display. There’s a 10K Road Race, West of England Rowing Championships, water skiing and the Anderton & Rowland Funfair. There will also be a Bi-Centenary Dinner at the Imperial Hotel. August 2013


A Poirot Legacy for

Torquay Museum David Suchet takes time out after filming the final Poirot to revisit Torquay Museum having left a jacket behind some 20 years ago.


to have a permanent display of Poirot’s office furniture s filming comes to an end for David Suchet’s last including his enormous Art Deco desk and bookcases as portrayal of Agatha Christie’s super sleuth well many other period objects. Hercule Poirot in Dead Man’s Folly, the actor David visited the museum on paid another visit to Torquay David first visited the Tuesday 2 July to see the new Museum. David first visited the museum 20 years ago and on that museum 20 years ago and Poirot display and meet museum . He was welcomed to the occasion left one of Poirot’s suits on that occasion left one of staff museum by Marketing Manager to be displayed along with the Poirot’s suits Carl Smith and autographed museum’s collection of Christie first books and other memorabilia for editions and other memorabilia. museum visitors gathered for his visit. Dr Rosemary Many scenes from Dead Man’s Folly have been filmed at the National Trust’s Greenway House in Galmpton and Harris, a long-time member of the Torquay Natural History Society was told by David that her 1975 copy of the production company have arranged for the museum 14

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Christie’s Curtain - Poirot’s Last Case was in fact a first edition published the year before the writer’s death in 1976. The novel had in fact been written in the 1940’s but Christie’s publisher had never wanted to publish it for fear of cutting short the sleuth’s career. David took a tour of the new Poirot display and made a surprise additional presentation to the museum of the detective’s ever-present swan cane that had accompanied him throughout the entirity of his 25 year Poirot career. In this 13th and final series for David as Agatha Christie’s Poirot character, Dead Man’s Folly will be screened with Elephants Can Remember, The Labours of Hercules, The Big Four and the final episode Curtain Poirot’s Last Case. o


A Big Year for the Agatha Christie Festival

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Agatha Christie Festival

The famous Agatha Christie Festival, held around the English Riviera, is offering its best line-up of stars ever plus a big programme of glamorous events and a brand-new festival hub at Torquay’s Grand Hotel


elebrating the life and works of the Queen of Crime has real international appeal and the Festival has become a magnet for Agatha Christie lovers worldwide. Agatha Christie was, of course, born in Torquay and the world-famous festival has Devon’s English Riviera buzzing with visitors from around the globe. Walking off with 2 prestigious awards last year including Visit Devon’s prestigious Tourism Event of the Year accolade, this year’s festival is expected to be an absolute sell-out. During the Festival, the English Riviera transforms itself into the murder mystery capital of Europe, with ladies and gentlemen in their period finery immersing themselves in a week-long round of tea parties, theatre, dinners on steam trains and vintage bus tours – creating memorable experiences that keep those fans coming. Festival-goers will no doubt be delighted that filming of the final Poirot, Dead Man’s Folly, starring David Suchet, has recently taken place at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s spectacular riverside residence (now National Trust) on the Dart. Greenway will play a pivotal role with scenes filmed within the grounds,

which include a boathouse similar to the one featured in the book. For the first time in 2013, there will be a ‘Festival Hub’ at the sea-facing Grand Hotel in Torquay where Agatha Christie stayed on her honeymoon. Blissful trips to Greenway are another of the many highlights and you can travel by steam train; riverboat and vintage bus to enjoy spending time at the home Agatha Christie herself called ‘The loveliest place in the world’. Fans can also meet Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard as well as a lookalike of Hercule Poirot (Martin Gaisford).

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Festival Authors

A trio of world-class authors will include Kate Mosse and Simon Brett plus top crime and thriller writer, Val McDermid with some superb and truly fascinating literary events. VAL MCDERMID headlines the 2013 Agatha Christie Festival Literary Dinner From the Queen of Crime to the acknowledged queen of the psychological thriller, top-billing crime and thriller author Val McDermid will be appearing at the Festival’s Literary Dinner at Torquay’s Grand Hotel. McDermid is a top ten best seller and has been translated into over 30 languages. Val’s appearance is expected to be a big draw, so get your tickets now for this fabulous 3-course literary dinner! Thursday 19 September, 7.30pm

Kate Mosse

of the Detectives Club, of which Agatha Christie was a founding member. Early booking is also recommended for the Literary Panel Event. Friday 20 September, 7.30pm

Val McDermid

KATE MOSSE AND SIMON BRETT starring on the Festival’s Literary Panel Event This is another must-see, top event as best-selling authors Kate Mosse and Simon Brett join the Agatha Christie Festival as special guests for a Literary Panel event at the Grand Hotel, Torquay. Both authors will be talking about inspirations they have drawn from Agatha Christie. David Brawn, Publisher at HarperCollins, publishing Agatha Christie since 1926, will join Kate and Simon. Kate Mosse, recently awarded an OBE for services to literature, is the best-selling author of Labyrinth, which was translated into more than 37 languages and recently appeared on television as a two-part adaptation on Channel 4. Simon Brett is a well-loved and prolific writer of whodunnits having penned the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter and Fethering series of crime novels. Simon is a member 18

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Mathew Prichard

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Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, will be hosting a special event with a mystery guest (further details to be announced) on Thursday, 19 September from 4.30 - 5.30pm at the Festival Hub at Torquay’s Grand Hotel.

More New Events for 2013 NEW! Cocktails, Costumes, Cake and Cole Porter Put on your glad rags and enjoy a birthday celebration for the Queen of Crime at her honeymoon hotel. Try a themed cocktail and a piece of Delicious Death cake before enjoying a sing-along with a Cole Porter trio, who’ve come to the festival specially all the way from Paris. Sunday 15 September, 6.00pm NEW! An Archaeologist’s View of Northern Iraq in the 1950s The English Riviera’s home of archaeology, Kents Cavern, will host a three course dinner, tour of the caves and talk from eminent archaeologist Dr Joan Oates, who worked at Nimrud with Max Mallowan and his wife Agatha Christie-Mallowan. With a brief introduction to Nimrud, the talk will focus on their Friday picnics including visits to the Yezidi ‘Spring Festival’, the monastery at Al Qosh and picnics in Kurdistan. There will be a wine reception. Tuesday 17 September, 6.30pm NEW! 1940s-1950s party aboard the Fairmile It’s time to put down your pens and reading books, relax and dress up on for a 1940s and 50s soiree aboard the WWII 1940s heritage ship the Fairmile. There’ll be music from the era with canapés and a welcome glass of bubbly served while you cruise around South Devon’s Beautiful Bay. Wednesday 18 September, 7pm departure from Torquay, 8pm departure from Paignton NEW AND EXCLUSIVE! Cream Tea and First Editions at Greenway Visit Greenway behind closed doors at this exclusive event designed specifically for the Agatha Christie Festival. Travel on the Agatha Christie Vintage Bus to Greenway where for the FIRST TIME ever you will be able to hold their collection of Agatha Christie first editions (with gloves of course!). Cream teas will be served. Monday 16 September, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm THEATRE: Go Back For Murder - Opening Night Treat yourself to great seats for the opening night of this year’s production from the Agatha Christie Theatre Company at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. Suspects, secrets, and red herrings abound in this thrilling new production. Monday 16th September, 7.30pm

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Festival Favourites Back this year by popular demand: FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: Burgh Island Lunch with Island Walk Dress in appropriate period attire and visit the famous Art Deco retreat where Agatha wrote Evil Under the Sun and And Then There Were None; enjoy a period lunch with classic dishes from the ‘20s and ‘30s and end with a grand tour of the island itself, including the hotel’s private grounds, during which Gary “McBar” will point out the significant markers in Christie’s writing history. Tuesday & Thursday 17 & 19 September, 12.30pm. FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: Murder Mystery on the Dining Train Board the Riviera Belle Dining Train for an evening of murder and mystery in conjunction with the Candlelight Theatre Company. You will be greeted on the platform with a glass of sparkling wine. Cuisine will be provided by Hennessy Restaurant, Torquay. Let time pass you by as you prepare to savour a new and exciting gastronomic experience, but be on your guard at all times... Tuesday & Saturday 17th & 21st September, 7.30pm

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For lots more about the famous Agatha Christie Festival and to download the 2013 Festival Programme visit the dedicated website at Agatha Christie One-Mile Sea Swim Sunday 15 September 2013 Agatha Christie was a keen sea swimmer and often bathed at Broadsands Beach and nearby Elberry Cove. Devon Air Ambulance Trust is once again running the Agatha Christie Sea Swim, to raise essential funds for our very own fast response, red helicopters which have been flying babies, children and adults for 21 years. Enter online at or by ringing 01392 466666 for an entry form.

Nick Powe

Torquay’s Stone Age Man

Anita Newcombe meets Nick Powe, owner of Torquay’s world famous Kents Cavern and finds out how he became the current custodian


he Powe family have been custodians of the paths and installed electric lighting, transforming the cave spectacular prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern into the ‘showcave’ visitors now enjoy.” in Torquay since 1880, rather an unusual Today, Kents Cavern is popular all year round, with job in anyone’s book. Generations of their family are regular tours and special events including the superb intrinsically linked to the Stone Age and family history Shakespeare Underground performances and superdoesn’t get more exciting than that! spooky Ghost Tours. Weddings take place here every Nick is a fifth generation Powe and the cavern’s current year with the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites in the owner, having taken over from his father John in 2000. cave system’s chambers and galleries, offering a unique A popular and charismatic local figure, he is hugely cathedral-like atmosphere to the proceedings. knowledgeable about the fascinating history of the cave The atmosphere in the caves was always very special; a system. Dr Maton wrote in 1794: “We Nick explained, “My great-great“My great-great-grandfather, began to imagine ourselves in the grandfather, George Smerdon, was abode of some magician.” George Smerdon, was foreman to William Pengelly during Nick continued, “Kents the great excavation of Kents Cavern foreman to William Pengelly Cavern sheltered prehistoric between 1865 and 1880.At the end during the great excavation animals such as cave bears, which of the dig, he became custodian of hibernated in the caves, cave of Kents Cavern between lion, the sabre-toothed scimitar the cavern and so started a long line of the same family looking after the 1865 and 1880.” cat and hyaena. Remains in cave. the caves show that woolly Exhausted by his contribution mammoths lived near the caves too. Flint handaxes to the excavations, he encouraged his son-in-law Francis discovered in the deepest recesses of the caves show that Powe to help him out. Together they rented the site from early man sheltered here at least half a million years ago, Lord Haldon, and when in 1903, the Haldon Estate was making it, by far, the most important prehistoric cave site put up for sale, Francis acquired the cavern, quarry and in Britain.” neighbouring woodlands. With his son Leslie they laid the Kents Cavern hit the headlines when a human jawbone


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Riviera People found here was dated between 44,200 and 41,500 years old making it the oldest modern human fossil in northwestern Europe and certainly in Britain. Nick Powe is actively continuing the great work of the Powe stewardship, having taken on a leading role in obtaining the UNESCO recognised Global Geopark designation for the English Riviera in 2007. Being one

of the family of worldwide Geoparks brings valuable international recognition for the English Riviera’s amazing history, heritage, geology, and culture. Nick has worked hard to make the most of the Geopark’s natural assets to increase tourism, serving on the boards of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (he is currently Chairman) as well as the English Riviera Tourism Company. o

Kents Cavern – Did You Know? More than 6 million people have visited Kents Cavern since it opened to the public in 1880. Beatrix Potter got inspiration for Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s home, a cave with a “door which went flush into the cliff,” during her visit in 1893. Agatha Christie referred to Kents Cavern as Hampsly Cavern in her 1924 novel The Man in the Brown Suit. Topsy the Donkey, pulled a little cart for visitors in the 1890s. For more information visit


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Dive the Geopark

Right on Your Doorstep! Richard Newcombe talked to Babbacombe-based Divers Down and award-winning underwater photographer Dan Bolt about diving the famous English Riviera Global Geopark.


nner space is an expression that is often used to describe the surreal underwater world of scuba diving. There’s a strange feeling of weightlessness (once you’ve got the hang of your buoyancy). It’s a bit like gently flying – but underwater! Tor Bay is superb for beginners, through to the most experienced divers and with suitable guidance and training almost anyone can have a go. The English Riviera is one of very few worldwide destinations designated a Global Geopark, because of the amazing geology that has helped form its spectacular coastline and undersea world. Our east-facing bay, enclosed on 3 sides and containing 40 sq km of water, provides sheltered diving locations regardless of wind direction or state of tide. It’s a great place to learn to dive


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with wonderful dive sites and lots to see. Tor Bay offers a great variety of shore and boat dives for all levels of diver and all the diving is from picturesque beaches, coves and jetties.The Geopark status recognises Tor Bay’s remarkable marine ecology, a great diversity of underwater species inhabit the reefs, seagrass beds and submarine caves; these include the short snouted seahorse, jewel and snakelock anemone and the spectacular cuttlefish. You will find a myriad of species above and below the waterline. Seals, dolphins, guillemots, razorbills and even seahorses can be found here. Below the waves a magical domain of anemones, corals and hydroids, crabs, shrimps and sea spiders, conger eels, John Dory, dogfish, nudibranchs, basking sharks and much more.

Get Active! Diving Sites in Tor Bay Babbacombe Beach This beautiful site is fairly sheltered and is only exposed to winds from an easterly through to a northerly direction. The site is used by Divers Down, a local dive club, for their Open Water Course plus most of the Advanced Open Water dives (except Deep Diver) and is suitable for other specialties, such as underwater photography, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Enriched Air. The access is either off the jetty, off the concrete slipway or off the steps in the middle of the beach. The bottom consists of rocky/ sandy areas and goes down gently to about 10m on a high spring tide, while further out there are rocky areas on a sandy bottom. It’s ideal for novices as they can access the water by walking in. In the springtime cuttlefish come in to mate and lay their eggs, a common time for the underwater photographers to get their cameras out. Indeed, the cuttlefish attract divers from far outside this region. Later in the year spider crabs and large wrasse enter the bay. This is also a superb site for night dives, with the abundant sea life in the summer making it an enjoyable site for divers of all levels. Boats can pick up divers from the jetty at certain states of the tide.

Oddicombe Beach Just along the coast from Babbacombe Beach, this site faces ESE, but Oddicombe has some lovely diving as the sun rises here making it excellent for morning dives. There are many different types of rock in this area with some great caves that can be dived at high tide. The caves are to the left of the beach harbouring an array of colourful Devon cup coral plus many other marine creatures. Entry is off the beach where there is a gentle slope out to a small reef. At the present time there is a rocky area, left of the beach that is unstable due to harsh weather over the winter. No parking is available at the beach from March to October but you can drive down, drop off your gear and drive back up the hill where street parking is available. Then instead of walking back down, for a small charge, you can use the beautifully renovated historical Babbacombe Cliff Railway to return to the beach. Air is available at Divers Down a short distance away. When exposed to easterly or north-easterly winds, this site is not suitable for diving. Meadfoot Beach Also close to Torquay, stunning Meadfoot Beach is

It’s a great place to learn to dive with wonderful dive sites and lots to see

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In the other direction a rocky coastline can be followed. There are eelgrass beds off the beach where sightings of sea horses are known. This is another popular site for underwater photography and also for night diving as a parallel course means the breakwater will always provide a point of reference.

Oddicombe Beach

Babbacombe Beach

Breakwater Beach

Berry Head

For the more experienced diver, the deeper waters offshore really need to be accessed from a boat. Shag Rock and Shoalstone reef are two very popular dives, with an abundance of sponges, soft corral and anemones. Slightly more adventurous are Thatcher Rock, the Orestone and Berry Head. All these sites are great for drift diving, and provide some spectacular scenery and wildlife. o


exposed to easterly through to southerly winds. There is easy access to the water off the beach or via a concrete slipway. The seabed has rocky outcrops on a sandy bottom and the more energetic diver can swim out to Shag Rock, though there can be currents around the rock at some tidal states, so local guidance should be sought. This beach is also suitable for divers of all levels including night diving and many beginners have taken their first dive here. Paignton Pier This is a memorable shore dive with a wonderful beach and no noticeable currents, which make this an easy, relaxing dive. The entire dive can be spent exploring the barnacle and mussel-encrusted structure of the pier. Around the bases of the pier supports you can find a variety of crabs, starfish and blennies and the occasional pipefish. Then venture out across the sandy seabed where shoals of sand eels and mullet can be seen. Keeping alert below the structure of the pier often rewards the diver with some interesting ‘search and recovery’ items dropped from the pier above. There is very little weed on the pier and, with good light, the silhouette for the metal structure makes for great photographs. For a meaningful dive, make sure you plan to enter the water at or near high water. Fairy Cove, Paignton For those already qualified, and looking for some interesting shore dive sites in the area, probably one of the safest actually within Torbay, has to be Fairy Cove. This site can be accessed on foot from Paignton harbour and is quite shallow. Swim out from the beach until you reach the edge of the rock shelf, and descend to about 7 or 8 metres, you will find yourself on a golden sand sea bed, with rocky inlets to explore, and a variety of sea life. Keep the shelf on your right, following the shelf for some 100 metres, and you will stumble on the wreck of the E.Boat T.289. She lies in about 8 metres of water, and is worth the effort of finding. Brixham Breakwater In Brixham, the breakwater is a popular site for local clubs and divers from across the region. Boat launching facilities are available and car parking is provided right at the water’s edge. You can access the sea straight from the car park across sandy Breakwater Beach. The seabed gradually slopes to about 10 metres, again making it a suitable site for divers of all abilities. Brixham is affected by winds from the east through to a northerly direction. The seabed consists of sand and rocky areas, although it is possible to follow the breakwater along its course for approximately ½ mile making for a very interesting dive.

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Rediscover the Secrets of

Torre Abbey

An historic jewel gazing out to sea across its lovely meadows, Torre Abbey in Torquay has just reopened after a second phase of restoration.


visitors to the Abbey including William of Orange (1688), ince its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson (1801), Caroline, Princess of survived and even played a role in some epic moments Wales (1809) as well of history. as Queen Elizabeth II, Torbay’s Mayor, who has visited on a Gordon Oliver said: number of occasions. “Torre Abbey historic Even Napoleon spent house is the jewel in two uncomfortable the Bay’s crown and it nights in Tor Bay on is wonderful to see it HMS Bellerophon as reopening after such a prisoner en route to careful restoration. This exile in St Helena in beautiful building has 1815. been brought to life The Spanish Barn, with state-of-the-art adjacent to the house, is technology depicting so-called as it played an local history through the important role housing ages.” 397 prisoners from the With its fine Spanish Armada taken gatehouse, guest hall, from the only galleon abbot’s tower and captured during the remarkable undercrofts, conflict, the Nuestra the Abbey is the bestSenhora del Rosario. preserved example of a The whole family medieval monastery in can now enjoy Devon and Cornwall. fascinating year-round It tells the story of 800 days out at Torre years of Catholicism Abbey, which played between 1196 &1930 such an important part and also has one of the in our history. five most complete early Torre Abbey houses medieval tithe barns in one of the largest England. fine art collections in Since its inception, Torre Abbey has been With its fine gatehouse, guest hall, abbot’s the South West. The is encapsulated the centre of religious tower and remarkable undercrofts, the history with state-of-the-art and artistic expression Abbey is the best-preserved example exhibitions and galleries, and hospitality and is a Scheduled Ancient of a medieval monastery in Devon and which will amaze and intrigue. You’ll find Monument of national Cornwall. house family trails and importance. There are children’s garden discovery backpacks, which will also help two Grade I listed buildings, four Grade II listed buildings, uncover an array of hidden mysteries. There will also be a and a delightful garden with a tropical Palm House. mobile App so you can download a personalised tour. Over the years, there have been a number of famous 26

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There is plenty to see here, from medieval cloisters to the engrossing life of a Victorian family. Learn about the former inhabitants of Torre Abbey from the medieval canons who managed the wealthiest Premonstratensian monastery in England for 343 years to the Cary family who lived in the Abbey for 268 years. Everyone will love a visit to the famous Potent Plants Garden. Inspired by the life of crime writer Agatha Christie. The Abbey’s head gardener dug deep into the murky world of poisons, antidotes and remedies in Christie’s novels and created a garden featuring a variety of interesting plants that may cure or kill depending on one’s motives. With a wealth of exotic and exciting plants, the gardens are a tranquil haven, which provide the perfect setting for a relaxing stroll. Exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias set off the Abbey ruins. The heated glasshouses, containing tropical and desert plants, are a treat for the senses whatever the season. The new children’s medieval garden displays plants that were popular in a different era. Abbey Bistro Café is open to visitors and non-visitors alike and there’s a gift shop with a range of souvenirs, gifts and books. o


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Torbay Lifeboat Week – Saving Lives at Sea

Brixham becomes a hive of activity during Torbay Lifeboat Week, 5 – 11 August, raising vital funds for the RNLI, a charity that is close to the heart of this seafaring town.


vents are organised around the Torbay Lifeboat and in particular over the weekend 9-11 August there will be a programme of fun, awareness and fundraising for the whole family.

Highlights of the week include:

• Walk/Go the Extra Mile - all week, a delightful one-mile stroll to the end of Brixham Breakwater and back – make a donation and sign the wall! • Visit Torbay Lifeboat Station – Friday 9, Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August. Visit the station to view the lifeboats old and new and don’t miss the kiosk to stock up on RNLI souvenirs. • Sea Safety Display and Life Jacket Clinic – Friday 9, Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August. FREE Life-jacket serviceability check and advice from the RNLI Torbay Coastal Sea Safety Team. • Torbay Lifeboat – open to view Friday 9, Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August. Regular guided tours lasting 40 minutes will be available. • Ron’s Big Barbeque – Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 from early afternoon until late evening. • Search and Rescue Demonstration – Sunday 11 August 7.30pm. Operational conditions permitting this is sure to be an exciting display and leads up to the grand finale fireworks. • Grand Finale Firework Display – Sunday 11 August – after 9.00pm All events take place near the breakwater

Other events include a ticket-only evening on Friday 9 August, Joey the Lips – a 10-piece band playing in the open supported by the Blues Brothers Collective (see website for details), a Bathtub Race and a Candlelit Walk on the Saturday, an Angling Competition and a Brixham Yacht Club junior sailing race. Of course don’t forget to visit the RNLI Shop in Middle Street, Brixham.o Details are subject to change; for further information visit (go to their calendar) or contact 01803 850155.

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Sparkling Coves from Broadsands Distance: 1.8 miles Exertion: Easy Terrain: Paths and shingle beach. Can be muddy in winter Dogs: On leads May to October at start and finish point Refreshments: Seasonal at Broadsands beach


ne of our favourite short, local walks starts and ends at Broadsands car park, near Brixham. The obvious attractions are the glorious sand beach, the pretty beach huts, the lovely old steam railway running behind and the wonderful views across the Bay. However, this is also a wonderful area for birdwatching with a chance to see egrets, grey heron, woodpeckers, various birds of prey and lots of smaller species. Keep an eye out for grey seals frolicking in the shallows. A great walk for dogs, they can roam and swim freely on Elberry Cove. Keep them on a lead on the promenade at Broadsands though – your furry friend is not allowed on this beach until 1 October.

1 From the Brixham end of Broadsands beach, stroll up on to Elberry Common keeping close to the water’s edge with its sparkling, rocky inlets – on a windy day watch out for small birds of prey hovering in the updraft at the low cliff edges whilst scouting for food in the undergrowth. Drop down the grassy hill, going through the gate towards Elberry Cove. This is a good spot to photograph birds before taking the left hand path down some steps to the beach. 2 Here the pretty pebble beach of Elberry Cove is a wonderful place to sit, paddle, swim or just gaze across the Bay. Lord Churston’s 18th century salt-water bathhouse can still be seen at the end of the beach, a fascinating ruin, lapped by the waves. This beach was also made famous in Agatha Christie’s ABC Murders as the scene of Sir Carmichael Clark’s unfortunate demise.


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3 At the far end of the beach take some steep steps up into Marridge Woods where in summer a lovely dappled shade may provide some welcome relief on a hot day. The left fork takes you via a series of pretty coves into Brixham whilst the right path brings you on a circular route back to Broadsands. If you take this shorter route then turn right when emerging from the woods and you will find a long, straight path with beautiful views, heading down towards Elberry Farm. Buzzards often accompany the horses grazing nearby. 4 There is a fork here – turn left for Elberry Farm and the path back to Broadsands car park. Otherwise just ahead is a short path back up onto Elberry Common where you can enjoy that amazing panorama across to Torquay and on a fine day much further along the coast. This is a great place to break out your flask of tea and relax!






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Join English Riviera Magazine for a Beach Clean organised by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust at Saltern Cove and help keep this underwater nature reserve special for future generations.


e have wonderful beaches and superb marine wildlife on the English Riviera and we want to keep it that way. At the Beach Clean on Friday 6 September, you will meet other Trust volunteers plus

the team from English Riviera Magazine and enjoy doing something really worthwhile for your community. Litter can have a devastating impact on the marine and coastal environment and studies show that this is on the increase. Harm can be caused by ingestion by sea birds, turtles and fish plus entanglement of marine mammals, seabirds and other species. The big culprit is plastic, especially plastic bags, mermaid tears (plastic pellets) and the plastic rings around drinks cans. However, many organisations and individuals are working to reduce the amount of marine litter in our seas and there are lots of ways you can help. You can join a local beach cleaning group,

cut up plastic rings, reduce the amount of plastic bags you use, recycle rubbish where you can and always take your litter home with you. English Riviera Magazine is supporting Goodrington Seashore Centre in inviting you to join us at a Volunteer Beach Clean at Saltern Cove on 6 September. Saltern Cove is a designated underwater Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This lovely cove is home to an array of coastal species including the peacock’s tail, snakelock anemone, wrasse, devil crabs and W hen: starfish to name just a few! 2-4pm, Friday 6 The litter you collect September will be removed and W here: recorded on a Marine meet at Conservation Society Goo drington Beachwatch form, which Seashore Centre is then added to their Getting there: national database that Bus No.12 monitors the marine litter Parking: and pollution of UK Yo ung’s Park, waters. Goo drington Saltern Cove is a registered Beachwatch beach and Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust is committed to cleaning it at least 4 times a year. For more information on becoming a TCCT volunteer, visit Please note due to walking distance and terrain this activity may not be suitable for younger children or anyone with a mobility issue.o

August 2013


Great Gorillas Invade the Bay!

Paignton Zoo is celebrating its 90th birthday with an invasion of Great Gorillas.


he Great Gorillas Project has placed a troop of life-size model gorillas onto the streets, parks and open spaces of the English Riviera and South Devon this summer so keep your eyes peeled for them. The gorillas, sponsored by local businesses and gaily painted with original designs by local artists, will form an exciting art trail to delight and amaze residents and visitors. Paignton Zoo’s Pippa Craddock explained why: “The Great Gorillas Project is a world class public art event. It is a celebration of 90 years of conservation



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at Paignton Zoo and a thank you to the community. It is also raising awareness and funds to help gorilla conservation.” The Great Gorillas Project will help in the fight to save the Cross River gorillas from extinction. The Cross River gorillas closely resemble the lowland gorillas that can be seen at Paignton Zoo. Once thought to be extinct, this unique subspecies of gorilla ‘resurfaced’ in the 1980s and is found only along the southern section of the NigeriaCameroon border. Fewer than 300 Cross River gorillas remain in the wild; they are the most endangered African

There will be two Great Gorillas at Paignton Zoo this summer; Herbert, named after the charity’s founder, and the small gorilla painted by real-life gorilla N’Dowe nose; bossy Kiondo, who is full brother to N’Dowe and half-brother to Kivu; Matadi, who is small but confident; and the youngest, N’Dowe (pronounced En-do-vay), who has definite artistic leanings, having painted canvases sold to raise money for gorilla conservation and who has painted his own gorilla for this project. o The sculptures will be on show between August and October before being auctioned for charity on Wednesday 6th November. For more information visit:


ape, ranking among the world’s 25 most endangered primate species. Illegal hunting for bush-meat and habitat loss mean their future looks far from rosy. Paignton Zoo will be providing funds to support the Wildlife Conservation Society, which has supported Cross River gorilla research and conservation efforts since 1996, helping to manage protected areas that provide refuge to these gravely endangered apes. The project was launched with the world’s first ever ‘Great Gorillas Flotilla’ travelling jauntily to their display positions by boat. Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay will also have a full set of miniature gorillas on display and will host a gathering of gorillas decorated by school pupils in the autumn half term. The (real) gorillas at Paignton Zoo are: laid-back silverback Pertinax; handsome Kivu with his heart-shaped

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Around the Bay Brixham Art and Craft Market Every Saturday throughout August and September. Brixham Art and Craft Market runs on Brixham’s beautiful harbourside.

Artists in Residence at Agatha Christie’s Greenway On until 22 September 10.30am to 5pm - Normal Admission Prices apply This is an idyllic setting in which to see the talented artists Emma Carter, David Cowell and Becky Bettesworth.

Greenway House, Greenway, Brixham TQ5 0ES 01803 842382

What’s On Go Wild! Holiday Club, Occombe Farm & Seashore Centre 5-9 August, 
12-16 August and 19-23 August This fun club offers a week of adventurous activities to keep children entertained during the summer holidays. Activities include den building, fire lighting, snorkelling, rockpooling, bread making and meet the animals down on the farm. Suitable for 8 – 12 year olds.

Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN To book contact 01803 528841 Waddles and Toddles, Living Coasts 19 August and 16 September Once a month sessions especially for toddlers,
Held on the third Monday of every month incorporating animal themed crafts, stories and activities. Booking essential.

Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG Email 01803 202475 Children’s Week 2013 19-23 August Summer Evening Ghost Tours, Kents Cavern Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout August Spooky ghost tours will scare you around the caves at Kents Cavern.

Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF 01803 215136 Plundering Pirates, Torquay Museum Until 7 September Get ready to splice the mainbrace and walk the plank as Plundering Pirates descend upon the museum for this familyfriendly summer exhibition.

Torquay Museum, 539 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

A full week of fun for the whole family on Paignton Green at the UK’s longest running children’s festival. Plus! Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatters Tea Party at Palace Avenue Gardens, Paignton on the first day.

Paignton Green, Paignton, TQ4 6BG 01803 208861 Brixham Fish Market Tours 7 and 21 August, 4 and 18 September

This amazing early morning tour of Brixham Fish Market enables you to experience the exciting fish auction followed by breakfast at the Fishermans Mission. This tour was recommended in VisitEngland’s top ‘101 Things to Do Before You Go Abroad’ bucket list. Not suitable for children under 14.

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What’s On Cowes – Torquay – Cowes Powerboat Race 1 September Boats start to arrive at Haldon Pier from 11.15am on the Cowes-Torquay race. 2.00pm Torquay-Cowes race starts from Haldon Pier giving spectators a real treat.

Haldon Pier, Torquay, TQ2 5EQ 0844 474 2233 Murder Dinner, Weary Ploughman 16 September Stavros S Niarchos – Tall Ship, Brixham 25-26 August This majestic 200ft tall ship is calling into Brixham and is fascinating to visit.

Bring out the beads, dust off those feather boas & sharpen your skills of detection for a glamorous murder mystery dinner.

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Brixham Harbour 02392 832055 Continental Market 23–26 August

Another vibrant continental market comes to Torquay – great for foodies!

Princess Gardens, Torquay, TQ2 5EZ Regatta Fireworks, Torquay 26 August 9.30pm (weather permitting)

This grand firework display celebrates 200 years of Torbay Royal Regatta.

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The Lone Twin Boat Project 8 September–19 October A beautifully crafted 30ft sailing boat, Collective Spirit, made from people’s wooden memorabilia will be visiting the English Riviera as a living archive of people’s stories and lives. It will be the centerpiece of a maritime exhibition at Torre Abbey’s Spanish Barn.

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The Red Arrows 28 August 6pm (weather permitting) The grand Finale for the 200th Anniversary of Torbay Royal Regatta celebrations, the Red Arrows will be roaring into the Bay for an unforgettable display over Torquay.

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Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick West End Encore Thursdays until 26 September

In an exciting collaboration of hit musicals, theatre director Colin Matthews has brought together another fabulous cast of eleven. The Bodyguard, We Will Rock You and West Side Story are just a few of the current classics that will have you singing along and reaching for the tissues.

Also worth seeing… Colin Fry, The Happy Medium 21September only

Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick Re Take That…The Live Concert 18 August only

Back by popular demand, the Take That tribute show is returning to the Palace Theatre for one final performance. Expect a sensational night featuring all your favourite songs and the exciting opportunity to meet the boys after the show.

Also worth seeing… The Rocking with Laughter Show 6 August – 4 September. A Parisian Spectacular 25 August only

Cockington Court Box Office 01803 607230 Editor’s pick As You Like It 15 August only

Have your picnic and blankets at the ready for one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, performed by open-air theatre company Illyria and set in the stunning grounds of Cockington Court. With its multiple disguises, political intrigue and a happy ending, it is the perfect comedy for a summer’s evening.

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Little Theatre, Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick Calendar Girls 5 – 17 August

TOADS Theatre Company are proud to present Calendar Girls by Tim Firth. Director Cora Grant portrays a WI fundraising effort for the Leukaemia Research Fund who pose nude for a calendar that becomes a media sensation.

Also worth seeing… Death by Fatal Murder 9-21 September


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Warren Grant (son of legendary Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant) and Band Wagon Productions present a phenomenal tribute to one of the greatest ever rock bands. If you have a ‘Whole Lotta Love’ for this incredible band do not miss this one night only performance.

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Local Books

The Secret Wild Swims of Torbay Matt Newbury talks about his new book co-written with fellow swimmer Sophie Pierce.


ike many other people privileged enough to have grown up in this area, the waters of the Bay have provided the most wonderful natural playground, whether you are into sailing, scuba diving, kayaking or swimming. For me it has always been the latter and I have found myself exploring the coastline and coves, selfpropelled for as long as I can remember. Recently there has been a real renaissance in what has become known as wild swimming, with social media linking up like-minded adventurers who seem to be taking to rivers, lakes and the sea with a level of enthusiasm not seen since the golden age of swimming around a century ago. It was on a dip about 12 months ago that a swim friend Sophie Pierce and I started questioning some of the things we were swimming past. What caused all this amazing geology? What was the story of that mysterious old ruin? What kind of people had swum in this same area back when the English Riviera was known as Queen of the Watering Places? The extensive research we did, provided a fascinating insight into history, geology and social history of these amazing waters and led to a talk for the English Riviera

Geopark Festival, which in turn led to a book we are both very proud of, Beyond the Beach - The Secret Wild Swims of Torbay. In the book, we have created 15 accessible and manageable swims, packed with trivia about the Bay, which seem not only to be appealing to swimmers, but everyone from walkers to fishermen and kayakers to divers. Famous names that bob up in the book include the likes of Agatha Christie, Charles Kingsley, Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling and Oscar Wilde. We are also delighted that the book features amazing photographs by

award-winning underwater photographer Dan Bolt, which really showcase our beautiful bay in a stunning fashion. We are really hoping that the book inspires people to return to swimming and we hope to see you in the water soon! o The book can be purchased at Torbay Bookshop in Paignton, Another Chapter in Brixham and the Torquay Visitor Information Centre. You can also buy it online at

STOP PRESS! The Paignton Pier to Pub Fun Swim takes place on Saturday 21 September, raising money for Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Visit August 2013


Zoo Babies

New arrivals at Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts


Paignton Zoo Environmental Park delighted visitors with a crop of spring and summer babies including a South American capybara, a Brazilian tapir, a Bornean orang utan and three African dwarf crocodiles.


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Living Coasts in Torquay welcomed two baby bluespotted stingrays and a macaroni penguin chick that had to be hand reared on ďŹ sh soup after it was abandoned by its parents.

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Down on the Elephant Farm Local chef Simon Hulstone is cutting his food miles by growing his own in Brixham as Jane Fitzgerald finds out



ichelin star chef, Simon Hulstone at The farming, and it’s harvest time at The Elephant Farm. Elephant is through with competing – so he The idea of the farm came about when Simon was says. He grew up in the world of competitive having trouble sourcing leaves, flowers and vegetables cooking, his father was a chef in Torquay and he was that reached his exacting standards in both taste and winning national competitions by the time he was in his appearance, so he decided to grow his own. His partners teens. At 30 he had been Knorr National Chef of the Year at the Elephant Restaurant, Peter Morgan and Friederike and World Junior Chef and he was Etessami own land at their home the first Roux scholar to train in “Before we knew it there near Brixham, so when Simon Spain at Marin Berasategui. were three big polytunnels came up with the idea of growing More recently Simon has produce for the kitchen there, and the farm was a reality” Peter, who Simon describes as a competed in the prestigious Bocuse D’or, appeared on BBC TV’s Great very can-do person, ran with it. British Menu and Saturday Kitchen and in 2012 he “Before we knew it there were three big polytunnels, and worked with Heston Blumenthal devising the Olympic the farm was a reality,” says Simon. menu for British Airways. The Elephant Farm is on a hill at the head of a valley Now he has other fish to fry – or should I say greens to that winds its way to the sea at Man Sands. Rare breed grow? His considerable energies have been diverted into sheep graze around sturdy polytunnels, which are built


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“We wanted to change from selling seeds and plants to selling food”


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to withstand the worst of weathers, bantam chickens free range in the yard and Berkshire piglets scamper in their run. The tunnels brim with super-healthy shoots, herbs, vegetables and flowers all tended with love by horticulturalist Debby Barker. Diminutive violas, ying yang beans, sweet corn and pea shoots thrive between rows of broad beans, climbing beans, tomatoes, onions, marigolds, carrots - to name a few. Simon and Debby are working in partnership with Dobies of Devon seed

merchants trialling new varieties and finding different ways of using them in the kitchen. “We wanted to change from selling seeds and plants to selling food,” explains Tom Sharples, senior horticulturalist from Dobies. “We realised we were telling people how to grow food, but not how to prepare and serve it. And we were aware of a missed generation when it came to knowledge in this area. We saw Simon’s imaginative style and here we are. August 2013


Peter Morton (Dobies), Debby Barker, Simon Hulstone and Tom Sharples (Dobies)

according to what is best on the day. “I‘ve made a folder of flexible recipes where we can substitute different ingredients. So the quality stays consistent. “It keeps the team on their toes,” adds Simon mischievously. o


“Through eating at the Elephant and by trying Simon’s recipes, we want people to realise they can grow many of these delicious leaves, sprouts and vegetables in pots on a balcony. And the smaller microleaves are not only more flavoursome, they are brimming with nutrients.” Simon admits there has been a lot to learn since the farm was established less than two years ago: “Last year was difficult, some of the crops failed, and we found ourselves with gluts of tomatoes. This year we are rotating crops, and trying to create a steady flow of produce for the restaurant. I want to grow not only micro leaves and exotic vegetables I want to grow really good carrots and onions too. I just want to make the ingredients sing.” In the kitchen at The Elephant the team are busy doing just that. There is no longer a set menu, it changes


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Summer 2013 Hello there from wild windswept Devon. I love this time of year, all the hard work is rewarded with the bountiful crops that are coming through. The peas will be ready to pick next week. We have already had some golden burpee beet roots which take a little longer to grow but are well worth the wait. The broad beans are amazing, taste delicious and are cropping like wild fire. The wild strawberries have so much fruit on I have put a net over to stop the pigeons being too tempted! Carrots too, Yellowstone and rainbow baby carrots have already gone over to the restaurant. Simon brings the chefs up to see where the food is grown. Fingers crossed that this good weather continues for us but looks like rain forecasted for the next few days. :-( Debs the guru gardener !

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A Seafood Feast at Brixham’s

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This is a real treat for seafood lovers. Crab Quay House is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a seafood feast for 6 people plus a chilled bottle of their house bubbly.


he winner and their guests will be able to enjoy Crab Quay House’s spectacular views over the delightful harbour and Brixham Fish Market with its historic fishing trawlers. You’ll love the contemporary style of Crab Quay House with its stylish bar, excellent cooking and friendly staff. Recently the star of its own TV show, Fish Town, Brixham has been the centre of the area’s vibrant fishing industry for centuries and its state-of-the-art new Fish Market was opened by Princess Anne in 2011. Brixham Fish Market lands over 40 different types of fish worth over £25 million per annum, which is landed, bought and sold here and then delivered to many top restaurants across the UK and Europe. Brixham’s fascinating early morning Fish Market Tours were recently voted into Visit England’s Bucket List of the Top 101 Things to Do Before You Go Abroad. Visitors

and journalists from all around the world have visited in the last couple of years to experience the early morning fish auction and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the harbourside. Pretty painted cottages cluster around the harbour at this delightful fishing port. You can stroll out to the half-mile long Breakwater with its lighthouse, admire the yachts in the splendid Marina and browse the delights of this very special waterside community. On the menu for this wonderful prize at Crab Quay House will be huge platters of Fruits de Mer with salt and pepper seasoned calamari, grilled sardines, garlic rubbed tiger prawns, mussels Devonaire and Mariniere, dressed crab, beer battered local day boat fish goujons, skinny fries and home baked breads with marie rose sauce and garlic aioli. The prize also includes a bottle of house bubbly, your choice of delicious desserts plus coffee or tea.

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Celebrating Seafood –

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Fishstock Brixham is quite a revelation; an urban music and seafood festival with serious style that’s held every year to raise funds for the Fisherman’s Mission


e all know that Brixham is the South West’s prettiest fishing port, we may even know that it has the highest value catch in the country. But Fishstock, taking place on Saturday, 7 September within the Fish Market itself, really makes you ‘get’ what an amazing place in the community our fishing tradition holds. The best thing

though is that it’s a wonderful day out for all the family. The open area outside the fishing hall is set with sizzling seafood stalls including the fabulous Brixham Chefs Seafood Piazza and lots of other stands with chef cook-offs and much more. The tastes, aromas, sights and sounds are to die for and an absolute must for anyone remotely foodie in

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that brought in the catch plus some wonderful heritage boats right there on the quayside welcoming you aboard.

Live musical entertainment continues all day and into the evening so come prepared to relax and enjoy yourself as the sun goes down The refrigerated fish hall is cleared and set up with lots of fun, sea-related stalls such as net-making, withy pots, splicing, marine memorabilia and lots of arts and crafts. The RNLI, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and lots of other organisations are there in force giving residents and visitors a rare insight to how our local fishing industry really works. Above all, this may be one of the best days out you attend all year so don’t miss it – see you there! o


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August 2013


Plaque unveiling at Royal Torbay Yacht Club A Torbay Civic Society blue plaque was unveiled in front of a group of over 100 invited guests at Royal Torbay Yacht Club by RYTC Commodore Mike Ellis with Torbay Royal Regatta Chairman David Selley and Torbay Civic Society Chairman Ian Handford. The plaque marks two events; both the 200th anniversary of Torbay Royal Regatta and the 150th anniversary of Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed tea and cake, followed by the traditional tot of rum and were entertained by sea shanties sung by South Devon Players.

Cllr Julien Parrott (Chmn Torbay Council), David Selley (Regatta Chmn)

The Plaque

Nigel Wollen (Admiral Royal Torbay Yacht Club), Ian Handford

Lydia Stone (English Riviera Tourism Company), Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine)

David Selley, (Regatta Chairman), Ian Handford (Chmn Torbay Civic Society), Mike Ellis (Commodore Royal Torbay Yacht Club)

Mike Ellis (Commodore), Chrissie Ellis, David & Debbie Selley, George De-Vey (Anderton & Rowland)

Ian Handford (Chmn Torbay Civic Society), Joan Nott accepting the Civic Society Award

Pip Hall (SE Devon Sector Mgr for HM Coastguard), Stuart Elliman (Lifeboat Operations Mgr RNLI Torbay Lifeboat)

Lydia Stone (ERTC), Richard Cudmore (Torquay Rowing Club & Regatta Committee)

Mayor Gordon Oliver with Torbay Sea Cadet Corps

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Rowcroft launches The Colour Rush Rowcroft Hospice launched its brand new Colour Rush event with a party at Splashdown Quaywest on with a taste of what’s to come at the event to be staged in and around Goodrington on 7 September this year.

Rachel Bryett (Rowcroft), Louise Kasprowicz (Ocean Mini Torbay)

Penny Cooper, Conway Hoare (Torbay Council)

Steve & Ruth Gorman, Jon Lees (Operations Manager, Splashdown Quaywest)

Karen Parker (Torbay Council Youth Service), Lisa Wooldridge, Jackie Richmond (Splashdown Quaywest)

Alan & Pat Lamper, Carol Scott, Alan Richmond

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Rachel Bell (Rowcroft), Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine

Paul Clack, Jo Sykes and Jill Stevens (all Rowcroft)

Chris Bethell, Jess Goodwin (Rowcroft), Simon & Carolyn Wallace

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All aboard the Fairmile!

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Greenway Ferry held a celebratory cruise plus fish & chip supper for around 150 invited guests to mark the relaunch of Heritage Ship Fairmile after a £160,000 refit and 72 years of service to the Bay.

Will Ford (Greenway Ferry), Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine)

Cllr Mark Kingscote, Judy Priestley, Cllr Chris Lewis, Cllr Raymond Hill Stacey Parker & Vicky Pritchard-Davies (Quayside Hotel), Michele Kenhard (Headland Court)

Will and John Ford (Greenway Ferry)

Peter Hodge (Peplows), Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine)

Caroline and Richard Haddock (Churston Farm Shop)

Vince Flower (Shearings Hotels), Tony Smyth (Sonachan House)

Belinda Smith and Gary Calland (National Trust English Riviera)

Nick, Jackie & Alex Winch (Rose Court Holiday Apartments)

Cllr Chris Lewis, Cllr Julien Parrott (Chmn Torbay Council), Paul Brady (Fair Winds Guest House) Paul and Karen Lloyd, Teresa Butto (Torbay Hospitality Assn), John Southwood

Cllr Cindy Stocks, Bill Vincent (Chmn Torbay Hospitality Assn), Cllr Ray Hill, Teresa Butto (VP ,THA), Linda Hill (THA)

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August 2013


Shoalstone Pool launch BBQ Members of the Brixham Community Trust, along with the Friends of Shoalstone Pool celebrated the hottest weekend of the year so far with a BBQ Brunch event with free bacon rolls and other treats for everyone at the pool.

Liz and Sean Edwards (both Brixham Community Trust) Clockwise from top left: Brixham Concillor Andrew Baldrey and Carol Pearsall , Friend of Shoalstone Pool Charlotte Wheeler and Holly Bedford (both Brixham Community Trust) Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine) and Joe Hayden (Shoalstone Pool Manager) Carol Pearsale and Kath Wilson (both Friends of Shoalstone Pool) Ian Jones and Steve Eltham, Shoalstone Pool Maintenance Manager

e-Strategy Summer BBQ

e–Strategy Digital Marketing held a summer party at Orestone Manor in Maidencombe. Guests enjoyed cool drinks and a delicious barbeque on the terrace on a beautiful sunny day.

Clockwise from top left: Julian Rees (English Riviera Magazine), Stuart Devlin (e-Strategy) Julie Baugh (Thurlestone Hotel), Robin Barker (Services for Tourism), Helena Davison (Torbay Development Agency) Adrian Foster (Prosperis), Paul Rose (e-Strategy), Mark Moon (e-Strategy), Matt Bassett (New Mind) Alex Howes (e-Strategy), Jess Cook (e-Strategy), Angi Wren (Bitpod), Alex Wren (Bitpod) Anita Newcombe (English Riviera Magazine), Eddie Bent (e-Strategy) Roger and Clare Sell, (River Dart Country Park), Adam Habasinski (CRS Adventures)


August 2013

Paddle Steamer Party

Social Diary

The English Riviera Tourism Company organised a successful networking evening aboard the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer with an idyllic cruise on the Dart. The Kingswear Castle is the last remaining coal-ďŹ red paddle steamer in the UK today and has recently returned to service on the Dart after a break of almost 50 years. Gundel and David BonďŹ eld (The Clydesdale Guest House)

John Harrington (Serena Lodge), Mick Story (Ashleigh Guest House), Lester Bowman (Broadshade Holiday Apartments)

Jonathan Abery and Marion McDonald (Therapia)

Cllr Andrew Baldrey (Torbay Council) Les Crump (Torbay Council), David Giles (Brixham Community Partnership) Jackie Colby and Cllr Darren Cowell (Torbay Council)

Richard Cuming (Bygones & English Riviera Attractions), Richard Botham, Nick Bye

Katrina Lewton (The Commodore), Paula Butler (Lanscombe House)

Liz and Chris Hart (Chairman ERTC) The Kingswear Castle


Claire Rosslee (ERTC), Lydia Stone (Senior Marketing Executive ERTC), Richard Stevens (Paignton Pier)

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The Great Gorillas Flotilla Paignton Zoo celebrated their 90th Anniversary with the world’s first Great Gorillas Flotilla. Guests were invited to a series of boat trips around Tor Bay during the day, followed by a grand reception at Living Coasts.  The spectacular Grand Finale came when the Greenway Ferry fleet, carrying the gorillas, lined up in front of admiring guests watching from the terrace at Living Coasts.

Sarah Barr (Paignton Zoo Trustee), Simon Tonge (Paignton Zoo), Kate Merrick

Richard Marsh (The Mill Consultancy), Vanessa Cobb (ATASS), Jemma Perry (ATASS)

Bananarilla and guests on board the Fairmile

Simon Wilson, Liz Cosgrave, Michael Cosgrave (Wollen Michelmore)

John & Dot Doherty (Dot’s Pantry)

Hannah Slater, Peter Slater (Power Marketing), Pippa Craddock (Paignton Zoo)


August 2013

Social Diary

Mike Baker (National Trust English Riviera) and Sheila Baker

Ellie Smith, Holly Giffard, Marianne Piercy, Lynn Worley, Eugene Rapson, Janine Dixon (all Cavanna Group)

Lydia Stone, Carolyn Custerson (ERTC)

Chris Hart, Becky Hart, Liz Hart, Clive Meredith, Michelle Meredith (all Wollen Michelmore)

Sylvia Greinig (Paignton Zoo Trustee), Geoffrey Greinig

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South Devon Link Road project brings benefits to Torbay 3 years before completion

At a recent meeting of the Torquay Business Forum, Jim Watson, Galliford Try’s Project Director, gave an illustrated talk on the progress of the A380 road improvement scheme to local business leaders. Work so far was reported to be on schedule with it now being possible to drive from one end of the route to the other in a robust vehicle (except for crossing the railway line of course!) and concerns and feedback from local residents was still Tracey Waygood (Public Liaison Officer) being regularly and Jim Watson sought and acted upon. The current hot weather had produced some issues with dust levels but the contractors felt this to be preferable to dealing with the more usual problem of rain and mud (I’m having the same dust issue in my garden too so would agree! - Ed.) Jim Watson also revealed how the local economy is already benefitting from the scheme as 66% of the 60strong permanent Galliford Try staff were locals and 86% of sub-contracts already awarded were placed with local companies. Keep up with the latest news and photos at and look out for more road building news in future issues. o Did you know… — Every day 34,000 cars use the current A380 between Torquay and Penn Inn, 10,000 cars travel from Torquay to Penn Inn on the St Marychurch Road and 4,000 cars travel from Torquay to Penn Inn on Edginswell Lane - It’s thought numbers of cars using the two minor routes will drop dramatically (this could mean the end for anyone supplying replacement wing mirrors in Torbay!). — The subject of a new road was first officially broached in 1951, the same year Dennis the Menace first appeared in the Beano! — If the 49,000 drivers who use the current road every day (excuse the assumption that each car only has one occupant) all save 15 minutes each on their journey then each day people in the area will spend 12,250 hours less in their cars, which adds up over the year to 185,791days of freed up time - whatever will we do? o

BusinessBreaks... Prince Charles optimistic about fishing industry future

Prince Charles, speaking at the Fishing for the Future workshop in Brixham said he was “impressed with equipment that significantly reduced by-catch, leading to fewer undersized fish being caught and [that] helps protect the seabed.” Earlier that day he had visited the Brixham trawler “Catharina” BM111, owned by local firm of Langdon & Philip. Jim Portus, Chief Executive of the South Western Fish Producer Organisation, said the Prince had been a driving force in the fishing industry for more than a decade.“He has been to see for himself what we have done in Brixham – there are some really bright fishermen spending time and money to re-design and innovate,” he told English Riviera Magazine after the Prince’s speech. o

Women of Achievement Celebrate! The team at the English Riviera Tourism Company (ERTC) took a starring role at the 2013 Herald Express, Women of Achievement Awards ceremony at Torquay’s Grand Hotel. The tourism company won the hotly contested Business of the Year category and Chief Executive Carolyn Custerson was also awarded Woman of the Year (Business). The two latest awards add to the astonishing tally of accolades recently won by the high performing team. In total, over the last 12 months, the ERTC has won a total of seven regional and national tourism awards. o

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the briefing straightforward and honest legal advice to take the stress out of tough situations


elcome to the first “The Briefing” article in the inaugural edition of English Riviera Magazine. Wollen Michelmore is delighted to be providing legal briefings on what we hope you will find to be a variety of relevant topics within the next few issues. It is interesting to see how our practice has developed in recent years, now with four offices in Torquay, Newton Abbot, Paignton and Dartmouth, employing 115 staff, all of whom are committed to providing you with not only excellent legal advice, but just as importantly, excellent client care service to ensure that you are looked after every step of the way. This year has been a particularly busy period in the life of the firm and we have had some great news over the last few months. We have recently won 3 major awards in respect of which we are extremely proud. In May, we were announced as winners of a national award as Licensing Law Firm of the Year in England, beating off stiff competition from firms up and down the country. It is a real vote of confidence in the specialist service we offer our clients that we have been recognised at a national level for such an important award. In June, we were delighted to hear that we had been awarded ‘ACQ 2013 Regional Law Firm of the Year for the South West’. ACQ Global awarded us the accolade after voting had been completed by over 9,000 law firms and practitioners. Again, the award demonstrates how far we have travelled recently as we could only have dreamt of winning such a prestigious regional award a short while ago. Two of our solicitors were nominated in the Women of Achievement Awards this July which were run by the Herald Express. Rebecca Procter was nominated for the category of ‘Mentor of the Year’ and Rachel Carter for ‘Rising Star of the Year’. Both nominations were a real credit to the work that both of them undertake for the firm within our family law department and we were particularly delighted that Rachel was announced as the winner of her category. Rachel was also deservedly shortlisted for a major national award ‘Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year’ for the work she undertakes representing

parents accused of causing non-acccidental injury. The work Rachel does takes her all over the country and to be recognised by her peers nationally is a real accolade for her and the firm. As well as being Wollen Michelmore’s Managing Partner, many of you will also know me as Chair of the English Riviera Tourism Company. Chairing the tourism company has been a huge privilege although not without its challenges, not least in terms of budget and funding and the awful weather of recent summers (at the time of writing this summer is looking very much better!). The company has managed significant change to enable it to more effectively market our destination and the industry we serve on the English Riviera. The hospitality sector is the lifeblood of Torbay’s economy and the bay needs it to thrive and prosper. I hope, from what you have read, you will see that we are passionate about the delivery of legal services through members of the firm who are excelling in their areas of law. I hope also that you can see that we are passionate about the community in which we live and work, and this is why we are delighted to be associated with English Riviera Magazine. The briefing will bring relevant articles and legal awareness in each issue, which I hope you will find useful. Whatever your legal requirement, from making a will to selling a valuable business, our team can help. If you would like to get a flavour of what we have been up to over the last year, why not take a look at our website or Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter ?


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