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Brixham’s Smugglers’ Lair

40 Years of


Babbacombe Festival



Riviera Fringe Festival

A Woman In Command ENJOY

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Dartmouth Flower Festival

D-Day Weekend — Learn to Paddleboard — Reader Competitions


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…to issue six as summertime on the English Riviera gets into full swing. This issue aims to inspire you to get out and about to really enjoy our stunning coastal resort, now so popular with visitors it was recently voted top seaside destination in the UK by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. We bring you a photo-essay about our sailing trip down the coast from Brixham and into Dartmouth and Salcombe to highlight the joys of yachting and learning to sail. Paddleboarding is very much in vogue and a wonderful experience around the sheltered waters of our UNESCOrecognised Global Geopark; we encourage you to give it a go and you can even do Paddleboarding Pilates! We also discover a brand-new dedicated Pilates studio in Torquay and find out why this form of exercise has become so popular. Also this month we delve into the lives of two interesting local characters: Adam Cairns and his brand-new Smugglers and Pirates Experience plus Gwyn Gibbons, the iconic Imperial Hotel’s very first female General Manager. The latest news of what’s going on locally in Openers is complemented by a bumper events roundup as well as details on the weekend D-Day celebrations in early June. Don’t miss Babbacombe Festival and its superb Marquee Events and it’s definitely worth popping over to Dartmouth for their delightful Midsummer Flower Festival. Why not book a show this summer? There’s lots of choice including an openair performance of Pride and Prejudice at Agatha Christie’s Greenway Walled Garden. We’re also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Gilbert and Sullivan in the Bay. We hope that English Riviera Magazine helps you to have fun locally this summer. Please keep sending us your news, your photos and your feature ideas to editorial@ and do chat to us on Twitter and Facebook. We love receptions, parties, exhibitions and business events so don’t forget to invite us along if you’d like your event featured in a forthcoming issue.

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Riviera Fringe Festival

10 Brixham’s Smugglers Lair


Babbacombe Festival

14 A Woman In Command


D-Day Celebrations

18 A Coastal Meander


What’s On

24 Dartmouth Flower Festival


26 40 Years of Gilbert & Sullivan


30 Walk


32 Give it a Go!




Local news snippets

We meet Adam Cairns

Gwyn Gibbons at the Imperial A sailing photo-essay

Two days of flowers and fun We meet local Savoyards

A coastal trek near Brixham Paddleboarding in the Bay

34 Give it a Go!

The Pilates experience


Top acts come to town

Party time in the festival marquee The English Riviera remembers 9 pages of summertime events

Theatre Round Up

Who’s treading the boards?

Social Diary

Were you there?

Business Breaks

Local business news

The Briefing

Legal news from Wollen Michelmore

Reader Competitions 18. A Coastal Meander

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‘A Good Place for a Rest’ by Laura Wall (

Laura is 28 years old and from South Devon. She is well known for her series ‘Love at the Seaside’ and for her illustrated children’s books ‘Goose and Friends’ which have been published in 30 countries. In 2013 Laura was awarded the title ‘Britain’s Best Up and Coming Artist’ by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Limited edition prints are also available at Haddon Galleries where Laura will be exhibiting original artworks in August.

14. A Woman In Command 10. Brixham’s Smugglers

26. 40 Years of G&S June/July 2014


Openers... New Paignton Harbour Users Group Paignton Harbour Users Group has recently been formed for people who have boats in Paignton Harbour, businesses or houses immediately bordering it plus ‘friends’ of Paignton harbour. The new group is planning to organise a farmers market plus small stalls on the

Openers... In other news from Paignton Harbour, retiring Harbour Master, John Turner has recently handed over the ‘oars’ to Simon Pinder. o

New Surf Clubhouse at Goodrington Torbay Surf Life Saving Club celebrated the opening of its new clubhouse at Goodrington North Beach with a day of beach-based activities. The Torbay Surf Life Saving club was launched in 2011 and in three seasons has trained over 20 surf lifeguards, 1000 junior beach u

quayside with view to bringing the harbour back to life. It also aims to facilitate communication amongst harbour users with a newsletter and through regular meetings. If anyone has an interest in joining in with the group or supporting them, please make contact with the Chairman, Terry Ekers

Penguins coming to Torquay Harbour Penguins have been popping up all around Torquay harbour. Living Coasts staff and volunteers have decorated over 50 mini plaster of Paris penguins in a range of dazzling designs, with others created by children and friends. The penguins will be on show in shop windows around the inner harbour, forming a fun free trail to follow. Designs include a punk with a Mohican, Harry Potter, a Wagnerian Valkyrie, several versions of Superman, a ceremonial guardsman complete with bearskin, a peacock


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penguin and a Damien Hirst inspired design using 1800 rhinestones. The trail, which is free to enter, runs until Tuesday 30 September and a trail sheet can be picked up from Living Coasts or any of the businesses taking part. A Living Coasts penguin feeding experience will be the star prize for the trail winner, to be selected in September. o


Openers... Openers... lifeguards and has an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Its focus is to train club members aged 6 and upwards on beach education, lifesaving rescue and fitness skills. “In Torbay, the sea and coastline is an integral part of most of our lives,” said Brendon Prince, TSLSC Chairman. Courses available include: Nippers (6/7-9yrs), Sharks (10-13yrs), Juniors (+13yrs) plus adult training. Torbay Surf Life Saving Club is a fully affiliated member of Surf Life Saving Great Britain (SLSGB). Follow TSLSC on Twitter: @torbayslsc Facebook: torbayslsc.o

Paignton Zoo giraffe named A Rothschild’s giraffe born at Paignton Zoo in January has been named Joanna. The baby giraffe’s new name was the result of a competition amongst visitors who voted for their favourite names. Voting raised nearly £200 for the charity’s conservation work. Six foot Joanna, now three months old, was born to mother Sangha and father Yoda in January. o

several nature reserves in Devon. The Board of Trustees has introduced the title for people who have made a distinguished contribution to the Trust itself; or in those fields associated with the aims of the Trust, such as education, conservation or advocacy (changing the way people behave for the benefit of biodiversity). The first two Honorary Members are auctioneer and former High Sheriff of Devon Robin Barlow and retired Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts volunteer John Wallington. The Trust’s Executive Director Simon Tonge said: “Robin has been doing charity auctions for us for more than 25 years; John was a volunteer for around a quarter of a century.”o

Torbay has a rich architectural heritage, some of which is more obvious than others and much we pass by without a second glance. Richard Maddock from local architects Kay Elliott and a friend Perrry Tribble have been searching out a few local gems. See if you recognise the object below then visit and let us know where you think it is and what it is? The answers will be in the next issue. o


Trust Honours

Above: John Wallington Right: Robin Barlow

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched a new Honorary Membership scheme to thank hard-working supporters. The Trust runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, as well as

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Batting for Devon Air Ambulance

Torquay Cricket Club has chosen Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) as their Charity of the Year for the 2014 season. From the exciting matches to the many other activities they host, such as club nights, part of the proceeds from these events will go to Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Supporting a local charity is part of the Club’s ethos, as they stand by

the importance of community responsibility. Robert Dickinson, President of the club, says, “Torquay Cricket Club is very pleased to identify DAAT as our Charity of the Year for 2014.” o

Cricket League flourishes

Openers... seen us go from strength to strength. This year Chelston Cricket Club has joined the league and girls’ cricket is proving increasingly popular. We are also hoping to run a new festival of youth cricket towards the end of the summer. o

Curiosity Killed the Cat? The Curiosity Fair at Tudors is an all-new event over three floors of a beautiful Tudor style building in Fore Street, St Marychurch on Saturday 28th June. It will be a feast of curious objects that will ignite your imagination and tease your senses. The day starts at 10am until 4pm, will include antiques, arts, crafts, entertainment, food and drink and is free entry. Bring your own curiosity! Curiosity killed the cat, but knowing brought him back. Do you have an antique or a family heirloom that you would like an expert to view? Slake your curiosity and get some free advice from Richard Bearne of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Fine Art Auctioneers. Who knows you might be sitting on a fortune? o

English Riviera solicitors Wollen Michelmore is celebrating its second year of sponsorship of the South Devon Youth Cricket League. The firm’s support has allowed the Newton Abbotbased League to develop significantly. This year for the first time, the League is running an Under 10 softball league to encourage more youngsters to enjoy the sport. There are already Under 17 and Under 19 leagues which began last year.

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In the Smugglers’ Lair... Anita Newcombe meets Adam Cairns and finds out what makes him tick and how he created his exciting all-new Smugglers & Pirates Experience in Brixham.


dam Cairns left school with fairly average qualifications, subsequently studying catering at Cheltenham College. He made several successful forays into the world of catering, owning and running tearooms and coffee shops. He first came to Brixham in 2004 and tried to buy a house at Moorings Reach. However, the deal fell through and he ended up buying a property in Shaldon called Hunters Lodge where he traded until 2010. With the English Riviera still on his mind, he came to Brixham for the second time round in 2011 with the idea of looking for sizeable premises where he could set up a business. He finally discovered the perfect spot on the harbourside. Adam tells me, “I’d been looking for a long time. It’s harder than you would think to find a suitable space with a good frontage where you can create something really good.” Adam got the inspiration to create his original


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Smugglers’ Story experience from an historic tourist experience in Oxford he had known and loved. He saw how it worked, how it attracted lots of people, how it was fun and most importantly to Adam, how it gave a terrific insight into the past, bringing history alive. Brixham offered many stories of smuggling and piracy from which to draw and Smugglers’ Story was born with the thrilling tales of Jack Rattenbury and his infamous gang of smugglers taking centre stage. Two years on, having learned from his initial experiences and relaunched the brand-new Smugglers and Pirates Experience, he looks back and calls this period of trading ‘Phase 1’. Adam revealed, “We gathered a lot of feedback from visitors; there were lots of good things but it was also sometimes quite painful. We responded to that by designing and installing a completely new attraction, creating a new story and adding much more to the show. We wanted to make sure families were getting really good value.”

Riviera People The show is now double the length and takes the visitor into different scenes, packed with character and intrigue and ending up in the atmospheric new chapel where the adventures of Jack and his shipmates play out. The whole thing is an exciting adventure as you become immersed in the story and start to feel as though the Customs and Excise Men are really chasing you! Planning the new experience has taken a long time, although the build time was just 4 weeks and the attraction was closed during this period, reopening for Easter. To get the job done, Adam called in a team of experts to take the show apart, keeping those elements which had been popular and creating lots of new features. Adam said, “We understood that you can’t do everything yourself.”

“I love it so much here that I don’t really want to go on holiday. I’m much happier when I feel part of something special” The result is the new Smugglers and Pirates Experience plus a brand-new café and gift shop. The Smugglers Retreat serves jaunty ‘Smugglers Breakfasts’ plus meals and snacks all day with wonderful views of the harbour. Adam’s own team worked together to create the story using real historic characters then the ideas went over to the team at Circle Creative who looked for actors, carried out filming, produced voice-overs and brought the whole thing alive. The experience takes place within a 3D environment with ships, sails and rowing boats and 3D modeling with green screens was used. This is the same process used in high budget films like Gravity. Once that was done, the project passed over to specialists at Audio Visual South West and Sarner. They installed the whole show into the space, computer programmed and checked it for continuity and quality. A big new element of the show is the introduction of the chapel where visitors can relax in the pews as the story continues. An atmospheric, candlelight effect creates a very realistic scene and is so delightful that you leave on a real high. Adam told me that the idea for the chapel came to him because the Reverend Lyte was key to the whole story. It seems that smuggled goods were often hidden in chapels with the full knowledge of the local clergy. Although Adam’s chapel idea took shape only after the idea of building a ship was rejected as impractical, the stunning new space has created a popular interest that

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“The actors are filmed acting out their scenes on a green screen and then the backgrounds are added in post-production”

The Actors

Emma Jerrold as Anna Rattenbury Emma trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has appeared in many theatre performances including Macbeth at the National Theatre and in TV Shows: East Enders and Bad Girls. Simon Snashall as Jack Rattenbury Simon trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a large and varied portfolio of both television and theatre work. Lionel Guyett as Bill and Black Beard Lionel is an actor, known for his films Flash Gordon, 12

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Jesus of Nazareth and Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall. He has played in over 150 productions. TV appearances include Taylor in Downton Abbey. Alister Cameron as Reverend Lyte Alister is an actor and writer, known for Into the Storm, Solitaire for 2 and At the Fountainhead (of German Strength). He recently appeared in Silent Witness. Mark Newnham as Tom/Smuggler Mark studied as an actor/musician at Rose Bruford College and has recently appeared in Return to the Forbidden Planet, A Passionate Woman, Lennon and Parade.

Riviera People has taken Adam by surprise. Requests have been flooding in to hire the space for events and concerts. Folk singer Maggie Duffy is planning a concert there and there have also been requests to hold ghost evenings. I asked Adam how he finds time for a social life with so much going on in his business. He told me that he loves to work seven days a week and had his last holiday in 2005. He says, “I love it so much here that I don’t really want to go on holiday. I’m much happier when I feel part of something special and working with the teams on the new Smugglers and Pirates Experience has been tremendously rewarding.” However, Adam does like to take his dachshund Lulu for walks around the Bay and loves the fact that there are so many beautiful places to go. Breakwater Beach, the coast path and Meadfoot beach in Torquay are favourites. The Smugglers & Pirates Experience really reflects the exciting history of Brixham and I had a great time immersing myself in the shady world of Smugglers, Pirates and Rogues, followed by tea in the Smugglers Retreat.o

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Gwyn Gibbons

a woman in command

The appointment of The Imperial Hotel’s very first female General Manager is a significant milestone in its illustrious history. Anita Newcombe chats to Gwyn Gibbons.


wyn Gibbons is just the sort of person I would have wished to see leading one of the country’s most iconic and traditional hotels. Charming, elegant with a word for all her guests and staff, could Gwyn be bringing back some of the sophistication and glamour of The Imperial’s heady past? Opened in 1866, The Imperial Hotel quickly established itself a hotel of rank and fashion attracting exquisitely dressed visitors who stayed for weeks at a time and wined and dined on delights such as Hors d’Oeuvres Choisis, Barquettes de Caviar and Tortue des Indes aux Xeres. Back in the present, Gwyn and I head to the Britannia Bar for tea as Gwyn explains that times have changed and fewer guests stay for 6 weeks at a stretch (although some still do) and far more visitors come for regular short breaks throughout the year. The hotel is also a family resort, particularly during July and August and special children’s buffets are now popular. Sipping my tea, I ask Gwyn about her background and wait to hear that she went to a hotel management college and worked her way up through all the departments before finally achieving her first General Manager position. Not a bit of it. Gwyn says somewhat surprisingly, “I trained as a computer programmer and took an HND in Business Studies on a block release programme with British Aerospace as I was good at maths.” Gwyn then discovered other skills in her repertoire and moved into hotel sales in a property owned by the health service. Her big break into hotel management came when she was offered her first hotel management role, rather astonishingly going straight in as General Manager of Eastwood Park in the Cotswolds. If this was a big challenge, then Gwyn rose to it in considerable style, increasing its profit dramatically within 18 months. Gwyn reveals, “I had fallen in love with hospitality.”

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The Imperial was very popular with royalty The Queen of Holland stayed in 1870 Napoleon stayed in 1871 The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) stayed in 1878 The Prince of Wales Cove is set deep in the cliffs Electric Light was fitted in 1904 A motor garage was built in 1912 The Sun Lounge and Ballroom were built in 1935

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Riviera People There followed a whirlwind of personal development as One of the biggest issues for Gwyn is staffing. She is Gwyn took on a variety of specialist hotel roles and further trying to recruit as many local people as possible and ensure honed her skills with the highly regarded Marriott Hotels. that they are properly trained and well looked after so they Gwyn recalls, “They provided fantastic training in all stay and build up their skills and their career. A recent departments which is vital to performing well as a General recruitment day yielded 50 applicants of which at least 35 Manager.” have excellent potential. Training has taken centre stage as At this point, rather exhausted, Gwyn decided to take 6 Gwyn works hard to drive up standards, particularly on the months off to reflect on her career and the long hours she Food and Beverage side of things. Her vision is a friendly, was putting in. However, after only 2 weeks of relaxation, welcoming style, plenty of recognition for repeat guests and she was headhunted into the post of Sales and Marketing making every effort to exceed guests’ expectations. Director at Wentworth, one of the world’s finest golf and Gwyn says, “Expectations are different now. The rate for country clubs and off she went again! Gwyn stayed at a standard room in 1987 was £287 per night and now it is Wentworth for 7 years leaving to work in hotel consultancy, £150-190 per night so we have to achieve high quality with helping administrators to prepare hotels for sale. fewer staff and that requires a stable workforce and excellent Just over a year ago she was invited to consider coming training. I am working to improve the culture so that staff to Torquay as General Manager of the Imperial Hotel by feel supported and enjoy coming to work.” Puma Hotels. She enthused, “ It was a beautiful day; the The hotel does have quite a few long-standing staff such sky was blue and I found that I really shared the values and as William, a porter and Teresa in housekeeping who have vision of Puma Hotels. I simply 30 years service each and Trevor, couldn’t turn it down and started She is trying to recruit as many also a porter and Alison who in March 2013.” local people as possible and does accounts plus arranging the Since starting, Gwyn has been ensure that they are properly flowers; they both have 25 years so busy she has few opportunities service. trained and well looked after so There are so many things that to go home to her family home in the Cotswolds. She lives in they stay and build up their skills can go wrong in a hotel. Gwyn the hotel and has had lots to ruefully recalls an experience and their career. do in driving up standards for many years ago when her team this ‘grand old lady’ of hotels. packed the wrong guest’s luggage and sent it off to the In addition to creating a great welcome for visitors, Gwyn airport, much to the general chagrin of all concerned. wants to integrate the hotel into the local community. The I’m interested in whether Gwyn ever gets any free time recent bad weather and destruction of the train line has and she tells me that now she has a good senior team, not affected the hotel unduly. Business has been good with she does manage to get a little time off to spend with her the first quarter strongly up on last year and even January’s husband Maurice and her son Ian who is married with a bedroom occupancy levels running at 53%. Locals are an young daughter. Gwyn admits that in her first year in post important consideration too with Mothers’ Day bringing at the Imperial she has hardly been outside but now wants over 200 people in for lunch, most of whom live in the Bay. to discover more of the local delights of the English Riviera. I ask Gwyn what her biggest tasks were when she started. She used to come to Goodrington as a teenager and has She tells me, “The previous owners had left the basic fond memories of the area. infrastructure such as boilers and lifts in good order so However, there’s no doubt that Gwyn will be focussing that was a start. However, we are constantly refurbishing most of her time on continuing to improve the guest – nothing ever stands still and I also needed to work on experience at the Imperial to bring it up to her exacting improving overall quality and service. “ standards. “Still lots to do,” says Gwyn. o

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Anita and Richard Newcombe sail from beautiful Brixham Harbour towards Dartmouth and Salcombe on a 3-day coastal meander.


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Sailing Photo Essay


almena II is a 40-year-old Westerly Centaur that we have kept moored in Brixham Harbour for the last 12 years. She is something of a fixture in Brixham, having been owned by a former fighter pilot we called Cap’n Roger long before we bought her. Ours is a swinging mooring in Brixham outer harbour and this year we had her overwintered on Oxen Cove car park, close to the waterside. This makes it easy to get down and do all those jobs including routine maintenance, cleaning out all the cupboards and lockers,

scrubbing and repainting the hull and so on. All the boats are lifted back into the harbour on the same day April 1st and the previous weekend sees a surge of activity among boat owners, finally getting around to those last-minute jobs. The mooing buoys in the outer harbour are largely empty at this point, with few boats staying in all year, but once Palmena II had been safely dropped in and is back on her mooring, we feel a shakedown cruise is definitely indicated. After an hour reattaching the sails, which had June/July 2014


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spent the winter in our attic at home, we set off for a first sail across the Bay. That completed successfully, we decide to plan an Easter sail down the coast. One of the great things about mooring a yacht in Brixham is that you can just potter along the coast, enjoying some of the most picturesque harbours in the country with easy mooring, wonderful walks and welcoming pubs. The Westerly Centaur is 26ft in length and is very dry and comfortable. However, it is not noted for its speed, so we check the tide times to get as much help as possible from the currents and set off for Dartmouth. It is a glorious sail rounding the 200ft cliffs at Berry Head,

spotting the guillemots and kittiwakes and proceeding along the coast past St Mary’s Bay and Man Sands with its pretty Coastguard Cottages. We know we are being watched from the NCI Froward Point lookout station as we pass East Blackstone and Mewstone at the same time as we are looking out for seals basking on the rocks. For me the best part of this trip is always entering the River Dart past ‘The Castles,’ Dartmouth Castle on the port side and Kingswear Castle on the starboard side. These present a stunning sight, guarding the entrance to the river. After we negotiate our way past the lower ferry, we find a mooring on one of Dart Harbour’s pontoons. The views in the river are spectacular and it’s a superb June/July 2014


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Sailing Photo Essay place to spend the night with a short trip ashore in the tender and supper in the Castle Hotel’s Galleon Bar a welcome prospect. In the morning, after checking the tides and the weather, we set off for Salcombe. The first time we turned right out of Dartmouth towards Salcombe it was a daunting prospect and we still treat the trip around the Skerries and past Start Point and Prawle Point with considerable respect. Today we have a really good sail towards Salcombe with our speed touching 7 knots (assisted by the tide) and soon we see the beautiful headland of Bolt Tail come into view. Salcombe has a sand bar to be crossed that was made famous in Tennyson’s ‘Crossing of the Bar.’ This is not a problem for us as we have a shallow draft of 1 metre, so having dropped the sails we head straight in and find our favourite mooring close to the town and its lovely beaches. A good evening with supper at the Ferry Inn sets us up for the night. We were planning to spend two nights in Salcombe but poor weather is forecast so after a bacon sandwich at Captain Morgan’s we head for home. A great three-day trip, we arrive back feeling completely relaxed. There is a range of good sailing schools on the English Riviera where you can learn to sail and join some sailing trips to see if life on the ocean wave might be for you. One thing is certain, sailing along the South Devon coast from the English Riviera is a wonderful thing to experience at least once. o

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Midsummer Flower Festival

Dartmouth Green Partnerships, formerly Dartmouth in Bloom, is organising a Midsummer Flower Festival on Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 June, a delightful new event in the Dartmouth calendar.


ver two days of flowers and fun, Royal Avenue Gardens will host a wide range of familyfriendly, flower-themed activities, displays, competitions and events. Environmental stalls will present information about bats, bees and birds and wildlife, as well as open gardens, local garden celebrity Iris Webb and more. There will be refreshments on sale and a flower fairy and ugly bug fancy dress parade for children, a dog show, plus lots of music and dance. In the Old Market you can buy plants, and flower related products and join workshops on flower arranging and paper flower making. In Townstal there will be a Garden Safari on Sunday 22 June. Make sure you book for Great Talks for Gardeners at the Flavel, 7pm on Saturday 21 June. Tickets cost £12.50 from the Flavel. Anne Swithinbank, well known as a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, will talk about her two-acre garden in East Devon. As well as practical gardening knowledge from her time at Kew and Wisley, Anne has a huge amount of


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experience in journalism, radio and TV. Also on the platform will be recently retired former RHS judge, Bob Sweet (who won many gold medals as parks director in Torbay). A horticultural expert examiner and experienced UK national judge, he will talk about his experience at Chelsea and other international events, and what goes on behind the scenes. There will be a full-day Art Master Class on flower painting, for both beginners and improvers, hosted by RHS Gold Medallist Rosie Martin at Townstal Community Hall on Saturday 21 June, at Townstal Community Centre from 10am-4pm. Price £45 to include a light lunch. Booking is essential. (For details contact Jan Barwick:; tel: 07866 492601.)


Shops in the town will join in with flower-themed window displays, and local churches will create goldthemed flower displays. The town will be looking its best ready for the RHS judges on 15 July, with displays on this year’s RHS theme, ‘Growing for Gold for Pollinators’ – celebrating 50 years of Britain in Bloom. The other RHS theme is ‘Poppies’ marking the start of World War I a century ago. DGP has planted wild flowers with poppies in the mix in many more areas than last year. o

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The very model of a modern musical society... The Gilbert and Sullivan Society (Torbay Branch) is celebrating its 40th anniversary year and 40th performance. Julian Rees meets president, and life member Ann Partridge.


orty-one years ago members from operatic societies around the Bay came together to support and take chorus roles in the production of two Gilbert and Sullivan operas, HMS Pinafore and The Yeoman of the Guard, that were produced by the professional company Gilbert and Sullivan For All. After the shows were successfully staged at the Festival Theatre in Paignton, a group of locals inspired by acclaimed actors and former D’Oyly Carte Opera Company members Thomas Round and Donald Adams, who produced the Festival Theatre shows, decided to form a group that solely performed the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Shortly afterwards the Torbay Gilbert and Sullivan Club was formed. A ‘Cheese and Wine Concert’ was held at Oldway Mansion in October 1973 to an audience including the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Mr and Mrs Len Howard. This inaugural performance was shortly followed by the Club’s first annual show on the 5th of February 1974 at the Palace Avenue Theatre in Paignton where they continued until 2002 when the theatre was closed for restoration and refurbishment. Since that time the Society has produced its annual show at the Little Theatre in Torquay. Ann tells me that the society afford themselves a period of just four to five months to rehearse for shows, spending the rest of the year rehearsing for Autumn, Christmas and Spring concerts. Over the years, the society has had much media coverage with the highlight being its appearance on the BBC’s Record Breakers with the late Roy Castle. After a chance remark at a committee meeting that the Society should attempt to sing the entire canon of 13 Savoy operas in chronological order and without a break, planning got under way and the advice of the Guinness Book of Records was sought. At 6am on a Saturday morning in March 1978, at the Palace Avenue Theatre, the group embarked on a marathon performance that involved more than 50


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Society singers, choristers from Oxford and Surrey Universities, and a small team of pianists and conductors - one of whom managed a 14 ½ hour stint! All the way from Trial by Jury through to The Grand Duke Ann Partridge onlookers came and went, a BBC camera crew arrived and members of the local press dropped in. After 16 ½ hours the task was complete and the Society had sung their way in to the Guinness Book of Records, a few hardy members even managed to stay on stage all day, except for brief calls of nature! Over the following weeks, members were invited to appear on the local TSW television news and a group travelled to London to sing a medley of songs from all thirteen operas in full costume that was broadcast on the Record Breakers television programme. The Society gained further national attention whilst celebrating the 100th anniversay of the Pirates of Penzance, which was originally performed at the Royal Bijou Theatre in Hyde Road, Paignton - in a building more recently noted for housing Woolworths and that now sports a blue plaque that celebrates the event. The original performance, the first in any country, was carried out in great haste by members of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company who happened to be appearing at the Lyceum Theatre in Torquay’s Abbey Road, to secure copyright and prevent unauthorised performances in the United States. The Society performed the show, one of the last at the Bijou, in 1979 before an audience some of whom had travelled from the USA to mark the occasion. For its 40th year, the Society will be performing Cox and Box and HMS Pinafore as it did in its first year. HMS Pinafore being one of the more popular operas, has had several airings during the last 40 years but has never been repeated alongside Cox and Box which was


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Sullivan’s first successful comic opera written five years before his partnership with Gilbert began. The show, at the Little Theatre in Torquay, runs from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 July. As well as performing full operas, the Society holds regular concerts, many in aid of local charities, in a variety of venues around the English Riviera and South Devon. They have performed at the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre house and Compton Castle, town and village halls near and far to spread the word and most memorably for Ann, at Exeter Prison and Hawkmoor Mental Hospital. Both events received raucous receptions and even some audience participation, despite the fact the Exeter Prison warders had been expecting seventies rock singer Gilbert O’Sullivan and his band rather than the society and their pianist! The Society has a strong following in the Bay and still fills the Little Theatre every year with performances that quite often have a twist to the traditional comic plots. The society meets regularly at 7.30pm on Monday evenings at Collaton St Mary Primary School and new members are always welcome. As the society was founded to appreciate the works of Gilbert and Sullivan it welcomes non-singing members too, only a love of the works is required. For membership enquiries, contact the secretary on 01803 525357. o Who’s Who in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Phyllis Elliott – Life President Ann Partridge – President Glyn Dawson, Thomas Round - Vice-Presidents Andrew Bell – Chairman Hazel Wood – Vice Chairman Richard Toomer - Musical Director Alison Bairstow – Hon. Secretary Rachael Harcourt - Hon. Treasurer

40 years - 40 Shows 1974 Cox and Box and H.M.S. Pinafore 1975 The Gondoliers 1976 Patience 1977 Ruddigore 1978 The Grand Duke 1979 The Pirates of Penzance 1980 The Yeomen of the Guard 1981 The Mikado 1982 The Sorcerer 1983 Iolanthe 1984 Utopia Limited 1986 Trial by Jury and H.M.S.Pinafore 1987 Princess Ida 1988 The Mikado 1989 The Pirates of Penzance 1990 H.M.S.Pinafore 1991 The Yeomen of the Guard 1992 Iolanthe 1993 Patience 1994 The Gondoliers 1995 Ruddigore 1996 The Mikado 1997 The Yeomen of the Guard 1998 H.M.S. Pinafore 1999 Princess Ida 2000 The Pirates of Penzance 2001 The Gondoliers 2002 Iolanthe 2003 Trial by Jury and The Sorcerer 2004 The Mikado 2005 Patience 2006 HMS Pinafore 2007 Ruddigore 2008 The Pirates of Penzance 2009 The Gondoliers 2010 Iolanthe 2011 The Yeomen of the Guard 2012 The Mikado 2013 Princess Ida 2014 Cox and Box and H.M.S. Pinafore

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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 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 30

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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 due to erosion. Once at the bottom of the descent cross the small footbridge and follow the path to ascend the other side of the combe. There is an entrance to Coleton Fishacre House here - visitor charges apply. 3 Follow the path further westward toward Inner Froward Point and take in the stunning views. The path moves through a wooded section before arriving at Brownstone Battery, the WWII defences that are now an NCI lookout point. 4 From Brownstone Battery follow the coast path westward toward Kingswear through the woods above Newfoundland Cove then over a stile and down the woodland path that leads down steps to Mill Bay Cove. 5 Take the metalled road on the right then left over the stile and follow the steps up from the cove. Follow the signs to Brownstone and take the right hand fork to Home Farm. Then follow the footpath signs up the steep path to the concrete lane at Higher Brownstone Farm. 6 At this point you will see the Daymark, a tower that aids navigation, being the first object mariners sight when crossing the channel for Dartmouth. Detour to the right for 100 yards to access the site and marvel at the substantial stone structure. Follow the lane back up to the metalled road, past the Brownstone car park and entrance to Coleton Fishacre House and return to the Coleton Camp car park. o


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Anyone Can

Walk On Water...

Although not a new sport, stand-up paddleboarding is the fastest growing water sport of the moment. Julian Rees has been giving it a go for a couple of years now and tells us why it’s so enjoyable.



lthough surf instructors took to their boards with paddleboarding is far easier to master than surfing or single-bladed paddles as far back as the 1940s windsurfing. The secret is to pick the right day, try it in order to marshal their students, stand-up when there’s a bit of swell and you might never go back. paddleboarding (or SUP for short) has only been an However, pick a flat calm day, (early morning or early established watersport for about seven or eight years, evenings are best) and give it a go and you’ll be surprised established meaning manufacturers quickly you master the basics. If you ever wondered why how started to build boards especially As with any sport it’s worth taking a Tor Bay is a designated lesson or two to make sure you don’t for that purpose. Until that point propelling a board with a paddle had Geopark, take a paddle pick up any bad habits and also to been ‘something better than nothing’ the most out of the exercise and around the coastline and get for surfers and windsurfers without body fitness opportunities on offer. see for yourself. wind or waves. Get your paddle stroke right and Like myself you may well have had to look twice at SUP is a fantastic core fitness workout. what appeared to be someone walking on water across the Once your confidence starts to build then more and Bay, whilst out strolling on the beach or driving along the more options open up as sea state is not so important. coast road. I was intrigued and had to have a go. I got my Like learning to ride a bike, once you stop looking at your chance with a fanatical windsurfing relative who had a feet and start to look ahead you naturally anticipate the board for those ‘no wind’ days. peaks and troughs you’re travelling across and adjust your Again, like myself, you may think that you need balance to suit. If you get it wrong and start to topple then incredible balancing skills to get going but no, not true, the paddle provides just enough stability to get back on 32

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track. As SUP has its origins in surfing then you’ll at some point want to tackle a few waves and because the paddle provides a strong means of propulsion it’s surprising how much fun can be had with quite small waves! Already the sport has diversified and boards come in a variety of shapes and sizes - long narrow boards for racing, short boards for surfing and very buoyant boards for touring. Lengths range from 7 feet to 15 feet. Boards are either solid, constructed from a range of materials or inflatable for those who have storage issues or want to travel with their board. With the variety of SUP opportunities in and around the Bay, a multi-purpose board is the best place to start, length and width being very much dependant on your weight and height. Retailers will often offer taster sessions or you can hire boards at some beaches around the Bay. Above all you’ll want a board that is buoyant enough for your weight, will glide sufficiently to make longer trips a reality and be manoeuvrable enough to tackle the

occasional wave. Along with a board you’ll need a paddle, a leash and depending on the length of your watersport season, a wetsuit! Within Tor Bay there’s so much to explore and on a paddleboard you can reach places that other watercraft can’t get to and see deep down through the clear waters. If you ever wondered why Tor Bay is a designated Geopark, take a paddle around the coastline and see for yourself. As well as the Bay, the River Dart offers tranquil opportunities all the way up to Staverton and the Teign is navigable almost to Newton Abbot. Once you’ve mastered your board you might even want to try Yoga or Pilates afloat! o For more information Torquay Kitesurfing, and SUP School 01803 212411 Broadsands Kayak and SUP Centre 07706 124053 June/July 2014


That stretching feeling.. A brand-new Pilates studio has opened in Torquay. Anita Newcombe goes along to investigate.


outh Devon Pilates can be found right in the heart of Ellacombe in Torquay. Although you can sometimes park in the fascinating little cul de sac next to the studio, it is easy to park in one of the quiet, roads nearby. Once I’ve done this, I stroll over to the beautifully light and airy studio in Alexandra Lane, which it appears, was once a Victorian barn. Owner, Catherine Ogilvy-Stuart meets me for a private lesson so I can try this mysterious physical fitness system I keep hearing about. She tells me that Pilates has become popular with celebrities. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Grant and many more are all advocates. Catherine has been teaching Pilates for over 14 years and points out that it is a form of exercise suitable for all ages and abilities. It’s not just ladies either, Catherine has taught Pilates to all-male cricket teams and many other male athletes. Catherine explains that Pilates is a conditioning system that strengthens your body with particular emphasis on

your core and also improves your flexibility, posture and alignment. It uses both machine work and group mat classes; you can choose to do either of these or both. Today, I am having a one-to-one lesson using the machines and after we complete a short health questionnaire, we get started. Catherine tells me, “Many ladies come to me wanting to work on specific areas but it is important to be aware of your whole body and in particular your posture. Lots of people are surprised to learn that many everyday tasks and exercises they are doing may be having a negative impact and correcting these is a priority.” Catherine shows me the first exercise on the machines and we go through a range of lunges, stretches and situps. She sets the resistance levels, monitors everything and adjusts my posture as we go. The Pilates equipment uses springs, which are graded in terms of resistance and they are designed to contract and lengthen the muscles without adding bulk. The exercises are actually quite good

I am sure that this has helped deliver the wonderfully smooth, silky feeling I’ve gained within my muscles


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fun and comfortable to do and I am starting to feel I may have become a couple of inches taller in the process as I’m stretching so much. Between repetitions, I manage to ask Catherine about her family and she tells me that she moved to Devon last year and set about looking for a suitable Pilates studio. Catherine and husband Angus discovered the premises in Alexandra Lane quite by accident. It proved to be a great find, located on the first floor of a large Victorian barn (you can still see the big double doors that used to open up to receive deliveries). It was perfect with maple wood floors, although these had to be completely sanded down and re-polished to rid them of their rather harsh shade of orange. The attractive vaulted ceilings needed no work and with the addition of some tasteful lighting and walls repainted white, the studio was soon ready to go. Catherine now runs a choice of classes. Pilates mat work class are usually group sessions with up to 12

people at a time. Kit used includes stretch bands, softly spiky balls and toning rings. Pilates equipment sessions generally have no more than 3 people per session. During my lesson, I also learn the importance of breathing correctly and along with all the machine work and stretching, I am sure that this has helped deliver the wonderfully smooth, silky feeling I’ve gained within my muscles. I leave feeling that I have definitely had a good workout and feel a definite spring in my step. Before leaving, I ask Catherine what she loves to do when she’s not working and she tells me that she spends lots of time with her two children Iona and Kester aged nine and twelve and her husband Angus. Catherine originally trained as a dancer and still loves dancing the Argentine Tango. It has been great fun meeting Catherine and I’m starting to understand why Pilates is such a popular and rapidly growing activity. Why not give it a go? o

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Brand New

Riviera Fringe Festival

Top comedians will be tickling ribs around the Bay in July as the brandnew Riviera Fringe Festival hits town from 5 – 12 July.


illed as the ‘Edinburgh Festival of the South,’ the new festival will bring the best established and emerging talent to the English Riviera. Some of the country’s top comedians will be performing and the week-long festival will be packed with culture, comedy, music, family shows, magic, street theatre, acrobats, jugglers, art exhibitions, dance and more! Headline acts announced so far include: Milton Jones, Lee Nelson, Patrick Monahan and Craig Campbell. The world’s finest comedy pianist Kev Orkian, Royal Variety Show star Steve Rawlings, The Darkside of Pink Floyd and fresh from their own TV series, Shaolin Team UK. There’s fun for the whole family with a themed Flotilla around the Bay, from picturesque Brixham to beautiful Babbacombe with a whole host of entertainment aboard plus outdoor family fun days in Paignton and Torquay, parades, pirates and pop-up shops! The Festival is also the chance for potential stars to be discovered as talented new acts perform alongside the Festival’s headliners. The Riviera Fringe is a great opportunity for aspiring acts including bands, comedians, magicians, artists and more to become famous. (Registration is now closed for this year’s Festival). o

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Events Include

Marvin’s Magic School 5 July

For Harry Potter wannabees – a chance to learn magic! 10am-12 noon. £20

Shaolin Team UK The Amazing Warriors 6 July

The incredible Shaolin Team UK will perform a sensational jaw-dropping performance. 2pm-3.30pm. £7.50 adults Under 16 £5

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Arts The Dark Side of Pink Floyd 7 July

Universally acclaimed, The Darkside of Pink Floyd have attracted some amazing reviews and accolades including nominations for the Best Tribute Band in the South-West two years running! 8.30-10pm £10

Patrick Monahan

Swashbuckling Family Adventure Show 6 July

Enjoy a spectacular adventure of the high seas with Blue Beard and his swashbuckling scallywags. 11am-12.30pm £5

Craig Campbell 9 July

Craig Campbell is a one of the most charismatic and inventive stand-up comedians around. He has made appearances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Russell Howard’s Good News and Dave’s One Night Stand. 8-10pm from £11 (adults only)

Patrick Monahan 10 July

Patrick’s TV appearances over the years have included The Comedy Store, That’s So Last Week, Comedy Decades, Comedy Map Of Britain, Playing Away, Most Annoying, Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Mega Melai. 8-10pm from £11 (adults only)

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Milton Jones 11 July

Multi-award winner, TV personality and a top comic in a class of his own, Milton Jones is regularly on Mock the Week (BBC2), has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and he has headlined Dave’s One Night Stand (DAVE). 8-10pm from £14.50 (adults only)

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Ticket Prices Adults £10, Children (3-10) £6 tickets can be purchased from Hanbury’s in Princes Street The ticket price will include admission to the marquee as well as Festival fish and chips from Hanbury’s (available between midday and 6pm) More information: 01803 314616

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Babbacombe Downs is the place to be in mid-June as the annual Babbacombe Festival kicks off in style.


he fun starts from 14th June with lots of events taking place in and around Babbacombe and St Marychurch with a big entertainment programme to include a summer ball, a regatta, a fete, a flower festival, a concert, the Babbacombe Rotary Fair, an art exhibition and more. Then from 18th June, the grand Babbacombe Festival Marquee bursts into life with an exciting selection of top events to enjoy:

Party Night Wednesday 18 June

The Rotary Proms Thursday 19 June

This year’s Proms commemorates 100 years since the start of WW1 with classic wartime songs courtesy of the glamorous Rockabellas and magnificent sing-along British anthems led by soprano soloist Donna-Marie Hughes and the Riviera Concert Brass Band. Guests are encouraged to dress up in costumes reminiscent of WW1 or WW2. Bring your own hampers. From 7pm. Tickets cost £15 per person or book a table of 10 for £135. or call 01803 315006 or 07909 640416.

Party Night is an evening of real ale and live music from 3 Bags Full to celebrate the opening of the Babbacombe Festival Marquee 2014. From 7pm FREE Admission - over 18s only.

A Devon Cream Tea Friday 20 June

Babbacombe - The War Years Thursday 19 June

This is a fascinating opportunity to find out all about Babbacombe’s role during World War 2. There will be exhibits, presentations, pictures and plenty of local history experts to talk to. You can also join a guided walk around those areas most affected by World War 2. Refreshments available. From 10am to 2pm. FREE Admission.

A delightful Devon Cream Tea with musical entertainment in aid of CLIC Sargent. £4 per Cream Tea to include homemade scones, strawberry jam, Devon clotted cream and tea or coffee. Homemade cakes will also be on offer. From 11am to 3pm.

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Festivals Oompah Night Friday 20 June

Oompah Night is a popular evening of fantastic music and audience participation featuring the Bavarian sounds of Die Dorf Fest Kapelle. Roast pork rolls and sauerkraut will be on sale in the marquee £12 per person or £10 for groups of 10 or more – over 18s only. Tickets from or phone 07910 498812.

Midsummer Festival Funk Saturday 21 June

The popular Midsummer Party in the Marquee is in aid of local charity, Rowcroft. Fantastic band Funkty Dumpty will be entertaining the crowds with their funk, soul and pop music and Palm FM’s Colin Leslie will be blasting out some classics guaranteed to fill the dance floor. There will be a fully licensed bar and delicious BBQ. Over 18s only. Tickets £10 each from or phone 07910 498812.

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Hanbury’s Fish and Chips Music Festival Sunday 22 June

Torbay Armed Forces Day Saturday 21 June

Torbay Armed Forces Day is the opportunity for the whole family to gather on Babbacombe Downs and honour our Armed Forces past and present. Enjoy live music, exhibits and displays. Show your support and wave your flags whilst watching the Parade at 1pm. Keep your eyes peeled for surprises and look out for the special Spot the Spitfire! 10am onwards FREE event.

This year’s line-up includes The Land of the Giants and Mama Stone’s House Band. In aid of the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), tickets are on sale from Hanbury’s in Princes Street. The ticket price includes admission to the marquee as well as Festival fish and chips from Hanbury’s (available between midday and 6pm). Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children (aged 3-10). Due to health and safety regulations, pushchairs are not allowed in the main marquee area. From midday ‘til late 01803 314616.

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June & July Around the Bay D-Day Weekend 70th Anniversary

6, 7, and 8 June 2014

A weekend of events and exhibitions will be held at Beacon Quay and Princess Gardens to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The two concrete slipways at Beacon Quay in Torquay Harbour were constructed for the embarkation of troops for Operation Overlord, the springboard for the Allied invasion of German-occupied Western Europe. The outer harbour slipway at Brixham was also used for this purpose. During the anniversary weekend we will remember the men who gave their lives in the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy on Tuesday 6 June 1944.

Weekend highlights include: Friday 6 June

10am Exhibitions open at Torquay Museum.

Saturday 7 June

10am Exhibition and stalls open at Princess Gardens 11am – 12 noon Normandy Veterans Memorial Service with parade at Beacon Quay and Haldon Pier. During the service, maroons to be sounded for start and end

of one minute silence. 11am Laying of wreath at Beacon Quay Memorial. 1 – 4pm P2000 Navy patrol boats open to public at Haldon Pier. 1 – 4pm D-Day Musical tribute on the stage at Princess Gardens featuring: 1 – 1.45pm The English Riviera’s own girl with the golden voice, Keedie. 2 – 4pm The Rockabellas combine stunning close harmony vocals with bespoke big band arrangements, featuring toe-tapping wartime tunes.

Sunday 8 June

10am Exhibition and stalls open at Princess Gardens 10am - 12 noon P2000 Navy patrol boats open to public at Haldon Pier. 12 noon – 2pm D-Day 70th Anniversary Musical Tribute from The New Squadronnaires live on stage at Princess Gardens. The New Squadronnaires play to audiences all over the country with the music of the great swing bands of the 1940s including Glenn Miller. 2pm D-Day Commemorative Mass Flotilla across Tor Bay starting from Torquay with Royal Navy Escort by HMS Pembroke and ending in Brixham Harbour. 5pm iOrchestra Concert – Torre Abbey Meadows. Live Open Air Concert. 12 – 4pm Brixham Battery presents D-Day Remembered with free entry, living history displays including WWI and WWII artefacts, guided tours of the buildings, grounds and war shelter tunnels. Brixham Battery Museum Members will be taking part in the salute to the Flotilla as it reaches the entrance to Brixham Harbour opposite Battery Gardens. Members will be sounding an air raid siren and with the assistance

What’s On of Brixham Yacht Club, a salute will be fired from the Gardens area. There will also be a new warship attraction based at Torquay Harbour. The floating museum will be home to the beautifully restored military boats HMS Gay Archer, a Fast Patrol Boat launched in 1952, Humorist, a Derby Winners Class launched in 1943, and a Sea Plane Tender 437 launched in 1941.

The Great Occombe Wild Monster Hunt On until 31 August

Wild monsters with pointed fangs, hairy bodies, gnarly skin and gruesome eating habits are lurking in the woods at Occombe Farm and they only have one thing on their mind - protecting their most precious treasure! Every month a new wild monster will appear and your mission is to find it by crossing swamps, balancing on logs, dipping in ponds and hunting in trees to find its hiding spot on the nature trail. Suitable for 4-12 year olds, cost: £2.50 per child per monster trail. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Britannia Royal Naval College Tours, Dartmouth

Tell Me a Dragon Exhibition, Torquay Museum On until 25th June

A new exhibition of beautiful illustrations of dragons by award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Jackie Morris; it features the original stunning watercolour paintings used to illustrate Jackie’s book of the same name. The exhibition also features a dragon painted by Jackie for Terry Pratchett’s best-selling Disc World Calendar. Also see dragon-decorated objects from Torquay Museum’s own collections, ranging from magnificent Samurai swords to Torquay’s first ever gas lamp in the shape of a dragon (dated to 1834), and beautiful ceramics. Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG 01803 293975

WW1 Art Competition, Brixham Heritage Museum On until 24 October

Young people from 5 – 14 yrs are invited to join Brixham Heritage Museum’s WWI Art Competition. There will be prizes for 3 age groups: 5 to 7 yrs; 8 to 11 yrs and 12 to 14 years. The theme for the youngest group is Animals in the War. Themes for the older groups include Animals or, as an alternative, design of a recruitment poster for the Navy, Army or Flying Corps of WW1. New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8LZ 01803 856267

Various dates in June and July Visit the naval training establishment where HM the Queen first met Prince Philip. Tours of this iconic building will cover its considerable history and its role within the Royal Navy today. Booking via Dartmouth Tourist Information Service on 01803 834224. College Way, Dartmouth TQ6 0HJ 01803 677565 (for private tours)

Paddle at Sunset The Seashore Centre 4 June, 11 June, 18 June, 25 June

Spend a memorable evening on a sunset canoe adventure and explore the Bay’s stunning coastline. You will be kitted out and shown canoeing techniques by an experienced instructor from Reach Outdoors before taking to the water to begin your sea voyage. A marine ranger will accompany you throughout the trip to help you spot spectacular marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins and seabirds. There will be a stop for a drink and nibbles in a secluded cove as the sun sets. Booking essential. Time: 7 – 9pm, cost: £30 per person.Tanners Road, Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 6LP 01803 520022 June/July 2014


Ape and Cake Evening, Paignton Zoo 4 June

An exclusive opportunity to eat cake with the apes at Paignton Zoo! You will go behind the scenes and learn about the Zoo’s primates with the chance to quiz keepers about what really makes apes tick! Enjoy presentations and a guided tour of the orang-utan, gorilla and gibbon enclosures. Time: 7.00 pm Tickets include soft drink and cake; £15.00, (£13.00 for members). Totnes Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EU 0844 474 2222

D-Day Talk and Tea, Greenway 6 June

Join local expert Alan Forster for tea and biscuits in the heart of Greenway, the House Kitchen, as he discusses Greenway’s D-Day connections and the library frieze. Time: 5pm, cost £5, booking essential. Greenway, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382

Guided Canoeing for Everyone, Stoke Gabriel 7 June

Explore the magical River Dart estuary in giant canoes. Learn about the river through the ages and look out for the abundant wildlife. Hot drinks included. All canoeing equipment provided, bring picnic. Booking essential. The Quay, Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6RD 01803 865301


Indian Feast, Occombe 8 June

Occombe Beer Festival 6 – 7 June

Bring along a thirst for sampling from the best of the region’s beverages washed down with live bands and dancing in the farmyard as Occombe celebrates its Annual Beer Festival. You’re sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds amongst the 60+ range of beers, local ciders, perry, wine and even Pimm’s on offer, accompanied by delicious local foods including a hog roast and BBQs. Occombe Beer Festival is a fundraising event run in aid of local conservation charity Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre 6 June and 4 July

Organised by Anne and Steve Gill with help from Maggie Duffy and John Miles. Time: 7.30pm, Admission: £3. New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8LX 01803 858394 46

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The fragrant food of India, deliciously spiced, creamy and full of flavour will be a feast for your senses and this course will take you on a sensory adventure to this colourful country. Explore the intriguing and delicious world of Indian cookery and learn some of the classic dishes from the North and South. Booking essential. Cost: £80 to include lunch. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Coleton Fishacre Jazz Club, Kingswear 8 June and 4 July

Enjoy a delicious two-course supper accompanied by a local jazz band in Café Coleton. The classic tunes and elegant performance are in perfect keeping with the Art

What’s On Deco elegance of Coleton Fishacre, where the Jazz era is still swinging! Tickets £28. Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382

Greenway Garden’s Hidden Treasures Tour 12 June

Join the garden team to explore some of Greenway garden’s secret spots and lesser-known treasures. These tours will take in some behind the scenes areas, such as the vegetable plot, which supplies the Café, the nursery boilers and the glasshouses, and also provides the perfect opportunity to find out more about Greenway Lodge, the Pet Cemetery and more. Greenway normal admission charges apply. Greenway, Brixham, TQ5 0ES 01803 842382

Racing at Newton Abbot 9, 16, 24 June & 7, 14, 20 July

Newton Abbot is the leading summer jumping racecourse in the UK. Set in beautiful Devon countryside, you are guaranteed great racing and great fun. It’s an unforgettable experience in a stunning setting. Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3AF 01626 353235

Brixham Fish Market Tours 11, 25 June & 9, 23, 30 July

Does your fish eating experience extend to just cod, haddock, salmon and mackerel? Then the Brixham Fish Market tour is for you, where you could see over 40 different types of fish at the auctions. You will be guided around by Rick Smith or Barry Young of Brixham Trawler Agents, who have decades of experience in the fish trade. After the tour you will enjoy an English breakfast at Shipmates. Booking essential. Time: 6am, cost: £10 The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW 07410 617931

The Summer Ball, Palace Hotel, Torquay 14 June

Enjoy a welcome drink, 3-course dinner, coffee and entertainment including live music by Limited Company plus pianist, disco, fun casino, tombola and silent auction at this black tie event from 7pm. Tickets: £40. Tickets also available at £18 for welcome drink and entertainment only (from 9pm). Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 3TG 01803 875011

Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Paignton 14 June

A concert in aid of National Coast Watch Froward Point. Tickets £5 in advance or on door at £8. 7.30pm. St Andrews Church, Sands Road, Paignton TQ4 6H 01803 856655 or

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Torbay Singers, Buckfast Abbey 14 June

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Torbay Singers present Modern Choral Classics, sacred music by Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt, James MacMillan, Eric Withacre, Bob Chilcott and others, directed by Tina Guthrie. Tickets £10 phone or at the door. 7.15pm Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE 01803 782677

Torbay Symphony Orchestra 14 June

Enjoy Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, Ofer Falk as soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Edward Elgar‘s Symphony No.1. Tickets £10 St Mary’s Church, St Marychurch, Torquay, TQ1 4BX 01548 810146

Raspberry Pi Jam 14 June, 12 July

The Raspberry pi is a small single board computer designed to get children and young people engaged in programming and computer science. A jam is a meet up of users to share knowledge, projects, ideas etc. From 1-3pm. Paignton Library and Information Centre, Great Western Road, Paignton TQ4 5AG

Party by the Seaside, Paignton 14-15 June

The Richard Hunt Group presents Party by the Seaside, a two-day 80s inspired music festival on Paignton North Green. Bands featured include UB40, Aswad, Soul to Soul and Heatwave. Various ticket prices. Paignton Green, TQ4 6BW

Father’s Day Lunch, Greenway 15 June

Treat your dad this Father’s Day, with lunch in the heart of Greenway; the House Kitchen. As well as two courses of delicious food, your dad will get a free bottle of beer. 12 noon and 2pm, cost: Adult £19.95, Child £12.95 (Under 12), booking essential. 48

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Fathers Day Jazz Lunch, Brixham 15 June

Treat your Dad to a jazz lunch! 3 courses and coffee £16.95 Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AJ 01803 853225

Royal Torbay Yacht Club Triangle Race 15-27 June The Triangle is a double-handed challenge open to cruiser and cruiser racer monohull yachts of 25ft LOA or over. The event runs from Torquay to Kinsale, Southern Ireland, Treguier, Brittany and back to Torquay. Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BH 01803 292006

Book Launch, Brixham Theatre 15 June

Poetry lovers will gather for the launch of Collected and New Poems by William Oxley, a veteran of the poetry scene. William Oxley has always regarded himself, like Coleridge, as a poet and philosopher. This made him somewhat peripatetic; hence his wanderings to places far afield like India, Nepal, North America and much of Europe. Admission free. New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA 01803 882717

What’s On Midsummer Classic Regatta, Dartmouth 21 and 22 June

The Royal Dart Yacht Club along with the British Classic Yacht Club is holding an open regatta for classic yachts. A yacht is described as a classic if she is either designed before 1969 or designed to an accepted or replica pattern between 1969 and 1976. This is an open event and yachts from the east coast and the Solent as well as local boats from the south west will be taking part. Sailing together they make a wonderful sight evoking memories of bygone sailing days. The regatta will take place at the north end of Start Bay and can be viewed from the coastal path between Stoke Fleming and Dartmouth Castle. Royal Dart Yacht Club, Priory Street, Kingswear TQ6 0AB 01803 752496

Penguin Ball 21 June

Party with the penguins at Living Coasts’ charity fundraiser. There will be a drinks reception followed by a three course dinner. You can have a photo with the penguins, enjoy live entertainment and enter the silent auction. Tickets £40 Dress code: black tie Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 0844 474 2226

Cooking in a Wood Fired Oven, Occombe Farm 22 June

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This course explores the amazing world of wood fired cooking. Led by expert David Jones from Manna from Devon cooking school and author of the Wood Fired Oven Cook Book, you will learn how to build the fire, manage the heat and cook a variety of dishes including meat, fish, veggies and breads. Time: 10am - 4pm, cost: £70 to include lunch, booking: essential Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Brixham Trawler Race 21 June

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Brixham’s spectacular maritime event sees the fishing fleet in action. Skippers dress the boats with bunting and battle it out with two lap race around the Bay with fun and festivities on the quayside, all raising money for local charities. The winner is not always the first to cross the line as there is a very strict handicapping system. 10am to 4pm. The Harbour, Brixham TQ5 9TH

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Berry Head Bat Walk 27 June, 25 July

A unique opportunity to see the rare Greater Horseshoe bats at Berry Head. You will begin by observing the bats in their roost using the Visitor Centre camera. Then you will take a walk, looking at how cows help to feed the bats, before watching the spectacle of the bats emerging from their roost – tuning in with bat detectors to hear their calls. Cost: Adults £5 and Children £3.50 Booking: Essential Berry Head Visitor Centre, Berry Head, Brixham TQ5 9AP 01803 520022

Paignton Open for Double Handed Dinghies 28 and 29 June

This includes the Buzz National Championships and more than 60 boats are expected. The regatta will take place over two days, with three races scheduled each day. Paignton Sailing Club, South Quay, The Harbour, Paignton, TQ4 6DT 01803 525817

Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Brixham 28 June

A concert in aid of Brixham Methodist Church. Tickets £5 in advance or on door at £8. 7.00pm. Brixham Methodist Church, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8DS 01803 856655 or

Classic Motor Cycles at Cockington Court 29 June

The VMCC (The Vintage Motorcycle Club) will be displaying an array of vintage and classic motorcycles on the front lawn and in the Sea Change Craft Studios area at Cockington Court from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA 01803 607230

Torbay Half Marathon, Paignton 29 June

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event. The race takes a traffic free two lap route which starts and finishes on Paignton seafront, taking in the stunning coastal views across Torbay. It starts with one lap of Paignton Green before heading towards Torquay, where the course passes the historic Torre Abbey and the Princess Gardens before the return leg to Paignton begins. Time: 8.30am – 1.00pm Paignton Green, TQ4 6ED 01803 690444

Ways With Words, Dartington 4 -14 July

Dartington Hall once again hosts this prestigious and hugely popular literary festival with more than 100 speakers including Jonathan Miller, the amazing polymath from the world of opera, film, sculpture and medicine. Journalist and author Kate Adie will speak alongside politician Liam Fox; actress Rebecca Front will rub shoulders with musician Harrison Birtwistle. Helen Dunmore, Paddy Ashdown, Simon Jenkins, James Lovelock, George Monbiot, Sandi Toksvig will all be there. Novelists, poets, journalists, artists, historians, scientists, politicians, philosophers, and more will contribute to the mix. Dartington Hall, Dartington TQ9 6EL 01803 867373

Dog Day, Occombe Farm 6 July

Bring your dog to Occombe for this special one-day only event, and see if they have the pooch appeal to become a class winner or even Best in Show! There’s lots going on: agility. gundog display, obedience, BBQ, real ales and pony rides. This is a very special one-day only event where dogs on a lead, are allowed around the farmyard. CSD Boxer Rescue is organising the day. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN

Thai Feast, Occombe Farm 6 July

Do you love punchy red chillies, the sweetness of palm sugar and coconut, salty soy and fish sauces, fresh zestiness of lemon grass and limes? This cooking course is full of bright and warming flavours. As you explore the principles of Thai cooking, you’ll prepare everything you need to cook homemade spring rolls with a chilli dipping sauce, hot and sour soup, pad thai noodles, green and red curries and green papaya salad, some of the classics of the

What’s On Thai kitchen, inspired by Holly’s travels through Thailand. Holly Jones is the head chef and joint owner of Manna from Devon Cooking School. Time: 10am - 4pm, cost: £80 to include lunch, booking essential Occombe Farm Cookery School, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Brixham Hap’nin 11 and 12 July

The main summer attraction in Brixham’s Cowtown is Brixham Hap’nin (Party in the Park). It takes place each year in July at St Mary’s Park, Brixham and is the perfect event for all ages. Throughout the 2-day festival you’ll get to see plenty of live entertainment as well as live music, food stalls including the hugely popular hog roast, seafood platters, burgers, fish and chips, a beer tent, donkey rides, bouncy castle, a swing boat and a tug of war. St Mary’s Park, Vicarage Road, Brixham, TQ5 9RD 01803 855785

Summer Cockington Caper 12 July

A 10km race through the picturesque countryside of Cockington near Torquay. Get fit and raise money for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust’s Cockington Appeal and the Barnabas Sports Trust. The race starts from Occombe Farm at 6.30pm and follows a route around Cockington Country Park through woodland, fields and parkland. Race competitors, friends and family can enjoy a Barbecue and Bar at Occombe during the event. Entry Donation: £13 per person or £11 for EA Licence Holders. Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton TQ3 1RN 01803 520022

Zoo Walk, Paignton 12 July

Join the first-ever sponsored Zoo Walk. Encourage your friends and family to sponsor you to take part in the Zoo Walk where you will follow clues that lead you to secret stamp boxes around the Zoo! Find just 6 stamps and you will receive a certificate when you complete the walk. Entries by 27 June. Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, TQ4 7EU 0844 4742224

The Preston Picnic, Preston Green 13 July

Preston Community Partnership is organizing a picnic and great day out with free children’s activities plus entertainment, food and craft stalls and a raffle. Preston Sea Front, Marine Drive, Paignton, TQ3 2NJ 01803 390801

National Sonata Sailing Championships, Brixham 17-20 July

The National Sonata is a ‘one-design’ racing and cruising boat designed by David Thomas and the 2014 championships hosted by Brixham Yacht Club, will be held in the Bay with a varied racing agenda. The Sonata is very seaworthy and fast for its size. Sadly, it’s no longer built, but Hunter Boats made over 400 Sonatas during a period of about 20 years.

Torbay Guild of Artists, St Marychurch 19 July – 3 August Torbay Guild of Artists is holding an exhibition of original artworks and cards. Furrough Cross Church Hall, St Marychurch, TQ1 3SB

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What’s On Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Brixham 19 July

BOMVC presents its annual concert with Brixham Town Band and soloist Maggie Duffy. Tickets £5 in advance or on door at £8. 7.00pm All Saints Church, Church Street, Brixham TQ5 8HG 01803 856655 or

Digital Wildlife Photography, Berry Head 20 July

win top trophies in this 2-hour endurance race using nothing but their own strength and fitness! There will also be an arts and craft fayre, live music, and demonstrations plus a licensed bar and catering tent. 10am – 4.30pm. Torre Abbey Meadows, The Kings Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE 07979 533845

Geopark Triathlon, Goodrington 20 July

The English Riviera’s first open water senior triathlon will be set in the centre of the Global Geopark at Goodrington. Athletes will swim 1500m in the crystal clear waters of the Bay, bike 40km around the Bay’s rolling hills and run 10km along the coastal footpath. This standard distance triathlon will be a challenge to first timers and experienced triathletes. Starts 8am. Goodrington, Paignton, TQ4 6LP 07974 243965

Learn how to take digital photographs of wildlife with Berry Head’s expert, Mike Langman. Mike is a renowned wildlife artist and bird watcher and the course provides a mixture of classroom and field activities. 10am-4pm, cost £24, booking essential. Berry Head, Brixham, TQ5 9AP 01803 520022

Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix, Torquay 20 July

Watch the very competitive pedal car teams all striving to

Torbay Carnival Week, Paignton 26 July – 3 August

Torbay Carnival has been running for over 100 years and there are 9 days of fun-filled entertainment for the whole family. Wednesday 30 July is the Grand Procession Day. Paignton Green TQ4 6BN. 07709 092250

Enterprise Sailing National Championships, Paignton 26 July – 1 August

The Enterprise is a 4-metre long sailing dinghy with easily recognisable, light blue sails. Approximately 70 boats are expected at this race event hosted by Paignton Sailing Club. Paignton South Green, Slipway & Beach, South Quay, Paignton TQ4 6DT 01803 525817

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What’s On The Sleep Walk, Torquay 26 July

South Devon’s biggest pyjama party, ladies will walk from Torquay to Paignton and back again in their pyjamas for Rowcroft Hospice. Choose a 5 or 10-mile route. Walkers must be aged 10 years and over. Riviera Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 5LZ 01803 217641

Swinging Garden Picnic, Torquay 27 July

Enjoy the Imperial’s garden with its stunning views for a picnic with live swing music. 2pm - 6pm. Imperial Hotel, Parkhill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG 01803 294301

English Riviera Classic Car Show, Paignton Seafront 27 July

A chance to see some wonderful vintage and classic cars and motorbikes on Paignton Seafront, organized by Torbay Old Wheels Club. Esplanade Road, Paignton Seafront, TQ4 6BW 01803 400899

The Fantastic Fish Festival, Torquay 28 July – 1 August

Fishy festival fun from Living Coasts will celebrate all things weird and wonderful about the creatures of the sea. Enjoy cooking demos by local chefs, including award-winning chef Simon Hulstone. Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 0844 4743366

Wild Week, Paignton Zoo 28 July – 1 August

Wild Week Summer School at Paignton Zoo for children aged 8 – 12 years. (Further wild weeks are planned in August). Paignton Zoo, Totnes Road, TQ4 7EU 0844 474 2224

Coast Club Summer School, Living Coasts 28 July – 1 August

Join Living Coasts for a week packed with coastal related fun activities for 8-12 year olds Coast Club. Living Coasts, Beacon Quay, Torquay TQ1 2BG 0844 4743366

Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Brixham 30 July

A concert held in aid of Guide Dogs, Torbay & District Branch. Brixham Quay, Brixham, TQ5 8AW Tickets £5 in advance or on door at £8. 8.00pm. 01803 856655 or

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Treading the boards Babbacombe Theatre Box Office 01803 328385 Editor’s pick WEST END NOW THURSDAYS UNTIL 25 SEPTEMBER Thursdays until 25 September West End Now offers a sparkling evening of favourites from the musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Matilda & many more with a stunning finale of songs from Les Miserables. This is a delightful buffet of song, dance, costumes and fun.

Also worth seeing… Steve Hewlett & Friends 14 June only An Audience with Hank and Bruce 4 July Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth Box Office 01803 839530 Editor’s pick GLOBE ON SCREEN MACBETH 25 AND 28 JUNE

When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.

Also worth seeing… Glyndebourne Live Don Giovanni 6 July Brixham Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 Editor’s pick MILLIONAIRE 27 – 28 JUNE

A fast, funny and snappy comedy by Linda Churchill, set in Dartmouth. The play introduces the all-female, multigenerational Sutherland family living in Roseville Street. Mother Margaret, her three daughters, granddaughter and great granddaughter sweep the stage with their encounters, dancing, tea leaf reading, transvestite hairdresser and reminiscences galore.

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Palace Theatre, Paignton Box Office 01803 665800 Editor’s pick AGATHA CHRISTIE’S UNEXPECTED GUEST 10 JUNE – 31 JULY (TUES, WED & THURS) Bijou Theatre Productions presents this intriguing Agatha Christie classic. The scene is set: a foggy night, a screech of tyres, and car headlights sweep wildly across the large French windows. The car driver stumbles into a deserted house to find a dead man’s body, and the victim’s wife, Laura, standing beside him with a gun in her hand... This production promises to be a night of tensions, with a shoal of ‘red herrings’ to keep you guessing.

Also worth seeing… The Simon and Garfunkel Story 7 June only

Little Theatre Torquay Box Office 01803 299330 Editor’s pick THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST 7 – 14 JUNE In Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners, Jack Worthing is a pillar of the community in his magnificent country home but all is not as it seems. Why does he spend so much time rushing to the assistance of his ne’er do well brother? Who is Ernest and why does the name excite so much passion amongst the ladies?



Princess Theatre Torquay Box Office 0844 8713023 Editor’s pick EVITA 7 – 12 JULY Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extraordinary musical Evita features some of the most famous and inspiring stage music ever written, including the classic songs Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What a Circus, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

Also worth seeing… Sister Act 24 – 28 June The Mousetrap 21 – 26 July Greenway Walled Garden, Galmpton Box Office 01803 842382 Editor’s pick PRIDE AND PREJUDICE 31 JULY

Follow Jane Austen’s tale of Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with manners, upbringing, morality and above all her feelings towards the aloof Mr Darcy. With fresh insight into the lives and relationships of memorable characters Heartbreak Productions brings to life a much-loved classic. This is open-air theatre so don’t forget low chairs or rugs, wear warm clothing and bring a picnic.

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Creative Bureau Launches Unit Seven Creative Bureau’s launch event profiled the Torquay harbourside based creative bureau’s new website and service charter. Guests were shown a broad range of projects that the bureau members have produced over recent months. Julian Rees (Silver Foxes Publishing) and Kevin Foster

Clive Meredith, Chris Hart (both Wollen Michelmore), Richard Haddock (Churston Traditional Fram Shop)

Anita Newcombe (Anita Newcombe Media & PR), Johno Smith (Brightsea Press), and Caroline Yearsley (Original Concept Productions)

Tanny Stobart (Play Torbay) and Angela Sanders (Angela Sanders Consulting)

Matt Newbury (Hannah’s at Seale Hayne) and Mark Green (Fruition Creative Services)

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Pre-Season Tourism Exhibition

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It was a great day out at the Riviera International Centre when the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Business Exhibition showcased 85 local businesses. The cuddly miniature pigs from Pennywell Farm were a great hit as the local community, including many accommodation providers, came to see what will be on offer this season. Edward Lee, Clive Meredith (Wollen Michelmore)

Chris Brooks, Matt Keast, Camilla de Bernhardt Dunkin (with Tiger-Lily), Jon Manley, and Liz Lee (Candlelight Theatre Company)

Rosie Weddall, Hayley Gibson, Pippa Craddock, Emily Rogers (Paignton Zoo)

Michael Lewandowski, and Simon Read (Golden Hind)

Karolina Bukauskaite, Caitlyn Barrow (Torquay’s Dinosaur World)

Paul Rose and Eddie Bent (e-Strategy)

Sabina Collier, Lucy Payne, and Imogen Middleton (National Trust English Riviera)

June/July 2014


Great Gorillas Owners’ Club Evening Paignton Zoo held an evening for the Great Gorillas Owners’ Club. The Great Gorillas Project raises funds for gorilla conservation and education.

Andrew Cooper (Trustee, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust), Jacqui Gifford, Malcolm Gifford, and Chris Pyne, Director of Finance, Paignton Zoo

Rachael Hill (Trustee, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust), Steve Hill (Bob Hill Haulage), and Janice Hill

Pippa Craddock (Director of Marketing, Paignton Zoo), Neil Bemment (Director of Operations, Paignton Zoo), and Lisa Stroud (Head of Education, Paignton Zoo)

Fiona Tonge, Fiona Richardson, Keith Richardson (Richardson Hotels)

Robert Barr, Lorraine Miller (Mammal Keeper, Paignton Zoo), Sarah Barr (Trustee, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust) and Dave Rich (Mammal Keeper, Paignton Zoo)

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Back to the 50s

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Invited guests attended the launch of Keith’s Diner, a brand-new American-style bar and grill with a 1950s retro setting at The Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay.

Keith & Fi Richardson with Will and Daisy.

Barry Buxton (Palm FM), Ann Buxton, Patrick & Marlene Seiflow, and Alan & Julie Archer

Richard Calloway, and Caroline Durowse (Richardson Hotels)

Holidays Launch

Sue Johnson, Helen Chapman, and Hilary McIntosh (all Tallyho Coaches)

John Taylor, Mary Taylor, Jean McLeod, and Maureen Exley

Sophie Duffy, Johnny Duffy, Niall Duffy, Mary Aiken, and Don Aiken

Tallyho Holidays held a coffee morning at Brixham Yacht Club to launch their new Autumn 2014 – Spring 2015 Holiday Collection.

Ann Cadman, and Dot Andrews

Tracey Dance, Hilary McIntosh, and Angela Bradley

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Business Breakfast Networking

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Members of the Second Friday Networking Club met at Torquay’s Harbour works for breakfast and a presentation on cost reduction from BCR Associates.

Richard Dormer (BCR Associates) and Angela George (IMS Marketing)

Christine Mansfield (Merlin Marketing), Jodie Hodgkins and Jess House (both Hamish Renton Associates)

English Riviera Dazzles with a Silver

Dean Marley and Craig Allinson (Hulley & Kirkwood)

The English Riviera Tourism Company (ERTC) and its partners celebrated a prestigious win at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence winning silver for Visitor Information Provider of the Year.

Carolyn Custerson (CEO ERTC), Lady Cobham (Chairman VisitEngland)., Simon James (Hobb Nobs & Brixham Visitor Information Point), Matthew Clarke (Torbay Bookshop and Paignton Visitor Information Point), Katrine Harrington (ERTC), Anita Newcombe (PR ERTC), Angela Wright (ERTC), Sheena Powe (ERTC), Cllr Nicole Amil, Sue Cheriton (Torbay Council & ERTC Board), Chris Hart (Chair ERTC)

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Record Breaking Easter Weekend for Kents Cavern Kents Cavern celebrated a record high for visitors on Easter Sunday, some 35% above its previous highest ever numbers and the four-day Easter weekend established a new income record for the prehistoric caves 5th generation owner, Nick Powe said, “On Easter Sunday the weather was on our side of course but we were busy for most of the weekend too. Our café and shop performed particularly well, thanks in part, to more local people dropping in for breakfast or simply a coffee to use our free WiFi. For the last 6 years we’ve been battling an aggressive and, at times, morale-busting recession, so it’s very encouraging to be seeing our efforts paying off. It’s nice to see the increasing number of new visitors making their first visit to Kents Cavern and the continuing trend in overseas visitors, attracted by nature tourism, our links to Britain’s prehistoric past and the exceptional geological heritage here in the Geopark.”o

Hanbury’s Tricky Manoeuvre After over 30 years in Babbacombe, award-winning Hanbury’s Fish and Chips has been undergoing a major refurbishment. A brand-new kitchen range has had to be forklifted in through an upstairs window. Previously all the food for both the adjacent takeaway and the restaurant was cooked in the takeaway. However, now all the restaurant food will be cooked upstairs, much of it on the new state-of-the-art Dutch Kiremko frying range. David Hanbury said, ““It was quite a spectacle. It took 15 minutes to get the range from the road into the room. It was quite a tricky manoeuvre to say the least but it’s gone in fantastically well and I’m very excited about the difference it will make to our business.” The restaurant has also been redecorated, with much of the seating being renovated and some being replaced by Lloyd Loom wicker chairs. This is a huge investment for the business and David Hanbury says, “Hanbury’s of Babbacombe is here to stay and this investment proves that.”o

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