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Art & Literature

The English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay, has been inspiring authors and artists alike for decades. We’re incredibly proud of our artistic and literary heritage and you’ll find events and celebrations taking place throughout the year.

Agatha Christie Festival

Every year, Agatha Christie-themed Art & Literary events transform Torquay into a hive of activity and celebration. The author was born in the town and the English Riviera pays tribute to her life annually during the Agatha Christie Festival with an amazing array of displays and interactive entertainments. There are all-star theatre productions, a 1930s-themed fete, a sleuthing trail that will challenge your inner Marple and even murder-mystery dinners on steam trains. Even the Model Village in Babbacombe joins in the fun with miniature murder-mystery scenes.

Art and Poetry

The region’s artistic traditions also extend beyond Agatha Christie. The Poetry Festival takes place in October, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the works of new and established poets with readings, book signings and public performances. Sleuths, April’s crime and thriller writing festival, is also a great opportunity to mingle with famous authors on the English Riviera.

There are numerous art exhibitions throughout the year that showcase work from new artists and attract big names such as Damien Hirst, with many works being borrowed from the Tate and Arts Council Collections. Art on the English Riviera takes place in the beautiful setting of Cockington throughout the summer months, with the very best in local and visiting art.

South Devon is brimming with cultural events; make sure you visit us.

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  1. Grey Cars Coach Trips

    Add Grey Cars Coach Trips to your Itinerary

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    Participatory Event

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    Various Coach Trips boarding at Paignton Bus Station, Torbay Hotel, Torquay or St Annes Road, Babbacombe.
    Call into our English Riviera Visitor Information Centre on Torquay harbour side to book seats.

    Dates

    From:
    30 Jan 2014To30 Dec 2014
  2. Fantasy

    Add Fantasy to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    Fantasy
    Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11th February to 22nd October, 2014 - 8.15 pm - Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
    Tickets £19 Adults, £18 Seniors, £10 Children

    Dates

    From:
    11 Feb 2014To22 Oct 2014
  3. West End Now

    Add West End Now to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    West End Now
    The experience of live theatre will always be second to none….dim the lights, cue the music, & raise the curtain…and lose yourself in the phenomenon that is musical theatre!

    Dates

    From:
    1 May 2014To25 Sep 2014
  4. Summer of Art - Digital invasion

    Add Summer of Art - Digital invasion to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    A celebration of digital art from film to photography and augmented reality to animation.

    Dates

    From:
    5 Jul 2014To1 Sep 2014
  5. Paignton Zoo Digital Safari

    Add Paignton Zoo Digital Safari to your Itinerary

    Type

    Art

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    As part of our Summer of Art: Digital Takeover, families can use smart phones and tablets to take part in a special Digital Safari and discover 3D animals roaming around our grounds. 10am – 4pm daily. Free.

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jul 2014To31 Aug 2014
  6. Cats

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    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    Adapted from TS Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music. dance and verse.

    Dates

    From:
    18 Aug 2014To30 Aug 2014
  7. Grey Cars Coach Trips

    Add Grey Cars Coach Trips to your Itinerary

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    Various Coach Trips boarding at Paignton Bus Station, Torbay Hotel, Torquay or St Annes Road, Babbacombe.
    Call into our English Riviera Visitor Information Centre on Torquay harbour side to book seats.

    Dates

    From:
    27 Aug 2014To27 Aug 2014
  8. The New Jersey Boys. Oh What a Night! The Frankie Valli Story

    Add The New Jersey Boys. Oh What a Night! The Frankie Valli Story to your Itinerary

    Type

    Show/Display

    Location

    TQ3 3HF, Paignton

    The sell out show which celebrates the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons taking the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling bands of all time.

    Dates

    From:
    28 Aug 2014To28 Aug 2014
  9. Craft Workshop: Beautiful Bunting

    Add Craft Workshop: Beautiful Bunting to your Itinerary

    Type

    Workshop

    Location

    Plymouth

    New craft workshop ‘Beautiful Bunting’ is taking place at Devonport Guildhall on Friday 29th August.

    Craft expert Sophie Wallis will be guiding participants through designing and making an abundance of beautiful bunting!

    All materials and a fr

    Dates

    From:
    29 Aug 2014To29 Aug 2014
  10. Rolling Back the Years Variety Show

    Add Rolling Back the Years Variety Show to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Brixham

    Song, dance and comedy combine in a spectacular variety show. All funds raised go towards the National Kidney Association Research.

    Dates

    From:
    29 Aug 2014To29 Aug 2014
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