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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. Fantasy

    Add Fantasy to your Itinerary

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    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
  2. The Curious World of Becky Adams

    Add The Curious World of Becky Adams to your Itinerary

    Type

    Workshop

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    Using stitched paper, vintage fabric, sketchbook and antique ephemera Becky Adams creates intricate paper and book works...magical works of art inspired by stories she collects from the curious world around her.
    The Gallery. 10am – 6pm daily. Free

    Dates

    From:
    14 Apr 2014To22 May 2014
  3. HANDS Exhibition – From Paper to Digitisation

    Add HANDS Exhibition – From Paper to Digitisation to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    A collection of new work by our resident HANDS Artists (Hannahs Artists and Designers). The Gallery. 10am – 6pm daily. Free.

    Dates

    From:
    14 Apr 2014To29 Jun 2014
  4. Hannahs Comedy Club

    Add Hannahs Comedy Club to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    Live stand-up comedy returns to Hannahs, featuring a handpicked selection of the hottest talent the UK has to offer.

    Dates

    From:
    25 Apr 2014To25 Apr 2014
  5. Elvis vs Jerry Lee Lewis - The Showdown

    Add Elvis vs Jerry Lee Lewis - The Showdown to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Brixham

    GB Promotions present
    THE SHOWDOWN!
    ELVIS v JERRY LEE LEWIS
    Who was the real king of Rock 'n' Roll?
    Elvis the Pelvis?
    Or The Killer - Jerry Lee Lewis?

    Dates

    From:
    25 Apr 2014To25 Apr 2014
  6. Cinderella - Vienna Festival Ballet

    Add Cinderella - Vienna Festival Ballet to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present their new Spring Ballet for the 2014 Season - the classic tale of Cinderella one of the best known rags to riches fairy tales of all time. Call into our English Riviera Visitor Information Centre on Torquay

    Dates

    From:
    25 Apr 2014To25 Apr 2014
  7. Showtime Special. Stepback Tribute Show

    Add Showtime Special. Stepback Tribute Show to your Itinerary

    Type

    Show/Display

    Location

    TQ3 3HF, Paignton

    Step back in time with this all singing, all dancing Variety Spectacular show. Get your tickets early for the best seats in the house.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Apr 2014To26 Apr 2014
  8. Seasons of Love

    Add Seasons of Love to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    Seasons of Love - 26 April
    Musical direction by Bob Carter
    TOPS Musical Productions, Torquay's premier stage musical society, proudly presents an evening of song, dance and comedy set amongst the seasons of the year.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Apr 2014To26 Apr 2014
  9. The Sooty Show

    Add The Sooty Show to your Itinerary

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    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    Izzy Wizzy Lets get busy – it’s The Sooty Show! Direct from Citv, Sooty heads into town in a fabulous new show to delight the whole family. Joining the nations favourite bear will be Sweep

    Dates

    From:
    27 Apr 2014To27 Apr 2014
  10. When We Are Married - A Teignmouth Players Production

    Add When We Are Married - A Teignmouth Players Production to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Teignmouth

    Written by J B Priestly and directed by Jenny Brittan. Set in 1908 in Clecklewyke in the heart of Northern England, three well-to-do West Yorkshire couples – the Parkers, Soppitts and Helliwells – married on the same day

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2014To3 May 2014
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