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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

    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:
    30 Jan 2014To30 Dec 2014
  2. Fantasy

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    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. Jerwood Makers Open

    Jerwood Makers Open

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    Type

    Art

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    Jerwood Makers Open is a major showcase of new work by emerging artists, each of whom has been given £7500 to create new work. Following an exhibition at the Jerwood Space in London

    Dates

    From:
    1 Sep 2014To30 Oct 2014
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles

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    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    Hound of the Baskervilles
    Holmes’ most spine chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version with suspense, humour and terror.
    Ticket prices £12 (Concessions available)
    Call into the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre

    Dates

    From:
    8 Sep 2014To20 Sep 2014
  6. The International Agatha Christie Festival

    Add The International Agatha Christie Festival to your Itinerary

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Torquay

    The award-winning festival in honour of the Queen of Crime returns to her birthplace this September.

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2014To21 Sep 2014
  7. Black Coffee

    Add Black Coffee to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth shattering formula.

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2014To20 Sep 2014
  8. Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest

    Add Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Paignton

    Bijou Theatre Productions present a classic thriller by Torbay's very own crime writer. The play opens with a dense fog, a desolate country house and, of course, a dead body.

    Dates

    From:
    16 Sep 2014To18 Sep 2014
  9. The Wurzels + Smitty Hitchers

    Add The Wurzels + Smitty Hitchers to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Ford Road, Totnes

    THE WURZELS
    Live in concert + special guests Skimmity Hitchers
    Doors open 7.30pm

    Dates

    From:
    19 Sep 2014To19 Sep 2014
  10. The Best of Phil Collins

    Add The Best of Phil Collins to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Brixham

    The Best of Phil Collins tour - Friday 19th September

    Dates

    From:
    19 Sep 2014To19 Sep 2014
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