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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. Torbay and South West of England Dance Festival 2014

    Add Torbay and South West of England Dance Festival 2014  to your Itinerary

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    TQ3 3HF, Paignton

    Annual Competitive Festival of Dance,

    Each performance is marked, and a written criticism given, by a highly qualified professional in the field of Stage Dance

    Dates

    From:
    10 Apr 2014To19 Apr 2014
  3. She Stoops to Conquer

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    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    She Stoops to Conquer - 12 April to 19 April
    (no Sunday performance)
    by Oliver Goldsmith
    Directed by Maggie Campbell - A TOADS' season play

    Dates

    From:
    12 Apr 2014To19 Apr 2014
  4. HANDS Exhibition – From Paper to Digitisation

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    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
  5. The Curious World of Becky Adams

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    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
  6. 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:
    18 Apr 2014To18 Apr 2014
  7. John Chancellor – A Retrospective Exhibition of his Life and Work

    Add John Chancellor – A Retrospective Exhibition of his Life and Work to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Location

    Bolton Cross, Brixham

    Despite being almost 30 years since his death, many will remember Brixham maritime artist, John Chancellor. His extraordinary paintings established him as one of the most talented maritime painters of all time and his work is renowned internationally

    Dates

    From:
    19 Apr 2014To21 Apr 2014
  8. Easter Activities at Cockington Court Craft Centre

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    Type

    Participatory Event

    Location

    Cockington, Torquay

    Free Arts & Crafts Easter Activities at Cockington Court Craft Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2014To21 Apr 2014
  9. We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters Story

    Add We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters Story to your Itinerary

    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    We've Only Just Begun-The Carpenters Story
    Toni Lee mesmerised audiences on ITV's Stars in their eyes in her tribute performance to Karen Carpenter.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2014To20 Apr 2014
  10. 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:
    21 Apr 2014To21 Apr 2014
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