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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

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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

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    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

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    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. Abba Reunion

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    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay

    ABBA REUNION has been created by the original Director, Producer and Choreographer of the Award Winning Abbamania West End musical, and stars the original 'Frida' from the London cast!

    Dates

    From:
    30 Aug 2014To30 Aug 2014
  8. 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 Aug 2014To30 Aug 2014
  9. 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
  10. Jethro

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    Type

    Performance

    Location

    Torquay


    Jethro
    Laughter not only provides a full-scale workout for your muscles, it unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins which strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Sep 2014To2 Sep 2014
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