This Guide has been put together to help you, your family and your friends Stay Safe when visiting the English Riviera after March 29th 2021.  We very much look forward to you visiting us soon, but ask please that you keep to the COVID-19 Guidelines and Book and Plan ahead before travelling to avoid any disappointment.  

What can I do from Monday 29th March 2021?

From no earlier than 29th March 2021 and subject to specific government tests being met, outdoor sports facilities can reopen. This can include outdoor water sports venues, golf courses (including mini-golf) and sports courts. You can use these venues in a group of six people, or with members of up to two households.

Also, from 29th March, you will be able to meet friends and family outside in groups of up to six or two households, as long as we still ‘stay local’. As the weather is getting warmer, and for those who are local to the English Riviera, why not use this time to check out our Top 10 Picnic Spots and reunite with your loved ones in a beautiful setting.

What can I do from Monday 12th April 2021?

From no earlier than 12th April and subject to specific government tests being met, non-essential shops; indoor sports and leisure facilities; outdoor attractions and outdoor areas at restaurants, cafes and pubs can reopen. There will still be some restrictions on social groups including remaining in a group of six people and only two households for these meetups.

Also from 12th April, UK citizens are able to take domestic holidays provided that the accommodation is self-contained and are restricted to exclusive use of those in a single household or support bubble. This means that we can begin to welcome visitors back to the English Riviera from this date.

TOP TIP: Take a look at our self-catering accommodation and holiday parks with self-contained lodges to plan ahead and discover some of the best places to visit on Devon’s Beautiful Bay.

If it feels a bit soon to be booking a full-blown staycation, why not think about visiting as a day trip? With outdoor attractions such as Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village and the traditional Babbacombe Cliff Railway reopening at this stage, it is a great time to explore the Great Outdoors on the English Riviera. Discover the Bay on foot with our Top 10 Coastal Walks and be sure to refresh with some of our fantastic eateries who will be serving outdoors.

What can I do from Monday 17th May?

From no earlier than 17th May and subject to specific government tests being met, indoor attractions and theatres; indoor seating areas at cafes, restaurants and pubs; and hotels, B&B’s, and all holiday parks and camping sites can reopen.

All being well, from Monday 17th May, groups of up to 30 people can meet outside and two households of up to six people can meet inside.

TOP TIP: If you’re thinking of visiting us for a staycation in May, it is important to plan ahead and book your accommodation before you arrive. Many of our accommodation providers are already filling up quickly, so be sure to check out all we have to offer and start booking your 2021 holiday soon. Why not order your free English Riviera guide to help you plan. To manage numbers and ensure social distancing, many of our attractions will still only be able to accept visitors who pre-book. Use our guide to the English Riviera Attractions to plan ahead and then head to their own websites to pre-book your visit.

What can I do from Monday 21st June?

From no earlier than 21st June and subject to specific government tests being met, nightclubs can reopen and the restrictions on large events may be lifted.

There are many events being planned on the English Riviera in 2021, including the annual International Agatha Christie Festival which promises to be even bigger and more exciting this year. For the true Christie fans, check out our themed Agatha Christie Breaks to have a memorable experience on Agatha’s beloved English Riviera.

What are businesses doing to make sure they are Covid Secure?

Behind the scenes, our tourism and hospitality businesses have carried out risk assessments, prepared their premises and put measures in place to ensure that everything is ready to welcome you back for a safe and enjoyable visit. Together as a community we're working hard to protect the health of locals and visitors, enabling everyone to enjoy the English Riviera in comfort and with confidence. 

The UK’s National Tourism body, VisitEngland, and the UK government, has launched ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard. This is a way of letting you know which businesses have made necessary changes to their day-to-day workings, including social distancing measures, increased hygiene protocols and staff training to protect both you and their staff. The English Riviera’s tourism businesses have all been encouraged to sign up to the VisitEngland ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark. Find out which accommodationattractions and eateries have received the accreditation. 

Before making the decision to book a visit to the English Riviera this summer, please read the latest official Government guidelines relating to COVID-19 to ensure you're fully informed.

Why should I visit the English Riviera?

Nestled on the South Devon coastline is the Naturally Inspiring English Riviera. With award-winning beaches, energising coastal walks, and mysterious ancient woodlands there’s plenty to do to reconnect with nature and enjoy the fresh sea breeze. As part of the UNESCO Global Geopark, the English Riviera has historical, cultural and geological importance, recognised by organisations around the world.

Escape the Everyday on the English Riviera by visiting some hidden gems Off the Beaten Track or Relax and Recuperate in a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For the adventure lovers, a trip out on the water is hard to beat. Take in the scenery by enjoying stand up paddle boarding with WeSup or kayaking with Reach Outdoors or for a truly unique experience, try your hand on a waterbike with Torquay Watersports.

Keep the kids entertained with a trip to our top attractions. Make a splash at our spectacular waterpark Splashdown Quaywest, head underground and walk in the footsteps of cave bears at Kents Cavern or hop aboard the traditional Dartmouth Steam Railway to enjoy the views in style.

As part of England’s Seafood Coast, the English Riviera is globally known as a foodie heaven. Catch up with old friends at a cocktail bar overlooking one of our three harbours, indulge in a spot of fine dining at one of our award-winning restaurants or grab a takeaway fish and chips and eat on the beach as many locals do.

Discover the best place to stay and with over 500 different accommodation providers, there is something for everyone: from the World’s Number 1 B&B, to family friendly holiday parks to indulgent Spa Breaks.

Come and enjoy the English Riviera and Escape the Everyday with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.


Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon

With dozens of different animals across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds – you are in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo! Located in South Devon, Paignton Zoo is one of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions and zoos. Come rain or shine, the zoo is a fun-filled day out for the whole family. Discover all your favourite species, big and small, including gorillas, orang-utans, giraffes, lions, tigers, crocodiles, flamingos, red pandas and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way too. There are many Covid-19 safety measures implemented around the site to ensure that everyone can have an enjoyable and safe visit. For full details, please see the Paignton Zoo website. A must-see is Crocodile Swam

Babbacombe Model Village
Model/Miniature Village
Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay, Devon

BABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE Step into a world of miniature marvels! Bring back those magical childhood memories as you explore a quaint and quirky representation of England through five decades at Babbacombe Model Village. Meander your way through four acres of beautiful miniature gardens and discover many fun characters and animated features - from trains to moving vehicles and even a fire-breathing dragon.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway
Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Torquay, Devon

Built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to and from Oddicombe Beach in over 90 years of service.

International Agatha Christie Festival
Agatha Christie roller skating with friends in Torquay, Devon

The 2022 festival will take place on 10th – 17th September. Agatha Christie is Torquay's most well-known resident and the best selling author of all time. Every year Torquay celebrates the life and work of its most famous resident with a Festival, supported by the Arts Council of England, and this year is no exception. Over 5 days, packed with expert speakers and other features, the International Agatha Chrisite Festival will celebrate Agatha Christie and her astonishingly rich and diverse legacy.  Later this year, full details of the festival and fringe events, and how to buy tickets will be published on the festival website: and announced on social media: @AgathaFestival. All images © Agatha Christie Archive Trust.

WeSUP, Torquay, Devon

WeSUP is the fresh new harbourside coffee lounge & paddle board centre in Torquay marina. Inspired by our love of people, scandinavian design and active outdoor lifestyles, we’re the place to nourish relationships and charge your energy. We offer a refreshing oasis to spend quality time socialising, working, networking, relaxing & playing. If you are not taking part in our range of soulful stand up paddle board experiences or seasonal pop-up activities, we’d love you to just pull up a comfy chair, take in the sea view and enjoy the positive energy. Famous for our real artisan coffee served up by our passionate baristas, we also offer natural fruit smoothies and juices, a selection of very special wines and local craft beer

Reach Outdoors
Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre
Reach Outdoors

Explore the Geopark’s spectacular coastline with an adventure to remember. Reach Outdoors are an Award winning outdoor activity company and are here to make your visit to the English Riviera one to remember. We provide Coasteering, Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours. Join one of our open sessions and enjoy a memorable adventure with like minded adventurers. We are based at Goodrington Sands in the heart of Torbay providing the very best access from which to explore everything the bay has to offer.

Torquay Watersports
Watersports Centre
Rib ride at Torquay Watersports

Torquay Watersports offers various ways to get out on the water and have some fun. Our flagship 12m vessel Raptor offers a 30 minute high speed trip around the bay and is the ultimate RIB Ride. Want something more leisurely? Then our 1 hour RIB Seafari will take in all Torbay has to offer at a more relaxed pace. Private RIB charters are available for a half or full day. Take in the scenery, anchor for a swim or enjoy some watersports. Our Waterbikes are a unique and fun way to get some exercise and fresh air….and there are no hills to contend with !! Open Water Swimming – whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned swimmer - we offer classes, events and one to one coaching. It is a great way to enjoy the coast and we will ensure

Splashdown Quaywest
Adventure Park/Playground
Splashdown Quaywest Fisheye View - Goodrington Sands

*LATEST UPDATE*+ Our season starts 1st May 2021 - TICKETS MUST BE BOOKED ONLINE IN ADVANCE. New operating procedures to help with social distancing and to help ensure we are a covid secure place to visit are still in place. Please note admissioins are ONLY bookable through our website. Please see our website for the latest information Splashdown Quaywest is the wettest, wildest attraction on the English Riviera.  Great fun water slides, some laugh out loud fun and some will have you screaming.  Swimming pool area and plenty of space for enjoying the sun and, of course, the fantastic views of Souuth Devon's Beautiful Bay.

Kents Cavern Torquay
Kents Cavern, Torquay, Devon

Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s top and most exciting Stone Age caves, with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year. Our entertaining guides will take you on an underground adventure in the Stone Age home to Britain’s earliest humans and Ice Age beasts.

Dartmouth Steam Railway (starting in Paignton)
Steam Railway
Dartmouth Steam Railway (starting in Paignton)

A warm welcome awaits you at Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boats. We provide steam train travel, river and sea cruises across the English Riviera and along the beautiful river Dart in South Devon. We are open mid April right through to November (plus our winter steam train service run in November and December on selected dates). The stunning Train of Lights and famous Santa Express services also run on selected dates in December.



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