There are plenty of activities to choose from if you're looking for something to relax, refresh and recharge this winter. The English Riviera is home to luxurious spas to pamper yourself, unique evening entertainment to enjoy and some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK to explore!

If you're looking for a romantic getaway, look no further than the English Riviera. The beaches are absolutely stunning and the sea breeze is especially refreshing in the winter months. You can enjoy secluded coves, long sandy beaches and enjoy a walk along them in peace and quiet.

Treat yourself to a spa break

You deserve a bit of pampering and relaxation, especially during the colder months. A spa break is the perfect way to unwind and recharge your batteries, as well as spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Why not use a spa break as an opportunity to celebrate a special occasion? You'll be sure to feel ready for anything when you return home.

We recommend Cary Arms & Spa or Lincombe Hall Hotel & Spa in Torquay for an exquisite experience that will leave you feeling refreshed on every level.

Evenings out at the theatre

If you are looking for a quintessential British evening out, then theatre is the perfect choice. Going to the theatre can be a great place for families with young children—there are lots of fun pantomimes and musicals that will keep everyone entertained. Or if you'd rather avoid those types of performances, there are plenty of comedians who perform at theatres across the country all year round!

There are many theatres in this area that cater to all tastes: There's Princess Theatre, Palace Theatre and Torquay's most unique theatre: The Little Theatre set in an old church.

Check out our theatre listings today to see what shows are playing at our local venues. If you're planning on taking a trip to the theatre, there's always something going on!

Romantic walks on the beaches

There's nothing like a walk on the beach to clear your head and connect with nature, especially when you're in a place as beautiful as the English Riviera.

The English Riviera is renowned for its beautiful coastal walks, with miles of soft sand to explore and secluded coves to discover. But the best thing about these walks? The benefits of sea breeze in the winter!

The fresh air will make you feel alive on a walk. And when you've finished, you can kick back by the fire in a cosy pub and enjoy a hot chocolate. So wrap up warm, grab a coat and hat, and go for a walk on one of our stunning beaches.

Enjoy world class seafood at England's Seafood FEAST

The English Riviera is known for its delicious seafood and exceptional chefs. Each October, the region hosts a 10 day celebration of all things seafood, featuring 20+ special events planned by local chefs. These include wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, talk sessions and more! Find out more here.

Take part in the English Riviera Walking Festival

The English Riviera Walking Festival is a celebration of this unique landscape. It's time to explore the coastlines, woodlands and villages on Devon's Beautiful Bay!

There are numerous walks by professional tour guides, so you can enjoy exploring at your own pace.

There are great things to do in winter in the English Riviera

The English Riviera is one of the best places to spend your winter holiday. There are plenty of things to do in this stunning coastal region: from walks along the beach, pamper days in the spa, or evenings at the theatre.

Start planning your winter trip to the English Riviera now and order your free directory here.


Cary Arms & Spa
Cary Arms & Spa, Babbacombe, Torquay

One of the finest boutique hotels in Devon. Brimming with coastal charm, Cary Arms and Spa on the Beach combine all the values of a classic English Inn with the style and comfort of the best luxury hotels in Devon. Join us for superb seaside gastro dining, unwind at the sublime Spa on the Beach, or make it a true seaside escape with our selection of chic rooms, suites and cottages. Sitting in the sunny, sheltered haven of Babbacombe Bay on the South Devon coast, the outstanding setting and views are breathtakingly beautiful 365 days of the year. Spend your days with a restorative massage or bespoke spa treatment, a picnic down on the beach or take a table on the terrace for lunch.

Lincombe Hall Hotel and Spa Torquay
Spa area at Lincombe Hall Hotel & Spa, Torquay, Devon

Lincombe Hall Hotel and Spa  is an exclusive, adult only, multi award-winning hotel, you’ll find comfy en suite rooms, pretty gardens, tasty food, and a dedicated luxury spa—with top facilities and tranquil treatments. You’ll also be right by the coast, a short walk from Torquay marina and pretty beaches.  The hotel is tastefully decorated throughout with recently refurbished guest bedrooms and a choice of Compact, Classic, Club and Signature Guest Rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD flat screen TVs with Freeview.

Palace Theatre Paignton
Exterior, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Devon

Take your seats and let the show begin as the curtain rises at one of Devon’s favourite community theatres. With performances and events running 50 weeks of the year you will be sure to find something to suit your tastes, from popular dramas to top-name entertainers and of course a very popular Panto season – oh yes there is! Benefiting from a major refurbishment in 2006, the 368 seats provide not just comfort but excellent viewing from all areas. You can select and book your seats online 24/7 and enjoy pre-show and interval drinks in the bar. The Palace Theatre is in the heart of Torbay, just a 2-minute walk from Paignton town centre and with free roadside evening parking. Bravo! Encore! You’ll want to keep coming back for more.

Princess Theatre, Torquay
Entrance of the Princess Theatre, Torquay Devon

This summer, the venue welcomes some of the hottest shows touring the UK. In July, An Officer and a Gentleman and Jesus Christ Superstar hit the stage. August brings Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Sister Act to Torquay. Top stand up comedy, tribute shows and local events are all part of the theatres regular offerings. The Princess Theatre, Torquay has recently undergone a large refurbishment and is looking forward to welcoming audiences from all over the region to a fantastic season of entertainment.

The Little Theatre Torquay
The Little Theatre, Torquay, Devon

If you're after a quirky theatre venue, then the Little Theatre is the place to be! Situated in a converted church in the leafy Meadfoot district of Torquay, the theatre provides an intimate atmosphere to view all the best in shows, plays, musicals and concerts. The theatre is home to the renowned TOADS Theatre Company, one of the best amateur dramatic and operatic societies in the country. Complete with a cosy bar, the Little Theatre promises to be a great night out with something to entertain everyone, including well-known classics, thrillers, comedies and ground-breaking shows.

English Riviera Walking Festival
Guided Walk
A group of people walking along the South West Coast Path between Paignton and Brixham.

Pack your rucksacks, fill your flasks, dig out your walking boots and join us at the English Riviera Walking Festival. Whether you’re a regular hiker, or an infrequent stroller, this new family and dog friendly festival will appeal to walkers of all abilities who enjoy exploring the Great Outdoors. Designed and hosted by an enthusiastic team of professional local guides and enthusiastic volunteers we have created an eclectic selection of half

England's Seafood FEAST
England's Seafood FEAST
Brixham Trawlers, England's Seafood FEAST, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, Devon

Welcome to the return of England’s Seafood FEAST - enjoy the freshest local seafood in the world!

Torre Abbey Sands Torquay
Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

This delectable beach is part of the English Riviera and it lives up to its name with its stunning sands, views and sunshine. This is the main beach for Torquay, being popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding hotels, day visitors and locals.

Goodrington Sands Paignton
Goodrington Sands, Paignton, Devon

Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of Goodrington Sands. With a Seaside Award, safe swimming conditions and loads of great activities, this family friendly beach promises to keep the kids happy whatever the weather.



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