Christmas by the Sea


Various locations, throughout the English Riviera, Torbay, Devon, TQ1 1ES

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Christmas By The Sea, Torquay, Devon

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Join us for merriment, joy and cheer; let us celebrate Christmas growing near!
With festive events and activities across Torbay we have something to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
There will be carols and crafts, lanterns and laughter, mulled wine and mistletoe; so come see, hear, create and feel Christmas in Torbay this year!

Christmas Concert in the Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey Museum.
Sufjan Stevens Songs for Christmas

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Saturday 1st December 2018

Lantern Making Workshop

Create a stunning lantern ready for Paignton's Festival of Light on Saturday 8 December.  No need to book, all materials provided.

This event is part of Christmas by the Sea 2018 - brought to you with a grant from Arts Council England and the kind support from many locals organisations and individuals.

Sunday 16 December 2018 to Wednesday 19 December 2018

Create a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door or above your fireplace with the help of our Head Gardner.  All ages are welcome and all of the materials are provided.

  • Sunday 16 December: 10am to 1pm
  • Tuesday 18 December: 7pm to 9pm
  • Wednesday 19 December: 11am to 1pm

Sunday 16th December 2018, 4.00pm-6.00pm.

Celebrate Christmas by the Sea at our finale concert. The Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey will be filled with the wonderful music of Sufjan Stevens' festive repertoire as performed by the Choral Engineers and the BSO supported Unidentified Family Orchestra. With special guests Dean Brodrick, Ben McCabe, Billie Bottle, Richard Evans and Trio of Men.

Songs will include ‘The Christmas Unicorn’, ‘That Was The Worst Christmas Ever’ and ‘Ding-a-ring-a-ding-a ling’ along with traditional sing-a-long Christmas songs. and many more. Expect a few surprises!

Wrap up warm, bring a blanket and enjoy mulled wine, pass the parcel and a festive sing-along.

Cost: £7 admission (£1 children)
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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Belle Voci:  A Christmas Celebration

Soprano Donna-Marie Broomfield (nee Hughes) and Tenor Matthew Wilding will take you on an informative, amusing and thrilling journey singing your favourite solos and duets from the world of Opera, Sacred, Art Song, Musical Theatre and more! And all with a seasonal twist. 

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. £12 or £10 concs

Christmas by the Sea 2018 is brought to you with a grant from Arts Council England and the kind support from many locals organisations and individuals.

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Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
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