Grinagog Festival 2019


Torre Abbey and, Other Venues throughout Torquay, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5JE

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Grinagog Festival 2019, Torquay
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  • The Grinagog Festival 2019 sea monster

About Us

Start your festival season in style at the English Riviera’s very own family friendly festival by the sea. Grinagog is a hugely popular two day music and arts feast set within the idyllic 800 year old grounds of Torre Abbey Museum in Torquay.

The legend of the Grinagog runs deep in South Devon. So what is a Grinagog?  It’s an old Devonshire term describing someone who is perpetually smiling. These days it’s believed to be an ancient mythical sea creature creating a tidal wave of live music, DJs and inspiration and it’s set to return to our stunning shores. This delightful event has become a firm favourite in the English Riviera’s calendar of great things to do, celebrating all forms of culture, creativity, diversity and hi-jinks.

Grinagog is an urban festival which means that there’s no camping available on site, but there’s a wealth of self-catering, B&B’s and hotels available locally and good transport links. Take a look at our accommodation pages for some great ideas of where to stay on the English Riviera.

Grinagog Festival 2019 - 12-13 April

Enjoy a mud-free experience as you wander around the small but majestic festival grounds with its super safe, intimate atmosphere. You can choose from weekend or day ticket options with special family and children tickets available plus as an added bonus under 5’s get in for free, so that’s another great reason to bring the whole family along to enjoy the party atmosphere.

Throughout the weekend experience the distinctive indoor stage settings within a medieval crypt, a chapel and a tithe barn. There’s an eclectic mix of live performances from over 200 local and international artists and DJs offering acoustic sets with an African and Jamaican reggae flavour; hip hop; soul; electro-swing and jazz tones. Previous headline acts have included Grime MC artist Big Narstie, Macka B and DJ and actor Craig Charles.

Saturday is a dedicated Families Day with a host of enchanting storytelling and crafty make and take sessions, physical theatre and puppet workshops and a colourful carnival procession to keep the children entertained. Sunday has a quieter relaxed feel with a Sunday Papers Live session, poetry and comedy acts and a debating corner plus some gentle tones to enjoy throughout the day amongst the 10 indoor stages and outdoor tents.

There are plenty of local traders with food and drink stalls providing a tempting array of sweet and savoury offerings and beverages as well as the museum’s quaint tea room offering delicious homemade dishes and cakes.

Grinagog 2019 lineup

The Grinagog 2019 lineup and the theme for the festival will be revealed in the new year and promises to be another thrilling myriad of musical genres set across multiple stages with many festival favourites returning. Be sure to put the dates in your diary, 12-14 April 2019 so you don’t miss out!

Grinagog videos

Hear more from the main man himself, Grinagog’s festival organiser and musical director, Chris Tofu MBE.

Take a look at this short film showing the Top 20 moments of Grinagog Festival 2018

Opening Times

Grinagog (12 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019)



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