Mini Geopark Festival


Various locations on the English Riviera, Torbay, Devon, TQ2 5JG

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UNESCO Geopark Festival, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Devon

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Mini Geopark Festival 2021

Sat 29 May to Sun 6 June

The UNESCO Global Geopark status is something which really makes The English Riviera a unique place to visit. Come and celebrate with us during the Mini Geopark Festival, which runs from Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June 2021.

This mini event, which has been scaled down due to COVID restrictions, still features a whole host of activities and events celebrating our global status. It’s our chance to show how all of our partners work together to showcase the wonders of the Geopark.

Our key message this year is that as restrictions begin to ease and more people start to explore our wonderful open spaces, we all help protect our natural environment by keeping our parks, beaches and coastal paths litter free. 

The full events programme is listed here and on our events calendar at .


The Quaternary at Kents Cavern
29 May – 6 June
The Launch of brand-new activities and life-sized statues in the Woodland Trail, focused on the people and animals that lived in our Geopark during the Stone Age.
Venue: Kents Cavern
Time: 10.00- 16.00
Cost: Free with your cave tour booking
Is booking required: Yes
Booking/further information:


Torbay Rocks trail
29 May – 5 June
Follow our fun trail and discover more about the “Rock stars” in our local Geopark.  Will you find them all?
Venue: Torquay Museum
Time: 10.00- 15.00
Cost: Free with a valid Museum entry ticket
Is booking required: Yes - time slots need to be booked for entry to the Museum.
Booking/further information: Tel: 01803293975 Email :


UNFURL exhibition
29 May – 6 June (cont. to 21 June)
Nature has been a great support to everyone this past year so as we are uniquely set in a stunning country park we invited local makers to take inspiration for our geopark site. The exhibition is very uplifting.
Venue: Cockington Court Galleries
Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Cost: Free
Is booking required: No
Booking/further information contact number:

James Murch Cockington Court Artist in Residence 21/22
29th May – 6 June (cont. to 21st June)
See the exciting series of work completed so far by local up and coming artist James Murch in our Kitchen Gallery. Also see him sketching and painting en plein air in our grounds.
Venue: Cockington Court Galleries and site
Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Cost: Free
Is booking required: No
Booking/further information contact number:



The Design Room – An Exhibition of Printmaking

1 June – 6 June (cont. to 22 June)

The Design Room’ welcomes printmakers from across the UK to show their work in an exhibition dedicated to printmaking in all its forms, featuring traditional and digital graphic design, and urban artforms in a showcase which will combine works presented in their raw and polished forms.  

Among those exhibiting is Geopark based, Ian Cox. Ian produces detailed images by combining digitally reworked photographs and drawings taken on walks to produce hand-cut limited-edition relief lino prints. His practice almost mirrors that of exploring the Geopark, discovering narratives concealed within the subject matter, while the process and techniques of printmaking allow him to explore and redefine the textures, tones, light and form that give shape and definition to those ideas. 
Venue: Artizan Collective Gallery, 74 Fleet Street, Torquay
Time: 11:00 – 16:00

Cost: Free
Is booking required:  No
Booking/further information: // 07522 509642



Vigilance - Open Boat
29 May
Vigilance, the beautiful red sailed heritage boat, will be open to visitors with guided tours around the boat.
Venue: MDL Marina Visitors Pontoon Brixham
Time: 1000 – 1600
Cost: FREE
Is booking required:  No
Further information contact number: 07764 845353



Further Adventures of Dr Doolittle - Outdoor theatre
29 May

See amazing animal and bird puppets inspired by the grounds of Cockington Country Park and listen to songs in the glory of our Geopark. Great outdoor evening performance of a special further adventures version of Dr Doolittle.
Venue: Cockington Court
Time: 18.30
Cost: see for adults and children’s ticket prices
Is booking required: yes
Booking/further information:


Brixham Books and Bards – Three day poetry event
1 June – 3 June
Live performances, poetry readings, audio visual displays and a special event each day at 14:30.  Two book launches on the Mon 1 and Tues 2 plus live music on Wed 3.
Venue: Brixham Heritage Museum
Time:  10:30 – 16:00
Cost:  FREE
Is booking required:  No
Further information: 01803 856267


Geology of Babbacombe and Oddicombe Beaches
2 June
Come and explore the fascinating geology of Babbacombe and Oddicombe beaches with local geologist Rich from Taleblazers.

Please meet at Babbacombe beach car park (below Cary Arms) where we will be ready to go at 7pm. We will finish the walk at Oddicombe beach around 8pm, from there you can either walk back to Babbacombe beach or up onto the Downs for a post-geological pint. This is not a long walk but please be aware that there is a flight of steep steps in the middle of the walk.

Venue: Babbacombe Beach car park
Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Cost: £6
Is booking required: Yes
Booking: Via
Eventbrite  More information: Via Taleblazers UK

Meet a Geologist!
3 June

Come and meet a real live geologist as part of this year's English Riviera Geopark Festival!

Taleblazers geologist Rich will be at Torre Abbey with a bunch of interesting rocks and fossils, geological maps as well as a few tools of the trade. Pop in and say hi and if you have any questions about the local geology we'll do our best to answer them!

This is a free event, however donations to Taleblazers would be gratefully received.
Venue: Torre Abbey – Learning Lab
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Cost: Free but donations welcome
Is booking required: No

More information: Via Taleblazers UK


Contrasting Environments – An exhibition of paintings and woodcuts – Preview
5 June
Including locally inspired work, Artizan Gallery welcomes this stunning two woman show from the accomplished pair of Devon artists, whose artistic explorations are found exclusively in their experiences of the landscapes they pass through. It is this emphasis on experience that binds the work, whilst the subjects, with Sue Williamson’s focus on urban and built environments and Sarah Morris on more rural plains, offer pleasing juxtapositions of subject matter and scene.  This preview event is an opportunity to meet the artists (the main exhibition will run 8-19 June).
Venue: Artizan Gallery
Time:  18:00 – 20:00
Cost:  FREE
Is booking required:  Yes
Booking/further information: // 07522 509642

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