What's on Guide

Here is just a small selection of some of the things happening on and around the English Riviera over the coming months. There is always something to see and do, these are just some of our favourites!

14th August, 20th August, 31st August, 9th September

20th September, 30th September, 13th October, 31st October


Horse Racing - Newton Abbot Race Course, Newton Abbot


Experience the excitement of an action-packed day at the races and make lasting memories at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

Tickets are available online now at www.newtonabbotracing.com priced at £19 for the Paddock Enclosure and £12 for the Course Enclosure. Tickets are available online until 17.00 the day before your selected fixture and will also be available at the gates on the day.

5th July to 30th August


Rum/Cocktail evenings aboard the Golden Hind - Brixham Harbour, Brixham


Come and sample some of the world's finest rums.

Enjoy Mojitos, Cuba Libres, Pina Coladas and Mai Tais onboard.

Tickets £20 pp including four complimentary drinks.



10th to 16th August


Dawlish Carnival Week - Dawlish


Charmingly located on the South Devon coast, the pretty seaside resort of Dawlish is a favourite that bursts into life every year with its week long Carnival. While you still get all the benefits and traditional fun and excitement of a West Country holiday destination, the Dawlish Carnival adds colour and excitement to any break.

Carnival week in Dawlish is a seven-day action packed event with a programme that’ll ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

15th to 26th August


Open Air Cinema Festival - Torre Abbey, Torquay


Tickets are selling fast for the third Open Air Cinema Festival. A fully licensed bar and a range of cinema snacks and popcorn will be available to purchase at each of the screenings.  Doors open from 7.30 p.m.  Films start at 8.45 p.m. Adults "10, Concessions £8



Please bring chairs and blankets and wrap-up warm. Fancy dress very welcome! Licensed bar and cinema snacks on sale.  Please note, due to our licensing, only alcoholic drinks bought from our bar may be consumed on-site.  Please note the age restrictions of each film.  Films will go-ahead in everything but extreme weather conditions. Please note there will be no parking on-site, but there is plenty at the Riviera Centre or to the rear of The King's Drive.


Weather: screenings will take place rain or shine, unless there are high winds.


Thursday 15 August


Friday 16 August


Saturday 17 August


Sunday 18 August


Thursday 22 August


Friday 23 August


Saturday 24 August


Sunday 25 August


Monday 26 August

17th August


Summer Nights Food Festival - Newton Abbot Town Centre


SUMMER NIGHTS is a FESTIVAL OF STREET FOOD on three summer nights in Newton Abbot that features locally produced dishes and world cuisine. The food stalls are from Courtenay St. to The Clock Tower and there is live music and entertainment on all three nights


23rd to 26th August


Rails and Ales - South Devon Railway, Staverton


While steam trains run all day, the beer and cider festival will be in full swing at Staverton station. A great bank holiday treat!

Take the train from Torre to Totnes and join the South Devon Railway there



24th to 26th August


Torbay royal Regatta - out in the Bay


Three great days of racing for IRC and Cruiser Classes, Sportsboats, PY Dinghies and Junior Classes with racing taking place on the fine sailing waters of Torbay on the English Riviera.


25th August


Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race - Cowes & Torquay


Arriving from 1030 hrs and restart 1400 hrs

The 200-mile classic has long been recognised as one of powerboating’s toughest challenges, and comparisons have been made with motorsport events such as Le Mans and the Indy 500.

Around 20 boats are expected to be in the line-up and if the conditions are calm, the winner could complete the course in under three hours.


29th to 31st August


Dartmouth Royal Regatta - Dartmouth


The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta labelled the ‘Best in the West’, the Royal Regatta always lives up to its reputation with superb competition and brilliant entertainment. Thousands of visitors from the region, nation and indeed the world descend on Dartmouth every August for a packed three-day programme of sailing, sports, live music, street food, fireworks and more.




Devon Open Studios

Saturday 7th - Sunday 22nd September 2019


Devon Open Studios is a unique opportunity to meet artists in their studios in some of the most beautiful, unexplored parts of Devon. In addition to being able to buy art direct from the creator, many demonstrate, give talks or give you a chance to have a go.


A cornucopia of art is on offer across Devon when over 200 resident artists and crafts people open their studios to show and sell their individual artworks to the public each September. The diversity of studios is remarkable; as here you can explore venues ranging from potter’s studios in meadows to medieval barns, sinuous sculpture gardens or garrets by the sea. These hidden havens reveal fascinating work in every medium that allows the opportunity to purchase affordable art, directly from the artist, and without gallery commission.


Venture out on self-guided art tours using the free full colour event guide or just by spontaneously following the yellow arrows scattered about the countryside. Meet the artists, participate in workshops and events, or simply create your own journey of discovery in this most spectacular landscape.

12th to 15th September


International Agatha Christie Festival - Torquay


Agatha Christie purists and literary fans rejoice, its that time of year again!

Agatha Christie is Torquay's most well-known resident and the best selling author of all time. Each year we have a number of events on and around her birthday, which falls on 15 September. Agatha and literary fans rejoice and find the right event for you to get involved with!


21st to 28th September


Taste of the Teign Food and Drink Festival - Teignmouth & Shaldon


Throughout the week, participating local food and drink businesses host events such as tastings and masterclasses, feature special menus, based on foods available from around the Teign Estuary , such as mussels, crabs, jams, cakes, ales, gin, wine and much more.



20th September to 6th October


England's Seafood Feast - Torquay


This autumn sees the return of England's Seafood FEAST, a 2-week-long celebration of world-renowned local seafood on the English Riviera in beautiful South Devon. Brixham, Paignton and Torquay will be hosting a Seafood FEAST for all the senses, giving visitors the chance to join the locals and experience some of the best seafood in the world, right where it's landed.

Remember our seafood afternoon tea will be available to order throughout the festival


12th October


Supercars by the sea - Torquay Marine, Torquay


The worlds most famous and luxurious brands on show at torquay Marina

FREE admission. Cars displayed from 10:00-16:00

Susnet drive from 16:00-17:00. Passenger ride experiences available for £10.00



18th to 20th October


Dartmouth Food Festival - Dartmouth


The Dartmouth Food Festival is back for 2019 with a tempting mix of delicious regional food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops, lively food debates and fun for all the family. Set in the beautiful estuary town of Dartmouth in the South Hams from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October the 3-day event is a foodie’s heaven, celebrating the very best food, drink and culinary skills from the South West.



18th to 20th October


Teignmouth Jazz Festival - Teignmouth


Annual jazz festival in and around the seaside resort of Teignmouth on the South Devon coast. 

Various local and national artists featuring Traditional, Latin, Blues, Funk, Modern, Cool, Swing, Be-bop, Contemporary and New Orleans jazz. Held in venues around the picturesque town. Workshops also available.



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