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!
27th March 17:00-19:00
Spring Garden Cocktail Bar - Greenway, Brixham
The Greenway garden team will lead a walk to see the spring blooms after hours, and there'll be a pop up bar it the Vinery serving cocktails and mocktails.
You can join a walk, relax in the Vinery bar or do both!
One cocktail included in ticket price with additional cocktails available to purchase.
Ticket price £10.00
2nd April & 28th May 10:00-16:00
Greenway By Canoe - Greenway, Brixham
This activity is perfect for all abilities - canoes and an instructor are provided.
Learn a great new skill on the River Dart at Greenway. Starting at Dittisham, the instructor will take you canoeing on the Dart for up to an hour. You will then have time to stretch your legs and use the facilities, before heading back on to the river and canoeing back to Dittisham.
2nd to 4th May
Brixham Pirate Festival - Brixham Harbour
Come to Brixham on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May and join a mass gathering of Pirates from all walks of life. With amazing live music, street entertainers, a Shanty Town, a family area, living history exhibits and skirmishes (very loud bangs and cannon fire!)
8th to 10th May
Exeter Festival of Food & Drink - Northernhay Gardens, Exeter
To be held for it’s 18th year, from Friday 8th - Sunday 10th May, the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is the perfect recipe of exhibitors, activities, music and cookery demos. Festival goers can look forward to our three main themes for this year’s festival: Fish Friday, Meat Up Saturday and Live Better Sunday - something for everyone with a little dusting of Devon magic.
Very easy to get to on the train from Heathcliff House
15th to 17th May
Dart Music Festival - Various Locations, Dartmouth
Welcome to the 23rd Dart Music Festival, the all encompassing three day music event staged in and around the beautiful town of Dartmouth.
The 2020 event will bring together an eclectic and hugely talented group of artists once more for this entirely FREE to attend festival for all to see.
Take the steam train to the festival whilst staying at Heathcliff House!
28th to 30th August
Devon County Show - Westpoint, Exeter
There’s only one place in Devon where on just three days of the year the county is revealed in all its glory! We’re looking forward to treating our visitors to the best of food, farming and entertainment all in one day.
Farming is at the very heart of the Show – stockmen and women from the county and beyond will be competing in the show ring and agricultural machinery and suppliers will be out in force. There’ll be literally thousands of animals – from exceptional livestock to dazzling Arab horses, family ponies, canine superstars competing in the pedigree Dog Show, lofty alpacas and pigeons, rabbits and guinea pigs.
23rd to 25th May
Brixfest - Brixham Harbour
BrixFest is a three-day celebration of this charming fishing town, taking place over the Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend, at the end of May. If you are planning a holiday to the English Riviera, this is the perfect time to visit, although book with us early as it's understandably popular. Highlights include live music, cooking demonstrations, an arts and craft market, a vintage car rally, crabbing competitions, heritage craft exhibitions, dragon boat racing, and huge firework display.
24th to 25th May
Dartington Food Fair - Ths Shops at Dartington
Join us again for another fabulous Bank Holiday weekend filled with foodie fun. Enjoy exciting cooking demonstrations, tantalising tastings, street food, a variety of stalls by local producers and of course, plenty of local food and drink!
Well worth combining with a visit to Totnes. A great day out whilst staying at Heathcliff House
The Gin to My Tonic Festival - Riviera International Centre, Torquay
The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked behind the bars has been selected based on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful flavour and the most enjoyable drinking experiences. The festival is here to take you on a journey of gin discovery! What’s more, we believe gin should be served correctly which is why we offer 35ml serves (as opposed to the average 25ml) as standard!
6th & 7th June
English Riviera Airshow - Out over the Bay!
Back for it's fifth year, this show is the first airshow of the season. You will see the Red arrows first display of the year, the Battle of Britain Memorial flight amongst many other breathtaking displays.
We like to take two fold up chairs down to Torre Abbey Sands (8 minute walk) and watch from there.
6th June 18:30-21:00
D Day Dance - Greenway, Brixham
Swing back in time to when Greenway played host to the US Coast Guard with a 1940’s themed dance.
Jive the night away with The Liberty Sisters in a vintage dressed marquee within in the Walled Gardens. There'll be a ration style supper included and the bar to purchase drinks.
Ticket price £30.00
19th to 21st June
Teignmouth Folk Festival - Various locations, Teignmouth
The Teignmouth Folk Festival is a huge music event that attracts large crowds to this beautiful town with its wide variety of exciting entertainment.
Between Friday 19th and Sunday 21st June Teignmouth will once again host it's annual extravaganza of folk arts.
Music song, dance, sessions and storytelling will be in abundance around the town, including numerous free events.
27th to 28th June
Dartmouth Art and Craft Weekend - Dartmouth
The 17th annual Dartmouth Art & Craft Weekend in aid of Children's Hospice South West. An interesting and fun weekend to watch, talk to and buy from so many artists and craft workers displaying their talents.
So easy to get to from Heathcliff House on the steam train
3rd to 4th July
Glas-Denbury Music & Arts Festival - Denbury
Recently awarded a GOLD for Festival of the year 2018 in the Devon Tourism Excellence Awards and a BRONZE for Festival of the Year 2018/9 in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, Glas-Denbury is a festival that is authentic, friendly, safe, accessible and sustainable, with a nod to the festivals of yesteryear. Glas-Denbury’s ethos is providing a “Platform for Passion” and championing the South West using 100% SW suppliers, food and drink and providing a platform for SW music, arts and entertainment. Located on a beautiful site, in the rolling Devon hills, it is a collaboration of likeminded people and organisations who come together to create a colourful, happy event suitable for all ages.
Marldon Apple Pie Fair - Marldon, Paignton
Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike join in the celebrations. Events throughout the afternoon include local arts, crafts and food stands, falconry displays, games and even a novelty dog show!
Riviera Classic Car Show - Paignton Green, Paignton
Hundreds of vehicles through the ages with a sprinkling of the exotic and quirky. Stage entertainment, food, licensed bar all on site. Alongside are the beach and the pier. Spectator entry on the day by voluntary contribution £2.50 for adults.
Totnes and District Show - Berry Pomeroy, Totnes
This is a great day out with everything you would expect of an agricultural show and includes cattle, show Jumping, rabbits, poultry, dog Show & terrier racing, food hall, and live music. All day entertainment with fantastic Main Ring attractions.
Just 20 minutes in the car from Heathcliff House
21st to 24th 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.
Free berthing for yachts and dinghies is included in the entry fees and from the sheltered harbour there is quick and easy access to the race areas.
28th to 30th August
Cowes Torquay Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race - Out in the Bay
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.
14th September 19:00-21:30
Greenway Literary Festival - Greenway, Brixham
Celebrating 130 years since the birth of Agatha Christie, and 100 years of Poirot, spend a celebratory evening with dinner, drinks and tour at her holiday home.
Guests will be able to enjoy bubbly and canapés on arrival, followed by a tour of Agatha Christie's holiday home. A five course dinner with white wine and soft drinks will be accompanied by a chaired discussion of Agatha Christie's literary works, including 'Dead Man's Folly' which Agatha based at Greenway.
14th September 19:00-21:30
Greenway 1950s Fete - Greenway, Brixham
Celebrating the anniversary of Agatha Christie's birthday with a 1950s fête inspired by 'Dead Man's Folly.' Come and enjoy the traditional fun and games in the Walled Garden.
There will be a small charge at the stalls such as the coconut shy: the money raised will be helping to care for Greenway for ever, for everyone.
18th to 20th September
Abbfest - Newton Abbot
This charity festival is a wonderful celebration of food, music, and beer. There is something for everyone to enjoy over the three days and it is easily accessible from Heathcliff House. Just take the train to Newton Abbot from Torre, 200 yards up the road, and jump on the FREE shuttle bus from outside the station.
18th September to 4th October
England's Seafood FEAST - Various venues, English Riviera
England’s Seafood Coast will play host to a feast for all the senses between 18th September and 4th October 2020. For 2 weeks you will be able to immerse yourself in England's Seafood FEAST eating some of the best seafood in the world and experiencing the very best the English Riviera has to offer.
3rd to 4th October
Powderham Castle Food Festival - Powderham Castle, Exeter
Powderham Food Festival, the autumnal foodie event that celebrates the South West’s finest food and drink producers, will return again fof 2020. Now in its 9th year, the festival promises to provide a foodie and fun day out for all to enjoy. Brimming with all things edible, drinkable and delectable from over 150 producers, there are also demonstrations from a line-up of the region’s best culinary talents.
16th to 18th October
Teignmouth Jazz Festival - Various locations, 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.