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!

12th September to 24th November


Agatha Christie: A Life in Photographs - Torre Abbey, Torquay


Featuring photographs from the author’s private collection, the exhibition illustrates the life behind the works of the most widely published author of all time.

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.

1st to 19th October


The Hidden View - Artisan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay


Just five minutes walk from us

Three accomplished Devon artists, Rosemary Bonney, Ann Chester King and Diana Booth, come together to show their latest work of contrasting, harmonising and distinctive styles featuring the Devon landscape. Painting together for a number of years and the three have become close friends through their shared passion for the natural world. Though each has exhibited widely, this exhibition will uniquely be the first time they have brought their work together in a single show.




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.



20th October


Cockington Apple Festival - Cockington Court


After 25 years of Apple Day we are introducing Cockington Apple Festival, a bite-size version celebrating the history, wildlife and produce of our local orchards.

Along with the tradition of the day there will be walks, games, craft, cider and apples galore. The stalls will focus on all things apple.

There will be Apple Sculptures and Workshops along with the traditional Apple Press demonstrations.

Come along and join the fun!


Every Saturday until 21st December


Street and Craft Market - Torquay town Centre


The perfect time to pick up those special Christmas Gifts.

Stalls will vary week to week but normally include food outlets, jewellery, pillows and quilts and handmade glass.



4th to 9th November


The Tempest, Shakespeare Underground - Kents Cavern, Torquay


Delve underground into Shakespeare’s tantalizing tale as it unfolds around you in a world of stalagmites and stalactites through limestone passageways.

Shakespeare Underground returns with The Tempest from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th November.  Kents Cavern has teamed up with The Festival Players Theatre Company which is a professional theatre company delivering the best in open-air Shakespeare providing an accessible and enjoyable evening for all types of audiences. The Festival Players's patron is Dame Judi Dench, and the company is committed to presenting the very best in touring theatre.


16th to 24th November


Mattel World Scrabble Championships - Riviera Conference Centre, Torquay


Just five minutes walk from us.

The event will start with the Junior World Scrabble Championships on the 16th - 18th followed by the Main event 19th – 24th. The format will be the same as previous years with the quarter and semi finals on the 23rd and the final on the 24th.



23rd November


Lanterns, Lights & 'Luminations - Brixham


Brixham will celebrate its Christmas Lights Switch on with a ‘Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations’ parade.

Venue: The Quay, Middle Street, Fore Street, Strand, Kings Street.

23rd November


Antiques and Collectables Fair - Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot


Join us on for our Antiques and Collectables Fairs and wander amongst the stalls in search of some hidden treasures. Who knows what you could find!

- General public admission – free of charge

29th November to 30th December - Various dates


Train of Lights - Dartmouth Steam Railway, Paignton


In 2018 we proudly presented the world's first steam Train of Lights - and it was a huge success!! A total sell out with extra dates and services added to meet the demand. Plans for our 2019 Train of Lights are well underway and we promise you will see an even bigger and better light show!!



29th November to 31st December - Various dates


Coleton Aglow - Dartmouth Steam Railway, Paignton


Wrap up warm and explore Coleton Fishacre this Christmas. The garden is merry and bright with illuminations and a festive glow. Inside, the house beckons to Christmases past, with a 1920’s festive party in full swing.

Booking essential

17:30 - 20:00


30th November 


Christmas Food and Craft Fayre - Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh


Craft Stalls, Food and Drink Stalls, Christmas Gift Ideas, Carol Singing and Festive Fun Entertainment, Christmas Cocktails Workshop, Craft Demonstrations.



30th November to 1st December 


Winter Fest - Torre Abbey, Torquay


Join us for our third Winter Fest event. 

Our indoor Christmas craft and gift fair is growing in popularity every year. 

This charming event offers you the chance to buy a range of unique handmade Christmas gifts, as well as enjoy some festive music and a glass of mulled wine. 

The event will run from 10am until 5pm on both days. 

Entry includes entry to the Abbey to view all of the wonderful exhibitions.

Entry price £2.00 



1st December 


Christmas at Cockington Court - Cockington, Torquay


Listen to festive music, follow our wintry trail, and enjoy a range of craft workshops and activities.

Visit the studios to watch the crafts makers at work and select a truly magical gift. Find more gifts in our Christmas exhibition and galleries.

Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy festive food and drinks from stalls in the Cob Barn and in The Seven Dials café.



4th December 


Victorian Evening - Newton Abbot, Market Square


Once again this Christmas Newton Abbot is hosting a wonderful range of events including, street entertainment, charity stalls in Market Square and a Local choir

1st to 24th December 


Victorian Christmas at Bygones - St Marychurch


Join us in 1897 with special lighting, decorations, a 12-foot tree and a special festive hunt. Normal entry applies.


12th and 16th December 


Christmas Carols, Cocktails, and Canapes - Coleton Fishacre


What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a 1920s cocktail party, complete with carol singing in the Art Deco Saloon at Coleton Fishacre? The Butler will welcome you with cocktails from the Savoy Cocktail menu, followed by a behind the scenes house tour guided by Lady Dorothy. A festive, fun evening with a 1920s twist with music, singing, cocktails and canapés.

Adults £35.00

Booking essential


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