Heathcliff House discover explore relax unwind stay Mill Bay Torquay in Devon
Heathcliff House discover explore relax unwind stay Mill Bay Torquay in Devon

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!

"Nigel and Juliette are great hosts so friendly and

knowledgeable about the area."

Karen, Dudley  September 2018


For the very best rates and offers contact Nigel or Juliette on 01803 211580 or

visit the online booking page to make a reservation.


You can be certain of a warm welcome,

arrive as guests, leave as friends!

19th February to 5th April (Selected dates)

Mini talk on interior design features - Coleton Fishacre


Would you like to learn more about key features in the interior design of Coleton Fishacre when it was created in the 1920s?

At each session, a staff or volunteer team member will do a ten minute talk on one feature of design in the house. It might be the Marion Dorn carpet in the Saloon, the Lalique light fittings in the Dining Room, or perhaps the Scaliola dining table specially designed for the space. The item featured in the talk will vary according to availability of team members on the day. Please ask on arrival of you would like to know more.

Booking not needed.  15:00 - 15:15  This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

23rd March

The Health and Wellbeing Show, Osbourne Hotel, Torquay 


The Health and Wellbeing Fayre is for you! If you are looking to improve your physical fitness, explore mindfulness, learn more about nutrition, or develop your general wellbeing in new and exciting ways, then we have just what your looking for!



23rd to 31st March

Greenway Camellia Festival, Greenway, Brixham 


Why not join us in celebration of Greenway's success at being accredited as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence. A daily programme of displays, walks, talks and all things camellia will take place.

Booking not needed - Free event - normal admission prices apply

10:30 - 17:00.  Floral displays within the house and around the garden buildings will highlight flowers from the camellia collection at Greenway. A changing daily programme of walks, talks and activities will explore the history of the camellia garden at Greenway, the plants found here, care and cultivation of camellias, and art and writing inspired by this precious flower.

30th March

Plainmoor, Torquay 


'Torquay United vs Wealdstone KO 3pm.

We are just 1 mile from the ground




9th to 16th April


Torbay and South West England Festival - Palace Theatre, Paignton


Dance Section - TICKETS information available shortly.


13th April


Photography Workshop - Berry Head Nature Reserve, Brixham


Learn how to make expressive digital photographs of Berry Head's landscapes and nature with outdoor photography tutor Phil Hemsley. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a true expert, with a mixture of classroom and field-based activities - also discovering how to get close to your subject using field craft techniques. The use of Video on most cameras is often neglected but with the inclusion of 4K and 8K video options on many cameras, you will be shown how it can be put to great use in capturing wildlife in action as well as the opportunity for extracting individual stills from it. Berry Head provides a great diversity of wildlife to photograph including flying birds, butterflies, coastal flowers and possibly marine mammals – in an area of fascinating geology and history.

Meeting point: Berry Head Main car park  Price: 35.00

19th to 22nd April


Torbay Easter Hockey Festival - Paignton


Torbay Easter Hockey Festival is celebrating it's 69th Anniversary in 2019 , and continues with the generous support of Torbay Council. We welcome hockey players both old and new to join together in this splendid scenic location to make this a very memorable event for everyone. We look forward to teams who have been the stalwarts of the festival once more returning this year to battle against old rivals. We welcome new teams who we hope will challenge the old and engage their opposition with skill and determination. Our focus has always been on excellent competitive hockey played with true sportsmanship. All games are played on astro pitches with all facilities.

19th April to 8th May


Garden Walk or Talk - Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear


Would you like to find out more about the garden and see the best plants in flower? Why not join a member of the garden team for a free walk or 15 minute talk? Every day at 2pm there is either a 45 minute tour or a 15 minute talk for you to join. These are the perfect way to learn some history, pick up handy tips, and more.

Booking not needed 14:00 - 14:45

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

24th April


Ape and Cake - Paignton Zoo, Paignton


Join Paignton Zoo for an exclusive opportunity to eat cake with the apes!
Learn about the incredible primates and have the chance to quiz keepers about what really makes apes tick.
Enjoy an informative presentation after a guided tour of the orang-utan, gorilla and gibbon exhibits. All of this plus a delicious slice of cake!

This fundraising event is in support of the Zoo's vital animal conservation work which aims to make a significant and lasting contribution to the continued survival of apes and their habitats.

The evening will begin at 7.00pm and end at 9.00 pm.

Tickets: £25 per person.

20th April, 8th May, 15th May, 29th May

5th June, 14th June, 25th June, 5th July

13th July, 21st July, 29th July, 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.

29th to 30th April


All the Jazz Dance Workshop - Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear


Put your best foot forward and celebrate International Dance and International Jazz Day with us this April.

Drop in to a pop up dance workshop to learn the Charleston in the beautiful surroundings of the Saloon at Coleton Fishacre.

Booking not needed

11:00 - 11:30 and 12:00 - 12:30

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

3rd to 5th May


BMAD Festival - Paignton Green, Paignton


The Bikers Make a Difference (BMAD) Festival was started in 2002 by a group of bikers who decided to arrange a social event on the beach and raise money for local charities. During the May Bank Holiday weekend each year, Paignton Green is transformed into a thrilling mix of spectacles that will appeal to all ages, whether they have an interest in motorbikes or not.


4th to 6th May


Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink - Exeter


The Exeter Food Festival is a series of events and shows centred on demonstrating the finest in traditional and contemporary cuisine, and is perfect for a gastro-holiday.

The Festival is held each year in the cultural quarter of the city, spread across the courtyard and grounds of the 1000-year-old cathedral. The area is one of the city’s most scenic, and perfect for a week of celebration of food and drink.

4th to 6th May


Brixham Pirate Festival - Brixham


A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment! There will be LOTS of pirates, military and period re-enactors here with guns and cannons to make plenty of noise!  We will make sure there is plenty of music too with shanties and pirate rock

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!) the full programme will be available via www.brixhampirates.com .

10th to 12th May


Dart Music festival - Dartmouth


The annual three day Dart Music Festival is now in its 22nd year.
With over 100 performances spanning almost every musical genre, the festival offers an eclectic mix of orchestral, rock, choral, blues, opera, folk, and jazz performances at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues including two churches, the bandstand in the Park, outside the castle, and various hotels, pubs, and restaurants, throughout the weekend. And its all FREE to listen to!

16th to 18th May


Devon County Show - Westpoint, Clyst St Mary


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. We’re putting together a thrilling programme of day-long entertainment.

22nd May


Tea with the Tigers - Paignton Zoo, Paignton


Join Paignton Zoo for an exclusive evening with the big cats this May 2019!
Come along after hours for the opportunity to learn all about the majestic Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions. Watch them at feeding time, meet their keepers and enjoy a presentation. All of this plus tea and a delicious slice of cake!
The evening will begin at 7.00pm and end at 9.00pm.
Tickets: £25 per person.

24th May


Berry Head Bat Walk - Berry Head, Brixham


A unique opportunity to see the rare greater horseshoe bats at Berry Head, a Geopark Gateway Site. The greater horseshoe bats live in the caves formed in the 400 million year old limestone cliffs. We will begin at the Artillery Store at the end of the headland, where a short talk will be given about the greater horseshoe bat. We then head out onto the reserve to see how our cows help to feed the bats, before moving on to watch the spectacle of the bats emerging from their roost, using bat detectors to hear their calls.

Meeting point: The Artillery Store (End of headland)

Price: £5

25th and 26th May


Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta - Brixham


Working trawler races have been sailed off Brixham since the early 1800's. They were always fiercely competitive, with the boats being driven extremely hard. In strong winds in 1927, the winning trawler 'Valerian', averaged over 12 knots around the course!
In 1914, King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup also popularly known as the 'King George V Cup' or the 'Kings Cup'. This was to be raced for by Brixham registered sailing trawlers over 40 tons but due to the First World War was not presented until 1919. This Cup was then competed for annually from 1919 until the advent of the Second World War in 1939.

25th to 29th May


Brixfest - Brixham


BrixFest will bring hundreds of artists, charities, chefs and local people together with thousands of visitors. Throughout the festival we encourage you to keep it local and spend your hard earned money in the local shops and restaurants. 

Brixfest is a three-day celebration of this charming fishing town, taking place over the Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend, at the end of May.  

Highlights include live music, cooking demonstrations, an arts and craft market, a vintage car rally, crabbing competitions, heritage craft exhibitions, a children’s day, dragon boat racing and firework display.

25th May to 9th June


Greenway Literary Festival - Greenway House, Brixham


Why not get inspired at the very first Greenway Literary Festival in celebration of the ten year anniversary of Greenway House being opened to the public for the first time. Part of the #LoveGreenway year of celebrations.

We can't think of a better place to celebrate books, reading and writing, than the holiday home of Agatha Christie. A changing daily programme of workshops, talks and activities will explore the literary heritage of Greenway, with a children's book week in the May half term, followed by a week exploring crime writing and other genres.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

25th May to 2nd June


UNESCO Geopark Festival - Various locations across the English Riviera 


Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO designated Global Geopark at this years Geopark Festival 25th May to 2nd June, 2019 . A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay.
There's a range of events all week that can help you enjoy, explore and experience all of the different aspects of the Geopark.

26th and 27th May


Dartington Food Fair - The Shops at Dartington, Nr Totnes


Save the date for the ninth May Food Fair held at The Shops at Dartington. Expect food and wine tastings and live music to swing into the summer season. With home decoration ideas, unique gifts and seasonal food and drink in abundance, it’s no wonder thousands flock to the award-winning shopping village The Shops at Dartington for the annual food fair.

1st and 2nd June


Torbay Airshow - Out over the Bay


Using the Bay’s stunning natural amphitheatre, the event is the RAF’s first display of the summer flying season and is well supported by their top teams including The Red Arrows, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Eurofighter Typhoon jet.

28th to 30th June


English Bridge Union Convention - Riviera International Centre, Torquay


If you are attending the annual convention we are located just 1/2 a mile from the Riviera Centre.

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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.

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advice about the area. A great place to stay."

Ruth, Australia  October 2018

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