Torquay has two theatres, the Princess Theatre on the waterfront and Babbacombe Theatre up on the downs above Babbacombe Beach. Both have a wide range of shows and plays throughout the year including national tours at the Princess Theatre.
Torbay Week is a regatta based around Torquay marina, taking place in August every year. The event brings Torquay, Paignton and Brixham yacht clubs together to offer a week of racing in many classes across a number of courses in sheltered Tor Bay and includes the Red Arrows display on the penultimate evening. The sea is also host to the Cowes – Torquay – Cowes powerboat race which also takes place in August.
Elsewhere The Agatha Christie festival continues to grow around the authoress’s birthday in September. Events include theatre productions of her most popular works, guided walks and talks, themed boat trips and murder mystery dinners. Born in Torquay, much of the festivities are based at Agatha Christie’s holiday home, Greenway House near the banks of the River Dart between Paignton and Brixham.
There are a number of other smaller events held through the year including Babbacombe Festival in June and Cockington Apple Day in October.
Activities in Torquay
The English Riviera Centre in Torquay is home to a swimming pool with wave machine switched on every half hour and a giant flume with toddlers area and waterfall. Elsewhere kayaks can be hired on Torquay marina waterfront to explore the calm waters of the bay, and there is a pitch and putt golf course in Torre Abbey gardens.
For children looking to burn off some energy, The Rainbow Fun House is near the harbour and has two floors of soft play including slides, a race track, separate area for younger children and a viewing area with refreshments.