Welcome to the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark - One of Earth's Extraordinary Places! A beautiful landscape of dramatic changes, of exploration, discovery and fun.
UNESCO Global Geoparks share the story of our Planet.
A Geopark is an area of globally recognised, unique geological interest designated by UNESCO. A place where you can touch a very special part of the Earth's story and be amazed by the extraordinary landscapes, mountains, coastlines, places and people.
Our Geopark, covering the entire area of Torbay, is Naturally Inspiring. It shares stories of a landscape untouched by glaciation unseen elsewhere in the world. Stories of tropical seas and scorching deserts, raised beaches and drowned forests, hippopotami and mammoth, straight-tusked elephant and sabre-toothed tiger, cave bear and earliest man...
News from the Geopark
A quarry in Torquay has played a small but important part in the history of the planet, Lummaton Quarry, now an industrial estate, was a source of limestone used in buildings across Torbay. The rock was formed from the skeletons of sea creatures around 400 million years ago and it was the discovery of unusual marine fossils in the quarry during the Victorian era that ended a big scientific debate.
It is undoubtedly one of South Devon’s most prestigious accolades, a UNESCO status that when awarded was shared with just 57 areas around the world for their unique geological heritage. Awarded to three coastal towns in 2007, it recognised millions of years of historic activity which formed stunning landscapes, populated thriving waters, and inspired and defined generations of culture and heritage quietly and unfalteringly. More than ten years on, Torbay celebrates its designation with pride as the home of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.
English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark hosts international evaluators as part of four year revalidation process
This week, the English Riviera Geopark Organisation (ERGO) along with key and associate partners of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark hosted two UNESCO recognised evaluators as part of the revalidation process, to determine if Torbay retains its UNESCO Global Geopark designation for a further 4-years.
English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark announces new Associate Partners
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is delighted to announce that fourteen local businesses and coastal initiatives have signed up to become Official Associate Partners of the Geopark.
Celebrate our unique UNESCO Global Geopark status with us this half term at the English Riviera Geopark Festival from 25 – 31 May 2019.
The annual festival provides the ideal opportunity for locals and visitors to discover what makes Torbay’s geological and cultural history so unique and special. There’s a wide range of free and paid for events all week that can help all ages enjoy, explore and experience all the different aspects of the Geopark.
Torbay, home of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Awards for six of its beaches.
Up from the three last year, Oddicombe, Meadfoot, Abbey Sands, Preston, Broadsands and Breakwater will all be flying the internationally recognised Blue Flag this year.
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark are honoured to announce the launch of a new partnership with South Devon College.
Over the weekend of 8-9 June 2019, Torbay Amateur Radio Society (TARS) will be joining radio stations from around the world to exchange greetings with GB6GEO over the airwaves. During the special communications weekend, the English Riviera UNSECO Global Geopark special event station will transmit live from Kent’s Cavern. Using a special event call sign GB6GEO, TARS will establish contact with other radio stations around Britain, Europe and the World.
Events in the Geopark
24 May - 6 Sep
A unique opportunity to see the rare greater horseshoe bats at Berry Head, a Geopark Gateway...
24 May - 8 Sep
Cocking Court Sculpture Trail is now returning for 2019. Sculptor Phil Dixon and Cockington...
25 May - 31 Aug
The Green Heart Project is a fundraising appeal for our Geopark Partner Cockington Country Park,...
28 - 27 Jun
Devon Torbay YAC is open to everyone aged 8–16 years. YAC clubs get involved in all sorts...
10 Jul - 2 Oct
Now in it's 10th year, Brixham Fish Market Tours are still proving to be very popular, even with...
24 Jul - 28 Aug
Join us every Wednesday (09.30-11.00am) in the Summer holidays bring your tot for a morning of...
25 Jul - 27 Oct
Pilgrim is the oldest surviving trawler built and rigged in Brixham. Go aboard on one of our...
26 Jul - 30 Aug
Cockington's letterboxing trail is back this summer! Follow the clues to discover hidden...
2 - 30 Aug
Come and discover the farm animals of Occombe and even get the chance to feed some of them!...
2 - 30 Aug
Join our marine ranger and explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay's rock pools....
14 - 31 Aug
Meet the Geopark Ambassador Artists and discover the inspiration of our Geopark home! At the...
14 Aug - 30 Oct
On a Wednesday come and join one of the Berry Head volunteers as they lead you around Berry Head...
14 Aug - 8 Sep
The schools within the Riviera Education Trust came together to celebrate a multi- cultural Art...
15 - 26 Aug
Torre Abbey’s hugely popular Open Air Cinema Festival returns for the third year. Set...
20 - 23 Aug
Did you know that our Geology and Heritage is what inspired the design of the the Geoplay Park on...
24 - 31 Aug
Kent’s Cavern’s pop-up underground cinema offers a unique experience like no other!...
Join us in a race across the waves - all to raise money for vital community transport. The Race...
11 - 15 Sep
The International Agatha Christie Festival celebrates the Geoparks most famous resident through a...
Meet our patron
Television's favourite geologist Prof. Iain Stewart is patron of the English Riviera Geopark.
Iain is the presenter of Journeys from the Centre of the Earth, the award winning BBC series Earth - The Power of the Planet and his current BBC series How Earth Made Us.
Hong Kong GeoparkIn November 2009, the English Riviera Geopark signed a partnership agreement with the Hong Kong Geopark, allowing both Geoparks to strengthen their international relationship. Click here to find out more about our sister Geopark