ENGLISH RIVIERA GLOBAL GEOPARK
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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

21 May

English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Festival

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.
16 May

Torbay is celebrating after being awarded a record SIX Blue Flag Awards

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.

10 Apr

UNESCO Global Geopark Network launches brand new partnership with South Devon College

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark are honoured to announce the launch of a new partnership with South Devon College.

25 Mar

Geoparks Communication Weekend (International)

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.
5 Mar

Geopark Ambassador Artists feature at the Artizan Gallery Winter Open 2018

The Artizan Gallery is a small independent fine art gallery dedicated to championing the work of local artists in the South West. For the second time in 2018, the gallery were able to secure space in the heart of Torquay’s town centre for their festive pop-up event the Artizan Winter Open.
5 Nov

School children preform Shakespeare's Macbeth underground

Students from four primary schools in Torbay are to perform a promenade version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth underground in Kents Cavern
17 Oct

Live Global Junkjam to link schools in UNESCO Global Geoparks around the world

Join us at 12pm where pupils from White Rock Primary School will be at Cockington Court with The Junkman for a one hour worldwide celebration of Mother Earth.  We will be linking up with other UNESCO Global Geopark locations from around the world. Click to read more.
13 Jul

Korean university students visit English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark to learn about Geotourism and Devon’s outstanding geological heritage.

Prize winning students from Korea visited the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark for a research visit during July.
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Events in the Geopark

1 Feb - 31 Dec

Torbay and the Sea

Torre Abbey
An exhibition of works and artefacts that help celebrate the rich maritime heritage of the Bay....
25 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Prehistoric Brixham Art

Brixham Heritage Museum
Saturday 25, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29, Thursday 30, Friday 31. Art activities on the theme of...
17 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - The Brilliant Bug Home Scavenger Hunt

Occombe Farm
The bugs at Occombe need a new home for the summer! Can you find all of the materials to help...
25 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Rock Stars Trail

Torquay Museum
To celebrate Torbay's Geopark Festival, Torquay Museum has created a fun and family-friendly...
25 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - If Not Now - An interactive performance workshop with One Step Theatre

Torre Abbey
If Not Now is an interactive performance workshop with One Step Theatre. Young Sally struggles...
25 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Tree Guardians Spotter Sheet

Cockington
Head out in search of Cockington’s Tree-mendous trees and look out for the tiny tree...
25 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Our Place in the Seven Heavens

Artizan Gallery
Curated with Becky Nuttall, Artizan presents an exhibition of art and poetry inspired by our unique...
25 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Ice Fest

Kent's Cavern
A fun programme of events hosted at Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves. Get involved in a range of...
25 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Geopark Sightseeing Cruises

Torquay, Paignton and Brixham
Geopark sightseeing cruises will be running daily during the Geopark Festival. For further...
26 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Cockington Court Sculpture Trail 19 Launch Week

Cockington Court
Come to see over 30 fantastic sculptures set in the stunning Geopark grounds of Cockington Court...
26 - 27 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Fun, Beach Cleans and Paddle for Plastic!

Churston Cove & Breakwater Beach
Join Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative over the Bank holiday weekend to help clean up Brixham....
26 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Super Fossils at Torre Abbey!

Torre Abbey
Come and celebrate the Geopark Festival with the Squircle Arts Team at Torre Abbey Museum. Make...
27 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Berry Head Guided Walk

Berry Head
Easy going – 3 miles in length – Finishing with option of Cream tea at The Guardhouse...
28 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Guided Geopark Sightseeing Kayak Tour

Meadfoot Beach
Join Sea Kayak Torbay and discover Meadfoot, Hope’s Nose and Shennell Cove’s...
28 - 30 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Prehistoric Brixham Caves

Brixham Heritage Museum
Tuesday 28th & Thursday 30th May How man has used caves – make a model of a cave and...
28 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Indigos Go Wild Adventure Playground

Indigos Go Wild Adventure Playground
Outdoor play for everyone - decorate your very own dinosaur to take home, make a trilobite...
28 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Fossil Hunt & Street Art Fossils at Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey
Join us for a fossil hunt around Torre Abbey Museum and Gardens, then use Devon soils to create...
29 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Become a Stone Age Cave Artist

Torquay Museum
Make your own cave painting by torchlight and become a stone-age cave artist at Torquay...
29 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Prehistoric Brixham - Pottery Workshop

Brixham Heritage Museum
Meet the museum’s archaeology group – handle prehistoric pottery sherds, make your own...
29 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Fort Apache Adventure Playground

Fort Apache Adventure Playground
Outdoor play for everyone - cave painting, cooking dinosaur French toast on a campfire,...
29 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Wild Fox Adventure Playground

Wild Fox Adventure Playground
Outdoor play for everyone - campfire cooking, decorating a dinosaur to take home, pre-historic...
30 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Scrap Rocks and Fossils

Torre Abbey
Join the Trove Scrapstore in the Learning Lab at Torre Abbey to celebrate the Geopark Festival....
31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Sea Kayak Taster Sessions

Reach Outdoors - Goodrington
Join Reach Outdoors and experience a 1 hour tandem, sit on top, sea kayak taster sessions. A...
31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Ancient Bugs Grow Big

Torre Abbey Learning Lab
Join our family friendly dragonfly making workshop. You will make big beautiful dragonflies on a...
8 - 9 Jun

Geoparks Communication Weekend (International)

Kent's Cavern
Torbay Amateur Radio Society (TARS) will be joining radio stations from around the world to...