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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

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.
4 Jun

Geopark Festival 2018 - International Reach.

Torbay’s UNESCO Geopark reached out to the Bay’s international visitors by adding a welcome message in nine different languages on the 2018 Geopark festival leaflet.
27 May


To kick start the 10th Geopark Festival celebrations the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is delighted to launch the Earth Echoes film. This film documents the development of the incredible community-led opening ceremony of the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks held at the RICC in September 2016.
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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 Feb - 20 May

Tots Go Wild Club

Occombe Farm
Little tots; discover Occombe Farm this Spring with muddy fun, gardening duties, animal...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground

Kent's Cavern
Family fun for the Easter holidays! Saturday 30th March - Sunday 28th April Go underground this...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Easter Egg Hunt

Kent's Cavern
Cavog the Caveman has dropped some Easter Eggs in the cave. He needs your help to find them all...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Dino Craft Cups

Kent's Cavern
Head to the craft centre to make your own little dino to take home with you (ideal for ages 3+,...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Ice Age Animal Hunt

Kent's Cavern
Reveal a secret word by finding all of the hidden Ice Age animals hidden around the woods. (ideal...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Paleotable

Kent's Cavern
Discover tools and artefacts used and made by Stone Age people at our handling table. (ideal for...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Shelter Building

Kent's Cavern
Help to build a communal woodland shelter using natural materials. (ideal for ages 6+) Prices...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Spear Throwing

Kent's Cavern
Take part in this challenge to see if you have the stealth and accuracy of a young Neanderthal...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Stone Age Trail

Kent's Cavern
Head into our woodland area and discover the skills that Stone Age people needed to learn to...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Gemstone Dig

Kent's Cavern
Excavate sandboxes to uncover hidden fossils, you might even find some precious gemstones while...
30 Mar - 28 Apr

Easter Underground - Stone Age Pendant

Kent's Cavern
Decorate your own tree cookie pendant for free at our crafts station. (Small charges apply, from...
6 - 22 Apr

Cockington Letterboxing Trail: Spring Secrets

Cockington's letterboxing trail is back; this time with a twist for spring! Scout around...
8 - 22 Apr

The Great Big Dinosaur Hunt

Occombe Farm
CALLING ALL DINOSAUR HUNTERS!! The Dino-Bunny has dropped dinosaur eggs all over the trail at...
20 Apr

Spring Migrants at Berry Head

Berry Head
This morning walk with Mike Langman corresponds with the busy spring migration period of the...
20 Apr

Stone Age School - Doctor

Kent's Cavern
Learn about natural remedies discovered by ancient people that have been passed down through the...
22 Apr

World Earth Day

World Earth Day is a world-wide event that takes place every year, it is believed that more than 1...
29 Apr

Spring Forage and Cook

Occombe Farm
Come and join us for a gentle ramble around the nature trail at Occombe. We will collect a...
3 - 5 May

Young Art Devon

Torre Abbey Spanish Barn
Following a hugely successful first year, we are delighted to let you know that this exhibition...
12 May

Wild Flower Wander

Wild flower discovery and identifcation walk through Cockington. Wondering about wild flowers?...
18 May

Stone Age School - Builder

Kent's Cavern
Stone Age people didn’t always live in caves. They needed to be able to make shelters for...