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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

15 Aug

How a Devon quarry solved a debate about the Earth's history

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.
14 Aug

Discover the Artists Working to Celebrate South Devon’s UNESCO Status

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.
8 Aug

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.
26 Jul

English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark announces new Associate Partners

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.
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.
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Events in the Geopark

24 May - 6 Sep

Berry Head Bat Walk

Berry Head
A unique opportunity to see the rare greater horseshoe bats at Berry Head, a Geopark Gateway...
24 May - 8 Sep

Sculpture Trail 2019

Cockington Court
Cocking Court Sculpture Trail is now returning for 2019. Sculptor Phil Dixon and Cockington...
25 May - 31 Aug

Celebration Exhibition: The Green Heart Project

The Green Heart Project is a fundraising appeal for our Geopark Partner Cockington Country Park,...
28 - 27 Jun

Devon Torbay Young Archaeologists’ Club

Torquay Museum
Devon Torbay YAC is open to everyone aged 8–16 years. YAC clubs get involved in all sorts...
10 Jul - 2 Oct

Brixham Fish Market Tours

Brixham Fish Market
Now in it's 10th year, Brixham Fish Market Tours are still proving to be very popular, even with...
24 Jul - 28 Aug

Tots Go Wild Summer Club

Occombe Farm
Join us every Wednesday (09.30-11.00am) in the Summer holidays bring your tot for a morning of...
25 Jul - 27 Oct

Pilgrim Open Day

Pilgrim is the oldest surviving trawler built and rigged in Brixham. Go aboard on one of our...
26 Jul - 30 Aug

Cockington’s Summer Letterboxing Trail

Cockington's letterboxing trail is back this summer! Follow the clues to discover hidden...
2 - 30 Aug

Meet our Animals - August

Occombe Farm
Come and discover the farm animals of Occombe and even get the chance to feed some of them!...
2 - 30 Aug

Rockpool Ramble

Join our marine ranger and explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay's rock pools....
14 - 31 Aug

Geopark Ambassador Artists’ Exhibition

Artizan Gallery
Meet the Geopark Ambassador Artists and discover the inspiration of our Geopark home! At the...
14 Aug - 30 Oct

A Walk on Berry Head

Berry Head National Nature Reserve
On a Wednesday come and join one of the Berry Head volunteers as they lead you around Berry Head...
14 Aug - 8 Sep

Riviera Education Trust – Arts Week Exhibition

Torre Abbey
The schools within the Riviera Education Trust came together to celebrate a multi- cultural Art...
15 - 26 Aug

Torre Abbey Open Air Cinema Festival 2019

Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey’s hugely popular Open Air Cinema Festival returns for the third year. Set...
20 - 23 Aug

Children's Week

Paignton Green
Did you know that our Geology and Heritage is what inspired the design of the the Geoplay Park on...
24 - 31 Aug

Cave Cinema - Underground Film Festival

Kent's Cavern
Kent’s Cavern’s pop-up underground cinema offers a unique experience like no other!...
7 Sep

Race Across Torbay 2019

Beacon Quay
Join us in a race across the waves - all to raise money for vital community transport. The Race...
11 - 15 Sep

International Agatha Christie Festival

The International Agatha Christie Festival celebrates the Geoparks most famous resident through a...