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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

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.
10 Mar

Sign of Geopark status

A large sign has been installed at the entrance to Torquay to celebrate the English Riviera's status as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
7 Nov
4 Oct

English Riviera welcomes the world for Unesco Global Geopark conference

HUNDREDS of delegates from all around the world have converged on Torbay for one of the most important conferences ever held locally this week.

The International Conference on Unesco Global Geoparks has attracted more than 700 delegates from 120 global geoparks from 63 different countries to Torquay.

More news...

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....
19 Jan - 31 Mar

Images and Imagination by Torbay Photographic Society

Torre Abbey
A showcase of stunning images by the Torbay Photographic Society. Open Tuesday to Sunday....
5 - 24 Feb

Riviera Art Fair

Torre Abbey
An exhibition and sale of works from the Brixham, Devon and Torbay Art Societies, in the stunning...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival

A week long programme of events hosted by the Kents Cavern! Celebrating our Stone Age ancestors...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Ice Age Animal Hunt

Reveal a secret word by finding all of the hidden Ice Age animals hidden around the woods. (ideal...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Flag Painting

Paint the markings of your tribe on your very own Stone Age flag. (ideal for ages 4-11) Find out...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Animal Trail

Take part in this cave trail to discover the different animals that lived in Devon during warmer...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Paleotable

Discover the artefacts used by Stone Age people at our handling table. (ideal for ages 6+) Find...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Shelter Building

Help to build our communal woodland shelter using natural materials. (ideal for ages 6+) Find...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Spear Throwing

Take part in this challenge to see if you have the stealth and accuracy of a Neanderthal hunter...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Stone Age Trail

Head into our woodland area and discover the skills that Stone Age people needed to learn to...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Gemstone Dig

Excavate sandboxes to uncover hidden fossils, you might even find some precious gemstones while...
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival- Clay Figurines

Cave art doesn’t just include paintings in caves, it also includes jewellery and carvings....
16 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Festival - Make your own Stone Age Pendant

Kents Cavern
(£1) – make your own Stone Age pendant. (Ideal for ages 5+) Find out more here
17 - 24 Feb

Stone Age Sessions

Kents Cavern
Stone Age Sessions will run with two different themed activities! For the young ones: The...
18 - 22 Feb

The Enchanted Occombe Mystery

Occombe farm
Half Term at Occombe - Come along to Occombe Farm and help the fairies and elves to solve the...
19 Feb

Stone Age School - Chef

Kents Cavern
Arguably one of the most important survival skills. Stone Age people mastered a number of...
19 Feb

Caves and Cosmos

Kents Cavern
Join astronomy charity 'Dartmoor Skies' for an insightful, fun and interactive talk which will...
20 Feb

Flint Session

Kents Cavern
Join Karl Lee, one of the UK’s leading primitive technologist’s, inside Kents Cavern...