As restrictions continue to ease, many of our partner sites have either reopened or are planning to open over the next few weeks. While this is excellent news, we would highly recommend that you check their reopening plans and any additional safety procedures they have put in place ahead of your visit.
These may include limited opening hours and the need to pre-book your visit, as well as a limit placed on the number of people you can have in your party. We would also suggest that you keep an eye on the latest government guidelines and the Responsible Riviera campaign.
You can find out more information on our Welcome Back page.
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
MINI GEOPARK FESTIVAL HAILED A GREAT SUCCESS
Our Geopark Partners rallied togther to make this scaled down version of the annual festival a big success.
Mini Geopark Festival
This mini event, which has been scaled down due to COVID restrictions, still features a whole host of activities and events celebrating our global status. It’s our chance to show how all of our partners work together to showcase the wonders of the Geopark.
Visual Guides reassure as English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Sites re-open
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark has worked with partners and Living Options, an Exeter based charity, to create a suite of ten visual guides to help people feel comfortable and confident when they visit sites around the Geopark.
English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark launches video series on World Science Day to unravel the facts behind the UNESCO designation
Over the seven Geopark In Focus episodes Professor Iain Stewart MBE engages in relaxed discussions with fascinating people, each with a different insight into why this coastal area of England is so unique.
UNESCO status assured for another four years after inspections.
Following an intense series of inspections last summer it can finally be announced that the status of the English Riviera UNESCO Geopark has been assured.
Geopark coordinates special opportunities for people who have been shielding
As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions continue to ease, the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark have been working with its partners to provide dedicated opening times and tours at tourist attractions, museums, activity companies and nature sites around Torbay for the more vulnerable members of the local community.
UNESCO sites lead the way on sustainable development and create value for communities across the UK
Published today (25 June 2020) by the UK National Commission for UNESCO, new research shows UNESCO projects can help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, while also creating financial value.
Key Partner South Devon College wins national apprenticeship award
Key Partner South Devon College nationally recognised for its 'Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships'.
Events in the Geopark
4 Oct -
The Far Side of the World - Torquay's FijianTorquay Museum
Learn about the fascinating history, traditions and crafts of Fiji through the museum's rich...
13 Nov -
Geology of the English Riviera UNESCO Global GeoparkThe Learning Lab at Torre Abbey
If you've every taken yourself to one of Torbay's geosites and wondered what exactly the rocks...
2 - 16 Dec
Carols in the CavesKents Cavern
Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce that Carols in the Caves is coming back in...
4 - 12 Dec
Wreath Making WorkshopsPalace Avenue Theatre
Create a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door or above your fireplace. Come and join...
7 - 30 Dec
Christmas TrailTorquay Museum
Date: 6 December 2021 - 30 December 2021 Get into the Christmas Spirit by trying our fun new...
11 - 12 Dec
Father Christmas at the AbbeyTorre Abbey
We are very lucky this year, Father Christmas is making a special visit to Torre Abbey! Book a...
16 - 18 Dec
Christmas Storytelling & Biscuit DecoratingTorre Abbey
Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th December Christmas is a time of magic, wonder and unexpected...
18 - 24 Dec
Santa in the CavesKents Cavern
Santa will be returning to Kents Cavern this year with a new Christmas Grotto Experience starting...
An Audience at the Palace - Squidbox: Robert GarnhamPalace Theatre, Paignton
In 2020, comedy performance poet Robert Garnham spent the summer in the town of Brixham learning...
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
Peplows Chartered Accountants
Supporting the English Riviera Global Geopark
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