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
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.
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.
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark are honoured to announce the launch of a new partnership with South Devon College.
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.
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.
Students from four primary schools in Torbay are to perform a promenade version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth underground in Kents Cavern
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.
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.
Events in the Geopark
1 Feb - 31 Dec
An exhibition of works and artefacts that help celebrate the rich maritime heritage of the Bay....
24 May - 6 Sep
A unique opportunity to see the rare greater horseshoe bats at Berry Head, a Geopark Gateway...
25 May - 31 Aug
The Green Heart Project is a fundraising appeal for our Geopark Partner Cockington Country Park,...
24 Jul - 28 Aug
Join us every Wednesday (09.30-11.00am) in the Summer holidays bring your tot for a morning of...
26 - 29 Jul
Meet the Occombe Farm animals and get a taste of what it's like to feed and care for them! In...
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