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Welcome to the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and a landscape of dramatic changes, of exploration and discovery.

A landscape untouched by glaciation, revealing stories 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

29 Jul

'Why I Support The English Riviera Geopark'

Prof Steward, who is Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University, said: "AS patron of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, I am delighted that the 7th International Conference will be taking place here in Devon, in an area of such outstanding beauty as well as geological significance.
29 Jul

7th International conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks- Supplemant

The Herald Express has published a brilliant supplemant in the apper which talks about the coming conference and all things Geopark.
29 Jul

Solution for Hopes Nose on the horizon

Torbay Council is asking for feedback from residents on putting in place a Public Spaces Protection Order at Hopes Nose, Torquay.


18 Jul

Win great prizes with your Geopark selfies

WE'RE all off on a selfie scavenger hunt — and you're all invited to join us.

All summer long we are joining South Devon College for a celebration of our magnificent Geopark South Devon scenery, and there are great prizes to be won.

25 May

Family half term fun to celebrate the great outdoors in Torbay

A whole calendar of events have been lined up for this year’s Geopark festival held between 28 May and 5 June and will allow all the family to enjoy, explore and experience everything that makes our Geopark unique.
10 May

Cary Arms will play host to Geoparks VIPs

TORQUAY'S Cary Arms in Babbacombe Bay has been chosen to host a group of international VIP guests who will be visiting Torbay in September.

The English Riviera was granted the status of Global Geopark in 2007, resulting in international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage.

Now the Bay is hosting the seventh international conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in September.

6 May

GeOpera-Cast Call Out

In September 2016 an expected 1000 delegates from the international UNESCO Geopark family will descend on Torbay from the one hundred and twenty UNESCO Global Geoparks in thirty-three countries around the world. 

The conference will start with an opening ceremony that could star YOU! 
14 Mar

BUSINESS PROFILE: Top role in ensuring all runs smoothly

Geoparks (GGN2016). Being held in Great Britain for the first time, the conference, under the patronage of international environmental organisation UNESCO, will welcome delegates from 32 countries. The conference is expected to pump more than £1.4million into Torbay’s economy.

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Events in the Geopark

28 May - 4 Sep

The English Riviera Cats Trail

Torquay Museum
A brand new exciting English Riviera Cats Trail will be launched on Saturday 28th May by Torquay...
16 Jun - 17 Jul

We Heart Parks

Cockington Country Park
Celebrate Love Parks Week at Cockington Country Park. There'll be all sorts of activities...
24 Jun - 31 Oct

Food & Craft markets

Stunning, unique handmade crafts complimented by locally farmed foods. In the beautiful grounds of...
24 Jun - 31 Dec

Food and Craft Markets

Cockington Court
Stunning, unique handmade crafts complimented by locally farmed foods. In the beautiful grounds of...
1 - 19 Aug

Go Wild! - Kid's Holiday Club

Occombe Farm Visitor Centre
Occombe Farm offer a variety of Kid's Go Wild Holiday Club events to keep the kids entertained...
21 - 26 Aug

Festival of Archaeology at Cockington Country Park

Cockington Country Park
Join special activities and tours to celebrate the Festival of Archaeology. The event will...
8 Sep

Tots Go Wild!

Occombe Farm
Date: 8 September 2016 - 8 September 2016 Another chance for you and your tot to go wild on the...
10 - 11 Sep

Heritage Open Days

Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey throws opens it's doors for two days, with free entry across the site! As part of...
15 Sep

The 2016 Birthday Celebrations Programme

Torre Abbey
Celebrate Agatha Christie's birthday Marking 100 years since Christie wrote her first published...
17 Sep


Kents Cavern
Caves throughout Europe have revealed evidence that Stone Age people had musical instruments....