NEWS FROM THE GEOPARK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A large sign has been installed at the entrance to Torquay to celebrate the English Riviera's status as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
THE organisers of the recent international conference on Geoparks in Torbay have been praised by the network's international board.
Some 800 delegates from all over the world came to Torquay last week for the seventh International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks. The event was held at the Riviera International Conference Centre.
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.
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.
The Herald Express has published a brilliant supplemant in the apper which talks about the coming conference and all things Geopark.
Torbay Council is asking for feedback from residents on putting in place a Public Spaces Protection Order at Hopes Nose, Torquay.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
MANAGERS of top prehistoric cave and museum attractions from across Europe gathered in Kents Cavern in Torquay for the spring conference of the 'Ice Age Europe' network.
In 2011, I had an idea with a few friends to put on a local endurance event. We were fed up of travelling for miles outside of Devon to enter events. When Torbay became a Global Geopark it seemed obvious that a collaboration was the perfect way forward.
GeoOpera will incorporate voice, music, performance and multimedia, a multilayered response to the incredible geological story of the planet.
In its 70th anniversary year and 40 years after the creation of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Science Commission of UNESCO (United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture) at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris today has approved the statutes of the new “International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme” which will allow for the creation of the new site designation of “UNESCO Global Geoparks” and the re-designation of all 120 existing Global Geoparks, including Torbay, as new UNESCO Global Geoparks.
THE biggest international conference Torquay has hosted since the 1950s is coming to the Bay next year, bringing hundreds of visitors and pumping an estimated £1.4million into the local economy.
HUNDREDS of international enthusiasts will be flocking to the English Riviera to enjoy the great outdoors on our doorstep next year.
Conference director is David Randall who here talks to Herald Express Business Editor Jan Wooster about the International Conference on Global Geoparks 2016.
THE status of the English Riviera Geopark has been assured after an intense series of inspections.
The Torbay geopark organisation has been awarded another four years' membership of the expanding Global Geoparks Network, supported by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, it was announced in Finland.
Geopark status is said to have brought £11.6million of inward investment to the Bay.
THE seventh International Conference on Global Geoparks 2016 being held in Torquay has announced chartered accountants Francis Clark and the Devon School of English as sponsors.
Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) are carrying out a piece of work to measure and evaluate the scope and value of volunteering within the cultural sector in Torbay.
All things outdoors are being celebrated at this year's English Riviera Global Geopark Festival which kicks off this weekend.
The fragment of human jawbone that represents the earliest evidence for anatomically modern humans in North West Europe is soon to return from The Natural History Museum in London.
Jo Coish, has set herself the challenge of completing all six of this year's GeoPark Adventure's events
STUDENTS from schools in Hungary, Italy, Norway, France and Germany have been in Torbay to learn more about the wonders of the English Riviera Global Geopark.
TORBAY’S first GeoPark Cycle Sportive was a resounding success with some great times recorded by Carl Allen-Dobson and Jade Rogers for the 80k course and Martin Cauldwell for the 40.
Cyclists are signing up for the first ever Geopark Sportive
TORBAY has won the bid to host the 7th UNESCO International conference on Global Geoparks in September 2016.
More than 600 delegates from all around the globe are expected to take part in the event.
THE English Riviera Geopark is bidding to host an international Unesco conference in the Bay.
The Kents Cavern Foundation (KCF), the new charitable organisation delivering education, scientific research and conservation at Devon’s award winning caverns, has received £42,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Project Firestone
A NEW film has been produced promoting all the fun of Torbay's Geoplay Park.
CHURSTON Ferrers Grammar School is linking up with schools in Hungary, Italy, Norway, France and Germany
CONSTRUCTION of the new English Riviera Geopark Trail began at the end of 2013.
TORBAY is to bid to host the internationally prestigious Geopark Global Conference in 2016.
Torquay Museum is launching a new permanent, interactive exhibition on Saturday December 14
WHILE David Cameron has been to China for business, a group of Chinese visitors came to Torbay to admire its beauty.
Students and teachers from Churston Ferrers will visit their partners and work on joint projects over the next two years through the Comenius programme