ENGLISH RIVIERA GLOBAL GEOPARK

NEWS FROM THE GEOPARK

13 Mar

Agatha Christie Festival secures patronage from the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) in 2024 Agatha Christie Festival secures patronage from the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) in 2024

This year’s Agatha Christie Festival, set to take place at a host of cultural venues across the English Riviera from 7th through 15th September, has been awarded official patronage from the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO.
27 Feb

Geopark Festival 2024 Geopark Festival 2024

The Geopark Festival is taking place around the Bay from 25th - 31st May 2024. This week-long festival allows you to get under the surface of the Geopark, discovering the essence of the English Riviera, our culture and our history. And this year, it's bigger and better than ever with the introduction of our NEW Geopark Discovery Experiences!

7 Feb

The English Riviera Walking Festival Returns 4 – 19 May 2024 The English Riviera Walking Festival Returns 4 – 19 May 2024

Step ahead with the English Riviera Walking Festival which returns from 4 – 19 May 2024. Residents and visitors are invited to a friendly two-week celebration of South Devon’s breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage.
26 Jan

From Monday 22 January 2024 the Torbay local heritage grant scheme reopens for applications. From Monday 22 January 2024 the Torbay local heritage grant scheme reopens for applications.

Local groups can again apply for grant funding of up to £7,500 to support their heritage project.

15 Jan

English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Welcomes Wild Plant Trust as New Geopark Core Partner English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Welcomes Wild Plant Trust as New Geopark Core Partner

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is delighted to announce the addition of Wild Plant Trust as a Geopark Core Partner, further enriching the diverse range of organisations dedicated to conserving and promoting the unique environment, heritage and culture underpinned by the internationally significant geological heritage of the English Riviera. Core Partners play a pivotal role in the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark helping to fulfil the requirements to retain the UNESCO designation.
6 Dec

A Greener Way for Our Bay – Have your say A Greener Way for Our Bay – Have your say

The new consultation – ‘A Greener Way For Our Bay’ – aims to engage with local people on the Torbay Climate Partnership’s new plans for reducing the Bay’s emissions and preparing for a changing climate. The Partnership is made up of a wide range of organisations in Torbay from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.
17 Oct

KENTS CAVERN ENTERS A NEW ERA AS IT JOINS THE TUDOR HOTELS COLLECTION KENTS CAVERN ENTERS A NEW ERA AS IT JOINS THE TUDOR HOTELS COLLECTION

Geopark Partners Kents Cavern are  delighted to announce that Kents Cavern has officially become part of the Tudor Hotels Collection
4 Oct
18 Sep

Torbay's Local Heritage Grant Scheme - first round of grants awarded Torbay's Local Heritage Grant Scheme - first round of grants awarded

The first of Torbay’s Local Heritage Grants have been awarded to 12 projects in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. These range from visitor improvements for both the historic Brixham Battery and Torquay Museum, and community projects in Paignton; to literary inspired murals, podcasts, heritage days and innovative projects exploring our geological history across the English Riviera’s UNESCO designated environment.
3 Aug

Exciting season of creative and cultural events for Paignton Exciting season of creative and cultural events for Paignton

A major series of creative events has been announced for Torbay. The four-week programme titled Open Season is part of Torbay’s Cultural Development Fund project focused on Paignton Picture House.
25 Jul

ENGLISH RIVIERA UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK INCLUDED IN UNIQUE UK UNESCO SITES ON NEW ILLUSTRATED MAP ENGLISH RIVIERA UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK INCLUDED IN UNIQUE UK UNESCO SITES ON NEW ILLUSTRATED MAP

-    New map launched that includes all 58 UK UNESCO sites for the first time

-    Map illustration by artist Tom Woolley

-    Visitors encouraged to discover new sites and destinations on their doorstep

14 Jul

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark prepares for UNESCO inspection. The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark prepares for UNESCO inspection.

Every four years a team of two UNESCO Global Geopark representatives chosen from across the globe conduct a formal revalidation inspection on the English Riviera’s geopark status.

5 Jun

New Public Spaces Protection Order for Hopes Nose and Berry Head New Public Spaces Protection Order for Hopes Nose and Berry Head

A new Public Spaces Protection Order will ensure the important coastal sites at Hopes Nose in Torquay and Berry Head in Brixham are protected from harm and remain safe for all to visit.
6 May

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Festival 2023 The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Festival 2023

The annual festival is a celebration of the international significance of the areas Geopark status and sees Geopark Partners and Associate Partners hosting a diverse range of events and activities across the Bay. The aim of the festival is to showcase the wonders of the Geopark through collaborative working, and to allow both residents and visitors the opportunity to discover something new along the way.
27 Feb

Local heritage small grants scheme to be established thanks to successful National Lottery Heritage Fund application Local heritage small grants scheme to be established thanks to successful National Lottery Heritage Fund application

Torbay Council have received a £250,000 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to establish a Torbay local heritage small grants scheme that will enbale more people to get involved in Torbay’s heritage and celebrate our designation as a UNESECO Global Geopark thanks to 
17 Sep

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Launches new Interactive 3D Map The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Launches new Interactive 3D Map

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark has launched a new hi-tec interactive map to coincide with Geo Diversity Day (6 October).
21 May

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Festival returns The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Festival returns

The annual festival is a celebration of the international significance of the area’s Geopark status.
6 May

Geopark Festival 2022 Geopark Festival 2022

The UNESCO Global Geopark status is something which really makes The English Riviera a unique place to visit. Come and celebrate with us during the Geopark Festival, which runs from Thursday 26 May to Thursday 2 June
31 Mar

Hundreds support Torbay’s Earth Hour event Hundreds support Torbay’s Earth Hour event

Around 600 people came down with lanterns to celebrate Earth Hour, a global environmental event.
7 Mar

Support Earth Hour in Torbay – as Council commits £1m to tackling climate change Support Earth Hour in Torbay – as Council commits £1m to tackling climate change

Residents in Torbay are being encouraged by English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and us to mark Earth Hour by turning off their lights at home and heading down to Torre Abbey Sands in Torquay to join a unique event, the first of its kind in the Bay.
15 Jul

MINI GEOPARK FESTIVAL HAILED A GREAT SUCCESS 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.
4 Dec

Visual Guides reassure as English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Sites re-open 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.
10 Nov

English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark launches video series on World Science Day to unravel the facts behind the UNESCO designation 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.
13 Jul

UNESCO status assured for another four years after inspections. 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.
2 Jul

Geopark coordinates special opportunities for people who have been shielding 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.
25 Jun

UNESCO sites lead the way on sustainable development and create value for communities across the UK 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.
8 Aug

English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark hosts international evaluators as part of four year revalidation process English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark hosts international evaluators as part of four year revalidation process

ERGO hosts two UNESCO recognised inspectors as part of revalidation process.