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

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is delighted to share the Earth Echoes film. This film documents the development of the incredible community lead opening ceremony of the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Click here for The Earth Echoes Learning Pack, resources and evaluation report

The film, accompanies the full Earth Echoes Learning Pack ( link above) script, music score, mp3’s, as well as the project evaluation report. Newly available, the pack allows access to best practise for those seeking to engage with local communities and volunteers around a common purpose. It will be of great benefit to organisations, here and abroad, interested in replicating any type of creative community engagement activity.

The conference, was hosted by the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark in September 2016 in Torquay and welcomed over 700 international delegates. It was hailed the most successful ever by both UNESCO and the president of the Global Geoparks Association.

The success was in part due to an incredible Arts Council funded, community lead and performed opening ceremony. It told the story of the planet through all of the geological ages through to asking a fundamental question of today; what will we leave behind? It provided a key message that #therockconnectsus. The performance involved over 100 members of the local community, aged 8 to 80. Performers included students from South Devon College, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Doorstep and the Barbican Plymouth. The performance received a standing ovation from the international delegates who were truly enthralled.

To access the full archive for the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks please click here.

News from the Geopark

27 May


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.
10 Mar

Sign of Geopark status

A large sign has been installed at the entrance to Torquay to celebrate the English Riviera's status as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
7 Nov
4 Oct

English Riviera welcomes the world for Unesco Global Geopark conference

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.

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.

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Events in the Geopark

20 Nov

Tots Go Wild! November

Occombe Farm
Tots come along to Occombe Farm to discover the sights, smells and colours of autumn. Babies can...
2 - 3 Dec

Winter Fest

Torre Abbey
This Christmas we will be hosting our first ever Winter Fest in the historic setting of the...
3 - 24 Dec

Santa in the Caves!

Kents Cavern
Santa returns to Kents Cavern again this year! And he's joined by some very unexpected and...
10 Dec

Broadsands Winter Bird Walk

Broadsands Beach
Brush up on your Gull, Diver and Grebes identification skills at Broadsands with local expert...
10 Dec

Driftwood Xmas Tree workshop & crafts

Occombe Farm Cookery School
Come along to Occombe for day of Christmas crafts. Create your very own Devon Driftwood tree for...
14 Dec

Carols in the Caves

Kents Cavern
Join us for another amazing annual concert! Listen to carols and show songs in the unique...
17 Dec

Festive Winter Crafts

Cockington Visitor Centre
Come along and make your own willow wreath using natural materials from the Country Park. Other...