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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

18 Dec

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to perform at Geoparks conference opening ceremony

GeoOpera will incorporate voice, music, performance and multimedia, a  multilayered response to the incredible geological story of the planet.
30 Nov

Geopark branding 'will raise profile'

THE official branding of the English Riviera Global Geoparks by UNESCO has  been welcomed.

The English Riviera can now promote itself as being one of 120 official  UNESCO Global Geoparks around the world.

It is hoped the decision will raise their profile nationally and  internationally to the same level as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

17 Nov

Torbay gets UNESCO status as new “UNESCO Global Geoparks” programme announced

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.

9 Oct

Biggest international event since the 1950s coming to Torbay next year.

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.
30 Sep

International visitors will flock to enjoy English Riviera's great outdoors.

HUNDREDS of international enthusiasts will be flocking to the English Riviera to enjoy the great outdoors on our doorstep next year.

23 Sep

BUSINESS PROFILE: Conserving earth's heritage top of agenda.

Conference director is David Randall who here talks to Herald Express  Business Editor Jan Wooster about the International Conference on Global Geoparks 2016.
22 Sep

£11.6m Geopark status assured for another four years after inspections.

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.


16 Sep

Businesses sign up to Conference

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.
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Events in the Geopark

13 Feb

Exhibition: Claws! The Human History of Cats

Torquay Museum
Date: 13 February 2016 - 13 February 2016 Coming February 2016 The exhibition will explore the...
13 - 21 Feb


Kents Cavern
Go underground this half term. We have fun family themed activities all week! There's no need to...
20 Feb


Kents Cavern
Try your hand at making fire. Stone Age people couldn't rely on lighters and matches, come and...