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

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 lead opening ceremony of the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Click here for The Earth Echoes Learning Pack and resources

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

23 Apr - 10 Sep

Sculpture Trail

Cockington Court
New for 2017 Follow our Art Path and discover sculptures created by local artists placed within...
30 Apr - 29 Oct

Food and Craft Market

Cockington Court
Join us on the last Sunday of the month for our food and craft markets. Featuring unique,...
27 May - 3 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Geopark & Local History Quiz

Paignton Library
Be a Geopark detective! Can you follow the quiz trail around the library and find the hidden...
27 May - 3 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Make your own cave!

Brixham Heritage Museum
Create your own prehistoric cave model to take home with you. Colouring sheets available...
27 May - 3 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL- From Bone Caves to Barracks

Brixham Heritage Museum
Come to Brixham Heritage Museum and find out about; Exciting discoveries made in Brixhams 'Bone...
27 May - 4 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Secrets of Our Geopark

Occombe Farm
Join us at Occombe Farm this holiday to dicover the secrets of Torbay. Follow our quest to...
29 - 30 May


Torre Abbey
Use Devon soils to draw Devonian Fossils. Familly drop in session for 3 years+. Coloured pastels...
29 May - 2 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Alice in Wonderland Underground

Kents Cavern
A brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, by Butterfly Theatre Company....
29 May - 3 Jun


Kents Cavern
Hunt for local fossils around the visitor centre. Claim your prize once you've found them all!...
30 May


Torquay Museum
Can the Hermit crab find a new home to share with his friends the Bristleworm and the Sea...
30 May


Goodrington Sands
Join our marine ranger and explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbay's rock pools....
30 - 31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Delicious Geopark-Kids Cookery

Occombe Farm Cookery School
Join us in the kitchen to make some tasty treats perfect for a spring picnic in the Geopark!...
31 May - 2 Jun


Occombe Farm
Come and discover the farm animals of Occombe, even get the chance to feed some of them! Date:...
31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Fantastic Fossils

Torquay Museum
Fantastic Fossils- discover some of the amazing fossils in our collections in this hands on...
1 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Special 2 hour Geopark Cruise

Depart from Torquay Harbour Pontoon
Thursday 1st June Join Prof Malcolm Hart for a special bay cruise with Paignton Pleasure...
2 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVALS-Meet the Ancestors

Torquay Museum
Discover some of the oldest inhabitants who lived in Torbay thousands of years ago. Come face to...
3 - 4 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL-Global Communication Weekend with Amateur Radio stations set up in Geoparks around the World

Kents Cavern
The Torbay Amateur Radio Society will be back on the airways again this year with the call sign...
16 - 17 Jun

Occombe Beer Festival

Occombe Farm
Occombe Beer Festival is back from the 16-17 June 2017 with beer and cider tasting, live music and...