Welcome to the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark!

We would love you to escape the everyday by visiting and exploring our beautiful bay. We've put together some tips for making the most of your stay on the English Riviera.

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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.

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The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark

The whole of Torbay has been designated a Geopark in 2007 by UNESCO because of our unique and often spectacular geology and natural environment.

While many of the 161 UNESCO Global Geoparks around the world are in remoter areas, often away from towns and cities, the English Riviera Geopark is fairly unique in that it also happens to encompass one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts. It is one of only two ‘urban’ geoparks in the UK.

The Geopark not only covers 6,200 hectares of land (10 square miles) but also 4,100 hectares (6.5 square miles) of seabed. Whilst geology may be at the heart of the designation, Geoparks also encompass other areas of heritage, including history, culture, archaeology and biodiversity.

There is also a strong environmental element to a Geopark’s designation that calls for the area to be managed responsibly in terms of conservation and sustainable development. Education is also central, as is working with the local people to ensure the geopark becomes a becomes a better place to live, work and visit.

Find out how to enjoy the Geopark responsibly here

UNESCO Global Geoparks share the story of our Planet.

A Geopark is an area of globally recognised, unique geological interest designated by UNESCO.  A place where you can touch a very special part of the Earth's story and be amazed by the extraordinary landscapes, mountains, coastlines, places and people. 

Our Geopark, covering the entire area of Torbay, is Naturally Inspiring.  It shares stories of a landscape untouched by glaciation 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

21 May

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

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
25 Apr

Devon’s Geopark marks Earth Day by launching new Environmental and Marine User Policies

31 Mar

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

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


Our Geopark Partners rallied togther to make this scaled down version of the annual festival a big success.
26 May

Mini Geopark Festival

This mini event, which has been scaled down due to COVID restrictions, still features a whole host of activities and events celebrating our global status. It’s our chance to show how all of our partners work together to showcase the wonders of the Geopark.
4 Dec

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.
More news...

Events in the Geopark

2 Apr -
5 Jun

20 Women Who Changed the World

Torre Abbey
This bold, colourful, educational and historically inspired exhibition features the works of...
7 Apr -
4 Aug

Trust Discovery Walks

Various locations across Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust
Come and explore Torbay Coast and Countryside’s amazing footpaths. Each month we will follow...
12 Apr -
30 Aug

Cockington Ranger Nature Club

Cockington Country Park
Explore nature with us in Cockington Country Park! With a different activity each session,...
13 Apr -
31 Aug

Kids Cookery

Occombe Farm
Get cooking on the farm at our Cookery School! Each month there will be a new theme to get the...
30 Apr -
3 Jul

From Moor to Sea Devon’s Endangered Species

Torre Abbey
South Devon Stitchers are a group of embroiderers who meet in Torbay. For this year's major group...
27 May -
2 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Geological tour of our Ancient Coral Reef

Oddicombe Beach/Meadfoot Beach
Join Sea Kayak Torquay for a unique exploration of the outer most extremities of Torbay’s...
28 May -
5 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Sustainability in the Stone Age

Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves
Visit the Palaeo-Table at Kents Cavern to handle prehistoric artefacts and learn about how Stone...
28 May -
5 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Vigilance of Brixham Sailing Programme

Heritage Quay, Brixham Marina
Vigilance of Brixham is a gaff-rigged ketch and a heritage vessel of national importance, with...
29 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Coasteer & Litter Pick

Anstey’s Cove, Torquay
Join the Reach Outdoors team at stunning Anstey’s Cove for a 3-hour coasteer, with an...
31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Cockington Nature Ranger Club

Cockington Park
Join one of our education rangers to learn more about nature in Cockington Park and especially...
31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Rockpool Ramble

Goodrington Beach
Join a Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Marine Ranger and learn more about life below the waves...
31 May

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Family Art Fun: Continental Collision

The Learning Lab, Torre Abbey
Learn through art and craft about the geology of Torbay and the ‘mountain building’...
1 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Kayak & Wildlife Tour

Goodrington Sands Beach, Paignton
Join the Reach Outdoors team down at Goodrington Beach for a 3-hour Kayak tour from Goodrington...
2 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Jubilant Papermaking

Cockington Court
An hour-long workshop making handmade paper sheets with Marissa Wakefield. Participants ( any age...
2 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Outdoor Painting / Sketching

Cockington Court
A chance to meet the Cockington Court Artist in Residence, James Murch and join him in the park...
2 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Walking Tour: Torquay at War

Torquay Harbourside
Learn about the massive contribution Agatha Christie made during both World Wars. Listen to the...
2 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Geopark Art Workshop

Beacon Cove and Artizan Collective
Join artist Claire Harmer on location at Beacon Cove, before heading to the Artizan Collective...
11 Jun

GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Community Climate Conversation

Scala Hall, Old Market House Town Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LZ
Torbay is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. A community focused climate conversation...
15 - 22 Oct

English Riviera Walking Festival

Pack your rucksacks, fill your flasks, dig out your walking boots and join us at the inaugural...