As restrictions continue to ease, many of our partner sites have either reopened or are planning to open over the next few weeks. While this is excellent news, we would highly recommend that you check their reopening plans and any additional safety procedures they have put in place ahead of your visit.
These may include limited opening hours and the need to pre-book your visit, as well as a limit placed on the number of people you can have in your party. We would also suggest that you keep an eye on the latest government guidelines and the Responsible Riviera campaign.
We would also kindly ask that when you are out exploring our beautiful bay, that you help protect our stunning natural heritage by keeping our parks, beaches and coastal paths litter free.
You can find out more information on our Welcome Back page.
We can’t wait to welcome people back to our naturally inspiring English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Key Partner South Devon College wins national apprenticeship award
Key Partner South Devon College nationally recognised for its 'Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships'.
New rules on staying at home and away from others
Views wanted on Torbay's heritage and a chance to win membership to Key Partner site
Help shape Torbay's new five-year Heritage Strategy by completing a short online survey.
Events in the Geopark
9 Apr -
Windows in Time - Images on the StreetTorquay Museum
As part of their 175 anniversary celebrations, the team at Torquay Museum have created a free...
24 Apr -
Unfurl ExhibitionKitchen Gallery at Cockington Court
‘Unfurl’ is the first show of a seasonal exhibition programme at Cockington Court....
26 Apr -
Wonderland Audio AdventureCockington Court
A fun family experience, available now until the end of May half-term. This Alice in Wonderland...
19 May -
Open Exhibition: Chasing RainbowsTorre Abbey
Torre Abbey is reopening with a brand new exhibition of work from local artists, celebrating...
Craft workshop: Take Flight!Torquay Museum
Come and join in fantastic family workshop on the 22nd May. A fantastic family workshop where...
The Further Adventures of Doctor DolittleCockington Court
Following the phenomenal success of Illyria's 2018 tour of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, the...
3 Jul -
Journey: Mayflower 400Torre Abbey
The Tamar Valley Printmakers (UK) and the Cape Cod Printmakers (USA) are presenting a new body of...
Illyria Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado About NothingCockington Court
Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudio...
Illyria Outdoor Theatre - HMS PinaforeCockington Court
Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such Great British institutions...
Meet our patron
Television's favourite geologist Prof. Iain Stewart is patron of the English Riviera Geopark.
Iain is the presenter of Journeys from the Centre of the Earth, the award winning BBC series Earth - The Power of the Planet and his current BBC series How Earth Made Us.
Hong Kong GeoparkIn November 2009, the English Riviera Geopark signed a partnership agreement with the Hong Kong Geopark, allowing both Geoparks to strengthen their international relationship. Click here to find out more about our sister Geopark
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