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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

10 May

Cary Arms will play host to Geoparks VIPs

TORQUAY'S Cary Arms in Babbacombe Bay has been chosen to host a group of international VIP guests who will be visiting Torbay in September.

The English Riviera was granted the status of Global Geopark in 2007, resulting in international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage.

Now the Bay is hosting the seventh international conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in September.

6 May

GeOpera-Cast Call Out

In September 2016 an expected 1000 delegates from the international UNESCO Geopark family will descend on Torbay from the one hundred and twenty UNESCO Global Geoparks in thirty-three countries around the world. 

The conference will start with an opening ceremony that could star YOU! 
14 Mar

BUSINESS PROFILE: Top role in ensuring all runs smoothly

Geoparks (GGN2016). Being held in Great Britain for the first time, the conference, under the patronage of international environmental organisation UNESCO, will welcome delegates from 32 countries. The conference is expected to pump more than £1.4million into Torbay’s economy.

14 Feb

European Ice Age Attractions managers gather at Kents Cavern

MANAGERS of top prehistoric cave and museum attractions from across Europe gathered in Kents Cavern in Torquay for the spring conference of the 'Ice Age Europe' network.

21 Jan

Questions Questions: Brendon prince of Geopark adventure goes under the spotlight.

In 2011, I had an idea with a few friends to put on a local endurance event. We were fed up of travelling for miles outside of Devon to enter events. When Torbay became a Global Geopark it seemed obvious that a collaboration was the perfect way forward.
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.

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Events in the Geopark

6 Apr - 22 Aug

Rockpool Ramble

The Seashore Centre at Goodrington Sands
Date: 6 April 2016 - 22 August 2016 Dates available: Wednesday 6th April 2016 (11am) Friday...
20 May - 19 Aug

Berry Head Bat Walks

Berry Head Visitor Centre
Date: 20 May 2016 - 19 August 2016 Dates available: Friday 20th May 2016 at 8pm Friday 17th...
28 May - 5 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ May Half Term Events

Kents Cavern
MAY HALF TERM FUN! Kents Cavern 28 May - 5 Jun This half term go underground with some fun...
28 May - 2 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Help the Museum create a colourful mosaic picture of an Ice Age Animal

Brixham Heritage Museum
SAT 28TH MAY , TUES 31ST MAY , THURS 2ND JUNE Three workshop sessions: suitable for young...
28 May - 5 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Create your own mosaic picture of an Ice Age animal.

Brixham Heritage Museum
WEEK OF THE GEOPARK FESTIVAL... Drop in when your please! Make a mosaic placemat of an ice Age...
28 May - 5 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Cavogs Dino Quest

Kents Cavern
WEEK OF THE GEOPARK FESTIVAL. Drop in event! Part of our childrens activites. Hunt for...
28 - 4 May

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Be a Torbay Geopark detective...

Torquay Library
Can you follow the quiz trail around the library and find the hidden clues from Kents Cavern?...
28 May - 5 Jun

~~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Torbay Rocks!

Torquay Museum
Join us to celebrate all things geological for our Geopark Festival! become a fossil hunter for...
28 - 29 May

~~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ GB6GEO-Amateur Radio Event

Kents Cavern
28TH MAY , 29TH MAY Torbay Amateur Radio Scoiety returns to Kents Cavern to manage the UNESCO...
28 May - 5 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Stone Age Games

Kents Cavern
Stone Age Games Join the Stone Age School gang in the woodlands this half term for some...
28 - 29 May

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Street Art Fossils

Torre Abbey
Have you ever heard of a Megasockasaurus? No? That's because its make believe! Come along and...
28 - 29 May

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Street Art Fossils

Torre Abbey
Have you ever heard of a Megasockasaurus? No? That's because its make believe! Come along and...
30 May

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Explore the Perfect urban Geopark Site

Sealife Centre, Goodrington.
Goodrington, within Torbay, provides the Geopark story to perfection, from its superb Permian red...
31 May

Meet The Occombe Bees

Occombe Farm
Dates available: Tuesday 31st May 2016 Thursday 28th July 2016 Thursday 11th August 2016...
31 May

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Fossil Creations

Torre Abbey
Create your own beautiful fossil using clay and plaster, exploring different textures, shapes...
1 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Printmaking for Earthlings!

Torre Abbey
In celebration of our amazing English Riviera Global Geopark we will be exploring the earth...
1 - 2 Jun


Torre Abbey
Short description (30 words max): Tour Torre Abbey seeking out fossils and the geology in...
2 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ GeoPlay Day

Paignton Geoplay Park
Free Play Day in Paigntons Geoplay Park. Free activities for children of all ages. Venue:...
3 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Rock Pool Ramble

Seashore Centre, Goodrington
Join our marine ranger and explore the incredible marine life that lives in Torbays rock pools....
3 - 4 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Beer Festival

Occombe Farm
FRIDAY 3RD JUNE-SATURDAY 4TH Occombe Beer Festival is back with beer and cider tasting, live...
3 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Geo-Painting

Torre Abbey
Explore painting with egg-tempera and discover the different rocks and and natural materials that...
5 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Geopark 1 Mile Swim (Charity swim for DAA & TSLSC)

Broadsands to Goodrington
Would you like to challenge yourself to some wild swimming in Devon? if so, then why not try out...
5 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Geopark Trail

Cockington Country Park
Come and celebrate the Geopark festival at Cockington Country Park. Wind your way around the park...
5 Jun

~~~~GEOPARK FESTIVAL~~~~ Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor and South Devon

Cantina Bar and Kitchen
Join Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury, authors of this stunning new book, for a fascinating...
8 Jun - 10 Jul

Evening Wildlife Walk at Cockington

Cockington Country Park
Date: 8 June 2016 - 10 August 2016 Dates available: Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 7pm Wednesday...
11 Jun

Walls Hill Nature Walk

Anstey's Cove Car Park
Date: 11 June 2016 Walk with a Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust ranger and learn more about...
16 Jun - 17 Jul

We Heart Parks

Cockington Country Park
Celebrate Love Parks Week at Cockington Country Park. There'll be all sorts of activities...
18 Jun


Kents Cavern
When Stone Age people moved to the shore or by lakes and rivers, fish made up a large part of...
20 - 30 Jun

International Intensive Course on Geoparks

Lesvos Island- Greece
Invitation The University of the Aegean - Department of Geography in collaboration with the...