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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

25 May

Family half term fun to celebrate the great outdoors in Torbay

A whole calendar of events have been lined up for this year’s Geopark festival held between 28 May and 5 June and will allow all the family to enjoy, explore and experience everything that makes our Geopark unique.
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.

More news...

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...
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...
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...
24 Jun - 31 Oct

Food & Craft markets

Stunning, unique handmade crafts complimented by locally farmed foods. In the beautiful grounds of...
24 Jun - 31 Dec

Food and Craft Markets

Cockington Court
Stunning, unique handmade crafts complimented by locally farmed foods. In the beautiful grounds of...
16 Jul


Kents Cavern
Stone Age people got sick just like us, but they didnt have the medicines that we use to today....
23 Jul

The WOW (Wondrous Occombe Wildlife) Trail!

Occombe Farm
Kids! Would you like a wild adventure this summer? Then take part in our super-fun WOW trail and...
28 Jul

Butterflies and Caterpillas at Cockington

Cockington Country Park
Cockington Country Park will be celebrating all things butterfly as part of the Big Butterfly...