Welcome to the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark!
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.
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.
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
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Festival returns
The annual festival is a celebration of the international significance of the area’s Geopark status.
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
Devon’s Geopark marks Earth Day by launching new Environmental and Marine User Policies
Hundreds support Torbay’s Earth Hour event
Around 600 people came down with lanterns to celebrate Earth Hour, a global environmental event.
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.
MINI GEOPARK FESTIVAL HAILED A GREAT SUCCESS
Our Geopark Partners rallied togther to make this scaled down version of the annual festival a big success.
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.
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.
Events in the Geopark
2 Apr -
20 Women Who Changed the WorldTorre Abbey
This bold, colourful, educational and historically inspired exhibition features the works of...
7 Apr -
Trust Discovery WalksVarious locations across Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust
Come and explore Torbay Coast and Countryside’s amazing footpaths. Each month we will follow...
12 Apr -
Cockington Ranger Nature ClubCockington Country Park
Explore nature with us in Cockington Country Park! With a different activity each session,...
13 Apr -
Kids CookeryOccombe Farm
Get cooking on the farm at our Cookery School! Each month there will be a new theme to get the...
30 Apr -
From Moor to Sea Devon’s Endangered SpeciesTorre Abbey
South Devon Stitchers are a group of embroiderers who meet in Torbay. For this year's major group...
27 May -
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Geological tour of our Ancient Coral ReefOddicombe Beach/Meadfoot Beach
Join Sea Kayak Torquay for a unique exploration of the outer most extremities of Torbay’s...
28 May -
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Sustainability in the Stone AgeKents Cavern Prehistoric Caves
Visit the Palaeo-Table at Kents Cavern to handle prehistoric artefacts and learn about how Stone...
28 May -
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Vigilance of Brixham Sailing ProgrammeHeritage Quay, Brixham Marina
Vigilance of Brixham is a gaff-rigged ketch and a heritage vessel of national importance, with...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Coasteer & Litter PickAnstey’s Cove, Torquay
Join the Reach Outdoors team at stunning Anstey’s Cove for a 3-hour coasteer, with an...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Cockington Nature Ranger ClubCockington Park
Join one of our education rangers to learn more about nature in Cockington Park and especially...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Rockpool RambleGoodrington Beach
Join a Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Marine Ranger and learn more about life below the waves...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Family Art Fun: Continental CollisionThe Learning Lab, Torre Abbey
Learn through art and craft about the geology of Torbay and the ‘mountain building’...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Kayak & Wildlife TourGoodrington Sands Beach, Paignton
Join the Reach Outdoors team down at Goodrington Beach for a 3-hour Kayak tour from Goodrington...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Jubilant PapermakingCockington Court
An hour-long workshop making handmade paper sheets with Marissa Wakefield. Participants ( any age...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Outdoor Painting / SketchingCockington Court
A chance to meet the Cockington Court Artist in Residence, James Murch and join him in the park...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Walking Tour: Torquay at WarTorquay Harbourside
Learn about the massive contribution Agatha Christie made during both World Wars. Listen to the...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Geopark Art WorkshopBeacon Cove and Artizan Collective
Join artist Claire Harmer on location at Beacon Cove, before heading to the Artizan Collective...
GEOPARK FESTIVAL - Community Climate ConversationScala 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 FestivalVarious
Pack your rucksacks, fill your flasks, dig out your walking boots and join us at the inaugural...
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
Peplows Chartered Accountants
Supporting the English Riviera Global Geopark
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