News from the Geopark
Mini Geopark Festival26 May 2021
Sat 29 May to Sun 6 June
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 Mini Geopark Festival, which runs from Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June 2019.
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.
The full events programme is listed below and on our events calendar at www.englishrivierageopark.org.uk
The Quaternary at Kents Cavern
The Launch of brand-new activities and life-sized statues in the Woodland Trail, focused on the people and animals that lived in our Geopark during the Stone Age.
Torbay Rocks trail
Follow our fun trail and discover more about the “Rock stars” in our local Geopark. Will you find them all?
Nature has been a great support to everyone this past year so as we are uniquely set in a stunning country park we invited local makers to take inspiration for our geopark site. The exhibition is very uplifting.
James Murch Cockington Court Artist in Residence 21/22
See the exciting series of work completed so far by local up and coming artist James Murch in our Kitchen Gallery. Also see him sketching and painting en plein air in our grounds.
The Design Room – An Exhibition of Printmaking
The Design Room’ welcomes printmakers from across the UK to show their work in an exhibition dedicated to printmaking in all its forms, featuring traditional and digital graphic design, and urban artforms in a showcase which will combine works presented in their raw and polished forms.
Among those exhibiting is Geopark based, Ian Cox. Ian produces detailed images by combining digitally reworked photographs and drawings taken on walks to produce hand-cut limited-edition relief lino prints. His practice almost mirrors that of exploring the Geopark, discovering narratives concealed within the subject matter, while the process and techniques of printmaking allow him to explore and redefine the textures, tones, light and form that give shape and definition to those ideas.
Vigilance - Open Boat
Vigilance, the beautiful red sailed heritage boat, will be open to visitors with guided tours around the boat.
Further Adventures of Dr Doolittle - Outdoor theatre
See amazing animal and bird puppets inspired by the grounds of Cockington Country Park and listen to songs in the glory of our Geopark. Great outdoor evening performance of a special further adventures version of Dr Doolittle.
Brixham Books and Bards – Three day poetry event
Live performances, poetry readings, audio visual displays and a special event each day at 14:30. Two book launches on the Mon 1 and Tues 2 plus live music on Wed 3.
Geology of Babbacombe and Oddicombe Beaches
Come and explore the fascinating geology of Babbacombe and Oddicombe beaches with local geologist Rich from Taleblazers.
Please meet at Babbacombe beach car park (below Cary Arms) where we will be ready to go at 7pm. We will finish the walk at Oddicombe beach around 8pm, from there you can either walk back to Babbacombe beach or up onto the Downs for a post-geological pint. This is not a long walk but please be aware that there is a flight of steep steps in the middle of the walk.
Meet a Geologist!
Come and meet a real live geologist as part of this year's English Riviera Geopark Festival!
Contrasting Environments – An exhibition of paintings and woodcuts – Preview