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All of the Geopark partners are keen to see you but please note that as of 5 November 2020 all will be following the latest Government guidance in relation to the UK Lockdown. 

Please note the following special arrangements will not be available until the current lockdown period ends and our partner sites have re-opened. 

For general advice when planning your visit to the English Riviera please click here 

Special arrangements for those who have been shielding

To help people who have needed to shield themselves over recent months as restrictions are lifted, the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark has been working with its partners including tourist attractions, museums, activity companies and nature sites around Torbay to provide dedicated opening times and tours for more vulnerable members of the local community. The initiative joins up with the Responsible Riviera campaign launched by the English Riviera BID Co, helping local businesses to adapt their operations to be COVID compliant as they reopen to the public. 

The following opportunities have been put together to specifically support the over 70’s and those who have been shielding for other reasons. 

Please note: we are anticipating that more of the Geopark partners will join this special initiative soon as they come out of furlough and that more opportunities will become available as a result. The information below will be updated on a regular basis and will be shared via social media.  All of the following are subject to change, so please check with the individual partners before your visit.

Kents Cavern 
Kents Cavern is open again, offering online pre-booked tours for a maximum of twelve people.  Quieter times are mornings and late afternoon.  Private tours or tours for larger “bubbled” groups can be arranged directly with Kents Cavern.  Find out more here 

Cockington Court
From 8th July the two main galleries and visitor welcome point at Cockington Court will be open on Wednesday afternoons (1pm to 4:30pm) following a deep clean for people who have been shielding.  The Seven Dials cafe is open for takeaways with plenty of outside space to enjoy.  

Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey will reopen on 14th July to the Friends of the Abbey and members of the 1196 Club, moving towards a full opening to the public form 28th July.  The Abbey will undergo a deep clean whilst closed each Monday, and then will just be open just to those who have been shielding each Tuesday. Find out more here 

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust
TCCT has created special guidance on how to safely visit their sites such as Berry Head and Saltern Cove, including a COVID Countryside Code offering advice on staying safe when visiting Trust sites. To find out more click here 

Torquay Museum
In order to make vulnerable people and groups feel even safer returning to the Museum,  9am - 10am every Wednesday (beginning 2nd September) has been set aside as a quiet time specifically for people who fall into this category.  As places are strictly limited, they require advance booking to secure your place. Please call the Museum on 01803 293975 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday to reserve a place.  To find out more click here

Geopark Associate Partners:

Aritzan Gallery
Artizan Gallery will be offering morning bookings exclusively to vulnerable groups/individuals 9-11am every weekday they open and 9-10am on Saturdays. To find out more click here

Reach Outdoors
For fans of paddle boarding and Kayaking, Reach Outdoors are offering an early bird slot between 9am and 10am to people who have been shielding. Private groups sessions for a ‘shielding circle’ of up to five people are also available for up to 3 hours. To find out more click here

Unique Devon Tours
Unique Devon Tours offer tours are now operating for a max of 4 people only at a time, so you and your shielding bubble group are exclusive guests. Vehicles are deep cleaned before, during and after each tour and the company has been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard. Face masks are worn within the cars and hand sanitiser/antibacterial wipes are provided. For more information click here