ENGLISH RIVIERA GLOBAL GEOPARK

GEOPARK FESTIVAL 2024

The Geopark Festival is taking place around the Bay from 25th - 31st May 2024. 

This week-long festival allows you to get under the surface of the Geopark, discovering the essence of the English Riviera, our culture and our history. And this year, it's bigger and better than ever with the introduction of our NEW Geopark Discovery Experiences!

Discover our festival programme of extraordinary experiences taking place across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Why not book a seaweed foraging experience, or relax with a sunrise meditation? Join us on a beach to sing sea shanties, or enjoy a full-day coastal plein air painting workshop.

Scroll down to see the full events list at the bottom of this page.

We invite you to visit our UNESCO Geopark, with its vibrant urban buzz, great local food and drink, relaxing seaside locations and spectacular coastline which is alive with wildlife and sealife.

Bring a friend to share the experience. Then when you return home, tell your family and friends you have witnessed ‘One of Earth’s extraordinary places'!

 

 

Geopark Discovery Experience

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Private Geopark and Wildlife Boat Tour

 

This bespoke boat tour is a 60-minute non-physical discovery of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark in our 8-seater rigid boat. This slow tour is a chance to get up close to our rocks, caves and wildlife exploring the wilder side of the English Riviera and launches off Babbacombe Beach. We take you to the special sights of scientific interest, caves and our more remote coves with a local experienced skipper.

We explore the coastline of Babbacombe Bay, Watcombe, Maidencombe, Ansteys and Brandi Coves and take in the Hopes Nose headland. This gives us the greatest opportunity to observe wild sea birds, seals and hopefully some cetaceans, though these visits are very special and cannot be guaranteed on every tour!

 

18 Mar 2024 - 18 Oct 2024

Monday - Sunday 

 

10:30 - 11:30

 

12:00 – 13:00

 

16:00 – 17:00

Sea Kayak Torbay | Boat Tour Company in Torquay

 

Coastal Adventure

 

Join an experienced, local, coastal guide in an extraordinary discovery of our geological past. Learn what a Geopark is, how it was created and how it is an ever-evolving canvas! Meet the pioneers that shape our coastline to the ecosystems and marine wildlife that live within!
Forage and taste wild marine vegetation and find our very special, protected fossils from the early Devonian era. Get up close and personal with our rocks and learn about the events that shaped our landscape!


We conclude the tour with a bush-craft experience and a gastronomes delight of toasted marshmallows slowly cooked over a beach fire. Along with a discussion on how a Geopark assists in the future of our coastlines in minimizing our impacts on the ecosystems within!

 

26 Mar 2024 to15 Oct 2024

 

Various Times to suit group.

Get in Touch | Sea Kayak Torbay

 

Guided Sunset Sea Kayak Safari

 

A guided sunset paddle exploring the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark by Sea Kayak. You will paddle out around the famous island of Thatcher rock and visit several sights of specific scientific interest (SSSIs). Before stopping on a wild secluded beach to hunt for fossils, forage a special marine herb that we will then use to flavour our fresh line-caught Mackerel (or other white fish) fillets on hot-stones for your dinner. This will be accompanied with local breads and salads.


Our active seal populations and resident cetaceans move around South Devon and have been observed on many of our sunset tours. Our seals fish and bask in the sun at their favourite haul outs that we may pass in our boats. This tour option is an experience to witness our stunning geology up-close, explore.

 

18 Apr 2024 to 17 May 2024 17:30 - 20:30

18 May 2024 to17 Aug 2024

18:00 - 21:00

Sea Kayak Torbay | Boat Tour Company in Torquay

 

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