10 October Half-Term Family Events

Across Torbay, events are taking place during October half term - including mesmerising theatre, creative workshops, halloween hunts and trails. Here’s 10 events to get you started and if the weather holds, take the kids down the beach for a rock pool ramble (we love Goodrington Sands at this time of year!) and walk over to Cockington Country Park for a kick about in the leaves.

Your guide to things to go see & do this autumn

Leap into autumn with another handy list of things to go see and do through October and November 2019 curated by the team at The Shorely. From the hunts and trails, to food and drink festivals, after dark events with light and sound, comedy nights and even some Scrabble - there’s something definitely in here for you and the whole family!

Your guide to the English Riviera Film Festival

The English Riviera Film Festival is back from the 1-12 October 2019 for a 12-day celebration of everything cinema. Featuring costume design by Lionel Digby at Artizan Gallery, theatre workshops at Torre Abbey and vintage screenings at the Blue Walnut plus much more. To mark their fifth anniversary, the 2019 ERFF Film Awards will also take place at South Devon College's brand new £17 million Hi-Tech & Digital Centre. Here’s your guide to what’s on and where!

12 tastes to enjoy at England’s Seafood Feast

It’s back, England’s Seafood Feast is once again hosted right here in the Bay from the 20th September to the 6th October 2019. As the home of England’s biggest fishing port by value, this is two weeks to come together and celebrate all things seafood. Brixham fish market and a wonderful range of restaurants, cafes, hotels and attractions are hosting events from cookery classes to special dinners.

Things To Go See & Do This September

Where did summer go? Yes, it’s September already, but never fear - The Shorely’s what’s on list is here with plenty to keep you entertained - with a special focus on the International Agatha Christie Festival and England’s Seafood FEAST.

Meet Brixham's International Awarding-Winning Theatre Company

Based in Brixham is a theatre company, whose passion and dedication has resulted into a strong international reputation. The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company started with two performers and a dream, now that’s turned into an award-winning theatre company. We spoke to Laura Jury, co-founder, director and performer to find out more.

New trail: Walk in the illustrious footsteps of the Writers on the Riviera

‘How do I love thee, let me count the ways?’, the occult, Bovril, a Prime Minister, the scandal that brought LGBTQ+ to the media, the UK’s answer to Stephen King, and a rollerskating nurse who would become the best-selling novelist of all time. Take a literary tour around Torquay and uncover the places and stories of the greatest writers of all time, who, for the past 200 years, have flocked to the English Riviera. Discover a new and free walking trail that reveals the vast and yet hidden literary heritage on our doorstep.

Take Part in Zuppa Theatre's Mystery Game At IACF

The Archive of Missing Things (11-14 Sep) is part online scavenger hunt, part audio-play and part live performance from Canada's Zuppa Theatre. We spoke to Alex Mclean, Co-Artistic Director of Zuppa Theatre, about the UK premiere of this unique 90-minute performance at Torquay Library, as part of the International Agatha Christie Festival. You make your way through an online maze, seeking the dark secret at its centre. But you aren’t alone; there are clues all around you – a live performance is happening quietly in the library. Will you spot where?

Discover the real Agatha Christie with Rarely seen objects and photographs at the Unfinished Portrait exhibition

Curator, Alice Graham, has worked closely with the Agatha Christie Archive and family to produce a touring exhibition - Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait - which opens at Torre Abbey museum in Torquay (12 Sep - 25 Nov 2019) as part of the International Agatha Christie Festival. Inside you’ll find a whole new side to Agatha Christie with rarely seen objects and intimate photos of her life and told in her very own words. Watch this video with Alice Graham to find out more.

South Devon Adventures: Walks, Swims & Pubs | Part 2

It’s still the perfect time to get outdoors and be naturally inspired in South Devon. Here’s part two of the hotly anticipated guide - by local author, Matt Newbury - of places to walk and swim, before enjoying a well earned pint and bite to eat in our beautiful home. Featuring Bantham, Thurlestone and Castle Drogo

Saving lives one haircut at a time with #BarberTalk

Did you know someone takes their life by suicide every 40 seconds? It’s two whole years since we spoke to the Bay’s Tom Chapman of The Lions Barber Collective. Now an official charity and with the launch of #BarberTalk Live and Lite training online, we sat down with Tom to discuss the latest from this suicide prevention mission. Watch the full interview

Profile of a painter: An interview with Mark Bell

Mark Bell's art is the trademark decor at one of our favourite venues in South Devon, The Lucky 7 Club. His paintings are rich in warmth and colour, often capturing the raw and energetic expression of performers. He paints on canvas, as well as fabrics and furniture. We dropped by The Lucky 7 Club in Paignton to chat art with Mark and to see some of his work.

Long live vinyl with Sound Preservation Society Records

Vinyl is having a revival with sales at a 25 year high, as more of us get into the groove, perhaps seeking something more tangible in our digital lives. We spoke to Matt Key about his favourite 5 records and the opening of his dream shop - the Sound Preservation Society Records - in Teignmouth South Devon.

Devon Open Studios 2019: Top Local Picks

Devon Open Studios is back from Saturday 7 to Sunday 22 September, showcasing art in the private and often hidden spaces of artists and makers on our doorstep. This intimate tour of local artists is a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal in paint-splatted studios and creatively-filled homes. Do the whole thing or pick a few places near you. It’s free entry to browse, say hello and you might even take some great art home.