Smile more this spring! Your go see and do guide
Get a spring in your step this April/May with our curated insider’s guide on the things to go see and do in Torbay. There’s something for everyone, all tastes and interests. Love the creative side of life in the Bay!
Arts Council Collection: The Printed Line
Date: 6 April - 2 June 2019
Location: Torre Abbey, The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE
On now at Torre Abbey and drawing from the nationally acclaimed Arts Council Collection, The Printed Line showcases 60 artists and explores a variety of printmaking techniques that exploit the potential of the printed line, from the thick and velvety line of drypoint and the heavy cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engraving and boldly coloured screen prints. Featuring Bridget Riley, Kenneth Martin and Simon Patterson.
Tickets: £8. Pay on arrival, includes access to the incredible house, museum displays and beautiful garden too. Great value!
Mock The Week’s Stewart Francis Farewell Tour
Date: Thursday 18 April 2019
Location: Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LU
Known for his jokes on Mock The Week, Canadian one-line merchant Stewart Francis has announced his farewell comedy tour. The comic, who won Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe in 2012 will go on the road with Into The Punset. Catch Stewart’s last tour as he sets to leave stand up and focus on becoming a cartoonist.
Book tickets in advance: £21 . Suitable for 16+ years
Wait Until Dark
Date: 25 - 27 April 2019
Location: Palace Theatre Paignton, Palace Ave, Paignton TQ3 3HF
If you’re a theatre lover that enjoys tense thrillers, then the Sinters production of Wait Until Dark at the Palace Theatre will leave you on the edge of your seats. A drug filled doll has disappeared from a London flat and three petty crooks try to find it. They plot to compel the owners to give away its whereabouts. The owner’s wife is blind; the crooks try to get at her by spreading lies about her husband but she simply won’t fall for it. A rollercoaster thriller with a terrifying climax – can she defeat the thieves despite her blindness?
Book tickets in advance: from £9
Tourists Return to Torquay
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019
Location: Offshore Bar, 13-14 Vaughan Rd, Torquay TQ2 5EG
Torquay’s very own - Tourists - are returning back to their hometown for a special night at Offshore, after not performing in the Bay for nearly two years. This free event is a great opportunity to see the band live following their recent success at multiple festivals with the stand out being Glastonbury. The band is using the gig to also showcase their new album in full.
No need to book. Free Entry. What have you got to lose?
K&Q Burlesque & Boogie at The Lucky 7 Club
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019
Location: The Lucky 7 Club, Dendy Rd, Paignton TQ4 5DB
Experience something truly unique in Paignton with one of the UK's longest running and highly respected burlesque show - Kinky & Quirky's Burlesque & Boogie. This burlesque evening of laughs, entertainment, and fun take place at one of our favourite venues in Torbay, The Lucky 7 Cub.
Book tickets in advance: from £10
Shy FX is Coming to Torquay
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019
Location: The Foundry Torquay, 11 Torwood St, Torquay TQ1 1ED
Shy FX is one of the biggest names in DnB and Jungle music at the moment and he’s heading down to Torquay with Stamina MC to perform a headline slot at The Foundry. Following his hugely successful Cult.ure events, the producer from London is now spreading his wings bringing people in Torbay tracks like Roll The Dice, Rudeboy Lovesong, and obviously his anthem remix of Protoje and Chronixx’s Who Knows.
Book tickets in advance: from £8
BMAD Bike, Beer & Music Festival 2019
Date: 3 - 5 May 2019
Location: Paignton Green, Eastern Esplanade, TQ4 6 Paignton
This isn't just a great day out, these are rebels with a cause. BMAD actually stands for Bikers Make A Difference. Every pound raised goes to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people in the local Torbay area and so far BMAD has raised an applaud worthy £450,000. Join the party on Paignton Green over the weekend this year.
Tickets: Day tickets £5 on the door. Weekend tickets from £20
Storm in a Teacup with Shelley Castle
Date: Sunday 12 May 2019
Location: Brixham Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8BA
As part of the Eyeview Conversations programme, local artist Shelley Castle welcomes organisations and businesses, wild swimmers, sea kayakers, conversationists and conservationists, The Fisherman’s Mission, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, fishermen and historians to share their passions and experiences and discuss what the future holds for the marine ecology in Torbay and how to help support it now and in the future. Everyone who has the slightest interest in the sea here in Torbay - or who is drawn to finding out more - is welcome indeed! A hearty high tea included.
Book tickets in advance: £3
A Marriage with Broken Spectacles
Date: Friday May 24 2019
Location: Lupton House, Brixham Road, Churston Ferrers, TQ5 0LD
Broken Spectacles invite you to Lupton House for an interesting take on Cupid’s wedding feast at another Eyeview Conversation. Be part of the story! Prepare the food, watch the story unfold and hear the characters' intimate thoughts on love. During the feast, you’ll sit together and share the food, with an invitation to discuss your own understandings of love in its many forms, what it means to you and how you choose to experience love from this day forward.
Book tickets in advance: £8 Adults, £5.00 Children
The Moody Welshman - Rhod Gilbert take the stage
Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019
Location: The Princess Theatre, Torbay Rd, Torquay TQ2 5EZ
After a 6-year break from comedy, the multi-award-winning Welshman Rhod Gilbert is back with his new show The Book of John. In his break from Comedy Rhod thought he’d hit rock bottom, but then he met a bloke called John. Rhod’s return is raw, personal, and brutally honest; it’s safe to say he’s back to his best!
Book tickets in advance: from £31.65 + booking fee
The Two Robbies
Date: Saturday 25 May 2019
Location: Brixham Theatre, Brixham Town Hall, New Rd, Brixham TQ5 8TA
A favourite of The Shorely, Robert Garnham has teamed up with another spoken word artist who goes by the name of Rob Barratt, to give Brixham a night with The Two Robbies. This will be a fantastically funny evening. Both of the Robbies perform all around the UK and internationally too. After several years of enjoying each other’s work, they’ve come together to present an evening of thought-provoking poetry, whimsy, song and daftness.
Book tickets in advance: from £8.00
Cockington Court’s Sculpture Trail 2019
Date: 27 May - 8 September 2019
Location: Cockington Court, Cockington Ln, Torquay TQ2 6XA
There are 19 artists who’ve been selected and each has been offered the opportunity to present 6 outdoor sculptures at Cockington Court. Come the end of the exhibition, there will be a 2019 Sculpture Award for the publics favourite piece - get voting!
Here’s a list of the artists and we’ll have a full insider’s guide to this sculptural treat coming soon: Helen Bacon, Luci Coles, Malcolm Curley, Louise Hensby Dixon, Phil Dixon, Tony Fagan, Jo Golesworthy, Laura Harvey, Angela Holmes, Terry Hopkins, Stephen Jobe, Paul Pibworth, Allan Poxton, Peter Stride, Vera Stride, Vita Sumeiko, Marissa Wakefield, Tony Weaver and Victoria Westaway.
This event is completely free - woo hoo!
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