Top Torbay Gifts this Christmas
Tis the season to be jolly, not the season to worry about what presents to buy your friends and family. check out our top torbay gift list - a little bit of something for everyone - artS, EATING, DRINKING, LIVE MUSIC AND EVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAP OFF A CLIFF. PERFECT FOR EVEN THE MOST DIFFICULT TO BUY RECIPIENTS.
1. GIFT THE LUCKY 7 CLUB
This is one of Torbay's best-kept secrets. Brought to you by the team behind the renowned Kinky and Quirky and the foot stomping Hot House 4 - The Lucky 7 Club is a new members-only vintage and retro twist venue with weekly live music, cabaret and entertainment. The secret location in Paignton adds to the mystery and once inside, you'll discover a world of creativity, alternative arts and memorable music. This gift is incredible value at just £25 for an annual membership. For more information visit their website.
2. TOUR BRIXHAM FISH MARKET
The perfect gift for morning people. Starting at 6m, go on a tour at the place where £25 million of fish lands and gets auctioned, and discover what they're calling 'Black Gold'. It's a behind the scenes tour that will give you a feel of the hustle and bustle of life at Brixham's Fish Market. Finish off the trip with a delicious breakfast at award winning Rockfish restaurant. Not bad for £15! For more information visit the tours webpage
3. SHOWTIME WITH THE PALACE
How about gifting a show to family and friends? The Palace Theatre in Paignton has theatre shows of all types and for all ages. Catch a much-loved tale of Cinderella together; switch it up with the tribute production to girl band Little Mix or give the gift of great business, with a trip to The Art of Being Brilliant with renowned speaker, Andy Cope. Shows range from £10-15. For full listings and tickets, check out the website.
4. BOOK EARLY TO FESTIVAL
Grinagog Festival was one of Torbay's standout events this year and it's back in 2018 from 20-22 April. The 3-day festival combines live music with a carnival of performing arts. The first wave of line up to be announced includes the very talented: The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Channel One Sound System with Mikey Dread, A.Skillz Live, Dizraeli, The Correspondents, Fire in the Mountain Presents, Henge and ShangrilART. Early Bird tickets are £25 for a 3-day pass - amazing value, what a treat! More info and tickets on their website.
5. MUSEUMS ARE WHERE IT'S AT
With world class collections, iconic buildings and seasonal programming that includes exhibitions, events, tours and talks - annual museum membership is the gift of history, art and entertainment throughout the year. Torquay Museum annual membership starts at £6.45 (after you buy a day ticket), and Torre Abbey's 1196 annual membership is £16 (with other perks including 20% of Palace Theatre tickets too).
6. BEER LOVERS TOUR
Ever wonder how Bays, Torbay's leading beer, is made? Gift a tour of their Paignton based brewery and witness their 5-stage brewing process for yourself. The team over at Bays will talk you through step by step, from mashing the locally sourced malted barley to the finale of sampling the fresh beer. For more information, visit their website.
7. GIFT ADVENTURE WITH COASTEERING
Gift the great outdoors, with a dare devil jump off Torbay's coastline this Christmas. It involves swimming, climbing, scrambling, jumping, exploring, caving and lots more at Anstey's Cove, Daddyhole and Brixham. This is a memorable gift for adventurers from £30. Visit Go Coasteering's website.
8. YOU WON'T FIND THESE ON THE HIGH STREET!
If nothing above takes your fancy don't worry, we've got you with our final idea! Why not take a trip to Cockington Court and visit Torbay's crafting community for a unique and meaningful gift. There's so much to chose from and it's just a wonderful way to shop (beats the shopping arcades and mania of the high street!). Our favs include Cockington's Chocolate Company, Gaff Interiors, Luke Ashby - Tree Of Life Jewellery, Gail Trezise and Hugh Woods (ceramic artists) and Cathy Hilton Artisan woodware. For more information, see their website.