Sunset over Torquay, ©Britainonview
If you’re the type who loves the sea and like to be active with sports, sightseeing and attractions – then Torquay is the right place to spend your summer holiday!
The English Riviera includes the coastal sites Torbay, Brixham and Paignton. However, Torquay is the “Queen of the Riviera” with its wonderful climate, palms and clear water and there’s a lot to see and experience. Here you can relax with your friends or family on the beach, sip a cup of tea in the street cafes or go shopping. The average temperature in Torquay is 22,5 Celsius, with other words warm and perfect for outdoor activities for everyone.
What to do in Torquay
– Take a guided tour in Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, which is one of the most important stone age caves in Britain.
– Learn more about the towns famous crime author, Agatha Cristie, by visiting the Torquay Museum
– Experience Torquay from the skies in an air balloon.
Or you can do what I would do, just lay on the beach, soak up the sun , cool off in the water and maybe try windsurfing.
Are you going to Britain this weekend and looking for something quirky to fill your calendar with? Look no further, because this weekend the record-breaking Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival returns for another year of “seafarin’ shenanigans and swashbuckling skulduggery” in Brixham, Devon.
Brixham is an old fishing village with beautiful settings on the south coast of England. It’s fishing port is famous for it’s maritime history, beautiful lighthouse and limestone cliffs.
With English Galleon Golden Hind as a backdrop, the old harbour turns into a crazy Caribbean-themed festival this weekend. There will be activities for pirates of all ages with sword fights, Caribbean food stands, sea battles and “talk-like-a-pirate” workshops. You will also get the chance to meet the Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike Jonty Depp or participate in a torchlit procession and much more. But my personal tip is to go see the “Aarrgh Factor” – a sea shanty and folk music competition with both local and international participants.
The World Record Attempt
Last year the Brixham Buccaneers broke the Guinness World Record with most pirates gathered in one place – 1,469 pirates to be exact. Unfortunately the Americans broke the record again, so now the pirates of Brixham wants revenge. If you want to help break the record, find information about how to enter here.
If you just want a truly fun weekend filled with quirky piraty activities, then put on your eye patch, bring your sword and come to Brixham between the 30th of April and 3rd of May.
Find out more about the festival or read the whole festival programme.
For more information about The English Riviera visit www.englishriviera.co.uk
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The Barton B&B, Belstone, Dartmoor
Dartmoor in South-Eastern England is best known for the Sherlock Holmes-novel ” Hound of the Baskervilles”, but don’t worry, you won’t meet any giant blood-thirsty dogs now!
Our holiday this year in Devon and Cornwall began in Dartmoor, and our accomodation was The Barton, in the small village of Belstone, near Okehampton on the northern edge of Dartmoor. It’s an old house with a great atmosphere, and we were welcomed with a Devon cream tea, just the right thing after the long drive from the airport. We had found The Barton on the internet and we were not disappointed.
We had planned to do some walking while we were there, and had found several websites on the subject. On the website of the Dartmoor National Park Authority you can find a diary of guided walks, lasting from 1 to 6 hours. You simply meet on a parking place at a certain time, and a guide is ready to take you around the moor for a small fee. With a guide you learn a lot of interesting facts about Dartmoor, and some funny stories as well.
If you want to walk on your own, you can find a great selection of walks on Dartmoor Walks, but be aware of sudden weather changes and the fact that Dartmoor really IS big country, and you can easily loose your sense of direction if you are not a skilled walker.
There are plenty of villages with pubs and tea rooms when you need a break. We had a great time in Dartmoor and warmly recommend it!
Are you planning for an autumn visit to beautiful Devon? Throughout the month, over 240 food and drink events are taking place from Bristol to the tip of Cornwall, making it the biggest food festival of its kind in the UK. The Celebration is taking place for the first time this year in Somerset, Bath and Bristol and has been running for seven years in Devon and four in Cornwall. This years festival features markets, special “Eat Out 2 for £10” offers, cook-along, and a lot more.
When the summer-tourists have left this part of Britain, food lovers take the chance to try out local food like Ploughman Platters, cider and pastries. Who said Britain can’t cook? I would sure try it out myself. Check the website for more information about program and offers.