Exciting Things to do in Babbacombe Torquay

Babbacombe is a place you must not miss when you go to Torquay. This place has an interesting history, being a place where invalids and visitors would go to convalesce and rest to regain their health and vigour.  Today, Babbacombe still brings in a lot of visitors not only for the beautiful Babbacombe Bay that is surrounded by red sandstone and marble cliffs with clear blue waters and white shores but also for its many attractions.

Watch A Show at Babbacombe Theatre

Babbacombe Theatre is one of the most popular and the only unsubsidised theatres in the South West. Its summer season is a total of nine months, making it the longest running in the country. Staged here are popular West End hit musicals including Me and My girl, Cats, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Highly entertaining variety shows such as 2012 Stardust give a chance for new talent to shine. There are shows to suit all genres so check out Babbacombe Theatre.

Explore the Babbacombe Model Village

This is a fantastic outdoor model village opened in 1963 by Tom Dobbins with a total area of 4 acres. There are more than 400 models of houses, factories, shops plus entertainment places and over 1000 feet of model train track that goes around the village. See different architectural styles as well. Feel like a giant in this famous attraction where you can see thousands of miniature buildings with 13,000 miniature people and vehicles showcasing everyday life. You will enjoy these animated and humorous scenes showing what England has been like for the past 5 decades. Enjoy the most beautiful immaculate miniature landscaped gardens earning the distinction of being Europe’s Premier Model Villages. See farms, country houses, waterfalls and lakes.  There is also a city with popular brand name shops. This village is environmentally conscious as well with the addition of a wind farm and hydroelectric dam.

Enjoy the Sun at The Beaches

Two of the popular beaches are Babbacombe Beach and Oddicombe Beach. Babbacombe Beach is located at the cliffs of Babbacombe Downs and is privately operated. You get amazing views from the promenade on Babbacomb Downs which is considered as the highest in the country. This place brings in a lot of locals and visitors, diving and fishing enthusiasts. You can explore rock pools during long tide and marvel at its cliffs while taking a relaxing walk on its shores.

Oddicombe Beach is just right next to it with access from the Oddicombe Beach Road and the Babbacombe Cliff Railway. This is an unspoilt sheltered beach with an interesting history involving smuggling. Sit down on a hired deck chair while you take in the sun and enjoy the views. You can also talk a walk along the cliff top and marvel at the breath-taking views of the bay. Right at the top is a café where you can relax and enjoy the fine food and drink selection.

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