As you may already be aware Torquay makes the perfect setting for all kinds of outdoor events, so it’s no wonder that it plays host to some awesome festivals and fairs each year. If you enjoy a break with more variety, unique events and colourful carnivals for the whole family than your usual holiday then self-catering Torquay holidays are the ideal getaway for you!
I should know I have been there enough times.
Like books? Love Agatha Christie Festival
You must have heard about Agatha Christie. She’s this amazing crime writer that really put Torquay on the map. So it’s only right that Torquay dedicates an annual festival to its most famous formed resident, Agatha Christie.
Torquay town is the home of many of the writer’s favourite haunts and she also set many of her mysteries in the town, making places such as the Grand Hotel world famous!
The Agatha Christie Festival is held every September – come rain or shine! Bringing thousands of fans to enjoy the best of Torquay and really experience some nice accommodation too.
The festival grows larger each year, and when you visit you can enjoy such events as tea dances and murder mysteries.
Get yourself a boat and Experience Torbay Regatta
If you are into your boats, whether it be from the shore or on deck The Torbay Royal Regatta is an unmissable series of boating and yachting events and a great excuse for lots of fun.
Regatta week sees plenty of opportunity to watch some of the thrilling races in the bay, as well as providing some events for the whole family throughout Torquay.
If you’re on the lookout for self-catering Torquay accommodation and plenty of free activities for the little ones, check the dates of the regatta as it’s the perfect time to book.
The Torquay coast line will be pack with some amazing boats and is really an amazing sight to see. The Royal Torquay Yacht Club is an important part of the sailing world, and this regatta is one of the most significant Torquay events.
Traditional Apple Day in Cockington
The medieval village of Cockington which offers a great insight to the ‘good old days’ lies in the heart of Torquay, and the well attended Apple Day each October manages to bring the historic village to life and marks the start of Autumn in the bay.
This is your chance to watch real apple juice being pressed the traditional Victorian way, and take some home with you too! – You can’t beat it!
There’s plenty for you and the children to do, including face painting, apple bobbing and the chance to get their hands dirty having a go at arts and crafts. Oh, and you can even get your hand on an amazing hog roast!
Torbay Steam Fair, Churston – CHOO CHOO
Get on board with Torbay Steam Fair. It is one of the longest running events in Torbay, and it will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2011. The fair sees hundreds of nostalgic steam engines on display at the showground in Churston, and there’s even a procession so visitors can see them at their best – on the move!
Enthusiasts travel from EVERYWHERE for this event!
The show is not only a brilliant event for enthusiasts of all things steam-powered, it’s also a great day out for you and the family. If your stay in Torquay coincides with this event, pop it in your diary as it’s well worth a visit!
Sea views at the Babbacombe Festival
This June event takes place in Babbacombe, a quaint corner of Torquay overlooking some of its most beautiful stretches of sand. The Babbacombe Festival is always brimming with events to enjoy, including guided walks, fetes, live entertainment and much more in celebration of the history of St Marychurch.
Babbacombe and St Marychurch are home to some of Torquay’s most popular attractions, including the well known Babbacombe Model Village and of course the look back in time that is Bygones giving you and the kids more than enough to do on your holiday.
If you’re planning a self-catering Torquay holiday, the broad selection of cafes and restaurants in Babbacombe has plenty to offer, from traditional pubs with sea views, to award-winning fish and chips and continental style eateries.
Don’t be shy, have a look around and get yourself a place to stay and get booked up now to beat the competition.