Pirates, Motorbike Stunts, Foodie Delights & Fast Boats as Devon’s English Riviera Celebrates the May Bank Holidays - The English Riviera is expecting bumper Bank Holiday weekends in May with a big programme of events designed to create an explosion of family fun on South Devon’s Beautiful Bay.
Early May Bank Holiday:
Brixham Pirate Festival, 3 – 5 May
Pirates will once again be massing in Brixham on the early May Bank Holiday weekend as this historic fishing port celebrates its colourful past. Visitors can join in the swashbuckling atmosphere full of pirate characters with swords clashing, cannons blasting, muskets firing and the largest collection of pirates seen outside Tortuga! The festival is free to attend; up to 20,000 visitors are expected over the three days and park and ride transport will be in place throughout.
BMAD MotorBike Festival, Paignton Seafront, 2 – 4 May
The Bikers Make a Difference (BMAD) Festival is gearing up for fun as this family-friendly annual festival roars into town. In addition to the gleaming and lovingly polished ‘mile of bikes’ and aerial thrills and spills from the freestyle motocross team and other arena acts, there’s also a full programme of music with around 16 live bands plus lots of fun stands. The whole event is organised by volunteers in aid of local charities.
TorqEat Food and Drink Festival, Torquay 3 and 4 May
A food lovers’ paradise around Torquay’s famous harbourside, TorqEat brings some of the region’s top chefs to create a vibrant programme of cooking demonstrations that will add excitement and atmosphere to the festival, which showcases over 40 local food and drink producers. There will also be a wide range of skilled arts and crafts makers demonstrating their wares.
Spring May Bank Holiday:
Torbay Classic Powerboat Race, 25 & 26 May
For high-octane delights, Torbay Classic Powerboat Race (in conjunction with Puma Imperial Hotel Torquay) will bring excitement and glamour in its wake. The horseshoe-shaped Tor Bay makes perfect viewing for spectators who can sip a glass of something chilled from various viewpoints whilst watching the races. TOP TIP – the views from Royal Terrace Gardens are spectacular!
BrixFest, 24– 28 May
BrixFest is a 1940s themed weekend that celebrates the best of Brixham past and present with vintage planes, delicious seafood, live music and spectacular fireworks. An annual event that is free to attend, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever as the town commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day 1944.
Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta (100th Anniversary), 23 and 24 May
Hosted by Brixham Yacht Club in the wonderfully picturesque fishing port of Brixham, all types, shapes and sizes of traditional sailing vessels are expected. This year is very special as it’s the 100th anniversary of the King’s Cup donated by keen sailor King George V in 1914. There are many vantage points for spectators, especially from the half-mile long breakwater with its pretty lighthouse, plus lots of harbourside restaurants, cafes and bars.
And some very special events coming up later in the year include:
Riviera Fringe Festival, 5 – 12 July
The Riviera Fringe Festival is a brand-new entertainment and art festival featuring comedians, music and dance of all styles and many different cultures, drama, family shows, magic, street theatre, acrobats, jugglers, art exhibitions, historical pageants and more! It will feature the best of established and emerging talent and offer pre-Edinburgh performers the opportunity to premier their new shows in the wonderful English Riviera.
The International Agatha Christie Festival, 14 – 21 September
This year the world-famous Agatha Christie Festival has received new Arts Council funding and is being relaunched as a literary festival with well-known crime writers expected and a brand-new base at historic Torre Abbey on the seafront at Torquay. The annual Agatha Christie Festival is held on the English Riviera in honour of the Queen of Crime, who was born in Torquay on 15th September 1890. The festival is a fabulous occasion for fans from all over the world to congregate and celebrate Dame Agatha Christie’s life and times. Round every corner there is a murder mystery: on steam trains, in spooky country inns, and in rambling seaside pubs.
For lots more about what to do and where to stay please visit www.englishriviera.co.uk
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