English Riviera Tourism Company Promotes Geopark Festival, Devon
PUBLISHED: 21:19 17 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:10 20 February 2013
The new English Riviera Tourism Company is delighted to be promoting the fabulous 2011 Geopark Festival during May half term.
Don't Miss the English Riviera Geopark Festival
May half term - 30th May - 5th June
The new English Riviera Tourism Company is delighted to be highlighting the 2011 Geopark Festival during May half term.
Event Highlights include:
Arts and Crafts
Guided Walks and Talks
Boat Cruises and much more....
What is a Geopark?
In September 2007 the English Riviera received international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage when it became one of just 67 areas around the world,endorsed by UNESCO, as a European and Global Geopark. The important geology of the English Riviera has created the beautiful coastline of today, whichlinks the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture. The English Riviera resort towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are set around one of the most beautiful bays in England. The Geopark is a top destination for visitors and its history as a popular resort stretches back centuries.
An Epic Adventure...400 Million Years in the Making
Our geological journey has created the spectacular landscape we can all enjoy today. Scratch below the surface and discover tales of tropical seas and scorching deserts, raised beaches and drowned forests, hippopotami and mammoth, sabre-toothed tiger and earliest man.
Geopark Information Centres
To help bring these stories to life, you can visit one of the three brand new Geopark Information Centres located at Kents Cavern in Torquay, Berry Head in Brixham and the Seashore Centre in Paignton, where youll find the interactive Geopark display room.
Walk the Geopark
Walking the English Riviera section of the South West Coast Path is a rewarding way to experience our awe-inspiring Geopark first-hand. There are some fantastic natural features to explore, created over millions of years including the Downs at Babbacombe, Saltern Cove in Paignton and Churston Cove in Brixham.
Dive the Geopark
Below the waves, a rich marine life thrives thanks to the warm, protected waters, which makes snorkelling and diving in the Geopark a must for those with a keen interest in exploring an array of rare species.
Cycle the Geopark
There are some great cycle trails where quiet, narrow lanes weave through lush green valleys, providing opportunities to discover great Geopark highlights.
Fish the Geopark
The English Riviera's fishing is world-famous. Anglers can be assured of catching fish in profusion whether you hire your own boat, take a charter or fish from a headland or jetty.
Kayak the Geopark
Sea kayaking and canoeing gets you up close with the 22 miles of beautiful coastline and extraordinary marine and bird life including dolphins, seals, egrets, cormorants and guillemots.
Sail the Geopark
South Devon's beautiful bay is a highly sought-after sailing destination with 3 great harbours and wonderfully sheltered waters and a warm Geopark-welcome for visiting yachts.
Greenway Ferries offer exclusive Geopark Cruises around the Bay, with a fascinating commentary providing a unique insight into our stunning natural heritage, from the best vantage point the sea!
More Geopark Sites
There are a number of other key sites linked with the Geopark. Occombe Farm shows how food and farming are inextricably linked to the land, while Cockington Court demonstrates artisan and craft skills inspired by the Geopark landscape. Other Geopark sites include Torquay Museum, where the Geoparks history is brought to life and Torre Abbey, built in local quarried stone, shows the importance of our natural environment over eight centuries of architecture and heritage.
More information on the English Riviera Global Geopark is available online at www.englishrivierageopark.org.ukwhile a free Geopark leaflet can be found at the Tourist Information Centres.
For information on what to do and where to stay visit www.englishriviera.co.uk
Diary Dates 2011
Geopark Festival 30th May 5th June
Agatha Christie Festival 11th 18th September