With the end of Summer you may well think that Paignton closes down for the ‘off-season’. You could not be more wrong!
There are plenty of activities and events going on throughout the Autumn and Winter to tempt you to the Seaside!
Here are just a few of our personal favourites:
Put your best foot forward!
According to Sir Ranulph Fiennes there is ‘no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’ so if its raining don your outdoor gear and explore Devon.
We are lucky to have the South West Coastal Path (hyperling https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/) at the end of our road. Turn left at the sea to take the easy four mile stroll along the Path to Torquay, a relatively gentle walk which we have completed numerous times with toddler and puppy in tow. Alternatively turn right at the sea for the more strenuous six mile journey to Brixham. With more demanding terrain this is more for the active! There are plenty of dog friendly establishments to rest and restore in on arrival and lots to explore in each destination – the modern Marina of Torquay or the traditional, working fishing port of Brixham. You can return from Torquay and Brixham on local, dog friendly, bus services which run every 15-20 minutes.
Kick up the Autumn leaves at Cockington Country Park (hyperlink https://www.cockingtoncourt.org/) ! Located just outside Torquay this country park has plenty of open space, trees and gardens to explore. Not only can you play in the Autumn leaves but you can explore the artisan craft shops and gallery. From hand blown glass to woodwork and a blacksmith. Warm up in the café on site or sit by the fire in The Drum Inn (hyperlink https://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/south-west/thedruminncockington?gclid=CjwKCAjw_uDsBRAMEiwAaFiHaz8yrxd1i7XhKNdFEbtUVAXEtPtHi9zReIt_lvuvEADFCFH8G3i_3BoCuJIQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds).
Explore the moors, tors and woodlands of Dartmoor (hyperlink https://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/active-dartmoor/walking/circular-walks ) Whether you are a confident walker and want to explore the windswept moors or prefer a gentle stroll there are plenty of routes, guided tours and resting places on the moor. Please always remember to wear appropriate clothing and take the required safety measures when exploring!
Let the train take the strain!
Aside from the regular services offered by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat company (hyperlink https://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/ ) there are also a number of special winter time services.
Our Christmas always begins with Santa Express! The carriages are decorated and passengers are treated to an on board pantomime (Cinderella this year) which unfolds in each carriage as the journey progresses. Children are visited by Father Christmas receiving a gift and the grown ups of mulled wine and mince pie.
A new addition last year was the spectacular and popular ‘Train of Light’s – early booking is strongly recommended (hyperlink https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=U3TWOQX3tk0 )! The world’s first steam Train of Lights will be bigger and better this year. As you sit back in your carriage which is decorated both inside and out you will travel to Churston where the outside light display proper will start. Following a stop in Kingswear for photographs you are returned to Paignton party to the fabulous light show once more.
The Show Must Go on!
We are blessed with a host of theatres in ‘The Bay’ offering a wide range of shows, plays, events and soirees.
The Palace Theatre in Paignton (hyperlink https://www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk ), within walking distance of St Weonards offers a mix of professional and amateur productions. One of our favourites is the annual pantomime which this year is Sleeping Beauty. Enjoy the singing, dancing and shenanigans of a traditional British Pantomime!
For something completely different this winter you can spend an evening with Lesley Garrett, Pam Ayres or Griff Rhys Jones.
Since opening its doors 80 years ago, Babbacombe Theatre (hyperlink https://www.babbacombe-theatre.com/ ) has become well known for its summer variety shows with spectacular dance, music and acting. This years’ performance ‘Starburst’ runs until the 23rd of October. Later in the year in the run up to Christmas the theatre will be putting on a festive family show entitled ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’. Regular headliners and Babbacombe favourites make a welcome return, comedian Andy Oakley is joined by special guest, ITV’s comedy impressionist Phil Lowen, Britain’s Got Talent vocalist (with 4 yesses from the judges), Sami-Jane, West End star Lily Laight and International singing sensation, Damien James.
The Princess Theatre in Torquay (hyperlink https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre-torquay/) hosts some of the country’s biggest names and most spectacular shows. Sensational tribute bands to some of the worlds most famous acts including this winter David Bowie and Neil Diamond as well the ‘original’ Joe Brown, Adam Ant and Frank Skinner. Plays various include The Lady Vanishes and The Woman in Black. And who could forget the annual Pantomine – a must see. Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! This years professional performance will be Snow White with a cast including Devon’s own X Factor star with an incredible voice Luke Friend and Hollyoaks actor Marcus Patrick. A traditional few hours entertainment full of laughter, song and romance is not to be missed!