What a busy weekend on the English Riviera! We held a fabulous wedding here at the Lincombe Hall Hotel in Torquay on Saturday. For the evening guests, instead of the usual buffet, we had our first ever Hog Roast in the grounds of the hotel, Andy from Hog Roast South West did an amazing job, and it proved a huge success with everyone and the weather stayed fine!
The weekend also saw the finals of the Miss England Competition, and for the first time ever it was held here in our very own Torquay at the International Riviera Conference Centre. The winner was Kirsty Heslewood a 24-year-old from Hertfordshire who won the crown from 59 others at a gala night at the Centre. The event was also streamed online around the world. Kirsty will now get a shot at the Miss World title which will be held in Indonesia. She also wins an all expenses paid trip to Mauritius. Lucky her!!
Wednesday 19 June – “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BBC WILDLIFE FILMS” with Andrew Cooper
An evening of wildlife films, stories and chat with Andrew Cooper, well-known broadcaster, presenter, writer and international award winning wildlife film-maker.
Thursday 20 June – “A STEP BACK IN TIME”. From 10am to 1.30pm there’s all sorts going on. There are film shows from the series “Torquay – a decade of Change”. A Guided Walk sets off at 10.30am and lasts around an hour taking in local places of interest. There is an exhibition of historical pictures of the area & an opportunity to delve into your family history with experts from the Devon Family History Society.
Friday 21 June – A DEVON CREAM TEA FOR CLIC SARGENT. From 11am to 3pm come and enjoy a delicious cream tea, 2 scones, strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream with tea or coffee at £4 per person. Musical entertainment along with crafts and a table top sale, this promises to be a lovely way to spend the afternoon whilst helping to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent
Saturday 22 June – TORBAY ARMED FORCES DAY. Babbacombe is proud to host this great day once again to honour and celebrate the work of the UK Armed Forces and those that support them. This year’s event is themed “Battle of the Atlantic” and will be a real family day out that you will not want to miss. With the Veterans’ Parade, live music and fun static displays you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for plenty of exciting surprises! Starts at 10am on Babbacombe Downs.
Saturday 22 June – BABBACOMBE FESTIVAL PARTY NIGHT
It’s Festival Funk Party Night in the Marquee with disco, DJs and live music on offer. The bar will be fully stocked and will feature a host of real ales and ciders. Fantastic band Funkty Dumpty will headline the evening. Over 18s only. Tickets just £8 each.
Sunday 23 June – HANBURY’S FISH & CHIPS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Fabulous live music and entertainment all day long from a host of great bands. Buy your fish and chips from Hanbury’s and eat them in the Marquee enjoying the entertainment and soaking up the atmosphere. All in aid of local charity, the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network. With a fantastic auction and raffle there are loads of great prizes up for grabs. Starts at noon.
For more information about the festival or to buy tickets visit www.babbacombefestival.com, or phone 07977 535563.
So the South West and English Riviera really is the place to be this coming week and weekend, why not stay down a few days and make the most of all that’s on offer. Here at the Lincombe Hall we are a stones throw from all the action on the Babbacombe Downs, it’s not too late to book a short break in Torquay and enjoy the party!