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The Best Festivals & Events in or Around Torquay 2022

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Torquay is a popular holiday beach destination in the South West of England and is the crown jewel of the renowned English Riviera. There are many festivals and events throughout the year that are held between March and October. As the owners of a luxury torquay self catering rental home, we see many guests during this season who are planning to participate in these entertaining festivals and events.

While there are many festivals that holiday-goers attend in Torquay, these are the major five events that draw people from all over England here: The Torbay Royal Regatta, International Agatha Christie Festival, English Riviera Airshow, Brixham Pirate Festival and Brixfest. While many of the participants are local, quite a few people visit Devon specifically to attend these events and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in their Torquay holiday rentals.

Torbay Royal Regatta

The Torbay Royal Regatta is a sailing competition held every year in the month of August on the English Riviera. International participants from all over to attend the event sponsored by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Since many of these visitors are looking for luxury accommodations that are self catering in Torquay while being close to the Club, they often stay at Grafton House and have the best time!

International Agatha Christie Festival

The International Agatha Christie Festival is a must-visit for Agatha Christie fans and mystery lovers in general. Since Agatha Christie was a Torquay resident, her life and legacy are celebrated every year by the residents of Torquay and the Arts Council of England. Holiday cottages in Torquay work at maximum capacity when this 5-day festival rolls around because of the huge influx of visitors in this corner of Devon.

English Riviera Airshow

The English Riviera Airshow takes place in Paignton (10 mins drive from Torquay) and is the most entertaining festival of all. The 2-day event includes flypasts by military and civilian aircrafts, food stalls, inflatable castles, and stalls selling festival goodies. 165,000 people make their way to the English Riviera Airshow because of the awe-inspiring air displays and the fun-filled atmosphere of the festival.

Brixham Pirate Festival

The Brixham Pirate Festival is a brilliant event for people who love to dress up and have fun. Since Brixham is historically a port that has seen its fair share of pirates and smugglers, the residents of this picturesque town dress up as pirates over the Early May Bank Holiday and have some jolly good fun. The 3-day festival includes live music, food and drink stalls, fancy dress competitions and historical re-enactments. Most holiday cottages in Devon see their many guests make their way to Brixham dressed up as pirates for the Pirate Festival.\


Brixfest is another great event held in Brixham in May. It’s a festival celebrating the essence of the idyllic port town of Brixham, with its residents organising food and art stalls, live music, dragon boat races, and plenty of opportunities for fun.

Looking for holiday lets and holiday cottages to explore Torquay, Torbay, and the rest of Devon? Our luxury Torquay self catering accommodation makes the perfect base to do so, and will provide you with a super comfy home away from home.