Tuesday, 21 May 2013

May Bank Holiday Weekend in Torquay

Well, its Tuesday and we're hurtling towards the busiest weekend in the year for our bed and breakfast business, www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk packed to the rafters after Friday so praying for some sunshine for our guests to enjoy

Theres quite a bit happening in Torquay over the Bank Holiday.  Take a look at the following and see if anything is there to tempt you down to our lovely English Riviera.

Torbay Classic Powerboat Race
Will take place in Torquay on 25th and 26th May 2013.  Meet the teams and view the raceboats from Friday 24th May on Haldon Pier. First race is Saturday 25th May at 3.00pm. Sunday racing starts at 12.30pm.

English Riviera Geopark Festival 25/5/2013 - 2/6/2013
During the annual festival, there’s fun for all the family with music, entertainment, arts and crafts in celebration of our incredible geology, landscape, culture and heritage. The annual festival really brings the Geopark to life, with an amazing range of activities to enjoy, from walks and talks, to arts and educational events, and even Geopark Cruises to experience our stunning natural heritage from the best vantage point - the sea

Torbay Sail Past - Monday 27th May
A large flotilla of sailing and motor craft will be forming a sailpast in the Bay to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Torbay Royal Regatta and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Good vantage points around Haldon Pier and Beacon Quay

Of course, as well as these annual events there is so much more to do such as visiting Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, Kents Cavern or mooching around the beautiful towns of Dartmouth and Totnes, taking a boat trip across the bay or a ride of the mini London eye wheel which has fantastic views over Torquay.

After all that activity you may need another holiday!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Devon County Show 2013

The Devon County Show takes place on 16th, 17th and 18th May at Westpoint Exeter.

Livestock and animals, stunts, JCB Dancing Diggers, beer tent, honey, stalls clothes, Falconer, Food and drink, horses, sheep shearing, steam engines, vintage cars, and crafts to name just a few of the attractions taking place.  A fantastic day out for all the family.

We have accommodation available at the Buckingham Lodge www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk so why not combine a visit to the show with a stay on the beautiful Riviera in Torquay.  Contact us direct and let us know you are going to the County Show to receive a discount on accommodation. 01803 293538 or stay@buckinghamlodge.co.uk

For more information about the show follow this link www.http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/attractions

Tariff

Adults£19.00£17.00
Family (Saturday - 3 children per adult
enter FOC)
£45.00£40.00
Children (Saturday - 3 children per adult
enter FOC)
£7.00£6.50
Senior Citizens£17.00
(per person)
£17.00
Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Ten Tors Challenge

Dartmoor can be a most inhospitable place when the weather is bad and this weekend its not the best for the 2,400 youngsters undertaking the Ten Tors Challenge.

The event is organised by the British Army and is mainly attended by teenagers aged 14 to 19 from schools, colleges, scout groups and army cadets, although entrants have been limited this year from the South West due to increasing numbers interested in undertaking the challenge.

The event will see the participants trekking in teams of six up to 55 miles (89km).

The teams will camp overnight in what could be very wet and windy conditions this weekend and should arrive back at the starting point at 9am tomorrow Sunday 12th May. .

Almost 300 youngsters with special physical or educational needs will also take part in the Jubilee Challenge, completing routes of up to 15 miles (24km).

Troops involved in the event include members of the Army, the Territorial Army and the Royal Navy.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Pearl Izumi Cycle Race May 2013

One of  Britain’s leading televised cycle race series will return to Torquay on 28th May as the country’s leading professional cycling teams battle it out on the English Riviera in Round Six of the Series.

This event was very well attended last year with Over 12,500 spectators lining the streets of Torquay and this year numbers are expected to increase. The Pearl Izumi Tour Series taking place in the southwest event will be televised on ITV4 on at 10pm on Wednesday 29th May.

The Tour Series celebrates its fifth season of competition in 2013.  Past winners of the unique competition include Team Halfords Bikehut (2009), Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta (2010), Rapha Condor Sharp (2011) and Endura Racing (2012).

The itinerary for the event are as follows:

Details
11:00 to 12:30
British Cycling Go Ride Children’s Races for under 16s.  No experience necessary.
Events can be entered on the day. Between Kings Drive Traffic lights and Belgrave Road.

12:30 to 13:30
Sarah’s Unicycles on Torre Abbey Meadows

13:00 to 14:15
Youth A&B Circuit Races for experienced regional cyclists – ages 12-16 years old.  Pre-entry via British Cycling website or on the day. Riders should be licence holders.
Same section of road as Go Ride races but using both sections of road and with a 10ft slot left to turn at traffic light end.

14:30 to 15:30
MDCC Go Ride Bike handling skills on Torre Abbey Meadows

14:30 to 16:00
Community Fun Race – Teams of 3 from local businesses and interest groups
15:30 to 16:00
Lee Musslewhite BMX Flatland champion
16:00 to 17:00
Sarah’s Unicycles on Torre Abbey Meadows
16:15 to 17:30
Regional A Race for South West Riders.  Pre-entry via British Cycling Website or on the day.  Riders should be licence holders.

17:00 to 18:30
Bikeability Level 1 sessions on Torre Abbey Meadows
19:00 to 20:15
Tour Series race starts (one hour + five laps)

20:30
Podium ceremony and presentations

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Ceramics Festival

Cockington Ceramic Festival

10th and 11th May 2013

The beautiful village of Cockington is only a mile away from our bed and breakfast www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk and taking place this week is the Ceramic Festival.

This two day festival will showcase local talent and will re-enforce Cockington Court’s growing reputation as cultural centre of excellence. Cockington’s Kitchen Gallery is known in the arts world as a contemporary gallery space of regional significance, having exhibited work by artists of international acclaim as well as emerging local talent.

The festival will offer yet another high quality, accessible event, and will include an interactive and informative programme, designed to encourage the engagement of both amateurs and professionals involved in art and crafts.

The programme and festival will celebrate all aspects of clay, and there will be outreach sessions for local schools and community groups in the run up to the event, as well as workshops and demonstrations led by leading potters and ceramicists during the event.
Tickets £4 from the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre on Torquay harbour.