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  • Agatha Christie Mile

    Agatha Christie Mile

    In the centre of Torquay is the Agatha Christie Mile where each location associated with Agatha Christie is marked with a unique plaque.  Let’s start with the Grand Hotel where she and Archie spent their honeymoon, the Princess Pier where she rollerskated as a child, the elegant Pavilion where they enjoyed concerts, Beacon cove ladies […]

  • Poolside with Tom Wileman

    Poolside with Tom Wileman

    We all know the scene, David Hasselhoff running down the beach in slow mo, rescuing the damsel in distress, emerging from the water without a hair out of place, But what’s being a Lifeguard really like. We went “poolside” to chat to Tom.   Hey Tom, So how long have you been a Lifeguard for? […]

  • Grilled: Amy Wilkinson

    Grilled: Amy Wilkinson

    Apprenticeships are becoming ever more popular in the UK, coming in many different forms from accountancy to human resources. We caught up with Amy, a full time chef at The Grand Hotel, who started out as a Level 3 Apprentice in Catering and Hospitality.   What inspired you to become a chef? It started off […]

  • The Queen of Hearts

    The Queen of Hearts

    Tell us a bit about yourself and your company…. We are a group of 6 hotels based in the southwest owned by the Richardson Hotel Group. Mr Richardson himself has such an eye for beautiful, historic and unique buildings which offer a distinctive backdrop to anyone’s special day. Me.. I am ‘affectionately’ known as the […]

  • Grinagog Festival | 7th-9th April

    Grinagog Festival | 7th-9th April

    The Grinagog is and indoor festival running from the 7th to the 9th of April with a “no mud guarantee”. It involves 200+ acts on 15 stages across Torquay, one of which is the gorgeous Torre Abbey. The line-up includes Rat boy, Congo Natty, Rinse: it, Big fish Little fish, It’s a swing thing, and […]

  • Torbay Air Show | 3rd-4th June

    Torbay Air Show | 3rd-4th June

    The Torbay air show is back! The family event is returning to Paignton green on the 3rd and 4th of June for two full afternoons of flying and a ground display with military and air show trade stands. Following on from the success of last year, the air show hopes to create even more enthusiasts. […]

  • Torbay Royal Regatta | 18th -23rd August

    Torbay Royal Regatta | 18th -23rd August

    The Torbay Royal Regatta is a highlight of the summer events calendar. Made up of five days of exciting events, including sailing, 10k half marathon and rowing championships, concluding with a super-sized fireworks display visible from the Grand hotel. For more information visit the Torbay Royal Regatta website here. Looking for somewhere to stay during the event, […]

  • Gin Festival | April 2017

    Gin Festival | April 2017

    Just the tonic for gin lovers as the UKs largest gin festival comes to Torquay’s Riviera International Centre for the first time this April. Showcasing more than 100 gins top craft distillers and a whole world of ‘ginformation’ on April 14 and 15 2017 A great way to spend the Easter weekend the gin festival is […]


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    Last Minute Gifts

    Last Minute Gift Ideas It’s cold, it’s raining, and the traffic and crowds in town are a nightmare! And you have procrastinated on your present…

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    Christmas Card Competition

    This year the team at the Grand have paired up with local Hayes School in Paignton to create our annual Christmas cards for our guests…

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    We are Recruiting

    We are currently recruiting for full and part time positions for in our busy hotel. Positions include food and beverage operatives in our bar, restaurant and both…

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    5 Tips For Rainy Day Activities In ..

    We think Torquay is a fascinating place whatever the weather; come rain or shine there is always something to do and see here. On a…

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    Churston Steam Fair

    Churston Steam Fair three day festival celebrates its 30th year this year! The Torbay Steam Fair is now one of the biggest events on the…

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    Dubs at the Beach | VW Torbay

    Dubs at the Beach, Torbay 2016! VW lovers, are you ready? Dubs at the Beach is back for 2016. The VW packed show consists of…

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    South Devon | Lego Show

    A one day show of LEGO creations is coming to Devon. The event, West Country Brick Show, on Saturday 30 July at The Phoenix promises…

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    Paignton Zoo | Baby Giraffe

    Paignton Zoo’s having a baby boom! Not only has there been an arrival of three tiger cubs but a baby Giraffe has also been born.…

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    Paignton Zoo | Tiger Cubs

    Paignton Zoo's rare Sumatran tigers have had cubs! Paignton Zoo is a member of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for Sumatran tigers, which means…

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    Screen on the Green

    Adding to this years packed social calendar in Torquay is Screen on the Green! A giant screen will be installed on the green on Torquay…