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How to get around

Foot, mostly – it’s got palm-tree lined streets and balmy sea air, so there’s no excuse not to stretch your legs around Torquay. If you just can’t face the walk home, there is a regular bus service around the town, or call for a taxi:

Torbay Taxis: 01803 211611
Price First Taxis: 01803 322322

Where to go

It’s around the waterfront that you’ll find the best nightlife areas in Torquay. Torwood Street has some fantastic bars, like the nationally acclaimed The Clocktower, as well as two of the biggest nightclubs in Torquay, and one of the few cocktail bars. If you’re The Strand has a few less mainstream venues, including some brilliant live music options, and a vibrant nightclub. Victoria Parade, very close to Torwood Street, has some brilliant pubs as well as one nightclub.

Other Attractions

Torquay Central Cinema – a standard cinema experience, except for its alternative cinema nights, which bring some arthouse, independent or foreign films to the town. Good way to use up a little time before you all head home.

Pavilion Shopping Centre – a good place to pick up a few souvenirs from gift shops to take home to your other half.

Babbacombe Theatre – a real mix of entertainment, showing comedy, musicals, opera, and general variety performances.

Life’s a beach – Torquay’s nine sandy beaches have 3 European Blue Flags between them – and though we’re not sure what that means, it is more than any other English town holds, testifying to the quality of the area. Literally, Torquay is the best place in the UK for spending a few hours on the beach, whether you’re working up a sweat with some volley ball, topping up your tan on a sun lounger, or indulging your inner child with sandcastles.

Kents Cavern – caves don’t usually top our lists of things to see on a stag weekend (unless you’re crawling through them), but we’re making an exception for the Kents Cavern. The oldest fossil of an anatomically modern human was found here in 1927, dating from somewhere between 44,200 – 41,500BC.

Festivals

If you’re around in summer, there’s plenty of seasonal activities going on too in Torquay –

Brixham Pirate Festival, May. A chance to get swashbuckling and swill some grog. Or rum, rum is pirate-y too.

Fishstock Brixham, September. They may win the award for the least appealing festival name ever, but with seafood and urban music, it’s a winner with us anyway.

Torbay Royal Regatta, August. It’s a really, really, big regatta. Apparently Queen Victoria was a fan, and if it could amuse her, then it’s pretty much guaranteed to be good.

Occombe Farm Beer Festival, June. It’s a beer festival. What more information do you need?



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