posted by tracco on Apr 30

Bmad festival 2014

Nearly time for this years Bmad festival in Paignton

2nd – 4th May 2014 – should make it a good Bank Holiday weekend

See Bmad web site for more details


posted by tracco on Nov 29

Is Fly-Posting in Torbay Illegal?

A few weeks before bonfire night these huge posters started appearing around Torbay

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This one at the end of Centenary Way.

Not wishing to spoil anyone’s fun but these unsightly posters then just get forgotten. No one takes the trouble to come back after the event and remove them. As time goes by they disintegrate and look very shabby.

After Tweeting concerns to Newton Abbot racecourse several weeks after November the 5th they promised to get them removed. Some did disappear – The one in Centenary way just got ripped off and thrown in the grass.

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Now a few days later it has been dragged along the road further and thrown in the bushes

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Only a matter of time now until it ends up down in the woods to be left to rot with all the other litter and rubbish thrown over the rails.

Always though that  Fly Posting was illegal?

Not as if it is difficult to catch who does it as their name and address is all over the poster!!

Looking at this link: Graffiti and Fly-posting Offences it seems the council could do something about this problem but chooses not to?

Definition of fly-posting

It is generally recognised and accepted what is meant by the term “fly-posting”. However, in order to help clarify the situation the Department of the Environment has proposed the following definition:
“Fly-posting is any printed material and associated remains informally or illegally fixed to any structure. It excludes formally managed and approved advertising hoardings and valid, legally placed signs and notices. It includes any size of material from small stickers up to large posters – often advertising popular music recordings, concerts and other events. It excludes business cards and handbills placed under vehicle windscreen wipers and door handles; illegal displays on movable objects such as advertising ‘A boards’; and billboards”

The problem is not just confined to this one event. Last week travelling from Torquay town centre to Newton Abbot I counted 23 of theses posters at road junctions on traffic lights and railings

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The ones at Riviera Way/Browns Bridge Road do seem to have been removed in the last couple of day but there are still may more around along with a lot of similar sized yellow ones advertising a new years eve event in Plymouth.

In fact most of the posters advertise events outside of Torbay

Can anyone confirm if these posters are legal?

Are we happy having these scruffy posters all around town?


posted by tracco on Sep 12

Agatha Christie Festival 2013

This years festival starts next Sunday on the 15th September 2013

One of the best times of year to visit Torbay on the English Riviera the birthplace of the Queen of Crime is during the annual Agatha Christie festival. This years festival starts on Sunday with the Agatha Christie Féte in the Princess Gardens, Torquay seafront 10:00 – 17:00 and runs until Sunday 22nd September finishing with a special service at  All Saints Church, Bampfylde Road, Torre, Torquay, Devon,TQ2 5AR. 18:00-19:00 It is also the church where Agatha Christie was baptised on November 20th 1890

Torquay has some beautiful guest houses, hotels and bed & breakfasts. The Ravenswood Hotel and The Hotel Barton are both in Torwood street only a few minutes walk to the harbour and Princess Gardens. Ideal for the Féte on Sunday

The 9th Annual Festival continues Monday with a sightseeing tour of the Riviera and Dartmoor in the Evening and Until Saturday sees nightly performances of “Go Back for Murder” at the Princess Theatre Torquay staring Lisa Goddard. There is also a Murder Mystery evening at the Weary Ploughman Inn, Churston and a Literary Supper at The Cary Arms, Beach Rd, Babbacombe. Mulberry House Bed and Breakfast  is very centrally placed for the town and shops.

The Avenue Road area of Torquay has some of the best centrally place bed and breakfasts in the area. Avenue Park has luxury accommodation and is the closet to the sea front. Only a couple of minutes up the road is Crown Lodge and Bentley Lodge In quiet roads of Avenue Road are The Iona, Buckingham Lodge, Linden House and Blue Waters.

The week continues with a special screening of “Evil Under The Sun” at Torquay Museum and a Vintage bus tour in the evening ending with a traditional fish supper at Brixham. Wednesday’s events include a screening of “Murder Most Foul” at Torquay Museum, A Garden Party To Die For in Tor Abbey Gardens and a Murder Mystery evening at The Toorak.

Saturday has a special event at Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe Downs – find the Babbacombe Dazzler diamond that has been stolen from the railway.

Paignton of course also has some very special guest houses of which Birklands Guest House and The Ratcliffe are the best.


Thursday heralds the famous “In Character Lunch at Burgh Island – Get dressed up in your 20’s gear for a period lunch. Also on Thursday – Crime and thriller author Val McDermid will be the special guest at the Agatha Christie Festival Literary Dinner at Torquay’s Grand. Excellent close by accommodation for this event is The Charterhouse 4 Star B&B in Cockington Lane.

On Friday Miss Ivy Events Ltd presents the ‘All things Vintage & Lovely Fair’ with 25 vintage inspired stands including vintage fashion at The Grand. There is a murder Mystery at Churston Court and a literary panel with Kate Moss OBE.


Agatha Christie Festival 2013 Official We Site

posted by tracco on Aug 3

Torbay Steam Fair 2013

The annual fair is on this weekend at Churston Nr. Brixham


posted by tracco on Jul 2

The very best Guest Houses in Torbay

If you are going to visit Torquay, Paignton or Brixham then these are the very best Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Torbay that come highly recommended:

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posted by tracco on Jun 10

Crown Lodge Bed And Breakfast

If visiting Torquay for the SuperWeekend/Miss England contest Crown Lodge Bed and Breakfast makes and Idea base with luxury and comfort. A big welcome awaits you at this centrally located guest house.

The Super Weekend

June 14-16th 2013

Princess Gardens, Torquay

Crown Lodge Torquay

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83 Avenue Road

Tel: 01803 298772

Just read the reviews for the delightful accommodation on Tripadvisor

posted by tracco on May 10

Dart Music Festival

The 3 day annual event starts today in Dartmouth – If previous years are anything to go by we are in for another treat this year.

More info

posted by tracco on May 2

BMAD 2013

Bikers Make A Difference festival starts this Friday 3rd May

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BMAD website for more details of this weekends event in Paignton.

posted by tracco on Apr 28

Foot path still closed after landslide three months ago.
Are they really going to leave it like this all summer?
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posted by tracco on Apr 25

Torquay Pavilion going into disrepair

Why has this lovely old building been closed and boarded up? – another eyesore on Torquay seafront for the summer!

I know it is supposed to be being developed into another hotel (Why we need another is beyond me as we already have plenty of empty and derelict ones) – but nothing is happening and now vandals are starting to smash the place up – smashing windows:

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We all know it has been a bit of a white elephant for years but at least it has been better cared for while open.

Now it is just going to become a target for vandals, drug users and squatters – Can’t we all just see the Palm Court all over again?

A great shame as it is such a great building and used to be so popular:

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