Cockington – the quintessential must-see in Torquay

In my position of Visitor Information Assistant at  the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre, a visitor came in this week and asked "What are the "must see" sights in Torquay?", my colleague answered without hesitation that no visit to Torbay is complete without a visit to Cockington.  This got me thinking on how much an … Continue reading Cockington – the quintessential must-see in Torquay


International Women’s Day – Stella Gale

It's International Womens Day! I wanted to use this post to highlight an extraordinary woman from the South West. I could have written it about one of many famous ladies including Agatha Christie, Sue Barker the tennis player, Artist Lamorna Birch or author Daphne Du Maurier. There is a long list of Westcountry "Maids" who … Continue reading International Women’s Day – Stella Gale

Has Paignton Harbour been forgotten?

Is Paignton, Torbay's forgotten harbour? When most people think of Torbay's harbours, they think of Torquay Marina and harbour with it yachts and pleasure boats bobbing within the harbour walls in the sun, or they think of the trawlers and Golden Hind in the fishing port of Brixham. Unless you're walking the South West Coast … Continue reading Has Paignton Harbour been forgotten?

Our First Day Trip to Somerset

On Saturday, Tony and I were pleased to be taking 36 passengers on our first joint day trip to Somerset. Most of us joined the Abbot Coach Travel coach at Lymington Road Coach Station, here in Torquay, with Karl, a former work colleague from my days at Daish's Holidays as our trusty and capable driver. … Continue reading Our First Day Trip to Somerset

Destination Spotlight – Bovey Tracey

If you have been on a coach holiday to South Devon, then the chances are you have been to Bovey Tracey and visited the House of Marbles on the edge of town. I wanted to write this post to show you there is much more to explore in this small town and why it's a perfect … Continue reading Destination Spotlight – Bovey Tracey

Industry Spotlight Interview – Sarah Jeffery

For those of you, who are familiar with the GTO Magazine, South West Group Travel Show or the Group Travel Awards, Sarah will be a familiar face. As I know she is a Westcountry resident too, I thought it would be good to interview her about the fantastic region where we both live: Firstly - … Continue reading Industry Spotlight Interview – Sarah Jeffery

Brixham Museum – Review

So my second museum visit last week was to Brixham Museum. you can read about my first to Torquay Museum here.  My former colleague and  friend Chris visited Brixham in 2016, whilst he was visiting from his new home of New Zealand and you can read his post about our lovely historic fishing port here … Continue reading Brixham Museum – Review

Torquay Museum – Review

On a beautiful, sunny winter's day, I visited Torquay Museum this week as part of my Torbay Growing Museum's Partnership consultancy. I'm ashamed to say that I have booked both GTO familiarisation visits and groups to go to the museum, but I've never been there myself. So I was looking forward to visiting, not only … Continue reading Torquay Museum – Review

Festival Volunteer Applications are Now Open for Love Summer Festival 2018 — Love Summer Festival 2018

Festival Volunteer Applications are Now Open for Love Summer Festival 2018 If you would like to Join the Love Summer Crew the first step is to fill in our registration form so our Team can contact you. I know….. We all hate forms! We promise to keep your data uber safe in our vaults. via Festival … Continue reading Festival Volunteer Applications are Now Open for Love Summer Festival 2018 — Love Summer Festival 2018

New Year – New Start!

Well as 2018 is definitely here! and its a case of "New Year - New Start!" at South West Group Travel. After parting ways with my last employer at the end of November, I have taken the decision to become a self-employed Group Travel Consultant. But I'm even more pleased as just after my employment finished … Continue reading New Year – New Start!