Babbacombe and the Local Area
1. Babbacombe Model Village
Babbacombe Model Village is an award winning model village that offers a great day out for the family. Explore the 4 acres of beautifully maintained gardens containing hundreds of carefully crafted models, depicting many familiar scenes and periods throughout British history. Admire the craftmanship by day and become enchanted by night as the illuminations and laser light display transforms Babbacombe Model Village into a memorable and magical fairyland.
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Babbacombe Model Village, with many new models on display this year including the ‘London Shard.’ Be sure to get down there and become part of the magic!
2. Bygones Torquay
Experience life during the Victorian Era at Bygones Torquay. At the heart of Bygones is a life-size Victorian exhibition street, with shops and period display rooms depicting various scenes from the Golden Victorian Age. It’s as if you were really there! The look, the feel, and even the smells will transport you back to a time long ago.
Fitting with the Victorian Era, Bygones Torquay boasts a 28-foot model railway, a World War 1 war trench with millitaria displays, a real example of a steam locomotive, and plenty more to keep you and the family entertained. You would never have imagined that the nearest train station is closer than you’d think!
3. Oddicombe Beach
When the sun is out, the beach is just round the corner! Babbacombe Beach is a Blue Flag beach situated at the foot of redstone and breccia cliffs, offering a sheltered haven for those looking to prop up a deck chair and simply unwind by the seaside. Visit Babbacombe Beach and you will be rewarded with magnificent views and an excellent walk along the cliff side.
If you like to have a splash, the water awaits you. Why not hire out a paddleboat to get a better view, or try your hand at sailing or watersports. However, if you’d prefer to unwind with a refreshment, the cafe is open during the summer season.
4. Babbacombe Bay
Within a short walk of Oddicombe Beach, you will find Babbacombe Bay lurking round the corner of the coastline. Babbacombe Bay is full of character and has a rich history of fishing and smuggling and is nested in the corner of the eastern fringe of Torquay. Even we have to admit, we didn’t realise it was there for quite a while!
Fancy a view of Babbacombe from beneath the sea? Babbacombe Bay is home to one of the South West’s leading diver training and scuba diving venues, offering ideal underwater topology and sheltered conditions to explore the big blue. Whether or not you have come for a Dive, the Cary Arms Pub offers the perfect antidote to your day out.
5. Torquay Golf Club
Torquay Golf Club boasts an excellent 18 hole golf course situated just along from Babbacombe in Torquay. The course itself is a 6183 yard par 69 golf course set within scenic parkland, offering spectacular views over Lyme Bay and Dartmoor from it’s highest points.
With well maintained grounds and excellent conditions, Torquay Golf Course permits smooth play with the added challenge of occasional prevailing winds from the cliff tops. Some golfers have commented that on a windy day, your play is completely transformed, providing that extra bit of difficulty for the experienced golfer. Torquay Golf Club is open to all ages and abilities and is definitely a worthwhile day out.
6. Babbacombe Theatre
Babbacombe Theatre is a real asset to the Babbacombe Downs. From the outside, you would never expect this modestly appointed Theatre to house 600, with a long list of past performances including Le Miserables, Lady Gaga, Shrek the Musical, and The Beatles! Conveniently located within the beautiful Babbacombe Downs, you can unwind during the day, have a spot of dinner in the evening, and then top it all of with your favourite show at the Babbacombe Theatre.
The line up for 2013 includes Spellbound, an energetic fusion of talent, illusion, singing and dancing, West End Encore, an eclectic mix of current hit musicals, Jethro, Abba Reunion, and your favourite personalities, Al Murray and Colin Fry.