Classic English Riviera - Torquay 1940's Party

Classic English Riviera - Torquay 1940's Party

Enjoy the 1940's based entertainment on this 5 day tour to south Devon


Enjoy the 1940's based entertainment on this 5 day tour to south Devon


Torquay is often referred to as the 'Queen of the Riviera', and it is here the Riviera ideal really comes to life.

As the jewel in the crown of the English Riviera, Torquay has a real cosmopolitan vibe and sipping a cool drink on a long, hot summer's day, it's possible to imagine yourself a thousand miles away.

For centuries a popular destination for coastal holidays, Torquay was the birthplace and home of internationally- renowned crime writer Agatha Christie , and is steeped in history, from the awe-inspiring caves of Kent Caverns to the World War II slipways at Beacon Quay. With so much culture, history, and an amazing nine beaches to choose from, Devon's Torquay really is the perfect place to relax on holiday. The town is famed for its situation among seven green hills, from where grand Victorian villas and terraces gaze out to sea. Palm-lined promenades lead to the lively harbourside and marina, where pavement cafes and boutique shops abound, in addition to a range of top class restaurants.



Totnes is a very special and unique market town in the heart of beautiful South Devon. Today, the town, with its population of 7,500 is a thriving centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. It has a sizeable alternative and "New Age" community, and is known as a place where one can live a bohemian lifestyle.


Situated on the banks of the picturesque River Dart, Dartmouth is the perfect year round destination. If it’s food you love, there is no better place to immerse yourself in Devon’s local produce than Dartmouth, from seafood to beef, ice-cream to fudge, Dartmouth is a food lovers paradise.

With an eclectic mix of specialist shops and big high street names, in a charming and historic setting, the town is a popular destination with all kinds of shoppers. There are many independent locally owned boutiques in Dartmouth that are just ‘not on the high street’ in any other area of the UK, all selling one of a kind items that make Dartmouth that extra bit special. And what shopping trip would be complete without stopping in one of the café’s for tea, coffee, or even an afternoon tea!



Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 368 square miles. The highest point is High Willhays, 2,037 ft above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.


The village of Widecombe lies within the beautiful valley of the East Webburn river (stream!). Its name is thought to derive from 'Withy-combe' which means Willow Valley. The village is world-famous for its fair, held annually in September, which gave rise to the well-known folk song 'Widecombe Fair' and the characters of Uncle Tom Cobley and All.

Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh. The monks of Buckfast welcome visitors to their famous abbey. At Buckfast, visitors can see the great Abbey church with its many art treasures, rebuilt on its medieval foundations by the monks themselves.

The Abbey church, grounds, and other facilities are open throughout the year, including 3 unusual shops selling Abbey products, an excellent restaurant, exhibition and video.



Exmouth is a lively town, situated on the east coast of Devon, where the River Exe meets the sea. The town offers a diverse selection of shops, places to eat and things to do.

River Exe Cruise

Sailing throughout the year on calm and sheltered waters, this trip is suitable for the everyone. Sailing from Exmouth your Skipper will give you a live commentary on the history of the area, the beautiful sights and the resident and visiting wildlife. As a designated RAMSAR site, the Exe is one of the top rivers in the country for wildlife and is a feeding ground for several seals, you maybe lucky enough to see the resident seal on your trip.

This trip is suitable for manual wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility.


Sidmouth is situated on the south coast of Devon 15 miles southeast of Exeter and is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Sidmouth has a population of about 15,000, of whom 60% are over 65. Sidmouth Folk Week is a famous annual folk festival in early August attracting musicians and visitors from around the world. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area. Like many such settlements, it was originally a fishing village. Although attempts have been made to construct a harbour, none has succeeded. A lack of shelter in the bay prevented growth as a port. Sidmouth remained a village until the fashion for coastal resorts grew in the Georgian and Victorian periods of the 18th and 19th centuries. The numerous fine Georgian and Regency villas and mansions are now mostly hotels.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we travel south via the M6 and M5 motorways to Torquay, stops will be made en-route for coffee and lunch. We are due to arrive at our hotel, the Howden Court late afternoon. A warm welcome awaits, Dinner in the hotel is followed by tonights 1940’s themed entertainment.


Day 2

Morning visit to the ancient market town of Totnes. Afternoon visit to Dartmouth, the jewel of the South Hams, quaint narrow streets lead to the cobbled market square and bustling marina. We return to Torquay for dinner and entertainment at the Howden Court.

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Day 3

A full day tour of the Dartmoor National Park with its heather clad moorland and deep wooded gorges and open landscapes. Picture postcard villages such as Princetown and Widecombe-in-the-Moor are in a land of folklore, myth and legends. We call at Buckfast Abbey on our return to Torquay, here you can visit the working monastery nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Dinner and entertainment in the hotel.

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Day 4

This morning we head to Exmouth, here we have a relaxing circular cruise on the River Exe with commentary on the sights, history and wildlife of the surrounding area we also include a cream tea. In the afternoon we visit the stylish regency resort of Sidmouth, situated on the Jurassic coast, England’s first natural world heritage site. Sidmouth is a town caught in a timeless charm. Final dinner at the Howden Court tonight and live musical entertainment.

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Day 5

Sadly after breakfast we must leave Torquay and our hosts at the Howden Court Hotel for the return journey to Cumbria. We are due to arrive home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Howden Court Hotel

Built in 1860 Howden Court Hotel is a period Grade II listed property and retains many of the architectural features of the day. This famiy run hotel is located in the centre of Torquay and has a 3/4 acre garden with access via 'Croft Meadow Walk', a private pathway, to Torquay Seafront and Harbour. 

Howden Court has won TripAdvisor's 'Certificate of Excellence' for the last 7 consecutive years which gained them a spot in the TripAdvisor 'Hall Of Fame' for 2019.

The hotel has 30 guest bedrooms; 8 of which have ‘Wet Room’ facilities. All bedrooms are tastefully decorated en-suites and provide beverage making facilities, colour TV and hairdryers. There are 4 bedrooms located on the ground floor, one of which is disabled friendly i.e. wheel chair users are able to utilize the 'walk-in' shower room. 

Lift available on bottom, ground and first floor level.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room and for evening meals there is full waitress/waiter service. Menus are changed daily; why not try one of the chef's 'Special' desserts. Guests with special dietary requirements are catered for. The hotel also has a lively bar with dance floor, live entertainment, bingo and quizzes in the evenings & a comfortable lounge to relax after dinner.

There is free WiFi available in the reception, lounge, bar and some guest bedrooms; just ask at reception for the password. 

Note that the hotel reception, lounge, bar, dining room and garden are all on ground level - no steps!

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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