The Princess Theatre: A Theatre to suit all tastes
There are a few other theatres around the bay but the Princess is by far the biggest. Consequently it hosts most of the major acts that come here with a wide variety of entertainment to suit all tastes. This ranges from popular music, comedians, ballet, musicals and everything in between.
It may be the largest in Torbay but it only seats 1,500 which is not large in the grand scheme of things. It’s well attended which at least makes it a more intimate affair than some of the larger places elsewhere.
It’s situated right on the sea front and has it’s own bar/restaurant if you prefer not to venture too far. Personally I think it would be better to have a pre-theatre meal elsewhere and just have a drink when you arrive - and book any drinks you may require for the half-time interval which will be waiting for you.
I’ve had many a cracking evening here and the location is perfect - especially for those balmy summer evenings which we get occasionally.
These days entertainment in these sort of theatres doesn’t come particularly cheap but if there’s an act that takes your fancy while you’re here then the Princess will tick all the right boxes.
Dress Code: Whatever suits the occasion but mainly casual (It's on the sea front after all!)
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The Hole in the Wall: Oldest Pub in Torquay
Torquay is not short of pubs, especially around the harbourside, but my longstanding favourite has to be The Hole in the Wall.
Pubs may come and go but Torquay’s oldest pub has been here since around 1540 and not in danger of closing down anytime soon.
This is still a traditional pub with low beams, cobblestone floors and an array of hand pumps selling real ale on the bar.
The convivial landlord makes it the most welcoming of places and if you’re hungry the separate dining room certainly won’t disappoint either.
If you like live music from the 60s and 70s you’ll also be pleased to know that there’s live music every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday throughout the year.
I can’t think of one bad thing to say about the place and if you don’t believe me, and you’re ever in Torquay, check it out for yourself. I’d be surprised if you didn’t agree.
Hole in the Wall: For A Lively Pub Night Out
As expected from its claim to be "Torquay's Oldest Pub" this is a characterful building with its nautically-themed L-shaped bar area and separate dining room. As befits its "Oldest" status there's plenty of exposed beams, wood-panelling, open brickwork and flagstone floors and it certainly has an authentic feel.
Although it is, as are so may these days, very food-orientated it also has a proper pub feel to it and with a friendly local drinking crowd clustered round the bar there's always a good craic. As well as serving good, proper pub, food they also have live music three times a week - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The group that play regularly are Drew Millin and Friends whose repertoire revolves around 60's and 70's classics - songs I can sing along with!! This is always a lively evening and as well the band's regular line up they often have guests who add their own favourites to the set.
They don't normally start playing until after the pub has stopped serving food and go on until whenever - I think closing time is officially 12 midnight. There's no entry fee but it's best to get in early-ish as it does get very busy sometimes.
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Azure @ Living Coast: Amzing views!
Atop the Living Coast attraction (worth a visit if you like to see penguins) is a fantastic terrace where you can have a drink and look over the harbour, out to sea, or watch the sunset. Absolutely exquisite.
Dress Code: casual
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Torquay Nightlife: Only I, could dress up as a bar of Chocolate!!
Torquay has a very lively nightlife. I have to admit I am out of the loop these days but my 21 year old sister very much enjoys it.
There are plenty of bars to choose from and nightclubs too. The wine bars such as EJ's and the Mousetrap were my personal favourites before going on to a club. These places have stood the test of time and are still very popular today. Most of the nightlife in Torquay is centered around the harbour area
The website below is very good, telling of the different bars & clubs & what they offer.
The only downside to the nightlife in Torquay is the violence which erupts is commonplace the early hours over the weekend, as it seems on most highstreets through out the UK.
Dress Code: Smartish, especially if you want to get in to a club
The Princess Theatre has exellent shows throughout the year with some top west end ones as well,the first time i went here was to see Kim Wilde(im showing my age now).Check out the local paper for details of shows.Outside is the Princess pier a preserved promanade where it is said Agatha Christie used to go roller skating.
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The Devon Arms: A comfortable pub
The Devon Arms is a very 'at ease' pub where you can unwind after a long walk with a glass of beer or soft drink and not be jostled by the tourist hoard.
Dress Code: Casual.
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LAST NIGHT AT THE PROMS.
Every year in June in front of Cockington Court they hold the last night of the proms with a fantastic firework display.Hundreds of people come to watch from all over.
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