The ‘English Riviera’ acquired its name in the 1800’s because it was seen as the English version of the famous French Riviera, but is actually a group of towns and villages known collectively as Torbay. Whatever you decide to call it, you will always get a warm welcome from everyone in and around Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.   It is a popular destination for holiday makers due to its numerous attractions, varied cultural scene, outstanding beaches and wide variety of interesting events and things to do all year round.


We have some incredible beaches here on the English Riviera in South Devon.  Oddicombe, Torre Abbey Sands, Paignton Sands and the excellent Preston Sands right opposite Bayside.

Visit The English Riviera Top Beaches for more beach information in the area.


There an abundance of walks and interesting pathways to navigate on the English Riviera. With international recognition for its stunning rich geological, historical and cultural heritage in 2007, it is one of only seven designated UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK.

Visit The English Riviera Top Walks for ideas for walks for all levels of fitness.


The English Riviera has it all with a wide range of museums, galleries, arts and culture as well as fun outdoor and indoor activies for all the family.

Visit The English Riviera Things to Do for lots of inspiring ideas.

Things to Do

Apart from enjoying Preston Sands opposite Bayside there are plenty of other activities in the area including:

Paignton Zoo with over 2,500 animals across 80 acres | Horse Riding at Finlake | 10 Pin Bowling | Water Sports and Power Boats | Golf | Crazy Golf | Leisure centre activity including indoor swimming pool | Aquariums and Everything for the kids | Theatres and Shows | Fishing Trips | Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway
The River Dart Ferry | Torquay to Paignton and Brixham ferries | Paignton Vue Cinema | Local Cricket | Rugby Club

Paignton Zoo

Places to Eat

The Boathouse (opposite Bayside) 01803 665066
Sky Restaurant and Cocktail Bar 01803 523177
Quo Vadis (Italian) 01803 522355
Torbay Thai Restaurant 01803 663914
Thariks (Indian) 01803 664116
Grand Central (sports pub) 01803 555151
Harbour Inn (local) 01297 552680
Match Room (local pool and sports bar) 01803 526500

The Boathouse