Christmas by the Sea launched in Torquay

Image of Far Flung Dance Theatre arriving to perform at the Harbour. Photo Credit: Ryan Hardman
(Last Updated On: November 28, 2016)

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This weekend saw the start of ‘Christmas by the Sea’, a month-long project to bring fun festive activities to Torquay town centre.

Each Saturday for four weeks, Torquay town centre is being filled with free festive events. For the first week, the events all narrated stories of Christmas. At the harbour, Far Flung Dance Theatre took spectators on magical voyage with a pop up theatre production. At Fleet Walk, ‘The Uncollective’ told Christmas stories to passing children and in Union Square shopping centre Yvonne Napper brought festive musical tales to shoppers.

Image of Far Flung Dance Theatre arriving to perform at the Harbour. Photo Credit: Ryan Hardman

Far Flung Dance Theatre arriving to perform at the Harbour. Photo Credit: Ryan Hardman

Next Saturday is all about creating Christmas, with a variety of free make and take craft activities around the town centre. From origami decorations to creating a shadow puppet film, there is something fun for all the family to take part in.

Week number three will bring a unique Christmas beach party with silent disco to the town centre. Then for the final week, Torquay will be brought alive with Christmas carols as many choirs compete to be crowned ‘South Devon Christmas Choir 2016’.

Alongside the weekly themed events, a festive trail will be active each Saturday. The trail has four stops, with each stop hosting a unique installation created by an artist. At each stop on the trail there is a question. If you answer all four, you will be in for a chance to win a £50 Love to Shop voucher.

To launch the trail this weekend, over 100 passersby got down on their knees to help artists ‘Urban Canvas’ colour in a beautiful chalk mural up at the town hall. The art is fixed using a special technique, but it won’t last for too long, so make a visit to catch this one whilst you can!

Children creating the Urban Canvas mural outside the town hall. Photo Credit Ryan Hardman

Children creating the Urban Canvas mural outside the town hall. Photo Credit Ryan Hardman


The next stop on the trail is ‘Camille’ created by ‘Indivizual Designs’, at Union Square shopping centre. Moving down through the town, at Fleet Walk watch a shadow puppet film created by ‘Clockwork Moth’, then finally at the harbour there is a beautiful piece of art created especially for ‘Christmas by the Sea’ by Sarah Butterworth, on display in the window of the Tourist Information Centre.

Christmas by the Sea has been commissioned by Torbay Council and is supported by the Coastal Communities Fund and sponsored by Ocean BMW. 

For more details on any of the events, see the website www.christmasbythesea.org.uk

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