Free Fun at the Fair!

(Last Updated On: August 17, 2018)


Fun Fair at Torquay and Brixham

The Regatta Fun Fair on Torre Abbey Meadows generously offered its annual treat this week for Torbay youngsters and their families.

‘From the very latest set of Dodgems built in Belgium to our exact requirements,’ the Anderton and Rowlands website tells us, ‘ to the classic children’s favourite, the bouncy castle, when it comes to rides and sideshows, Rowlands has the lot!’

It was great, then, to see so many families enjoying their free morning of fun – one that began with unpromising rain but soon turned into a wonderfully warm and sunny day for children and young people with disabilities, and their siblings.

Organised by the Torbay Parent Carer Forum the morning saw hundreds joining in – and enjoying a plentiful supply of free candy floss too!

Young Life in Torbay

It was a chance, too, for us at Healthwatch Torbay to hear more views from young people about life in Torbay, all feeding into the survey we’ve been working on since early in the summer – and the results of which will be available this autumn.

We’re finding out hear what people under 25 love about life here but also what they don’t enjoy , or even what they hate – and to tell us why!

We’re hearing, too, what people think would improve things for them. What would go, what would stay – and what could make a truly positive difference to their Torbay lives.

If you’d like to take part in our survey, there’s still time.  All you need to do is complete a very short questionnaire .

To find out more, call Healthwatch Torbay free on 08000 520 029, email, or visit

Bob Jope              Healthwatch Torbay



Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!