Torquay & South Devon

Torquay harbour at twilight, viewed from the water. Boats moored. Reflections of the lights of the waterfront on the calm water.

Torquay & South Devon

The complete conference package with a relaxing blend of mild climate, beaches and countryside

Getting here

Fly into Exeter Airport and can enjoy the peaceful environment, sea-air and sophistication of the English Riviera. 

By air

Exeter Airport is 35 minutes from Torquay. It offers connections with other major UK and european cities via independent regional airline Flybe.

By rail 

Fast train services offer direct links from all parts of the UK to Torquay (and Newton Abbot). It now takes just under three hours to get from London to Torquay. 

By road

Torquay is only six miles from the A380 dual carriageway and the M5 motorway, a fast and direct link to London and the Midlands.

 

Expertise

 

Electronics and photonics

Torbay is one of the top five UK locations for photonics and a key destination for advanced electronics engineering. 

Global leaders like Lumentum, Gooch & Housego, Spirent, Queensgate Nano, Effect Photonics and II–VI Photonics are all located in Torbay. These companies are committed to major ongoing investment in the region.

Torbay also has a dedicated Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC), enhancing its reputation as a centre of excellence. 

This is an £8million project that has created 220 local jobs and responds directly to the needs of the sector, supporting prototyping, test development methodology, R&D and shared space for innovative hi tech start-ups. 

  
 

Fishing and seafood processing

The port of Brixham is at the centre of the UK fishing industry. It’s a modern market with a robust logistics infrastructure, provided by companies with expert knowledge in chilled and refrigerated transport. Investment in Brixham Fish Market, together with a combination of traditional values and modern methods, has given Brixham a strong marine economy and a distinct advantage over other fishing ports across the UK. 

  
 

Tourism

South Devon received a record number of visits from tourists in 2018, up by five per cent on the year prior. The upward trend continued into 2019 with site visits up almost six per cent for the first two months of the year, compared with the same period the year before, including a 20 per cent leap in overseas traffic. The South Devon tourism economy is helped by the warm climate and films such as The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, which created international interest in South Devon, the Teign Estuary and Teignmouth.

 

Where to stay

The English Riviera has 2,500 bedrooms within a mile of Torquay’s town centre. Hotels in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham range from large seafront properties to boutique establishments and everything in between.

4* hotels400 bedrooms
3* and under properties2,000 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing)100 bedrooms

 

Venues

Whether you require a seafront venue, a country house set in stunning landscaped grounds, or an unusual property to meet, eat or party, the English Rivera has it all. 

Riviera International Conference Centre
Imperial Hotel
The Grand Hotel and Spa
Torre Abbey Historic House and Garden
Livermead Cliff Hotel

Incentives

Reward top performers with water-based activities – sailing, surfing and scuba diving are all available. Or treat them to a round of golf on a course with stunning coastal views, or quad biking in the South Devon countryside. The area is also home to England’s seafood coast, English wines and a famous author’s former holiday home.

Experience England’s ‘Seafood Coast’
Greenway House
Sample English wines
Living Coasts Torquay

Dining & social experiences

Seafood supper in Brixham
Kent’s Cavern
Dartington Hall

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