BABBACOMBE BAY LATEST
We’re going to be off-line for a few days or so. But, before we do we thought we’d just mention Armed Forces Day coming back to Babbacombe Downs on Saturday 21 June. With the parade at 11am and music planned throughout the day, if you would like to show your support for our Armed Forces past and present, then this is a great opportunity to do so.
A little something to warm you up (should you need warming)…..
A warm welcome to our mix to another Babbacombe Bay business who has its home on the gorgeous Babbacombe Downs. The Royal Hotel and Carvery is a hotel and restaurant with en-suite bedrooms and and a great menu. Open from 10am each day pop in or find out more by visiting our Mmm page. To join our Babbacombe Bay mix drop us a line and we’ll be in touch.
A pic of the Sun temple in Tessier Gardens today. Something to focus on while the rain falls…..
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
Sunshine and showers.
What a great Babbacombe Bay weekend.
Hope you all rocked around the ukulele clock down at the beach.
Photo montages now on line at the Facebook pages of Three Degrees West and Babbacombe Cliff Railway and Babbacombe Ukulele Strummers.
Here’s the uke-tastic plan for Saturday 8 June:
You ride Babbacombe Cliff Railway down the cliffs to the fabulous Oddicombe Beach.
You take a seat in the Music Marquee.
A host of ukulele bands entertains you ALL DAY!
You treat yourself to a snack or two from Three Degrees West
You have a laugh.
You have a sing.
Maybe you make new friends.
You ride Babbacombe Cliff Railway up the cliffs after a great day out
Beautiful start to the day.
Looking forward to a superb Saturday on Oddicombe Beach.
Bring on the ukuleles!
Have you noticed how much Valerian there is everywhere this year?
Must be a good year for it. Lovely, cheerful, seaside plant.
Team Babbacombe Cliff Railway has today announced that it has now carried over one million passengers since the community took over the running of the railway ten years ago. Don’t ever underestimate the beauty and appeal of Babbacombe Bay….. and its people.
A quick look at the line-up for next Saturday’s John Ayres Ukulele Proms on Oddicombe Beach.
Bathed in Babbacombe Bay sunshine…..
Looking forward to this…..
Enjoy some time out this weekend.
Dappled shade as you wander down the hill then unbroken sunshine floods Oddicombe Beach…..
Just one beautiful day after another.
Gotta love a bit of coast path…..
Have you heard about the Cave Cinema, Underground Film Festival this summer at the amazing Kents Cavern? 8 days of fabulous films underground from 24 to 31 August. How exciting. And, there really is something for everyone. From “The Greatest Showman” to “Alien” and from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “The Blair Witch Project”. There will be music, there will be laughter and there will be some pretty scary moments.
Tickets are available NOW (£10 per person) via their website. Click here to visit it.
An arty twist at Meadfoot Beach.
Ever thought about trying dinghy sailing but not sure it’s for you?
This could be right up your street….. well, right on your beach, anyway. FREE dinghy taster sessions from the crew at Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club on Saturday 25 May from 11am to 3pm. Sail from the lovely Oddicombe Beach under the guidance of experienced sailors who will be only too happy to show you the ropes. To book in simply e-mail email@example.com
Wishing you a sparkling weekend.
To the beach! And beyond….. sort of.
This is how we do Wednesdays in Babbacombe Bay…..
So many beautiful little spots.
A spectacular Babbacombe Bay weekend in so many ways.
Hope you all enjoyed a free trip in Babbacombe Cliff Railway from up here to down there. Or, more importantly, from down there to up here.
Along Walls Hill
A slightly different view of beautiful Babbacombe Bay…..
Who’s going to enjoy a free trip on Babbacombe Cliff Railway this Saturday?
Delighted to add Ness’s Heavenly Cakes to our website and social media mix today. Check out our Shopping page for more info.
We’re here to celebrate all that’s great about Babbacombe Bay (and a wee bit beyond). Please do get in touch if you have a business, group, event or a spot of exciting news to share. As well as our website, we also have 3 social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Hope you have all had a great Bank Holiday weekend and perhaps a little rest somewhere nice along the way.
We now have over 2000 followers across our 3 social media accounts.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you to everyone who follows us and thank you for all the lovely interaction. Celebrating all that’s great about Babbacombe Bay. Together.
Looking forward to seeing a hint of beautiful Babbacombe Bay in next week’s episode of “Don’t Forget The Driver”. Really beautifully put together series.
Thought-provoking and totally charming at the same time. Tuesday 7 May. 10pm. BBC
Sharing a few montages of favourite images on social media this week. Check out our Facebook page if you’re not already following –
Some interesting job opportunities at Three Degrees West on Oddicombe Beach – check out their Facebook page for more at
A warm welcome to the lovely, crafty Tessera Hub who has recently joined our website and social media mix. This great workshop and retail outlet is based in the parade of shops in Reddenhill Road and is the ideal place to get creative. With all sorts of great projects to make with help and guidance on site, a few hours at Tessera Hub on your own or in a group, are a few hours well spent. Visit our Shopping page to find out more.
Thursdays are about to get a LOT better! Coming soon….. “I Love Music” at Babbacombe Theatre. Starting on Thursday 2 May and then running on each Thursday through until October, this fun-filled show promises to take you on an inspirational musical journey, encapsulating all genres on the musical spectrum.
Well, Easter was pretty spectacular wasn’t it? Thank you for all the Likes, Comments, Shares etc of late across our social media accounts. Between us all, we’re most definitely spreading Babbacombe Bay beauty far and wide!
We will, as always, do our best to bring you all sorts of interesting snippets, pics and whatnot, so stay tuned….. Thank you.
What a stunning day in Babbacombe Bay.
Wishing you all a tranquil Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Whatever the weather (within reason) a wander beside the seaside is always a good idea…..
Sturdy shoes required!
Just checking that you all know that Three Degrees West on Oddicombe Beach is now open from 9am, seven days a week.
Coffee at the beach to start your day.
What’s not to like?
Enjoy beautiful Babbacombe Bay this week in the run up to the lovely, long Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Have a great weekend.
These longer days are just perfect for an evening stroll…..
Thursday evening illuminations start now at Babbacombe Model Villageand happen every Thursday until October 18th.
Plus Mondays to Fridays from July 29th to August 30th . See the Model Village in a whole new light (see what we did there?) If you visit in the day, don’t forget to pick up your photo pass to go back in the evening for FREE.
A warm welcome today to the lovely Hillfolk Illustration, the latest local business to be added to our website and social media mix.
Gorgeous, local landscapes presented in a fresh, new way and available as cards, prints etc.
You may have heard about a new, dark comedy set in sunny seaside Bognor Regis, which starts on BBC2 today at 10pm.
The show has a great cast and sounds like a really interesting new idea.
Plus, with beautiful Babbacombe Bay featuring in episode 5 we’re definitely going to be giving it a go.
Here’s what the team responsible for it have to say about it: It explores what it means to live, work and parent at a point when the entire UK population is having to come to terms with the changing colour of their passports.
Coach driver and single dad Peter Green leads a life of ordinary routine; clip on ties, limp packed lunches, vehicle checks, round-trip coach journeys ferrying church groups to donkey sanctuaries and Japanese tourists to Canterbury Cathedral.
Green is at full stretch just about coping with his disaffected daughter Kayla (bored to a state of almost total inertia in a place that has nothing for her) and Audrey, his mum, whose life is rapidly descending into confusion and fear. The discovery of a dead body on the docile Bognor shoreline and an unsettling meeting with a new arrival in town throws Green’s life into chaos – a lost soul in need of assistance, who he could help. But will he? Can he?
Don’t Forget The Driver follows a group of people struggling with their place in the world, their own sense of identity, and reveals how, in one single moment, even in the most ordinary of lives, an accidental encounter can change the course of everything.
Toby Jones and Tim Crouch said: “Don’t Forget The Driver is a love-song to Bognor. It’s filmed with care, attention and a warm, gentle wit. The series is about a moment when a seemingly small life interacts with the wider world. Bognor sits on the edge of England – facing out towards Europe. The modern world has arrived and yet Bognor still has the unmistakable air of a seaside town holding onto its traditional values.
“It’s like two rivers joining – a sometimes mis-remembered past and an unknown future. Bognor has become a good place to explore many of the themes of national identity that are gripping our country. When we were filming, we were very lucky with the weather as well – Bognor really put on a show for us and we hope viewers love it as much as we do.”
Blue sky, sunshine and April flowers.
The final day of our Babbacombe Bay #englishtourismweek selection of photos. Hope you’ve enjoyed them. We end with a uplifting image of sunrise on Babbacombe Downs.
Just a couple more days to go of our special Babbacombe Bay #englishtourismweek selection
The ever-lovely Tessier Gardens
A great view approaching Babbacombe Beach – another of our #englishtourismweek selection.
St Marychurch Precinct looking delightful
A Babbacombe Bay icon.
An evening stroll along Babbacombe Downs – pic three of our #englishtourismweek2019 selection
Pic two celebrating #englishtourismweek2019
The first of some of our most well-received pictures that we are posting over the next nine days as part of #englishtourismweek2019
30 March to 7 April is #englishtourismweek2019 Babbacombe Bay is, as we know, a bit of a stunner. Getting involved with things like Tourism Week is another great way to promote an area. And, if an area grows in popularity then all the businesses, groups and goings-on benefit too. We’ve been having a think about what we could do as part of the campaign. Pictures can often speak louder than words and, as we have more than our fair share of stunning views, we thought the best thing we could do was to feature a different photo each day to highlight some favourite spots. So, we’re just having a look through some of the most-liked images over the past year or so and will bring you nine classics in the coming days across all of our social media platforms.
Tessier Gardens. Always a treat.
Babbacombe Cliff Railway runs from 9am to 5pm every day.
From Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach and back again.
Let the sun shine.
We start the week with a beautifully brimming “What’s On” page and work going on behind the scenes with some lovely new listings which we’ll be bringing you soon. To find out more about what we do and how to get involved simply Google “Babbacombe Style” and browse our website and social media pages. You’ll find plenty of our pics in the Google Images pages too…..
A fresh, new week…..
We like this.
Simple as that. Don’t forget to get in touch if you are part of a group, business, event or organisation either in, or serving, Babbacombe Bay and we can chat about including you in our mix.
Wishing you a great weekend, come rain or shine. And, even if it does rain, that break in the clouds hopefully won’t be far away.
A touch of Teignmouth tranquility for you. A short, but beautiful, meandering drive, ride, bus trip or walk along the coast from our very own Babbacombe Bay…..
So, apparently, 21 March is International Day Of Forests. Who knew? Anyway, gives us an excuse to share this foresty pic with a Babbacombe Bay icon gliding through the trees…..
With Mother’s Day fast approaching we’re so lucky to have so many amazing shops for card and gift ideas. Just look at this lovely selection of cards available at Portfolio Gallery.
“Belgian Refugees in Devon during the Great War” – In 1914 around a quarter of a million Belgian refugees fled to Britain after their country was invaded.
Devon played its part helping during this humanitarian crisis. On Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm in St Anne’s Hall, Babbacombe, you can find out all about some of the stories of that time. Ciaran Stoker will be giving a talk for the Local History Society to which everyone is welcome. The evening is FREE for members and just £3 for non-members to attend.
Today is World Happiness Day. Rainbows make everyone smile, right?
After yesterday’s reminder of snowy times, today we’re going to warm you up with a reminder of sunny times.
This time last year…..
Another week has brought another new batch of followers across our social media mix of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Thank you to all of you. The plan is to celebrate Babbacombe Bay, to uplift and inspire you, where possible, and to keep you informed about all sorts of businesses, groups, news, offers, events and whatnot that we think you might like. We won’t inundate your timeline – quality will always be more important than quantity. Thanks so much for getting on board. Now you can sit back and relax while we bring you plenty of positivity and good vibes as we all enjoy what Babbacombe Bay has to offer.
Fabulous fun planned for Oddicombe Beach this June.
Scoopy Doos re-opens in St Marychurch
A warm moment in Tessier Gardens.
A warm and tranquil moment on Oddicombe Beach to cheer everyone on a stormy day.
The enchanting English Riviera…..
Take a walk.
Take a pew.
Take a moment.
Enjoy the view .
What a start to the day…..
Some of the lovely rooms at the Seabreeze on Babbacombe Downs have recently been updated and are looking absolutely stunning.
Check out our Facebook page for more.
Who fancies a few days away in beautiful Babbacombe Bay? The Downs, Babbacombe, has some particularly fab prices on offer for a Babbacombe Bay break over the next few weeks. Check out our Facebook page for more.
Lovely old postcard featuring Babbacombe Downs
March is going nicely so far…..
Looking forward to plenty of stunning days, in Babbacombe Bay and beyond, throughout spring….. and summer.
Blooming marvellous in Tessier Gardens today.
Not quite Babbacombe Bay, but on our doorstep. A stunning weekend on the English Riviera…..
Enjoy and explore. Oh, and wear sturdy shoes…..
Currently updating our What’s On page with some new events as we head towards spring.
Looking forward to another wonderful winter week beside the seaside in Babbacombe Bay…..
THE GREATEST SHOW! This is a special year at Babbacombe Theatre and this year’s variety show is pretty special too. “Starburst” is already receiving rave reviews! Performances are at 8.15pm every Tuesday and Wednesday right through until the end of October. Perfect for a fun night out. Ideal if you have friends or family staying. If you’re on holiday in the area make sure you book in for a brilliant Babbacombe Bay treat. Always a delight.
Babbacombe Bay is so full of great places to go and things to do. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, we have more than our fair share of great attractions on our doorstep. Today, we thought we’d remind you all about the delight that is Babbacombe Model Village. Throughout February, the opening hours are 10.30am to 4pm and there are special winter prices to take advantage of. Plus, don’t forget to get your Photo Pass on the way out giving you the opportunity to visit again FREE of charge at some point over the following seven days.
We just knew it was going to be a good week in Babbacombe Bay.
Didn’t we say so? Not only has the new show at Babbacombe Theatre started but Babbacombe Cliff Railway has now re-opened for the year, too. We know you’re a sturdy lot and happy to walk up and down the path but, just in case you need a helping hand, the railway is now running again and will do so from 9am each and every day. Thriving, vibrant Babbacombe Bay…..
It’s time for a little thank you from us. We seem to have a lovely flow of new followers joining us across all of our social media platforms and we’re very grateful. We really do appreciate it and hope you enjoy our posts. Thank you.
Delighted to add the lovely Headland View to our list of accommodation providers. Another great place to stay, fantastically located on Babbacombe Downs. Please click here to find out more.
Let the season really begin…..
The brand new show at Babbacombe Theatre opens this week with performances on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on throughout the summer and out the other side until October. Always a laugh. Always an opportunity to sing along. Always a great atmosphere. Right on our doorsteps.
Looking forward to a great week in Babbacombe Bay…..
The beautiful Babbacombe Downs is home to many great businesses – bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants, a theatre….. you get the idea. One of those businesses is The Buccaneer Inn and we are delighted that they have joined our website and social media mix. This great bar and restaurant also has rooms available to book if you’re looking for comfy, smart, fabulously located accommodation in the area. To find out more about what’s on offer visit the ‘Mmm‘ and ‘Zzz‘ pages of our website.
A very warm welcome, today, to the lovely team at Animal Health Centre in Watcombe. This fabulous veterinary practice has state-of-the-art facilities and a wonderfully friendly, professional team. Their expertise is second to none and they treat each animal with enormous care. They know that your pet is a member of the family and treat them accordingly. Open six days a week, and with an emergency hotline, so that you’re never without great advice if you’re worried (01803 313400), click here to check out their listing on our website or pop in to the surgery at 43 Moor Lane, TQ2 8NU. Consulting hours are: Monday to Friday – 9am to midday and 5pm to 7pm; Saturday – 9am to midday
Seems as though it could be a bit of a blustery Babbacombe Bay day today. Plenty of great places for a hot drink and a cosy snack but don’t forget to wear a hat and scarf if you’re out and about. Stay safe.
Planning any new projects?
This time of year is a popular one for mulling a revamp and, if you are planning anything, some electrical work may well need doing. This can be daunting. It needn’t be. Give the team at Datel Electrical Ltd a call and they will happily provide a no-obligation quote for any work that might need doing. They’re a friendly, professional bunch and will advise you on what’s best for you. So, check out their website at https://www.datelelectrical.co.uk/ or call them on 01803 874074 – they’d love to hear from you.
If you’re looking to visit Babbacombe Bay, or you live here and have friends or family wanting to stay but you’re a bit short of space, then these deals currently on offer from The Downs, Babbacombe might be just the ticket.
Book 4 nights and receive 1 additional night free – https://www.downshotel.co.uk/…/october-offer-now-extended-…/
20% off an Early Bird Easter Break – https://www.downshotel.co.uk/…/early-bird-easter-break-off…/
Winter Bike Check
Did you know that the expert team at Bay Cycles offer a FREE Winter Bike Check to make sure your bike is in top condition so that you can ride it safely?
Ideal for that extra peace of mind in this chilly weather. Bay Cycles is in St Marychurch Precinct and open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm (6.30pm on Thursdays). To book your bike in for the Winter Bike Check simply give them a call on 01803 316785 or e-mail them via the Contact page of their website. For full details of this offer plus the other servicing options available visit http://baycycles.co.uk/workshop/
Four seasons in one day. OK, so we didn’t have QUITE that much snow today but you get the idea…..
How about this for a great line up of events at Babbacombe Cliff Railway and down on Oddicombe Beach?
Wishing you all a beautiful Babbacombe Bay weekend…..
News of a fantastic event coming soon to raise money to buy a defibrillator for St Marychurch Precinct. Check out our What’s On page for more…..
Today we welcome The Downs, Babbacombe, to our website and social media mix. This award winning, family run, fully licensed, pet-friendly, guest accommodation offers 12 stylish en-suite bedrooms, delicious breakfasts and plenty more besides. We are delighted to add them to our list of Babbacombe Bay businesses.
January postcard from our latest WOW! gallery featuring some great Babbacombe Bay pictures.
Lovely winter wander…..
New WOW! gallery on our Home page. We’ve taken down the frosty delights and replaced them with a few new faves. Hope you like them https://www.babbacombebay.co.uk/
We know what a nostalgic, and rock ‘n’ roll bunch you are so we thought you might like this. For the next couple of months at the fabulous Torre Abbey Museum you can browse all sorts of amazing music memorabilia, courtesy of the infamous Lionel Digby. Why not check it out?
To find out more, including details of opening times, prices etc, check out the website at https://www.torre-abbey.org.uk/whats-on/torbay-rocks-the-lionel-digby-collection/
Delighted to be getting new Likers and Followers across our 3 social media platforms every day. If you’d like to see what we’re up to please search for @babbacombestyle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thanks very much.
Three Degrees West, on Oddicombe Beach, re-opens on Wednesday (16/1) at 9am and will then be open Wednesday to Sunday each week.
Breakfast at the beach – the perfect way to start your day.
Sparkling Babbacombe Bay winter sunshine.
Delighted to add great local business, Bay Cycles, to our website today. Check out our shopping page for more information.
Here’s to another stunning year in Babbacombe Bay…..
Babbacombe Bay Christmas postcard…..
A choppy day in the bay…..
A favourite pic from a few years ago…..
Christmas Gifts galore at Babbacombe Sailing Club’s event today. FREE admission. Open from 10am to 3pm.
Loads of great gift ideas this year at Bygones. Their shop is open every day and free to wander around so why not pop in and take a look at their excellent selection?
A little reminder of the fabulous Lunch and Matinee deal on offer from The Babbacombe Inn and Babbacombe Theatre. Just £29.95 buys you a superb 3-course Christmas Lunch and a ticket to that afternoon’s matinee. This offer is only available on Wednesday 12 December so give the Inn a call on 01803 316200 to book in.
Thought we’d update our social media profile with a super, snowy pic for a seasonal feel…..
Out and about shopping locally – so many lovely things in Portfolio Gallery, in St Marychurch
The fabulous Fiesta Red, in St Marychurch Precinct, brightening up a slightly grey day…..
A warm welcome to Wellies today – the latest business to be added to our website and social media mix. This lovely cafe/bar/bistro is right on our doorstep and serves a fabulous selection of food and drink. Click here to read more about them.
Delighted to add Fiesta Red Florist to our website today. Family run, independent local business based in St Marychurch. Click here to read more about them.
So, some serious seasonal sparkle has officially arrived in Babbacombe Bay. “Christmas Crackers” at Babbacombe Theatre is now on each Wednesday with some extra performances over Christmas as well. It only opened last week and incredible reviews are already pouring in:
“What a fantastic show. This is lots of fun and laughter, fantastic dancers, great singers and a fantastic magician. A must see for all the family”
“FAB U LOUS! What an amazing show. 5 star cast, 5 star entertainment, 5 star dancers! Will come and bring my friends just so I can watch again! Must see Christmas show. Loved it!”
It really is the perfect way to get in the festive mood. For more on this amazing show and other sparkling, seasonal goings-on in Babbacombe Bay (including a great deal on lunch at The Babbacombe Inn and a matinee performance at the theatre), please check out our Seasonal Sparkle page.
We are delighted to now have over 1500 followers across our 3 social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you to all who have followed us and, if you’d like to, please do feel free. Thanks.
So many fantastic new Christmas ideas being added to our Seasonal Sparkle page all the time.
Don’t forget to change the clocks…..
Enjoying some spectacular sunrises this month…..
Last week of Starshine at Babbacombe Theatre so if you haven’t seen it yet, you’d better hurry. Ends this Wednesday.
We are delighted to welcome John Lake Estate Agents to our Babbacombe Bay website. Established 30 years ago they certainly have plenty of local knowledge and expertise to help you find the perfect home in this stunning area.
With two offices in St Marychurch (right opposite each other) covering both their sales and lettings businesses they have a huge range of properties available in the bay and beyond. To find out more why not pop in to see them?
Or click here to visit their listing on our website.
Struggling with modern technology?
We all know someone who wants to embrace the world of current technology and communication but finds it all a bit daunting. Well, help is at hand. Paul Freathy from @PhotoMattersTorquay is now an accredited “We Are Digital Tutor” and is offering training in all aspects of computer training including e-mailing, printing, buying advice, helping set up new devices etc. All in the comfort of your own home. At just £15 per hour for local people (£15 per hour in TQ1 and £20 per hour in TQ2-5). For more information click here to visit their website. Alternatively, pop in to the shop in St Marychurch Precinct or give them a call on 01803 363312. Better still, why not buy one of their excellent vouchers for 2 hours at just £20 and give it as a Christmas gift?
As well as all the fabulous shops and businesses you can walk to and visit, Babbacombe Bay is also home to a host of thriving, vibrant home-workers creating unique and stylish products.
Today, we are delighted to introduce you to one of them – Dragonfly Handcrafted Jewellery Designs
Run by Louise Roberts from her base in Babbacombe Bay, her website is full of beautiful jewellery and fun pieces with something for all ages. To see more of her designs and find out what she’s up to take a look at her listing on our website by clicking here.
For now, here are a couple of her creations to give you a flavour…..
We love every season in Babbacombe Bay. Autumn is a stunner though…..
The Ladies Lounge
The Ladies’ Lounge is a registered charity supporting vulnerable women in Torbay. Set up three years ago by Ros Ede the Ladies’ Lounge is based in Torquay on the second floor of the Salvation Army building in Market Street. Open on Mondays from 11.30am to 2pm and Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 4pm. Run by volunteers and funded by grants and donations this vital service is proving extremely welcome to vulnerable women from all backgrounds who crave a safe, friendly environment to chat if they want to, enjoy crafts and make new friends.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved so far with the Ladies’ Lounge but there is so much more that we can do and so many more people that we can help. We help women who have suffered, or are suffering, from domestic abuse, have mental health problems, who are in recovery from different addictions, and those who are homeless. We listen, support and, if help is wanted, we can connect people with services and further support that may be of use.” She added “It is not for us to judge anyone but to listen and support. Our ladies find themselves in difficulty for all sorts of reasons. Our job is to help them through in a kind and positive way.”
Free fish and chips
The charity is always looking for new support and their most recent new supporter is David Hanbury who is giving the group free fish and chips once a month. Volunteers collect the meals and they are then enjoyed by the group in their Lounge. Fleur Barr, one of the volunteers, said “I met David recently and it turned out that Hanbury’s Fish and Chips had taken delivery of a new bin to help with litter on Babbacombe Downs. David knew that I was a keen crafter and asked if I would paint the bin for him. I was delighted. We got talking and I told him all about the Ladies’ Lounge and what we get up to. The next thing I know, he offered to give us free fish and chips once a month to help out. We were absolutely thrilled and everyone was delighted with the surprise when we arrived with hot, delicious fish and chips.” David Hanbury said “Meeting Fleur and then Ros really opened my eyes to the need for a group like this. We are all part of a big community and I think it’s incredibly important to do what we can. I am delighted to be able to provide them with some fish and chips and would encourage other businesses to have a think about what they could do to help. If they’re not sure, I’m confident that Fleur and Ros will have some ideas. They are incredible women and part of an extraordinary team offering a really important service. I take my hat off to them and think the whole community should be grateful for people like them and the time and passion they put in to this charity.”
Fleur is one of the very keen crafters within the group. Crafting is known to reduce stress and anxiety, so this is what is offered in Ladies’ Lounge, and many beautiful creations are made and taken home. Fleur said, “Making things is incredibly therapeutic and it’s amazing how people relax and chat while working on a project of some sort and gaining new skills.”
The group is looking for more business support, if possible, so are keen for any local business to get in touch if they would like to find out more. Ladies’ Lounge also need more volunteers who are willing to help with the crafting or help in the kitchen with teas and coffees and who are willing to commit to at least two sessions a month on either Monday or Wednesday. When asking Fleur what kind of volunteers were needed, she said, quite simply, “Women who are better at listening than talking.” With empathy and an ability to put people at ease being key, if anyone thinks they may like to get involved, simply visit the website at www.ladies-lounge.co.uk to find out more. The website explains a bit more about the charity and how to help as well as how to find help. The key aim of this group is to assist vulnerable women in Torbay. Ladies’ Lounge contact details are: email: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 07895 155 965. Please get in touch for a chat or pop into one of the sessions to see what they get up to.
What a stunning day in the bay…..
We simply had to tell you about this absolutely lovely new calendar from Beth at Hillfolk Illustration.
Beth creates gorgeous pictures of well-known locations in and around the English Riviera, including Babbacombe Bay.
She has created a 2019 calendar featuring these images and it’s now available to pre-order until Saturday 29 September if you click here
Buy one for yourself or as a gift for others – or both! Fabulous, unique pictures, local business, local scenes, only £12. There is no downside.
But hurry, pre-orders only available until the end of the week…..
We are now busy preparing our festive pages for the website. So, please let us know about all your sparkling plans and goings-on so that we can share them with everyone else. Thanks!
Babbacombe Bay is such a vibrant place. Very much open for business all year round, one of the treasures in the area is the fabulous Babbacombe Theatre. With a huge range of shows there really is something for everyone. Today, we have updated our What’s On page with plenty of great new bands, comedians, plays and performances to enjoy as we head into autumn.
Updated the profile picture across all of our social media accounts today. Don’t forget you can find us as Babbacombe Style on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Great seaside fun on Oddicombe Beach today as “Last Team Standing” took place. 14 teams of hardy souls dug and built then jumped on board their creations, clinging on until the tide came in. The winners were: 1st Bill Oddicombe, 2nd Moaty McMoat Face, 3rd All Things Bright and Beautiful, 4th SSG2, 5th SSG1, 6th Mutts Nuts, 7th Cape Rock, 8th Tidal Titans, 9th Hoes and Bros, 10th The Pickled Parsons, 11th Up To Our Necks, 12th DATEL, 13th Darnells Chartered Accountants, 14th 10th Torbay Scouts. Here are a few pics of some of the larks that went on:
Today we updated our Wow! front page gallery. Inspired by the fabulous summer that we’ve had we thought we’d upload a celebration of the season. Here’s a taster that we shared across our social media pages:
Tessier Gardens looking lovely in the late summer sunshine.
Enjoying the Bank Holiday Weekend
Great to see a couple of Babbacombe Bay legends featured in the September edition of Devon Life Magazine. With articles about Babbacombe Cliff Railway and Hanbury’s Fish and Chips – always nice when the word is spread a little further around the county.
Celebrating World Photography Day with one of our favourites taken early one morning on the gorgeous Oddicombe Beach.
A wander along the South West Coast Path, just around the corner from Babbacombe Bay
What a superb first ever Scarecrow Festival. The winners are as follows:
Favourite Scarecrow of the judges:
‘GONE FISHING’ Made by Zoe on St Margarets Road.
The FAVOURITE top three (as voted for by the public):
1st: Cherry Shakewell – Big Bakes Bakery
2nd: Oceania – Dita
3rd: Captain Hampton – Philip and Su on Hampton Avenue
The FUNNIEST top three:
1st: Mr Tumble Weed – The Foley Family
2nd: Crow – Fiesta Red
3rd: Frederick Fox – Richard at The Cheese Press
The SCARIEST top three:
1st: Sally Scarecrow – Fiesta Red
2nd: Captain Hampton – Philip and Su on Hampton Avenue
3rd: Deep Sea Fisherman – John Lake & Co
So many people involved and, clearly, so many people enjoying themselves out and about at this great event. As if all of that wasn’t enough, over £700 was raised for the Babbacombe Bay Bloomers who work so hard all year round keeping the bay looking stunning.
For now, here are a few of the selection that appeared…..
Glorious day on Bababcombe Downs
The Scarecrow Festival is nearly upon us. And it’s scarecrows galore as businesses, groups and individuals put their scarecrows on show for all to see. Should be great fun. This really is a great idea, incredibly well organised and is going to be fabulous fun for everyone to enjoy. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also looking to make quite a bit of money for the Babbacombe Bay Bloomers who do so much to enhance the environment here in Babbacombe Bay. There has been huge organisation behind the scenes from some passionate and enthusiastic people – that’s always a great start and huge thanks to all of them for getting this underway. And now, it’s time for everyone else to get involved.
So, here’s what you do:
1 Pick up a Scarecrow Festival pack.
Available from Precinct News, Fiesta Red, Photo Matters, The Post Office & Babbacombe Cliff Railway.
Packs are just £2.50 each and you get a great map, a list of all the scarecrows, a voting slip, some sticky smiley faces and a pen.
2 Take the trail, find all the scarecrows, and pick your favourite, the scariest and the funniest.
3 Take your voting slip to the special scarecrow outside Fiesta Red before Monday 6 August.
A bright and cheerful St Marychurch Precinct this morning…..
Everyone knows Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips. It has, after all, been supplying fish and chips to locals and holidaymakers alike since 1982. But, there’s now a new addition to the repertoire, in the form of Hanbury’s Amber Ale. After setting up a micro brewery on site, the new Hanbury’s Ale has been perfected and is now on sale in bottles and on draft.
David Hanbury said:
“We are delighted to have our very own ale. My son, Stephen, was keen for us to try brewing some ale. It has been a great project for us to work on together and the finished article is delicious. We wanted to create a tasty beer in its own right but, as you might expect, something that worked perfectly with fish and chips. We believe we’ve done exactly that.”
What would usually be called a micro brewery, David says that theirs is in fact a mini micro brewery, producing 35 litre batches at a time. This new ale is 4.7% and available exclusively from Hanbury’s Restaurant and Takeaway and, in the few weeks that it has been on sale, has proved incredibly popular. In fact, as the takeaway is now licensed to sell alcohol it has all sorts of great drinks to accompany your fish and chips. With a brand new fridge in the takeaway you can order your fish and chips and then decide what you fancy to drink with it.
David added “I’ve been in business in Babbacombe for the past 36 years. It’s a great place to live and work and I’ve always believed in introducing new ideas and developing the business wherever possible. This new venture is exciting for all the team and one we are hoping our customers will approve of and, indeed, enjoy.”
The labels on each bottle feature a design by Liz Jones. If you’ve ever eaten at Hanbury’s you’ll be familiar with her work as the placemats and fridge magnets feature her lovely paintings depicting fun on Babbacombe Downs and many of her pictures adorn the walls of the Restaurant. So, although this is a new venture for Hanbury’s, the quality, passion and sense of being an important part of this great, family business, is very obvious. The team is now planning a Hanbury’s lager, too, so watch this space…..
Although the beaches have been full of people having a great time, this is a look across the bay at a somewhat more tranquil moment.
Summer going on and on…..
Another stunning day in Babbacombe Bay – it’s wall to wall sunshine out there…..
New listing on-line for the lovely shop at Bygones – full of interesting retro and vintage gift ideas.
Beautiful day at Babbacombe Cliff Railway
Great fun on Oddicombe Beach this weekend
Another lovely new business added to our website – the lovely Scoopy Doo’s. Check out our Mmm section for plenty of great ideas on where to find tasty treats to eat in Babbacombe Bay.
Summer has arrived at Babbacombe Cliff Railway and so the railway is now running from 9am to 6pm. That’s an extra hour on the beach every day.
Such a lovely day in Babbacombe Bay today. So much beautiful sunshine so far in May.
Cliff Railway Day is being held at Babbacombe Cliff Railway on Saturday 12 May. Looks like a fun, family day out.
1.5.18 – STUNNING NEW LIGHTS AT BABBACOMBE CLIFF RAILWAY
Babbacombe Cliff Railway now has lights meaning that occasional evening running is possible. They will also be handy for dull, gloomy, foggy days to brighten up this historic attraction.
30.4.18 – BEAUTIFUL EVENING IN BABBACOMBE BAY
Not really news but just a picture of a lovely evening stroll along the Downs.
28.4.18 – BEAUTIFUL BABBACOMBE BAY PRINT
These gorgeous prints from Beth at Hillfolk Illustrations are available to buy on-line so why not take a look? There are loads of other great, local illustrations too….. Click here to check them out.
24.4.18 – ODDICOMBE BEACH & BABBACOMBE CLIFF RAILWAY UPDATE
Babbacombe Cliff Railway is closed Tuesday and Wednesday (24 and 25 April) and will be open at midday on Thursday and Friday before returning to normal 9am opening hours on Saturday 28 April. Three Degrees West bar and bistro on Oddicombe Beach is open every day so why not wander down the path to the beach instead? Yes, it’s a bit of a slog on the way back but you can do it!
24.4.18 – NEW LISTING ON BABBACOMBE BAY WEBSITE
A warm Babbacombe Bay welcome to ProSecure Locksmiths. Covering the whole of Babbacombe Bay – whatever your lock, key and security needs are then give them a call for a chat and a quote. They’re 24 hour too! So, when you lock yourself out and don’t know quite what to do, maybe give them a shout. Click here to find out more.
22.4.18 – BEAUTIFUL SPRING PLANTING ON BABBACOMBE DOWNS
These fabulous borders just get better every time we pass by.