Babbacombe Theatre

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A valuable asset to the English Riviera the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, is renowned for wowing audiences with their highly acclaimed family variety shows, performed with professional casts, throughout the year.

‘Fabulous’ is the word most used in reviews on TripAdvisor, Google, and the venues social media pages for their annual seasonal shows, staged from February to January. Albeit as Devon’s Number 1 Theatre (as rated by TripAdvisor), the venue also plays host to quality touring shows throughout the year.

Babbacombe's Heart, Art & History

Although bands had performed during the summer on the site where Babbacombe Theatre now stands, since the 1920’s it wasn't until 1938 that the Babbacombe Downs Concert Hall was built.

The very first concert was staged on the afternoon of 27th May 1939 with the Earnest Gross Municipal Orchestra and BBC Baritone John Steabben, followed that evening by the opening night of the first summer show, Cabaret Revels with tickets at 3/-, 2/- and 6d. The first Sunday concert on 4th June was broadcast live on BBC radio.

With the advent of World War II, it was not long before entertainment had to give way to more important uses and the auditorium became a lecture hall for the air crew trainees of the RAF.

After which the theatre hosted many years of successful summer shows and built a reputation for hosting household names on the threshold of their careers, including Bruce Forsyth, David Nixon, Ted Rogers, Ray Allen, Norman Vaughan and Roy Hudd.

Variety & comedy remains the top od the bill

Since 1986 when Matpro Limited took over the venue, the theatre has been the recipient of umpteen awards. These include TripAdvisor’s Award of Excellence, Hall of Fame, and the Travellers Choice award. They are the Best of the Best, so you can feel confident that a night at the Babbacombe Theatre will deliver on the ENTERTAINMENT factor!

Along with their own 5 star annual productions, the Babbacombe boards has welcomed many iconic performers, they have included, Jason Manford, Jim Davidson, David Baddiel, Tim Vine, Chris McCausland, G4, BGT Finalist, Ben Nickless and Steve Hewlett as well as several casts’ members from the All Star Drag & Ru Paul TV shows, and this season Henning Wehn, Dean Friedman, Snooker Legends, Steve Davis, John Parrott, Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty and John Virgo, with ABC front man Martin Fry adding to that list, to name just a few!

The venues strong team promises to keep on doing what they enjoy doing best and that is to, ENTERTAIN you!

Make it a night to remember at Babbacombe!

Arrive a little earlier than you need to, you’ll understand why when you get there, the location boasts the most remarkable views.

Whether you have sat and watched the world go by over Lyme Bay, or tucked into a delicious preshow meal as you meander into the theatre to enjoy the show of your choice, feeling content, expect a warm welcome as you take your seat in the intimate 600-seater auditorium, where the stage is never far away

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Available to 16 October 2024
Babbacombe Downs Road,
TQ1 3LU,
United Kingdom TQ1 3LU
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How to Find Us

Babbacombe Theatre is situated on the beautiful Babbacombe Downs, in Babbacombe, Torquay; located only 5 minutes away from Torquay’s harbour side.

Bus Route:
Service 12 from Brixham, Paignton or Newton Abbot. Disembark at The Pavilion. Then walk to Debenhams (2 mins) and board service 22 and ask for Babbacombe Downs, you will be dropped on Babbacombe Road, just opposite Babbacombe Downs Road and the theatre is only a 3 minute walk. You can also board service 22 from Paignton Bus Station, which will also disembark on Babbacombe Road.

Car Parking:
There is restricted on road parking however, there are numerous pay and display car parks within walking distance. WALLS HILL CAR PARK, behind The Divers Arms on Babbacombe Downs Road (5 minute walk). PRINCES STREET CAR PARK, between Babbacombe Road and Babbacombe Downs Road- one way only accessible via Babbacombe Road, next to Hanburys Fish Restaurant (3-5 minute walk). MODEL VILLAGE CAR PARK, Hampton Road (10 minute walk).

Travelling by car via M5:
Continue forward on to the A38 from Exeter Services (junction 30).
At Kennford services take the left hand lane signposted A380 signposted Torquay and remain southward bound until you reach Newton Abbot (A380) travelling on Besigheim Way.
At roundabout take 2nd exit onto Torquay Road, continue through Kingskerswell.
At the next roundabout take the 1st exit forward onto Riviera Way (A3022).
At the third set of traffic lights at Lawes Bridge take left hand lane and turn left onto B3199 signposted Teignmouth.
At Hele Cross Roundabout, take 2nd exit onto Hele Road, at mini roundabout turn left and immediate on next mini roundabout take 1st right onto Westhill Road, signposted Plainmoor.
At traffic signals turn left on to Manor Road signposted St. Marychurch/Babbacombe (A379)
Next traffic signals turn right onto Babbacombe Road the A379
Turn Left on Babbacombe Downs Road.

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Babbacombe Theatre is situated on the beautiful Babbacombe Downs, in Babbacombe, Torquay; located only 5 minutes away from Torquay’s harbour side. It is easily accessible from other resorts on the English Riviera, Paignton and Brixham, both by car and public transport.

When travelling from Teigmouth, Dawlish, Shaldon or even as far as Exeter, the theatre is best located by first following signs to Torquay and then once entering Torquay following signs to Babbacombe. The A379, Babbacombe Road, is the road that runs from Torquay harbour up to the area of Babbacombe.

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