Each year Torbay hosts a number of different festivals with more being added all the time!

There is always something happening so check out our guide to what’s on here or for a more broad view have a look below for what may be on during your visit. Should you see anything that you find of interest, please call us on 01803293381 so our friendly staff can talk you through what deals are available, or have a look for yourself here.


The International Agatha Christie Festival

Based at Torre Abbey the International Agatha Christie Festival is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading literary festivals.


14th- 18th September.

Paignton Regatta 2016

Paignton Regatta is a good old-fashioned week of traditional seaside fun, mainly taking place on and around Paignton Green.

6th- 14th August.

Torbay Carnival Week

You may be surprised to know that Torbay Carnival has been running for over 100 years.
It was originally held on one night – procession night – but over the years we have grown and now we run over nine days of free entertainment for all the family. We do all this to help raise money for local charities and organisations.
These roads will be closed while the procession is on route.


23rd- 31st July.

Torbay Steam Fair

Torbay Steam Fair is now one of the biggest events on the English Riviera events calendar and attracts visitors from far and wide.
Situated just outside Brixham on the main A3022, this 3 day event is a must for all the family.
Come and view the wonderful working steam engines, vintage, and classic cars, lorries, military displays, market stalls and so much more.

5th- 7th August.

Torbay Royal Regatta

Torbay Royal Regatta will take place between Friday 19th August and Wednesday 24th August inclusive.

19th- 24th August.

English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament

Following on from the success of previous tournaments, we are delighted once again to welcome all competitors, their families and friends to the English Riviera. We are sure the prospect of playing on the greens overlooking the delightful settings of Torbay is one of the reasons many competitors attend year after year.


19th- 26th June.

Brixham Pirate Festival

A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment!

30th April- 2nd May.

Babbacombe Rotary Fair

Babbacombe Downs comes alive with this wonderful community and charity based event.

15th June.

Geopark Festival

Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark at this years Geopark Festival . A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay.

28th May- 5th June.

Fishstock Brixham

Fishstock Brixham, the English Riviera’s renowned urban music and seafood festival takes place at the new Fish Quay on Brixham’s picturesque fishing harbour.

10th September.

BMAD Motorbike Festival

Since its creation, the festival has grown into a major event attracting locals, visitors and bikers from all across the country. All in the name of charity, the festival features live music, stunts, a beer tent, more stalls than you can shake a Harley Davison at and the stars of the show: the motorbikes.

29th April- 1st May.


Temporary Closure until 30th April – COVID 19 

In line with government advice about avoiding non-essential travel, and the increased risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must announce that Balmoral will temporarily close.

The closure will initially be until Thursday 30th April 2020 inclusive. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from the appropriate authorities, and we will only reopen when it is clear that it is safe to do so. If this means that we have to extend the closure beyond 30th April, we will ensure we update you.

What this means is that we will now have to defer all bookings for anyone who was planning to visit us during this closure period.

Rebook for a future date: We very much look forward to the day when all of this is over and we can welcome you back to the Balmoral – With this in mind, we are looking upon this as a postponement, not a cancellation. We very much hope you will want to postpone your holiday and rearrange it for a later date. You can therefore move your booking to any available date this year, we will retain your deposit to be used against this amended booking. If you elect to move your booking to a date with a different seasonal rate, we will need to charge you the new rate, which may be higher or lower, depending on which season you choose.

If you have booked with a voucher then we can move your booking to another off-peak period – which will now be the Autumn. (October onwards) 

 We appreciate that this will be disappointing news for all those who enjoy staying with us,  We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances .

If you have a another date you would like to transfer your booking to please email us at contact@thehotelbalmoral.co.uk 

 We will only be taking a limited number of calls during this time. 

Please stay safe everyone and we are looking forward very much to the day, when we can throw open our doors to you all and welcome you back into the warmth and comfort of Balmoral  And when we do, we can assure you that it will be a time to remember