Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens has teamed up with Play Torbay, a local leading provider of free play activities, to bring the Torre Abbey History Quest.
Suitable for children over four years old, the Torre Abbey History Quest was devised by young people and is a quest with artists based around the 800 years of history of the Abbey – all in a playful way.

It tells the thrilling story of Torre Abbey’s involvement in the dissolution of the monasteries, the Spanish Armada up to the present day with beastly battles, and stories of captured prisoners and amazing myths. Torre Abbey History Quest is packed with quizzes and challenges, sketches and songs bringing to life the thrilling and horrible histories of Torre Abbey.

Cllr Nicole Amil, Executive Lead for Tourism, Culture and Harbours, said: “Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens is the heritage jewel in Torbay’s crown and it is fantastic to have Play Torbay host this event here. The Abbey is steeped in history and tells many stories in an interesting and contemporary way, so it is wonderful to see children embracing this in a fun and educational way.”

Tanny Stobart, Play Torbay’s Director and project manager for the Torre Abbey History Quest, said: “This is an amazing adventure for all participants, supported by the Youth Cultural Partnership, FUNk in the Bay and local artists, involving Torre Abbey’s history, songs and music, drama, arts and crafts, digital animation and lots of fun - simply unmissable!”

The programme is being delivered by Torre Abbey, Play Torbay’s FUNk in the Bay and local artists. Young people worked with the local artists Hugh Nankivell, India Isaac from Dramatically Different Theatre, Sarah Bell from Pop-Up Torbay and Kate Green, independent Community Artist to design the Torre Abbey History Quest.

Performance dates and times

  • 28, 29, 30 July
  • 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 August

Families: 2pm to 4pm for families

Organisations: 10am to 1pm for organisations (see concessions)

Ticket prices

  • Adults – £5
  • Children (5 to 15) – £3.50 Under fives FREE (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Reduced prices for group bookings

For more information and to book please call Play Torbay office on 01803 850157.

For further information please contact: Angela Cappello, Communications Officer on 01803 208851.


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