Draw on the walls at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:15am

New technology at Torquay’s coastal zoo means you can colour in a sea creature and see it come to life in front of your eyes.

The coastal conservation charity has installed an electronic wall where drawings are turned into animations. It’s the first time tech of this kind has been seen in the UK.

Guests can colour one of a range of marine creatures, including tropical fish, seahorses and rays, scan them and then interact with them thanks to Draw Alive.

Trunk in charge!

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 10/01/2018 - 8:25am

A charity beer has raised an elephantine sum for wildlife conservation. Bays Brewery helped generate £3,282 by selling a special beer – Trunk Ale - on behalf of wildlife charity Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

Paignton Zoo supports environmental education in the Omo Forest of south-western Nigeria, where the elusive forest elephant still survives. The Zoo has been funding work there since 2008.

Chamber Opera Tours bring Jane Austen's Persuasion: A Musical Drama to Devon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 08/29/2018 - 9:09pm

Barbara Landis, artistic director of Chamber Opera Tours, found Jane Austen’s language so perfect that it begged to be adapted to theatrical lyrics. The adapted original musical drama of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which first premiered at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago in 2011, has been touring internationally since 2013.  

This summer, Chamber Opera Tours will arrive in Paignton to perform a one-night-only performance at the Palace Theatre on 22 September at 7.30pm, on the heels of several performances at the 2018 Jane Austen Festival in Bath.

Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A Musical Drama

Event Date: 
22/09/2018 - 7:30pm
The Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF

Chamber Opera Tours presents Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A Musical Drama

One  performance only on Saturday, 22 September at 7.30pm

Following performances at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, Chamber Opera Tours is thrilled to bring its original musical adaptation to the Palace Theatre in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion. 

Devon home care company receives highest national accolade

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 05/17/2018 - 6:27am

A Devon home care service has been rated outstanding for the quality of care and support it provides to vulnerable people.

Bay Care has received the highest accolade from the Care Quality Commission after an inspection carried out in March.

The 100-strong team at the Paignton-based company were praised for the quality of the service provided across Torbay and the South Hams, with the commission proclaiming the company to be an ‘excellent role model’ for the caring professions.

Spotting the betcherygarr

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:03am

Most people visit Paignton Zoo to see rare and unusual animals - species they may never have seen before from exotic habitats around the world. So it comes as a surprise to discover that the star of Paignton Zoo’s new guest encounter is also the world’s most popular pet bird – the budgie.

The Australian budgerigar may seem like an odd choice for a Zoo talk. Group Education Manager Steve Nash explains why sometimes it’s the familiar species that can reveal the biggest surprises:

Zoo breeds lizard of many names

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:07am

Paignton Zoo has just bred a rare and unusual lizard for the very first time.

The Solomon Islands skink is also known as the prehensile-tailed skink, or the monkey-tailed skink… or the giant skink… or the monkey skink… or even the zebra skink Whatever you call it, this is one extraordinary creature.

Blue is (still) the colour…

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 03/07/2018 - 1:17pm

Paignton Zoo was founded by an eccentric millionaire who was obsessed with the colour blue - so he'd be delighted with this latest success.

Thousands of canines head to Exeter for dog show

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:38pm

British and Irish native dog breeds, including some very rare ones, will be among the almost 6,000 dogs which will descend on Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter from 5th - 8th August for the popular Paignton Championship Dog Show – the largest event of its kind in Devon and among the biggest in the UK.

The show will see more than 200 breeds and their owners from all over the UK and beyond compete in a bid to qualify for the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham next March.

Play time! Pup’s new toy makes a splash

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:23pm

A happy youngster in Torquay plays in the water with her new toy…

This is Gemini, the two-year-old fur seal pup at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo. Her new toy was custom made by dry suit manufacturers O'Three Ltd. of Portland, in Dorset.

Kiesha Summers, from O'Three, explained: “We supplied Living Coasts with dry suits. When we came to visit, both the penguins and Gemini were fascinated by the neoprene hoods – and this gave us an idea. Our clever seamstresses covered a football in 1.5mm double lined Neoprene with a small Velcro opening for a pump.”