Torquay

Stagecoach SW announces major uplift to bus services

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/07/2020 - 10:39pm

Stagecoach South West has announced that, in light of the recent government announcement to relax retail restrictions, from 14th June 2020 they will be introducing a major uplift to their services with some of routes returning to their normal timetables. The bus operator has confirmed changes have been made on board their vehicles to enable social distancing to take while travelling with them. To allow passengers to travel safely, some of their seats are blocked off to enable people to sit at least 2 metres away from each other.

Mike Watson, Managing Director of Stagecoach South...

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 03/31/2020 - 1:52pm

Living Coasts, in Torquay, famous for its penguins, has helped inspire a novelist to write a book featuring penguins – published by Penguin.

The novel, by Exmoor-based writer Hazel Prior, is called Away With The Penguins. Living Coasts' Senior Keeper, Jason Keller, helped Hazel with her research into hand-rearing baby penguins.

Away With The Penguins has been described as a life-affirming adventure featuring a cranky older lady and a lot of very engaging penguins. Living Coasts spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We’re used to people carrying out research here – but it’s...

Zoo keepers get fish to clean their own aquarium

Zoo keepers get fish to clean their own aquarium

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 03/06/2020 - 7:03am

Ingenious aquarists at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have trained strange fish to help clean their tank of a naturally-occurring pest.

Filefish, or leatherjackets, have been introduced into the charity zoo’s large stingray tank to help control an invasive anemone.

Aquarist Tom Fielding: “Aiptasia is a common temperate and tropical sea anemone. It comes in through our filtration system when seawater is drawn from the Bay. It’s regarded as a pest in saltwater aquariums because it can multiply rapidly and compete for food and space and occasionally even...

Doh! Homer’s keepers are seeing double…

Doh! Homer’s keepers are seeing double…

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 03/05/2020 - 11:00am

Keepers at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, had to do a double-take recently when they discovered that European common lobster Homer had moulted for the first time in two years.

Aquarist Sam Worthington was particularly pleased, as it was the first time he’d moulted in her time at the charity zoo: “This exoskeleton is almost perfect - right down to the antennae and the eyes. Lobsters moult their protective outer shells in order to grow. It’s hard work – some die of exhaustion in the process. It’s made of chitin, a natural polymer related to glucose, which plays a similar role...

New partnership to help  Bay’s underwater rainforest

New partnership to help Bay’s underwater rainforest

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 - 10:28am

Two local names with international reputations are joining forces to help a very special - but largely unknown - species. Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, is linking up with Valeport, the Totnes-based underwater measuring instrumentation specialists.

The focus of their partnership is seagrass, a remarkable plant that flowers underwater and forms dense meadows in shallow coastal areas. These meadows capture carbon at a greater rate than tropical forests, making them important in combating climate change. Like coral reefs and rainforests, these underwater gardens...

Festive food fun with Santa

Festive food fun with Santa

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 12/02/2019 - 10:41am

They say you shouldn’t play with your food – but at Living Coasts this Christmas, that’s exactly what kids are being encouraged to do.

The coastal zoo’s Breakfast with Santa event features food, presents – and penguins.

Living Coasts spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Children get a pancake to decorate. They can choose from things like banana, strawberries, chocolate drops, cream and syrup – they can draw a snowman or a penguin or Santa Claus himself – or they can just pile it all on and eat it!”

Santa will personally give every child a present, and then – as this is...

The Kitley House Hotel team celebrate a double win at the Devon Tourism Awards 2019

Gold and silver for Kitley House Hotel in Devon Tourism Awards

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Fri, 11/29/2019 - 5:34pm

Kitley House Hotel is celebrating winning Gold and Silver in the prestigious Devon Tourism Awards 2019. The four* hotel was delighted to win Gold as ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ against stiff competition from other leading businesses, and also scooped Silver in the ‘Business Events Venue’ category.

Kitley House Hotel received its two sparkling Dartington Crystal trophies at the Riviera Centre in Torquay on Thursday 28th November.

The Awards saw a record of 240 entries across 27 different categories, with 167 entrants - including Kitley - receiving judge visits as part of a...

Living Coasts - everyone's local zoo

Living Coasts - everyone's local zoo

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:23am

We all love local. Local is about communities and families and neighbourhoods. Eating local reduces food miles. Shopping local stimulates the economy. Visiting local is great for attractions on your doorstep.

The weekend of 16th and 17th November is Locals’ Weekend at Living Coasts, when local people can visit Torquay’s coastal zoo for half price. On this occasion, local means anyone in the TQ and EX post codes. So you can live in Axminster (EX13), 48 miles from Torquay; Bude (EX23) – 74 miles away; or Lynton (EX35), a whopping 85 miles away, and still be local.

Living...

Trust announces star patrons

Trust announces star patrons

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 10/02/2019 - 10:47am

A major South West conservation charity has announced its patrons. Both are star names regionally and nationally.

Naturalist Nick Baker and broadcaster Judi Spiers have been unveiled as patrons of Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall.

These are the first patrons that the Trust, previously known as Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, has ever had. Executive Director Simon Tonge said: “We are very proud to announce Nick and Judi as patrons of Wild Planet Trust. We’re extremely grateful for their support...

Mussel in on seafood at Living Coasts

Mussel in on seafood at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:39pm

England’s Seafood Coast is hosting England’s Seafood FEAST – and Torquay’s coastal zoo has a seat at the table.

Of course, seafood is always on the menu at Living Coasts – the penguins, seals and others all love fish. Penguins eat sprats, for example, seals eat mackerel. Guests, meanwhile, can try a local delicacy – mussels.

Spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “As part of England’s Seafood FEAST, Living Coasts is inviting people to enjoy fresh local mussels, accompanied by the panoramic views of the Terrace Café. And the food miles are almost non-existent, as the mussels come...

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