Events

Sat 22 July 2017 at 4pm, Torre Abbey, Torquay

Event: “Mild Swimming”   with Matt and Sophie 22/7/17

Love swimming but feel a bit nervous about venturing into the sea, lakes and rivers? Join us for a fun afternoon in beautiful Torquay.  We’ll  share our tips and experiences in a short illustrated talk at Torre Abbey, with some amazing images to inspire your adventurous soul.

The talk will cover how to stay safe, how to assess a swimming spot, including information on things like tides, currents and winds, and how to find other local swimmers to buddy up with. Importantly, it will also cover other crucial “mild swimming” essentials including having a laugh and eating lots of cake!

Then we’ll take a ten minute walk to a secret wild swim spot which features stunning caves and rock formations. There, guided by us and other experienced aquatic explorers, you will get a sense of the fantastic possibilities of swimming in the great outdoors.  The event will also be the perfect opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow future swim buddies!
Important: you MUST be a confident general swimmer.
The event is undertaken at your own risk and there is no safety cover.  Bring wet shoes or old trainers to swim in as there are rocks.
Cost: £10 per person to include a copy of our lavishly illustrated book “Beyond the Beach: the Secret Wild Swims of Torbay”.

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Approximate programme:  4pm: talk, 4:30, questions/discussions, 4:45 leave Torre Abbey, ten minute walk to swim destination.
Also, if you arrive early you can visit The Maritime Memories Machine, a pop-up ‘ice-cream van’ which will be parked in front of Torre Abbey from 10am till 4pm. The MMM is touring the UK over the summer, promoting the National Maritime Museum. You can take part in creative activities and events and include your voice in a new Gallery at the Museum called ‘Sea Things.’ They will capture people’s stories of their connection to the sea and seaside memories to create a picture of our current island nation and its history. You can also expect song performances, story-telling, mini-dramas, performance poetry or collective crafting. All activities are free.

17 September 2017

11am – 1pm – Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

Event: To the sea: time to swim

Matt and Sophie will be leading a swim and talking about swimming in the early twentieth century in Torbay, as part of the Agatha Christie Festival 2017.

More details here.