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Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Here at the Buckingham Lodge guest house we pride ourselves on providing comfortable beds and a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day. Our food is, as far as possible, sourced locally to reduce food miles, but we do use our local cash and carry for some non edible products. After much searching we have found a lovely farm near Exeter which is now supplying us with fresh, free range eggs.

However during the summer months when we were very busy, I became very disheartened with our regular sausage provider, the sausages, had become much smaller during cooking and had a "wheaty" taste and texture. The hunt begain for a locally prepared tasty breakfast sausage, nothing worse than a naff sausage with your brekkie!

Well, after much tasting and deliberation we are pleased to say that we have discovered Westaways, a local award winning sausage maker based at Newton Abbot with feedback from our guests for the honeyroast sausages being very positive.

So if you do decide to stay with us in Torquay and sample our lovely breakfast please feel free to give us feedback on any other ingredients we use.

And dont forget we can cater for all different dietary requirements.

Category: General
Posted by: nicky
If you're interested in nature and would like to combine an interesting evening with a break in Torquay then this event is for you. The popular presenter, Chris Packham from the popular BBC series SpringWatch comes to Exeter’s Northcott Theatre on Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm. Chris will captivate with his latest exquisite collection of images. Through his talent and passion for wildlife photography, he captures on camera perfect moments in time and space – raw emotion, beauty and perfection. Devon Wildlife Trust will also be there – telling theatre-goers about its vital work for local nature.
Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Torquay along with many other towns and cities across the UK is preparing to embark on celebrations to mark national Purple Flag Week, a week of events to showcase the quality, diversity and vibrancy of our evening and night-time economy.

The action-packed Purple Flag Week, which runs from the 22nd through until the 30th September, is part of the Purple Flag accreditation scheme, a town and city centre award - similar to the Blue Flag for beaches. Events taking place throughout the country across the week will highlight the contribution the night-time economy makes to local communities and the UK as a whole, while also seeking to challenge the common negative, stereotypical perceptions about the safety and quality of our town and city centres during the evening.

Here in Torquay we will be celebrating with the Mayor raising our Purple Flag on Friday 21st September, at Torquay Harbourside with a small ceremony. On Saturday 22nd September we will be holding an all-day free family event. With live music acts, a family Punch and Judy show, a face painter creating Purple designs, market stalls and a very distinctive Purple colour theme and decorations. The fun starts from 11am and the event is being held on Vaughan Parade.

The Purple Flag programme is run by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM), Philip Kolvin QC, Chairman of the Purple Flag Board commented, “Purple Flag Week is a fantastic way to showcase the best that our towns and cities have to offer and the important role that the evening economy plays in our local communities. Thirty-one towns and cities across the country have already been awarded a Purple Flag accreditation and we hope that the events taking place up and down the land will encourage many other centres to get involved. With the support of Government, the police, local businesses and our sponsors Diageo Great Britain, Purple Flag is effectively challenging the negative perceptions of our urban areas at night time and is helping us all to celebrate the quality, diversity and vibrancy on offer in our towns and cities.”
Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Need a big house for Christmas or New Year? The Buckingham Lodge is available for self catering rental for up to 18 people in comfort. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms some with bath and shower and on a self catering basis you will also have full access to the dining room and kitchen. There is a bar for you to stock with your own alcohol or we can offer a package of drinks dependant on your requirements.

Christmas in Torquay is special with pantomines galore, Santa on the Steam Train, switching on of the Christmas Lights and so much more. With our milder climate, it is an ideal location to spend Christmas with family and loved ones.

For more details contact us on 01803 293538 and speak to Nicky or Steve.
Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Well after 50 years of campaigning and waiting the approval for a bypass around Kingkerswell has been approved and anyone who has travelled down to Torquay will know how congested the road from Newton Abbott to Torquay gets, especially in the Summertime.

This long awaited route into Torquay will be constructed by the company Galiford Try who built the retractable roof over Wimbledon to enable continuous play and is due to commence Autumn 2012 with completion sometime in 2015.

Recently we had two environmentalists staying at the Buckingham Lodge whose job it was to erect fencing the whole length of the new bypass in order to identify, capture and safely release any frogs, newts, toads etc which would otherwise be disturbed during the construction.

Su[porters of the road feel this new construction will boost the areas economy, creating approximately 11,000 jobs, 1,000 of which will be in tourism.

One things for sure it will certainly be easier for visitors to come and stay at our lovely guest house and visit the sites and attractions of the English Riviera, Devon.

see you soon.
Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Kents Cavern on the English Riveria Torquay is one of the most important historical sites in the UK and has been explored by archeologists and scientists since 1571, it is thought to be the oldest dwelling for mankind in the United Kingdom. A great day out for everybody, with special events such as a visit from Santa at Christmas on 9th December and also events taking place over the half term holiday with Martha the Witch and a pumpkin trail.

We have special accommodation rates for half term why not stay and visit this amazing attraction. Contact us on 01803 293538 or email stay@buckinghamlodge.co.uk

17/09: special deal

Category: General
Posted by: nicky
September is proving to be quite a sunny, dry month, unlike August. And now the children have gone back to school why not take advantage and come away for a quiet, relaxing two night break at the Buckingham Lodge on the English Riviera Torquay, www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk

Your two night break will be for two people at £60 per night to include a scrumptious breakfast to set you up for the day. We offer a large variety from cereals, yoghurts, toast, fruit, muffins through to our 7 item English cooked breakfast with lighter options.

click here for our special page.

http://www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk/specials.html

16/09:

Category: General
Posted by: nicky
The Riveria Wheel has been sited from the Olympic Park to the harbour at Torbay Torquay. The views from this wheel are amazing on a lovely sunny day and it has proved to be very popular as we had to queue for roughly 15 minutes. The wheel is taller than Nelson's column at 60 metres and gives 360 degree views over Torquay, and across to Paington, and further afield to Brixham and Berry Head.

the wheel has 40 gondolas each able to carry 6 passengers and whilst rotating you can listen to either music, a history of Torbay and events and attractions in the area.

The price is a realistic £5 each with a 10% saving if booking on line.

http://www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on/english-riviera-wheel-p1423653
Category: General
Posted by: keith
The Agatha Christie Festival continues in Torquay today:

Treasure Hunt 10.00am at The Little Theatre
Cream Tea and Conversation at the Princess Theatre 5.15pm
Agatha Christie Mile Bus Tour with Supper 6.30pm
Strychnine Ballroom 8.00pm at Torre Abbey

More Details
Category: General
Posted by: keith
The Agatha Christie Festival continues in Torquay until Sunday.
Murder Mystery Dinner tonight at Churston Court
Or, Agatha Christie Mile Evening Bus Tour with Supper
More details: www.englishriviera.co.uk/agathachristie/agatha-christie-festival

Visiting Torquay for the weekends events? Stay at the Buckingham Lodge Guest House: www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk
The perfect central location for all the Agatha Christie Festival events.