A new type of arts event is coming to South Devon this September. The Tale will guide you on a journey of discovery around the coastal area of Torbay – from the streets of Torquay, through hidden coves and historic harbours, to the quarry of Berry Head Nature Reserve.


Along the way, you’ll encounter artworks and performances by artists of international acclaim, made especially for Torbay. Inspired by the ideas of writer Philip Hoare, whose boyhood experiences of Torbay shaped his future, The Tale offers the chance to experience the hidden stories, sounds and dreams of the bay like never before.


An adventurous arts event for explorers of all ages. 


“ If this is the new normal, I want some.”


The Guardian, on Situations 2015


“Those childhood visits, the impossible glamour, my aspirations. The bay opened up like the theatre of my dreams. Dark caverns, bright lights, cold water. Being lost and found in such a place, then finding it again. Always changing, always staying the same. And always the sea, fearful and fantastical: The thrill of it all.”

Philip Hoare


The Tale will take place over three long weekends in September: 8-10 Sept,

15-17 Sept, 22-24 Sept 2017.


A ticket to The Tale opens up a journey like no other. As the journey begins, you’ll discover where The Tale will take you. You just need to decide how you’d like to experience it:


THE METEOR: The Tale one-day pass

Take in all that The Tale offers in one day – starting before noon and concluding with a performance as the sun begins to set – Friday, Saturday or Sunday.


THE WANDERER: The Tale two-day pass

Choose to take in The Tale, the towns, coves and beaches at a more leisurely pace over two days starting on Friday or Saturday.


THE DIVER: The Tale with added extras

Immerse yourself in The Tale over two days, plus add in artist talks, wild swims or a masterclass.


Tickets: £15.00 – £22.50

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