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Newton Abbot Racecourse Fixtures


What’s On South Devons top journalist, Paul Murphy, went for a day at Newton Abbot Racecourse recently and here is what he thought!…..

I hadn’t visited Newton Abbot Racecourse for many years since my family used to take me as a child but last Saturday I threw back the sands of time and took my two sons for a ‘Day at the Races’. It was great to see the development of the racecourse itself at Newton Abbot and the area around the course has also had a nice refurbishment with a new pub at the main gate and lots of parking for race goers.

I drove the car onto the course and was warmly welcomed by many smiling faces who were more than happy to help. The course itself looked in great condition and I was happy to see the hurdles have become a bit kinder to the horses with the twigs being replaced by a softer material. The buzz and excitement was tangible as I remembered it was back some 30 yrs ago, and the horses themselves and the skilful jockeys put on a great show during the races to bring cheers from keen race goers looking to beat the bookies. On a personal note I never had one winner but my sons picked a couple between them and gave the whole day a big thumbs up. They had great facilities on site with a large bar area and a wonderful family play area which catered for the younger children.

There are still four race meetings left at Newton Abbot to complete their calendar and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a varied fun day out, they even have two fantastic stands in case the autumn weather takes a turn for the worse. It must be noted that it is free entry for children aged 16 and under and for students its free entry on production of valid student photographic ID card and also betting starts from as little as £1 so it’s not just for the big betters. For dates of upcoming meetings please refer to the racecourses website Please also check our What’s On & Events Guide.

All in all a super family day out!


Live at Heartlands is coming…..12th – 14th September















Live at Heartlands is coming… bringing real rock and roll to the heart of Cornwall across 3 days from 12th – 14th September. This three-day music extravaganza will be the first large-scale live music event ever to be held at Heartlands. With a jaw-dropping line up of over 50 bands, this is an event not to be missed. Headliners include a mix of authentic sounds distinct to the late 70s, 80s and early 90s: Ali Campbell’s UB40 ft Astro and Mickey, The Boomtown Rats, and Happy Mondays.

Supporting the headliners at Cornwall’s newest music festival will be Peter Hook and The Light (of Joy Division/New Order fame), Stereo MC’s, Gang of Four, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra and Radio Riddler alongside some top up and coming young bands: The Black Tambourines, Bite the Buffalo and Box of Light. Those of you who prefer electronic beats will be thrilled with DJ sets from Snatch the Wax, Freerange DJs and Daytoner.

More acts to be announced in the coming weeks… so keep your eyes peeled! With 50+ acts taking to the two stages across the weekend… it is set to be one weekend to remember.

Day tickets are priced £35 for adults and £10 for children. Weekend tickets are £75 for adults and £25 for children. They are available to buy from Ticketmaster now – just search Live at Heartlands or visit for full details.

iOrchestra Presents….. re-rite


More than 5000 visitors experience iOrchestra in Torbay
The iconic Philharmonia Orchestra and its free programme of digital music is touring the South West and for a month in May they visited Torbay. Promoting classical music to all ages and abilities, the iOrchestra RE-RITE installation and accompanying projects engaged with primary schools, secondary schools, community groups and the public, reaching thousands of people across the district.
The centerpiece of the project, the RE-RITE installation – a large scale, walk-through experience of a digital virtual orchestra based on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, -took pride of place at Torre Abbey Meadows, Torquay for two weeks. More than 5000 visitors experienced first-hand the thrill of being inside an orchestra and playing amongst more than 100 professional musicians. Surround sound, giant projections and interactive stations ensured a full sensory experience: in one area, the audience had the opportunity to perform on real instruments as part of the percussion section and in another they could take on the role of conductor, mixing the sound and visuals of the Orchestra.
With visits from more than 30 schools and community groups, and thousands of members of the public, Torbay’s residents certainly made the most of the experience. “Wow, how fantastic and exciting we found RE-RITE to be” commented one primary school teacher. “The children really enjoyed their time in the tent – I loved watching their faces light up as they walked through. They especially liked conducting in the coat and tails whilst seeing themselves on screen. It really did blow us all away.”
Other activities in the free programme of events included MusicLab, a mobile interactive digital installation housed in a purpose built trailer. Employing innovative interactive design, MusicLab offered visitors a series of hands-on musical experiences – putting them in the shoes of a composer, performer, producer and conductor. The opportunity to learn more about classical music in such a practical and interactive style appealed to many: MusicLab spent two weeks’ in Brixham and Barton and hosted ten local primary school visits, five SEN school visits, six secondary school visits and seven community group visits, in addition to over 400 members of the public. And Orchestra Unwrapped, a special key-stage concert for schools, attracted over 1,200 concert attendees.

Marianne Harper from Eden Park Primary enthused “We really enjoyed the MusicLab so much and many of the children and myself visited it again after school. The children could not stop talking about it when they got back to school and they inspired children in other year groups too.”
On Sunday 8th June at Torre Abbey, Torquay (the final day of the RE-RITE installation in Torbay) the full Philharmonia Orchestra played a free hour-long live concert. Consisting of a specially chosen programme to appeal to families and those new to orchestral music, the success of its appeal was apparent as more than 2,000 people came to listen to the music of Pirates of the Caribbean, Romeo and Juliet and much more.
A resounding success, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s world class musicians triumphed in Torbay in enthusing and exciting new audiences about classical music, the reverberations of which will be enjoyed for some time.
iOrchestra is currently touring the South West and RE-RITE will be in Truro from Monday 30 June until Saturday 12 July, with a free live performance on Sunday 13 July. The project returns from May-July 2015 for a second year, with activities based around Universe of Sound, a digital installation based on Holst’s The Planets Suite.
iOrchestra is an ambitious two-year audience development and education project, part funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, based in the South-West Peninsula region (Cornwall, Plymouth and Torbay). Led by the Philharmonia Orchestra and a Consortium of leading arts and education providers in the region, iOrchestra has three key objectives:

• To act as a catalyst to ignite interest in orchestral music within the South-West Peninsula region.
• To increase the audiences for live orchestral/classical music played in the South-West Peninsula for future concerts and tours.
• To increase engagement particularly amongst people who have not before attended live classical/orchestral concerts or attend very little; and to test out the pathways to engaging with classical music for different population segments, including the use of digital resources as pathways.
For further information about iOrchestra contact Jess Collins at Type Communications on [email protected] or 01326 567236

RE-RITE © Oliver Schaper





Pioneering digital music project led by national orchestra comes to Torbay

A free programme of digital music activities, led by the Philharmonia Orchestra will take place across Torbay during May and June as part of a tour of the South West.

The Philharmonia Orchestra, working in close collaboration with Torbay Council and Torbay Music Education Hub will launch iOrchestra in various locations around the town. The centrepiece of the installation will be based in Torre Abbey Meadows for two weeks (26 May – 7 June) culminating in a free hour-long open-air concert performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra (8 June).

“It is really wonderful that Torbay has been able to be part of this exciting digital music project,” says Councillor Dave Butt, Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Culture and the Arts and Regional Board Member of Arts Council England South West. “We particularly welcome and support initiatives which introduce new audiences including children and young people to arts and culture in the widest sense. We look forward welcoming the iOrchestra in June 2014.”

iOrchestra comprises of a range of different activities ranging from large-scale experiences to outreach in communities and schools.

RE-RITE is the Philharmonia’s award-winning centrepiece is a digital ‘virtual orchestra’ installation based on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It is a large scale; walk- through experience that offers visitors the chance to step inside an orchestra to feel the sensation of being among more than 100 expert musicians and the thrill of playing among them. Visitors to the installation walk through a series of projections on huge screens, and will be surrounded by players in some areas and faced by conductor (and project co-creator) Esa-Pekka Salonen in others.  In one area, the audience can perform on real instruments as part of the percussion section, guided on-screen by the Philharmonia’s Principal Percussionist David Corkhill.  In another, the control centre, they can take on the role of conductor, mixing the sound and visuals of theOrchestra. The installation ends with a free concert for all.

The Big Finish is the free live open-air concert at the RE-RITE site. The full Philharmonia Orchestra will play for all to enjoy on Sunday 8 June in Torbay. Presented by Tim Steiner, the concert, A Traveller’s Guide, will consist of a specially chosen programme to appeal to families and those new to orchestral music, all around the theme of transport and destinations – keep an ear out for the music of Dambusters, The Padstow Lifeboat, Romeo & Juliet, the Blue Danube, Pirates of the Caribbean and a few surprises in between! The concerts will be fun and informal – with plenty of chances to join in or just sit and take it all in. 

MusicLab is a new mobile installation housed on a purpose-built trailer, is a flexible, pop-up orchestral experience that offers visitors a series of hands-on musical experiences – as a composer, performer, producer, and conductor. MusicLab will visit Brixham, Barton, Paignton and Foxhole, spending a week at each location. There will be opportunities for visits by schools and community groups as well as local residents.

Orchestra Unwrapped is a special key-stage concert for schools based on its successful Orchestra Unwrapped Series that takes place annually in Leicester and Basingstoke. This will take place at the Princess Theatre on 9 June.

 iOrchestra has been funded by the Arts Council England under its Strategic Touring Programme. It takes place over two years and is designed to use the Philharmonia’s expertise in interactive digital installations and technologies to ignite enthusiasm and participation in classical music among new audience.

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 Full schedule of events for Torbay

Torre Abbey Meadows, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5JE (approx.) Monday 26 May – Saturday 7 June, 12-8pm


Brixham College (main car park), Higher Ranscombe Road, Brixham, TQ5 9HF

Monday 12 – Friday 16 May: 3-5.30pm

Saturday 17 May: 10am-5.30pm  

Sunday 18 May: closed

Acorn Youth Centre, Lummaton Cross, Torquay TQ2 8ET

Monday 19 – Friday 23 May: 3-5.30pm

Saturday 24 May: 10am-5.30pm
Sunday 25 May: closed

Parkfield, Colin Road, Paignton, TQ3 2NR

Monday 26 – Friday 30 May: 3-5.30pm

Saturday 31 May: 10am-5.30pm


Spencer Road, Foxhole, off Fernicombe Road, Torbay, TQ3 3SX (North East end, outside the shops)

Monday 2 – Friday 6 June: 3-6pm

Saturday 7 June: 10-6pm

Sunday 8 June: closed

 The Big Finish – Live Open Air Concert

Torre Abbey Meadows, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5JE (approx.) Sunday 8 June, 5-6pm Presented by Tim Steiner, the concert, A Traveller’s Guide, consists of a specially chosen programme to appeal to families and those new to orchestral music, all around the theme of transport and destinations – keep an ear out for the music of Dambusters, The Padstow Lifeboat, Romeo & Juliet, the Blue Danube, Pirates of the Caribbean and a few surprises in between! The concerts will be fun and informal – with plenty of chances to join in or just sit and take it all in. 

Orchestra Unwrapped

Prior booking is essential and space is limited. For more information or to enquire about places at our schools performances, please contact Laura Forster on or 07943 376 893

 School & Community Group Visits

MusicLab can host up to 30 visitors at a time (or a class of 30 school children with accompanying teachers and adults) and will be open for curated visits for school and community groups outside public opening times. Advance booking is essential. For information on all school and community group visits and related resources and training, please contact our Project Coordinator Laura Forster on or 07943 376 893