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Final Countdown to Torbay’s Music on the Meadows, Free Party

The countdown is on for the Torbay free party event on Torre Abbey green.

Torquay Seafront on June 3rd will be transformed into a location that is fit for a queen, complete with full colours of red white and blue.

The free party, Music on the Meadows, begins at 11am with a DJ set from McGowan Girls to get you all into the groove and is followed by a jam packed line up of evening programmes and live entertainment ending with the fantastic Bootleg Beatles.

Adrian Cunningham from Riviera FM will be comparing the event and introducing all the musical performances that will be running throughout the day. Not only is there music for the adults but younger party goes can enjoy Kidz Town and a Children’s Tent, brought to you by the team behind Children’s Week and Doorstep Arts. There will be plenty of traditional games courtesy of the Sea Scouts as well as lots of skills to learn and a range of characters to meet.

Music in the Meadows is a joint event hosted by Torbay Council and the English Riviera BID Company in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and has been designed to bring residents and visitors together to mark this momentous occasion.

A note on road closures

To ensure everyone can enjoy the event safely the junction between Torbay Road, Belgrave Road and the Kings Drive will be closed from 10am until midnight.

Alongside this, if you are attending the event you may need to use public transport to and from the event. Torquay train station is quite literally a stones throw from the main event and there are bus stops with links to all the major routes both in and out of Torquay.

Car parks can also be found at Torre Valley, Abbey Park, Sheddon Hill and Lower Union Lane.

Food and drink

You are encouraged to bring with you a Jubilee picnic, with additional food and drink available to purchase throughout the day. Both cash and card payments will be accepted, with people encouraged to bring both to avoid disappointment as there will be no cash withdrawal facility and your nearest one is on Torquay Harbourside which charges around £1.75 for withdrawals.

To minimise plastic waste, fresh drinking water will be provided to top up your water bottles. Glass bottles of any kind are not permitted on the site.

Toilets will be available including a disabled provision which are completely free to use.

You can even bring Fido, the dog, as long as he is kept on a lead. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owners at all times.

Councillor Within Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing at Torbay Council said:

“This event is the biggest free party on the meadows since the days of the Radio 1 Roadshows. The fantastic line up, is set to take us through the decades of Her Majesty The Queen’s momentous reign. Open to everyone in Torbay over the bank holiday weekend, we’re looking forward to seeing the meadow turn red, white and blue against our marvellous beach backdrop.”

Councillor Nicole Amil, Chair of the Airshow Working Party and Member Champion, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee said:

After months of planning, we’re delighted to be able to stage this wonderful free event. Everyone including children of all ages are invited to come along, laugh, smile and make memories together, all for a once in lifetime celebration of Her Majesty The Queen. I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to bring this event to Torbay.” 

Music on the Meadows Main Stage itinerary:

11am McGowan Girls DJ set

11:15am Play Activities from the Children’s Week team

12:00pm Stage Coach dance performance

1:30pm Wild West Dance Performance

2:00pm McGowan Girls DJ set

2:15pm John Matthews

4:00pm Rock Choir

4:45pm DJ McGowan Family DJ Set

5:00pm Happy days Production

6:00pm The Civic Mayor – a thank you to our frontline workers

6:15pm DJ Chris Tofu

7:00pm McGowan Family DJ set

7:30pm Funky City Band

9:00pm The Bootleg Beatles

Torbay Free Party, Family Fun

As already mentioned there will be plenty for the younger party goer at the Music in the Meadow.

Kids Town area and a Children’s tent will host a variety of family entertainment and is delivered by the same people behind Children’s Week. Try out your hula hooping skills with Doorsteps Arts whilst learning all about circus skills and more. Did we also mention that there will be a family-friendly circus show called Do What Your Mama told Yah, which promises to be an exceptionally messy performance.

Alongside this young party goes to Torbay’s free party can expect to see various walk about’s including The Shrinking Violets, Bubbleologists, Batman and the Batmobile, robots and Cosmo the Clown with balloon modelling. The Sea Scouts will also be on hand running lots of traditional games including Crockery Smash and Splat the Rat. To round of the event why not get your face painted in the traditional red, white and blue.

Parking and Travel

You can find a local park, charges and opening times by visiting the find a car park page on the Torbay Council website.

Stagecoach for bus services in Torbay and beyond.

Great Western Train Services.

Find Out More

To view the full programme for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend visit the English Riviera Airshow website.

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