The English Riviera Town of Brixham
The rich history of Brixham
Brixham lies at the far end of Tor Bay and is still principally a fishing port. The harbour is the focal point for life and the narrow streets of fisherman's cottages surrounding the harbour give the town a unique feel
Brixham's historical and seafaring past is very much in evidence. Most notably in the harbour there is a replica of sir Francis Drake's ship The Golden Hind. This was the ship that Drake used to go around the world and modern visitors get a real sense of the hardships Elizabethan sailors had to endure. Also on the harbour is a statue to William of Orange who led an invasion force of Dutchmen in 1688 to liberate the English from the tyranny of James II in what became know as The Glorious Revolution.
Berry Head country park and nature reserve
A short walk from Brixham harbour is the Berry Head country park and nature reserve from which spectacular views across Torbay, Lyme bay and southwards out to sea can be found. It is said that 800 square miles of coast and sea are visible. There is a working lighthouse here too. It is quite squat as its postion on top of the cliffs make it highly visible. Originally the turning mechanism was powered by a weight falling down a 150ft shaft although obviously nowadays an electrical motor powers it as it flashes a white light twice every fifteen seconds.
A very striking feature of the headland are the remains of Naploeaonic fortifications as well as later World War 2 defences. Amongst the the giant walls is a real gem; set in the old guardhouse is the multi award winning Guardhouse Cafe.
Modern Brixham is a vibrant and lively town in summer and there are a series of festivals and events sure to engage and thrill visitors. In May each year is Brixfest a wonderful arts festival. There is also Fishstock which takes place each September. This is a seafood and music festival which is dedicated amongst other things to raising money for The Fisherman's Mission that supports families of people involved in the perilous fishing industry. And of course not forgetting the Pirate Festival at the end of April in which hoardes of people dress as pirates and have the most raucous fun times with lots of music, noise and laughter...
Getting to Brixham from Torquay
For visitors staying in Torquay by far the best way to get to Brixham most of the year is by boat. Services operate from spring through to very late autumn and in the summer months there is always the possibility that passengers will get to see the dolphins that regularly visit the bay. On odd days when the boat services don't run or in the winter months buses regularly run to Brixham.
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