Picture Perfect Gift for Babbacombe Cliff Railway

The team at Babbacombe Cliff Railway were delighted to receive the gift of a beautiful oil painting depicting Babbacombe Cliff Railway and Oddicombe Beach last week. The artist is Robert Harris who is a keen amatuer painter who particularly likes painting beach scenes, cats and dogs.

Robert and his wife Eileen moved to Torquay from Birmingham in 2007 and Robert has a studio at home in his cellar. They are regular visitors to Oddicombe, along with their great friend, Mike Salter who also moved to the area a couple of months ago.

Robert said “Donating one of my pictures to the railway was actually Mike’s idea after we’d enjoyed a wander round their Visitor Centre on the beach. We love it on Oddicombe and painting this was a pleasure. I am delighted that the team at the Cliff Railway like the picture and will be hanging it up for others to enjoy. It was nice to be able to present it to them and to have a coffee and a chat with some of the staff, volunteers and Board Directors.” The couple are very busy with plenty of hobbies and have recently become grandparents to twins so Eileen is often up in Birmingham helping out with the little ones but very happy to get back to the seaside. She said “We really love living by the sea in Devon and are always busy. We are regulars at the Babbacombe Inn Quiz each Monday and have really enjoyed getting to know lots of new people since we moved here.”

Chairman of Babbacombe Cliff Railway CIC, John Ayres, said “We think Robert’s picture is lovely and are very grateful to him for giving it to us. It was so nice to meet Robert, Eileen and Mike and to tell them a bit more about what we’re up to.” He added “The Cliff Railway is having an extremely busy summer which is great news. We’re looking forward to a bumper couple of months and then in September we have two fabulous events that we’re hoping lots of people will come and join us for. Saturday 16 September will be our ever-popular Murder Mystery where the public are invited to come and question our suspects until the culprit is found. Then on Sunday 17 September we will be holding our Last Team Standing event on the beach. Another really fun event.”

Robert’s oil painting is hanging up on display at the bottom station should you wish to take a look. Babbacombe Cliff Railway runs from 9am each day with last carriage up at 5.55pm.

From left to right:

Frank Sweet (CIC Board Director), Judy Ayres (volunteer), Eileen Harris, Robert Harris, Mike Salter, John Ayres (CIC Chairman), Lydia Crossan (CIC staff member)

Front row:  Jackson the dog!

We Will Be Opening At 1pm On Tuesday 4th July.

Isn’t it lovely to see the sun out again? Great to see so many happy faces travelling with us again today.

Please note that on Tuesday 4th July we are having some maintenance work completed so will not be open until 1pm. We will look forward to seeing you after that.

Ukulele Festival Strikes the Right Chord!

Hundreds of people flocked to Oddicombe Beach on Saturday 3 June to enjoy the 4th annual Babbacombe Ukulele Festival in glorious sunshine and with a fly past by the Red Arrows.

With 17 different ukulele bands performing, the live music started at 10am and finished around 8pm playing to a very full Festival Marquee all day long.

Organised by John Ayres, who is the Chairman of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway Community Interest Company and also a founding member of the Babbacombe Ukulele Strummers, it was the biggest and best so far.

John said “We had a really fabulous day on the beach. I can’t believe how popular this event has become and how many bands now want to take part. We actually had a waiting list for extra bands that we just didn’t have time to include in this year’s line-up.” He added “There really is nothing else like our festival in the area and the enthusiasm for it among all the ukulele bands involved is a real pleasure. We are delighted with how the event went and will no doubt start planning for 2018 very soon.”

This year’s bands were Babbacombe Bay Rollers, Babbacombe School, Dawlish Ukulele Band, Marldon Musketeers, Ukulele Vagabond, Plymouth Ukulele Players, Ukeabillies, Hatherleigh Ukulele Bashers, Sunnyside Up, Sidmouth Ukulele Strummers, Yealm Ukulele Club, Exeter Ukulele Band, Shades of Grey, Torbay Ukulele Band, Babbacombe Ukulele Strummers, Jeff Sharland and Friends and Newton Abbot Ukulele Club.

Nicky Allen, Marketing Manager for the Cliff Railway said “Along with our other beach partners, including the team at Three Degrees West, we like to have a few events each year down on Oddicombe for various reasons. It’s a fabulous location and our Festival Marquee really sets the scene. The events are also a good way to introduce new people to Oddicombe Beach and the Cliff Railway. But, finally, and most importantly, we all consider ourselves very much part of the community in Babbacombe and to be in a position to provide some great quality, free events for everyone to enjoy is something we are very proud of.” She continued “The next event we have planned is our family fun murder mystery on Saturday 16 September. This is another lovely day out that has grown each year and for 2017 we have a new mystery to solve and culprit to find. There will be plenty of interrogating to be done by all concerned and we’re hoping for a bumper turnout of willing sleuths.”

Great Weekend Ahead

We have loads going on in our Marquee on the Beach this weekend.

Saturday is our fabulous Ukulele Festival from 10am to 7.30pm and Sunday is our Craft Fair from 10am to 3pm.

So, join us for live music and a great atmosphere this weekend.

Delay To Usual Opening Time On 4/5/17

Please note that we will be closed for a while tomorrow morning for some routine maintenance work to be completed.

As always we will endeavour to finish as quickly as possible so normal service will be resumed!

We will keep you posted with our progress and let you know as soon as we are open again in the morning.

We look forward to seeing you soon.