Hundreds pack Oddicombe Beach to celebrate Babbacombe Cliff Railway’s 90th Anniversary

Oddicombe Beach was packed with hoards of people enjoying the Babbacombe Cliff Railway 90th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 2 April.

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With a Music Marquee featuring various live music acts throughout the day, the sailing boats were out, the sun was shining and the Cliff Railway was shuttling visitors up and down the cliffs all day long.

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Babbacombe Cliff Railway is owned and run by a Community Interest Company and Chairman John Ayres said “We had an absolutely fantastic day on Saturday.  We were delighted that so many people came down to Oddicombe to celebrate this important anniversary with us.”  He added “Babbacombe Cliff Railway carries around 100,000 people each year and we couldn’t let our 90th anniversary pass without marking the occasion in some way.  The atmosphere was really wonderful and we had over 1200 people travelling on the Cliff Railway on Saturday.”

Also present at the event were David and Mark Taylor and their wives.  David and Mark are the great-grandsons of Mrs John Taylor, Lady Mayoress, who opened the railway back in 1926.  John said “It was really great that David and Mark were able to join us.  They were very interested in the Cliff Railway and we’re hoping that they will be back to see us again soon but more on that story later.”

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Babbacombe Cliff Railway is open from 9.30am 7 days a week and is looking forward to a bumper season.  John said “Oddicombe Beach is a really wonderful place to visit.  Family-friendly, away from the hustle and bustle with things to do and great food and drink, we’re expecting to have a very busy year.”

The next event planned down on the beach is the Babbacombe Ukulele Festival on Saturday 4 June.

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Babbacombe Cliff Railway 90th Anniversary Celebrations

Babbacombe Cliff Railway 90th Anniversary

The historic treasure that is Babbacombe Cliff Railway celebrates its 90th anniversary on Saturday 2 April.

This amazing feat of engineering has been transporting locals and holidaymakers up and down the cliffs from Babbacombe Downs to the hidden gem that is Oddicombe Beach since 1926.

Currently owned and run by a Community Interest Company the railway carries a staggering 100,000 people each year.

To mark the 90th anniversary a day of live music is planned down on Oddicombe Beach with a marquee on the promenade and entertainment from The Old Gaffers Sea Shanty Crew, Riviera Sound and High Society Jazz Band.

Nicky Allen, Marketing Manager of this incredibly popular attraction, says “We are delighted to be celebrating the Cliff Railway’s 90th anniversary.  We are very lucky to have such an amazing attraction still in great working order after all this time, due largely to how seriously the Board members of the Community Interest Company take their role as custodians.  The Cliff Railway is a real part of this community used by many local people throughout the year.  But it’s also a big attraction for people who visit the area on holiday.  Not only do they enjoy travelling up and down the cliffs but it’s the way that many people discover the beautiful Oddicombe Beach.  This is why lots of our visitors then return year after year.”  She added “Oddicombe has undergone something of a renaissance over the past couple of years with fantastic new facilities on offer.  Babbacombe generally is fast becoming a “must visit” location for anyone holidaying on the English Riviera.  We’re hoping to have plenty of people celebrating with us on Saturday 2 April and enjoying the elements that we all love about the railway and the area generally.”

The fun kicks off on Oddicombe Beach at 11am with live music until approximately 3:30pm on Saturday 2 April and is completely free to enjoy.  Usual Cliff Railway travel charges apply.

Approximate timings as follows:-

11:00- 11:45 The Old Gaffers

11:45- 12:05 Riviera Sound

12:30- 15:30 High Society Jazz Band

We look forward to seeing you then.


Re-opening From 12:30 today

Great news! Today’s scheduled Maintenance work is taking less time than anticipated so the Babbacombe Cliff Railway will be opening again today from 12:30 then as usual from 9:30 tomorrow.