'Play in the Street' events aim to bring people to high streets

Joseph Bulmer

Residents and visitors alike are being invited to ‘play in the street’ during a series of half-term events aimed at welcoming people back to Torbay's high streets.

Playing in the Street will see three events take place - one in each of the Bay towns - next week.

People can enjoy free fun and entertainment for all the family, and it’s also hoped they will support local businesses getting back on their feet after the pandemic.

A trail sheet will be available from a welcome tent and people can complete a street treasure hunt.

The events - supported by Torbay Council and TDA and funded by the ERDF Welcome Back Fund - each run between 11am and 3pm and will feature live music, workshops, street entertainers, and lots of unexpected fun and surprises.

The events will encourage people to experience their high streets in a completely different way and to learn something new about each of the towns.

Quiz sheets will also include special offers in several of the shops along the route, to inspire people to support local high streets.

A variety of local organisations will be involved in each of the three events, offering everything from live music to mini-guided walks and art activities to street challenges and games.

There will be the opportunity to take part in circus skills, drumming, and art workshops.

Other activities include drama activities and have-a-go DJing sessions. Elfic will also be on hand with his comedy juggling show featuring high unicycling, ladder balancing, magic and more.

The dates and locations are Brixham town square and Fore Street on Thursday, February 24; Lower Union Street, Torquay, on Friday, February 25 and Victoria Street, Paignton, on Saturday, February 26.

Cllr Darren Cowell, deputy leader of Torbay Council, said “Our high streets have particularly struggled over lockdown, so we are delighted to be able to bring some colour and fun back to our town centres.

"Each of the events in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are packed with free fun for all the family, so do come along and join in. And don’t forget to visit some of our shops, cafes and other businesses while you are in town and spend a little money with them if you are able to."

Cllr Steve Darling, leader of Torbay Council, said: “Playing in the Streets is part of an exciting time for Torbay with a whole host of multi-million-pound projects currently in the pipeline aimed at creating spaces where people can thrive.

“These include £21.9 million for Torquay Towns Fund and £13.36 million for the Future High Street Fund for Paignton. In line with the Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan, there are also plans for the regeneration of both the Harbour and Brixham town centre car park, who recently received a share of £1 million secured through the Brownfield Land Release Fund.”

The events are being delivered by Tonic Creatives, a new local events company and funded by the ERDF Welcome Back Fund.