Torquay is a famous traditional British seaside resort on the English Riviera, an area which is noted for warm sun and low rainfall and which has attracted holidaymakers and day-trippers in their tens of thousands for more than a century.
The town is elegant in appearance utilising classically styled architecture and has a resident population of 65,000, many of which are affluent retirees attracted by the weather and comfortable lifestyle.
Numbers are significantly higher when tourism is added in. Torquay is packed with hotels and guest houses and attracts a significant number of visitors in both the high season and edge-of-season period. It is also the major shopping destination for the Torbay area and beyond, attracting customers from Paignton, Newton Abbot and other surrounding rural areas.
Torquay utilises two venues for markets and other events, one in Lower Union Street which is in the town centre and a pedestrianised area of high street shops which is particularly suited for edge-of-season events, and a second in Princess Gardens, next to the Big Wheel, and Cary Parade that works well at the height of the summer season.
The town is currently reviewing its strategy for markets and MM Events has applied for two markets in 2018 which are currently under consideration.