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Agatha Christie Festival

The International Agatha Christie Festival takes place each year during September in Torquay. As the town of her birth and where she spent much of her life, it still has close links with her heritage.

2015 is a particularly special celebration as it marks the 125th anniversary of the prolific writer's birth.

If you're a fan, or even if you've never read one of her books, you'll still no doubt find details of her life interesting and enjoy a day out at Greenway which is the holiday home she bought and where she spent many happy years living. It's now owned by the National Trust and we highly recommend a visit.

The Agatha Christie mile is a walk roughly along the sea front from one end of Torquay to the other. It highlights various places she visited or wrote about, and tells you more about her life.

The festival itself is jam packed with over 100 local events celebrating the life, literature and legacy of Agatha Christie - the "Queen of Crime". The hub of the festival is only a few hundred yards from us at Torre Abbey - an interesting place to visit at any time of the year.

There are several times throughout the year when you can enjoy one of Christie's plays as there are four local theatres - two in Torquay, one in Babbacombe and one in Paignton. Take a look at the links to them all on our Location page which lists things to do in the area and book some tickets to co-incide with your next visit to The 25.

If you have a rainy afternoon whilst here, you could visit Torquay Museum which houses an interesting display on Christie amongst other ever changing displays. Alternately, you could visit Kents Cavern - the caves which inspired her interest in archaeology and on which she based one of her plays.

We're sure you'll love the English Riviera as much as Agatha did. Come & visit us soon.

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