Visitors to Torquay during September will find it transformed into a murder mystery capital, with ladies donning flapper dresses and wandering Poirots at every turn. Why? You might wonder...well it’s all in honour of the English Riviera’s very own Queen of Crime.
Dame Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890, and the annual Agatha Christie Festival attracts fans of her fiction from all over the globe. It’s not only the various events and activities that make the festival great fun, but also the sight of people wandering the promenade in fancy dress, the vintage buses chugging along the seafront and traditions such as Punch and Judy back on the beach.
The festival always means a programme of events inspired by Agatha Christie’s novels, and as several of them were set in Torquay it’s only fitting. Fans of the intrigue-filled works can go along to quaint tea parties, lunch on Burgh Island and take part in the Agatha Christie Sea Swim, all in honour of the late writer’s favourite haunts and activities. The Agatha Christie Company often showcase their most recent production at Torquay’s Princess Theatre, and there are extra tours of Greenway – Agatha’s beloved family summer house.
This is a nice chance to walk the Agatha Christie Mile too, a special route that takes in her favourite spots, and the places that were most important to her. Start at the Agatha Christie bust in the Pavilion Gardens and spend an hour retracing her footsteps – super sleuth style.
The IACF is a bi-annual event, and will return in September 2017.