Leisure and Culture

Great Torrington PoolTorridge District Council own the swimming pool which is a traditional, 5 lane 25 metre facility situated on School Lane , in close proximity to the centre of town.

The leisure management service is contracted out to 1610 and details on the activities , programming and pricing can be found on their website. 

To find out more about the Torrington Swimming Pool please click HERE

tarka trailGreat Torrington has superb hilltop location, giving extensive views up and down the Torridge valley.

There is a network of paths over the various parts of Torrington Common toward the town, providing many safe and enjoyable walking trails in and around the town.

Residents and visitors can walk 20 miles of footpaths, ranging from the golf course in the north; ancient wood and wild flower meadow in the west; and down to the river Torridge valley to the south of the town.

There is access from the Tarka trail for walkers. This part of the Tarka trail for cyclists is least well known but is the most peaceful and scenic stretch up to East Yarde and Meeth.

Please see the useful links below for information regarding the Tarka Trail, Torrington Commons and Cycle Hire.

http://www.tarkatrailguide.co.uk/

http://www.torringtoncommon.co.uk/walksandmaps.htm

http://www.torringtoncyclehire.co.uk/

http://www.hikideas.co.uk/walk-planner.html

 

golf5 minutes from the centre of the town , is the Torrington Golf Club.

The course is a par 64 , 9 hole course that is challenging but also set in one of the prettiest parts of the County.

It welcomes residents and members alike.

Visit the Torrington Golf Club website

The independently managed Plough Arts Centre provides residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy theatre, cinema,  music, comedy, art exhibitions, a rural outreach and an outdoor performing arts programme. It has an enviable reputation for its diverse and entertaining work and is a much valued facility locally.

The Plough web site has information on its live events, its exhibitions and workshops and describes itself, very aptly as 'the largest arts centre in the smallest town' and we know our positive impact is felt across the region"

Check out The Plough website for more information.

The dryside activities are based at Great Torrington School - an All Weather Pitch, a Sports Hall and a Fitness Gym.

For further information – Call 01805 623085 (pool) 01805 624767 (hall)

 

A Gym and Fitness Centre has recently opened in Castle Street in Torrington, details of which can be found at www.functionfitnesstorrington.co.uk/

 

For links to many other Sports Groups available in the town please go to "Useful Links" under Contact Us on our website.

The Great Torrington Town Council provides and maintains three pitches for football and changing rooms at Donnacroft. There is also a Rugby pitch managed by Torrington Rugby Club. The charge for use of these football pitches is £30 per game for adults and £5 per game for juniors.

The pitches are well used by Torridgeside Youth teams and adult teams. Anyone wishing to join a team should contact Torridgeside Youth Football club on 07544 025232.

With the help of donations and grant awards, the Council established a small skate park in Calf St next to the children's play area. The facilities are well used by skaters and BMX bikers.  For location information, park features, and videos from local riders at the skate park please visit http://www.locosports.tv/channel/great-torrington-skatepark

Also situated within the play area is a graffiti wall where artists may add their contribution.

       

    

Great Torrington Museum is a popular tourist attraction, popular with locals and a key asset as the town celebrates its unique and abundant heritage. The museum hosts over 4700 artefacts, the largest number held by any North Devon museum.  The Museum has a  lot of exciting plans for the future but does need more help to bring these to fruition.

If you love Great Torrington, are proud of its heritage  and have a passion to be involved Peter and Val would love to hear from you. They can be contacted at Torrington.museum@hotmail.co.uk or call them on 01805 622306

Specific needs for help include the following;

  • General admin
  • Bid writing
  • Safe guarding arrangements/policies 

Great Torrington Heritage Museum is now closed for the winter months. The museum will open the doors again for the summer in the first week of May. 

However on Saturday December 1st Great Torrington will be holding the annual Chamber of Trade Christmas Fayre and the reception area of the museum will be turned into a Christmas Grotto. Please come  and support the museum and the town. There will be a Christmas market and carols in the square at 6.00pm, and much much more!

After Christmas we will be starting on the annual clean of the museum and displays, changing displays and painting areas of the museum which are looking tired. We urgently need volunteers so come and help and you can also learn a little history.

Email, Torrington.museum@hotmail.co.uk or drop a note into the museum, 14 South Street, Torrington, for the attention of Val Morris.

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