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Aug 17, 2007
Paignton is located to the south of Torquay and is a coastal town in Devon in the United Kingdom. The old town is inland from the beach and has grown since becoming a Victorian resort. It has numerous sandy beaches and small coves and has a flat sandy beach with shallow water situated close to the town centre and surrounding the pier. Paignton sands is the longest beach resort in Paignton. The most popular is Preston sands lined with multi coloured beach huts. The sheltered pebbly cove beach Broad sands is popular with water skiers, kite surfing and dinghy sailing.

The seafront area is dominated by Paignton Pier, a 780 foot long structure which opened in 1879. It was designed by George Soudon Bridgman, a local architect who also designed the original Oldway Mansion.

The Festival Theatre which opened in 1967 and was once a seafront theatre capable of staging large summer shows, but in 1999 it was converted into a multi screen cinema

World class restaurants combine with continental style bars, live music, fairs, nightclubs, superb firework displays and carnivals to make a visitors stay enjoyable. There are a growing number of large public houses that accommodate and license for the little people which may be found in town, some by the waters edge and some on the harbours. The children will enjoy the well organized firework displays which are always supported by rich food pickings and visits from travelling fairs.

Later in August is Childrens Week, which includes a wide range of events and competitions. Regatta Week during early August is the peak holiday season. The Zoo Environmental Park is situated on the outskirts of the town of Paignton in Devon, England. The Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the United Kingdom, is situated on the outskirts of the town

The Oldway Mansion is a large house and gardens in Paignton in the United Kingdom. It was built as a private residence for Isaac Merritt Singer 1811 1875, and rebuilt by his third son Paris Singer in the style of the Palace of Versailles in Paris. The interior of the building is noted for its grand staircase made from baluster s of bronze and marble. The ceiling of the staircase is decorated with an ornate painting in the style of the Italian School. The staircase and the ceiling are based on a design by the French painter and architect Joseph Lebrun.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Devon Rental Site
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