Although Woking is often seen as a commuter town for those making the half-hour train journey to London, those excellent transport links with the capital have helped make the town a day-trip destination for those travelling in the opposite direction, thanks to its many shopping and entertainment options, and relaxed atmosphere. Popular annual events include the Chinese New Year celebrations in February, and the September Heritage Days, when many historic buildings open their doors.
From the train station, Torbay Road sweeps around the bay offering lovely views of the sea before reaching the hustle and bustle of the harbour and the town's main shopping streets. Treat yourself to an ice cream or a cuppa in a seafront cafe, tuck into traditional fish and chips or enjoy the catch of the day, cooked to perfection in a local seafood restaurant.
If you're looking to get out onto the water, there's a wide range of day trips, tours and water sports to choose from. Whether you want a leisurely trip across the bay or fancy getting a bit more active with paddleboarding, diving, sailing or kayaking, head to the harbour to book your adventure.
Back on dry land, you can make the most of the outdoors by taking a turn in the Royal Terrace Gardens - known locally as Rock Walk - or along the South West Coast Path and Agatha Christie Mile. Even though the focus is on fun in the sun, Torquay is not short of indoor attractions.
Try exploring Kents Cavern, a fascinating prehistoric cave system, or discover all about the animals and habitats of British waters at the Living Coasts coastal zoo and aquarium.