New Colin Firth film – The Mercy – puts the coastal town of Teignmouth on
the must visit list for 2018
The pretty South Devon seaside town of Teignmouth, is set to grace the screen of cinemas the world over as The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, goes on general release from tomorrow (9 February).
Based on the story of Donald Crowhurst, who attempted to win the Golden Globe Yacht Race in 1968/9, the film tells the story of how Crowhurst fooled the world into believing he was winning the 30,000-mile, non-stop, single-handed, race around the world, described by Sir Frances Chichester as the Everest of the seas.
Set against the arrestingly beautiful backdrop of the Teign Estuary and Teignmouth, from where Crowhurst set sail in his trimaran, the Teignmouth Electron, on 31 October 1968, the film which was shot in the summer of 2015 shows off the beauty of the local area and the South Devon coast. It was here that he trialled his boat and where locals and his wife Clare, played by Weisz, waited desperately for news of his journey.
Known as the Gem of South Devon, Teignmouth is a vibrant town with an arts quarter, wonderful cafés and restaurants, the oldest foot ferry in England, and a host of water sports activities ranging from sailing to kayaking and water-skiing.
Sitting opposite the charming seaside village of Shaldon, with its smugglers’ tunnel leading to the hidden Ness Cove Beach, England’s smallest zoo, and an array of fine pubs, award-winning cafes and restaurants, Teignmouth, and the local area, has huge appeal to all ages.
A favourite among visitors in the summer months, Teignmouth and Shaldon offer a host of events ranging from the Teignmouth Folk Festival in June to the town’s annual Jazz Festival. Teignmouth’s Carnival week takes place at the end of July, followed by Shaldon’s Water Carnival, the Teignmouth Regatta and the Shaldon Regatta in August. The annual Taste of the Teign Food & Drink Festival starts on 24 September.