Sunday 8 September 2024

Action, Adventure and International Intrigue

Celebrate the Centenary of Agatha Christie's 'The Man in the Brown Suit' at Kents Cavern

Join us for an extraordinary event as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie's captivating novel, 'The Man in the Brown Suit', and explore Agatha Christie's standalone thrillers from the 1920s to the 1970s. Discover the real-life inspiration and some dark surprises lurking amongst the plots and characters of these lesser-known novels, including secret agents, organised crime rings, neo-Nazis and religious cults. To enhance the immersive experience at Kents Cavern, Fancy Dress (themed around the 1920s / The Man in the Brown Suit) is highly encouraged!

Over 18's only

Presentation by Emma Seaman

We are thrilled to welcome Devon-based writer and literary historian, Emma Seaman, as our distinguished guest speaker. Renowned for her passion for uncovering unusual, forgotten, and obscure stories, Emma's engaging presentation will delve into the fascinating connections between Agatha Christie, 'The Man in the Brown Suit', and the enigmatic beauty of Kents Cavern. With her fiction featured in 11 anthologies across the UK and US, and a slew of literary accolades, Emma's talk is not to be missed.

Guided Tour of Kents Cavern

Following the presentation, immerse yourself in the mystery and allure of Kents Cavern with an exclusive guided tour. Explore the chambers that sparked Agatha Christie's imagination and walk in the footsteps of her adventurous characters. Learn about the history and significance of this ancient site, and discover the secrets that have made it a source of literary inspiration.

Drinks Reception in the Final Chamber

Conclude your journey with a delightful drinks reception in the final chamber of Kents Cavern. Enjoy a selection of beverages as you mingle with fellow literary enthusiasts and reflect on the evening's discoveries. This unique setting provides the perfect ambience to celebrate the legacy of Agatha Christie and the enduring charm of her work.


Getting to the Venue

Kents Cavern is in the Wellswood area of Torquay, about one mile up a mill from Torquay Harbour. If you are walking or driving, use TQ1 2JF in your sat nav or use What3Words picked.cave.lively.

It’s about five minutes on the 22 bus from Torquay Harbour and then a five-minute walk from the St Mathias Church bus stop. Plan your journey on the Stagecoach website.


The Cave Cinema is located in one of the most accessible cave chambers. Please note there is a slope, which all visitors will need to walk down. Otherwise accessing the cinema is relatively easy. Kents Cavern regrets that they are unable to allow mobility scooters into the cinema. They ask that wheelchair users wanting to access the cinema to call the caves ahead of the visit on 01803 215 136 so arrangements can be made.

Assistance Dogs are welcome at Kents Cavern when accompanied by and under the control of their owners. However, caves are often an alien environment for assistance dogs and there may be hazards inside that your dog was not trained to detect. They therefore strongly advise that anyone planning on visiting Kents Cavern with an assistance dog should call them in advance of their visit.

There is disabled parking very close to the attraction entrance.

There are no toilets in the caves. Toilet facilities are located at the far end of the cafe.

With help from the HeritageAbility project at Living Options Devon a visual story is available to help those with autism to prepare for a visit to the caves Click here to download.