Things To Do
Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
Meet some of the 500 donkeys, mules and hinnies at this working farm situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you’re won over you can even adopt your own donkey for life.
Kayak and SUP Hire
Cast away and discover the Jurassic Coast afloat on a stable sit-on-top kayak or try the new craze of stand-up paddleboarding.
Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre
Catch plays, musicals, comedies and concerts at this hub of performing arts in the centre of Sidmouth. Don’t miss the Sidmouth Summer Play Festival – a series of 12 plays performed over 12 weeks.
Aspara Day Spa
Massage away any stress in the hydrotherapy pool or under the spell of soothing treatments at this contemporary spa on York Street.
Step inside a Regency cottage and discover over 240 million years of history through fascinating exhibits including fossils, photos and memorabilia that trace the history of the town from a fishing village to a Victorian holiday resort.
Manor Mill, Branscombe
Take a peek into Branscombe’s history and step into the shoes of a miller at this 19th century mill where a huge water wheel still turns when the leat is flowing.
Beer Quarry Caves, Beer
Head underground at this ancient quarry dating back to Roman times and find out about the quarrying of the world famous Beer stone, which has been used in the making of 24 cathedrals including St. Paul’s.
Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth Cycle Trail, Budleigh Salterton
Follow National Cycle Route 2 and freewheel along six miles of disused railway on a family-friendly cycle trail that meanders through rolling woodland and countryside.
Jurassic Coast Cruise, Exmouth and Sidmouth
Hop aboard a Stuart Line Cruise from Exmouth (about half an hour’s drive) and delve into the history of the area while witnessing the Jurassic Coast afloat. When the weather and tides permit, trips are also run from The Esplanade in Sidmouth.
Stargazing at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Beer
Join an astronomy class, enjoy a planetarium presentation and take a look through the historic telescopes at this centre of astrophysical research founded by Sir Norman Lockyer.
Perched on the hillside overlooking Lyme Bay, this stunning landscape flaunts a roof garden atop a ruined tower, a Moat Garden, a Moon Garden, a miniature railway and a model railway exhibition.
Seaton Jurassic, Seaton
Step back over 200 million years to when dinosaurs roamed this Jurassic Coast. Hands-on activities and fascinating exhibitions enable you to gen up on fossil facts, meet prehistoric sea creatures and follow in the footsteps of local fossil hunters.
Bicton Gardens, Budleigh Salterton
Hop on the Bicton Woodland Railway, follow the nature trail and get lost in the maze at these magnificent botanical gardens spanning over 300 years of history.
Eat And Drink
A short walk from the seafront, Neil’s doesn’t rely on sea views to lure diners to the table. Passionate about seafood, chef Neil changes his menu daily according to what the fishermen land on the doorstep.
The Pea Green Boat
A popular, family-friendly seaside dining spot, The Pea Green Boat changes its menu daily but always focuses on local ingredients such as Lyme Bay scallops, Exmouth mussels and steak from Devon-reared cattle.
The Swan Inn
Tuck into local ales and quality pub grub made with seasonal ingredients, at this 16th century inn that sits by the River Sid just minutes’ from the seafront.
The Salty Monk, Sidford
Originally a Salt House used by Benedictine monks, this swanky restaurant that serves up the best of Devon’s larder is part of an award-winning B&B just outside of Sidmouth. Game and seafood feature heavily on the menu.
Blinis Café Bar
Nestled between the promenade and town, here you can relax over coffee and scrumptious cakes or a lazy lunch (homemade crab pate, Welsh rarebit or prawn linguine perhaps?).
The Otter Inn, Colaton Raleigh, nr Sidmouth
Situated in a pretty Devonshire village, this Olde Worlde English Pub is also home to a swanky Italian-influenced restaurant – Bellini’s. Choose moules frites or steak and ale pie from the bar menu, or sit down to antipasto, gnocchi and other traditional Italian dishes.
Sidmouth to Beer
Walk through time as you head east from Sidmouth and witness the rocks change from the distinctive red mudstone of the Triassic period (230 million years ago) to the chalky white caps of the more recent Cretaceous period (70 million years ago).
Sidmouth Aboretum Tree Trail
Follow the Tree Trail through Sidmouth Town, taking in specimens from olive and cherry trees, to towering oaks and pines. Extend your walk into the Bickwell Valley and onto Muttersmoor.
Sidmouth Hill Running Trail
Pick up your pace and experience the highs and lows of the scenery on this two-mile running trail from that takes you from the cliff tops to the woodland.
Potter Down the Otter
Kicking off in the nearby village of Newton Poppleford, this easy-going 6-mile route along the River Otter takes in some of the East Devon Way. There are bus services from Sidmouth to the start and end points of the walk.
Cliffs and Valleys of Salcombe Regis
Starting from the nearby valley of Salcombe Regis, this 3-mile walk takes you through woodland and out onto the cliff tops, where you can experience dizzying views of the Jurassic Coast before returning through the 19th century market gardens of the Weston Plats.
Events & Festivals
Join the battle to win the golden pan when you enter a team for Shrove Tuesday’s Pancake Race on Sidmouth Esplanade.
Sidmouth Sea Fest
Celebrate everything ‘in, on and from’ the sea at this celebration of Sidmouth’s vibrant coastal community, showcasing local activities, creativity, food and the town’s fishing heritage.
Sidmouth Literary Festival
Hangout with a stellar cast of authors at this weekend celebration of sun, sea and books.
Great Duck Derby
Get your tickets for the annual Duck Race along the River Sid, which sees hundreds of yellow plastic ducks paddling downstream in a battle to be first over the finishing line.
Sidmouth Folk Week
Brace yourself for a week-long festival of music and dance. Every year sees an astonishing line-up of concerts, parties, storytelling, workshops, ceilidhs and folk dancing take over the town.
Rowing and sailing races, lifeboat demonstrations, live music, fireworks displays and a fly over from the Red Arrows, mark this huge community celebration over the August Bank Holiday.
Sidbury Fair, Sidbury
A livestock auction and hot pennies thrown in the street for children to collect, hark back to the traditions of this 13th century fair. However, over the years the event has mushroomed to include the likes of a scarecrow competition, fun run and stacks of food stalls, crafts and family entertainment.
Sidmouth Illuminated Carnival
Watch the impressive procession of illuminated floats make its way through the town and enjoy a smorgasbord of family entertainment from music to food stalls.
Sidmouth Science Festival
Take part in a week of hands-on activities celebrating everything to do with science and its role in our lives.
Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim
Blow the Christmas Day cobwebs away by taking a saltwater plunge from Sidmouth promenade. Don’t be late – the plunge takes place at 11am and most of the swimmers are out by a minute past.
Shop Til You Drop
Yards from the sea and open daily, here you can get your hands on just-picked veg from local farms, and seafood – including crab, cockles and jellied eels – from Sidmouth’s fishermen.
This independent bookstore stacked wall-to-wall with tomes from local and international authors, is also behind book signings, book talks and the great Sidmouth Literary Festival.
Flo and Us
Treat yourself with a range of bespoke, organic skin products or pamper yourself with a reflexology or aromatherapy treatment.
This West Country clothing brand creates functional, fashionable clothing that goes hand-in-hand with the coastal lifestyle. Think dresses made for days on the beach, iconic rainwear, Cornish art and print stationary.
A stunning range of decorations from shabby chic style, Nordic and Scandinavian influenced home décor, to Country home.