There are a range of activities and days out in Sidmouth for you and the family. We've listed some of the best below.
Walking in Sidmouth
There are many wonderful walks in our area. At reception there is a large file with many ideas and maps to borrow. Take a look at our blog, Top Walks Near Sidmouth.
Connaught Gardens are just a short way from the esplanade, providing a great spot to take in the beautiful sea views. The gardens are used for a range of activities including music, theatre and art exhibitions. During most weeks throughout the summer there is at least one band performing. The notice board by the steps from Manor Road lists all events. Occasionally, there is the opportunity to see theatre performed outdoors. Jacob’s Ladder, a tall set of stairs, links the gardens to the beach below.
There are several beautiful beaches in and around Sidmouth, great for swimming, walking, rock pooling and watersports. Sidmouth, Sidmouth Town, Jacob’s Ladder and Ladram Bay are just a few of the beaches nearby.
Want to find a piece of Earth’s ancient history? On the Jurassic Coast this is certainly possible, if you know where to look. The best and safest places to collect fossils are Charmouth and Lyme Regis, where there are guided fossil walks available.
The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary is a charity home to hundreds of donkeys and mules to meet, groom and learn about. Explore exciting indoor attractions and find out just why donkeys matter through fun, interactive displays. The Understanding Donkeys Zone to teaches everything you need to know about these wonderful animals. Enjoy the great outdoors on scenic farm trails, discover the Nature Centre, burn off some steam in the farm-themed Play Area and get lost in the Maze. They are open 365 days a year, and admission is free, and dogs on leads are welcome.
Find out more: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/visit-us/sidmouth
The displays at Sidmouth Museum explore the town’s history, from a fishing village to the present day. This includes a large collection of Regency and Victoriana items, famous people and royal visitors who either lived in or visited the town, a costume collection, an extensive lace collection, early paintings, prints and photographs of the area. There is also a great collection of rocks, fossils and footprints documenting the history of the Jurassic Coast. They are open from April to October each year.
Find out more: http://www.sidvaleassociation.org.uk/museum
Norman Lockyer Observatory
Norman Lockyer Observatory is both a historical observatory and home to an active amateur astronomical society. It is a centre for amateur astronomy, meteorology, radio astronomy, and the promotion of science education. Visits generally include a short talk, a planetarium presentation and visits to the historic telescopes and Lockyer Technology Centre. Be sure to check to opening times before visiting as they are not open every day.
Find out more: http://normanlockyer.com
Manor Pavilion Theatre
This beautiful, very popular theatre is situated in the heart of Sidmouth. Open all year round, there is a variety of entertainment put on here including plays, musicals, comedies, concerts, variety shows, dance shows, professional ballet and pantomime. During the summer months the theatre has the last standing weekly professional summer repertory season in the UK, with 12 plays in 12 weeks.
Find out more: http://www.manorpavilion.com
Just outside of Sidbury is Bearhouse Alpacas, providing the unique opportunity to spend a couple of hours with their alpacas, trekking through the East Devon countryside. An unusual, enjoyable, and unforgettable experience.