Sidmouth and the surrounding area
Described as the ‘jewel in East Devon’s crown’, Sidmouth is a charming regency seaside town on the historic Jurassic Coast - one of the most unspoilt holiday coastal resorts in Britain. Nestled in the Sid Valley, this enchanting town is home to countless period buildings and offers a delightful and peaceful ambiance. The perfect place for a traditional British seaside holiday.
Sidmouth beaches are varied and fascinating. The Esplanade overlooks the main beach in Sidmouth - the perfect spot for hiring a deckchair and gazing out to sea. Walking a few minutes west brings you to Jacobs Ladder on a sandstone promontory - another popular beach ideal for families where vast swathes of sand await. As the tide retreats, numerous rockpools also appear providing hours of entertainment for both the young and young at heart.
Peak Hill and Salcombe Hill flank the town on either side and are surrounded by magnificent countryside. Much of the area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sidmouth itself has been the winner of Britain In Bloom awards on several occasions. The award winning floral displays are not to be missed.
Sidmouth’s quaint seaside charm is the perfect prescription for either relaxation or exploration - grab a seat in Connaught Gardens on the western cliff to read a book or take a trip by car to Ladram Bay over Peak Hill and gaze at the stunning coastline panorama.
However, you don’t necessarily need to venture far as the bustling and attractive town has so much to offer. The gentle pace of life in Sidmouth is perfect for holidaymakers - take a stroll around the town centre, exploring the array of independent and boutique shops where you can lose countless hours browsing. Stop in at one of the many bakeries, cafes, teashops or traditional pubs for refreshment then perhaps a walk along the river before heading back for dinner at a restaurant.
The cultural scene in Sidmouth has plenty to offer all tastes. Sidmouth town band plays live every Sunday evening at Connaught Gardens during the summer months or you can watch plays, musicals, dance and other performances all year round at Manor Pavillion theatre. The local cinema shows the latest releases and nearby the historic Kennaway House hosts regular art exhibitions, talks and musical evenings. Sidmouth museum is also well worth a visit.
Sidmouth is also the perfect base for more active pursuits. The southwest coast path stretches for miles in both directions, affording tremendous views of this stunning coastline. For a more leisurely stroll, a walk along the river Sid is a must - The Byes riverwalk stretches from the town centre all the way to Sidford and is a true oasis of tranquility.
Just a mile from the town centre, golfers can enjoy a few rounds at Sidmouth Golf Club, with it's wonderful views of Lyme Bay and there are many other fine golf clubs within the vicinity such as Woodbury Park Golf Club, owned by Nigel Mansell. Sidmouth swimming pool and leisure centre both welcome visitors and holiday memberships are available.
If you need to keep the children entertained, there are numerous activities and family days out within the local area. These include Seaton Tramway, Pecorama model railway, Bicton Gardens, World of Country Life, Escot wildlife centre, the Donkey Sanctuary, Crealy Great Adventure Park and many more. There is also a lovely children's play park located next to the river, very close by.
Sidmouth's annual Folk Week and Regatta in August are hugely popular summer events, followed by the town carnival procession in September. If you visit over Christmas time, be sure to catch the annual Boxing Day swim when brave locals (and visitors) plunge into the sea in fancy dress - a real sight!
Stocking up with groceries is easy - there are supermarkets and local grocery shops in the town centre, plus a large Waitrose and Lidl within a few minutes drive. Tesco.com will deliver to the cottage if you prefer to order online.
For those eating out, all palates are catered for by Sidmouth’s many wonderful restaurants and pubs. For fine dining, the Victoria, Westcliff and Belmont hotels offer a true gourmet experience.