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About Sidmouth & the Jurassic Coast

Sidmouth lies on the world heritage coast, nestling between majestic sandstone cliffs, which form part of the Jurassic coastline & Southwest Coast path. Its two pebble beaches at low tide give way to golden sand and rock pool, an ideal place in which to relax on a deckchair.

The more energetic can always climb the 500 feet high Peak Hill to enjoy the magnificent panorama Sidmouth and the coast far below. In the other direction is the equally commanding Salcombe Hill whilst inland are green hills of the pretty Sid Valley. Alternatively there is always a gentler stroll around town, through the park and gardens and along the seafront. This is linked by a walkway to the western beach at Jacob's Ladder and through Connaught gardens The Sid valley surrounding the town typifies breathtaking rural Devon scenery, and at its heart is an area of parkland known as The Byes. This beautiful National trust parkland follows the River Sid as it gently meanders to the sea, ideal for young and old with grassy areas for ball games, cycling or just quiet reflection.

Once a relatively small fishing village, Sidmouth became a fashionable resort for the gentry in the early 19th century. The town's numerous fine Georgian and Regency villas and mansions are now mostly hotels, but have lost none of their charm in the conversion, until the fashion for coastal resorts grew in the Georgian and Victorian periods of the 18th and 19th centuries. It is easy to see why John Betjeman described Sidmouth as 'A town caught still in a timeless charm', ' Thus Sidmouth looked and hundred years ago, still much the same, it lies these hills below'

The Kingswood & Devoran Hotel was formerly the Sidmouth brine baths, and previously one the seafront lodging houses, a Georgian storey bow window house. It was demolished in 1893 and replaced by hot and cold Brine baths, and later turned into the Kingswood Hotel -so we are long associated with restoring vigor to weary bodies.

Sidmouth Events in 2015


Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd May 

The Fish Kitchen, Creativity On The Coast, Sea Fest Sea Shanty Choir, Evening Concerts, The Fish Hunt, The Fish Stocks and many more games, Workshops, Storytelling plus Jurassic Paddles, Science Festival, Gig Club and much more!!

Visit the website to find out more!


Donkey week 

5th May - 14th May 2015

International Donkey Week is a holiday with a difference - a chance for you to have close contact with our donkeys in glorious settings. You can groom, cuddle or just sit and watch the donkeys, which, we hasten to add, is very relaxing and therapeutic.

Every year The Donkey Sanctuary holds this unique week's holiday, relaxing down among the donkeys

For further information about the events during Donkey week, visit thier website on:


Devon County Show 

21st May - 23rd May 2015

A packed three-day celebration of all that’s great about our countryside.

You can expect lots of farm animals, the best local food & drink, Westcountry crafts and plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family.

The Devon County Show is located just under 11 miles away from Sidmouth. The grounds include long stay car parks & local buses that run to and from the event daily. 

For more information about this great event, visit:


Sun Sea & Books

Sidmouth Literary Festival

19-20th June 2015

TOP names in the world of literature and TV, including Terry Waite, Helen Lederer and Ann Widdecombe, will take part in Sidmouth's first two-day literary festival in June, which is being jointly organised by Kennaway House and Winstone's independent bookshop.


Sidmouth Band Concerts 

From 31st May to 6th September 2015 

In addition to competing in contests throughout the year, Sidmouth town band holds regular summer concerts in the Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth, starting at 8pm every Sunday night from late May through to September. The increasing popularity of these concerts, attracting visitors from across the region, together with recent contest successes, demonstrates the huge improvement the band has made over recent years.

The band perform a range of civic duties, including Remembrance Parades and church services, as well as supporting the Sidmouth Folk Festival and local charity events.

To find out more about our local town band and where else they perform throughout the year, please visit thier website on:


Sidmouth Folk Festival Week

31st July - 7th August 2015

Each year in August, Sidmouth hosts the celebrated Folk Week, when we see vibrant colour and listen to music from around the world. Laughter and smiles are to be seen everywhere.

This year will be the '61st' Folk Festival Week held in Sidmouth! 

For more information about what the event holds, please visit the website below:


Red Arrows

21st August 2015


Sidmouth Regatta

29th - 30th August 2015

26 years ago Sidmouth Sailing Club formed a committee to revive Sidmouth Regatta.

The format has changed very little over the years. The idea to provide some fun events for local families and visitors who wish to join in and a more serious side for those who wish to take part in the sailing races.

To find out more about the itinerary of Sidmouth Regatta, visit this website:


Sidmouth's Classic Car Show 

Saturday 19th September 2015

Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce held their second Classic Car Show at our beautiful Cricket Ground overlooking the sea.

This wonderful setting provided the perfect backdrop for what was an impressive collection of classic vehicles from the past and alternative energy vehicles from the present.

Follow the website for further details:


Summer Carnival 

26th September 2015

An illumanited carnival passing along the esplanade...great view from our balcony rooms!


Sidmouth Science Festival 

 12th -18th October 2015

A week long celebration of all thing sciency! Lots of events all around the town


Christmas Lights 

Watch the town light up in November 


Late night Shopping

Friday 4th December 2015

Enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping in Sidmouth's independant shops, open late until 8.00pm. 

Boxing Day Swim

26th December 11am

Watch those brave souls take a christmas dip!