Visit Sidmouth Blog

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Whether you are a first time visitor to the East Devon area or a resident, our blog is the perfect place to find top tips for travel around the county, ideas and inspiration for your stay and all the latest news. Here you'll find news and features from Visit Sidmouth and our partners at Visit Budleigh Salterton, Visit Seaton, Visit Ottery St Mary and Visit Honiton. 

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Roberts under new management

The team at Roberts on Broad Street in Ottery St Mary have been celebrating two milestones recently. Firstly, the retirement of stalwart Ros, who has owned the store for years and then the reopening of Roberts under new management. Roberts have been an integral part of Ottery St Mary for…

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Join us for Pixie Day!

If you’re planning a trip to Ottery St Mary this month, make sure to time it around 22 nd June for a chance to see one of the town’s best loved traditional events. Pixie Day is taking place on 22 nd June and whether you believe that pixies once lived in the town causing mischief or not, it is…

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Things you might not know about Ottery St Mary

As one of the oldest parishes in Devon, there is a diverse history to uncover in Ottery St Mary and that’s not all. Just how well do you know the town? Here’s some trivia to amaze your friends and family next time you visit. Ottery St Mary is the birthplace of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who…

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Where to see Ottery’s heritage

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love spending time in East Devon – aside from the Jurassic Coast itself which dates back millions of years, there are also Iron Age forts, Roman roads and a host of other interesting figures and stories. There has been a settlement at Ottery St Mary for centuries…

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Best Biz on the high street is in Ottery!

Ottery St Mary’s Devon Eco Boutique is celebrating being the best biz on the high street! They recently won Biz Bubble’s 2024 award for being the Best Biz of the Highstreet, Biz Bubble aim to celebrate the UK’s small business sector and to give recognition to the nation’s best small companies, sole…

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Coming to Beautiful Days? Stay a while!

If you’re coming to the Beautiful Days festival this year, make the most of your trip to East Devon by exploring the wider area with these suggestions! Beautiful Days is back for its 21 st year this year and features a huge lineup of popular musicians, including fan favourites, Fisherman’s Friends…

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Meet the residents | Ottery’s beavers

Did you know that the River Otter is one of the only places in the UK with wild, free ranging beavers? At one time, beavers were pretty widespread across the UK, but around 500 years ago, they were hunted into extinction, with sightings being incredibly rare and any beavers spotted, being traced…

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Line up announced for Beautiful Days

Beautiful Days have announced the full line-up for their 21 st year with names including Richard Ashcroft, The Saw Doctors, Levellers, Richard Hawley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Damned, Toyah & Robert, Fisherman’s Friends, Hard-Fi, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy, New Model Army, Utah Saints and many…

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Two Ottery businesses in finals of Exeter Living

Congratulations to Coldharbour Field Kitchen and Devon Eco Boutique who have both been named as finalists at the Exeter Living Awards. Backed by a massive marketing campaign, this event has sold out every year. Businesses can nominate themselves in one or more of the 20 categories – the winners are…

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Congratulations Nicci!

Nicci Simpson, a business woman from Ottery St Mary, has been named in the UK’s Top Female Entrepreneurs of 2024, a campaign that highlights inspiring female business leaders across UK. Nicci is the owner and founder of Devon Eco Boutique, a hub for unique gifts, practical products and preloved…

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