Visit Sidmouth Blog

Welcome to the Visit Sidmouth blog! 

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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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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Toddler friendly things to do in East Devon

Are you planning a post Christmas trip to East Devon or Ottery St Mary this year? Need some ideas to help keep the toddlers entertained? Here are our suggestions for things to do with toddlers and younger kids in Ottery St Mary and the surrounding areas. Wildwood Escot One of the leading…

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A Year in Ottery St Mary

December is here and we’re creeping further towards a brand new year. We’re looking back on a wonderful year here in Ottery St Mary, all through your photos! From our traditional events, stunning architecture and structures, landscapes and more, there’s plenty to love and enjoy within the town…

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Get into the Festive Spirit in Ottery St Mary

Now that Halloween is over, there’s no better time to start getting into the Christmas spirit! Ottery St Mary is the perfect place to enjoy the festivities, with lots of unique community events taking place throughout November and December. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved with lots of…

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Diego arrives in Devon following life-saving rescue

Wildwood Trust, working with Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, has successfully rescued Diego, the sole surviving bear at Orsa Predator Park in Sweden, which will soon close. The Swedish park is due to close imminently to make room for a leisure facility and staff were ordered to euthanise any animals…

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The Ottery St. Mary Tar Barrels: A Fiery Tradition

Are you ready for Ottery St. Mary’s fiery tradition? Taking place on Saturday 4th November, the town becomes a hive of activity to celebrate the unique Tar Barrels! Whether you’re a local or a visitor, make sure to pop by and see this spectacular showing. The history of the Tar Barrels dates back…

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