If you’re planning a family holiday to Sidmouth this summer, here are our top suggestions for things to do when in the town. Despite its small size, there are plenty of events, attractions and more to keep the whole family entertained when you’re in Sidmouth and the surrounding area, so whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here!

Spend a day at the beach

Sidmouth has the Town Beach and Jacob’s Ladder Beach, both of which offer great opportunities for playing, doing some water sports and relaxing. The Esplanade, with its hotels, facilities and shops is easily accessible from the Town Beach, so you’re never too far from refreshments and shade if you need them.

Do some exploring

By being based in Sidmouth, you have plenty of chances to have an adventure! Why not follow the South West Coast Path and explore the wider Jurassic Coast area? Or venture into the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and take on the East Devon Way, either with or without bikes. Alternatively, if you want to stay close by, there are the Byes and Mutters Moor just on the outskirts of the town centre.

Enjoy an event or two

Sidmouth in summer is the place to be if you want to be busy. There are loads of events taking place all over the summer months including Sidmouth’s Air Show which is taking place in August this year, there’s the Folk Festival – which is hosting a scaled down event this year and Sidmouth’s Science Festival, among others. A little further afield there are events taking place in Budleigh Salterton, like the Literary Festival, too.

Book a day out at one of the region’s top attractions

Image: The Donkey Sanctuary

Being in Sidmouth means you’re only half an hour from Exeter where you’ll find a whole host of family friendly attractions, plus there are the many attractions to be found around the East Devon region. In the town there is the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary and on the outskirts, Pecorama.
Alternatively, you can visit a historic country house or even paint your own pottery at Something Lovely.

Want more suggestions of things to do when in Sidmouth? Make sure to check our Things to Do for a whole host of activities and attractions and our What’s On pages for the latest events.