While Sidmouth, and Devon as a whole, has a warmer climate than most of the UK, sometimes, it does fall foul of the weather. That doesn’t mean that your day trip or short break to the town is ruined though, there are still plenty of things you can do during a rainy day in Sidmouth! Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy your time in Sidmouth, whatever the weather!

Go shopping

Sidmouth is a haven for those that love a bit of retail therapy. From the high street to the town’s own department store and the cute and quirky Libra Court. You’ll find everything from recognisable high street favourites and independent stores full of unique products perfect for holiday gifts. Plus, if you’re walking in and out of shops, you aren’t outside getting wet!

Visit a museum

Sidmouth has its own town museum which can be found next to the Parish Church. The museum has a wide range of exhibitions and displays including local and national history, the geology of the Jurassic Coast and just about everything else you can think of! Kennaway House is another excellent choice for anyone looking for somewhere inside to hide from the rain. This Regency style manor house has lots of impressive art exhibitions and more to keep you entertained. At the moment, there are some changes to the opening times and capacity of the region’s attractions, so do make sure to check with the individual establishments before heading out – just in case you need to prebook or there is limited opening.

Catch a film

Now that cinemas are starting to reopen, why not watch a movie while you wait for the weather to change? Sidmouth is home to a retro cinema which has been providing entertainment in the town since the 1920s – so even without the films, a visit is an experience. Again, you may have to prebook due to ongoing social distancing guidance, make sure to find out more before heading to a cinema.

Spend some time at a historic church

Sidmouth and the surrounding Sid Valley has a huge range of beautiful historic churches, which not only provide a bit of shelter, but also give you a beautiful place to spend a few hours in a tranquil environment. St Giles’ Church is based in Sidbury and is a historic Grade I listed building which dates back to Saxon times. It even has a Saxon crypt which is a feature on tours of the site. Alternatively, St Peter’s Church in Sidford dates back to the Victorian times.  

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