While we can’t deny that Sidmouth in the summer is a glorious place to be with the blue skies and warm weather and spring is when the surrounding countryside starts to come to life, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t forgo an autumnal visit to the region.

Sidmouth in autumn is generally quieter, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to do, there is still plenty to keep you entertained during an autumnal visit and here are some of our top reasons to visit this autumn. 

All those autumnal colours

Image: Sarah Hall.

You might think Sidmouth’s main attraction is the seafront, but the town is actually surrounded by beautiful countryside and a civic arboretum where you can really enjoy those incredible autumnal colours. Towards the end of September,  is usually a walking festival, which consists of a week of daily, free guided walks giving you a chance to take in the wonderful countryside views. We have suggestions of other local walks which really show off the incredible surroundings here.

The tasty local food

Sidmouth is the place to be for delicious, home grown food. Whether you’re stopping off in a café or ordering a hearty meal at a local pub or restaurant, you’ll find menus full of seasonal, local ingredients – what better after a bracing walk? Sample a locally made cream tea or try some delicious fresh fish or a warming roast. Whatever your favourite meal, you’ll find it here in Sidmouth.

Dog days at the beach

At this time of year, the beaches are generally less crowded that usual and at the beginning of October, the dog restrictions are lifted so you and your four legged friends can both enjoy a day of paddling, digging in the sand and searching the rockpools.

Warmer days out

Keep it on the downlow, but Devon, and by extension Sidmouth, has a much more mild climate than other places in the UK. This is because of its position in the South West where it is generally a little warmer than elsewhere, so though there might be wind and rain (it is autumn after all) when the sun comes out, you can still pretend its summer!

Have we convinced you to spend time in Sidmouth this autumn? Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and let us know what you’re getting up to. Also be aware that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there may be regulations or changes to the government guidance. Make sure to double check what local restrictions may be in place before travelling.