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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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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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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Ottery St Mary’s Historic Church

Standing proud in Ottery St. Mary is a magnificent testament to history, architecture, and faith: St. Mary's Church. This ancient parish church has stood for centuries, witnessing the ebb and flow of time and serving as a symbol of continuity in an ever-changing world. If you think it bears a…

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Autumn's Coming to Ottery St. Mary

Ottery St. Mary transforms into a captivating haven of autumnal beauty as the leaves begin to change and the air carries a crisp, invigorating scent. This small market town comes alive with the warm hues of falling leaves, the aroma of seasonal delights, and a sense of anticipation for the…

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Picnic Spots in Ottery St. Mary

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of East Devon, Ottery St. Mary offers a delightful array of picnic spots for nature enthusiasts and families seeking a relaxing day outdoors during the summer holidays. With its idyllic countryside setting, the town boasts an abundance of green spaces and…

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Discover Ottery St Mary’s Scenic Walks

Ottery St Mary offers a picturesque setting for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy. With its rolling countryside, scenic riverbanks, and historic landmarks, Ottery St Mary is a haven for walkers seeking beautiful landscapes and a sense of tranquillity. Whether you're looking for a leisurely…

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National Cream Tea Day in Ottery St Mary

June is a special month for Devon, with lots of National weeks & celebrations. From National Picnic Week, Father’s Day, and of course, Devon Day to National Cream Tea day, there are no shortage of ways to celebrate all things Devon here in Ottery St Mary. So, while there’s lots to talk about and…

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Pixie Day is Here!

Did you know that Pixie Day is quickly approaching? This Saturday 24th June, delve into the magical tradition and discover more about our charming town. Ottery St. Mary’s Pixie Day is a unique and captivating event held annually in the town. This delightful tradition celebrates the local folklore…

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