Family Friendly Sidmouth

When it comes to days out by the seaside and unforgettable holidays, Sidmouth has it all. Many of the attractions that can be found in the Sid Valley are perfect for families of all ages and even the ones that aren’t aimed at children are still committed to making sure that every one of their visitors has a great time.  

Do you want to build a sandcastle?  

Sidmouth Beach and Jacob’s Ladder Beach are both great places to spend some time on a family friendly trip. The concession stands and the nearby facilities provide everything you could want during your trip and the iconic cliffs provide shelter from both the sun’s rays and any breezes that might threaten to ruin your day out.  

The beaches both offer ample opportunity for fun and games, the sandy areas are perfect for digging and building sandcastles, while the water is clean and safe for swimming. In low tide, you can head out and play at being fossil hunters, or you can make a game out of counting the steps down to Jacob’s Ladder! 

Heritage Attractions 

Just because you’ve left the classroom doesn’t mean that learning has to stop for the day! Discovering something new together is a great way to bond and spend time as a family – there is something very special about visiting old stately homes, examining the ground for fossils or taking part in an interactive workshop at a museum. Luckily, Sidmouth, with its proud Regency history is full of places to spend the day learning about the region, whether you’re eight or eighty!  

Head to the museum in town to find out some fascinating local facts, explore the places that Queen Victoria visited as a child or simple grab your plastic spades and sift through the sand at the beach looking for dinosaurs.  

Parks and gardens 

Being next to the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and consistent winners of Britain in Bloom’s South West heats, Sidmouth is a haven for families wanting some outdoor space. The parks, gardens and countryside areas in and around Sidmouth are ideal for taking walks, having picnics or just enjoying the sunshine. They offer lots of opportunities for playing and a chance for the parents to enjoy a cup of tea or two at one of the local cafes!  

Learning new skills 

While some may see a family holiday as exploring somewhere new together, others want to be more active and challenge themselves – if this is the sort of thing that appeals to your family make sure to check out the sports and leisure facilities on offer in Sidmouth. The local swimming pool has public swimming sessions and family sessions, while the sports clubs offer tuition and friendly games.  

If you’re really up for a challenge, you can book a lesson with one of the paddleboard instructors and take to the waves!  

It isn’t all about getting the heart thumping, some of the region’s activities get the brain ticking too, if you want to get creative and make some memories together with some art there are plenty of arts and crafts attractions for you to enjoy too.  


Make new friends 

One of the most popular type of family attraction are animal parks and you’ll find lots of different kinds of them all over Devon. On the outskirts of the town, you’ll find Sidmouth’s own animal park in the form of the Donkey Sanctuary which welcomes visitors of all ages (even dogs!) to come and make friends with their donkeys all year round.  

Whatever you are looking to do during your family trip to Sidmouth, you’ll find something to suit a range of budgets and tastes. Take a look here and start planning your trip today.   

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