Blue Flag Awards 2022: Exmouth, Seaton and Sidmouth boast some of Britain’s nicest beaches

Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton have been named as having some of the nicest beaches in the UK.

This is the first year Seaton has won the prestigious Blue Flag Award, joining the growing list of jewels in East Devon’s crown.

Exmouth has now won the accolade for the fourth year in a row while this is the third year for Sidmouth.

The three towns were among 151 locations...

Take a virtual tour of The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth before you visit 

A brand-new virtual online tour, that allows people to discover The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth before they visit, is now available on the charity’s website.

Featuring stunning 360-degree colour images and helpful informative panels, the virtual tour means people can discover the highlights of the sanctuary and plan their visit before they arrive.

The tour guides people...

Sidmouth Undercliff Walkway closed following small cliff fall

Following a small cliff fall on the undercliff walkway in Sidmouth the walkway will remain closed until East Devon District Council (EDDC) can be confident that there is no further risk to the public.

The small cliff fall took place on Sunday morning. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) were made aware of this by the police, and attended site confirming that there were no...

Gold-standard dining among the donkeys 

For the fourth year in a row, The Donkey Sanctuary’s on-site restaurant ‘The Kitchen’ has been awarded a Taste of the West Gold Award.

The venue at the sanctuary in Sidmouth picked up the Gold Awardin the café/tearoom category in the 2022 Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards.

The judges looked at a number of categories, including the quality of service and food,...

Sidmouth theatre sells out shows, after lockdown return

Hungry theatre lovers have finally been able to get their fix for live performances following lockdown with tickets selling out at an ‘amazing’ rate for the first five Sidmouth shows.

Among the sold out shows, at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, was Sidmouth Youth Theatre’s production of ‘The Show Will Go On’ and the Moonstone Theatre Company’s ‘Dead in the Water’ – an original classic...

Sidmouth resurfacing scheme on track

The ongoing major resurfacing and highway drainage improvement scheme in Sidmouth is progressing well.

The 12-week scheme, which is covering around 1.2km of the A375 from Temple Gardens to the junction with the Esplanade, started in January and has now reached the half-way point.

Work involves repairs to a number of sections of damaged and collapsed drainage pipes and this...

Bespoke steel cover takes centre stage at new Devon amphitheatre

A ONE-OF-A-KIND cover has become the focal point of a new flood storage area that doubles as an outdoor performance space in Sidmouth, Devon.

The steel cover, which was created by Wrekin Products , forms an integral part of a significant flood alleviation scheme in the area. Laser cut with an intricate leaf pattern, the product was left ungalvanized meaning the surface would oxidise...

Flood-friendly hedge-planting scheme helps wildlife and donkeys 

A scheme to help reduce flooding and improve water quality in the Otter Valley, East Devon has been given a boost after more than 3,500 young hedge plants and trees were planted by The Donkey Sanctuary.

Staff and volunteers from the international animal welfare charity planted a mixture of native species, including silver birch, field maple, hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel, to help...

Sidmouth swimming pool changing room get a welcomed refresh

LED Community Leisure are delighted to announce that their changing rooms at Sidmouth swimming pool are getting a makeover!

We know from feedback that many customers love our swimming pool, our inspiring aqua instructors and our friendly front of house teams but often feel the experience is let down by our changing rooms.

Thanks to the financial support of East Devon...

Discover the leader of the pack at The Donkey Sanctuary

This February half term, head to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and find out which adoption donkey has the loudest bray, the longest ears, or who is the most playful, in the Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail.

Follow the trail around the sanctuary to find the giant Top Trumps cards and discover which adoption donkey comes out on top in each round. This exciting family activity is a...