Sidmouth police officers help Rainbows group get their latest badge

Officers from Sidmouth Neighbourhood Police Team recently had the honour of assisting a local Rainbows group in earning their police badge.

The children had a lovely time meeting PC Tom Driver and Police Community Support Officer Sarah Reece and they even got to see a police car up close with blue flashing lights.

The group also had the chance to try on some of the police...

Head chef celebrates 15 years of excellence at the Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth

Executive head chef Stuart White is celebrating 15 years of excellence at Sidmouth’s 4 star luxurious Victorian landmark, the Victoria Hotel, a tenure that includes leading its award-winning AA Rosette Jubilee Restaurant.

The 41 year-old chef who hails from East Devon said the stunning seaside venue will continue to evolve using the very best produce from local suppliers. Stuart said...

Sidmouth Summer Play Festival looks forward to another fantastic year at The Manor Pavilion Theatre

The Paul Taylor Mills Summer Play Festival is in it's 11th year, running a repertory theatre season with over 60 years of history in Sidmouth.

Sidmouth is proud to host one of the longest running repertory theatre seasons in the country.

In repertory theatre, a company of actors rehearse and perform back to back plays in house for a season, often rehearsing the following...

Sanctuary donkeys who supported community find new companion and forever home

A pair of donkeys who spent many years supporting people in the East Devon community, are now enriching the life of a single donkey who was left bereft after losing his companion.

Henry, 17, and 14-year-old gelding James came into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary in 2016 and 2011 respectively. Both donkeys were relinquished from Ireland, and despite their age difference, looked very...

Sidmouth Celebration of the Spoken Word
 Helps Combat Climate Crisis

Tipton St John-based international reforestation charity, Word Forest , has launched a monthly poetry and spoken word event at the Leigh Brown Room at the Unitarian Hall in Sidmouth. It’s set to be a fabulous celebration of word play and it will be hosted by poets and Word Forest founders, Tracey and Simon West.

Simon comments: “Wordplay will give poets and writers of prose a chance...

Take a walk on the wild side at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

With spring just around the corner, visitors to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth can discover some of the wildlife that live in and around the sanctuary with Drizzle’s Green Guardians Trail.

The sanctuary is home to thousands of insects, animals and plants, and they rely on donkeys like Drizzle and his pals to boost biodiversity on the land. Whether they are grazing the meadows or...

Overwhelming support for new walking and cycling route proposals

Almost 90% of people who responded to a recent public consultation on plans for a multiuse path between Sidbury and Sidford have backed the idea.

The proposed walking and cycling route would extend from Sidford along the western side of the A375, crossing Ottery Lane with a new cycle/pedestrian crossing, and then connecting to Hillside, near Sidbury.

Feedback to Devon County...

Work to improve Sidmouth Cemetery begins

Work to make Sidmouth Cemetery a more welcoming place which respects past loved ones while also creating a wildlife haven has begun.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) held a special meeting and a tour at Sidmouth Cemetery on Thursday, 18 January, following a number of complaints received about the maintenance of the site.

An army of amazing volunteers have stepped forward...

Role reversal: Sidmouth donkeys provide wellbeing for equine welfare officers  

A group of dedicated professionals, who spend their working lives protecting the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules, were treated to a wellbeing session with a difference at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.

The frontline equine welfare officers spent a day at the Sanctuary’s Donkey Assisted Activities centre, giving them the opportunity to take time out of their busy roles to...

Immersive Theatre Bootcamp will explore the Manor Pavilion Theatre in new and exciting ways

After their ­­­­­wildly successful run in Beer Quarry Caves with Medea in 2023, Four of Swords will be coming to the Manor Pavilion Theatre Sidmouth to host four days of intensive workshops that examine what immersive theatre can mean.

Their programme will culminate in a performance which will entirely reimagine the Manor Pavilion Theatre: using the building in a surprising way and...