New £14m Sidmouth Beach Management Plan takes major step forward

A new and improved multi-million Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme (BMS) could eliminate the need for a controversial raised splash wall on the seafront.

And, it would help to future proof the town against increased storminess due to climate change for decades to come.

The news comes following a meeting of the Sidmouth Beach Management Advisory Group, on Monday 25 October,...

First phase of Sidmouth flood alleviation scheme officially opened

A new flood alleviation scheme in Sidmouth has been officially opened.

The first phase of the £1 million Devon County Council scheme has been completed, installing a new drainage system on Station Road to divert surface water away from properties and into a newly formed amphitheatre in the grounds of the Knowle.

Devon County Council Chair Jeff Trail BEM marked the opening at...

Green Flags flying again over East Devon!

Green Flag awards have been retained by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) for their Manor Gardens in Exmouth, Seafield Gardens in Seaton, and Connaught Garden in Sidmouth, along with Seaton Wetlands nature reserve on the Axe Estuary.

This is the 17th year in a row that this converted award has been awarded to the work at Manor Gardens, Exmouth and with Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens...

The sharp end of conservation work at The Donkey Sanctuary 

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth recently hosted ‘Loving our Land’ - an afternoon where visitors learnt how the charity manages its sites to benefit both its resident donkeys and the diverse local wildlife.

Guests heard about the work of The Donkey Sanctuary’s Ecology and Conservation team and watched a demonstration of grass cutting using the traditional method of scything, by Ecology...

Donkeys play key role in wildflower conservation scheme 

Donkeys are playing a key role in an innovative conservation scheme encouraging the growth of wildflowers at the headquarters of international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.

Paddy and Kelley, a pair of rescued donkeys, are being regularly walked through a wildflower meadow at the site in Sidmouth, as part of their routine training and exercise.

As the donkeys...

Go batty at The Donkey Sanctuary this summer 

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth will host East Devon’s new travelling creative space – the Creative Cabin on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 August, offering visitors free hands-on activities and the chance to learn all about one of the UK's rarest bats - the grey long-eared-bat.

Activities at the 'Completely Batty' event include making flying bat models and bat masks, as well as putting...

The Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth launches its Summer Play Season of 6 irresistible plays across 12 weeks

East Devon District Council announces that the Manor Pavilion has reopened in style with their hugely popular Sidmouth Summer Play Festival.

All current Covid protocols are in place, and this year the season features six irresistible plays across twelve weeks this summer.

Award-winning producer, Paul Taylor Mills, has masterminded a high quality programme of comedy,...

Football Fever at The Donkey Sanctuary

Harry the donkey appears to be getting caught up with the football fever gripping the nation ahead of Sunday’s big game.

Like his famous namesake, England international Harry Kane, Harry aged 16, who is a resident at the headquarters of animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, seems to really enjoy playing with footballs as part of his daily enrichment...

Extra tickets released for top name evening concerts at 
A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival

More tickets have just been released for top name concerts at A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival – a whole week of music and merriment that will swing into action from July 30 to August 6 in the East Devon seaside town.

The first batch of tickets sold out within days for open air evening shows by Seth Lakeman plus Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage , Eliza Carthy Trio plus Jack Rutter...

Jurassic Fibre to extend full fibre network to Sidmouth

Broadband provider and winner of the ISPA New ISP 2020 award, Jurassic Fibre, has reached a significant milestone in delivering gigabit connectivity to overlooked communities across the South West with the announcement that it is extending its network to Sidmouth and its surrounding villages.

Construction is due to commence shortly. Once complete, the network will deliver ultrafast...