It's official: Exmouth and Sidmouth boast some of Britain’s nicest beaches

Exmouth and Sidmouth have been officially recognised for having some of the nicest beaches in Britain.

The two towns were among 76 locations to be given the prestigious Blue Flag Award for their outstanding beaches.

Not only this, but Seaside Awards were also given to Exmouth, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, and Seaton by the national charity - Keep Britain Tidy.


Underwater Photographer Kyle makes a Splash with Samaritans

If you think all charity shops are the same, think again - the Samaritans’ store in Sidmouth is not only a successful fund-raising outlet but it’s also a unique showcase for some of the area’s best artistic talents.

The shop, located in a former bank building, reopened from lockdown last month and within three weeks had attracted 700 paying customers, providing much-needed financial...

Eats Boutique street food markets return for 2021

Eats Boutique street food markets return - new venues but the same wonderful communities

The business behind the Eats Boutique street food markets is Unique Boutique Events, and the face behind that is Eleanor Carr, a resident of Colyford, East Devon. Eleanor started up the Friday evening street food markets in the summer of 2015 as a bit of an experiment and has been building them since into...

Wildlife and donkeys benefit from flood-friendly hedge-planting

Wildlife and donkeys benefit from flood-friendly hedge-planting

More than 500 young hedge trees have been planted at the Woods Farm site near Sidmouth

Rare butterflies and birds could benefit from hedge restoration work at animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary as part of a wider scheme to improve water quality and reduce flooding across parts of East Devon.

Staff from the sanctuary have planted more the 500 young hedge trees so far to help...

Run for donkeys in the world's biggest marathon

The Donkey Sanctuary is inviting people to become part of its intrepid team of runners in this year's London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 3 October.

With four participants already signed up, the international animal welfare charity has five places still available for the Virgin Money London Marathon, with another five places available in the Virtual Virgin Money London...

Virtual donkey day out on Easter Sunday

This Easter Sunday (4 April), animal lovers will once again be able to catch up with the four-legged residents of The Donkey Sanctuary as its award-winning Sanctuary From Your Sofa event returns for another virtual day out with the charity’s donkeys.

Viewers will be able to tune in from 10am to watch a series of live broadcasts from The Donkey Sanctuary headquarters in Sidmouth, as...

New foal born at The Donkey Sanctuary

Spring foal born at The Donkey Sanctuary

Spring has sprung at international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary, after they welcomed their first foal of the year.

The fluffy male foal has been exploring his new surroundings in the spring sunshine with his mother, a mare called Rachel, who was rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary in 2020.

The new arrival, who is yet to be named, is light grey in colour with a...

Bigger, better Sidmouth sea defence plans back on table after changes to funding eligibility

A new bigger, and better Sidmouth sea defence scheme is now back on the table after recent changes to the eligibility for funding from various bodies.

This excellent news from East Devon District Council (EDDC) was revealed in a public meeting with the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan Project Advisory Group on Thursday, February 24.

The additional funding eligibility...

Couples can now tie the knot in Connaught Gardens

Connaught Gardens is now licensed to host legal wedding ceremonies and will be open for business as soon as Government restrictions allow.

Couples can choose from a number of stunning locations to hire exclusively with the rest of gardens, making it the perfect setting for wedding photographs.

Receptions can also be held in the bandstand gardens for small and large weddings...

Harrison-Lavers & Potbury's, Sidmouth

Tony joins the board at HLP

Sidmouth’s Harrison-Lavers & Potbury’s is delighted to announce the expansion of its Board of Directors, with Tony Sutherland being appointed Sales Director. Tony has been with the firm for over 10 years and has been at the forefront of the company’s sales department.

Managing Director, Jay Thorne said of the appointment: “Tony has been an invaluable member of the team. His...