Browsing: What’s on in Sidmouth

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will remain temporarily closed to visitors despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions from Saturday, July 4. The international charity says huge numbers of people flocking to the attraction from across the UK poses a ‘heightened risk’ to staff who care for its famous animals. We are continuing to monitor the situation on a local, regional and national level, and when it is safe to do so, we will reopen our public centres and welcome visitors back to our site…Its HQ in East Devon welcomes around 400,000 visitors every year. Faith Burden, executive director of equine…

Leading the 2021 torchlight procession and having an original song penned for you are some of the rewards on offer to boost Sidmouth Folk Festival funds thanks to a campaign beginning on June 30. From tomorrow, Tuesday, Sidmouth Folk Festival fans disappointed by this year’s Covid-cancelled event can scoop ‘exclusive treats’ by donating to safeguard the 2021 celebrations. When the coronavirus crisis prompted organisers to cancel the festival for the first time in its 65-year history, they came up with fresh fundraising ways to champion the event’s long-term future. A Crowdfunder campaign launches tomorrow, June 30, where donations can be…

A four-year-old girl with autism is the inspiration behind Sidmouth holding its first ever scarecrow competition in July. Mum Amy Roles brought the idea of a competition to Sidmouth, Newton Poppleford and Sidford, thanks to her daughter’s enjoyment of seeing scarecrows on display in Beer when she drove the youngster to nursery. Amy, 37, who lives near The Byes, in Sidmouth, is already looking ahead to next year’s event – she is determined Sidmouth wins the world record for scarecrows, taking the title from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Married mum-of-two Amy, 37, organised this year’s free-to-enter event to bring the community together…

Fans of The Donkey Sanctuary are invited to a virtual day out in Sidmouth on bank holiday Monday to see the animals and chat to staff who look after them. The interactive day, starting at 10am on May 25, is a repeat of a similar successful online event held by the sanctuary over Easter, which reached more than a million people. The latest Sanctuary From Your Sofa event includes five Facebook Live broadcasts, each lasting 15 minutes, and a pre-recorded link at 12 noon, with the charity’s donkey-assisted therapy centres across the UK. Maxine Carter, Sidmouth sanctuary farm manager, said:…

Sidmouth Regatta has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis – and its long-standing organisers have called for a new committee to take the helm for 2021. This summer’s August bank holiday event has been called off over ‘uncertainty’ caused by the ongoing pandemic. Driving forces behind the tradition of more than three decades signalled their intent to stand down after its 30th anniversary last year. However, no-one has yet come forward to take over organising the races, fancy-dress, children’s fun and fireworks. Certainly Keith and I would not be comfortable in asking businesses for support and committing money at this…

The Donkey Sanctuary is offering residents a chance to beat lockdown boredom by enjoying a ‘virtual day out’ its Sidmouth home on Easter Sunday. The six live Facebook broadcasts tomorrow (April 12) will be a first for the international animal welfare charity. ‘Sanctuary from your Sofa’ will follow the life of the resident donkeys and the staff who care for them. We wanted to create a special day for all those people who are missing their ‘donkey fix’ – Maxine CarterHighlights include meeting the main herd of around 50 donkeys in the heart of the sanctuary at 10am, before heading…

Sidmouth Folk Festival 2020 has become the latest major East Devon event to be cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic. The summer tradition had been due to take place from July 31 to August 7 but its organisers have pulled the plug ‘with an extremely heavy heart’. It is the first time the colourful week of music and dance has been called off in its 65-year history. Breaking a continuous history of 65 festivals may feel devastating, but the wellbeing of all involved in attending and running the festival is paramount… Plans are already under way for next year’s event. Organisers…

Devon Fitspo will showcase the best of East Devon and Exeter’s fitness, health and wellbeing businesses at Sidmouth College next month. Those going along are encouraged to wear gym kits because the event will include some have-a-go fitness, dance  and martial arts sessions, plus demonstrations and talks from experts. The Devon Fitspo event, at Sidmouth College, in Primley Road, has been organised by Lauren Clapp from fitness studio LC Sidmouth. All proceeds from the event will be split between Sidmouth College’s new building fund and Action On Hearing Loss, who Lauren is running the London Marathon for in April. Entry…

Play games of donkey Top Trumps at Sidmouth this February half term and find out who has the loudest bray, longest ears or is most playful. The Donkey Sanctuary is inviting families to take part in its Top Trumps trail, where adoption animals have been scored and donkey data collated. The fun includes following a trail of Top Trump cards set around the sanctuary. Each trail costs £3.50 and includes a prize and certificate on completion. The charity said the trail was a chance to explore the sanctuary, see donkeys and have outdoor fun. The adoption donkey Top Trumps trail…

A jumble sale is taking place in Sidmouth this coming weekend in aid of charity Action on Hearing Loss. Organised by Lauren Clapp, of LC Fitness, the event will be staged at LC Fitness studio, Unit 2, Station Yard, Station Road, on Saturday (November 23). The sale will run from 10am to 12noon. Lauren is fundraising for her part in the Virgin London Marathon 2020. All are welcome. Action on Hearing Loss is the trading name of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), which has been a leading UK charity since 1911. Village traders support Christmas Market and…

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