Browsing: What’s on in Sidmouth

UK ‘queen of soul’ Mica Paris is the headline act to rock the first-ever Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival coming to the town in June. The organisers have promised ‘the best’ Jazz, Blues, Roots, RnB, Soul, Funk, and Latin music across the festival weekend, Thursday, June 2 until Sunday, June 5, plus free live music at a host of fringe venues across the town. Headline afternoon and evening ticketed concerts will take place in Sidmouth Parish Church, in Church Street, while free live performances from local and regional talent will perform on their own outdoor stage. Headline act and…

Monthly dates have been announced for the return of the Sidmouth Eats Boutique street food markets, starting in May. Entry is free to the markets, which are being held on Kennaway House lawn on the second Friday of the summer months, from 4pm until 9pm, or sunset. The dates for the markets – which directly supports at least 10 local small businesses – are Friday, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9. New for 2022 is the launch of Sidmouth Eats Boutique pop-up pub, The Salty Arms. A spokesperson for the markets said: “We’ll bring you…

A photojournalist from Sidmouth who has been in war-torn Ukraine covering frontline fighting will donate funds from his Defending Kyiv lectures to three ‘desperately in need’ families left behind in the stricken country. Over the last two months photographing the war in Ukraine, dad-of-one Iain Burns, from Sidmouth, was mistaken for a Russian spy and threatened with arrest and deportation. He witnessed death and the true horrors of the conflict; overhead bombing and gunfire. Now safely back in East Devon, Iain is sharing his experiences of war with two nights of lectures being held in Sidmouth, in aid of three…

All eyes will be on the skies above Sidmouth in August when the Red Arrows return for the town’s summer airshow. Sidmouth Town Council said the airshow will return in summer 2022, with the event being held on Friday, August 26, starting at around 5pm. Councillor Ian Barlow said: “This is great news that the Red Arrows are to return to the best possible place to watch them in the country, along with some great other teams.” This year’s arial attractions includes two Supermarine Spitfires of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Rich Goodwin in his aerobatic Pitts Biplane.…

Free sessions over Easter helping to entertain the donkeys at the sanctuary in Sidmouth aim to teach about the health and wellbeing of the animals. The Donkey Sanctuary is gearing up for the Easter holidays with the launch of three free activity sessions, making ‘enrichment’ toys and treats for the animals to play with. The enrichment sessions will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 11am, Tuesday, April 19, at 2pm, and at 11am on Thursday, April 21. Sessions are free and no pre-booking is required, although spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis.…

While East Devon residents hunker down to enjoy Christmas, grooms at The Donkey Sanctuary, in Sidmouth, remain dedicated to caring for their 232 charges. Grooms at charity will be working on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and over the holiday period, feeding, watering and caring for the animals living at the animal sanctuary. The Donkey Sanctuary is closed to visitors on Christmas Day, December 25, but is otherwise open throughout the holiday period, every day from 9am to 4.30pm. Last entry into the car park is at 4pm. Although the facilities are closed on Christmas Day, the Sidmouth sanctuary has many…

A new walking group for people in East Devon living with autism or Asperger syndrome will meet monthly in Sidmouth. The Aspie Walking Group has been formed by ‘like-minded people’ with the aim of sharing experiences and exploring Sidmouth. The first walk has been planned for Friday, January 7, 2022, setting off at 11am from The Triangle bus shelter, in Sidmouth. The organisers said there is no need to book, and a ‘warm welcome’ awaits. The walking group is for those with autism or Asperger syndrome as their prime diagnosis, or for people who identify as such. However, you do…

The Sidmouth Folk Festival has announced it will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ with its return for summer 2022, boasting an ‘eclectic’ line-up of artists and performers. Tickets have gone on sale for the next year’s festival, as organisers have revealed the return of the Bulverton marquee at the top of the town – the ‘high energy hub’ for ceilidhs and evening shows. Organisers said the 2022 festival will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the 2020 event to be held online, and last year’s gathering was scaled-back. Festival organisers said the 2022 line-up, from July…

Seasonal music and ‘light-hearted’ surprises are promised when the Sidmouth Town Band takes to the stage at the Manor Pavilion Theatre on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4. The Sidmouth Town Band Christmas concerts will perform a ‘packed programme’ starting at 7.30pm, and 3pm, respectively. Tickets have been selling fast, organisers say, and can be bought at the theatre box office, or online. A Sidmouth Town Band spokesman said: “There’s no better combination to raise the spirits and help keep warm than Christmas and a brass band – and this year sees the return of the incredibly popular Sidmouth…

Excitement is building as lighting designers are at Connaught Gardens, in Sidmouth, gearing up to fit sparkle and illuminations ahead of a new family festive event. With days to go before the official opening of Connaught@Christmas, the team has been dressing the trees, shrubs, flower beds, walls and pillars with spotlights, light curtains, uplighters and tree illuminations. Some 550 lighting units, seven kilometers of cable, more than 860 metres of fairy light strings and thousands of LED lamps will be fitted, plus a projection ‘finale piece’, which organisers say will ‘add colour and texture on to the cliffs above Jacob’s…

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