Browsing: What’s on in Sidmouth

A new festive event is being planned in Sidmouth in December where public gardens will come alive with lights. The Connaught@Christmas event – expected to run from December 7-12 – promises seasonal entertainment in a bid to boost Sidmouth’s celebrations, with creative light displays, local crafts and food on sale. The town’s Connaught Gardens, trees and paths will be illuminated using low energy lighting and LED technology. A Santa’s grotto is expected and performances from local musicians and singers. Organisers said a limited number of tickets with staggered entrance times will ensure a clear passage around the gardens. Access for…

The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is to open every weekend throughout December and daily over the Devon school Christmas holiday period. Over the winter months, the sanctuary will be open to visitors each weekend and during Devon school holidays, until the end of March 2021. Visitors must pre-book their free entry tickets through The Donkey Sanctuary website. Visitor numbers will be limited. Tickets will be released on Wednesday, December 9. During the Devon school Christmas holidays, the Sidmouth sanctuary will open daily from Saturday, December 19 until Monday, January 4, 2021 (excluding Christmas Day). The charity this week also announced…

Visitors are from Monday (September 28) being welcomed back at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth after months of closure because of the coronavirus lockdown. The free-to-visit sanctuary today announced it was reopening daily, from 9.30am until 4pm, with safety measures in place to stop the spread of the virus. The Donkey Sanctuary said because coronavirus restrictions visitors can expect a ‘different’ experience, with one-way routes around the site, hand sanitiser stations and ‘fewer opportunities’ to mingle with the resident donkeys. A spokesperson for the sanctuary said: ““Like lots of other attractions, people can expect a different visitor experience when visiting…

Sidmouth Rugby Club is set to serve up a full weekend of fun after the game’s governing body ruled it can move a step closer to competitive action.  The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said late last month that, from Tuesday, September 1, clubs can to start limited and restricted contact training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures. As a result, Sidmouth Chiefs have announced a big weekend of activities from Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13. A busy weekend for the club is launched on the Friday (September 11) with ‘Seniors’ Fun’ all getting under way from 7pm. It includes…

Covid has cancelled Sidmouth 2020 air show amid town council fears it would be ‘irresponsible’ to encourage 30,000-plus people to the seafront. Sidmouth Town Council on Tuesday (August 11) officially announced the cancellation of the August bank holiday event, where traditionally the Red Arrows appear alongside a host of aerial entertainment. The cancellation of the annual event has been done to protect the town against the spread of coronavirus, and ease residents’ anxieties as they come out of lockdown. The council said it would have been ‘difficult’ to enforce the social distancing of thousands of extra people. Overall, we felt…

Organisers of an online Sidmouth Folk Festival are promising a ‘diverse and memorable’ virtual event – as a fundraising bid to secure the tradition’s future topped £70,000. The official fun will see shows performed from a ‘secret location’ in the town on August 1 and 2 among other festivities throughout the week. They will ‘harness the spirit of the annual seaside music and dance party’ in the absence of the real thing. And a crowdfunding appeal to secure the future of Sidmouth Folk Festival in 2021 and beyond has been going from strength-to-strength. It smashed its initial target of £30,000, hit…

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:…

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