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LEISURE PURSUITS & VISITOR CENTRES
SIDMOUTH SWIMMING POOL
There is a lovely swimming pool only 10 minutes by car in Sidmouth.
You have two 9-hole par 3 Golf Courses within 10 minutes walk:
THE SIDMOUTH DONKEY SANCTUARY
The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary is right next door - lots of lovely easy walks, and an excellent cafeteria. There is an area where children ( and adults ) can pet some of the resident animals. This is a must visit place for families on an East Devon holiday. www.TheDonkeySanctuary.org.uk
SIDMOUTH GOLF CLUB Overlooking the Regency town of Sidmouth, the fine clubhouse provides a panoramic view of the Devon and Dorset coastline of Lyme Bay and beyond. The J H Taylor designed course also enjoys wonderful sea views from its undulating fairways, and there are beautiful scenes to be savoured throughout the 18 holes. Almost uniquely amongst courses on this stretch of coast, they are enjoyed from a position usually sheltered from strong winds, and offer the perfect challenge for the golfing novice as well as the more accomplished golfer. www.SidmouthGolfClub.co.uk
Open top trams roll along the Axe estuary to Colyton, a pretty little village. Take your binoculars to see the birds which congregate along the estuary mud flats.
CREALY ADVENTURE PARK
A big fun day out for the family with loads of rides and entertainment.
PECORAMA Train rides for kids and adults and lots of model railways. Also restuarant in an old Pullman coach. Great trip out for the family. www.pecorama.info
BEER QUARRY CAVES Take in 2000 years of history at the incredible Beer Quarry Caves. Very interesting from a social history perspective, and the caves have 7 species of bat too. www.beerquarrycaves.com
OTTERTON MILL Shops and galleries in lovely setting. Shop till you drop, then have lunch and relax at Otterton Mill.
SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK 2024
Sidmouth Folk Week is a well established event. Stoneleigh always gets booked up for this week, so book for 2024 now ... the festival lasts a week starting on Friday August 2nd - August 10th 2024 http://www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk>
GRIZZLY RUN 2024 'You don't have to be mad but it helps'. The next fun day out is on Sunday 17th March 2024
DONKEY WEEK 2024 7th May - 14th May 2024
EVENTS AT THE COUNTY SHOWGROUND
From agriculture to dog shows, there might well be something of interest to you here.
WISCOMBE PARK HILL CLIMB
For Motorsport fans check the calendar for the Wiscombe Park hill climb events.
TOPSHAM ON THE EXE ESTUARY
From November to March there are bird watching cruises from Topsham with commentary by the RSPB.
TAR BARREL ROLLING Fancy a Guy Fawkes night with a twist ? Then get along to Ottery St Mary for the tar barrel rolling. Don't ask me what it's all about - but it's a fun family evening out!
Other sites of interest or related to East Devon and the Jurassic Coast :-
The Jurassic Coast is like a veritable time machine spanning 400 million years of the Earth's evolution. Learn more about it here - www.JurassicCoast.com
THE NORMAN LOCKYER OBSERVATORY & PLANETARIUM
An educational experience for anyone. You will need to check the timetable and book ahead to avoid dissapointment.
EXMOUTH GUIDE With 3 miles of golden sands Exmouth has one of the best beaches in the UK. There are cafeteria's and bars along with water sports, so you are totally set up for a family day on the beach. Don't forget your sunscreen.
STUART LINE CRUISES A Boat Trip from Exmouth on Stuart Line Cruises really is the best way to see the Jurassic Coast. You will get an excellent informative commentary along the way, and you can get some great photos.
BLACKBURY CAMP A flat cycle ride away is Blackbury Camp (wonderful at bluebell time),an ancient hilltop fort. http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=14788
POWDERHAM CASTLE Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes, this and a whole range of other exciting activities makes it a ‘must see' for everyone. http://www.powderham.co.uk
KILLERTON HOUSE 18th Century house set in 15 acres of gardens and parkland. Houses renowned fashion collection. Located close to Exeter. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton
BICTON PARK GARDENS AT BUDLEIGH SALTERTON
An interesting collection of trees, which can be observed from the comfort of a train which travels around the park at regular intervals ( recommended ). There is a good restuarant, shop, and childrens play area.
DINOSAUR LAND IN LYME REGIS
Fun but educational at the same time. You can walk down to the Cobb afterwards, and enjoy the golden sands on the beach.
EAST DEVON AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY What can we say ? Stoneleigh is surrounded by National Trust land and is in a Coastal Protection Area as well as an AONB. Great for naturalists and walkers. This website will tell you more.
Fossil Hunting in Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast. Very educational, and fantastic fun. You could be the one that finds the next
pl ... pleisio ... pleisiosour .......DINOSAUR !
LYME BAY MARINE CONSERVATION CORAL
Coral reefs just outside Sidmouth ? you'd better believe it. With the banning of scallop fishing, Lyme Bay is now a marine conservation zone. This website will tell you more.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
East Devon Holidays Holiday cottages in East Devon Tel : 01684 310046 web : http://www.east-devon-holidays.com
The Fountain Head Inn 14th C quaint unspoilt rustic decor are all part of the charm of the Fountain Head. The real ales are brewed in the village by the Branscombe Vale brewery. Food served lunchtimes and evening. Watch out for the beer festivals - not to be missed. Tel : 01297 680359 EX12 3BG web : http://www.fountainheadinn.com
Exmouth Tide Tables Check this BBC link to get the tide times and table for Exmouth, OK for fishing at Sidmouth and the East Devon area. http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables/10/26b/
EST - Elisabeth Svendson Trust The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys (EST) is a UK based charity dedicated to providing riding therapy with donkeys to children with special needs and disabilities. The aims of the EST are to bring enjoyment and pleasure into their lives and to give them the satisfaction that comes with the achievement of learning riding skills. www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/est
The Devon Directory Links to holiday sites, including accommodation ( self catering, B&B and hotels ) as well as attractions, pubs and restaurants, and activities such as golf and surfing. Also information about towns and villages . www.devon-holiday.com
South Coast Path- Useful site for those walking the South Coast Path. www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk
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