As we come to our last day of another brilliant Sidmouth FolkWeek, we want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to you all – festival-goers, artists, volunteers, sponsors, townspeople, festival team members – for your part in a superb week of music, dance and song, by the seaside in Sidmouth.  

Gittisham village fete is set to take place on Saturday, September 17, starting at 2pm.

Sidmouth’s walking festival strolls back into action tomorrow (Saturday), showcasing the best the area has to offer.

Monday Chance of Rain (9 ↔ 17 °C)

The largest employer is East Devon District Council, whose headquarters are at the former Knowle Hotel. There is a large independent department store, Field's of Sidmouth, which has been on the same site for over 200 years.[citation needed] There are pubs, restaurants, coffee houses and tea rooms; also an indoor swimming pool, a sports hall at the leisure centre and a golf course.

Sid Vale Association, the first civic society in Britain, was founded in 1846 and is based in Sidmouth.

Villagers in Branscombe turned out in force for Force cancer charity to welcome back the first ‘pram race’ in 25 years.

With just over four weeks to go to Exmouth Carnival Fun Day and Illuminated Procession on Saturday, October 8, organisers say the event is ‘shaping up nicely’.

Sidmouth has been a frequent winner of Britain in Bloom awards. Most recently it won the Small Town category in 2001 and the Coastal Resort category in 2005.

Feniton Under-16s began their Exeter and District Youth League Division One campaign in similar fashion to how they closed their successful last campaign, when they won the Division Two title, as they defeated Seaton 1-0 in a close encounter.

Organisers of Branscombe Harvest Fair have added a number of new features ahead of the event tomorrow (Saturday).

Tributes have been paid to a ‘phenomenal lady’ who founded a therapy service for those on low income.

Stage six of the Tour of Britain passes through Honiton.

The draw for the second round of the Walter C Parsons Cup was not kind to both Exmouth Town and Budleigh Salterton with away games for the pair of them.

East Devon track ace Harry Tincknell recorded his fourth top-six finish in his sixth race for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team in the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas.

Sidmouth Tennis Club ran the second of its two Quorn Family Tennis events on Sunday, writes Kate Truman.

During the summer, Sidmouth Town Band, a brass band, play a series of concerts in the Connaught Gardens each Sunday at 8.00pm. This tradition has been maintained since it was formed in the 1860s,[21] and runs from late May until early September.

The Sidmouth Herald is the local newspaper.

The town’s streets and venues burst with festive atmosphere and colour as holidaymakers and festival goers join together in the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer.

A curious resident is celebrating the power of social media after fellow users helped her answer a burning question.

A Canadian is tracing her family ties to the Sid Valley for her wedding day tomorrow (Saturday).

The Esplanade is the sea front road from the red cliffs at the east towards Jacob's Ladder beach at the west. Peak Hill can be seen in the distance.

‘One of the best festivals on the planet!’ Mike Harding

Sidmouth College is a comprehensive school which takes children aged 11–18 from as far afield as Exmouth and Exeter.[30] In February 2012, with 852 pupils on roll, the college was deemed 'Good' by Ofsted, .[31] The judgment of improvement in the college's provision followed the previous inspection (May 2009) when it was deemed 'satisfactory'.[32] In the 2005 Ofsted report, when there were 869 students on roll, it was also deemed 'satisfactory'.[33]

Manor Pavilion houses an arts centre and a theatre that hosts both amateur and professional productions.[26] There is also the Radway Cinema.[27]

Skaters, stunts, street dancers, BMX tricks and music

Desperate couple urge 15-year-old to get in touch


Sidmouth /ˈsɪdməθ/ is a town situated on the English Channel coast in Devon, South West England, 14 miles (23 km) east of Exeter. In 2004, it had a population of about 15,000, of whom 40% were aged 65 or over.[1] By the time of the 2011 census the population was 12,569.[2] It is a tourist resort and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area.

Sidmouth Bowling Club staged another most successful Open Day at the club, writes Susie Bonnell.

Testudo Musical brand new original musical show is set to open on Wednesday, September 14.

Erosion remains a serious concern east of the mouth of the Sid. The cliffs have been heavily eroded, threatening homes and the coastal footpath.[10][11]

Sidmouth has been the setting for television shows, most recently an ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's Marple in summer 2005.

If you love theatre, but don’t like going alone, or want to go with partners or friends and meet others who enjoy live theatre, then the Exeter Northcott Go Together Club (GTC) could be for you. Launched last year by Tricia Cotton and Michael Terry, the autumn and winter programme will mark the club’s fourth season.

River Cottage is holding its first-ever family-friendly music festival, on the farm at River Cottage HQ near Axminster, on Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18.

‘Extending life-saving service could make big difference to the community’

Sidmouth appeared in the Domesday Book as Sedemuda, meaning "mouth of the Sid".[3] Like many such settlements, it was originally a fishing village. Although attempts have been made to construct a harbour, none has succeeded. A lack of shelter in the bay prevented growth as a port.[4]

Sidmouth, specifically the area of rock pools around Jacobs' Ladder, is also used as the location for H. G. Wells' The Sea Raiders.

The wide esplanade has been a prominent feature since Regency times. A series of southwesterly storms in the early 1990s washed away much of the shingle beach protecting the masonry. A series of artificial rock islands was constructed to protect the sea front, and tons of pebbles were trucked in to replace the beach.[12]

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