Things to do in Sidmouth
Sit on perfect beaches at the foot of pre-historic red cliffs, created some 240 million years ago. All part of the much-celebrated Jurassic Coast.
Sidmouth is the perfect gateway to explore this World Heritage Site.
Let the kids go wild at Crealy
Crealy Adventure Park is just a 20-minute drive from Sidmouth and home to rollercoasters, log flumes, pirate ships and dozens of other thrilling rides and attractions. And if it rains you can explore three huge indoor play zones! Great for kids of all ages.
Feel the folk music
Every year in early August, Sidmouth comes alive to the sounds of fiddles and acoustic guitars. Sidmouth Folk Week is one of the UK’s most popular and longest-running folk festivals, dating back to 1955. See musicians from all around the world at venues throughout Sidmouth – including at Woodlands Hotel itself. Looking for Sidmouth Folk Week accommodation? Our central location makes it easy for you to make the most of the folk week celebrations.
Spend the day at Bicton
Bicton’s grade 1 listed gardens are home to dozens of things to do – from admiring perfectly maintained flower beds, to playing mini golf, riding miniature trains and having fun in the playgrounds. Fun for all the family – from children to grandparents – and just a 15-minute drive from Sidmouth.
Look around Lyme Regis
A Mecca for fossil hunters, Lyme Regis is one of the gateways for the Jurassic Coast and a beautiful seaside town in its own right. Just a short drive from Sidmouth, you can sample fresh seafood and wander around the historic harbour.
Cuddle a donkey
Home to hundreds of friendly donkeys, The Donkey Sanctuary is just a short drive from Sidmouth and a great place to visit. You can stroke, feed and fall in love with these rescued mules and donkeys.
Climb the rungs on Jacob’s Ladder
If you can handle the steep climb up its wooden steps, then Jacob’s Ladder offers stunning views of the surrounding coastline and Sidmouth below. Make sure you bring a camera.
See boars, beavers and birds of prey
Get up close and personal with some beautiful birds and animals at Escot. From falconry displays to beaver watching evenings, Escot is ideal for nature-loving kids and adults alike.
Wander Connaught Gardens
Originally built in 1820, Connaught Gardens is an immaculate series of lawns and flowerbeds surrounded by fortified walls. Glimpse the spectacular views over the sea and enjoy a coffee from the cafe at the top. On various sunny Sundays in summer, Connaught Gardens hosts live open-air concerts and entertainment. Closer to the event, specific date and time information is announced here.
Shop and snack
Sidmouth is a bustling town packed with delightful boutiques, craft stores, antique dealers, clothes shops, vintage tea rooms, cafes, restaurants and pubs – in fact everything you need for an indulgent weekend! Sidmouth is an idyllic spot for short breaks in Devon.
Bask on the beaches
Sidmouth’s stunning beaches draw in locals and tourists like bees to honey. Jacob’s Ladder Beach is a great place to sunbathe, paddle and sit with an ice cream – and it’s only a short walk from the Woodlands Hotel.
Sit in the shade
Sidmouth Arboretum celebrates all the green and wooded spaces within Sidmouth – of which there are many. Take a Tree Trail and discover the town’s hundreds of beautiful and rare trees. If you’re staying with us in autumn, The Byes is an absolute must-see.