Discover activities in Sidmouth. With plenty to see and do you will be able to find a host of activities and attractions just waiting to be explored. 'Kokopelli Cottage' in East Devon is the perfect holiday cottage from which to indulge in some outdoor pursuits or perhaps set off for a day to see as many of the great attractions as possible.
The Donkey Sanctuary
They currently have an incredible 5,800 donkeys in their care – Go and meet some of the 500 at Sidmouth waiting to meet you.
Their donkeys love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. Can you find the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, or our gorgeous adoption donkeys? Visit and cuddle the main yard donkeys or spot a miniature in one of the fields.
- Admission free (donations welcome)
- Family fun
The Donkey Sanctuary has a variety of activities in Sidmouth, Devon. Open 365 days a year, and is set along the beautiful and historic Jurassic Coast.
Climb up Jacob’s Ladder and have a well deserved visit to the tea rooms in the Connaught Gardens.
Try the amazing selection of cakes after going round the gardens overlooking sea which contain a fine range of plants that thrive in the temperate climate. Walk round, relax and soak in the views of Sidmouth from the gardens.
The Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in Devon picturesque Otter Valley , between the ancient city of Exeter and England’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop. All this makes us one of the most visited attractions in the South West of Devon.
Bird Watching in Devon
By the coast or inland – Sidmouth, Devon has a variety of habitats and estuaries that host a variety of life. With both coniferous and deciduous woodland, farmland, rocky coastline. In Sidmouth’s wetlands hosts ecosystems of life in grazing marsh, mudflats, saltmarsh and reedbeds, and provides a haven for wildlife, especially birds.
For resident birds, Devon is best known for its population of Cirl Buntings, whose stronghold is the South Hams. Peregrine, Pied Flycatcher, Raven, Dipper, and Little Egret are all relatively easy birds for visiting birders. Sea watching, mainly from the South coast, may provide Sabine`s gull, Sooty shearwaters etc, under the right conditions.
Since 1968, Stuart Line Cruises has been listed as one of the “top family attractions in Devon”! With boat trips sailing the coast around Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay and Sidmouth, they give hundreds of thousands of happy passengers the chance to see the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, cruise the beautiful River Exe or visit a picture-postcard South Devon town.
They are an all weather, family-friendly, dog-friendly, value for money experience with boat trips accessible for wheelchair users.