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Sidmouth's Boxing day swim 2013.

Locals will once again be braving the cold waters of Sidmouth in the annual tradition that is the Boxing day swim!

The swim started around 1985 and has been describe as a means of revival from the excesses of food and drink on Christmas day, and you can be sure of a shock when you hit the icy water.

The Sidmouth Regatta Committee organise the event in conjunction with the Sidmouth Lifeboat to ensure that the event is well looked after.

All entrants are asked to sign up and congregate in front of the Sailing Club at the east end of the esplanade from around 10:30am to show off their fancy dress. The main event starts at 11:00am until as long as you can stand the temperatures!

Please be aware the event MAY be cancelled on the day due to predicted adverse weather conditions over the Christmas period.

Only the brave dare to leap into the cold waters!!

Fancy dress and a winter dip this boxing day at 10:30am on the esplanade!

Beach Management Plan for the town.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has this week announced plans for a new project aimed at the town's coastal defences. The 12 month plan, known as the Beach Management Plan (BMP) will be put into action to answer the issues of the cliff erosion taking place east of the mouth of the River Sid.

An estimated £75,000 will be spent on data collection in an attempt to gather resources and options to attract relevant funding from information gathering through to the final production of the project.

Of course, the community will have a say in this and first off were the local fisherman, the lifeboat and the sailing club. Public meetings will be held in January and another later in the year. Members of the public will also be able to gather information and comment on alternatives at the early stages.

The beach is not only used by the public for general recreational use, it is also used commercially, as a habitat for wildlife and environmental sciences so a plan is essential for the diverse range of uses.

There are currently 3 main aims to be considered which are -

  • To maintain the 1990's Coastal Defence Scheme.
  • Reduce the rate of beach and cliff erosion to the east if the River Sid to an agreed historic rate.
  • To carry out 1 and 2 in an integrated, justifiable and sustainable way.

Should you wish to attend the first public community engagement, then details of this will be released early in January 2014 through the press, EDDC website and their appropriate social media services.

Erosion at the East end of Sidmouith beach

The erosion at the east end of Sidmouth's beach

Will the plan be a success - time is of the essence!

Christmas shopping in Sidmouth.

Christmas is upon us again and it's time for some, to begin Christmas shopping! Sidmouth has a huge variety of shops to choose from in the town to pick up anything and everything you need.

These are just a selection of the shops in the town offering a whole range of items, gifts and accessories to help you get the gifts you want. Friendly, helpful and experienced staff make the shopping experience in the town a delight and you can take the load off at one of the many restaurants, cafes and bistros.

Christmas late night shopping.

Friday 6th December 2013.

  • Carol singers and Choir
  • Hot chestnuts
  • Hog roast
  • Visit by Father Christmas
  • Food and drink
  • Shops open until 8:00pm
  • In store special offers
  • Street art and entertainment
  • Much much more

Sidmouth Late night shopping is organised by the Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce.

Let all your family and friends know about Sidmouth's amazing Late Night Shopping Experience!