Things to do in Sidmouth when it rains

What can you do in Sidmouth when it rains? Well, as much as we love our beautiful town by the sea, we have to admit sometimes that the weather isn’t always perfect. Yes, unfortunately, it does rain. But, that should never deter our guests from venturing outside the hotel.

Staying at the Royal York & Faulkner, you will be spoilt for choice with places to relax. We have three lovely lounges with comfy sofas and chairs; books and magazines to read, puzzles and games and great sea views. Plus, the Faulkner Bar provides entertainment several evenings a week with performances from pianist, James Clemas and vocalist, Brian Sandy. And, of course, if you choose a Dinner, bed and breakfast package, you will enjoy afternoon tea in our York Lounge or Reading Room.

But, if that is not enough and you need to stretch your legs, here are a few ideas:

Museum – the Town Museum, next to the Parish Church, is well worth a visit (not just on rainy days). Whether you are interested in history, geology or everything Sidmouth, there is something for all visitors. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff are ready to answer any questions you might have. Visit the museum

Manor Pavilion Theatre – we are lucky in Sidmouth to have a wonderful theatre with a packed programme of shows and entertainment throughout the year. Visit here for a full list of what’s on.

Cinema –Sidmouth also has the wonderfully retro, Radway Cinema. Built in 1928, there is seating for 270 people; the circle has tables where you can enjoy coffee whilst you watch the latest films on a 41 feet wide screen, larger than many multiplex cinemas today.

Shops – To avoid the showers, you can visit many, if not all, of Sidmouth’s unique shops. Beginning with the town’s very own department store, Fields, which has been in the Market Square since the 1870s, although there have been shops on this site for over 200 years. If you like home-crafted gifts, Libra Court is the place to visit. We also have a few high street favourites, such as Fat Face, Joules and Seasalt.

St Giles Church – more than just a shelter from inclement weather, St Giles Church offers a programme of events throughout the year. Click here for details

Swimming Pool – just a short walk from the hotel is Sidmouth’s 25 metre swimming pool. Guests of the hotel can swim free of charge here (restrictions apply). Click here for details