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Art, Culture and Tourism

The Vision Group is involved in these crucial aspects of life in the Sid Valley:

Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan

The SVNP’s Economic Resilience, Community & Culture and Port Royal sections have a lot on promoting art, culture and tourism:

Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan


Sid Valley Place Analysis

Please click on this link to view the Sid Valley Community Actions document.

Town Council Tourism TAFF

In June 2019, the Tourism and Economy Committee looked at an outline Tourism and Promotion Strategy:

To progress the production of a Tourism Strategy based on clear and relevant evidence, it is recommended that a small Task and Finish Forum be created to co-ordinate, draft and recommend such a document to the Tourism and Economy Committee. Such a TaFF could call on advertising specialists, accommodation providers, businesses and other organisations as needed.

Meeting of the Tourism & Economy Committee – Agenda

The committee then “agreed that an informed and targeted strategy was desirable to help promote tourism and better understand visitors to the area.”

Minutes of a Meeting of Sidmouth Town Council’s Tourism and Economy Committee

The Vision Group was asked to contribute evidence to the TAFF – and sent in the following:

STC Tourism & Economy TAFF – Vision Group submission – 24jul19

STC ECONOMY AND TOURISM TAFF – VGS EVIDENCE – JULY 2019 – ethical and responsible tourism

The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities – evidence submitted by the Vision Group for Sidmouth – final – 7th October 2018



The UK government’s “First tourism sector deal will prepare Britain for an extra 9 million visitors per year” was announced in June 2019:

PM announces new tourism sector deal


In 2017, the various festivals across the Valley were brought together:

Making Sidmouth a Festival town

Several of these festivals feature on the home page of the VGS website:

Sidmouth Science Festival

Sea Fest

Sidmouth Walking Festival

Sidmouth Literary Festival

And among the commercial festivals:

Folk Festival

Sidmouth Folk Week Fringe

Sidmouth Food Festival

There are other ideas out there – inspired by projects elsewhere:


Here is a great overview of all the festivals, produced as a leaflet by the parish church:   

Festivals 2019


From the news pages and the archive:

Celebrating Sidmouth’s heritage

Sidmouth heritage: Sidholme Hotel

East Devon’s local heritage list

East Devon Guide for listing local heritage assets

Devon Heritage project named UK’s best

Working the Sea: the story of Sidmouth’s fishing heritage

Money available for Historic High Streets

2012 Application to English Heritage for listing of Knowle