Seaton

10:33 15 April 2010

The beach at Seaton.

The beach at Seaton.

Enjoying a wonderful setting at the mouth of the lovely River Axe, and sheltered by the white cliffs of Beer Head and the red sandstone of Haven Cliff, the town of Seaton appeals to all ages, and is a very popular holiday venue.

Overlooking Lyme Bay and surrounded by beautiful countryside, it also has a large pebble beach, a pretty harbour, and a long walled promenade.

There is a relaxing and interesting pedestrianised town centre featuring many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, beautiful gardens, and a whole range of shops and entertainment.

Among the perfect places to relax are the Windsor Gardens, featuring lovely scented rose gardens, and the Jubilee Gardens with its striking clock tower, built to celebrate Queen Victorias Golden Jubilee and an imposing 52 feet high. And dont miss a visit to Cliff Field, equipped with picnic tables and offering superb views.

Shopping and dining

The shopping centre spreads out from the promenade in several directions, and much of the town is free of traffic so you can browse at your leisure. There are many fascinating small shops, many privately owned, offering eveOrything from books and antiques, bric-a-brac and gifts, to fashion and footwear. There are larger stores too, and you can buy anything you will need for your holiday, from basic essentials to top quality fresh meat, fish, groceries and much more.

There is also a very popular farmers market held monthly on a Friday, offering the finest local produce from the area contact the TIC for dates and times.

When you are ready to relax, Seaton has many cafs, pubs, licensed restaurants and night spots, offering everything from a warming cuppa or a cream tea to a takeaway, light snack or a full meal, often featuring locally caught seafood, a treat not to be missed.

Tramway

There is no doubt that one of Seatons main claims to fame is its unique and famous Seaton Tramway which runs from Seaton alongside the beautiful Axe estuary with its abundance of wildlife including herons, ducks and waders, cormorants and kingfishers.

The route takes you to Colyford, then on to Colyton, where there is a super Tram Stop restaurant and the opportunity to take a horse-drawn carriage ride into the town to explore.

Entertainment and events

Seaton has a whole range of entertainments and events. For those rainy days and even sunny days there is an amusement arcade, and at lunchtimes and evenings the pubs and restaurants offer you a really friendly atmosphere. The towns busy social calendar offers everything from coffee mornings and wine and cheese evenings, to flower shows and fetes.

The St Claires Adult Education Centre in Fore Street is the venue for a range of events, from story telling, mime and music sessions, to appearances by popular bands and artistes. More details are available from the box office on (01297) 21904 or from the TIC.

There is also a very popular Film Club for their programme call the box office on (01297) 265628.

For a special experience visit the Sea Discovery Centre with its Marine Aquarium, situated at the Harbour at nearby Axmouth, a short stroll or drive from Seaton town centre. The centre is designed as an old schooner, so you actually feel you are standing on the side of a boat when you view the exhibits.

Another great annual event is Seaton Carnival week, climaxing with the grand procession through the streets on September 3, and preceded by a week of fun-filled events for all the family to enjoy. Once again, the full details will be available from the TIC.

There are also many extra special events staged by the Seaton Tramway, including bird-watching, photographic, and childrens trips, and its Bus & Vintage Vehicle Rally on June 11 and Gala Day on June 12.

Sport and leisure

Seatons wide expanse of bathing beach makes it popular with both visitors and locals. The mile-long stretch of pebbled beach, with a wide esplanade running most of its length, is perfect for a stroll and offers views of some magical sunsets.
The bathing is good, though shelving in places, and Seaton Hole is ideal for keeping the children entertained for hours, with sand at low tide and rock pools to explore.

Either on or close to the beach is a variety of activities and sporting facilities, including a childrens play area at the side of the public car park in Harbour Road.
Sea fishing from the main beach and river angling are both relaxing diversions, perhaps producing a perfect supper.

A friendly welcome is also offered at the Axe Yacht Club, situated at the mouth of the lovely Axe estuary.

Sporting activities are available on land too, including putting and bowling greens and tennis courts, and there are some excellent golf clubs nearby, plus horse riding, cycling and walking opportunities on the newly-designated Jurassic Coast. A new skateboard park situated on Harbour Road car park near the childrens play area is very popular too.

There are dozens of lovely walks in the area, and for those with energy a walk along the South West Coastal path to Lyme Regis via the Undercliff nature reserve provides some spectacular scenery.

More from Midweek Herald

31 minutes ago

There’s a high-octane programme of entertainment at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena on March 25-26.

Read more
15:00

The Thelma Shere Charity Fours competition saw teams from across East Devon take part in the action held at Willand.

Read more
11:54

Millwey Rise Reserves shared a couple of goals with visiting East Budleigh, writes Dick Sturch.

Read more
11:54

Macron League Division Seven table-topping Upottery were in terrific form as they won 2-0 at fourth-in-the-table Lapford.

Read more
07:00

Members of the Friends in the Community recently enjoyed a pleasant afternoon learning about the birds on the Axe estuary.

Read more
07:00

Axe Valley Community College and Holyrood School at Chard are to become a Multi Academy Trust (MAT).

Read more
Yesterday, 16:21

Roxy Spiller, who trains at Honiton Tae Kwon Do club won gold at the recent TAGB South West Championships.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:11

The latest action in the Honiton Netball League saw the focus on Division Two, with a full set of fixtures played, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:43

Feniton Under-16s consolidated their top three position in the Exeter and District Division One after winning the ‘game of the day’ meeting with Elmore at Acland Park 1-0.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:51

Gig Club’s season runs from April to October, rowing from Sidmouth beach on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, writes Nick Thompson.

Read more
31 minutes ago

There’s a high-octane programme of entertainment at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena on March 25-26.

Read more
15:00

The Thelma Shere Charity Fours competition saw teams from across East Devon take part in the action held at Willand.

Read more
11:54

Millwey Rise Reserves shared a couple of goals with visiting East Budleigh, writes Dick Sturch.

Read more
11:54

Macron League Division Seven table-topping Upottery were in terrific form as they won 2-0 at fourth-in-the-table Lapford.

Read more
07:00

Members of the Friends in the Community recently enjoyed a pleasant afternoon learning about the birds on the Axe estuary.

Read more
07:00

Axe Valley Community College and Holyrood School at Chard are to become a Multi Academy Trust (MAT).

Read more
Yesterday, 16:21

Roxy Spiller, who trains at Honiton Tae Kwon Do club won gold at the recent TAGB South West Championships.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:11

The latest action in the Honiton Netball League saw the focus on Division Two, with a full set of fixtures played, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:43

Feniton Under-16s consolidated their top three position in the Exeter and District Division One after winning the ‘game of the day’ meeting with Elmore at Acland Park 1-0.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:51

Gig Club’s season runs from April to October, rowing from Sidmouth beach on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, writes Nick Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Hundreds are expected to roll up their sleeves again for this year’s Seaton Big Clean.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Members of Honiton and District Lions Club took a trip to their local Tesco supermarket last week to say a big thank-you.

Read more
Fri, 17:00

Axe Vale Canoe Club is running their annual River Axe Race on Sunday, March 5.

Read more
Fri, 16:00

It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 28, and we want to know what Devon’s favourite pancake topping is. Sweet, savoury or both? Decide in our poll here...

Read more
Fri, 13:34

Volunteers who run the RNLI charity shop next to the lifeboat station on The Cobb in Lyme Regis have celebrated another successful year.

Read more
Fri, 11:59

Lurcher Beau, aged six, has spent the last three years at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe and watched more than 1,000 dogs find their forever home while he has been overlooked. Can you give him the home he deserves?

Read more
Fri, 11:48

Shady Tree lecture will highlight some of the resort’s major events

Read more
Fri, 11:18

Sidmouth protesters among those arguing against ‘draconian’ changes that they say have ‘left retirement plans in tatters’

Read more
Thu, 17:00

The Pied Piper was performed at Seaton Gateway earlier this month. Here, director Mary Bowles reflects on the production.

Read more
Thu, 14:42

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has agreed to increase its share of council tax.

Read more
Thu, 13:04

Sidmouth and Ottery (SOHC) men’s second team were beaten 3-1 when they met Okehampton first team.

Read more
Thu, 13:04

Sidford Tennis Club is gearing up for another summer of tennis and looking to welcome new members, young and old and of any standard, to join them at the club’s home near the Byes, Sidbury.

Read more
Thu, 13:04

Ottery St Mary continued their affair with the Golesworthy Cup as the holders eased their way into the last eight of this year’s competition with a 2-0 success at Dunkeswell Rovers.

Read more
Thu, 13:03

Sidmouth and Ottery (SOHC) men’s first team had a busy weekend as they travelled 370 miles to contest matches at Mid Somerset, Wells on Saturday and Marlborough in Wiltshire 24 hours later.

Read more
Thu, 13:03

Sidford Ladies have won the Exeter and District Winter League Division Three title, with neighbours, Sidmouth B, ending the campaign as the runners-up.

Read more
Thu, 13:02

Sidmouth Sailing Club has released details for the up-coming season and highlighted opportunities for beginners to try the sport, writes Alistair Watson.

Read more
Thu, 13:00

Sidmouth and Ottery (SOHC) men’s fifth team were beaten 4-2 on their visit to East Devon for their latest league outing.

Read more
Thu, 12:55

Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s were in fine form as they defeated Okehampton 4-0 at their Simmons Park home.

Read more
Thu, 12:52

The East Budleigh Blitz Chess Championship will take place in March, writes Brian Gosling.

Read more
Thu, 12:50

Sidmouth Town Reserves were beaten 4-2 by Witheridge Reserves when the sides met at Manstone Lane to contest Macron League One points.

Read more