We are delighted to announce that The Sidmouth Folk Festival will return to our beloved seaside home this year with a celebratory event.

With so much uncertainty around the viability of live events and festivals this summer – and taking into account the informative and thoughtful responses to our audience surveys – the festival team are now excited to be planning a celebratory week of shows and activities, primarily based in the heart of the town at Blackmore Gardens, with all day entertainment and evening concerts.

In response to festival goers’ stated preferences for open air events, we will be staging evening concerts from Sat 31st July through to Friday 6th August with some amazing headline acts including our wonderful patrons Show of Hands, the brilliant Eliza Carthy Trio and the super-powered Talisk.

Tickets for these evening shows will go on sale from May 24th.

Daytimes in Blackmore Gardens will feature concert performances, dance music, family entertainment, street theatre and special events. All free and open to all with some friendly collectors! The Blackmore Gardens hub is the ideal spot to spend a day in sunshine, to gather safely with old friends and to celebrate the return of the festival to the town, with a fantastic bar and a great range of catering.

The Ham lawn also promises to be a hive of festive activity with many of the usual catering and bar favourites and plenty of entertainment.

It is unlikely that we will be able to run the usual festival campsite at Bulverton so we are looking into limited alternative provision. We will announce news on this as soon as possible.   

We are looking forward to this special celebration, as we thank everyone who helped the festival survive last year’s cancellation and to secure its future.

All this year’s festival activities will be run in line with existing Covid-19 guidance. All relevant precautions and health and safety measures will be taken to ensure your comfort, and to maximise your enjoyment of the festival. We will update you with any further developments.

All 2020 tickets will be rolled forward to 2022 (unless requested otherwise) including the Pre-Festival shows which will now be:

Steeleye Span Thursday evening 28th July 2022

The Fisherman’s Friends Friday afternoon 29th July 2022

Heartfelt thanks again to all who supported the Crowdfunding campaign. Some rewards will be redeemable this year, some will need to be deferred to 2022 and that option remains for all pledges. More news soon.

After the rip-roaring success of last year’s Online Festival, we will have a major online presence again in 2021, including live streaming and plenty of workshops. More details to be announced on 24th May.

Please do join us in our beautiful seaside home in the first week of August to celebrate the ongoing future of The Sidmouth Folk Festival. And we look forward to returning in 2022 in grand style!

A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival 30th July – 6th August 2021.  Tickets on Sale 24th May.

Next year’s dates for your diary: The Sidmouth Folk Festival 29th July – 5th August 2022