About Us

Proudly championing traditional music, dance and song for all these years, The Sidmouth Folk Festival looks forward to building on our 65 years of success with growing audiences, greater diversity in the programme, great in-town folk dance venues and programming and an addictive, welcoming atmosphere which is classed by visitors and artists alike as ‘life-changing’.

It’s the diversity and community spirit that sets Sidmouth apart from other festivals – it has, as it says, an ear to the past and an eye on the future – it is steeped in tradition which is a most important part of Sidmouth – but not in a stuffy way, it keeps in touch with current stuff too. There is a community tradition/vibe you don’t get at other festivals – so much different stuff going on that any two people can go to The Sidmouth Folk Festival  and have a completely different festival experience. The ad lib stuff like songs & tunes on the bus, busking in the bus shelter, rapper dance in the bars in town etc (part of the community spirit) is all part what makes Sidmouth special. You have to go to Sidmouth Folk Week to get it, and when you do best to stay for the whole week to get the whole Sidmouth experience.”


29 July to 5 August 2022 | 4 August to 11 August 2023