Afternoons in

Blackmore Gardens 

Afternoon Open Air Events in Blackmore Gardens 12.30-5.30pm.

We are making Blackmore afternoon events widely available without tickets to local residents, visitors and Festival goers alike.
We are inviting donations from those taking part in the morning Family Fun Events and watching the Afternoon Shows. As a guide, for the 5 hour Afternoon shows we suggest £5 per adult and £2 per child and adult for the mornings.
Donations are made easy via contactless card terminals or by cash of course.
Bring camping chairs or spread out a rug and enjoy the entertainment.


Afternoon Concerts

Daytime concert acts feature some great folk favourites including Narthen, Jim Causley, Miranda Sykes, Will Pound, Banter, Hannah Sanders & Ben SavageThe Shackleton Trio, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Jack Rutter, Alice Jones, Ben Paley, Bryony Griffith, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Saul Rose, Paul Downes & Annie Winter, Exmouth Shanty Men, Peter & Barbara Snape, Reunion Lane, Mariners Away and more!


EFDSS Presents

EFDSS Presents a series of Showcases featuring rising stars and EFDSS Bursary recipients including some wonderful songwriters, instrumentalists and singers: Polly Paulusma, Zoe Wren, Tom Kitching, Katy Rose Bennett, Molly Evans, Rowan Godel, George Sansome, The Wilderness Yet, Holly Clarke, Jack Hogsden and Penny Kempson. 

Polly Paulusma

Dance Music

Dance Music is an integral part of the Sidmouth experience so we are delighted to be joined by some lovely sounds from Mrs Midnights’, Random, Jigfoot, Bosun Higgs, THREE P.M. and Next Slide Please.

Beach Patrol

Walkabouts and Street Theatre

Look out for some brilliant and fun-filled Street theatre and Walkabouts adding some festive sparkle throughout the week: Amy Amelia Arts presents a magical bee-themed show Bumblina, buzzing with mesmerising tricks, dance and vibrant costumes a summery soundtrack; super lively Joy Magnet are huge, cartoon-like stilt-walking characters, leaping and bouncing up to 2 metres in the air on powerskips on their Sidmouth Beach Patrol; giant, lumbering tree characters Megabeast present Treemendous sharing their infectious tree-related humour, and the ever-fantastic Granny Turismo ladies on their souped up shopping trolleys who have been delighting audiences since 2009. Look out too for Noisy Oyster’s Meanderthals and Thingumajig Theatre’s Flying Dodos.


Food & Drink

An extended Food Court in Blackmore Gardens will offer options to suit a full range of tastes from pies, pasties, Thai specialists, Fish and chips and exceptional vegan catering to mention but a few. Naturally there will be local ales, ciders and a full range of drinks from our Blackmore volunteer bar.