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32nd John Gasson Jig Competition

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • August 6, 2019

What an amazing competition! The variety, depth and interpretation of the jigs of the different traditions was great to watch. It was a journey through the ages; the youngest entrant was 15 and as the dancers progressed in years it was wonderful to see how they had matured, taking on board judges’ comments over the […]

Sidmouth Horse Trials 2019

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • August 5, 2019

What a cracking turnout for the 4th Sidmouth Horse (and Beast) Trials at The Sidmouth Folk Festival.Twenty six horses and beasts of disguise competed for the highly coveted Aardman Trophy and Sidmouth Horse Trials rosettes. Papier Mari was finally selected as ‘Horse Of The Year’ in a hotly contested event, with special mention for two […]

A Week of Birthday Treats!

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • August 5, 2019

We’ve had a blast this weekend – with festival highlights so far including a show-stopping Spooky Men’s Chorale spectacle, a beautiful intimate show from Steve Knightley and friends, and some energetic dance-floor action with Peatbog Faeries amongst many other great moments! We are now looking forward to the week ahead at the 65th Sidmouth Folk […]

Buying a pint?

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • August 2, 2019

We just want to tell you about our 2019 Environmental initiative. As you know our bar prices are very reasonable, especially compared with many Festivals, but this year you will be paying a little extra (£1) for a Souvenir Cup with your 1st pint. We have bought 10,000 reusable Souvenir Pint Drinks Cups for use […]

And We’re Off!

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • August 2, 2019

Kicking off last night was a superb sell-out pre-Festival Concert with Tyneside legends, Lindisfarne, who brought the house down with their greatest hits Fog On The Tyne and Meet Me On The Corner amongst their winning repertoire. And not forgetting the traditional informal start to the festival in the Market Square, hosted by Great Western […]

Folk Award Nominations

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • August 1, 2019

We are thrilled that so many Sidmouth guests, both present and former, have received well-deserved nominations in this week’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards announcements. Congratulations all! Coming up during the week are some dazzling talents – including an amazing four times nominated Co. Cavan singer Lisa O ‘Neill (Folk Singer Of The Year, Album […]


by Sidmouth Folk Festival • July 29, 2019

Ralph McTell is a singer, musician and Ivor Novello Award- winning songwriter. He has performed at Sidmouth on numerous occasions and presented BBC radio’s coverage of the Festival in 1996. 1. What’s your earliest Sidmouth Folk Festival memory? Arriving for my first outdoor Arena show (in 1984)  and seeing how the festival affected and activated […]

One Week To Go!

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • July 26, 2019

We’re heading into countdown phase! We’ve packed our toothbrushes, sun cream and holiday spirit and are getting set for our favourite seaside festival at The 65th Sidmouth Folk Festival kicking off next week from 2nd–9th August 2019. Do come and join us for this year of many special anniversaries! All-in-One season tickets are selling briskly, with the advantage […]


by Sidmouth Folk Festival • July 23, 2019

The Bulverton is The Sidmouth Folk Festival’s party central venue for a great night out, where everybody is welcome! Every night, party-goers of all ages gather to meet friends, enjoy the music and to dance the night away. It’s a great place to relax and socialise too, with a fantastic range of locally-sourced food and […]


by Sidmouth Folk Festival • July 22, 2019

What’s your earliest Sidmouth Folk Festival memory? My first memory of Sidmouth is of coming with Flook in 1996. There’s a kind of symmetry about coming back after all these years and the Ham is hallowed ground for us! We were only a couple of months formed when were first invited to Sidmouth, and that […]