by Sidmouth Folk Festival • December 5, 2019

We’re very excited to welcome the wonderful Eddie Reader to Sidmouth in 2020. Eddi is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with a ‘40 Years Live’ tour. From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe […]


by Sidmouth Folk Festival • December 5, 2019

As one decade ticked over another, 1970 would prove to be an historic year for music and the world at large. For Steeleye Span it would mark a major milestone with the release of their debut album Hark The Village Wait. Five decades years on and the band, led as ever by the iconic vocals […]

Sing, Dance, Play on the 2020 GARDEN STAGE at The Sidmouth Folk Festival!

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • November 25, 2019

An exciting opportunity to perform on the Garden Stage, in Blackmore Gardens, at  Sidmouth Folk Festival. The Garden Stage is managed through the Sidmouth Folk Festival Children’s Festival who are keen to promote young and aspiring performers to family audiences of all ages. Could this be you, or do you know someone who might like […]

Sidmouth Town Band win National Finals Silverware

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • September 20, 2019

Sidmouth Town Band took part in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham last weekend and were thrilled to be awarded third prize, in a competition involving the best second section bands from England, Wales and Scotland. The band qualified for the National finals after winning the West of England second section […]

Thank You

by Sidmouth Folk Festival • August 14, 2019

Wow! What an amazing time we had at The Sidmouth Folk Festival last week – celebrating our 65th birthday in style – despite the impact of the whirlwind weather on planned finale events. Thanks to all of YOU who came along and made it such a special event. And thanks to both audiences and volunteers […]

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 […]