Children’s Festival

At the heart of the town and the Festival, Peacock Lawn is the place to be for children and families! It’s a safe, secure, and welcoming family area where you can enjoy daytime events and activities free of charge. Bring a picnic and stay for the day, or dip in and out of your favourite activities.

With tickets for Under 11s FREE we’re really delighted for the Children’s Festival 2024. There’ll be music, theatre, dance, crafting, tried and tested favourites as well as some unexpected and truly magical moments.


During the daytime, activities and events are free of charge but donations are welcome. Every penny given helps us create a fantastic children’s festival for families at Sidmouth each year.


Peacock Lawn is the place to be for children and families! The Seagull and Peacock marquees will be hosting a fantastic array of workshops and performances including crafting, songwriting, dance, singing and forest school.

We’re delighted to see the return of the Star Marquee hosting our Young Performers Stage, where families can enjoy performances from some of the UK folk scene’s finest up-and-coming musicians. It also makes for the best picnic spot of the festival!

Applications to perform at the Young Performers Stage are now open: www.littleseedsmusic.co.uk/sidmouth24

For families with very little ones, the Rainbow Tent will be back by popular demand, for drop in playtime, and providing a much needed space to chill out if the hustle and bustle of the main festival gets a bit much.

And don’t forget to pay a visit to the Sidmouth Postman, helping to run our very own Children’s Festival postal service throughout the week.


For those children looking to tread the boards, 2024 sees the return of the now legendary Seaside Stompers, which takes the form of a series of workshops for children 8 years and over who play any musical instrument and builds up to a special evening performance of the Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band as part of the festival ceilidh programme.


Children aged 5-8 will also have the opportunity to perform as part of The Minims, a daily workshop tailored for beginners, which also leads up to a performance slot as part of the main festival.


Jackie Oates (Mini Singers) & Bryony Griffiths (Song Swell) cater for budding singers and if dance is your thing, we’ve got you covered with morris and mini morris dance workshops for ages 5-12, Bollywood dance workshops, and maypole sessions taking place on Peacock Lawn across the week.


We’ve got some special treats instore for our evening events! 

Saturday 3rd August: To start the week, as the lights go down, Peacock Lawn will transform into The Enchanted Garden, offering a magical evening of storytelling, craft activities, music and song, with a special evening of performances curated by Jackie Oates, and hosted by the mysterious Midnight Gardener.

Sunday 4th August – if theatre’s your bag, don’t miss Under The Bed Theatre with their hilarious musical family show Where The Lost Socks Go.

Monday 5th August – Get your groove on! You’ll want to join The Oli Matthews Band for our fabulous Folk Funk Family Disco.

Tuesday 6th August – Storytelling with Peter Chand

Wednesday 7th August – We’re very excited that the legendary Spooky Men’s Chorale will be doing a special family concert, with their world famous harmonies and trademark humour.

Thursday 8th AugustSidmouth Seaside Stomper Ceilidh Band with Caller Nick Walden. The Children’s Festival Workshop Ceilidh Band take the stage for the evening, along with some fabulous entertainment spots. 

Friday 9th August – mark the end of the 70th Sidmouth Folk Festival by joining in the Torchlight Procession.

Thingumajig Theatre will be on hand throughout the week to help you make a magical lantern to carry during the parade. 

Evening events are included in season tickets – tickets for Under 11s for the Evening Events are free, children must be accompanied by ticket holding adults.

Whether you’re a day tripper, or week-long season ticket holder, we’ve got you and your family covered for 2024 at Sidmouth Folk Festival.