Children’s Festival

The Children’s Festival at Sidmouth Folk Festival offers an wonderful range of opportunities to suit all ages and interests. Our popular Music, Song, Dance and Craft workshops see many children return year after year looking forward to moving on to the next exciting challenges as they grow up with the festival. Every year offers a fantastic array of participatory events and, for 2020, we are delighted to introduce a brand new daily series of Mini Morris workshops for 5-7 year olds amongst all the other exciting workshops and activities. The Children’s Festival family evening shows have become legendary –always featuring a dazzling range of puppetry, song, stories, comedy and dance led by top quality artists. Something for everyone to enjoy. (Ray and Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers)


For our youngest festival goers, there will be opportunities to sing and make noise in the Minor Marquee events. The 5-7 year old musicians can bring their instruments along and play with The Minims and showcase their achievements at the end of the week on The Garden Stage.

The over 8s have a fabulous opportunity to join the Sidmouth Seaside Stompers – led by Team STOMPIT! – learning ceilidh band tunes throughout the week to get set to play in the band at Blackmore Marquee for the Thursday evening ceilidh. How cool is that?!

Singers are not forgotten, with younger ones joining Jackie Oates for the Sidmouth Mini Singers and older ones joining Bryony Griffith for the Sidmouth Songswell.


Families have great choice of Evening Family Shows to enjoy this year including: a fabulous evening of songs from David Gibb; a gripping story night with Dan Keding; laughter and clowning with Spangles the Clown and a hilarious puppet show presented by Noisy Oyster.

The evening events programme finishes with the hugely popular Stomping Ceilidh in Blackmore Gardens Marquee featuring the Sidmouth Seaside Stompers led by Team STOMPIT!, with caller Nick Walden and some special guest appearances. An evening not to be missed.

Stop Press! This year we are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Sidmouth Arboretum to provide some exciting activities rooted in trees during festival week. The possibilities abound! Workshops, tree trails, tree-based arts and crafts? And who knows what else?! Dancing trees perhaps!

Keep watching the website to find out more as plans develop.

Don’t forget to pick up a Children’s Festival Programme from the Box Office so as not to miss out on any of the action-packed events that are available.


There will again be dancing opportunities for all ages including the hugely popular Maypole Dancing. New for 2020 is Mini Morris (5-7yrs) with Gilly Brenner. Over 8s can join in with Morris Dancing with Harlequin Morris, and also Longsword Dancing with Handsworth Sword. Under 5s will have lots of opportunities to colour, decorate and make things while 5-7 year olds can join Geoff Court and his team in Crazy Crafts.

Over 8’ have the very special Craft Carousel where they work in small groups to learn how to make a very special item to take home as a special memento of their time at Sidmouth Festival.

Families can work together under the leadership of the Creativity, Design and Production team to create Tree themed constructions to carry in the Torchlight Procession.


Blackmore Gardens is the colourful hub for the Children’s festival – the place for families to come together to enjoy the atmosphere, listen to great music, watch dance displays or get stuck in to sme amazing workshop actibities. It is the place to find the Minor, Midi and Major Marquees which house workshops for young people throughout the week. Enjoy entertainment from the Garden Stage featuring up-and-coming young performers. Look out for surprise walkabout and pop up entertainment. Spend some time in the Threads Strings and Yarns area where different quiet activities can be enjoyed, including crafts, storytelling and other surprises!