Daytime Open Air Events in Blackmore Gardens 9.30-5.30pm. Free Admission.
Bring camping chairs or spread out a rug and enjoy the day’s entertainment.
Good Morning Blackmore Gardens! (Family Events 9.30-12.30pm)
Each day starts with a special mix of family-focused activities. Workshops will be led from the stage and there will be great hands-on activities around the quieter corners of the gardens. Then be sure to stay put for some special surprises throughout the rest of the morning.
Daytime concert acts feature some great folk favourites including the glorious voices of Narthen, Jim Causley, Will Pound, Banter, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, The Shackleton Trio, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Jack Rutter, Alice Jones, Ben Paley, Bryony Griffith, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Saul Rose, Exmouth Shanty Men, Peter & Barbara Snape, Reunion Lane, Mariners Away and more!
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 Godell, George Sansome, The Wilderness Yet, Holly Clarke, Jack Hogsden and Penny Kempson.
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, Bosun Higgs, THREE P.M. and Next Slide Please.
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.