It feels like proper summer! With the sun shining and outdoor living in mind, it’s a great time to look forward to a great Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival both live and Online. Check out the line-up of great artists and activities taking place at the event with our Full programme available now. Download the programme here.

In the light of recent announcements, we are in a position to release more tickets for all our evening shows. The latest allocation of tickets went in no time so be sure to get yours now! 

Get your ticket now to enjoy performances by some of the best folk artists in the UK, including Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy Trio, Talisk and many more. Numbers are limited! For full Event and Ticket Information and to book, see The Tickets Page and FAQs.

Despite the removal of all Government restrictions on July 19th, we are committed to maintaining your comfort and safety, so are restricting evening concert ticket sales to 70% of our Blackmore Gardens capacity and applying an overall limit well below capacity for those attending evening concerts. When necessary, we will apply the same overall Gardens limits to daytime shows.

Family Events 9.30 – 12.30pm

Every day gets off to a great start with a great variety of family-focused entertainment including workshops led from the stage and some brilliant hands-on activities around the quieter corners of the gardens. Stay with us for some festive surprises throughout the rest of the day.

Afternoon Shows 1.00-5.30pm

Featuring Concerts, Dance Bands, Street Theatre, Walkabouts with some festival favourites including Narthen, Jim Causley, Will Pound, The Shackleton Trio, Cohen Braithwaite- Kilcoyne, Jack Rutter, Paul Downes & Annie Winter, Alice Jones & Bryony Griffith and many more!

Anchor Garden

The always-popular Lunchtime Ceilidhs make a welcome return to the Anchor Gardens, with some dynamic music for dancing from Random, Bosun Higgs, Jigfoot, Mrs Midnight’s and The Barber Band. Nick Walden, Fee Lock, Gordon Potts and Barry Goodman provide the Calling.

The Ham

The Ham remains a convivial hub to eat, drink and socialise safely. Whilst you relax, some engaging entertainment is laid on: from lively music to comical capers! Look out for Sidmouth Town Band;the ever-popular old ladies on souped up shopping trolleys Granny Turismo; bouncing stilt walkers Beach Patrol; Megabeast’sgiant lumbering Treemendous characters, and music from

Random, Jigfoot, Midnight’s Children and many more.

Shooting Roots offer a very welcome return to 12-17 year olds with a fun, safe, inclusive programme throughout the week with a range of workshops in song, dance, tunes, craft, and theatre, their popular Betsy’s Bash sessions and lots of folky fun and games. Come along to The Ham for some in-person interaction (with appropriate measures in place) with friends, old and new.     

We will be following Government and Local Authority guidance and offering advice in such areas as mask wearing in busy areas and entry and exit control to minimise crowding.

In addition, we will be providing plenty of sanitisation points, a thorough cleaning regime and provisions to reduce queuing. These, together with limits on numbers, will form the backbone of our commitment to comfort and safety, whilst recognising that restrictions have been removed.

Sidmouth Folk Festival Online

After the success of last year’s Online event, Sidmouth Folk Festival will have a strong Online presence once again this year, alongside the live festival fun in town.

The 2021 online programme takes on a different look, with a mixture of events presented from a studio in Sidmouth, zoom workshops hosted from around the country and some pre-recorded concert sets produced especially for The Sidmouth Folk Festival.

The studio in Sidmouth will host the festival’s Big Band workshop run by Nick and Mary Barber, Paul Sartin’s popular choir series, focusing on an exploration of traditional songs from around the British Isles, Bob Ellis’ Well Known Tunes at a Steady Pace and Melodeon workshops with both Bob Ellis and Paul Scourfield.

Renowned broadcaster Matthew Bannister will present interviews from some of the artists appearing in Blackmore Gardens including Festival Patron Steve Knightley, Eliza Carthy and Dartmoor’s own Jim Causley.

Zoom Workshops from around the country include Sandra Kerr’s Festival Choir, Kerry Fletcher’s European Dance, John Kirkpatrick’s Concert Band, Fiddle, Voice, Folkulele, Whistles and Flute, Storytelling and Poetry. And an array of Folk Dance with American, Irish, English and Scottish Dance plus a lecture with Brooke Friendly and a session with Louise Siddons.

Specially recorded Concert sets will air through the week featuring Martin Simpson, Fara, John Kirkpatrick, Westward The Light, Rachel Hair, Belinda Kempster and Fran Foote, Eugenia Georgieva and Bird in The Belly alongside sets from Sidmouth including Jez Lowe, Jack Rutter, Alice Jones and Ben Paley.

Please do donate via www.justgiving.com/campaign/ACelebrationOfTheSidmouthFolkFestival2021 to help us cover the costs of the Online Festival. We suggest £6 per workshop, £15 for a series of three and £20 for a series of five. And £10 for each of the Online Concerts.

If you are unable to join us live in Sidmouth this year, we hope you can join us Online and enjoy the festival experience.  Look out for news of the Online Festival Website in the coming days! 

We look forward to meeting up safely to really celebrate and uphold our love for The Sidmouth Folk Festival, with this year’s Celebration event with some wonderful artists.