With the first tranche of tickets for the Open Air evening concerts in Blackmore Gardens selling out within days, we are delighted to announce that we are now able to release more for each show as part of our Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival this summer. AVAILABLE NOW! 

Tickets are still limited but we hope to release more still depending on further announcements about potential easing of COVID-related restrictions. Book now for some of UK folk’s big hitters, Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy Trio, Talisk and many more. Numbers are limited!

Daytime in Blackmore Gardens – Free Admission. Donations Welcome!

We are making Blackmore events widely available without tickets to local residents, visitors and Festival goers alike. We are inviting donations from those taking part in the morning Family Fun Events and watching the Afternoon Shows. As a guide, for the 5 hour Afternoon shows we suggest £5 per adult and £2 per child and adult for the mornings. Donations are made easy via contactless card terminals or by cash of course.

Family Events 9.30 – 12.30pm

Each day starts with a special mix of family-focused activities with workshops led from the stage and some great hands-on activities around the quieter corners of the gardens. Stay for some special surprises throughout the rest of the day.

Afternoon Shows 1.00-5.30pm

Concerts, Dance Bands, Street Theatre, Walkabouts 12.30 – 5.30pm. Daytime concert acts feature some real folk favourites including Narthen, Jim Causley, Will Pound, Miranda Sykes, The Shackleton Trio, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Jack Rutter, Paul Downes & Annie Winter, Alice Jones & Bryony Griffith, Next Slide Please, THREE P.M, Ben Paley, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Saul Rose, Exmouth Shanty Men, Peter & Barbara Snape, Mariners Away and more!

EFDSS Presents

EFDSS Presents a series of Showcases featuring rising stars and EFDSS Bursary recipients including Polly Paulusma, Zoe Wren, Tom Kitching, Katy Rose Bennett, Molly Evans, George Sansome, The Wilderness Yet, Rowan Godel, Holly Clarke, Penny Kempson and Jack Hogsden.

Anchor Garden

Ever-popular Lunchtime Ceilidhs make a welcome return to the Anchor Gardens, with some uplifting sounds 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 great atmospheric place to eat, drink and socialise safely. Our quality main caterers return, including Rusty Pig with Tom’s pies and a full range of offerings for your main meals, coffees and more. The Anchors Away Bar will be serving fine ales, ciders and a wide range of other drinks. And expect some entertaining distractions while you relax! Look out for Sidmouth Town Band; the ever-popular old ladies on souped up shopping trolleys Granny Turismo; bouncing stilt walkers Beach Patrol; Megabeast’s giant lumbering Treemendous characters, and music from Random, Jigfoot, James Delarre, Midnight’s Children, David Delarre, Bosun Higgs, Mrs Midnight’s, Next Slide Please, West Gallery Music Association and many more.

Shootings Roots

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.     

Camping Availability

We have been able to secure a very limited number of week-long tent pitches for our ticket holders, at a site close to the town. For details and booking, call the Festival Box Office on 01395 577952, open 1000-1700 daily (1000-1600 Sundays). These are available on a first come first served basis. Telephone bookings only. Please have your debit/credit card ready together with your original event ticket booking number (or be prepared to buy event tickets at the time of booking).

We expect these pitches to go very quickly. Ticket holders only, week-long (no days or weekends), prices are per person, only one tent per pitch and no more than 5 people per tent. Unfortunately we are unable to take any live-in vehicles. The campsite will be open from 12noon on Thursday 29 July. Prices: Adult £64, Young Person (6-17) £27, Child 5 and under Free, Personal Assistant Free (please see website for qualifying requirements).

Sidmouth Folk Festival Online

Following in the wake of last year’s successful Online Festival, we are planning a great interactive Online presence once again in 2021, with zoom workshops from our Sidmouth studio and around the country. Lots of choice for all, from John Kirkpatrick’s Concert Band, Nick and Mary Barber’s Big Band, Bob Ellis with Well Known Tunes at a Steady Pace and Relative Beginners Melodeon, our favourite choir leaders Sandra Kerr and Paul Sartin, fiddle with Kitty Greenwood and contributions from Folk on Foot, Frankie Armstrong, Jez Lowe, Christine Kydd, Nick Dow and more. And look for some very special Online concert sets from Martin Simpson, Fara, John Kirkpatrick, Westward The Light, Rachel Hair and Bird in the Belly…not forgetting the legendary Jig Competition. Access to Online workshops and concert sets will by Recommended Donation. More details soon!