Prepare To Launch: Sidmouth Folk Festival 2022

The season has changed, the temperature has dropped, the light has faded…which means that it’s time for us to inject some autumnal warmth and celebration as we launch some exciting news about Sidmouth Folk Week, returning in grand style from 29th July to 5th August 2022.

We want to repeat our huge thanks to everyone who joined us for this year’s Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival, whether live in the town or online. We hope you had a ball! Thanks too for all the amazing support provided over the difficult last two years: it makes all the difference. And it really feels like there are brighter times ahead now. We are delighted to be working on a return to a full festival in the first week of August 2022.

We’ll be officially launching next year’s Sidmouth Folk Festival on Friday 10th December so look out for the first announcements of the 2022 line up.

Many of the artists booked for 2020 will still be able to join is, alongside some previously pencilled for 2021 plus some thrilling new additions!

What can you expect in 2022? Your favourite parts of the festival back in full force!

Our roots party hub Bulverton sees some exciting new developments: upbeat Ceilidhs, spectacular Dance Displays and the tried and tested formula in the fantastic Folk Dance programme – big mornings, challenging afternoons and fun evenings – all back next year!

There will be a huge and diverse programme of Workshops again with a mixture of old favourites and some brilliantly quirky new ones. Get set for a jam-packed programme of Children’s Activities and Family Fun, plus the return of youthful pioneers, Shooting Roots – after their great success at this year’s Celebration – with an exhilarating mix of music, dance, song, crafts and drama for young people.

And…Camping will be back at our popular Bulverton Campsite!

A week-long celebration of music, dance and song in a stunning seaside location in East Devon.

A national treasure – a major cultural institution held every year in the first week of August since 1955 attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

A champion of folk traditions – with over 700 diverse events with a wide-ranging ‘something for everyone’ appeal.

An ear to the past and an eye on the future – established stars brush shoulders with emerging talent in major concerts, lively roots parties, small intimate sessions, ceilidhs, folk dancing, storytelling events, fun family entertainment, youth-centred sessions, hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays.

A local focus on the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

What our festival goers say about what makes Sidmouth special

  • “Just the best festival in the UK - and a whole week of it!.”
  • “I absolutely love this festival. It always feels like the folk world’s summer holiday where ‘big names’ can often be found enjoying themselves playing along with Joe Public in a session one minute then headlining the main stages the next. There really is something for everybody.”
  • “Food for the soul - plenty to inspire anyone.”
  • “An absolute joy! If you have any interest in music or dance, this is the best place to go in the UK. From excellent performers to joyful participation to delightful silliness, Sidmouth has it all - wrapped up in a beautiful seaside town.”
  • “A super friendly festival, lots of fun and a TON of things to do for all ages. The best folk festival in the world for sure.”
  • “Friendly, amazing atmosphere, wonderful music, so much to do, beautiful town, holiday and festival all in one, highlight of my year, life changing.”
  • “Being at Sidmouth makes you feel like world peace is possible!”
  • “A brilliant week of many festivals in one - dance, workshops, excellent concerts.”
  • “The best folk festival in the country!”
  • “Vibrant, diverse and fizzing with music and fun.”
  • “A feast of folk music, dance and tradition.  Very friendly, with lots of opportunity for participation in workshops.  For all generations.  A beautiful setting.”
  • “Brilliant! Like 20 festivals rolled into one.”

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Find out about this years festival including who will be performing and how to get your tickets…