A Wonderful Celebratory Week at Sidmouth and Online to Enjoy.

Wow! What a fantastic return for folk music and for happy audiences in Sidmouth this week. A great time has been had by all and the atmosphere has been so positive and celebratory. Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have joined us back in Sidmouth – both in person and online.

Thanks to all the artists who appeared live in Blackmore Gardens and on the Ham and to those who led events in a few venues around the town including the bands who played for the hardy dancers as Anchor Ceilidhs returned. Also great to see the return of the Morris dancers on Sunday, thanks to Malcolm Major and Charlotte Dover for managing this.

Special thanks to all those involved in the Family Festival who created some great events and a wonderful atmosphere for Good Morning Blackmore Gardens despite getting the worst of our summer weather. Many thanks to Bev and Ray Langton for putting it altogether.

Thanks too, to the Shooting Roots team who drew record numbers of enthusiastic and talented youngsters to the Ham each day.

Thanks to all the Volunteers who contributed so much to the success of the event with unfailing enthusiasm and devotion despite the occasional challenges from the weather.

Thanks too for all those performers and workshop leaders who contributed to the Online Festival with so many zoom events from Sidmouth and from around the country as well as specially recorded concert performances. A special mention too for the Folk Dance Programme over the weekend, put together by Charlotte and Adam Rich-Griffin and Gareth Kiddier and going a long way to making up for the inevitable lack of Folk Dance this year.  And not forgetting the great tech team of Adam, Darren and Rich for making it all possible.

Thanks once again for all the amazing support which has enabled us to get the Celebration going and to bring the festival back to Sidmouth. Next year, we will be back in grand style from 29 July – 5 August 2022. Get the dates in your diary now!

For those who couldn’t join us live, the Online Festival served up some real treats and plenty of chances to participate with over 50 Zoom workshops.

Online Stage Shows premiered daily through the week with terrific performances from Martin Simpson, Fara, Brighde Chaimbeul and many more, including performances from our dedicated studio in Sidmouth with Alice Jones, Jez Lowe, Jack Rutter, Tim Edey and Ben Paley and some fascinating interviews with Richard Thompson, Steve Knightley and Eliza Carthy.

Look out for more Online content alongside first news of Sidmouth Folk Festival 2022.

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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