A Brief Message…

As the snow begins to melt and the snowdrops begin to bloom, we hope that this long, dark winter will be over for us all soon, and that you are finding joy in the thought of summer sun, blue skies and music making.

There is lots of promise in the air, including the encouraging news on the vaccination roll-out. Hopefully everything is starting to finally herald the light at the end of a very long tunnel.

As things stand currently, there is still much uncertainty about what will be viable in terms of any remaining restrictions and guidelines and indeed, what will be attractive to our loyal audiences and participants. With that in mind, we are preparing for all eventualities and will not announce any final plans for The Sidmouth Folk Festival 2021 until early April.

Rest assured, however, we will do our very best to offer you the finest possible Sidmouth Folk Festival experience and we cannot wait for you to join us beside the sea! Keep checking the website for updates.

The Festival Team

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…


Frequently Asked Questions see more

What Ticket Options Are There?

We provide a number of options to make the festival accessible to those with varied interests and to those with limited time and finances.

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Can I camp at The Sidmouth Folk Festival?

Of course! One of the best ways to enjoy the festival is to use the Official Festival Campsite. Bring your tent, caravan or motor home and set up on the campsite with views across the valley, fresh air and a community spirit for a true festival experience.

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Is there access for people with disabilities?

We try to make the Festival as accommodating as possible to all people. Wheelchair access is available at most venues (see below) and our volunteer stewards are always ready to assist with any special requirements.

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What is the best way of getting to the festival?

We advise you to use public transport wherever possible. Stagecoach runs a bus service in the area, connecting Sidmouth with Exeter, Honiton and Ottery St Mary.

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