Thank You!

Wow! What a week! A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the 2022 festival a success.

Festival director John Braithwaite signs off on amazing week: “Thank you all for coming. Being back in Sidmouth after three long years without a full festival has been a real thrill and pleasure. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2023.”

Next year’s dates are 4-11 August 2023.

What’s On

Join in the celebrations for the 68th Sidmouth Folk Festival as we return in style to our stunning beach-side festival location. With a real reason to celebrate, we will be filling the seafront, streets and venues with festive atmosphere and fun, as festival goers and holiday makers join together once again for the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer.

The week-long festival offers a unique and diverse line-up of events for all – from full season ticket holders to day visitors – with major headline shows, small intimate events, dancing, singing, playing and plenty of participatory fun.

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 wide-ranging appeal.

An established platform for recognised stars AND emerging talent, expect major concerts, upbeat roots parties, intimate sessions, ceilidhs, folk dancing, storytelling events, fun family entertainment, youth-centred sessions, hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays.

The best of the South West: regional 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.”

Latest News

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