A week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song. Since 1955.
There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955, now attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal.
With an ear to the past and an eye on the future, the festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.
A quick look at The Sidmouth Folk Festival line up really shows the unique and broad appeal of the week long festival based in the Seaside town of Sidmouth. Whether you pop in for the day or stay for the whole week this festival really has something for everyone from smaller intimate shows to bigger concert size performances.
What People Say
“A wonderful holiday by the seaside where you will be astonished by the music.”
“A family friendly week of concerts, dancing, swimming, ice cream and beer.”
“The most special place in the world. Friendly and with an amazing choice of events on offer. Something for everyone.”
“Extremely well organised. Great fun for all ages and all pockets. The whole event can cost as much or as little as you can afford and it is still a wonderful holiday.”
“Amazing fun, packed with music, dancing, laughing, singing and drinking. The best week of the year.”
“Fantastically diverse. Plenty of choice for everyone.”
“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.”
Find out about this years festival including who will be performing and how to get your tickets…
Frequently Asked Questions see more
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.
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.
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.