Our wide-reaching workshop events programme offers 100s of opportunities to learn and develop a variety of skills in a secure and inclusive community of teachers and learners.


With great breadth and depth, the programme offers perennial favourites and exciting innovations with the chance to learn new skills, to fine tune established talents, to try one-off taster sessions or to commit to week-long series. Many series lead to showcase performances at the end of the week.

Amongst the favourite festival regulars returning in 2024 are Sandra Kerr’s Festival Choir, John Kirkpatrick with his Festival Concert Band, Nick and Mary Barber with the Big Band, New Jerusalem‘s Shape Note Singing and Creative Making with Mark Clarke & his team.

Try one-off taster sessions or to commit to week-long series across a wide range of folk arts, with song, dance & music represented.


Aaron Horlock (Guitar) ● Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (Melody Accompaniment) ● Angeline Morrison (Song) ● Avtar Indian Dance (Bhangra Dance)● Camus (Northumbrian Pipes & Tunes) ● David Heathfield (Storytelling) ● Erin Brown & Barry Watson (Family Sessions) ● Ewan Wardrop (Step Dance) ● Filkin’s Drift (Creative, Contemporary Folk) ● Ilse Pedler (Poetry) ● Instep Research Team (Step Dance) ● Joe Danks (Banjo) ● John Dipper (Fiddle) ● John Kirkpatrick (The Festival Concert Band) ● Louisa Davies-Foley (Bones) ● Mark Clarke Creative Making (Craft) ● Nick & Mary Barber (The Festival Big Band)● New Jerusalem (Shapenote) ● Rowan Piggot (Fiddle) ● Saltfishforty (Orkney Tunes) ● Sandra Kerr (The Festival Choir) ● Samia Malik (Indian Song) ● Sara Grey (Banjo Accompaniment For Song) ● Saul Rose (Melodeon) ● Squeezebox From Scratch (Melodeon) ● Stream Of Sound (Song) ● Teilhard Frost (Appalachian)● Zulu Tradition (African Song/Dance) ●


Plus there’s a whole range of Folk Dance from Contra to English Country Dance via Early Dance, Euro dance, stepping and a week of Ritual Dance workshops showcasing traditions from across the UK.


And a full week of Talks and Presentations including Peter & Barbara Snape, Lucy Wright, Martin Graebe, Eddie Upton, Janet Dowling, Michael Heaney and many more.


Check back as more events are announced in the Spring – and if there’s another workshop you want to see at Sidmouth, let us know here.


All in One & Season Tickets get you in to all, or any, of the workshops….as many or as often as you like. For non-season tickets holders Workshop-only Ticket bundles are also available.