School’s Out For Summer…End Of Term Treats at Sidmouth FolkWeek

The festival build has started in Sidmouth, ready for the 8 action-packed days line up for Sidmouth FolKWeek (4 – 11 August) – the very best of seaside holidays wrapped up in a festival!

For families, FolkWeek offers an ideal opportunity to re-energise those end of term batteries, with a full 700+ event programme and quality guaranteed for all ages…as well as a chance to relax and soak up the seaside holiday atmosphere. Concerts, roots dance parties, ceilidhs, folk dances, storytelling, workshops, informal concerts and sessions, Children’s Festival fun, traditional sounds, cutting edge sounds, dance displays, special theatre shows are all on the menu. As are buckets and spades, fish and chips, cream teas, ice cream and paddling in the sea!

The week kicks off in style with three pre-festival specials, including a brilliant family show, Where My Wellies Take Me with Michael Morpurgo and Voices At The Door at The Ham at 3pm on Friday 4th August. The internationally famous children’s author Morpurgo’s previous sell out shows at Sidmouth, War Horse and Private Peaceful, were a massive hit with children and adults of all ages!

This performance in words and music is based on Clare and Michael Morpurgo’s book, Where My Wellies Take Me, and follows Pippa, its 8-year old heroine, on a May Day ramble through local woods, farms and fields. Pippa’s lively commentary is interwoven with a wonderful mix of poetry and traditional songs of England. A celebration of nature and the English countryside, this is a beautifully evocative and engaging concert experience, narrated by Clare and Michael Morpurgo, and Natalie Walter, with songs performed by award-winning a cappella group Voices at the Door. 

The sensational Children’s Festival offers something for tinies to teenagers, with a ‘Musical Journey’ theme, as well as some top quality Family Evening shows including puppetry, storytelling, slapstick theatre, South African music and dance from Zulu Tradition and a Super Stomping Evening Ceilidh. For full details and ticketing information about what’s on offer for families, pick up a Children’s Programme at the festival or download it here.

The buzzing, colourful hub of the Children’s Festival is at Blackmore Gardens, the base for a wealth of creative workshop activities for all ages in music, dance, song and craft, as well as Young Performers ShowcasesWalkabout Entertainment, the ever-popular Marble Maze and Do It Yourself Puppet TheatrePop Up PerformancesMorris and Dance displaysParachute GamesFace PaintingDancingThe Knitting Circle, and a host of other family entertainment.

New this year is the Rooty Tooty Collective for 10-13 year olds looking at moving on to the amazing youth sessions put together by Shooting Roots for 12 – 18 year olds.

A special Relaxed Concert takes place at Tuesday 8th August Blackmore Gardens Marquee (5.30-6.30pm), aimed at families with young children and people with disabilities. A chance to see some of the festival guests in an informal, accessible setting. Everyone welcome!

What’s not to like? Fabulous wall-to-wall family activities (and plenty on offer just for grown-ups too!) combined with a chance to relax and unwind by the seaside. There’s something for the whole clan at Sidmouth FolkWeek!