There’s a guarantee of many ‘Grand Days Out’ at Sidmouth FolkWeek this summer. As well as all of the headline concerts, roots dance parties, dance displays, ceilidhs, folk dance, traditional sessions, special shows, Children’s Festival events and more, there is a brilliant opportunity for many ‘now for something completely different’ moments!

Amongst them is a wonderful tradition in the making with the second annual Sidmouth Horse Trials, a highly entertaining all-comers event for Hobby Horses, Unicorns, Goats, Morris animals and other Beasts of Disguise – a wonderfully silly event at celebrating the ‘beasts’ that are integral to ritual dance traditions in the United Kingdom and beyond. A splendid new trophy has been created and donated by Aardman Animations, home of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, Morph and more, to be awarded to the Sidmouth FolkWeek Best Beast!

The Aardman Award has been designed by long-time Sidmouth FolkWeek fan Peter Lord.

The event takes place at Port Royal on Sunday 6th August at 1pm.  There are a number of categories involved in the Trials, including, for example, most entertaining performance and naughtiest beast! However the overall winner –  judged as the mightiest of beasts on show – will walk away with the Aardman Award, presented by Peter Lord.

For further details, including rules for entrants, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sidmouth-Horse-Trials-1750717138508302/

The event is co-ordinated by fRoots Magazine, media sponsors for the festival, and friends. fRoots also work in collaboration with the FolkWeek team to present a wonderful series of afternoon concerts featuring the kind of music presented in the long-running music magazine, with a focus on ‘local music from out there’.

Offering an enthusiastic introduction to a number of up-and-coming artists and sounds from the leftfield, this year’s Cellar Full of Folkadelia events at Carinas include appearances from: old-time vaudevillian showstoppers Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son, Dublin’s Nordic and Irish experimentalists Slow Moving Clouds, psych-folk collective United Bible Studies, gorgeous songwriting trio Alden Patterson & Dashwood, Senegalese griot Batch Gueye, hardcore Anglo-American folk from Cath & Phil Tyler, darkly subversive songs from Sharron Kraus & Nick Jonah Davis, subtle and masterly old-time sounds from Jock Tyldesley & Vera van Heeringen, hypno-folksters Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch and young Haitian folk singer and writer Germa Adan.