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Children’s Festival

Blackmore Gardens is the beating heart of the Children’s Festival: the hub for family-based fun throughout the week with three workshop venues.

Download the 2017 Taster Programme here.

The Major, Midi and Minor Marquees in which children can get involved with Crazy Crafts, Crafty Fun, The Craft Carousel, Mini Crafts, Messy Crafts (just how crafty can we be!), Singing, Morris Dancing, Yoga, Music, Stories and much, much more.

The Major Marquee will host the Family Torchlight Processional Big Build workshops. This year’s theme is What Can We See In The Garden? Join in FolkWeek’s spectacular Torchlight Procession by making colourful flowers, bugs and butterflies to carry along the route.

Blackmore Gardens is a wonderful place to come along to relax and enjoy superb entertainment from the Garden Stage that will feature our Young Performers Showcases and some very special surprises. You will also find Walkabout Entertainment, the ever popular Marble Maze and Do It Yourself Puppet Theatre, Pop Up Performances, Morris and Dance displays, Parachute Games, Face Painting, Dancing, The Knitting Circle, and a host of other family entertainment.

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC! 

This year offers an even bigger choice of musical activities than ever, spanning all ages and abilities. Starting with simple Percussion and Action Songs for tinies, 5-7 year olds will have opportunities to try out Percussion and Simple Music. The new Beginners Band will cater for youngsters from 5 years upwards who have not yet reached Grade 2. Don’t forget to bring your own instruments along. Older ones (Grade 2 and above) can join the amazingly popular Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Band that practises all week to play for the Stomping Ceilidh on Thursday night. Again don’t forget to bring your own instrument. For those almost ready to move on to Shooting Roots there will be some new music sessions for older children to bridge the gap between the Children’s Festival and the exciting Shooting Roots youth programme. As well as all of these we are also planning some Family Music Workshops and Choirs and Song Sessions too.

FABULOUS FAMILY EVENING SHOWS

For the best way to make sure that children get the most out of Sidmouth FolkWeek’s Children’s Festival at the best possible price, purchase a Children’s Season ticket for the week. This includes priority access to all events in the Children’s Programme (space permitting). These are available online or from the Sidmouth TIC.

SATURDAYEast of the Sun, West of the Moon. A beautiful spellbinding puppet show inspired by a traditional Nordic story. This is a spellbinding tale of adventure, mystery and romance, featuring a magical white bear, a young girl and a troll. A young peasant girl leaves the safety of home to travel into the wilderness on the back of a bear who takes her deep into the forest to his home – a beautiful ice cave. The feisty heroine’s adventures take her to a mystical place, a place of dreams, secrets revealed and the end of her quest – her love lost or found? Presented by THE FETCH THEATRE COMPANY

SUNDAYOn This Island is an intricate weaving together of well-known storytellers’ favourite Celtic folk tales, songs, clog and Cotswold Morris Dances along the teller’s own contemporary stories. Presented by URSULA HOLDEN GILL

MONDAYThe Jellyvision Show is a fast moving, visual, funny, interactive theatre-type show with a true pantomime vibe. Participation is encouraged and the show includes live music, slapstick and magic. A great fun, children’s show with lots of family appeal. Presented by SNAPSHOT PRODUCTIONS

TUESDAY – The ever-popular Fabulous Family Medley: a steaming hot pot of music, song, story, fun laughter and much, much more. Something for everyone served up in one fabulous helping from lots of festival guests and performers.

WEDNESDAY – An unmissable, family performance by ZULU TRADITION. Rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional drama, song and dance. Zulu Tradition are a company of young singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and with lots of dynamic drumming.

THURSDAYSuper Stomping Evening Ceilidh in Blackmore Gardens Marquee with THE SIDMOUTH SEASIDE STOMPERS CEILIDH BAND and calling by MARTYN HARVEY plus some very special guest spots. Expect a hugely popular evening of sheer ceilidh enjoyment.

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YOUNG PERFORMERS SHOWCASES

If you are a young musician, singer storyteller or dancer why not apply to be part of our Young Performer’s Showcase on the Garden Stage? Look out for more information on the website.

TICKETS

For the best way to make sure that children get the most out of Sidmouth FolkWeek’s Children’s Festival at the best possible price, purchase a Children’s Season ticket for the week. This includes priority access to all events in the Children’s Programme (space permitting). These are available online or from the Sidmouth TIC.

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