The action-packed Children’s Festival is a great opportunity for a memorable family folk holiday by the sea!
As well as a huge array of activities for young people to get involved with, and fabulous family evening entertainment, the location offers all of the elements of a classic seaside holiday: beach, buckets and spades, Esplanade, ice-cream and more!
Blackmore Gardens is the heart of the Children’s Festival, where three marquees house workshops for children throughout the day and the lovely, open garden offers a colourful and welcoming space for families to meet up, spread out a picnic blanket, enjoy the Garden Stage shows and soak up the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.
Children of all ages can join in on an amazing Musical Journey at Sidmouth FolkWeek, offering new exciting musical activities, suitable for their age, each year. Whatever age, there will always be something musical to do. For tinies (4 years and under), there are Action Songs with Karen Morris to start youngsters on their journey. 5-7 year olds can join in with The Minims (Beginners’ Band) with Jon Brenner and Junior Choir with Jackie Oates. Over 8s (Grade 2 and above) can join the renowned Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band led by Team Stompit! to learn tunes to play for the Thursday night ceilidh in Blackmore Marquee. Over 8s also have the opportunity to sing in the Sidmouth Songswell Choir led by Bryony Griffith.
This year we have a great series of dance and movement workshops for young people to enjoy. Under 5s get active with Woodland Wiggle and Jungle Jiggle with Jenny Read. Over 8s can join Boggarts Breakfast for some Border Morris dancing, One Day Rapper for Rapper Sword dancing with or Jan Hutchinson for Appalachian Clog. Plus new this year, we have an opportunity for families to learn some Ceilidh Dance moves with Sue Coe and Paul Scourfield!
ARTY CRAFTY ACTIVITIES
All ages get the opportunity to make things at Sidmouth FolkWeek’s Children’s Festival. Little ones can join Cuckoo Crafts for Colour and Create and enjoy some new craft activities with Creative Workshops for Children. 5-7 year olds have Crazy Crafts with Geoff Court, Pottery with Louise Block, Windsocks and Gargoyles with Ralph Bolton and make a hat in the Happy Hattery with Cuckoo Crafts. Older ones can make something special to take away in the Craft Carousel choosing from a range of different craft activities each day, try out Pottery with Louise Block or join Merlin’s Mob for drama activities and exercises, stories and arts activities.
The whole family can also join in the Children’s Festival Torchlight Processional Build Workshop to make some special items for the finale Procession based on the theme the Big Blue Sea.
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.