This week is the last one for festival goers to grab best value Early Bird tickets for the best ever summer seaside festival at Sidmouth FolkWeek (3rd – 10th August). http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/tickets/

Before the week even gets started, there are three fabulous Pre-Festival Events lined up including: Mersey poet extraordinaire Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe (2nd Aug 2.30pm) in a new show featuring a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music; the debut Sidmouth appearance of British folk rock icons Fairport Convention (2nd Aug 8pm) and the all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain (3rd Aug 3pm) bringing their funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment. http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/pre-festival-specials/

Note that all Week and Weekend ticket holders get reduced prices for the Pre-Festival shows. An Early Bird All-In-One or Week Season allows festival goers to make the most of the rest of the festival as it kicks off in earnest with a wealth of diverse entertainment, with the very best of contemporary folk music, dance and song. Headline concerts with Karine Polwart, Cara Dillon, Show Of Hands with Miranda Sykes, Blowzabella, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening are just the tip of the iceberg, with a full week of top quality main stage Ham Marquee concerts throughout the week, three times daily! http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/ham-marquee-concerts

Roots dance parties at the Bulverton are filled with energy at excitement with Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Police Dog Hogan, Elephant Sessions, False Lights, Blackbeard’s Tea Party and more. And then there’s the chance to chill out in the funky Betsy’s Lounge to round off the hi-octane big nights out! http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/bulverton-ceilidhs-more/bulverton-evening-programme/

Dance takes many glorious forms, filling the streets and venues of the town with joyful colour and atmosphere, with a jam-packed folk dance programme http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/folk-dance/, high energy ceilidhs http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/ceilidh/ and spectacular dance displays http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/display-dance/

The young at heart, young in spirit and young in body – from tinies to teens – have endless opportunities for action-packed workshops and events with a fun-filled Children’s Festival http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/childrens-festival/ and Youth Programme http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/shooting-roots-youth-programme/

And then there are small intimate concert series http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/intimate-concerts-sessions/, workshops http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/workshop-information/, storytelling http://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/1169-2/ and some unique events including the popular Sidmouth Horse Trials and John Gasson memorial Jig competition.

Don’t miss this last chance to make the most of the fun on offer with those Early Bird tickets!