There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955 attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal.
With an ear to the past and an eye on the future, the festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.
A quick look at the Sidmouth Folk Week line up really shows the unique and broad appeal of the week long festival based in the Seaside town of Sidmouth. Whether you pop in for the day or stay for the whole week this festival really has something for everyone from smaller intimate shows to bigger concert size performances.
What People Say
“Sidmouth is as much about spontaneous music-making in the town’s many bars as anything else. Folk music is alive and well and living in Devon.”
— The Telegraph
“One of the best festivals on the planet!”
— Mike Harding
Find out about this years festival including who will be performing and how to get your tickets…
Frequently Asked Questions see more
How can I support Sidmouth Folk Week?
By becoming a Friend of Sidmouth FolkWeek, you will help to make a contribution to the continued existence of the Festival and towards its development in future years.
Can I camp at Sidmouth Folk Week?
Of course! One of the best ways to enjoy the festival is to use the Official Festival Campsite. Bring your tent, caravan or motor home and set up on the campsite with views across the valley, fresh air and a community spirit for a true festival experience.
Is there access for people with disabilities?
We try to make the Festival as accommodating as possible to all people. Wheelchair access is available at most venues (see below) and our volunteer stewards are always ready to assist with any special requirements.
What is the best way of getting to the festival?
We advise you to use public transport wherever possible. Stagecoach runs a bus service in the area, connecting Sidmouth with Exeter, Honiton and Ottery St Mary.