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Travel and Parking

Travelling to Sidmouth

BY CAR: Sidmouth is 10 miles from junction 30 of the M5 (follow A 3052) and 9 miles from Honiton (follow A375).Satellite Navigation Postcode: Sidmouth Information Centre – EX10 8XR

BY COACH: National Express Services from all parts of the country to Exeter. Regular buses from Exeter to Sidmouth.

BY RAIL & BUS SERVICES: Fast trains from London (Waterloo) to Honiton and from the North, the Midlands and London (Paddington) to Exeter St Davids. Frequent bus services connect St. David’s with Exeter bus station from where there is a regular bus service. There is a regular bus service from Honiton railway station except on Sundays. Visitors are advised to consult Stagecoach Devon, telephone 01392 427711 and/or National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 for details.

BY AIR: Exeter airport is 30 minutes from Sidmouth.
Scheduled services for domestic and international flights.

If you are camping, then we strongly advise you to use the Festival bus service. Walking on the road to Bulverton can be hazardous, especially in the dark.

Click the image below to see a map of how to get to the Campsite and the Bulverton Marquee.

Car Sharing: Life’s a journey – share it!

At this year’s Sidmouth FolkWeek we are committed to making the festival as green as possible and ask you all to consider your environment and the effect your travel has on it.

Therefore we have teamed up with the friendly peeps at GoCarShare to help encourage as many of you as possible to share car journeys by offering lifts. Just click on our page here and add your journey, whether you are driving or looking for a lift, and they will match you with someone going the same way. Go on, not only will you be saving the planet a little at a time, but you’ll be saving pennies too!

Parking Information

If you are travelling into Sidmouth for FolkWeek events in your own car, here is a list of car parks:

Festival Car Park at Bulverton

The Festival car park is situated just above the Bulverton Marquee. It allows direct access to the Marquee and avoids delays of finding parking in the town. Follow the signs from the A3052, down Bulverton Road, past the campsite. Use the one way system (following the ‘diversion’ signs), up Broadway, turn right into Bickwell Lane then left into Higher Greenway Lane. The route is along country lanes, so please drive very carefully, especially when wet. Exit signs will direct you round the remainder of the one-way system back onto the Bulverton Road just below the campsite. To access the town from the car park, walk past the Bulverton Marquee, down the hill to the bus stop just inside the Campsite entrance. Parking costs £4 per car per day for arrivals before 5.30pm and £2 per car per day after 5.30pm, and is free to season ticket holders. The festival car park is NOT suitable for anyone with mobility issues because the walk to the bus stop is uneven and sloping.

The Ham East, The Ham West and Roxburgh short stay car parks (EDDC)

The Ham car parks are on Ham Lane, just off the eastern end of the Esplanade (EX10 8XR).

The Roxburgh car park is on Russell Street.

Charges are made 8am to 6pm daily.

3 hours maximum stay: No return within 1 hour.

7 Day Tickets/Permits: Ticket/Permit valid for one visit only of up to 3 hours in each day. No return that same day.

Annual Parking Permits: Permit valid for one visit only of up to 3 hours in each day. No return that same day.

Manor Road car park (EDDC)

The Manor car park is at the western end of Manor Road, opposite the Westcliff Hotel.

Charging Period: 24 hours daily.

24 hours maximum stay: no return within 1 hour.

7 Day Tickets/Permits: 24 hours maximum stay. No return within 1 hour.

Annual Parking Permits: 24 hours maximum stay, no return within 1 hour.

Cricket Club (FolkWeek Donor)

The Cricket Club operates a car park during FolkWeek: charges are made for the day and part day.

Rugby Club (Diamond FolkWeek Sponsor)

The Rugby Club operates a car park during FolkWeek: charges are made for the day and part day.

Bedford Lawn car park (FolkWeek Donor)

Located next to the Bedford Hotel, on the Esplanade, at the end of the B3176.

Pay as you enter.

A word about motor homes … Each year the Festival organisers consult with the Council, police, fire service and local residents, to ensure that our arrangements are safe and considerate of the local community, as well as meeting legal requirements. We have become concerned in recent years about the growing number of people sleeping in motor homes on the streets, and camping on verges, during FolkWeek. Apart from the disturbance this can cause to residents, it is illegal and may cause a hazard to traffic and put lives at risk. We would therefore ask visitors to the Festival to ensure that you do not put yourself or others at risk in this way. The police have also asked us to warn you that they will be regularly monitoring the situation once again this year.

Please note motorhomes are only permitted to park in East Devon District
Council (EDDC) car parks between 8am to 10pm.