Sidmouth Folk Festival: 29 July-5 August

The 68th Sidmouth Folk Festival starts today with a choice of around 700 events to enjoy over the next week.

You’ll have the opportunity to soak up some brilliant shows, participate in a number of workshops or find some new musical discoveries at smaller stages around the town. Choose from headline shows, small intimate events, with plenty of dancing and singing along the way.

The extensive lineup of musicians includes Fisherman’s Friends, Steeleye Span, Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, and Eddi Reader. And check out the numerous musical workshops and choirs, storytelling and presentations, and youth and children’s festivals.

There’s an action-packed week planned at the hill at The Bulverton. Here you can take part in afternoon workshops that include West African dance and creative making sessions where you’ll have the chance to help make some site-specific decorative artwork.

Avtar Indian Dance

The Bulverton is also the one-stop shop for a great night out. Early on there are lively music sessions in Betsy’s Lounge followed by floor-filling main show acts, such as English roots reggae from Edward II, Highland rave from Peatbog Faeries, agit-pop from Grace Petrie, and retro folk-pop from Joshua Burnell Band. And don’t forget to hang around for the late-night extra ceilidh and early hours acoustic chill-out space.

Head over to The Bulverton for late-night entertainment

Keep your dancing shoes on for The Urban Folk Theory’s Silent Live Ceilidh on 4 August. Here you’ll be able to grab some headphones and choose from top trad tunes played live or classic and ground-breaking dance, pop, reggae, and folk tracks re-mixed especially for the ceilidh.

The festival offers a range of ticket types, from season to event tickets, allowing you to find the best option that works for you.

For full programme details and how to book tickets head over to the Sidmouth Folk Festival website.

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