Folk Week - August 4th to 11th 2017
'63rd' Sidmouth Folk Week
Sidmouth Folk Week is a unique week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song taking place in the first week of August each year - a must in every festival goer's annual diary. The town's streets and venues come alive with festive atmosphere as holidaymakers and festival goers join together in a music-based holiday to remember.
Information and advanced tickets are available from the information Centre
Attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events, there is a promise of 'something for everyone' - from top name concerts to family entertainment and colourful dance displays.
Blackmore Gardens is at the heart of Children's events, firing the imagination with music workshops, creative crafts, circus skills, puppetry, street theatre, singing, story telling and games.
All this is followed by a spectacular finale, with the traditional Torchlight Procession (10pm) making its way down the Esplanade from Peak Hill, and a Firework Display (10.50pm) brings the week to a close.
Film of Sidmouth in Folk Week can be found on YouTube. Click here to view
Sidmouth FolkWeek honoured by BBC Radio Devon as 47 Blue Plaques are awarded as part of BBC Music Day
As part of BBC Music Day on 15th June 2017, Sidmouth FolkWeek was awarded a Blue Plaque in recognition of its cultural contribution to the region. Britain’s oldest festival has itself become the stuff of folklore, continuing to influence musical trends and capturing the hearts of all who visit. Sidmouth FolkWeek has undergone many transformations in its 63 years and while it represents many things to many people, the unique, varied and vibrant atmosphere is one that undeniably sets it apart.
BBC Radio Devon’s Blue Plaque will commemorate Sidmouth Folk Week. The station broadcast the unveiling of the plaque, by Festival Patrons Show of Hands (Steve Knightly and Phil Beer), live from Connaught Gardens as part of the BBC Music Day celebrations. Connaught Gardens is where the festival began in 1955 though the plaque will be permanently mounted at The Ham in Sidmouth where the festival sets up its central hub each year in the first week of August.
Mark Grinnell, Editor of BBC Radio Devon says:
“Every year Sidmouth FolkWeek transforms the town into a diverse and vibrant festival, attracting thousands of visitors and music lovers. It’s great to honour the hundreds of organisers, volunteers and musicians who since 1955 have worked to make Folk Week a truly international event attracting the best names in folk music and putting Devon firmly at the forefront of the folk music scene.”
This year’s festival runs from 4th – 11th August, as well as featuring three pre-festival events with Barbara Dickson, Fisherman’s Friends and Michael Morpurgo’s family show Where My Wellies Take Me.