PHOTOS & VIDEO: Sidmouth Folk Festival 2019

Sidmouth is brimming with song, dance and music as thousands of people enjoy its annual folk festival. 

The event is celebrating its 65th birthday this year, and to mark its milestone anniversary, it has returned to its roots and undergone a rebrand.

As a nod to its past, The Sidmouth Folk Festival returns in place of Sidmouth FolkWeek, and with a new logo.

Visitors in their thousands will be flocking to the town from now until Friday, August 9, to enjoy more than 700 attractions, performances and activities; top name concerts, family entertainment and colourful dance displays.

Festival first-timers can expect a music-based holiday to remember – the town’s streets and venues alive with music, dancing and entertainment; small intimate shows and concert-size performances.

Children’s music workshops, creative crafts, circus skills, street theatre, singing, storytelling and games to fire young imaginations will take place at Blackmore Gardens.

The annual traditional torchlight procession at 10pm on the final Friday brings the festival to a close, followed by fireworks.

See the full line-up here.

Reusable pint cups have been introduced at this year’s festival in a bid to prevent 30,000 pieces of single-use plastic ending up in the rubbish.

The environmentally-friendly move is seeing residents and visitors asked to spend £1 on one of the special items at the event’s official bars – or bring their own.

Organisers have invested in 10,000 of the ‘Souvenir Cups’ and will not serve up any pints in single-use plastics until every one has been sold.

The scheme applies to festival bars at The Ham, Bulverton and Blackmore Gardens.

“You will not be able to buy your first pint drink without paying the £1 – unless you have a pint tankard or CE-marked reusable cup – and we will not be serving in single-use pint plastics unless we sell out of the 10,000 reusable ones,” said a Sidmouth Folk Festival spokesperson.

“If that happens, next year we’ll get even more!

“If we get through all of them, we will save 30,000-plus single-use plastic pint drink cups ending up in the rubbish.”

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