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Brixham Pirate Festival - Saturday 1 May 2021 - Monday 3 May 2021 - visit website No festival this year
The Brixham Pirate Festival is jammed packed with wonderful things to see and do, we have some of the best piratical bands in the world, market stalls, a family area, incredible skirmishes and reenactments and more!

Dart Music Festival - Friday 7 May 2021 to Sunday 9 May 2021 Cancelled The next Dart Music Festival will now take place on Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2022. Website 


Pennymoor Song and Ale - First weekend in June. Friday 4 to Sunday 6 June 2021. For more information please email Sally

Teignmouth Folk Festival - Cancelled. Visit website

Dartington International Summer School & Festival - Saturday 24 July 2021 - Saturday 21 August 2021
Full details website
Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by over 70 concerts, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.

Annual South Brent Folk Day - Saturday 3 July 2021 - Cancelled Visit South Brent Folk website

  • Singing; music; dancing; workshops; and concerts in the Old School Community Centre, and a headline evening concert in the Village Hall.


For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or email or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117 or email

Chagstock Festival - Friday 23 July 2021 to Saturday 24 July 2021 - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website

Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere. Chagstock showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer. Starting life as a small private party, Chagstock has now grown into a major fixture on the Westcountry festival circuit.

Tickets are available from website


Sidmouth Folk Week - Friday 30 July 2021 to Friday 6 August 2021

The Sidmouth Folk Festival will return this year with a celebratory event.

With so much uncertainty around the viability of live events and festivals this summer – and taking into account the informative and thoughtful responses to our audience surveys – the festival team are now excited to be planning a celebratory week of shows and activities, primarily based in the heart of the town at Blackmore Gardens, with all day entertainment and evening concerts.

Event Tickets are available now for the Open Air Evening shows in Blackmore Gardens.
Sat 31 Jul Show of Hands
A leading force in British folk, this duo show features Festival Patrons Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and finest multi instrumentalists respectively.  
Sun 1 Aug Eliza Carthy Trio + Jack Rutter
Embodying the dynamism and vitality of the English folk revival, Eliza Carthy plays here in a celebratory trio featuring David Delarre and Saul Rose. Plus outstanding folk singer/instrumentalist Jack Rutter.

Mon 2 Aug Jez Lowe + Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin
Much loved folk singer and songwriter from North East England. Plus two of British folk’s finest voices.
Tues 3 Aug Jackie Oates & John Spiers + Granny’s Attic
Multi award-winning contemporary folk duo plus dynamic folk trio Granny’s Attic.

Wed 4 Aug Seth Lakeman + Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Devon-born, Mercury-Prize-nominated English folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Seth Lakeman brings a powerhouse duo show to Sidmouth. Plus acoustic duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage.
Thurs 5 Aug Talisk + James Delarre
One of Scotland’s most popular folk groups and perennial festival favourites. Plus, fiddler James Delarre, who has established himself as a stalwart of the English traditional music scene.   

Fri 6 Aug Banter + Tim Edey
Three fine musicians – Simon Care, Nina Zella and Tim Walker – whose roots are firmly in the traditional English genre, but who enjoy stretching the limits. Plus extraordinarily talented multi-instrumentalist and singer, Tim Edey.
Numbers are limited! - for full Event and Ticket Information and to book click here

Bring along your camping chair to relax in or spread out your rug and watch these great shows!

Tickets for these evening shows will go on sale from 24th May. Visit Website for more information.


Sidmouth Folk Festival Children’s Festival loves to encourage children of all ages and all musical abilities to play music together.

Some workshops are aimed at children who are already confident on playing their instruments, but we know that some of our younger visitors are also keen to take part in music workshops.

The Minims is aimed at those aged 5-8 years old who are just starting out on their musical journey. Very much a beginners band workshop, with a team of supportive tutors led by Matt Nelson.

All instruments (children do need their own instruments) are welcomed and the one-hour sessions, take place on a daily basis, with an opportunity to showcase achievements on the Friday afternoon on the Garden Stage in Blackmore Gardens.

For further details about the festival see website
and for more information about this wonderful workshop contact Ray & Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers email


Attention young musicians! Why not do something different during the first week of August? The Seaside Stompers Children’s Ceilidh Band Workshop will again be taking place during Sidmouth FolkWeek 2020.  Young people (8 years and over) who play any musical instrument will have a great time in this series of daily workshops. Workshops lead to a special opportunity to play as a festival ceilidh band on the Thursday evening in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee. Caller for the evening will be Nick Walden and there will be some surprise spots too.

Ray Langton leads the workshops along with a team of talented tutors (Team STOMPIT!) who help and encourage players throughout the week. There is expertise in: guitar, brass, percussion, woodwind squeezebox, strings and anything else is also welcome. The dance music will include a mixture of jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes.

Participants must have their own instruments and be able to play a number of tunes from music or by ear (approximately Grade 2 standard). Music will be provided and parts for all instruments and all abilities will be available.

This is a very exciting opportunity for young musicians to work with others, learn new music and then to perform to an audience on the Thursday night in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee.

For further information please contact Ray & Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers email

Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - Salcombe Regis Saturday 31 July 2021 to Wednesday 4 August 2021. For more information go to website
Entry from 6.00pm Starts 7.00pm
Situated on the edge of the sleepy coastal Devon village of Salcombe Regis (near Sidmouth), it centres around a traditional oak-framed building (McBuzz’s Barn) complete with veranda and adjoining marquee. The event coincides with (but independent of) the long-established Sidmouth Folk Festival where thousands of colourful music lovers descend on the valley for the week.
The Sessions celebrate the very best in emerging acts, breaking artists and under-the-radar musicians - not just locally but from across the whole UK. The Fringe has been supported by BBC Introducing (Devon & Cornwall) over recent years who have co-hosted the shows. Add to this, occasional international touring artists, and you have a fantastic mini festival of live music in an authentic setting.

Bob Cann

Click on image for slide show of pictures of 2019 festival

Photographs by Alan Quick

Dartmoor Folk Festival 2021

Regretfully, after lengthy discussions, the festival organising committee has reached the conclusion that it is not going to be possible for us to stage a ‘normal’ Dartmoor Folk Festival in August 2021.
There are various factors that have resulted in us making this decision, with keeping all involved safe and well being our top priority.
There is also the financial risk we would be taking with organising such an event in the current climate, and in order to protect the future of the festival we also need to safeguard our finances.
We are therefore only going to concentrate on holding Dartmoor Step Dance and Broom Dance competitions this year either virtually, or as small live events, depending on what is permitted at the time.
Hopefully by the end of 2021 things will have improved significantly and we will be in a position to confidently make plans for a full festival to return in 2022.
In the meantime, look after yourselves and keep an eye on Facebook and our website for updates.

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Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 20 August 2021 - Sunday 22 August 2021 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.
Beautiful Days has several stages, a seated Theatre Tent, site art installations, Wild Spa, Crafts Area, a huge Children’s Area, walkabout theatre, play zones, family camping, real ale bars from Otter Brewery, Folk Sessions, Healing Garden and a vast selection of carefully chosen food & craft stalls.

46th Cornwall Folk Festival - Friday 27 August 2021 to Monday 30 August 2021 - Visit festival website

Line up so far: Dougie Maclean :O’Hooley and Tidow :Merry Hell : Gatehouse : Granny’s Attic : Winter Wilson : Blacksmith : Mike Silver and Joe Partidge : Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch : Steve Dan Mills : Mic McCreadie’s Handpicked : Coastal Belles

Main concerts in Town Hall, plus Betjeman Sessions now over three nights. Plenty more fine music and dance from across the South West on FAR Stage. Live music and sessions in the streets, cafes and pubs in the town centre.

Lyme Folk Weekend - Lyme Regis Friday 27 August 2021 - Monday 30 August 2021. Visit website for more information

Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth - Saturday 4 September 2021 - Sunday 5 September 2021 - visit website
Free family friendly shanty and maritime festival. Raising funds for the RNLI, Rowcroft Hospice, Teign Heritage Centre and the Alice Cross Centre.

For further information please go to Facebook - Twitter - Instagram

Salcombe ‘Live’ Festival  - Friday 1 October 2021 - Sunday 3 October 2021. Go to website for more information

Baring-Gould Folk Song School - For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754.

Baring Gould Folk weekend - For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754.