What's happening in Sidmouth this summer 2023

Visit the beautiful town of Sidmouth this Summer. From folk festivals to foodie fun, there something for all.

What’s happening in


this summer

Finally the sunshine is here! We have moved out of spring and we can now get excited about what’s going on in and around our beautiful regency town of Sidmouth this summer! From folk festivals and celebrations of biodiversity to foodie fun, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained; as well as beautiful coastal walks, relaxing beach days and local attractions.  

And, to make things even better, we have got an incredible Summer Escape Offer available throughout June, July and August. Book a minimum two-night stay with us at the Bedford Hotel and get and extra night free – see more detail here.

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Celebrating its 69th anniversary this year, the Sidmouth Folk Festival is back this August from Friday 4th to Friday 11th. Proudly championing traditional music, dance and song, the festival continues to build on its years of success, celebrating the rich diversity of folk arts in the UK. 

With a huge range of genres and interests, from top class stars, emerging talent and exclusive shows to dynamic ceilidhs, folk dances and dance displays; there really is something to keep everyone entertained! 

If you are thinking about heading down, don’t forget to book your stay at the Bedford Hotel. Perfectly located for the festival and right on the Sidmouth seafront. 

“It’s the diversity and community spirit that sets Sidmouth apart from other festivals – it has, as it says, an ear to the past and an eye on the future – it is steeped in tradition which is a most important part of Sidmouth – but not in a stuffy way, it keeps in touch with current stuff too. There is a community tradition/vibe you don’t get at other festivals – so much different stuff going on that any two people can go to The Sidmouth Folk Festival and have a completely different festival experience. 

The ad-lib stuff like songs & tunes on the bus, busking in the bus shelter, rapper dance in the bars in town, etc (part of the community spirit) is all part of what makes Sidmouth special. You have to go to Sidmouth Folk Week to get it, and when you do best to stay for the whole week to get the whole Sidmouth experience.” – https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/

Sidmouth Biodiversity Festival

This year marks the first  week-long Simouth Biodiversity Festival. Taking place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June, the festival programme consists of nearly 40 events across the week. Each celebrating our valley’s rich diversity and wildlife presence; and showcasing how we can all take action to protect and enhance it. 

From guided nature walks and fascinating talks to hands-on workshops and storytelling performances, there is something for all ages. For the full timetable and more information please visit their website here

Foodies Festival Exeter

The Foodies Festival is back at Escot Park in Exeter again this year from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June; and it’s set to be their biggest celebration yet! 

Be delighted by top chefs (Masterchef Champions, Great British Bake Off stars and Michelin-starred heroes), incredible food, delicious drinks and live music. It’s the perfect day out with family and friends.

Meet artisan producers, discover top baking tips, learn new recipes and unleash the children in the Kids Cookery Theatre. All before grabbing a drink and getting lost in the incredible sounds from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Toploader and more! 

For more information and to purchase tickets please head to their website 

Bedford Hotel’s Devon Summer Escape offer

Are you thinking about joining us for one of these festivals this year? Or do you want to come and uncover untrodden trails along the South West Coast Path, discover secret coves on the world famous Jurassic Coast and immerse yourself in the incredible local food and drink scene? Well we have a great offer for you…

Stay a minimum of two nights and get a extra night FREE! 

The offer:

  • Book two or more nights throughout June, July and August and get an extra night for FREE
  • Includes all room types – Single and Double; Balcony, Sea View, Partial Sea View and Inland
  • Includes all tariffs – Bed & Breakfast and Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  • Receive a free gift in your room on arrival – offer is only available when you book direct

To book, please call 01395 513047 or email reservations@bedfordhotelsidmouth.co.uk

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