Sidmouth itself, for most of the year, is a gorgeous sleepy little seaside town, with a pebbly beach, great coast walks and really good ice cream.
But for the first week of August every year it turns into a fantastic festival - traditional music from all over the world, dancers, singers, musicians, ceilidhs until the early hours of the morning.
It's really family-friendly, with loads of craft activities for kids, and lots of the young musicians now performing at the festival got dragged there by their parents as children, so there's a real cross-generation atmosphere.
Personally, I wouldn't miss it for the world - spending a week in seaside sunshine, in pubs and marquees, listening to some of the best folk musicians around...bliss!
www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk - nearest train station is Honiton, with regular buses to Sidmouth.
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