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Places to stay during Folk Week.

August 2nd - 9th

Another spectacular Folk Week will be upon us soon at the beginning of August. There is plenty of accommodation in and around the town so if you haven't already booked somewhere to stay, here are some options for you.

Dunscombe Manor Caravan Park

Dunscombe Manor Caravan Park is a beautiful static caravan park in Devon set in National Trust land near Sidmouth.

The Royal Glen Hotel

The Royal Glen Hotel set in a secluded peaceful garden with historic & contemporary accommodation 30 seconds from the Esplanade.

The Hotel Elizabeth

The Hotel Elizabeth is located in the heart of the festival! Overlooking the Esplanade and in the perfect location for getting to any part of the festival.

The Willow Bridge Guest House

The Willow Bridge Guest House sits at the end of the Byes and is a small, level walk into town.

There are of course many more places in the and around the town so check our Accommodation directory to find more!

There is also the Bulverton campsite which is the main Festival campsite located about 1.5 miles from the Esplanade. There is a regular bus service to and from the site during the week and the site provides for both tents and caravans/motor homes. Booking is advised!

More on the campsite can be found here

Happy Folk Week everyone!

David Bellamy Gold Environmental Award for Holiday Park

Oakdown Holiday Park have scooped the David Bellamy Gold Environmental Award for the 16th consecutive year running! They also received a Highly Commended in the Visit England awards 2013.

The parks owners are dedicated to protecting the environment and has found some great ways to achieve this. They have installed a Victorian Reed bed to take care of 'grey water' drainage and converted a World War II shelter into a shower block with kitchen and laundry facilities!

Congratulations to the Oakdown team on a well deserved award!

Congratulations Oakdown Holiday Park!

Release the Ducks!

Every summer, usualy around the third Sunday in July the Sidmouth Lions Club hold the Great Duck Derby on the River Sid along the Byes. This year the Derby takes place on Sunday 14th July with events starting at 2.15pm from the Sid Park Road Bridge being the children's 'Duck and Spoon' races.

The Corporate Duck Race (red ducks) starts at 2.45pm and the main event, The Great Duck Derby starts at 3.00pm from the same bridge.

The race follows the River Sid's flow to the finish line at the weir just before Waterloo Bridge where the winner is crowned!

Previous years see's the first place duck winning £400, pretty good for £1 a ticket and some good luck on the day!! 2nd prize is £100, 3rd prize £75 and then there are six £40 prizes and ten £20 "swimmer up" prizes. The prizes for the current race year are printed on the ticket along with the charities benefiting from the race and generosity of everyone taking part.

Ticket's are available from members of the Sidmouth Lions Club and they will also be selling tickets in hotels, pubs and some shops around the town. They will also be available on the day before the race at the start and finish lines.

The Great Duck Derby

Share the Sidmouth Duck Derby event with everyone else.