Last week wandering around Sidmouth was a bit different and interesting as it was our first Sidmouth Scarecrow Competition and many families, community groups and business participated and we were no exception with our "Pirate of the Jurassic Coast" as the theme was films or seaside there popular choices were pirates and mermaids! It was great fun for participants and spectators so we hope it is on next year too.
While many of the main events this summer were postponed we are now starting to see a few events reappearing and next weekend there is a 2 day food and craft fair at Kennaway House between 11am and 5pm so we hope the weather is good for them.
The Tourist Information Office will be open too from Monday so they will again be providing up to date and latest information on all things tourist related which will help us all. they are open Monday to Friday 10am -12pm and 1pm to 3pm and on Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
Many places are now open but it is still worth checking in advance with any specific venue and I can confirm that the donkey sanctuary in Sidmouth is still closed for the time-being.
Plans are afoot for a memorable Online Sidmouth Folk Festival in place of the traditional event. There will be four hour ‘live’ shows from a secret location in Sidmouth on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August 5-9pm. Hosted by Matthew Crampton and Kitty Macfarlane, the shows will feature live appearances by Steve Knightley and Jim Causley and specially recorded performances by Martin Simpson, Quebec’s Yves Lambert Trio, Jez Lowe, Talisk, Bruce Molsky from the U.S, Ewan McLennan, Jackie Oates & John Spiers, Damien Barber, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Rosie Hood, Cohen Braithwaite- Kilcoyne, Zoe Wren and many more.
As well as the two live shows, there will be events throughout festival week. The programme will be live from Tuesday 28th July.