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Thread #139860   Message #3212470
Posted By: GUEST,guest en route
25-Aug-11 - 09:25 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth Folk Week - New Director
Subject: RE: Sidmouth Folk Week - New Director
The Esplanade is full of traders partly because EDDC (not Town Council) make money from renting out the pitches, but many casual visitors love them and regard them as part of the festival, which they are not, but legally it is quite difficult to get rid of all of them - see previous summaries of this point on the internet.

However, they have virtually driven away all the young (and not so young) talent that used to play/sing/dance on the Esplanade.

Some visitors dislike the tat traders though - there is a letter in the current Sidmouth Herald (available on line) about this.

Sidmouth is so many different festivals rolled into one that an impression of one of them may not reflect all the rest.

And it is not expensive for a week (unless you live a long way away and/or want hotel comforts)