UK Folk Festivals - England

Folk Music Festivals in England

West Coast Folk Festival 2023

Gate to Southwell Festival 2023

After the last couple of years' virtual events I am listing things and crossing my fingers for 2024.

England is synonymous with folk festivals - they are among the best and most varied anywhere in the world. They often combine folk dancing and story-telling, But it's that large variety of styles that makes them so good. There are more folk music festivals in England than in the rest of the UK combined. Whether it's contempory or traditional music you love, you'll find it here.

Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

And if you spot that we have missed a festival, do let us know and we will update the lists as soon as possible.

Taking place in January

Straw Bear Festival - 12th Jan 2024 - Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire

Folk tradition and folk music. Folk dancing. Straw Bear Parade.

Often the first festival of the year.

The Straw Bear Festival celebrates the old Fenland plough custom of parading straw bears around the town every January.

Location: Whittlesea
Date: Friday 12th January 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Concert and day tickets, from £12
Contact for info: info@strawbear.org.uk
Website: www.strawbear.org.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


West Coast Folk Festival - 12th Jan 2024 - Blackpool, Winter Gardens, FY1 1HL, Lancashire

With three days and three stages, 33 acts are here to entertain you.

Possibly the first folk festival of the year!

Location: Blackpool, Winter Gardens, FY1 1HL
Date: Friday 12th January 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £167
Contact for info: solidentertainments@live.co.uk
Website: westcoastfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Halsway Folk Harp Weekend - 19th Jan 2024 - Halsway Manor, TA44BD, Somerset

Not a festival but a harp weekend with workshops and sessions.

Dive into the fantastic world of folk harp playing. Harpists are welcome to join us for a weekend of harp workshops and sessions with tutors Steph West and Merit Zloch. This is our first weekend of what we hope will be an annual weekend dedicated to harp playing in a folk context.

Location: Halsway Manor, TA44BD
Date: Friday 19th January 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £190
Also available: Residential accomodation is extra
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-harp-weekend-3/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Bradford Roots Festival - 20th Jan 2024 - Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ, Wiltshire

The annual Bradford Roots festival at Wiltshire Music Centre, celebrating the very best in local musical talent with over 40 acts and activities. From folk to blues, and pop to poetry, experience a two-day indoor festival packed with fun and laughter to beat the January blues.

Proceeds in support of local charities.

Location: Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ
Date: Saturday 20th January 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £18
Also available: Virtual tickets for each event.
Contact for info: info@wiltshiremusic.org.uk
Website: www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on/bradford-roots-music-festival-day-2023
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Halsway Winter Warmer - 22nd Jan 2024 - Halsway Manor, Crowcomb, Somerset

A popular winter break of folk dancing, music and fun for all abilities, led by a friendly and experienced team who'll make sure you have an enjoyable stay!

There will be music workshops every day.

There will be a range of activities to keep you entertained including daily music and dance workshops, plus bell ringing, singing and afternoon walks for those who want to get out into the fresh air. Dances every evening, with the option for you to play in the band or call a dance should you so wish, before retiring to the bar to enjoy the convivial relaxed atmosphere of the manor.

Location: Halsway Manor, Crowcomb
Date: Monday 22nd January 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £355
Also available: Includes room for duration, other prices too.
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/winter-warmer-6/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival - 26th Jan 2024 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

30th anniversary of the longest running Cajun festival in Europe.
Featuring the best bands and musicians from around the world for a weekend of non-stop partying, music, dancing, workshops, and authentic Cajun cuisine.

Location: Gloucester
Date: Friday 26th January 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available: Day tickets £25 and £30
Contact for info: booking@gloucester.gov.uk
Website: www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk/live-events/cajun-zydeco-festival-2024
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Taking place in February

Gainsborough FOAOTMAD - 9th Feb 2024 - Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

I suppose this counts as American folk music, sort of.
?
Friends of American Old-Time Music and Dance (FOAOTMAD for short!) was founded in 1993 with the aim of furthering the promotion and performance of traditional old-time music and dance in the UK. We organise regular music camps, residential workshops, dance parties and support for many other formal and informal old-time events. We have a proud history of encouraging and supporting the best artists from American, Canada, UK and Europe during their visits to the UK.

Location: Gainsborough
Date: Friday 9th February 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info:
Website: gainsborough2024.weebly.com
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England


Love Folk Festival - 9th Feb 2024 - Southport, Merseyside

The little festival with the big heart returns to Southport for a weekend-long celebration featuring new, upcoming and traditional folk music across two days. So, come on, spend the most romantic weekend of the year with us - dancing, singing, drinking, eating and generally loving folk!

Location: Southport
Date: Friday 9th February 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £48
Contact for info: 01704 533 333
Website: theatkinson.co.uk/events/love-folk-fest-2023/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


Gloucester Folk Trail - 16th Feb 2024 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

We have many performances from many acts in 16 venues, as well as storytelling, arts & crafts, talks, morris dancing, open mics and folk music sessions!

Except it will mainly be streaming, apart from workshops.

More info to follow, they say.

POSSIBLE VIRTUAL extras

Location: Gloucester
Date: Friday 16th February 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.gloucesterfolktrail.com
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival - 16th Feb 2024 - Campus West, University of York, Exeter

The country's longest continually running folk festival. We warmly welcome folkies from around the globe and we really hope you'll be there too! The Festival is particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone. Whatever style you go for, you're bound to find like-minded people waiting to meet you. Over the years we've enjoyed a wide range of dances and ceilidhs including Scottish Country, Highland, Morris, Rapper Sword, Irish, and Playford and many, many, more.

Location: Campus West, University of York
Date: Friday 16th February 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Also available: Prices based on what you can afford - £30, £60
Contact for info: ivfdf2023@gmail.com
Website: ivfdf2024.org.uk
County: Exeter
Country: England


Chester February Folk Day - 24th Feb 2024 - Chester, CH2 3AU, Cheshire

One day event, by the same group that organise the larger Chester Festival

Events include afternoon and evening concerts, a folk club, a singaround and a music session, all the usual stuff.

Warming up the bands.

Location: Chester, CH2 3AU
Date: Saturday 24th February 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £24
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: chesterfolk.org.uk/february-folk-day
County: Cheshire
Country: England


The Big Burfest - 24th Feb 2024 - Bursledon, SO31 8BZ, Hampshire

All the performers at the Bursfest have kindley donated their perfomance free of charge in support of The Village Hall centinary fund . Half of the profits and donations on the day will go directly to this fund. This will help the Trustees to ensure the continued enjoyment and improvement of the hall into the next century. The other half of the profits will go to our nominated charity. Which this year is Shine.

Location: Bursledon, SO31 8BZ
Date: Saturday 24th February 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £12
Also available: Family Ticket £20
Contact for info: may185@btinternet.com
Website: thebigbursfest.chessck.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Taking place in March

Manchester Irish Festival - 8th Mar 2024 - Manchester, Lancashire

Manchester will once again be staging Europe's biggest Irish Festival.

Over 100 venues! Claims to attract over 200,000 visitors - so it's popular.

Live Irish music, dance events, plus club and pub events. Europe's biggest Irish Festival over 11 days.

THis is a big event!

Location: Manchester
Date: Friday 8th March 2024 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@manchesteririshfestival.co.uk
Website: www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk/
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Bowness Bay Blues - 15th Mar 2024 - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria


Medieval Music in the Dales - 23rd Mar 2024 - Bolton Castle and Redmire, Yorkshire

VIRTUAL EVENT

An annual medieval music festival wholly dedicated to medieval music-making. It's unique in the UK.

Our theme for this year is The Matter of Britain - Medieval Music and Story of the British Isles.

A major event in the early music calendar - a weekend dedicated solely to the music of the middle ages. It's all happening at Bolton Castle in beautiful Wensleydale in North Yorkshire

Location: Bolton Castle and Redmire
Date: Saturday 23rd March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Day tickets
Contact for info: medievalmusicinthedales@gmail.com
Website: www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Poppy Folk Day - 24th Mar 2024 - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

One day event at our regular venue The Poppy & Pint pub. Afternoon and evening concerts, a bar session in between, and a singaround to finish off the day. Individual concert and combination tickets are available.

Location: Nottingham
Date: Sunday 24th March 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Contact for info: PoppyFolkClub@virginmedia.com
Website: poppyfolkclub.co.uk/poppy-folk-day
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Sheffield Folk Sessions - 29th Mar 2024 - Sheffield, Yorkshire

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Hopefully more details will be available soon.

Location: Sheffield
Date: Friday 29th March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Seems to be FREE!
Contact for info:
Website: www.sheffieldfolksessionsfestival.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Taking place in April

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - 5th Apr 2024 - Morpeth, Northumberland

For the 56th time!
So it's been around for a while

The festival includes a vast array of competitions including crafts, performance and writing. Events of local interest nave been added to the programme of concerts, sing arounds, barn dance, storytelling. theatre and street performance which includes a young people's pageant as part of the Border Cavalcade.

The emphasis of the Gathering is firmly upon the native traditions of Northumberland and. whilst there is plenty of scope for traditional music from all over the British Isles within the festival, the wealth of local culture is well to the fore.

Location: Morpeth
Date: Friday 5th April 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@northumbriana.org.uk
Website: www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Oxford Folk Festival - 19th Apr 2024 - Oxford, Oxfordshire

The previous festival in Oxford has stopped operating but a new group has formed and sprung into action. Support them strongly and buy a ticket, as soon as prices are announced.

And remember, if you go to the first event, you'll be able to say I Was There at the Beginning.

This event has two information sources:
oxfordfolkfestival.org.uk
and
linktr.ee/oxfordfolkfest
This second link has more info available on it.

Location: Oxford
Date: Friday 19th April 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Also available: Individual event tickets, up to £20
Contact for info: oxfordfolkfestival@gmail.com
Website: linktr.ee/oxfordfolkfest
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Taking place in May

Bristol Folk Festival - 3rd May 2024 - Bristol, Bristol

A popular event that slipped off our lists for a few years, but it's back with a great line-up now.

Location: Bristol
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available: Day and half day tickets too
Contact for info: richard@bristolfolkfestival.org
Website: bristolfolkfestival.org
County: Bristol
Country: England


Crossover - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival - 3rd May 2024 - Sherbrooke Scout Camp Site, Calverton, Nottingham

A newish festival, featuring American Oldtime and Bluegrass festival.
So while not a pure folk festival, it has some America-style folk music. Worth a visit, as it is not exactly expensive especially if you just go for one day.

And when it's big and famous, you can tell your kids you were there at the very beginning.

Location: Sherbrooke Scout Camp Site, Calverton
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@crossoverfest.com
Website: crossoverfest.com/
County: Nottingham
Country: England


Filey Folk Festival - 3rd May 2024 - Filey, Yorkshire

Filey Folk Festival is one of the mainstays of this North Yorkshire seaside town's musical year. Expect a broad range in styles of folk, blues, country and acoustic performers and bands, and a very warm welcome and a famously friendly atmosphere

Pub gigs run all weekend and admission is free for everyone.

Location: Filey
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE! Mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: fileyfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Hastings Jack in the Green - 3rd May 2024 - Hastings, East Sussex

The Jack in the Green Festival is an annual event that takes place in various parts of the gorgeous seaside resort that is Hastings. It's a three day event and attracts thousands every year. This is a true British May Day celebration not to be missed. The four day event has been described as 'thee celebration of Morris dancing and traditional merriment, centering on the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green and culminating in a wild costumed parade - one of the most bizarre in Britain.' The long weekend event includes music of all genres from some of the best local and surrounding areas bands, sun, historic and social events, and is filled with family fun.

Location: Hastings
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Multiple events, many are free.
Contact for info: hastingsjackinthegreen@gmail.com
Website: hastingstraditionaljackinthegreen.co.uk/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


May Heydays - 3rd May 2024 - Evesham, WR11 1DQ, Worcestershire

The renamed Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival. Now all on one site.

Closely following the long-established Eastbourne format, May Heydays offers an enjoyable bank holiday weekend mix of different folk dance traditions from many parts of the world.

Location: Evesham, WR11 1DQ
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Also available: Day tickets £55
Contact for info: Director@mayheydays.org.uk
Website: mayheydays.org.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Raunds Music Festival - 3rd May 2024 - Raunds, NN9 6LT, Northamptonshire

One of the Top 10 Festivals in the Midlands (Travelmag)

Dancing; Song and Tune sessions; Hot Food & Real Ale; local musicians & comedy

Friday evening Ceilidh
Concerts, Sessions, Dancing, Workshops, Ceilidh and much more.

Bringing live roots music to East Northhants. Includes workshops and dancers. Local and national talent from the folk world

Several award winning artists have recently been booked.

Location: Raunds, NN9 6LT
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: Concerts £5-18, under 16s £2
Contact for info: 07756 015615 / tickets@raundsfestival.com
Website: www.raundsfestival.com
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Scandimoot - 3rd May 2024 - Clapham & Settle, Yorkshire

We do like to find you something different every now and then..

Scandimoot offers one of the best opportunities you will find in the UK to learn tunes and dances from Scandinavian teachers. Each year we pick exceptional music and dance teachers from Norway and Sweden to come to this small, intimate event in Yorkshire. With such intensive work the standard of both your music and your dancing rapidly improves.

Location: Clapham & Settle
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: bookings@scandimoot.org.uk
Website: scandimoot.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Magic Teapot Gathering - 3rd May 2024 - Secret, Somerset

The third edition of The Magic Teapot Gathering moves to a bigger, better site. Totally acoustic with no amplifiers at all. The 4 performance spaces are all under cover and all have a central fire bowl and a real piano. The three headline bands this year are 3 Daft Monkeys, Noble Jacks and Mobius Loop. There is a full programme of music on the Bigpot main stage, provided by members of The Magic Teapot Crew in various configurations. The real ale bar, teapot and Littlepot are super inclusive spaces for spontaneous jams, singalong and open (no)mic. Beltane is celebrated (slightly off date this year) with the building and burning of a wicker man and Sunday morning will see the Maypole dancing, with this year's maypole becoming the spine of next year's wicker man. Catering for a wide variety of diet, including a dedicated vegan caterer
Also included in the ticket price is camping, hot tub, sauna, showers, good toilets. Workshops, yoga classes etc are run on a pay what you feel basis.

Location: Secret
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: magicteapotvenue@gmail.com
Website: www.magicteapotgathering.co.uk
County: Somerset
Country: England


Todmorden Folk Festival - 3rd May 2024 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

With an interesting line-up, this festival is just 17 miles up the road from Manchester.

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info: todmordenfolkfestival@gmail.com
Website: todfolkfest.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival - 3rd May 2024 - Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire

The largest Morris based folk festival in the Midlands with Concerts, Ceilidhs, storytelling, plenty of pub sessions for music & song and a huge dance procession on Sunday. Happens every year, first Bank Holiday in May.

Location: Upton-upon-Severn
Date: Friday 3rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Also available: Junior and Concessionary tickets
Contact for info: boxoffice@uptonfolk.org
Website: www.uptonfolk.org/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Folk on the Pier - 10th May 2024 - Cromer, Norfolk

Folk on the Pier is held every year at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier in Cromer, Norfolk, on England's beautiful east coast. Described by Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg as "the best gig on the North Sea", Folk on the Pier is a highly regarded showcase for the finest folk, and folk-rock acts from the UK and beyond. Details of this year's line-up can be found on the Who's Playing page.

Location: Cromer
Date: Friday 10th May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £117.5
Also available: Concert tickets too
Contact for info: scott@deckchairproductions.co.uk
Website: www.folkonthepier.co.uk/
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Holmfirth Festival of Folk - 10th May 2024 - Holmfirth, Yorkshire

A weekend of concerts, with ceilidh, folk clubs and Morris dancing. Weekend tickets available via the website. A lot of pubs have free entry music from a very broad definition of "folk". A community town centre festival with something for everyone.

Location: Holmfirth
Date: Friday 10th May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £66
Contact for info: enquiries@holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk
Website: www.holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Bradford on Avon Green Man Festival - 11th May 2024 - Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

A vibrant, family-friendly community gathering featuring traditional dance, music, song, and folklore throughout the town centre on Saturday 11 May 2024. And the best part is, its free!

Witness over 40 dance groups, including 320 dancers and 100 musicians, featuring Morris dancing and diverse European styles.

Join the whimsical journey of our 10ft tall Jack in the Green and Jill in the Green, visiting 12 town centre venues with bands and fantasy beasts.

You’ll can also discover the kid's zone, artisan market, community hub, pagan arts and crafts.

Groove to a samba band, mummers' play, Folk Club stage, Wiltshire Music Centre stage, Blues @ The Shoes stage, live pub music, buskers and more!

Don’t just watch – participate – wear something green and join in the fun.

Location: Bradford on Avon
Date: Saturday 11th May 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's free!
Contact for info: boagmf@icloud.com
Website: boagreenmanfest.org/welcome/
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Whitchurch Folk Festival - 11th May 2024 - Whitchurch, RG28 7AS, Hampshire

A festival of traditional music and dance taking place on May 11th in the picturesque town of Whitchurch, Hampshire.

Includes a free children's section and a free fringe section. (Requires a festival ticket of course.)

Location: Whitchurch, RG28 7AS
Date: Saturday 11th May 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £49
Also available: Family tickets, young person tickets
Contact for info: info@whitchurchfolk.com
Website: whitchurchfolk.com
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair - 11th May 2024 - Wolverton Manor,Shorewell, PO30 3JS, Isle of Wight

In aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School.

The live music stage will provide a full programme, featuring the best of the Island's Folk & Blues musicians.

A family friendly event including BBQ, Tea Tent, children's activities and Circus Skills. The Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair looks set to be a celebration of all that's good about our Island's local food & music talent.

Always at a bargain price!

Location: Wolverton Manor,Shorewell, PO30 3JS
Date: Saturday 11th May 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £12
Also available: £12 on the day
Contact for info: iwfoodnfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.facebook.com/WolvertonFolkandBlues
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England


Nantwich Roots Festival - 14th May 2024 - Nantwich, Cheshire

A words and music festival with a very interesting lineup. It's a sister festival to Words & Music. Celebrating folk, roots and even Americana, with international names turning up.

If you can get there, I'm sure you will enjoy it!

But the website doesn't make clear the start and finish dates - so you will have to contact them.

Location: Nantwich
Date: Tuesday 14th May 2024 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets £12.50 - £25
Contact for info: info@wordsandmusicfestival.com
Website: wordsandmusicfestival.com/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Wood - 15th May 2024 - Braziers Park, OX10 6an, Oxfordshire

Wood is an award-winning festival of music and nature held in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, Oxfordshire. Alongside a full programme of musical artists on two stages, Wood hosts two days of talks and interviews in Kindling, and runs over 50 workshops and activities across the Workshop Village, the Teen Tent, and the Kids Tent. We hope you can join us and be a part of our mission to connect with nature and build community through music and the arts.

Location: Braziers Park, OX10 6an
Date: Wednesday 15th May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £149
Contact for info: info@woodfestival.com
Website: www.woodhq.org/wood-festival
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Blowout - 21st May 2024 - Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth,, Warwickshire

A festival for fans of piping.

With concerts, dances and workshops, manufacturers, and sessions. Everything the bagpipe fan would want, in one place.

Site not fully updated for this year.

Location: Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth,
Date: Tuesday 21st May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@bagpipesociety.org.uk
Website: www.bagpipesociety.org.uk/blowout/about/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering - 23rd May 2024 - Catton Hall, DE12 8LN, Derbyshire

A multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest.
The Midlands largest performing and creative arts festival.

Includes some folk bands.

Winner of several festival awards over recent years.

Location: Catton Hall, DE12 8LN
Date: Thursday 23rd May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £220
Contact for info: info@beardedtheory.co.uk
Website: www.beardedtheory.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Scilly Folk Festival - 23rd May 2024 - Scilly, Isles of Scilly

This May sees the return of the ever popular annual Folk Festival. A long weekend of music, song and dance featuring some of the best folk music from Scilly and the South West.

Spread over many days and several locations, featuring dances, sessions and several festival events.

Location: Scilly
Date: Thursday 23rd May 2024 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 07521 257118. warrren@tornandfrayed.net
Website: www.facebook.com/scillyfolkfestival/
County: Isles of Scilly
Country: England


Chester Folk Festival - 24th May 2024 - Kelsall, Cheshire

Concerts, Ceilidhs, workshops, singarounds, sessions, displays, craft fair, family events, children's entertainment.

This is a very popular long-running event.

Also has an event in February

Location: Kelsall
Date: Friday 24th May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: Day tickets £36 - 26
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: www.chesterfolk.org.uk
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Chippenham Folk Festival - 24th May 2024 - Chippenham, Wiltshire

One of the liveliest festivals in the Southwest when the whole town comes alive with music, dance and colour.

Over 180 artists confirmed across 6 venues and every town centre street. Weekend tickets and camping available.

Location: Chippenham
Date: Friday 24th May 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £178
Contact for info: contactus@chippfolk.co.uk
Website: www.chippfolk.co.uk
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Swaledale Festival - 25th May 2024 - Swaledale, Yorkshire

An annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale.

A music festival that brings a heady mix of concerts to chapels and churches, village halls and pubs, castles and barns in the glorious northern Yorkshire Dales. And talks; and exhibitions; and guided walks...

A mixture of music styles, includes acoustic and folk.

Location: Swaledale
Date: Saturday 25th May 2024 for 15 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Multiple events, individually priced
Contact for info: enquiries@swalefest.org
Website: www.swaledale-festival.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Red Rooster Festival - 30th May 2024 - Euston Hall,, Euston, Thetford, IP24 2QW, Norfolk

A mixed styles event, covering Cajun, Soul, Rock + Roll, Blues, Roots and Country. We have a policy of including some random events with some music that could be considered as folkish, and several of the above do meet our rules.

Celebrating its 10th year. So must be good.

Location: Euston Hall,, Euston, Thetford, IP24 2QW
Date: Thursday 30th May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £127
Also available: Day tickets £:71
Contact for info: nfo@redrooster.org.uk
Website: www.redrooster.org.uk
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Wychwood Festival - 31st May 2024 - Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire

A multi-media festival, covering a variety of styles, includes several groups popular at folk festivals. Take a look at the band list as there are a variety of genres at this festival.

Over 100 bands on four stages, and real ale festival too.

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse
Date: Friday 31st May 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £149
Contact for info: info@wychwoodfestival.com
Website: www.wychwoodfestival.com
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Taking place in June

Wessex Folk Festival - 1st Jun 2024 - Weymouth Harbour, Dorset

Includes dance, sessions, celidh, workshops, and music, all set in the delightful surroundings of Weymouth's old harbour

With over 30 live stage performances throughout Saturday and Sunday this is without doubt not one to be missed!
Kicking off on Friday afternoon and evening with singalong folk music sessions in the harbourside pubs, the main festival lasts the whole of Saturday and Sunday with around 30 Morris sides dancing in the streets along the harbourside, fabulous trade stalls, eating, drinking, laughing singing and dancing all weekend long. When the harbour lights go on, the fun and music carries on in the harbourside pubs, way into the night. The challenge is to do the whole weekend and make it to the Survivors' Night on Sunday night at the Sailor's Return!

Location: Weymouth Harbour
Date: Saturday 1st June 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info: Info@wessexfolkfestival.com
Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


EdleFest - 7th Jun 2024 - Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire

Come for the music, the local brew and the stunning location. Come for a good time!

The festival is run by volunteers, and money raised is used to improve facilities /features in the venue (the church is no longer used for worship but used by the community for events and music).

Location: Edlesborough
Date: Friday 7th June 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £17
Also available: Price is each DAY
Contact for info: edlefest@gmail.com
Website: edlefest.site123.me
County: Buckinghamshire
Country: England


Tangled Roots - 7th Jun 2024 - Radford Mill, Timsbury near Bath BA2 0QF, Somerset

Accoustic, Roots, Folk, Contempoary and Traditional music from around the world.

More Acts and details to come including singing, dancing and yoga workshops and a Sunday Lunch Acoustic Cafe

Location: Radford Mill, Timsbury near Bath BA2 0QF
Date: Friday 7th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £62.5
Also available: Day tickets from £37.50
Contact for info: info@tangledrootsfestival.com / 01458 448 185
Website: tangledrootsfestival.com
County: Somerset
Country: England


Wimborne Minster Folk Festival - 7th Jun 2024 - Wimborne, Dorset

A new group of Wimborne residents and business folk have come together to proceed with the mammoth task of organising the next festival, and so far it is full steam ahead with plans to continue the legendary festival!
Traditional English and Celtic music and dance. Celidhs, Dance displays, children's entertainers, Market stalls.

Three days of folk, family & fun last weekend in the summer sunshine!

Location: Wimborne
Date: Friday 7th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available: Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info: moe@wimbornefolk.co.uk
Website: wmff.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


St Neots Folk Festival - 9th Jun 2024 - St Neots, PE19 2BH, Cambridgeshire

Site not fully updated yet.

They always seem to leave it until closer to the event to tell you what is happening.

Ticket prices will be known in March.

Location: St Neots, PE19 2BH
Date: Sunday 9th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA in March
Contact for info: stneotsfolkclub@aol.com
Website: www.stneotsfolkclub.co.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Beardy Folk Festival - 13th Jun 2024 - Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 0EF, Shropshire

Beardy Folk Festival is a new, beautifully crafted, Midsummer music weekend boasting a brilliant line up of contemporary, traditional and acoustic indie folk music.

here's so much to see and do around the festival site with children's entertainment, a fabulous food court, real ale, cider and cocktail bars, circus workshops, traditional rides, climbing wall, yoga and a small trade village. We also have a woodland walk & some enchanted woods hosting children's activities and storytelling.

Location: Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 0EF
Date: Thursday 13th June 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £155
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: beardyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Black Deer Americana - 14th Jun 2024 - Eridge Park, Kent

Black Deer is on a mission to bring the real Americana & Country music, and way of life, to the UK - expressed through a unique music festival.

Black Deer is a festival born from passion, and built from experience - thanks to its founders, who are no strangers to the festival and events scene, having produced and directed some of the UK's most loved featuring legendary Americana artists like Neil Young, the Eagles and Bob Dylan. And for whom, Americana and country music has become a lifelong love affair.

Location: Eridge Park
Date: Friday 14th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Day tickets £75
Contact for info: info@blackdeerfestival.com
Website: blackdeerfestival.com
County: Kent
Country: England


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - 14th Jun 2024 - Falmouth, Cornwall

Has three main aims in life

To create an enjoyable event for all involved

To raise money for the RNLI

To preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall.

Probably the largest free nautical music and song festival in Europe!

Location: Falmouth
Date: Friday 14th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's Free
Contact for info:
Website: www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


St Albans Folk Festival - 14th Jun 2024 - St Albans, Hertfordshire

The main events are on the Saturday. These will consist of a day of dance in the City Centre, a day of music with free showcase performances in local pubs and other venues, sessions and singarounds and a festival concert in the Maltings Arts Theatre.

Full details not yet available.

Location: St Albans
Date: Friday 14th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk
Website: www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Middlewich FAB Festival - 15th Jun 2024 - Middlewich Field, Middlewich, Cheshire

Celebrating over 30 years of the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival a fabulous weekend of folk & roots music.

Friday is Rock n Roll night as is Saturday.
But there is a folk theme as well, waiting to be updated at the present moment. And there is an official fringe as well.

Up to 15 venues host music and dance from lunchtime on Friday through to Sunday night. On the canal-side and in the town centre, artists from around the UK - and beyond.


Location: Middlewich Field, Middlewich
Date: Saturday 15th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available: Day tickets price is shown, some free events, some individual event tickets
Contact for info: events@middlewich.org.uk
Website: middlewichfabfest.com
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Lymm Festival - 20th Jun 2024 - Lymm, Cheshire

There will be around 50 events taking place in the village of Lymm including dance, drama, music, comedy and literature. During the Festival, Lymm celebrates the wealth and diversity of talents to be found amongst the members of the community, and provides plenty of opportunities for exploring and enjoying the local environment.

With music of all kinds, dance, drama, spoken word, comedy, visual arts and crafts

Location: Lymm
Date: Thursday 20th June 2024 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@lymmfestival.org.uk
Website: www.lymmfestival.org.uk/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Lichfield Folk Festival - 21st Jun 2024 - Borrowcop Hill, Lichfield, WS14 9DE, Staffordshire

A weekend of dance and music
in this lovely cathedral city.

Dances - Displays - Workshops - Morris Tours

Location: Borrowcop Hill, Lichfield, WS14 9DE
Date: Friday 21st June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: freddiethirsk.folk@talktalk.net
Website: www.lichfieldfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Moor and Coast Session - 21st Jun 2024 - Whitby, Yorkshire

Formally known as Whitby Spring Session. This is a small event so book soon.

The format of the event is as follows:

- Live music is scheduled on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

- Camping is available from the Thursday. Showers and toilets are available.

- A Friday night Fish & Chip Supper is included as well as breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

- The wonderful town of Whitby is a short walk or taxi ride away, there is lots to discover during the day.

Location: Whitby
Date: Friday 21st June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: moorcoast@yahoo.com
Website: moorandcoast.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Teignmouth Folk Festival - 21st Jun 2024 - Teignmouth, Devon

Not much info on their site when we last checked.
But if they need help, they could contact me...

They do have a Facebook page however.

Location: Teignmouth
Date: Friday 21st June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@teignmouthfolkfestival.com
Website: teignmouthfolk.co.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


West Somerset Folk Festival - 21st Jun 2024 - Carhampton, Somerset

Down where the cider apples grow lives a small friendly festival.
With a very friend ticket price!

Singalongs, Workshops, Concerts.

This year we will be repeating the independent Real Ale bar.

Location: Carhampton
Date: Friday 21st June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £23
Also available: Day and concert tickets too
Contact for info: 07913246995 or helyarterry@gmail.com
Website: www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Marsden Americana & Bluegrass Day - 22nd Jun 2024 - Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6BW, Yorkshire

This one-day festival of folk-roots, bluegrass, old time Americana and country roots music is presented by local concert promoter True North Music. There will be performances by exceptional artists from both sides of the Atlantic, with the acclaimed Jake Blount heading a diverse line-up that ranges across traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass and acoustic roots. There are also plans for a couple of participatory workshops. Marsden Mechanics is a community run venue in the centre of this picturesque village set in the Yorkshire Pennines. Just steps away are many characterful pubs, cosy cafes and independent shops, and walking and hiking possibilities nearby are numerous. Marsden is just 8 miles from the large town of Huddersfield, with many other picturesque towns and villages within 20-30 minutes (Slaithwaite, Holmfirth, Uppermill etc) and the village is within an hour of Leeds, Manchester, Halifax and Bradford.

Location: Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6BW
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available: £25 for under 23s
Contact for info:
Website: www.truenorthmusic.co.uk/upcoming-yorkshire-gigs/marsden-americana-bluegrass-day-22-june-2024/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Towerfest - 23rd Jun 2024 - Drax Nr Selby, YO8 8PJ, Yorkshire

Country music in Yorkshire.

We often include somoething that isn't your traditional folk festival, and country music is sort of folky. So here it is.

Location: Drax Nr Selby, YO8 8PJ
Date: Sunday 23rd June 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available: Day tickets £20
Contact for info: sales@towerfest.co.uk
Website: www.towerfest.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Boars Bridge Festival - 28th Jun 2024 - Boars Bridge, nr Tadley, Hampshire

Boars Bridge Festival is a Charity music festival held over a weekend each year in mid-June.

The 3 day event is held in the lovely grounds of Boars Bridge House near Tadley, Hampshire and although it is a relatively small festival the atmosphere is always lively and fun.

Again this year we are supporting the MS Therapy Centre in Reading.

Go on, support their charity.
Musicians - go play and forget your fee.

Location: Boars Bridge, nr Tadley
Date: Friday 28th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@boarsbridgefestival.co.uk
Website: www.boarsbridgefestival.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Exile Music Festival - 28th Jun 2024 - Sabine Hay, Darley Dale, DE4 2LN, Derbyshire

A weekend event showcasing 15 to 20 local and independent music's best bands. Our goal is to create a reasonably priced, small summer music festival that provides an overwhelmingly positive, comfortable and fun, family experience for both attendees and musicians in a beautiful countryside setting for around 500 people. We also aim to support local young musicians by providing a stage for them.

Location: Sabine Hay, Darley Dale, DE4 2LN
Date: Friday 28th June 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: 07522 404123
Website: www.exilemusicfestival.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Bury Folk Festival - 29th Jun 2024 - Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU, Suffolk

Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 9th Bury St Edmunds Folk Festival once again brings its own brand of magic to the town.
The one-day event will be in the walled garden at Nowton Park. With craft stalls, children's activities, music workshops, hot food and a bar with local real ales, this promises to be a wonderful day for the whole family.
The festival is organised by Bury Folk Collective, a not-for-profit group which promotes a diverse range of excellent local folk acts at events throughout the year.

As well as the main stage acts, there will be an Acoustic Tent with beginners' music workshops, informal sessions and a competition for newcomers to folk performance. This is a great space to try making music yourself in a relaxed and friendly way.

Full disabled access to site, reserved viewing area and toilet facilities

Location: Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU
Date: Saturday 29th June 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £17.5
Also available: Gate price is £25
Contact for info: contact@buryfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.buryfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Folk in the Field - 29th Jun 2024 - Shiptonthorpe, Yorkshire

A small event, new to our lists.
Top names, beer festival and great food.

New website now live.
Note how inexpensive this one is!
One of the least expensive paid event.

Location: Shiptonthorpe
Date: Saturday 29th June 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info:
Website: www.folkinthefield.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Taking place in July

Keynsham Music Festival - 1st Jul 2024 - Keynsham, Somerset

Part of a seven day music festival, with Saturday being the folk day.
Rated as one of the top three UK free summer events.

Back with a June date again.

Location: Keynsham
Date: Monday 1st July 2024 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE!
Contact for info: info@keynshamfest.co.uk
Website: www.keynshammusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival - 1st Jul 2024 - Sandwich, Kent

Many Sandwich Pubs will put on Folk music throughout the weekend, there will be street music and dancing.

The Pub events will be free to enter with main events at St. Mary's Arts Centre ticketed, see their website for details.

A free outdoor concert and Saturday and Sunday

Location: Sandwich
Date: Monday 1st July 2024 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Mainly free or individual event tickets.
Contact for info: sandwichfolkfestival@hotmail.com
Website: www.sandwich-folk-and-ale.org
County: Kent
Country: England


New Forest Folk Festival - 3rd Jul 2024 - Plaitford, Romsey,SO51 6EE, Hampshire

The New Forest Folk Festival is the small festival with the big names. Located to the north of The New Forest National Park near Southampton it's an ideal venue for campers with it's riverside campsite and unspoilt farm setting. The site opens Thursday lunchtime to allow travel and a chance to relax for the afternoon before the music begins. Additional attractions include local trade and craftsfolk, and of course local ale.

Location: Plaitford, Romsey,SO51 6EE
Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Contact for info: nick@newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Barn On The Farm Festival - 4th Jul 2024 - Over Farm, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

An acoustic festival for indie and contemporary music.
Shortlisted for Best Independent Festival 2015. Best Small Festival.

Location: Over Farm, Gloucester
Date: Thursday 4th July 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £190
Contact for info: info@barnonthefarm.co.uk
Website: www.barnonthefarm.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Bromsgrove Folk Festival - 4th Jul 2024 - Finstall, Bromsgrove, B60 3DH, Worcestershire

Bromsgrove is so much more than a series of concerts with headline artists. Club singers and budding artists are encouraged to add to the Bromsgrove Experience with singarounds, open mics, and the like including, of course, the legendary sessions in the pub bar....then there is the Ukulele Workshop (BUMS) and the Festival Choir (BOTOMS)

Bromsgrove Folk Festival has been described as small and friendly, bijou even, but it is so much more than that......it is enormous in heart and aspiration. We have a pub for sessions (and beer of course), a large camping field (open from 2.00pm on Thursday), a 350 capacity Main Marquee for "up close and personal" concerts, a MiniMarquee (seating about 125) for smaller concerts, singarounds, etc., and excellent toilet facilities.

Location: Finstall, Bromsgrove, B60 3DH
Date: Thursday 4th July 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: jdb1971red@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festival.html
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Elementary Festival - A world of Sound - 4th Jul 2024 - Braziers Park, Ipsden Wallingford, Oxfordshire

A world of sound sums it up - music from several countries, in several style. Looks like many acoustic acts, workshops, and the like. And a kids area too for family friendly entertainment.

Take a look at their website to see if it suits your taste.

Location: Braziers Park, Ipsden Wallingford
Date: Thursday 4th July 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £170
Contact for info: elementaryfest@gmail.com
Website: elementaryfestival.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Folk in a Field - 4th Jul 2024 - Bradmoor Woods, West Acre, Norfolk

Real Music, Real Ale, Real Field.
Taking place in the heart of Norfolk near to the village of West Acre, the "Folk in a Field Festival" brings together a diverse mix of performers from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene. The rural setting of the festival, surrounded by woodland, contributes to a real get away from it all vibe in which to enjoy some great music, take in interesting craft demonstrations, craft stalls or sample local food.

Location: Bradmoor Woods, West Acre
Date: Thursday 4th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £144
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: lukehorncastle@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.folkinafield.co.uk
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Gate to Southwell - 4th Jul 2024 - Kirklington Parkland, NG22 8NX, Nottinghamshire

The Gate to Southwell Festival is now established as a leading international roots and acoustic music event rivalling other well-established festivals and receiving many accolades. We are at a new site in beautiful parkland with lakes and great views, near the historic and beautiful market town of Southwell (approximately 13 miles from Nottingham and 8 miles from the A1 and Newark).

Over 40 artists performing over 4 days on 4 main stages, on-site camping, kids activities, street theatre, comedy, spoken word and lots more.

We believe what sets us apart from many of the smaller UK festivals are two things - the first is the music. You will not find any "fill-in" artists at GTSF. Everyone on stage brings a unique talent, whether they're well-known names or up-and-coming stars, or are playing to gain exposure with a new audience, they will all have shown an element of "magic" in their performances to bring something special to the festival experience. There have been many artists who have played their first "proper festival" here, who now grace the main stages of some of the greatest festivals in the world. See them here first! So whether it's country or gypsy jazz, ska or rockabilly, bluegrass or punk, traditional or contemporary, it'll be good.

Location: Kirklington Parkland, NG22 8NX
Date: Thursday 4th July 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £153
Contact for info: information@southwellfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.gtsf.uk/
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Cleckheaton Folk Festival - 5th Jul 2024 - Cleckheaton, Yorkshire

Established festival in Yorkshire, popular with many people. Craft fair, sessions, and award winning headline acts.
Several local venues.

Lots of big names.

Come along and join in the fun!

In its 34th year!

Location: Cleckheaton
Date: Friday 5th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@cleckheatonfolkfestival.org
Website: www.cleckheatonfolkfestival.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Durham Brass - 5th Jul 2024 - Durham, Durhan

Something just a bit different.

An explosion of bands and performers combining brass with folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre descends on County Durham to fill some stunning venues and City streets with music and fantastic visual effects. With new, cutting edge collaborations, digital trails and established and emerging bands trumping brass in every genre imaginable, it's a feast of international cultures and sounds.

Location: Durham
Date: Friday 5th July 2024 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Various prices throughout the event
Contact for info: 03000 266 600
Website: www.brassfestival.co.uk
County: Durhan
Country: England


Frome Festival - 5th Jul 2024 - Frome, Somerset

A general arts festival, with a variety of types of events, including some folk music.

(There's often a separate Folk Festival in February.)

Location: Frome
Date: Friday 5th July 2024 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@fromefestival.co.uk
Website: www.fromefestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Moonbeams - 5th Jul 2024 - Rose Farm, Kelk, Yorkshire

Back with a new domain name - looks like they forgot to renew the old one.
Not a lot of info on the website yet, however, apart from the list of performers.

There will be a second Moonbeams event this year in September, but there may only be one event next year, in July.

Location: Rose Farm, Kelk
Date: Friday 5th July 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: moonbeamsacoustic@hotmail.com
Website: moonbeams.vip
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Maverick Festival - 5th Jul 2024 - Easton Farm Park,IP13 0EQ, Suffolk

Roots music from both sides of the Atlantic - Americana Music

"One of the friendliest, most sincere festivals in England... fine music, great fun, delightful people and an idyllic rural setting" said The Telegraph

Location: Easton Farm Park,IP13 0EQ
Date: Friday 5th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £150
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: paulspencer@maverickfestival.co.uk
Website: www.maverickfestival.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Kimpton Folk Festival - 6th Jul 2024 - Kimpton, SG4, Hertfordshire

A new festival in 2016, it's back for July again.

Spend a chilled-out day enjoying the nation's favourite folk artists in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

This is a one-day event with 4 separate venues including free events on the village green. Main stage has 3 ticketed concerts and there are workshops and a continuous concert in the 13th century church.

Location: Kimpton, SG4
Date: Saturday 6th July 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: hello@kimptonfolk.uk
Website: www.kimptonfolk.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire

Continuing our occasional festival that's not quite folk policy. (But it has got blues...)
Surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, the Festival is set in the award winning grounds and Great Hall of this Elizabethan stately home.
Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK's hottest jazz and blues acts?

Location: Burton Agnes Hall
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: 01262 490324
Website: www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival.html
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Ely Folk Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Ely, CB7 5TR, Cambridgeshire

With its beautiful cathedral towering majestically above the surrounding countryside, the City of Ely lies in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, famed for spectacular sunsets and the vast open sky. What better location for a weekend of the best in folk music and dance?

The Folk Festival is based on a single site which includes marquees, camping facilities, food stalls, trade stands, real-ale bar, real toilets, showers, children's entertainment.

Location: Ely, CB7 5TR
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £124
Also available: Day tickets £30 £52 £50
Contact for info: queries@elyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: elyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Great North Folk Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Botton Village, YO212NJ, Yorkshire

The festival was originally founded to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North York Moors National Park, and is now a fully independent event attracting music lovers from the local community, and around the folk world.
We encourage local performers from the Yorkshire/ North east region and, in addition ,have included many of the great names of 'Acoustic and Folk' familiar to folk fans. Concerts, Workshops, Song and Music Sessions

Location: Botton Village, YO212NJ
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info:
Website: greatnorthfolk.com/great-north-2024
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Priddy Folk Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Priddy, nr Wells, Somerset

A friendly festival held in the idyllic setting of our Village Green high on the beautiful Mendip Hills AONB near Wells in Somerset. This festival has a reputation for exciting new folk. In the past we have had Kan, Treacherous Orchestra, and Flook. Some names booked already include the Will Pound Band and Nizlopi. The weekend also provides great music, and dance, workshops, yoga sessions, club tent, an excellent craft and traders market, guided archaeology walks, a full programme of children's entertainment and much more

Location: Priddy, nr Wells
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Contact for info: tickets@priddyfolk.org
Website: www.priddyfolk.org
County: Somerset
Country: England


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival - 12th Jul 2024 - Rothbury, Northumberland

A small, friendly, community-based music festival set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the beautiful Coquet Valley. Over the last three decades, Rothbury Festival has established a unique atmosphere that has drawn musicians and singers from throughout the country and beyond to spend a weekend sharing music and experiencing Northumbrian traditions.

Location: Rothbury
Date: Friday 12th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 07815198680
Website: www.rothburymusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Beggars Fair - 13th Jul 2024 - Romsey, Hampshire

For the 30TH time!In the streets and in venues all around the town the best of local performers bring you folk, jazz, blues and world music, colourful dance displays and children's entertainment.

The Beggars Fair has been running since 1993 and is living up to its aims of showcasing local talent in a friendly environment. From big bands on the Cornmarket stage to intimate acoustic music in tranquil gardens, cheerful pub sessions and spellbinding storytelling, the day has a great atmosphere that keeps bringing people (and performers!) back year after year.

Location: Romsey
Date: Saturday 13th July 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.beggarsfair.org.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Guiting Music Festival - 19th Jul 2024 - Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

For half a century the Guiting Music Festival has been a highlight of the Cotswolds summer calendar, bringing an exciting variety of highly talented performances of Classical, Jazz, Blues and Folk music by artists from around the world. In that time it has built up a strong band of very loyal supporters.

Check through their programme to see what parts you like.

Location: Guiting Power
Date: Friday 19th July 2024 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@guitingfestival.org
Website: www.guitingfestival.org
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Mitcheldean Festival - 19th Jul 2024 - Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire

A village-based festival in the Forest of Dean with concerts, Morris dancing, village fete, busking, poetry and storytelling, ceilidh dance, song writing competition, live comedy, and a folk walk on the Sunday. Happens every year, third Saturday in July.

Location: Mitcheldean
Date: Friday 19th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE !
Contact for info: talktous@mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk
Website: mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Stainsby Festival - 19th Jul 2024 - Stainsby, Derbyshire

A well-established, intimate and family friendly event in a beautiful rural setting, held in large marquees on a greenfield site in the picturesque hamlet of Stainsby.

Great folk and world music in traditional marquees, crafts stalls, childrens entertainment, music workshops of every kind, storytelling, a singers competition and walkabout events throughout the weekend with camping thrown in.

Location: Stainsby
Date: Friday 19th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available: Day tickets available too.
Contact for info: news@stainsbyfestival.org.uk
Website: www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Upton Blues Festival - 19th Jul 2024 - Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Festival of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2015 and 2016. Best Blues Festival in UK Blues Awards in 2018 and 2023

Since the formation of the Blues Committee in 2001 there has been two aims, to produce a festival to promote Blues Music in Upton Upon Severn, and to support the local community. To achieve these aims the Upton Blues Festival has always, and will always be free from any admission charge.

What more can you want than the blues for free? 60 or 70 bands perhaps?

Location: Upton upon Severn
Date: Friday 19th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Also available: Other tickets too
Contact for info: info@uptonbluesfestival.org.uk
Website: www.upton-blues-festival.co.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Folk by the Oak - 21st Jul 2024 - Hatfield House, AL9 5NQ, Hertfordshire

Folk by the Oak is just outside of London but it feels a million miles away, surrounded by the leafy green parkland of Hatfield Park, where you will be immersed in music, history, ancient oaks, bunting, fun and laughter.

With the music alternating between 2 stages in one arena there's no FOMO at Folk by the Oak - From the intimacy of their Acorn Stage to the open-air festival buzz of the Main Stage, you can enjoy all the award-winning musicians and inspiring new talent in one memorable day.

The festival supports a local charity - Willow Foundation. They work to provide special days out for seriously ill young adults.

Vintage Tent :: Craft Tent :: Family Friendly atmosphere with Children's Activities :: Music Stalls :: Recycled Gifts :: Delicious Food :: Real Ale bar

Many big names come to this one day event, which in 2024 will be headlined by Levellers, plus Sekou Keita's Homeland Band, The Young'uns, Furrow Collective, Beans on Toast, Malin Lewis Trio, Grace Smith Trio and more.

Location: Hatfield House, AL9 5NQ
Date: Sunday 21st July 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Contact for info: info@folkbytheoak.com
Website: www.folkbytheoak.com/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Cambridge Folk Festival - 25th Jul 2024 - Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It has become hugely popular and a regular sell out attracting ten thousand people, many of whom return year after year.
The Festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk. The best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland.

Location: Cherry Hinton Hall
Date: Thursday 25th July 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £230
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: tickets@cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Website: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Warwick Folk Festival - 25th Jul 2024 - Castle Park, Warwick, Warwickshire

Singers and musicians, street entertainers and Morris dancers - it seems that anybody and everybody who enjoys folk music heads for Warwick in July each year.

Since its humble beginnings in 1979, the annual Warwick Folk Festival has developed into one of the most highly regarded folk events on the national and international scene, attracting fans from all over Britain and as far afield as the USA and Australia

Location: Castle Park, Warwick
Date: Thursday 25th July 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £135
Contact for info: info@warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Womad - 25th Jul 2024 - Charlton Park, SN16 9LL, Wiltshire

THE World Music event.
International music resonates throughout the grounds, bounces off trees in the Arboretum, whirls through the green arena and dashes across acres of beautiful grass land which becomes the camping grounds during the last weekend in July. It is truly a unique event and we suggest you come along and experience the beauty for yourself.

Location: Charlton Park, SN16 9LL
Date: Thursday 25th July 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £260
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@womad.org
Website: womad.co.uk/
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Bridport Folk Festival - 26th Jul 2024 - Bridport, Dorset

The festival supports several charities.

A fair number of morris related sides, workshops, music sessions, headline gigs, ceilidhs and barn dances, performance and story telling, artisans, a children's area and loads more are already booked.

Location: Bridport
Date: Friday 26th July 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Outdoors - £3, workshops £5. Some ticketed events. It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info: media@bridportfolkfestival.com
Website: bridportfolkfestival.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


Taking place in August

ChickenStock Music Festival - 1st Aug 2024 - Stockbury, ME9 7RN, Kent

Boutique Festival with only 3000 tickets available. Headline Acts - often some of the biggest names!

Set in beautiful Kent just 5 mins from J5 on M2.

Camping opens Thursday 27th July 2023 with entertainment and sing-a-rounds in the bar from 5pm.

All genres of music but have a particular passion for Folk Rock, Folk, Roots and Acoustic music, which is the main genre of the Acts booked, but Folk as you may not expect!

Based in beautiful Kent country, but just 5 minutes from J5 of the M2, Chickstock Festival is building on previous years' 'magical' festival of folk, roots and acoustic music, with even more bands booked for this year!

Location: Stockbury, ME9 7RN
Date: Thursday 1st August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Contact for info: 07830 626234
Website: www.chickenstockfestival.co.uk
County: Kent
Country: England


Wickham Festival - 1st Aug 2024 - Wickham, PO17 5HD, Hampshire

Variety of music styles, includes some top folk acts.

Concerts, workshop, dance displays, craft fairs, sessions. Lots of things to keep you entertained.

There will be a good selection of food and drink including a great choice of real ales at the main venue. Some excellent village pubs, wine bars, restaurants, shops and bistros, all within easy walking distance of the main venue. There are also some lovely village and riverside walks around Wickham plus the historic Chesapeake Mill and Water Gardens that are well worth a visit

Location: Wickham, PO17 5HD
Date: Thursday 1st August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £180
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: eastfest@talk21.com
Website: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Wilderness - 1st Aug 2024 - Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

A place where art, intellectualism and fantastic gastronomy share equal billing with music.

A festival covering many different media - music, film, talks - all on a variety of genres. The London Folk Guild brings the very best in folk, blues, acoustic, Americana, bluegrass, roots and country from the UK and around the world.

Winner of several Festival awards.

Location: Cornbury Park
Date: Thursday 1st August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £230
Also available: Camping tickets extra
Contact for info: info@wildernessfestival.com
Website: www.wildernessfestival.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Sidmouth Folk Festival - 2nd Aug 2024 - Sidmouth, Devon

For the 70TH Time !

Sidmouth Folk Festival is a unique week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song taking place in the charming East Devon regency coastal resort. A must in every festival goer's annual diary. There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with a promise of something for everyone, from major league concerts to small intimate sessions, from ceilidh dancing to lively roots parties, from family entertainment to youth-centred masterclasses, from social dance to colourful dance displays.

Location: Sidmouth
Date: Friday 2nd August 2024 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £360
Also available: Plus - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Underneath the Stars - 2nd Aug 2024 - Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne near Barnsley, Yorkshire

10th Birthday.
Underneath the Stars Festival is a fresh new summer festival of arts and food. It is a collaboration between Barnsley folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby's family production team, and one of the finest Yorkshire visitor attractions and quality food producer Cannon Hall Open Farm.

The aim is to provide a weekend of world class entertainment in the heart of South Yorkshire, held in a purpose built big-top concert marquee and for the first time this year there will be the opportunity to pitch up and stay at the festival campsite.

Location: Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne near Barnsley
Date: Friday 2nd August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £157
Contact for info: +44 (0) 1226 767872
Website: underneaththestarsfest.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Halsway Manor Family Folk Week - 3rd Aug 2024 - Halsway Manor, Crowcomb, Somerset

A week long residential event, so not quite a festival, but a long folk event.

Residential and non-residential tickets at a variety of prices.

Location: Halsway Manor, Crowcomb
Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £320
Also available: Rooms are extra
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/family-folk-week-2023/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Melton Folk Festival - 3rd Aug 2024 - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

A festival set in the ancient market town of Melton Mowbray. With Craft fair, local market, Morris Dancing, sing-arounds, music session, outdoor market stage and 13 venues collected around its atmospheric center. Three days of music and mayhem so if you fancy playing or just want to eat the pie - come to Melton Folk Festival.

Location: Melton Mowbray
Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE !
Contact for info: meltonfolk@gmail.com
Website: meltonfolk.com/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - 3rd Aug 2024 - Salcombe Regis, Devon

This is a big fringe, over four evenings. Featuring a great line up, and it's all free!

All events in McBuzz's Barn.

The Fringe Sessions feature a mix of the most exciting emerging talent along with some established heavyweight favourites from across the UK and internationally. Entry is FREE to all music lovers but we have a donations bucket for the artists.

The music is an eclectic mix of many genres - and has included folk/roots, bluegrass, stomp, blues, acoustic, jazzfusion, world and indie rock/pop - plus everything in-between.

Location: Salcombe Regis
Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: 01395 579564
Website: www.sidmouthfringe.co.uk/
County: Devon
Country: England


Boomtown Behind the Mask - 7th Aug 2024 - Matterley Estate, Winchester, SO21 1HW, Hampshire

A large event covering a large variety of music styles, in it's 11th year. The event is spread over several stages, and there is a folk section . Research it and make your own decision on whether it suits you. The line-up includes many well-known acts.

Location: Matterley Estate, Winchester, SO21 1HW
Date: Wednesday 7th August 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £270
Also available: Various other tickets too.
Contact for info: info@boomtownfair.co.uk
Website: www.boomtownfair.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Fairport's Cropredy Convention - 8th Aug 2024 - Cropredy, Oxfordshire

Famous reunion festival taking place in Oxfordshire, for the legendary Fairport Convention. And lots of guests.

There aren't many acts that run their own famous festival! And for over 50 years, so lookout for special surprize guests.

Tickets tend to sell out fast, so don't miss out.

Location: Cropredy
Date: Thursday 8th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £165
Contact for info: tickets@fairportconvention.com
Website: www.fairportconvention.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Big Weekend - 9th Aug 2024 - Welshampton, Shropshire

10th birthday!

A joyous celebration of Cajun, Creole and Louisiana roots music, dance and culture set in the heart of the beautiful North Shropshire Lakelands!

Location: Welshampton
Date: Friday 9th August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info:
Website: the-bigweekend.co.uk
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Broadstairs Folk Week - 9th Aug 2024 - Broadstairs, Kent

During Folk Week, life in Broadstairs really is set to music. In the parks, pubs, gardens and on the beaches and promenade- there really is a festival vibe in the town - nobody who arrives in Broadstairs during Folk Week wonders whether there is an event taking place - it's inescapable - in the best possible way!

Location: Broadstairs
Date: Friday 9th August 2024 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £270
Also available: Other tickets available too.
Contact for info: info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk / 01843 604080
Website: www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


Dartmoor Folk Festival - 9th Aug 2024 - South Zeal near Okehampton, Devon

The Dartmoor Folk Festival is a friendly traditional festival, with highlights including Ceilidh, Song & Music Sessions, Dartmoor Stepdance and Broomdance Championships, Dartmoor Fayre, Craft Displays, Dances, Music Hall, Sunday Ramble, Folk Service, Pub Sessions & Children's Events.PLUS - Craft tent, Sideshows, Demonstrations, Dance Displays, Children's Entertainers and much more...The festival continues to attract some of the top national and local artists as guests, maintaining its reputation as one of the top events in the folk calendar.

Location: South Zeal near Okehampton
Date: Friday 9th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: enquiries@dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Saltburn Festival - 9th Aug 2024 - Saltburn, Cleveland

This year will see the 25th Saltburn Folk Festival take place in the historic, Victorian town of Saltburn.

An annual town based traditional and contemporary folk festival for all ages, with concerts, Street Entertainment, Singarounds, Music Sessions, Ceilidhs, Choirs, Maritime, Craft Stalls, Kids Events, Dance Teams, Workshops, Music Hall, Camping, Free Fringe Events.

Location: Saltburn
Date: Friday 9th August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available: Saturday tickets £40
Contact for info: 07397 313159 / festivaloffice@saltburnfolkfestival.com
Website: www.saltburnfolkfestival.com
County: Cleveland
Country: England


The Magpies Festival - 9th Aug 2024 - Sutton Park, YO61 1DP, Yorkshire

2022 was the first such event, and it was successful enough to stage its third event, for 2024.

Transatlantic folk trio, The Magpies, have announced that they will be hosting their first festival - in the stunning parkland of York's stately home, Sutton Park. The line-up is set to include the likes of Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Blair Dunlop and Katherine Priddy, with more exciting names to be announced.

Location: Sutton Park, YO61 1DP
Date: Friday 9th August 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £72
Contact for info: themagpiesmusicinfo@gmail.com
Website: www.themagpiesfestival.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Purbeck Valley Folk Festival - 15th Aug 2024 - Purbeck Valley Farm, Swanage, Dorset

Purbeck Folk Festival in the rolling hills of Dorset.

Located on a little sheep farm and in its fifth year, it's "how festivals used to be" - friendly, great for kids and adults alike, and small enough to be able to wander around and not lose your friends. Purbeck Folk Festival covers the broader definition of folk music and you can hear music from all around the world; some deep and meaningful, some get up and jump around.

Not to be confused with the nearby Swanage festivals

Location: Purbeck Valley Farm, Swanage
Date: Thursday 15th August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £155
Contact for info: cath@purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Beautiful Days - 16th Aug 2024 - Escot Park, Devon

Beautiful Days is the Levellers' annual 15,000 capacity family-friendly weekend camping festival at Escot Park, which started in 2003. It has a huge children's area in the centre of the festival, comedy, theatre, family camping, a healing area, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & carefully selected food and craft stalls.

Chosen as one of the Best Family Festivals in 2013 by the Guardian

Location: Escot Park
Date: Friday 16th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £190
Contact for info: info@beautifuldays.org
Website: www.beautifuldays.org/
County: Devon
Country: England


Cumberlandia - 16th Aug 2024 - Stainburn, Workington CA14 1SZ, Cumbria

New to our listings.

This is a boutique folk festival, organised by a volunteer committee - musicians, artists, craftspeople, hard-workers - whose ambition is simply to put on a memorable weekend to shine a spotlight on local culture.

Main days are Friday and Saturday, with Sunday a relax and chill day with a few performances around lunchtime , and impromptu fireside sessions in the evening.

Location: Stainburn, Workington CA14 1SZ
Date: Friday 16th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Also available: Under 12 = £20, same for camping.
Contact for info: info@cumberlandia.co.uk
Website: www.cumberlandia.co.uk
County: Cumbria
Country: England


FolkEast - 16th Aug 2024 - Glemham Hall, Suffolk

This event has been going for around nine years now, in East Anglia (hence the name).

A fresh approach to a timeless tradition with an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional music. Re-kindling the Eastfolk folkmoots on the Glemham Hall Estate, where, for three days of the year, the folk of the East bring their families & gather for a bit of a to-do.

Location: Glemham Hall
Date: Friday 16th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £145
Contact for info: info@folkeast.co.uk
Website: www.folkeast.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Just So Festival - 16th Aug 2024 - Rode Hall, ST7 3QT, Cheshire

A not for profit family music and arts festival and although we don't call ourselves a folk festival the majority of our musical programming is folk, so we thought you might be interested.

Very family focused, with circus acts, music, films, children's entertainment.
Doesn't seem to like my pop-up box so click here instead to view their site.

Location: Rode Hall, ST7 3QT
Date: Friday 16th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £165
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: hello@justsofestival.org.uk
Website: www.justsofestival.org.uk/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Moira Furnace Folk Festival - 16th Aug 2024 - Moira Furnace,Swadlicote, DE12 6AT, Leicestershire

The festival features some well known and talented main acts, plus local and national, up and coming artists.

Location: Moira Furnace,Swadlicote, DE12 6AT
Date: Friday 16th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £68
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk
Website: moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


White Horse Folk Festival - 16th Aug 2024 - Grove, near Wantage (OX120AE), Oxfordshire

A small, intimate, relaxed festival where there is an emphasis on creating an inclusive atmosphere and encouraging everyone to play a part in the weekend's events. There is plenty of opportunity to sing, play or tell a story with singarounds and music sessions every day.

Location: Grove, near Wantage (OX120AE)
Date: Friday 16th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: WhiteHorseFest@aol.com or 07854-491358
Website: www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Folk in the Park - 17th Aug 2024 - Manor Park, Sutton, London, SM1 4AH, Greater London

Folk In The Park is a day-long live music festival in the heart of the South London borough of Sutton, taking place in the award-winning green space, Manor Park.

Location: Manor Park, Sutton, London, SM1 4AH
Date: Saturday 17th August 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £22
Contact for info:
Website: www.folkinthepark.com
County: Greater London
Country: England


SongFest - 17th Aug 2024 - Rugby, CV23 9LF, Warwickshire

A micro music festival celebrating really good songs and the folks who write them.

A weekend of powerful, poignant, and hilarious songs and stories by these acclaimed songsmiths.

Location: Rugby, CV23 9LF
Date: Saturday 17th August 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £87
Also available: Accommodation available too
Contact for info: info@songfest.live
Website: songfest.live
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Whitby Folk Week - 17th Aug 2024 - Whitby, Yorkshire

Seven days of dancing in the streets, music and singing in the pubs, concerts and dances until late into the night, and a whole lot more. Seven days of meeting old friends and making new ones.

With over 600 events, this long-standing celebration of the traditional music, dance and song of the British Isles has taken on the trappings of a tradition in its own right.

Location: Whitby
Date: Saturday 17th August 2024 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £245
Also available: Day tickets £54 and £71
Contact for info: folk@whitbyfolk.co.uk
Website: www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Cornwall Folk Festival - 22nd Aug 2024 - Wadebridge, Cornwall

The Cornwall Folk Festival is the annual celebration of Folk and Roots Music and Dance in Wadebridge.

It brings national and international performers to Cornwall
and showcase local talent to the wider artistic world, in front of Cornish and visiting audiences.

Location: Wadebridge
Date: Thursday 22nd August 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@cornwallfolkfestival.com
Website: www.cornwallfolkfestival.com/wp/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Cottingham Folk Festival - 22nd Aug 2024 - Cottingham, Yorkshire

Now in its ninth year, for the region's already blossoming music calendar, to be hosted in various venues in the picturesque East Yorkshire village of Cottingham across the first weekend of September. An exciting addition to a vibrant summer of events, this three-day extravaganza will see an incredible line-up of artists descend on what is thought to be the largest village in the UK

Location: Cottingham
Date: Thursday 22nd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £81
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@cottinghamfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: cottinghamfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Greenbelt - 22nd Aug 2024 - Boughton Estate, Kettering,NN14 1BJ, Northamptonshire

It's been around for over 50 years.
Not many events can say that!

An arts, faith and justice festival with a long and rich history.

Greenbelt covers a variety of styles of music and other things, including guest speakers and comedy.

Expect a variety of styles of entertainment.

Location: Boughton Estate, Kettering,NN14 1BJ
Date: Thursday 22nd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £244
Contact for info: info@greenbelt.org.uk
Website: www.greenbelt.org.uk/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Shambala Festival - 22nd Aug 2024 - Secret, Northamptonshire

This festival covers many different music styles, including folk music. It will suit those with a wide range of musical interests. Over 200 diverse music acts across 12 live stages. comedy, electric, roots, reggae and folk, films and theatre. Some of everything.

Location is kept secret for quite some time.

Location: Secret
Date: Thursday 22nd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £257
Contact for info: enquiries@shambalafestival.org
Website: www.shambalafestival.org/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Lyme Folk Weekend - 23rd Aug 2024 - Lyme Regis, Dorset

The line up, for a newish event, has been very start-studded as well, and this year will probably be just as great.

Singing, sessions, morris parade, shanty festival, story telling, and much more.

There will be free daily concerts on the Seafront Stage from noon to 5pm plus the usual Morris dancing and parade throughout the town.

Location: Lyme Regis
Date: Friday 23rd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 01297 442138 / admin@lymefolk.com
Website: www.lymefolk.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


Maui Waui - 23rd Aug 2024 - Hill Farm, Dereham, NR19 2NR, Norfolk

Not strictly a folk event. A mixture of styles and events that some of you may be interested in. A bit like Breaded Theory they say.

Location: Hill Farm, Dereham, NR19 2NR
Date: Friday 23rd August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £156
Contact for info: silas@mauiwauievents.co.uk
Website: www.mauiwauievents.co.uk/
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Oxford Storytelling Festival - 23rd Aug 2024 - Waterperry House and Gardens, OX33 1LA, Oxfordshire

Oxford Storytelling Festival, an exciting boutique family festival is
coming to Waterperry this Summer. An August bank holiday full of Magic,
Myth and Mystery to enchant and enliven your senses.

Location: Waterperry House and Gardens, OX33 1LA
Date: Friday 23rd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@oxfordstorytellingfestival.co.uk
Website: www.oxfordstorytellingfestival.co.uk
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Shrewsbury Folk Festival - 23rd Aug 2024 - Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has a reputation for delivering the very finest acts from the UK and around the world, always searching to find new authentic artists as well as providing a platform for established performers, and never forgetting to add some fun and diversity to our concerts. We try to bring quality in depth.

Location: Shrewsbury
Date: Friday 23rd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £180
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: sandra@shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Towersey Festival - 23rd Aug 2024 - Claydon Estate, Steeple Claydon, MK18 2EY, Buckinghamshire

60th Anniversary!!
And to think I just updated another event's listing and said it was its 50th and not many can match that!

A traditional village festival.

Four days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, World and Americana, with first class stages, massive family appeal, wonderful camping, arts, crafts, theatre, hands-on workshops, film and a sprinkling of Festival Magic in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Claydon Estate, Steeple Claydon, MK18 2EY
Date: Friday 23rd August 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £170
Contact for info: info@towerseyfestival.com
Website: www.towerseyfestival.com/
County: Buckinghamshire
Country: England


England's Medieval Festival - 24th Aug 2024 - Herstmonceux Castle, BN27 1RN, East Sussex

A medieval event, with stage shows, jousting, music and dance, and lots of things for the kids too. They have a full line up of folk music. It's a one-of-a-kind event with a very special blend of history and fun for the whole family.

Something different especially if you like older music.

Location: Herstmonceux Castle, BN27 1RN
Date: Saturday 24th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: tickets@mgel.com
Website: www.englandsmedievalfestival.com/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Northgate Folk Festival - 24th Aug 2024 - Alexander's Live, Rufus Court, Chester, CH1 2JW, Cheshire

A one day event in Chester
Featuring traditional and experimental folk. Dance displays, sessions.

Northgate Folk Festival champions forward-thinking artists forging their own paths in traditional music. From haunting originals to full-blooded reworkings of centuries-old work songs; the event will once again showcase the new wave of acts who embody the genre’s ever-evolving nature.

Location: Alexander's Live, Rufus Court, Chester, CH1 2JW
Date: Saturday 24th August 2024 for day(s)
Full Price: £22
Contact for info: alexanderslivegigs@gmail.com
Website: alexanderslive.seetickets.com/event/northgate-folk-festival-2024/alexander-s-live/2991108
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Halsway Folk Summer School - 26th Aug 2024 - Halsway Manor, Crowcomb, Somerset

A regular event, a summer school event on folk music, dance, and song. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Location: Halsway Manor, Crowcomb
Date: Monday 26th August 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £240
Also available: Residential tickets available
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-summer-school/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Over the Hill - Roots and Blues - 26th Aug 2024 - Corn Exchange, Witney, Oxfordshire

After a successful first event, this is their second go at the festival.
Features Americana and roots music. With authentic american food and bars, and beer from a local brewery - Wychwood Brewery, who are also sponsoring the event.

www.facebook.com/overthehillfestival/

Location: Corn Exchange, Witney
Date: Monday 26th August 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £49
Contact for info:
Website: www.ents24.com/festival/over-the-hill-2024-roots-and-blues-festival/6936834
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Didmarton Bluegrass Festival - 30th Aug 2024 - Kemble Airfield, GL7 6BQ, Gloucestershire

Once again we've included a few bluegrass festivals to give you a bit more variety. And besides, we noticed a few folk stars in the line up...

(We're not trying to cover every such festival, just a few samples for you enjoyment.)

Run by a new team of familiar faces.

Location: Kemble Airfield, GL7 6BQ
Date: Friday 30th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available: That's the early bird price
Contact for info: tickets@didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk
Website: didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Moseley Folk Festival - 30th Aug 2024 - Moseley Park, Birmingham, West Midlands

Our tradition of an eclectic folk selection continues this year.

Showcasing unsigned acts right alongside well established international artists makes for a really exciting bill.

Location: Moseley Park, Birmingham
Date: Friday 30th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £170
Also available: Day and two day tickets £65 and £97
Contact for info: info@moseleyfolk.co.uk
Website: www.moseleyfolk.co.uk
County: West Midlands
Country: England


Off the Tracks - Summer Festival - 30th Aug 2024 - Castle Donington, Leicestershire

A great family site.
Atmospheric Surroundings - Great live music
60 Real Ales and Ciders - Acoustic Sessions
Excellent Camping Facilities & Showers
Arts & crafts stalls - Fantastic Food - Circus Workshops, and Parade
Family Friendly - Children's Play Area -Entertainment & activities for children
Shiatsu - Yoga - Energy work - Tai Chi - Chi Kung - Meditation

Location: Castle Donington
Date: Friday 30th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@offthetracks.co.uk
Website: offthetracks.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


SingFest - 30th Aug 2024 - Dockenfield, GU10 4HH, Surrey

Not your normal folk fest.

Learn joyous songs from five renowned conductors in fun, relaxed workshops
within the beautiful surroundings of Mellow Farm.

Singing Workshops
Camping, Ceilidh, Open Mic, Saturday Night BBQ, Lantern Making, Junk Samba workshop, Yoga, Family Activities, Local Beer & Cider and the best campfire sing-arounds you've ever heard.

Location: Dockenfield, GU10 4HH
Date: Friday 30th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £135
Contact for info: contact@communityvox.org.uk
Website: communityvox.org.uk/singfest2024-1
County: Surrey
Country: England


The Wail - 30th Aug 2024 - Oakfield Farm,Verwood BH31 6JJ, Dorset

A very reasonably priced 3 day event.

Come and join in the singing with some of the finest traditional singers, all hand picked from folk clubs and festivals around the country, some well-known, some not heard of, but all of a high standard. A harvest of song complemented by good company, good food and drink.

Location: Oakfield Farm,Verwood BH31 6JJ
Date: Friday 30th August 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01225 867031
Website: thewail.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Taking place in September

Bellingham All Acoustic Music Festival - 5th Sep 2024 - Brownrigg, NE48 2HR, Northumberland

Also known as BAAFest

A great mix of folk, jazz, blues and anything else that they fancy! As long as it's all acoustic.

No sheep were harmed in the production of their website.

Location: Brownrigg, NE48 2HR
Date: Thursday 5th September 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: info@baafest.com
Website: www.baafest.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Bromyard Folk Festival - 5th Sep 2024 - Bromyard, Herefordshire

Started in 1968, still going strong.

Folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area - featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.

Some of the most outstanding local, national and international traditional folk festival musicians performing in concert, ceilidhs and displays.

Location: Bromyard
Date: Thursday 5th September 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@bromyard-folk-festival.org.uk
Website: www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Cheshire Folk Festival - 6th Sep 2024 - Hope Farm, Warrington,WA4 4LG, Cheshire

A vibrant celebration of folk music with the aim of having something for all folk music lovers' tastes. Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside with plenty of space for camping. The festival has a maximum capacity of 500 people.

Location: Hope Farm, Warrington,WA4 4LG
Date: Friday 6th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Also available: Day tickets - £35
Contact for info: contact@cheshirefolkfestival.com
Website: www.cheshirefolkfestival.com
County: Cheshire
Country: England


SeptemberSong - 6th Sep 2024 - Braziers Park. OX10 6AN, Oxfordshire

Septembersong, Wood HQ's new end of the summer event, returns for a second year! As well as amazing music and songwriters, Septembersong features harmony singing workshops and songs round the campfire, yoga and meditation, talks and interviews, crafts in the 'Old Ways' maker space, great local food and drink, after-hours dancing, seasonal cocktails… and much more. Take the time to slow down, relax and re-connect. We hope you can join us and be a part of our mission to connect with nature and build community through music and the arts.

Location: Braziers Park. OX10 6AN
Date: Friday 6th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £129
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@woodfestival.com
Website: www.woodhq.org/septembersong
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Swanage Folk Festival - 6th Sep 2024 - Swanage, Dorset

Now in its 30th year.

Swanage comes alive with hundreds of Morris dancers in their bright costumes and jingling bells, and folk music lovers, every year for the weekend on the second Friday after the August Bank Holiday Monday.

Concerts, join-in sessions, workshops, as well as dancers

Location: Swanage
Date: Friday 6th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £79
Also available: Separate event tickets too
Contact for info: info@swanagefolkfestival.com
Website: www.swanagefolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Medieval Music in the Dales - 13th Sep 2024 - Bolton Castle and Redmire, Yorkshire

An annual medieval music festival wholly dedicated to medieval music-making. It's unique in the UK.

Our theme for this year is The Matter of Britain - Medieval Music and Story of the British Isles.

A major event in the early music calendar - a weekend dedicated solely to the music of the middle ages. It's all happening at Bolton Castle in beautiful Wensleydale in North Yorkshire

Location: Bolton Castle and Redmire
Date: Friday 13th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Day tickets
Contact for info: medievalmusicinthedales@gmail.com
Website: www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Peace Through Folk - 13th Sep 2024 - Ipstones Village, Staffordshire

The Peace Through Folk has been running since 1976 and stopped in 2018 after 5 years of remembering the Great War. The final Peace Concert in 2018, was an event to have been at, a really memorable occasion. It was felt that we had achieved everything that we could and it would be the right time to stop. However, we have now realised that there is still a need for the Peace Through Folk Gathering, especially in these dark days, with so many issues around the world. So the Gathering has been resurrected and is once again taking place at Hulme End, in the Peak District, this September.

Location: Ipstones Village
Date: Friday 13th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: enquiries.peacethroughfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.peacethroughfolk.com
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Worcester Music Festival - 13th Sep 2024 - Worcester, WR1 2RS, Worcestershire

A mixed genre event, with a folk element for you to enjoy. More than 20 venues and 200 artists (!) to enjoy.

Worcester Music Festival are pleased to announce we will be working alongside Acorns Children's Hospice this year, with the money raised by the festival going towards Acorns' music therapy scheme.

Location: Worcester, WR1 2RS
Date: Friday 13th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE !
Contact for info: info@worcestermusicfestival.co.uk
Website: www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


St Ives September Festival - 14th Sep 2024 - St Ives, Cornwall

Two weeks of the arts and music in September.

A large variety of genres of music, usually with some folk and acoustic music from some major acts. Arts, literature and film events too.

For over 30 years St Ives Festival has been one of the must-play events for those of us on the Folk, Roots and Acoustic music scene.

Location: St Ives
Date: Saturday 14th September 2024 for 15 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Mainly individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk
Website: www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Gobefest - 20th Sep 2024 - Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG, Lancashire

NOTE THE NEW DATE !!!

Góbéfest, Manchester's original urban folk music and dance festival with strong Central and Eastern European leanings, is back.

Established in 2017, Góbéfest has its roots firmly in Transylvania and Hungary, but over the years has expanded its reach to cherry pick some of the finest performing artists from around the Carpathian Basin and beyond.

The weekend promises an expertly curated mix of bands and solo artists, folk dance troupes, choirs and more. Independent food and drink traders will be serving up favourites from around the Carpathian Basin, from giant pans of goulash, to the fried flat breads known as lángos and Transylvanian barbecued chimney cakes.

Alongside craft beer, there will also be a Hungarian wine stall and a palinka (Hungarian fruit brandy) bar. Free activities in the family tent include music and dance workshops, storytelling and crafts.

A Góbé is a friendly word for a 'crafty Székely'.

Location: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG
Date: Friday 20th September 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available: It's FREE on Sunday
Contact for info:
Website: gobefest.com
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Southdowns Folk Festival - 20th Sep 2024 - Bognor Regis, Sussex

Price covers nine afternoon and evening events, including the headliners evening concerts - and there are several big name headliners too!

Supported by crowdfunding donations.

Location: Bognor Regis
Date: Friday 20th September 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Also available: Half-price for under 16s
Contact for info: rnash10@hotmail.com
Website: www.southdownsfolkfest.co.uk
County: Sussex
Country: England


Malmesbury Folk & Roots - 21st Sep 2024 - Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, SN16 0AA, Wiltshire

A one-day festival in the beautiful grounds of the historic Malmesbury Abbey.

Featuring the best in folk and roots music from the UK and beyond, we have put together an AWESOME line-up.

All proceeds to the Malmesbury Mayoral Charities.

Location: Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, SN16 0AA
Date: Saturday 21st September 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £28
Contact for info: douglas.r.price1@gmail.com
Website: www.malmesburyfolkroots.org/
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Deepdale Festival - 26th Sep 2024 - Burnham, PE31 8DD, Norfolk

With a great line-up, this looks as if it could be a good weekend out. And it's day tickets are not expensive either, if you have limited time available.

Come and enjoy some great live music, spoken word, drum workshops, street entertainment and the chilled atmosphere.

Location: Burnham, PE31 8DD
Date: Thursday 26th September 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: 01485 210256
Website: www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk/festival/
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Taking place in October

Tenterden Folk Festival - 3rd Oct 2024 - Tenterden, Kent

A four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges. The festival includes many free events.

Location: Tenterden
Date: Thursday 3rd October 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Also available: Individual event tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: www.tenterdenfolkfestival.com/Tenterden-Folk-Festival/
County: Kent
Country: England


Edgworth Folk Festival - 4th Oct 2024 - Edgworth, BL7 OAP, Lancashire

A festival that both promotes folk music and supports a local community centre so it can continue to be open to the local community.

All proceeds go to the Barlow Trust. There are concerts, workshops, singarounds, music sessions, dance displays, a ceilidh, lectures, demonstrations, with a bar and food available. All the artists and workshop leaders give their time and talents for free for which we are immensely grateful.


Car park at back. Parking place for campervans (but no campervan utilities available).

The website has moved to a new domain name now.

Location: Edgworth, BL7 OAP
Date: Friday 4th October 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: 07427613783 / folkatthebarlow@gmail.com
Website: www.folkatthebarlow.com/general-clean
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Hartlepool Folk Festival - 4th Oct 2024 - Hartlepool Headland, TS24 0JD, Northumberland

Please join us for a sumptuous autumn weekend full of great music, food and drink, all set in lovely Old Hartlepool. We have put together a lineup containing some of the very best artists on the UK folk scene, but which pays special tribute to the incredibly rich culture and traditions of Teesside and the wider North East.

Location: Hartlepool Headland, TS24 0JD
Date: Friday 4th October 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: jonny@hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
Website: www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Derby Folk Weekend - 11th Oct 2024 - Derby, DE1 3AH, Derbyshire

Concerts, workshops, sessions.

Mainly indoors, so no need to worry about the weather. There are individual concerts in Derby Cathedral on Friday evening, and Saturday, and concerts in The Old Bell Hotel on Friday evening, and through Saturday and Sunday.

Location: Derby, DE1 3AH
Date: Friday 11th October 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Also available: Variety of day and event tickets.
Contact for info: admin@derbyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Get a Word in Edgeways - 11th Oct 2024 - Much Wenlock, Shropshire

We occasionally feature festivals with a difference. And this time it is a veritable feast of interweaving words: stories, poems, rap and songs, from across the Welsh Marches, West Midlands and the whole wide world!

Location: Much Wenlock
Date: Friday 11th October 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: mike@gawiefest.co.uk
Website: gawiefest.co.uk
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival - 11th Oct 2024 - Harwich, Essex

A mixture of free open air entertainment, concerts, music sessions, classic boats, pub sessions and singarounds during the festival weekend. Events take place throughout the old town of Harwich at several local venues.

Location: Harwich
Date: Friday 11th October 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets or FREE bits
Contact for info: info@harwichshantyfestival.co.uk
Website: www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk/
County: Essex
Country: England


London Roots Festival - 18th Oct 2024 - London, various venues, Greater London

Covers a variety of music styles.

Not the normal many acts in one place sort of event, but an event spread around under the one banner.

You might find something that suits you.

Spread out over a month.

Site not fully updated yet.

Location: London, various venues
Date: Friday 18th October 2024 for 30 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Various locations, and tickets
Contact for info: david@dmpuk.com
Website: londonrootsfestival.com/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Lowender - 25th Oct 2024 - Redruth, TR15 1TA, Cornwall

Lowender, the festival that celebrates Cornish culture and its Celtic connections, is returning to Redruth, Wednesday 25th - Saturday 29th October 2023.
Expect Cornish music, dance, song and fun for all the family with a host of international Celtic performers from Brittany, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Music performances, dance sessions and workshops will be taking place in locations across Redruth Town Centre during the 4-day festival, whilst the main evening events will take to the stage at Redruth School.
Tickets are on sale now and kids go free!
This year will see Lowender, which has developed from the Lowender Peran festival, grow into a new organisation where connecting communities and championing Cornwall’s living traditions on a national and international scale is at the core of its values.
For over 40 years Lowender Peran developed an interCeltic festival, creating a powerful network of international friends, celebrating cultural exchange and helping to open Cornish culture to a wider audience.

Location: Redruth, TR15 1TA
Date: Friday 25th October 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £62
Also available: And individual event tickets, some free events.
Contact for info: + 44 (0)7586 080623
Website: www.lowender.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Musicport Festival - 25th Oct 2024 - Whitby, Yorkshire

A world music event, many different styles. Check the line up to see if it appeals to your tastes.

Musicport was established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding area.

The rather magical winner of the Indoor Festival of the Year 2013 (Fatea Awards

Location: Whitby
Date: Friday 25th October 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Contact for info: 01947 603475
Website: www.musicportfestival.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Taking place in December

Melton Winter Festival - 12th Dec 2024 - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Also known as The Melton Mowbray Christmas Folk Trail, consists of many acts hosted across many venues in the town of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. With an additional welcoming singaround on the evening of Friday 9th December.

Usually taking place in different local venues.

Location: Melton Mowbray
Date: Thursday 12th December 2024 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: tba
Contact for info: adrian@meltonfolk.com
Website: meltonfolk.com/festival/winter-festival/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England



The festivals below are older festivals who haven't yet updated their sites

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on in 2024. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in January last year

The Great British Folk Festival - 6th Jan 2023, Butlin's Skegness, Lincolnshire

A great big weekend break at Butlins, with many top acts booked.

Yes, festivals don't stop just because it is winter!

Location: Butlin's Skegness
Date: Friday 6th January 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Also available You book a room
Contact for info:
Website: www.bigweekends.com/weekends/the-great-british-folk-festival
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England


Took place in May last year

Hutton Rudby FolkFest - 26th May 2023, Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire

A new one for us.

In 2023, the festival will be held at 4 venues across the idyllic village of Hutton Rudby on May 26-28. Finn Forster, Black Sheep Band, Counterfeit Celts and Keith Newby will be part of the line-up for this festival among many others. A craft fair will feature on the Saturday.

In addition to music acts, there will be a folk craft fair, several bars / pubs with food and music and a large family style event at our Cricket Club venue.

Location: Hutton Rudby
Date: Friday 26th May 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: hrfolkfest@gmail.com
Website: hrfolkfest.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in June last year

Rochdale Folk Festival - 2nd Jun 2023, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Takes place in several locations in Rochdale. I couldn't find many details on the website, just the link above.

Parts of the site are still under development for 2023.

Location: Rochdale
Date: Friday 2nd June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: rochdalefolkfestival.co.uk
County: Greater Manchester
Country: England


The Acoustic Festival of Britain - 2nd Jun 2023, Utoxeter Racecourse, ST14 8BD, Staffordshire

All things acoustic!
A prestigious and relaxed family friendly occasion for all generations with an eclectic programme of Unplugged and Acoustic music from the genres of Folk, Roots, Celtic, Blues, Pop, Rock, Ska, Blugrass and much more.
4 stages of entertainment and dozens of crafts and food tents together with a huge real ale tent over 200ft long, with a stage powered by bicycles.

Location: Utoxeter Racecourse, ST14 8BD
Date: Friday 2nd June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: info@acousticfestival.co.uk
Website: www.acousticfestival.co.uk
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Barking Folk Festival - 3rd Jun 2023, Barking Abbey Green, IG11 8AS , Greater London

A free family festival celebrating the best in English and World folk music and dance plus poetry, street theatre, art and family fun!


Location: Barking Abbey Green, IG11 8AS
Date: Saturday 3rd June 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE!
Contact for info:
Website: www.lbbd.gov.uk/barking-folk-festival
County: Greater London
Country: England


Hebden Folk Roots Festival - 9th Jun 2023, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AH, Yorkshire

Bringing you the best in local music together with friends from further afield.
Set in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge full of cosy cafes, pretty pubs, vivacious venues, we bring you an intimate music festival full of great sounds, with great beer and even greater countryside.

A folk and roots festival covering a wide variety of roots music, from folk and blues to ska and americana. Ceilidh, workshops, sessions, street performers, spoken word. Lots of variety.

Location: Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AH
Date: Friday 9th June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: hebdenfolkroots@gmail.com
Website: www.hebdenfolkroots.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Robin Hoods Bay Folk Weekend - 9th Jun 2023, Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Raising money for the RNLI, which is always a good thing to do.

A weekend full of Concerts, Music Sessions, Dance and Singarounds in and around the 'famed city of Robin Hood's Bay' on the beautiful Yorkshire Coast.

Location: Robin Hoods Bay
Date: Friday 9th June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: folkweekend.rhbay.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Grand Northern Ukulele Festival - 16th Jun 2023, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is a festival with a bit of a difference.
A team of dedicated ukulele-playing music enthusiasts who volunteer our time to produce a festival that is truly like no other. Every year we try to find new talent to showcase, we develop new activities to get people playing and sharing music with each other.

There's a range of workshops (including one where you build your own diddly bow), events for all ages and a chance to do something a bit unique.

Location: Huddersfield
Date: Friday 16th June 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: info@northernuke.com
Website: www.northernuke.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Turvey Day of Folk - 17th Jun 2023, Turvey, MK43 8EP, Bedfordshire

A day of folk dance, music and song for all the family in the riverside village of Turvey, Bedfordshire, with dance displays, music session, family ceilidh and evening concert. Come and enjoy the craic and sample the excellent food and beer on offer in the village.

Location: Turvey, MK43 8EP
Date: Saturday 17th June 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £26
Also available Some free parts too
Contact for info: turveyfolk@gmail.com
Website: turveyfolk.org.uk
County: Bedfordshire
Country: England


Leigh Folk Festival - 22nd Jun 2023, Leigh on Sea, Essex

For the 31st time...The UK's biggest free festival.

Across a swathe of indoor and outdoor venues in public spaces around Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, our much-loved event is now widely recognised as the largest free folk festival in the country.
Two ticketed concerts, the rest is free.

Location: Leigh on Sea
Date: Thursday 22nd June 2023 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly, with a few paid events.
Contact for info: info@leighfolkfestival.com
Website: www.leighfolkfestival.com
County: Essex
Country: England


Folk on the Quay - 24th Jun 2023, Poole, Dorset

With four outdoor music stages, two ceilidh dances and over twenty teams of morris dancers in the streets overlooking Poole's lovely Harbour.

With colourful displays of dance and outdoor stages for concerts and ceilidh and lovely views across the stunning harbour.

Location: Poole
Date: Saturday 24th June 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: info@folkonthequay.co.uk
Website: www.folkonthequay.co.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Took place in July last year

Pig's Ear Folk Ale - 13th Jul 2023, Sevenoaks, Kent

On a new site, check website.

It's about people coming together to eat, drink and make music. It is not a traditional music festival.

Lots of ales and concerts, open mike and sessions in the bar. Even some morris dancing. Small craft fair.

Location: Sevenoaks
Date: Thursday 13th July 2023 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available Various day tickets
Contact for info:
Website: folkale.co.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


Pitchfolk - 16th Jul 2023, Middlezoy, TA7 0PG, Somerset

Pitchfolk - a weekend of workshops of polyphonic singing featuring traditions from around the world, led by renowned choir leaders and educators who are expert in those traditions.

This year's leaders include Desi Stefanova, leader of London Bulgarian Choir, Lucky Moyo, from Zimbabwe, and the hugely experienced Michael Deason-Barrow, who will be teaching Celtic singing traditions.

The weekend is open to adults of all genders. You don't need to be able to read music, or to be an experienced singer. You'll find that there will be many very experienced singers in the group, but there will also be a welcoming and supportive ethos. Combined with the skilled guidance of our music leaders, the workshops are intended to provide everyone with a challenge and an opportunity to grow as singers, but also to have fun.

Location: Middlezoy, TA7 0PG
Date: Sunday 16th July 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £130
Also available Other tickets too.
Contact for info: pitchblend.gigs@gmail.com
Website: www.tickettailor.com/events/pitchblend/734194
County: Somerset
Country: England


Chagstock Festival - 21st Jul 2023, Chagford, EX20 2PR, Devon

A not for profit organisation supporting the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Water Aid. In its 15th year.

This is a mixed genre festival, with a folk element too.

Location: Chagford, EX20 2PR
Date: Friday 21st July 2023 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Contact for info: organiser@chagstock.info
Website: www.chagstock.info/
County: Devon
Country: England


Newark Traditions Festival - 21st Jul 2023, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire

5th time for this event.
Features dancing, but the rest of the program was not available when last visited.

Several locations around the town.

Location: Newark on Trent
Date: Friday 21st July 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available All events FREE (except Saturday evening ceilidh: £5)
Contact for info: newarktraditions@gmail.com
Website: www.newarktraditions.org.uk
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Denby Family Folk Day - 23rd Jul 2023, Upper Denby, Nr Huddersfield HD8 8UE, Yorkshire

We have run an MND annual Folk fundraising concert for a number of years now.

The day consists of morris dancing, craft fair, sing around, tune session and an open-air concert at the back of the George Pub.

Go on, it's for charity - turn up, enjoy yourself and donate something to charity.

Location: Upper Denby, Nr Huddersfield HD8 8UE
Date: Sunday 23rd July 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's Free!
Contact for info: chris.dyson02@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/Denby-Family-Folk-Day-106195825358074
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Uckfield Blues and Roots - 27th Jul 2023, Uckfield, Sussex

I0th Birthday is 2023
Blues and Roots music. what's not to like?

A mixture of acoustic, folk and roots music with blues of various sorts.

Location: Uckfield
Date: Thursday 27th July 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Day tickets from £20
Contact for info: GPEVENTS@HOTMAIL.COM
Website: uckfieldbluesandroots.co.uk
County: Sussex
Country: England


Took place in September last year

Scalby Folk Festival - 1st Sep 2023, Nag's Head, Scalby, YO13 0PT, Yorkshire

A three day event centred on the Nag's Head pub.

You can also view updates on Facebook,
https://www.facebook.com/scalbyfolkfestival

Location: Nag's Head, Scalby, YO13 0PT
Date: Friday 1st September 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: kathrynbell869@gmail.com
Website: scalbyfair.org.uk/category/scalby-fair-2023/scalby-folk-festival-2023/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Teign Maritine Shanty Festival - 8th Sep 2023, Teignmouth TQ14 8XZ, Devon

Teignmouth and Shaldon will play host to at least 26 shanty groups performing in 15 venues and providing over 120 hours of "free to attend" shanty singing .
Raising funds for the RNLI, Rowcroft Hospice, Teign Heritage Centre and the Alice Cross Centre.

If you're into shanties, take a trip down to Devon. There's more to Devon life than just the Jurrasic coast.

Teignmouth and Shaldon will play host to at least 26 shanty groups performing in 15 venues and providing over 120 hours of "free to attend" shanty singing .

Location: Teignmouth TQ14 8XZ
Date: Friday 8th September 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's Free !
Contact for info: kevin.booker@talktalk.net
Website: www.teignshantyfestival.co.uk/
County: Devon
Country: England


Moonbeams - 14th Sep 2023, Rose Farm, Kelk, Yorkshire

Back with a new domain name - looks like they forgot to renew the old one.
Not a lot of info on the website yet, however, apart from the list of performers.

This is the second Moonbeams event this year. It may not return in 2024, with only the July event confirmed.

Location: Rose Farm, Kelk
Date: Thursday 14th September 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: moonbeamsacoustic@hotmail.com
Website: moonbeams.vip
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Lockdown Folk Live 3 - 15th Sep 2023, Haddenham, CB6 3XD and CB6 3XA, Buckinghamshire

Born during lockdown, the festival is now in its third year.

And at a very reasonable price - if I was still living 15 miles away from the festival location, I'd have already bought my ticket!

Location: Haddenham, CB6 3XD and CB6 3XA
Date: Friday 15th September 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: harmerj@me.com
Website: www.otherloves.co.uk/lfl3/
County: Buckinghamshire
Country: England


Tees Folk - 22nd Sep 2023, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1PL, Teeside

In the Stockton Globe Theatre.

Not quite a festival, this is a new celebration of folk music. Featuring folk and acoustic music with several acts who feature at festivals.

Location: Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1PL
Date: Friday 22nd September 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £21.5
Contact for info:
Website: www.stocktonglobe.co.uk/shows/tees-folk
County: Teeside
Country: England


Took place in October last year

Scunthorpe Folk and Roots - 6th Oct 2023, Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

A New Event!

The festival will present some of the most prestigious names in British folk music, alongside some of the freshest new folk talent, as we celebrate the very best of the genre, over a relaxed and welcoming weekend.

Using Scunthorpe's prestigious Baths Hall, where the festival will take over the auditorium, bars and break-out spaces, to offer headline concerts, workshops and a ceilidh, plus sing-arounds and sessions in our pop-up folk club. Friday also sees a concert take place in the Bath's Hall's sister venue, the traditional proscenium style theatre, Plowright Theatre

Location: Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
Date: Friday 6th October 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Also available Day and weekend tickets too.
Contact for info: Scunthorpetheatres@northlincs.gov.uk
Website: www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk/community/folkroots-festival/
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England


Manchester Folk Festival - 19th Oct 2023, Manchester, Lancashire

Manchester Folk Festival is a major new festival of English folk and acoustic roots music. From songs of struggle to joyful reels, from traditional to experimental, the festival will celebrate contemporary folk as it straddles genres, embraces cultures and absorbs new influences.

An urban festival. A gathering of all kinds of folk.

With craft workshops, pub sing-arounds and in-conversations with artists.

HOME is the festival hub, and nearby Gorilla, The Ritz and The International Anthony Burgess Foundation will also host gigs.

Multiple venues.

Location: Manchester
Date: Thursday 19th October 2023 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available Individual event tickets too
Contact for info: hello@manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: manchesterfolk.com
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Beyond the Moor - 24th Oct 2023, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

It was a new event, in Newcastle, last year, and it's back again. Intends to showcase contempory , alternative and traditional folk and roots musics. Includes local and national artists

Location: Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Date: Tuesday 24th October 2023 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Expected to be £20 - 30
Contact for info: 0191 284 3700
Website: gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk/beyond-the-moor-festival-2023
County: Tyne and Wear
Country: England


Dance Around the World - 28th Oct 2023, Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, London


Two days of workshops and performances by more than fifty groups, representing over thirty different countries "all the villages of the world - and in London, a marvellous concept". Saturday evening is a Balkan dance and Latin American night, Sunday evening, International Dance.

Visitors to the event will be able to watch and try for themselves traditional dance forms from all over the world.

Location: Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town
Date: Saturday 28th October 2023 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day and evening tickets, £17 and £10
Contact for info: danceoffice@waitrose.com
Website: www.datw.org.uk
County: London
Country: England


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