UK Folk Festivals - England

Folk Music Festivals in England

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After the bad start to 2021, I decided to avoid lists of event after event that would get cancelled. But this year, after last year's virtual events I am listing things and crossing my fingers for 2022.

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 - 14th Jan 2022 - 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 14th January 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Concert and day tickets, from £10
Contact for info: info@strawbear.org.uk
Website: www.strawbear.org.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Bradford Roots Festival - 21st Jan 2022 - Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ, Wiltshire

VIRTUAL EVENT 2022

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: Friday 21st January 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £25
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-2022-2-day-pass
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Halsway Winter Warmer - 24th Jan 2022 - 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 24th January 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £350
Also available: Includes room for duration, other prices too.
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/winter-warmer-5/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival - 28th Jan 2022 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

28th 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 28th January 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Also available: Day tickets £25 and £30
Contact for info: booking@gloucester.gov.uk
Website: www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk/live-events/cajunandzydecofestival2021-5jnep
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Halsway Folk Harp Weekend - 28th Jan 2022 - 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 28th January 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £165
Also available: Residential accomodation is extra
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-harp-weekend-2/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Taking place in February

Love Folk Festival - 11th Feb 2022 - 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 11th February 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £48
Also available: Saturday £35
Contact for info: 01704 533 333
Website: theatkinson.co.uk/events/love-folk-fest-2022/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


HowTheLightgetsIn Winter Revel - 13th Feb 2022 - Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG, Herefordshire

In the stunning setting of the Wye Valley, the world's largest philosophy and music festival returns for a May Bank Holiday filled with ideas, magic, music, and wonder...

Described as 'Europe's answer to TED' (Total Politics), this unique festival of ideas and music promises over 200 events with more than 80 boundary-crossing debates and talks with the world's leading thinkers, as well as music, performance, comedy, cabaret, workshops, spa sessions, academy courses, banquets, and much much more.

Discover ground breaking ideas and new thinking, at one of the most special festivals of the year.

Book tickets: howthelightgetsin.org

Location: Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG
Date: Sunday 13th February 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: (0)20 7837 3000 / enquiries@artandideas.org
Website: howthelightgetsin.org/hay
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Gloucester Folk Trail - 18th Feb 2022 - 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 18th February 2022 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 - 25th Feb 2022 - Sheffield, Yorkshire

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: Sheffield
Date: Friday 25th February 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info:
Website: sheffield-ivfdf.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Chester February Folk Day - 26th Feb 2022 - 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 26th February 2022 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 - 26th Feb 2022 - 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 26th February 2022 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 - 6th Mar 2022 - 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 17 days.

You have to right click on the web address and choose open in new tab to vivist this site. Don't know why they force this to be done.

Location: Manchester
Date: Sunday 6th March 2022 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


Medieval Music in the Dales - 18th Mar 2022 - 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: Friday 18th March 2022 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


Dance Around the World - 19th Mar 2022 - 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 19th March 2022 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


Taking place in April

Bowness Bay Blues - 8th Apr 2022 - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

A stunning line-up of brilliant blues musicians in the heart of the Lake District, on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere.
PLUS a free fringe event!

'a flagship for the very best of British blues' www.bluesinthenorthwest.com

'a thoroughly great weekend' North West Evening Mail

Raises money for charity.

Location: Bowness-on-Windermere
Date: Friday 8th April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available: Day tickets £25, £40, £35,
Contact for info: info@bownessbayblues.co.uk
Website: www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Folk Weekend Oxford - 22nd Apr 2022 - Oxford, Oxfordshire

Music, singing, dancing too, in the Old Fire Station, mainly, plus a few other local venues for when they need more space - especially for the dancing bits.

Location: Oxford
Date: Friday 22nd April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@folkweekendoxford.co.uk
Website: www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Dorridge Day of Dance - 23rd Apr 2022 - Dorridge Village Hall, Solihull B93 8QA, Midlands

Morning & afternoon sessions of International Folk Dancing.

Location: Dorridge Village Hall, Solihull B93 8QA
Date: Saturday 23rd April 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: tba
Contact for info: 0121 689 1802 or 07913 615002
Website: http://www.greatalnefolk.org.uk/
County: Midlands
Country: England


Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - 23rd Apr 2022 - Morpeth, Northumberland

Virtual Event
But some in person bits too.

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, singarounds, 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: Saturday 23rd April 2022 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


Raunds Music Festival - 28th Apr 2022 - 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: Thursday 28th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: Concerts £5-18, under 16s £2
Contact for info: 07756 015615
Website: www.raundsfestival.com
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Bristol Folk Festival - 29th Apr 2022 - 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 29th April 2022 for 4 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 - 29th Apr 2022 - Chetworth Deer Park, TF10 8EU, Cheshire

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: Chetworth Deer Park, TF10 8EU
Date: Friday 29th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: info@crossoverfest.com
Website: crossoverfest.com/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Filey Folk Festival - 29th Apr 2022 - 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 29th April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE! Mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: fileyfolkfestival.bravesites.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Hastings Jack in the Green - 29th Apr 2022 - 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 29th April 2022 for 3 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 - 29th Apr 2022 - 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 29th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £97
Also available: Day tickets £48
Contact for info: Director@mayheydays.org.uk
Website: mayheydays.org.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Scandimoot - 29th Apr 2022 - 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 29th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: bookings@scandimoot.org.uk
Website: scandimoot.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Todmorden Folk Festival - 29th Apr 2022 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

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

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 29th April 2022 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 - 29th Apr 2022 - 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 29th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available: Junior and Concessionary tickets
Contact for info: boxoffice@uptonfolk.org
Website: www.uptonfolk.org/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Wath Festival - 29th Apr 2022 - Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire

Since 1972 Wath Festival has been all about great music, community spirit and having a good time.
Some of the biggest names in roots music have played at Wath.
Host of events, with the weekend being the highlight.
Winner "Best Village Festival 2013"
Feata Magazine

Runner up "Festival of the Year 2010" Feata Magazine

Location: Wath upon Dearne
Date: Friday 29th April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: Day and evening tickets too
Contact for info: 07982 658467
Website: www.wathfestival.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Rochester Sweeps Festival - 30th Apr 2022 - Rochester Castle Gardens, Kent

The Rochester Sweeps Festival is a colourful mix of music, dancing and entertainment with more than 60 Morris sides and entertainers celebrating throughout the three-day festival.

This year they have added a evening festival concert as well.


Location: Rochester Castle Gardens
Date: Saturday 30th April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Various events, individually priced
Contact for info:
Website: www.medway.gov.uk/sweepsfestival
County: Kent
Country: England


Taking place in May

Walton Folk Festival - 1st May 2022 - Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF, Surrey

New to our lists, so it could be new to many of you. This is it's third year.

Following the sell-out success of the first ever Walton Folk Festival, another amazing lineup of top folk and acoustic acts are set to light up Riverhouse for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Location: Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF
Date: Sunday 1st May 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £39
Also available: Day - £15 , Evening £18
Contact for info: 01932 253 354
Website: thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/event/view/117744
County: Surrey
Country: England


Folk on the Pier - 6th May 2022 - 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 6th May 2022 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 - 6th May 2022 - Holmfirth, Yorkshire

Every year the town puts on an amazing line up of musicians. There are a variety of paying and free concerts across the weekend, in both large and intimiate venues. The line up will include old festival favourites and lots of new or local talent

Location: Holmfirth
Date: Friday 6th May 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £48
Also available: Mainly free, but but some ticketed events
Contact for info: enquiries@holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk
Website: www.holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Nantwich Roots Festival - 11th May 2022 - Nantwich, Cheshire

New to our listings.

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!

Location: Nantwich
Date: Wednesday 11th May 2022 for 5 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


Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair - 14th May 2022 - 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 14th May 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: info@folkandblues.org.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/WolvertonFolkandBlues
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England


Shepley Spring Minifest - 20th May 2022 - Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8AP, Yorkshire

Concert marquee, Dance tent, Showground stage and more. On site camping, market and food stalls, crafts, children's festival and youth programme.

Family friendly festival based in Shepley, a small village on the Pennine fringe, in West Yorkshire between Huddersfield and Barnsley.

Mixture of music styles.

Location: Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8AP
Date: Friday 20th May 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@shepleyspringfestival.com
Website: www.shepleyspringfestival.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Acoustic Festival of Britain - 20th May 2022 - 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 20th May 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: info@acousticfestival.co.uk
Website: www.acousticfestival.co.uk
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering - 26th May 2022 - 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 26th May 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £145
Contact for info: info@beardedtheory.co.uk
Website: www.beardedtheory.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Chester Folk Festival - 27th May 2022 - Kelsall, Cheshire

Sticking with their normal dates, even though the bank holiday is moving.

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 27th May 2022 for 3 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 - 27th May 2022 - Chippenham, Wiltshire

his is combined with the Chester Festival this year, so should be a great event. Even though the events are normally 175 miles apart

A festival that still retains its 'village' atmosphere, providing three and a half days packed with song, dance, workshops and dance displays.
Described as "one of the friendliest festivals" with "a superb town setting" and "a great line up", we think it really is the best way to start your summers folk activities.

Location: Chippenham
Date: Friday 27th May 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: tickets@chippfolk.co.uk
Website: www.chippfolk.co.uk
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Swaledale Festival - 28th May 2022 - 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 28th May 2022 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


Taking place in June

Barking Folk Festival - 3rd Jun 2022 - Barking, 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!

Headline acts as well as exciting folk acts to be announced shortly!
Music, dance and craft workshops
Crafters and stalls
Delicious street food
Festival locations include:

Gathering on the Green
Abbey Ruins Live
Shindig on the Square
The Broadway Circus

Location: Barking
Date: Friday 3rd June 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREEE!
Contact for info:
Website: www.lbbd.gov.uk/barking-folk-festival
County: Greater London
Country: England


Blowout - 3rd Jun 2022 - 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: Friday 3rd June 2022 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


Wirral Folk Festival - 3rd Jun 2022 - Ellesmere Port, CH65 6QF, Cheshire

CANCELLED for 2022

All-on-one-Site festival of folk & acoustic music, dance, poetry, and storytelling.

A festival of music and dance which has been held on the Wirral peninsula for several years.

Many performers booked. Includes a singer-songwriter competition. And fringe events that are free.

Location: Ellesmere Port, CH65 6QF
Date: Friday 3rd June 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: FREE via Zoom
Contact for info: 0151-678-9902
Website: www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Wychwood Festival - 3rd Jun 2022 - 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 3rd June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £135
Contact for info: info@wychwoodfestival.com
Website: www.wychwoodfestival.com
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Wessex Folk Festival - 4th Jun 2022 - 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 4th June 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


EdleFest - 10th Jun 2022 - 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 10th June 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £16
Also available: Price is each DAY
Contact for info: edlefest@gmail.com
Website: edlefest.site123.me
County: Buckinghamshire
Country: England


Hebden Folk Roots Festival - 10th Jun 2022 - 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 10th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: hebdenfolkroots@gmail.com
Website: www.hebdenfolkroots.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


St Neots Folk Festival - 10th Jun 2022 - 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: Friday 10th June 2022 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


Wimborne Minster Folk Festival - 10th Jun 2022 - Wimborne, Dorset

40th Birthday event!
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 10th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Also available: Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info: moe@wimbornefolk.co.uk
Website: www.wimbornefolk.co.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Strawberry Fair - 11th Jun 2022 - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

From humble beginnings, Strawberry Fair has grown to be the most popular free, entirely volunteer run, one day music & arts event in Cambridge (and probably across Europe!), attracting over 30,000 visitors throughout the day. On the first Saturday of June and now passed our 40th year, residents and visitors have gathered together on Midsummer Common to celebrate their vibrant and creative city.

Quite a mixture here, films, talks, and a variety of music styles.

And a name everyone has heard of!

Location: Cambridge
Date: Saturday 11th June 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's Free!
Contact for info: secretary@strawberry-fair.org.uk
Website: www.strawberry-fair.org.uk
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Rochdale Folk Festival - 12th Jun 2022 - Rochdale, Greater Manchester

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

Parts of the site are still under development for 2022.

Location: Rochdale
Date: Sunday 12th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: rochdalefolkfestival.co.uk
County: Greater Manchester
Country: England


Scalby Folk Weekend - 12th Jun 2022 - Scalby, YO13 0PT, Yorkshire

A free event where donations will be used to support the St Catherine's Hospice in Scarborough.

This event has been around for over 40 years!

Now as it's free and as it supports a charity, you simply have to go and support them!

It's a week-long fair, so check with them when the music you like is on.

Location: Scalby, YO13 0PT
Date: Sunday 12th June 2022 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: david.bell1947@talktalk.net
Website: scalbyfair.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Beardy Folk Festival - 16th Jun 2022 - Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 0EF, Shropshire

Beardy Folk Festival is a new, beautifully crafted, Midsummer music weekend boasting a brilliant line up of contemporary, traditional & 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 & cocktail bars, circus workshops, traditional rides, climbing wall, yoga & a small trade village. We also have a woodland walk & some enchanted woods hosting children's activities & storytelling.

Location: Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 0EF
Date: Thursday 16th June 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £150
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: beardyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Grand Northern Ukulele Festival - 16th Jun 2022 - 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: Thursday 16th June 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: info@northernuke.com
Website: www.northernuke.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Middlewich FAB Festival - 16th Jun 2022 - Middlewich, Cheshire

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

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

Also ticketed concerts each day.

Note the new website address.

Location: Middlewich
Date: Thursday 16th June 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA - usually free, idividual event tickets
Contact for info: events@middlewich.org.uk
Website: middlewichfabfestival.co.uk
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Towerfest - 16th Jun 2022 - 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: Thursday 16th June 2022 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


Beverley Fringe Festival - 17th Jun 2022 - Beverley locations, Yorkshire

Large variety of acts, this replaces the Beverley Folk Festival.

This weekend many of the pubs host various sessions and the streets are alight with various performances including morris dancers, children's entertainers, musicians and mummers entertaining locals and visitors alike.

Sadly, no website can be traced just a facebook page at this location

Location: Beverley locations
Date: Friday 17th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual events
Contact for info:
Website: www.facebook.com/beverleyfringefestival/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - 17th Jun 2022 - 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

Location: Falmouth
Date: Friday 17th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's Free
Contact for info:
Website: www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Lichfield Folk Festival - 17th Jun 2022 - 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 17th June 2022 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 - 17th Jun 2022 - 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 17th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: moorcoast@yahoo.com
Website: moorandcoast.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Barn On The Farm Festival - 22nd Jun 2022 - 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: Wednesday 22nd June 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £170
Contact for info: info@barnonthefarm.co.uk
Website: www.barnonthefarm.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Leigh Folk Festival - 23rd Jun 2022 - Leigh on Sea, Essex

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 23rd June 2022 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


Lymm Festival - 23rd Jun 2022 - Lymm, Cheshire

Provisional when we looked.

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 23rd June 2022 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@lymmfestival.org.uk
Website: www.lymmfestival.org.uk/events/summer-festival/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Exile Music Festival - 24th Jun 2022 - 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 24th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Contact for info: 07522 404123
Website: www.exilemusicfestival.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


St Albans Folk Festival - 24th Jun 2022 - 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 24th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 0333 666 3366
Website: www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Trip to Verwood - 24th Jun 2022 - Verwood, BH31 6JJ, Dorset

Trip to Verwood was a chance for a small number of musicians to meet up in a stunning field and share some music and laughter.

We hope to welcome back more people to sing, play laugh and have a relaxing weekend.

Building on the success of previous years' festivals we’ll be having our usual music sessions tent, plus a song session tent and adding workshops and musician/singer led sessions to the programme.

Location: Verwood, BH31 6JJ
Date: Friday 24th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: £75 includes food. Under 17 - free.
Contact for info: nichurst@hotmail.com
Website: www.triptoverwood.co.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


West Somerset Folk Festival - 24th Jun 2022 - 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 24th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Also available: Day and concert tickets too
Contact for info: enquiries@westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Bury Folk Festival - 25th Jun 2022 - Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU, Suffolk

Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 8th Bury St Edmunds Folk Festival once again brings its own brand of magic to the town.
The one-day event will be on Saturday 30th June 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 25th June 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £17.5
Contact for info: contact@buryfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.buryfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Folk in the Field - 25th Jun 2022 - 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.

2020 line will be announced shortly.

Location: Shiptonthorpe
Date: Saturday 25th June 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info:
Website: www.folkinthefield.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Folk on the Quay - 25th Jun 2022 - 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 25th June 2022 for 2 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


Taking place in July

Cleckheaton Folk Festival - 1st Jul 2022 - 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 33rd year!

Location: Cleckheaton
Date: Friday 1st July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@cleckheatonfolkfestival.org
Website: www.cleckheatonfolkfestival.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Folk in a Field - 1st Jul 2022 - 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: Friday 1st July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: lukehorncastle@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.folkinafield.co.uk
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Frome Festival - 1st Jul 2022 - 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 1st July 2022 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 Festival - 1st Jul 2022 - Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby, YO25 3HS, Yorkshire

Perched on top of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, Set in the grounds of the Wold Top Brewery.. Moonbeams Festival is one of the country's best kept secrets!

The festival provides the perfect weekend away to enjoy world class folk music and award winning ales in the most beautiful surroundings!

They also run an event in March.

The winter event can sell out quickly, so act fast if you are interested.

Location: Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby, YO25 3HS
Date: Friday 1st July 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: leila@moonbeamsevents.co.uk
Website: www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival - 1st Jul 2022 - 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: Friday 1st July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Mainly free or individual event tickets.
Contact for info: info@sandwichevents.info
Website: www.sandwichevents.org.uk/Folk-n-Ale-sandwich-events.shtml
County: Kent
Country: England


The Maverick Festival - 1st Jul 2022 - 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 1st July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: paulspencer@maverickfestival.co.uk
Website: www.maverickfestival.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Kimpton Folk Festival - 2nd Jul 2022 - Kimpton, SG4, Hertfordshire

A new festival in 2016, it's back for the fourth time.

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 2nd July 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: hello@kimptonfolk.uk
Website: www.kimptonfolk.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


New Forest Folk Festival - 6th Jul 2022 - 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 6th July 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £105
Contact for info: nick@newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Bromsgrove Folk Festival - 7th Jul 2022 - Stoke Prior, B60 4BH, 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: Stoke Prior, B60 4BH
Date: Thursday 7th July 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info: bromsgroveman@outlook.comm
Website: www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festival.html
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - 8th Jul 2022 - 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 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: 01262 490324
Website: www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival.html
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Cornbury Music Festival - 8th Jul 2022 - The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire

Cornbury is eccentric, charming and irresistible - a homespun melting pot, with a variety of music styles to be heard.
An eclectic mix of music across 4 stages, the hugely popular Absolute Radio Comedy Tent, the brilliant Festival of Words hosted by QI and Unbound, a fantastic children's area with a complete programme of workshops.

Location: The Great Tew Park
Date: Friday 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £191
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: mail@cornburyfestival.com
Website: www.cornburyfestival.com/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Ely Folk Festival - 8th Jul 2022 - 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 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £107
Also available: Day tickets £30 £52 £50
Contact for info: queries@elyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: elyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Furness Tradition - 8th Jul 2022 - Ulverston, Cumbria

Furness Tradition is a folk-arts development group based in the Furness market town of Ulverston on the edge of the Lake District in north-west England. The group was initiated by volunteers to celebrate, encourage and make familiar the musical inheritance of the Furness and South Lakeland area of South Cumbria.

Location: Ulverston
Date: Friday 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@furnesstradition.org.uk
Website: furnesstradition.org.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Priddy Folk Festival - 8th Jul 2022 - 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. Now in its 24th year 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 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £76
Contact for info: tickets@priddyfolk.org
Website: www.priddyfolk.org
County: Somerset
Country: England


Beggars Fair - 9th Jul 2022 - Romsey, Hampshire

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 9th July 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.beggarsfair.org.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Durham Brass - 10th Jul 2022 - 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: Sunday 10th July 2022 for 8 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


Upton Blues Festival - 13th Jul 2022 - Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Festival of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2015 and 2016.

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: Wednesday 13th July 2022 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £77
Also available: Other tickets too
Contact for info: info@uptonbluesfestival.org.uk
Website: www.upton-blues-festival.co.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Gate to Southwell - 14th Jul 2022 - 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 14th July 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Contact for info: information@southwellfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.gtsf.uk/
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Pig's Ear Folk Ale - 14th Jul 2022 - 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 14th July 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available: Various day tickets
Contact for info:
Website: folkale.co.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival - 15th Jul 2022 - 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 15th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 07815198680
Website: www.rothburymusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Stainsby Festival - 15th Jul 2022 - 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 15th July 2022 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


Folk by the Oak - 17th Jul 2022 - Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Supports a local children's charity - Willow Foundation. They work to provide special days out for seriously ill young people.

Fairground Side Stalls :: 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.

Location: Hatfield House
Date: Sunday 17th July 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £49
Contact for info: info@folkbytheoak.com
Website: www.folkbytheoak.com/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Warwick Folk Festival - 21st Jul 2022 - 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 21st July 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £151
Contact for info: info@warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Bridport Folk Festival - 22nd Jul 2022 - Bridport, Dorset

After a successful second event last year, it's back again!

This is a new festival, and with so many festivals disappearing, you should make the effort to support any new event.

72 acts booked. 24 morris related sides, workshops, music sessions, headline gigs, ceilidhs and barn dances, performance and story telling, artisans, a childrens area and loads more.

Location: Bridport
Date: Friday 22nd July 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Outdoors - £3, workshops £5. Some ticketed events. It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: bridportfolkfestival.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


Chagstock Festival - 22nd Jul 2022 - Chagford, EX20 2PR, Devon

A not for profit organisation supporting the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Water Aid. In its 14th year.

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

Location: Chagford, EX20 2PR
Date: Friday 22nd July 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £96
Contact for info: organiser@chagstock.info
Website: www.chagstock.info/
County: Devon
Country: England


Guiting Music Festival - 22nd Jul 2022 - Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

52nd Birthday Event!
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 22nd July 2022 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@guitingfestival.org
Website: www.guitingfestival.org
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Denby Family Folk Day - 24th Jul 2022 - 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 24th July 2022 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


Cambridge Folk Festival - 28th Jul 2022 - 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.
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Location: Cherry Hinton Hall
Date: Thursday 28th July 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £182
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: tickets@cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Website: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


ChickenStock Music Festival - 28th Jul 2022 - Stockbury, ME9 7RN, Kent

Boutique Festival with only 3000 tickets available. Headline Act - Show Of Hands, Hayseed Dixie & 3 Daft Monkeys

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

Camping opens Thursday 23rd July 2020 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 28th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £79
Contact for info:
Website: www.chickenstockfestival.co.uk
County: Kent
Country: England


Womad - 28th Jul 2022 - 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 28th July 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £255
Also available: Day tickets from £30
Contact for info: info@womad.org
Website: womad.co.uk/charlton_park/
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Sidmouth Folk Festival - 29th Jul 2022 - Sidmouth, Devon

Sidmouth FolkWeek 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 29th July 2022 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 - 29th Jul 2022 - Cannon Hall Open Farm, nr Barnsley, Yorkshire

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: Cannon Hall Open Farm, nr Barnsley
Date: Friday 29th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £138
Contact for info: info@underthestarsfest.co.uk
Website: www.underthestarsfest.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Halsway Manor Family Folk Week - 30th Jul 2022 - 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 30th July 2022 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £285
Also available: Rooms are extra
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/family-folk-week-5/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - 30th Jul 2022 - 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 30th July 2022 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


Taking place in August

Wickham Festival - 4th Aug 2022 - Wickham, PO17 5HD, Hampshire

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 4th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £150
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: eastfest@talk21.com
Website: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Wilderness - 4th Aug 2022 - 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 4th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £198
Contact for info: info@wildernessfestival.com
Website: www.wildernessfestival.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Broadstairs Folk Week - 5th Aug 2022 - 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 5th August 2022 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £189
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 - 5th Aug 2022 - 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 5th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available: Day Tickets £37
Contact for info: enquiries@dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Lake District Folk Weekend - 5th Aug 2022 - Staveley, Cumbria

Centred around Hawkshead Brewery's 'Beer Hall',

Concerts are held Friday and Saturday evenings in The River Bar above the Hawkshead Brewery's flagship tasting space, The Beer Hall, where more music will be on offer. The Village Hall hosts a concert on Friday and ceilidh on Saturday.

These concerts are supplemented by dozens of performances in the village pub and cafes. Workshops, singarounds and sessions in the brewery, pavilion and Eagle & Child allow all visitors to get involved.

Morris sides will perform in the village throughout the weekend.

Location: Staveley
Date: Friday 5th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE, mainly, some ticketed evening events
Contact for info: lakedistrictfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.thelakedistrictfolkweekend.com
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Melton Folk Festival - 5th Aug 2022 - 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: Friday 5th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE !
Contact for info: meltonfolk@gmail.com
Website: meltonfolk.com/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


Boomtown Behind the Mask - 10th Aug 2022 - Matterley Estate, Winchester, SO21 1HW, Hampshire

A large event covering a large variety of music styles, in it's tenth 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 10th August 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £246
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 - 11th Aug 2022 - 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 this will be their 50th anniversary, so lookout for special surprize guests.

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

Location: Cropredy
Date: Thursday 11th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Contact for info: tickets@fairportconvention.com
Website: www.fairportconvention.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Saltburn Festival - 11th Aug 2022 - Saltburn, Cleveland

This year will see the 23rd 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: Thursday 11th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available: Saturday tickets £40
Contact for info: 07397 313159 / tickets@saltburnfolkfestival.com
Website: www.saltburnfolkfestival.com
County: Cleveland
Country: England


The Magpies Festival - 12th Aug 2022 - Sutton Park, YO61 1DP, Yorkshire

A new event (which in the current situation is a welcome change to a cancelled event.)

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 12th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Contact for info: themagpiesmusicinfo@gmail.com
Website: www.themagpiesfestival.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


White Horse Folk Festival - 12th Aug 2022 - Grove, near Wantage, 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
Date: Friday 12th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: WhiteHorseFest@aol.com
Website: www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Purbeck Valley Folk Festival - 18th Aug 2022 - 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 18th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £137
Contact for info: cath@purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Beautiful Days - 19th Aug 2022 - 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 19th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £176
Contact for info: info@beautifuldays.org
Website: www.beautifuldays.org/
County: Devon
Country: England


FolkEast - 19th Aug 2022 - Glemham Hall, Suffolk

This event has been going for around seven 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 19th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £130
Contact for info: info@folkeast.co.uk
Website: www.folkeast.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Just So Festival - 19th Aug 2022 - Rode Hall, 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.
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Location: Rode Hall
Date: Friday 19th August 2022 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 - 19th Aug 2022 - 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 19th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £52
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk
Website: moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


Whitby Folk Week - 20th Aug 2022 - 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 20th August 2022 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £226
Also available: Day tickets £54 and £71
Contact for info: folk@whitbyfolk.co.uk
Website: www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Cottingham Folk Festival - 25th Aug 2022 - Cottingham, Yorkshire

Now in its eighth 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 25th August 2022 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


Maui Waui - 25th Aug 2022 - Theberton, Suffolk

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: Theberton
Date: Thursday 25th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £92
Contact for info: silas@mauiwauievents.co.uk
Website: www.mauiwauievents.co.uk/
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Shambala Festival - 25th Aug 2022 - 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 25th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £236
Contact for info: enquiries@shambalafestival.org
Website: www.shambalafestival.org/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Cornwall Folk Festival - 26th Aug 2022 - Wadebridge, Cornwall

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

Now in its 46th year, we bring 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: Friday 26th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@cornwallfolkfestival.com
Website: www.cornwallfolkfestival.com/wp/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Greenbelt - 26th Aug 2022 - Boughton Estate, Kettering,NN14 1BJ, Northamptonshire

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 faviety of styles of enterainment.

Location: Boughton Estate, Kettering,NN14 1BJ
Date: Friday 26th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £210
Contact for info: info@greenbelt.org.uk
Website: www.greenbelt.org.uk/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Shrewsbury Folk Festival - 26th Aug 2022 - 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 26th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Contact for info: sandra@shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Towersey Festival - 26th Aug 2022 - Thame, Oxfordshire

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: Thame
Date: Friday 26th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £152
Contact for info: info@towerseyfestival.com
Website: www.towerseyfestival.com/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Watchet LIVE Music Festival - 26th Aug 2022 - Watchet, Somerset

Family friendly festival.

Smallish festival with large variety of things going on. Includes folk music.

Profits are used to fund community events and donations to charities.

Location: Watchet
Date: Friday 26th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: info@watchetfestival.co.uk
Website: www.watchetfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


England's Medieval Festival - 27th Aug 2022 - 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 27th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: Day tickets £20
Contact for info: tickets@mgel.com
Website: www.englandsmedievalfestival.com/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Halsway Folk Summer School - 29th Aug 2022 - Halsway Manor, Crowcomb, Somerset

For the ninth time, a summer school event on folk music, dance, and song. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Location: Halsway Manor, Crowcomb
Date: Monday 29th August 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £210
Also available: Residential tickets available
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-summer-school-5/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Taking place in September

BunkFest - 2nd Sep 2022 - Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Music, dance, steam and beer. Over 60 acts.

Says it all, really.

Over the years, many tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the unique community atmosphere which the festival generates, the sense of magic, fun, otherness and togetherness which never fails to amuse and amaze its followers. Long may it continue!

Location: Wallingford
Date: Friday 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE
Contact for info: info@bunkfest.co.uk
Website: www.bunkfest.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Didmarton Bluegrass Festival - 2nd Sep 2022 - 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 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: tickets@didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk
Website: didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Keynsham Music Festival - 2nd Sep 2022 - 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.

Moved to September to avoid the plague.

Location: Keynsham
Date: Friday 2nd September 2022 for 11 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


Lyme Folk Weekend - 2nd Sep 2022 - 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 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 01297 442138 / admin@lymefolk.com
Website: www.lymefolk.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


Moseley Folk Festival - 2nd Sep 2022 - 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 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £134
Also available: Day and two day tickets £53 and £96
Contact for info: info@moseleyfolk.co.uk
Website: www.moseleyfolk.co.uk
County: West Midlands
Country: England


Off the Tracks - Summer Festival - 2nd Sep 2022 - 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 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@offthetracks.co.uk
Website: offthetracks.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


The Wail - 2nd Sep 2022 - 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 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Contact for info: 01225 867031
Website: thewail.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Wilkestock - 2nd Sep 2022 - Stevenage, SG14 3RR, Hertfordshire

Charity Music Festival.

A variety of music styles, includes some acoustic and folk music.
A charity music festival, supporting Leukaemia Research and Keswick Mountain Rescue.
Check it out, to see if it suits your tastes.

Location: Stevenage, SG14 3RR
Date: Friday 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £71
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wilkestock.com/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


SingFest - 3rd Sep 2022 - 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: Saturday 3rd September 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: tba
Contact for info: vox@annatabbush.com
Website: www.singfest.org.uk/
County: Surrey
Country: England


Bromyard Folk Festival - 8th Sep 2022 - 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 8th September 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: 148
Contact for info: info@bromyard-folk-festival.org.uk
Website: www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Medieval Music in the Dales - 9th Sep 2022 - 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 9th September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: medievalmusicinthedales@gmail.com
Website: www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Swanage Folk Festival - 9th Sep 2022 - Swanage, Dorset

Now in its 29th 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 9th September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Also available: Separate event tickets too
Contact for info: info@swanagefolkfestival.com
Website: www.swanagefolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


St Ives September Festival - 10th Sep 2022 - 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 10th September 2022 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


Bellingham all Acoustic Music Festival - 15th Sep 2022 - Brownrigg, 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
Date: Thursday 15th September 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Contact for info: info@baafest.com
Website: www.baafest.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Worcester Music Festival - 16th Sep 2022 - Worcester, WR1 2RS, Worcestershire

On our last visit, the header image was for 2020, but under Info in the menu were the details for 2022.

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 16th September 2022 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


Deepdale Festival - 22nd Sep 2022 - Burnham, PE31 8DD, Norfolk

With a great line-up, this looks as if it could be a good weekend out. And it's not expensive either.

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

Location: Burnham, PE31 8DD
Date: Thursday 22nd September 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: 01485 210256
Website: www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk/festival/
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Southdowns Folk Festival - 22nd Sep 2022 - 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: Thursday 22nd September 2022 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


Tenterden Folk Festival - 29th Sep 2022 - 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 29th September 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £44
Also available: Individual event tickets too
Contact for info: info@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


Derby Folk Week - 30th Sep 2022 - Derby, DE1 3AH, Derbyshire

2022 will be the 16th year that we've held the festival right in the centre of Derby.

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 30th September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available: Variety of day and event tickets.
Contact for info: admin@derbyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Hartlepool Folk Festival - 30th Sep 2022 - Hartlepool, 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
Date: Friday 30th September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: jonny@hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
Website: www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Taking place in October

Banbury Folk Festival - 7th Oct 2022 - Banbury, Oxfordshire

After the success of this year's Banbury Folk Festival, we are pleased to announce it is happening again.

This year the festival will be held in 5 venues around the town centre.

Our Main Venue will be the GF Club Ballroom.

Location: Banbury
Date: Friday 7th October 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £69
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: banburyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Edgworth Folk Festival - 7th Oct 2022 - 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 7th October 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: 07427613783 / folkatthebarlow@gmail.com
Website: www.folkatthebarlow.com/edgworth-folk-festival
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival - 7th Oct 2022 - 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 7th October 2022 for 4 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


Manchester Folk Festival - 13th Oct 2022 - 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.

Location: Manchester
Date: Thursday 13th October 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: hello@manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Taking place in November

Melton Folk Festival - 9th Nov 2022 - 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: Wednesday 9th November 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE !
Contact for info: meltonfolk@gmail.com
Website: meltonfolk.com/
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 2022. 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 February last year

Far from the MADding Crowd - 19th Feb 2020, Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire

A small intimate gathering at Kinnersley castle, where we will concentrate our efforts on a small selection of the simpler dances.
For dancers we will have workshops on improving the quality and style of the basic dances.
For musicians there will be workshops on getting the style right – how to play music for dancing, instead of how to play dance music.

While we want to use this event to encourage newcomers to Euro-dance and music to come and develop their skills further, it is also an opportunity for more experienced visitors to revisit the basics, and/or share their experience and enthusiasm with others.

Location: Kinnersley Castle
Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info: patgoodacre@gmail.com
Website: www.emade.org.uk/winter.php
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Took place in March last year

Clennell Hall Spring Music Weekend - 13th Mar 2020, Alwinton nr Rothbury, Northumberland

Fantastic FREE weekend of acoustic singing and music in separate rooms. Dog and children friendly venue in a superb Country House Hotel amidst the stunning Northumbrian scenery. Heavily discounted camping. £10 per unit for the whole weekend (tents/caravans/motor homes/camper vans), if booked before March 1st, £25 if booked after March 1st, normally £15 per night. Water point, showers and toilet, but no electric hook up. En Suite Double or Family Room including Bed & Breakfast £85 per night if a minimum of two nights are booked. £200 for the whole weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Bunk room Bed & Breakfast £20 per night, Bunk room Bed only £15 per night

Location: Alwinton nr Rothbury
Date: Friday 13th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: 07887 607008 or cneil727@yahoo.com
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/ClennellHallEventsFestivals/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Poppy Folk Day - 22nd Mar 2020, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

A one day event at a very reasonable price.

Starts in the morning with a free singaround/session for anyone who fancies coming along. Then it has two separate afternoon concerts, followed by a session in the bar, then the evening concert.

Website not fully updated on our last visit

Location: West Bridgford
Date: Sunday 22nd March 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: phil@poppyfolkclub.co.uk
Website: www.poppyfolkclub.co.uk/Poppy-Folk-Day-2020.php
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Took place in April last year

Sovereign Seas Folk Festival - 2nd Apr 2020, Newhaven, Sussex

At Free events there will be an opportunity to donate to the work of the R.N.L.I. Newhaven.

ALL proceeds to MacMillan Cancer Support and to C-Side Colorectal Cancer Support

So it's all about supporting good causes. Don't just sit there, pay them a visit.

Location: Newhaven
Date: Thursday 2nd April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available Individual concerts tickets at £8. Some FREE events
Contact for info:
Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk/
County: Sussex
Country: England


Folk Rattle & Roll - 10th Apr 2020, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, BH25 6DS, Hampshire

New to our lists this year.

Not so much a festival as three nights of big folk concerts. Looks like it could be a great night or three out.

Location: Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, BH25 6DS
Date: Friday 10th April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Tickets £16-18, Weekend £45
Contact for info: 01425 612393
Website: www.folkrattleandroll.co.uk
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival - 10th Apr 2020, Sheffield, Yorkshire

Sheffield has been described (apparently) as the 'Capital of UK Folk Music' and, whilst many might disagree, we would still like to point out that the city does have a staggering number of folk music playing, singing and dancing opportunities.


Website not fully updated on our last visit.

AND they are getting a new website, so the link may fail, but I will check it later.

Location: Sheffield
Date: Friday 10th April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free, but but some ticketed events
Contact for info: contact@sheffieldseshfest.org.uk
Website: www.sheffieldseshfest.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Emade Winter School - 22nd Apr 2020, Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire

The five day event will bring in many professional artists from all over Europe to provide a very rich and exciting program of dance and music workshops, concerts and bals.

Location: Kinnersley Castle
Date: Wednesday 22nd April 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info: patgoodacre@gmail.com
Website: www.emade.org.uk/winter.php
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Great Alne Long Weekend - 27th Apr 2020, Great Alne, nr Alcester, Warwickshire

Participation in Dance, song & music.

Dutch, French, American Contra, Breton sets, Morris, Longsword, Cajun, Scottish dancing.

Dutch group dancing in costume (to join-in); Maypole, Handbells, Evenings of Social Dancing.

Folk song sessions/ part song groups/ walks.
The extended weekend explores varied traditional folk activities & dance from around the world.

Location: Great Alne, nr Alcester
Date: Monday 27th April 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Also available Other tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: www.greatalnefolk.org.uk/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Took place in May last year

CMV Folk n Roots Festival - 15th May 2020, Downham, Lancashire

A fund raising weekend of music feature female folk and country music artists.
There doesn't seem to be a website, just the Facebook page listed above.

Location: Downham
Date: Friday 15th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1236718779830884/
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Scilly Folk Festival - 21st May 2020, 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 21st May 2020 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


eMade Spring Festival - 22nd May 2020, Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire

The Festival held at Kinnersley Castle offers participants nine days of workshops, concerts and bals.
The festival embraces traditional music and dance from European countries.

The details page has still to be fully developed at the time of our last visit.

Location: Kinnersley Castle
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: emade@emade.org.uk
Website: www.emade.org.uk/event/spring-festival/
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Doncaster Folk Festival - 29th May 2020, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Concerts, Ceilidh, Dance Displays, Sessions and Singarounds.

At four venues around the town.

Excellent campsite, with free camping for weekend ticket holders.

Camping is available 17th and 18th May, £15 per night for tents and £20 per night for vans.

Location: Doncaster
Date: Friday 29th May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available Tickets available for individual events
Contact for info: sueknowles999@gmail.com
Website: doncasterfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in June last year

Leamington Peace Festival - 13th Jun 2020, Leamington, Warwickshire

Leamington Peace Festival exists to promote peace, environmental harmony and living in co-operation with others.

- By raising awareness of world and local issues

- By giving individuals ways of becoming involved in the world around them

- By providing an opportunity for local crafts people to demonstrate their skills and display their crafts

- By promoting fair trade practices

- By encouraging local artists and entertainers to share their skills

Not quite a folk festival, but it will appeal to some of you

Location: Leamington
Date: Saturday 13th June 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@peacefestival.org.uk
Website: www.peacefestival.org.uk/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Took place in July last year

Larmer Tree Festival - 16th Jul 2020, Cranborne Chase, Wiltshire

Set in the Victorian gardens in the beautiful landscapes of Cranborne Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty nestled between Dorset and Wiltshire, Larmer Tree Festival is an intimate delight for festival-goers of all ages. With an eclectic line-up that in 2016 included the likes of Tom Odell, The Stranglers and Jamie Cullum, not to mention a star studded comedy stage and plethora of family activities and more, the festival's reputation as being one of the highlights of the summer is well-deserved.

Location: Cranborne Chase
Date: Thursday 16th July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £180
Contact for info: info@larmertreefestival.co.uk
Website: larmertreefestival.co.uk
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Music on the Marr - 16th Jul 2020, Castle Carrock, CA8 9LU, Cumbria

In it's 11th year
A village festival. Local, national and international folk, blues and jazz artists, comedy too. Includes Young Musician's Showcase.

Good food, good drink, outstanding hospitality and lots and lots of smiling are more than encouraged, we just can't help ourselves. A festival for the whole family.

Location: Castle Carrock, CA8 9LU
Date: Thursday 16th July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £79
Also available Day and half day tickets too.
Contact for info: 01228 670 329
Website: www.musiconthemarr.com
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Newark Traditions Festival - 17th Jul 2020, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire

Back for the 4th time.
Features dancing, but the rest of the program was not available when last visited.

Location: Newark on Trent
Date: Friday 17th July 2020 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


Beer and Bluegrass - 24th Jul 2020, Poole, BH13 6AS, Dorset

Now in its sixth successful year and attracting top quality acts from across the world.

The Festival is set in the secluded grounds of Victoria School with a main stage within a natural amphitheatre, a woodland backdrop and the stunning Claremont a Victorian former convent in the foreground.

Location: Poole, BH13 6AS
Date: Friday 24th July 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Also available Day tickets £16 and £18
Contact for info: info@poolerhythmroots.co.uk
Website: www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Took place in September last year

Sedgefield Folk Festival - 4th Sep 2020, Sedgefield, Durham

One of our main objectives, being a small Festival, is to ensure that all visitors have an event to attend, be it concert, singaround, music session, workshop or dance display.
The festival has gradually expanded to cater for the tastes and interests of travelling folk music enthusiasts and local residents alike.
Includes the world spoon playing championships.

Location: Sedgefield
Date: Friday 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Multiple events, individually priced
Contact for info: info@sedgefieldfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.sedgefieldfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Durham
Country: England


Stroud Folk Weekend - 18th Sep 2020, Stroud, Gloucestershire

New name for the Stroud event.
Concerts,dance, sessions, singalons. Workshopd too.

Site not fully updated when last visited. But they assure me it is taking place.

Location: Stroud
Date: Friday 18th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: stroudfolk@yhoo.com
Website: www.stroudfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Took place in October last year

Lowender Peran Celtic Music & Dance - 28th Oct 2020, Newquay, Cornwall

Cornwall's Internatioanl Celtic Festival.
Newquay has a rich cultural heritage, and is a natural fit for a festival celebrating Cornish culture and its Celtic connections.

Celebrating Cornwall's distinctive heritage of traditional music, dance, songs, story telling and our links with Brittany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.

Lowender Peran is a registered Charity set up to encourage recognition of Cornwall`s heritage and Celtic links as a vibrant, living tradition that people of all ages and backgrounds can participate in and enjoy. To recognise and value your own and roots and identity is an essential first step in recognising valuing and respecting other peoples.

Location: Newquay
Date: Wednesday 28th October 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Often free events, day and concert tickets too
Contact for info: 01872 553413 / info@lowenderperan.co.uk
Website: www.lowenderperan.co.uk/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Took place in May last year

Front Room Folk Festival - 2nd May 2021, Leigh on Sea, Essex

ONLINE EVENT

Streaming live on a computer near you.

For Free.

Location: Leigh on Sea
Date: Sunday 2nd May 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Free
Contact for info:
Website: frontroomfolk.com/
County: Essex
Country: England


Trinity Folk Festival - 14th May 2021, Guildford, Surrey

CANCELLED
BUT a few single artist gigs.

Held in the beautiful surroundings of Holy Trinity Church on Guildford High Street. With its excellent acoustics and prime location it has proved to be a very popular venue. The festival has two sessions, the daytime session runs from 1pm until 6pm, and the evening starts at 7.00pm.

TFF is a non-profit making event. Aims to feature the very best of folk, roots and acoustic music while raising money for local charities.

Location: Guildford
Date: Friday 14th May 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day tickets too, plus some free gigs
Contact for info: Carolyn@trinityfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.trinityfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Surrey
Country: England


Ireby Festival - 21st May 2021, Ireby, Cumbria

CANCELLED

Ireby festival is for those who have a wide range of musical tastes, we don't focus an any specific genre, if it sounds good we'll give it a try. We will also keep you on the move too with a choice of venues.

So one for those with a wide range of musical tastes. Acoustic, folk, roots.

The festival has developed a reputation for selling out early.

Tickets are selling fast!

Location: Ireby
Date: Friday 21st May 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Also available Day tickets £38 and£20.
Contact for info: irebyfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.irebyfestival.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


The Great North Folk Festival - 28th May 2021, Botton Village, near Whitby, YO21 2NJ, Yorkshire

A small, friendly festival in a stunning rural location. Botton Village is a magical place in the heart of the North York Moors and boasts fantastic venues and facilities.

The Festival has an enviable reputation for always delivering a unique and exciting music programme - with more than a few surprises! Plus real ale bar and home cooking, song competition, camping, craft stalls, workshops, kids stuff, singarounds and sessions

Location: Botton Village, near Whitby, YO21 2NJ
Date: Friday 28th May 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Various day tickets too
Contact for info: moorfolk@googlemail.com
Website: www.festivalonthemoor.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in June last year

London Folk Festival - 17th Jun 2021, Camden, Greater London

An all day event celebrating the very best that the British Folk Scene has to offer. At the famous Cecil Sharp House, the heart of English Folk Music

Location: Camden
Date: Thursday 17th June 2021 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Contact for info: folkandroots@gmail.com
Website: www.londonfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Took place in July last year

Hearts in Harmony - 6th Jul 2021, Online, Derbyshire

VIRTUAL EVENT

Folk event to raise money for four causes, Blood Cancer UK, HFT, Meningitis Now and ThisIsLuke

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday 6th July 2021 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: hearts@bobonarts.co.uk
Website: b.link/heartsinharmony
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Took place in September last year

Settle Folk Gathering - 2nd Sep 2021, Settle, Yorkshire

PROVISIONAL

Website not fully updated on our last visit, but some info that helps.

Location: Settle
Date: Thursday 2nd September 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: info@settlefolk.co.uk
Website: www.settlefolk.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Garden Gathering - 3rd Sep 2021, Leigh on Sea, Essex

Leigh Folk Arts, the charity behind the UK’s largest free folk festival, is gearing up to host three days of entertainment, set within the picturesque Leigh Library Gardens over the weekend of 3-5 September, as an alternative to its annual event.

Three ‘garden gatherings’ will take place over the weekend, with ticketed events on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 to raise funds for Leigh Folk Arts followed by a free-to-all community music and arts festival on Sunday 5 September.

Location: Leigh on Sea
Date: Friday 3rd September 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available ticketed, with one free day
Contact for info:
Website: leighfolkfestival.com/
County: Essex
Country: England


Worrall Festival and Gala - 11th Sep 2021, Worrall, S35 0AR, Yorkshire

An annual music and ale festival held in the picturesque village of Worrall on the outskirts of Sheffield. With beautiful views of the Peak District Worrall is the ideal location for this celebration of live music, good food and fine local ales.

It is also usually one of the least expensive paid events.

Location: Worrall, S35 0AR
Date: Saturday 11th September 2021 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: worrallfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.worrallfestival.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in October last year

Plymouth - A Mayflower Garland 400 Folk Weekend - 9th Oct 2021, Stoke, Plymouth, Devon

Plymouth Folk Roots in collaboration with Wren Music, Okehampton, were fortunate to be awarded funding from the Mayflower SPARKS 400 initiative. The event was scuppered by Covid. Whilst the official end of the events was in July 2021, we were given permission to stage our event in October 2021. The event is a celebration of what would have been the late Cyril Tawney's 90th birthday - 12 October 2020 and commemorates the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620.

Location: Stoke, Plymouth
Date: Saturday 9th October 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Daytime events free. Evening Concerts £13.50
Contact for info: www.facebook.com/plymouthfolkroots
Website: www.facebook.com/plymouthfolkroots
County: Devon
Country: England


Musicport Festival - 21st Oct 2021, 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: Thursday 21st October 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01947 603475
Website: www.musicportfestival.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in November last year

London Roots Festival - 4th Nov 2021, 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.

Location: London, various venues
Date: Thursday 4th November 2021 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Various locations, and tickets
Contact for info: david@dmpuk.com
Website: londonrootsfestival.com/
County: Greater London
Country: England


The Great British Folk Festival - 26th Nov 2021, 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 November!

Location: Butlin's Skegness
Date: Friday 26th November 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Contact for info:
Website: www.bigweekends.com/weekends/the-great-british-folk-festival
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England


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