UK Folk Festivals - Mainly Free

Folk Music Festivals Where Many Events are Free

Many folk festivals are organised by ordinary people. And just like you or me, they enjoy the music. They don't primarily run their festival as a business opportunity. In fact many have decided to include some free events - or even entirely free festivals! Here we list those festivals. Some ask for donations and support local charities - if you go to one of these events, please, please donate!

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. It's possible that only a few events are free at a festival and the database has reported them here on that basis.

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

Taking place in January

Temple Bar Tradfest - 22nd Jan 2021 - Dublin, Dublin

VIRTUAL EVENT
STREAMING ON MANY DAYS. For 6 Months!

Dublin's biggest and best festival of Irish Music and Culture, the Temple Bar TradFest will be back for the 9th year. The festival will include headline concerts in Christ Church, City Hall and The Button Factory. Other highlights include over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open session, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish dance festival, master classes and showcases, gigs for kids, children's club, pipe bands, street performers and much more.
Now with films and possibly live streaming!

Location: Dublin
Date: Friday 22nd January 2021 for 0 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available A mix of FREE and event tickets at 5 to 25 euros.
Contact for info: admin@templebarcompany.com
Website: templebartrad.com
County: Dublin
Country: Ireland


Taking place in February

Gloucester Folk Trail - 20th Feb 2021 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

VIRTUAL EVENT

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.

Location: Gloucester
Date: Saturday 20th February 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.gloucesterfolktrail.com
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Taking place in April

Hastings Jack in the Green - 30th Apr 2021 - 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 30th April 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Multiple events, many are free.
Contact for info: hastingsjackinthegreen@gmail.com
Website: www.hastingsjitg.co.uk/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Taking place in May

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


Holmfirth Festival of Folk - 7th May 2021 - 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 7th May 2021 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


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


Taking place in June

Wirral Folk Festival - 3rd Jun 2021 - Ellesmere Port, CH65 6QF, Cheshire

ONLINE EVENT THIS YEAR

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: Thursday 3rd June 2021 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


Strawberry Fair - 5th Jun 2021 - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

CANCELLED

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 5th June 2021 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


Wessex Folk Festival - 5th Jun 2021 - 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 5th June 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Middlewich FAB Festival - 16th Jun 2021 - 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: Wednesday 16th June 2021 for 5 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


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - 19th Jun 2021 - Falmouth, Cornwall

VIRTUAL EVENT

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: Saturday 19th June 2021 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's Free
Contact for info:
Website: www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival - 19th Jun 2021 - Ballydehob, County Cork

An international festival based in the picturesque village of Ballydehob, West Cork, featuring maritime and other folk music.
Sea songs, shanties, dance, craft market, maritime food stalls, workshops, sea songwriting competition, busking, music in the pubs and main stage on Ballydehob pier. There will also be an Art Expo throughout the weekend.

Location: Ballydehob
Date: Saturday 19th June 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info: dickmiles77@gmail.com
Website: www.fastnetmaritime.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Folk on the Quay - 26th Jun 2021 - 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 26th June 2021 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: info@folkonthequay.co.uk
Website: www.folkonthequay.co.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Taking place in July

Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival - 2nd Jul 2021 - Sandwich, Kent

UPDATE: Event has been cancelled, although there will be a crafts fair to raise funds to support the next event.the

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 2nd July 2021 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


Beggars Fair - 10th Jul 2021 - 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 10th July 2021 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.beggarsfair.org.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival - 10th Jul 2021 - 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.

Note: This year it is a scaled down event due to Covid.

Location: Rothbury
Date: Saturday 10th July 2021 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Free this year
Contact for info: 07815198680
Website: www.rothburymusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Upton Blues Festival - 16th Jul 2021 - Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

PROVISIONAL VIRTUAL EVENT
(even though site says it's cancelled, they are investigating this)

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: Friday 16th July 2021 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@uptonbluesfestival.org.uk
Website: www.upton-blues-festival.co.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Monmouth Festival - 24th Jul 2021 - Monmouth, Monmouthshire

CANCELLED

Mixed genre event with something for everyone.

Attracting visitors from all over the world, it is proud to be considered one of the longest running, largest and best free volunteer organised festivals in Europe.

Music is the very essence of Monmouth Festival. We take great delight in showcasing an eclectic mix of iconic legends, local artists and up and coming young talent, dance, classical, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock n roll, ska, world music and so much more. Our aim is to enable everyone to enjoy a live music performance whether it is in the open air, in a church or pub; whether it is an old favourite, new or local talent, there is something to please everyone.

Location: Monmouth
Date: Saturday 24th July 2021 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@monmouthfestival.co.uk
Website: www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - 31st Jul 2021 - 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 31st July 2021 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

Lake District Folk Weekend - 6th Aug 2021 - Staveley, Cumbria

CANCELLED

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 6th August 2021 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


Taking place in September

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


BunkFest - 3rd Sep 2021 - 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 3rd September 2021 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


Leigh Folk Festival - 3rd Sep 2021 - 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: Friday 3rd September 2021 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


Scalby Folk Weekend - 3rd Sep 2021 - 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!

Location: Scalby, YO13 0PT
Date: Friday 3rd September 2021 for 3 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


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


Bridport Folk Festival - 4th Sep 2021 - 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: Saturday 4th September 2021 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


Teign Maritine Shanty Festival - 4th Sep 2021 - Teignmouth TQ14 8XZ, Devon

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

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

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

Location: Teignmouth TQ14 8XZ
Date: Saturday 4th September 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's Free !
Contact for info: kevin.booker@talktalk.net
Website: www.teignshantyfestival.co.uk/
County: Devon
Country: England


Keynsham Music Festival - 5th Sep 2021 - 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: Sunday 5th September 2021 for 7 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


Clonakilty International Guitar Festival - 10th Sep 2021 - Clonakilty, County Cork

It's a festival about guitars - the clue's in the name. So fair bit of acoustic stuff.

A celebration of the guitar. It is not starch collared or stuffy nosed, from virtuosos.

The Festival is run by a small not for profit organisation of music lovers and we are very proud of the rich, relaxed, educational, exciting & artistic environment our festival creates in our beautiful seaside town.

For the duration of our festival our whole town is the stage with performances & events happening in all manner of venue from the local schools & library to the bars & butcher shops!

Location: Clonakilty
Date: Friday 10th September 2021 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets. 10 - 20 euros
Contact for info: info@clonguitarfest.com
Website: clonguitarfest.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Filey Folk Festival - 10th Sep 2021 - Filey, Yorkshire

NOTE THE NEW CONFIRMED DATE DUE TO COVID

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 10th September 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE! Mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: fileyfolkfestival.bravesites.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Taking place in October

Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival - 8th Oct 2021 - 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 8th October 2021 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


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


Sligo Live - 24th Oct 2021 - Sligo, County Sligo

We this event is on, but contact them to confirm.

Sligo Live Sessions is a national festival celebrating traditional, roots and acoustic music. Now in its eighth year, it has carved out a niche as one of the most relaxed, intimate and enjoyable music festivals in Ireland. Sligo Live.

100 events, 80% free, All Indoors. Intimate Concerts.Street Markets.Over 350 artists.Dynamic pub sessions. Cafe Culture & Sligo Live Showcase.

Location: Sligo
Date: Sunday 24th October 2021 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £119
Also available Price in euros, many free events
Contact for info:
Website: sligolive.ie
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


Taking place in January

Temple Bar Tradfest - 26th Jan 2022 - Dublin, Dublin

Dublin's biggest and best festival of Irish Music and Culture, the Temple Bar TradFest will be back for the 9th year. The festival will include headline concerts in Christ Church, City Hall and The Button Factory. Other highlights include over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open session, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish dance festival, master classes and showcases, gigs for kids, children's club, pipe bands, street performers and much more.
Now with films and possibly live streaming!

Location: Dublin
Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available A mix of FREE and event tickets at 5 to 35 euros.
Contact for info: admin@templebarcompany.com
Website: templebartrad.com
County: Dublin
Country: Ireland


Taking place in April

Mull Music Festival - 21st Apr 2022 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyl and Bute

Multiple venues, appears to be free.
Variety of events and music styles to enjoy over four days of fun in the Inner Hebrides.

A weekend of Scottish music featuring folk-rock bands, fiddle, accordion, dance and ceilidh bands.

The events aren't ticketted, and most are very crowded!

Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Date: Thursday 21st April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: mull.co/mull-music-festival
County: Argyl and Bute
Country: Scotland


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


Kilkenny Roots Festival - 29th Apr 2022 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

By now a national institution and an international buzz-phrase among the Americana / Roots movement...Ireland's most compact and hospitable music festival, where virtually everything is low-key but high grade.

Mixture of genres. All forms of music under the Americana/Roots banner are well represented over the four days.

Over 80 shows, including 50 free events on the pub gig trail!

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Friday 29th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, many FREE gigs
Contact for info: info@kilkennyroots.com
Website: www.kilkennyroots.com
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Taking place in May

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


Taking place in June

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


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


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


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


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


Taking place in July

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


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


Dance on the Mountain - 16th Jul 2022 - Blaenavon, Gwent

For the sixth time.

A bit unusual for a folk music site - this is a folk dance event. With quite a variety of dance styles from a large number of locations and countries. I know some of you like this sirt of thing, so it's here.

Site not fully updated yet, but things are progressing.

Also know as the Blaenavon Dance Festival.

Location: Blaenavon
Date: Saturday 16th July 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: 07542 187137 or 07794 574572
Website: www.dawns.blaenavon-online.co.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales



The festivals below are older ones which, at the time of our last check, had not yet updated their websites for 2020.

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on for 2020. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in January last year

Shannonside Winter Music Festival - 15th Jan 2020 - Sixmilebridge & Bunratty Castle, County Clare

The 20th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
A diverse range of acoustic music in small venues.
80 events, 15 venues!
Over 4,000 people visit the festival every year as there is something for everyone. It's a folk festival, a traditional session fleadh, a bluegrass hoedown, a blues jam, a ceilidh, an international festival, all bound by the enjoyment of music!
It's a big one.

Location: Sixmilebridge & Bunratty Castle
Date: Wednesday 15th January 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available A mix of FREE and event tickets at 5 to 15 euros
Contact for info: 086 8707739 / mandowalsh@gmail.com
Website: www.wmw.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


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


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


Ballydehob Irish Traditional Music Festival - 3rd Apr 2020 - Ballydehob, County Cork

A feast of traditional Irish music and dance is promised, featuring famous musicians from far and wide as well as local musicians, with a programme of wide-ranging events including an all star concert, session trails, music, song and dance workshops, a singing session, a céilí, sean-nós dancing workshops, street seisiún competitions and recitals.

Location: Ballydehob
Date: Friday 3rd April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free with concerts ticketed.
Contact for info: info@ballydehobtradfestival.com
Website: www.ballydehobtradfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


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


Took place in June last year

Barking Folk Festival - 13th Jun 2020 - 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: Saturday 13th June 2020 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


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

Festival of the Celts - 11th Jul 2020 - Llandeilo, Swansea

It is sold out each of the past 5 or 6 years in the beautiful Green Valley, Upper Cwmtwrch. So now looks to expand in a bigger green field area. The best of Celtic music over 3 days, with camping. The Welsh language music day being primarily the Friday evening.

The best of IRISH SCOTTISH WELSH and CORNISH, BRITTON and ISLE OF MAN artists come together.
Celebrating music from the Celtic nations.

Now expanding into Foods, Drink and Arts and moving throughout the town centre and around the National Trust grounds of Dinefwr Castle Park, for the foreseeable future years.

Location: Llandeilo
Date: Saturday 11th July 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: 0333 9000 919
Website: www.festivalofthecelts.co.uk/
County: Swansea
Country: Wales


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


Melton Folk Festival - 31st Jul 2020 - 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 31st July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: meltonfolk@gmail.com
Website: meltonfolk.com/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


Took place in September last year

Worcester Music Festival - 11th Sep 2020 - Worcester, WR1 2RS, Worcestershire

A mixed genre event, with a folk element for you 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 11th September 2020 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


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



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