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

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


Temple Bar Tradfest - 22nd Jan 2020 - 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 22nd January 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
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 - 21st Feb 2020 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

We have 62 performances from 49 acts in 16 venues, as well as storytelling, arts & crafts, talks, morris dancing, open mics and folk music sessions!

Location: Gloucester
Date: Friday 21st February 2020 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 March

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


Taking place in April

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


Mull Music Festival - 23rd Apr 2020 - 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 23rd April 2020 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


Taking place in May

Hastings Jack in the Green - 1st May 2020 - 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 1st May 2020 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


Kilkenny Roots Festival - 1st May 2020 - 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 1st May 2020 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


Filey Folk Festival - 8th May 2020 - 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 8th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE! Mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: fileyfolkfestival.bravesites.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Holmfirth Festival of Folk - 8th May 2020 - 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 8th May 2020 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 - 15th May 2020 - Guildford, Surrey

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 15th May 2020 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


Fishguard Folk Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard's 21st Folk Festival brings together its unique mix of local talent and well-known performers to provide four days of songs, tunes and dance. Most events are still free, and whether you want to play, sing, dance or just watch and listen, there is always a choice of things to do in throughout this fun-packed friendly festival. Add in the beauty of the location on the world famous Pembrokeshire coast and you have the perfect weekend.

Location: Fishguard
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's mostly FREE, 4 ticketed events.
Contact for info: judy.whitehouse@gmail.com
Website: www.fishguard-folk-music.co.uk/fishguard-folk-festival.html
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Wessex Folk Festival - 30th May 2020 - 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 30th May 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Taking place in June

Strawberry Fair - 6th Jun 2020 - 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 6th June 2020 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


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - 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 12th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's Free
Contact for info:
Website: www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


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


Middlewich FAB Festival - 17th Jun 2020 - Middlewich, Cheshire

Celebrating 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.

Location: Middlewich
Date: Wednesday 17th June 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - usually free, idividual event tickets
Contact for info: events@middlewich.org.uk
Website: midfest.org.uk
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Rochadale Folk Festival - 19th Jun 2020 - Rochdale, Greater Manchester

couldn't find details on a website, just the link above

Location: Rochdale
Date: Friday 19th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: https://www.cloggin.co.uk/event/rochdale-folk-festival/?instance_id=9
County: Greater Manchester
Country: England


Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival - 21st Jun 2020 - 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: Sunday 21st June 2020 for 4 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


Gobefest - 24th Jun 2020 - Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG, Lancashire

June 2020 sees the triumphant return of Góbéfest, the UK's only free weekend-long festival to celebrate the music, dance, culture, food and drink of the legendary region of Transylvania.

They come for the sausages, goulash, craft beer and super strength fruit brandy Palinka. But they stay for the high-spirited foot-stomping, bottle-balancing and thigh-slapping folk dance and the 57+ varieties of live Transylvanian music.

Perennial festival favourites include a Transylvanian/Celtic punk band, a zither orchestra, a hurdy gurdy man and a revolving rosta of brightly-costumed folk dance troupes from Romania, Hungary and the UK.

With a new central venue of Cathedral Gardens, this fourth installment of the annual shindig promises music, mititei (spicy Romanian sausages) and merrymaking from Friday lunchtime through to Sunday evening.

This year’s Góbéfest also features a family activity tent providing arts and music workshops throughout the weekend, enchanting puppet shows, a makers' craft market , folk dance demonstrations, small-batch craft food sampling and many other musical and culinary delights.

Góbéfest was established in 2017 to celebrate the little-known culture and traditions of the Székler people – a minority group of ethnic Hungarians living in Transylvania, which is part of Romania.

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

Location: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG
Date: Wednesday 24th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: gobefest.com
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Leigh Folk Festival - 25th Jun 2020 - 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 25th June 2020 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


Keynsham Music Festival - 29th Jun 2020 - 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.

Location: Keynsham
Date: Monday 29th June 2020 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


Taking place in July

Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival - 3rd Jul 2020 - 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 3rd July 2020 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 - 11th Jul 2020 - 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 11th July 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.beggarsfair.org.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


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


Upton Blues Festival - 16th Jul 2020 - 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: Thursday 16th July 2020 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


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


Dance on the Mountain - 18th Jul 2020 - 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 18th July 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info:
Website: www.dawns.blaenavon-online.co.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Bridport Folk Festival - 24th Jul 2020 - 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 24th July 2020 for 3 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


Monmouth Festival - 25th Jul 2020 - Monmouth, Monmouthshire

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 25th July 2020 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


Lake District Folk Weekend - 31st Jul 2020 - 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 31st July 2020 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 - 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


Taking place in August

Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - 1st Aug 2020 - 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.

Location: Salcombe Regis
Date: Saturday 1st August 2020 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 September

Settle Folk Gathering - 3rd Sep 2020 - Settle, Yorkshire

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

Location: Settle
Date: Thursday 3rd September 2020 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 - 4th Sep 2020 - 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 4th September 2020 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


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


Clonakilty International Guitar Festival - 14th Sep 2020 - 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: Monday 14th September 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: info@clonguitarfest.com
Website: clonguitarfest.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Teign Maritine Shanty Festival - 26th Sep 2020 - 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 26th September 2020 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


Taking place in October

Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival - 8th Oct 2020 - 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: Thursday 8th October 2020 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


Sligo Live - 22nd Oct 2020 - Sligo, County Sligo

Sligo Live Sessions is a national festival celebrating traditional, roots and acoustic music. Now in its eightth 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: Thursday 22nd October 2020 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


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



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 March last year

Folk at the Salmon Bothy - 15th Mar 2019 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

10th Birthday Party
It's a sort of festival, isn't it!

Location: Portsoy
Date: Friday 15th March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE on first day, tickets on other days about £10
Contact for info:
Website: bothyfolk.org/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Took place in May last year

Clun Green Man Festival - 5th May 2019 - Clun, Shropshire

The Clun Green Man Festival is a traditional springtime festival, held on the first May bank holiday weekend of the year

The Festival takes place in the picturesque town of Clun in South Shropshire.

The programme is full of live music, drama, colour and medieval malarkey and is fun for all the family.

Location: Clun
Date: Sunday 5th May 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Usually free, some ticketed events
Contact for info: info@clungreenman.org.uk
Website: www.clungreenman.org.uk/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


City of York Folk Weekend - 31st May 2019 - York, Yorkshire

Second time we've listed this event. and the price is right - it's free!

Two days and three nights of free entertainment.

Location: York
Date: Friday 31st May 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info:
Website: www.blackswanfolkclub.org.uk/folkweekend19/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in June last year

The Canal Boat Crew Sessions Festival - 1st Jun 2019 - North Wales and North West England, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Shropshire & Cheshire

14 sessions on 14 consecutive nights in 13 separate venues all over North Wales and North West England

We are a group of happy, friendly, musicians and singers wandering up and down the canals on a hire boat. Each evening we will be hosting a relaxed, all inclusive session of acoustic music in the various pubs and clubs we are visiting. Come along and enjoy yourselves by singing, playing or just listening. Everything is totally acoustic, although a small amp for a bass is fine.

Note: Being a facebook page it will not open in our standard pop-up box. So Right-Click on it and select Open in new tab.
Or click here instead

Location: North Wales and North West England
Date: Saturday 1st June 2019 for 14 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: cneil727@yahoo.com
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/CanalBoatCrew/
County: Flintshire, Denbighshire, Shropshire & Cheshire
Country: England


Bay Folk Weekend - 7th Jun 2019 - Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

A FREE WEEKEND of Music Sessions and Singarounds in and around the 'famed city of Robin Hood's Bay' on the beautiful Yorkshire Coast

Location: Robin Hood's Bay
Date: Friday 7th June 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE!...mostly
Contact for info: 01947 880660
Website: folkweekend.rhbay.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Dentdale Music & Beer Festival - 28th Jun 2019 - Dent, Cumbria

A weekend of family fun set in a beautiful location on the the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 16 miles east of Kendal in the south east corner of Cumbria.

A mixture of music genres, expect over 25 mainly Acoustic Acts covering Folk, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz & all points in between on 2 stages.

Wonder if free includes the beer...

Location: Dent
Date: Friday 28th June 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@debtmusicandbeer.com
Website: www.dentmusicandbeer.com/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Folk on the Quay - 29th Jun 2019 - 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 29th June 2019 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: info@folkonthequay.co.uk
Website: www.folkonthequay.co.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Took place in July last year

Folk on the Lawn - 11th Jul 2019 - Abbey Mill, Tintern, NP16 6SE, Gwent

Folk on the Lawn, in various guises, as a modest little event, has been running for some years now. It is, perhaps, a little unusual in that it has no budget whatsoever and relies on the good will of those involved - artists, staff, the Abbey Mill Centre, the good folk of Tintern and various other benefactors and supporters, who lend the festival space, equipment, time and, not least, artistic prowess.

Location: Abbey Mill, Tintern, NP16 6SE
Date: Thursday 11th July 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: info@folkonthelawn.com
Website: www.folkonthelawn.com/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Flixton Folk Festival - 13th Jul 2019 - Flixton, Greater Manchester

A large community festival spread over ten days. Not quite a festival, but several musical events.

Music, exhibitions, dancing, sessions.

Several events each day.
Event tickets are very affordable!

Location: Flixton
Date: Saturday 13th July 2019 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, some free.
Contact for info: flixtonfolkfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.flixtonfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Greater Manchester
Country: England


Folk on the Dock - 13th Jul 2019 - Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

Now in its fourth year, Folk On The Dock celebrates the role that Liverpool's waterways have played in exporting and importing music around the world. A mix of free and ticketed events, the main Dock Stage is free to watch and is hosted by Janice Long. Around 200 artists perform on 10 different stages and Folk On The Dock also incorporates The Liverpool Shanty Festival, where performers sing on boats and stages around the water's edge as well as in the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Website not yet fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool
Date: Saturday 13th July 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mostly. Some ticketed events.
Contact for info:
Website: folkonthedock.com/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


Took place in August last year

Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival - 22nd Aug 2019 - Dunmore East, County Watford

For the 25th time!

The picturesque Co. Waterford fishing village will play host to the 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival which returns to its shores.

Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, Americana and rhythm ‘n’ roots are in for a real musical treat as the festival will feature a host of artists playing almost forty free gigs throughout the village.

Location: Dunmore East
Date: Thursday 22nd August 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE!
Contact for info: bluegrass@eircom.net
Website: www.discoverdunmore.com
County: County Watford
Country: Ireland


Stroud Fringe - 23rd Aug 2019 - Stroud, Gloucestershire

Stroud Fringe is a free music and arts festival that takes over Stroud in Gloucestershire every August bank holiday. With five official stages, parades, street entertainment, creative childrens' workshops, and great food and drink. Independent venues all over town celebrate the festival with their own events - the town really does come alive!

Location: Stroud
Date: Friday 23rd August 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@stroudfringe.co.uk
Website: stroudfringe.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Clennell Hall Singaround\Sessions Festival - 30th Aug 2019 - Clennell Hall Country House Hotel, Alwinton, NE65 7BG, Northumberland

Chennel Hall host another a singaround / session event.

And the price is right!

Fantastic weekend of singing and music. Dance sides welcome too. Dog and children friendly venue in a superb Country House Hotel amongst the stunning Northumberland scenery. Heavily discounted accommodation. £10 per unit camping for the whole weekend (tents/caravans/motor homes/camper vans), normally £10 per night. Bed and Breakfast at £80 per night for a twin/double/family room, normally £95 per night. Bunk rooms £20 per night including breakfast, £15 per night without breakfast, normally £20 not including breakfast.

As it's a facebook page, click here

Location: Clennell Hall Country House Hotel, Alwinton, NE65 7BG
Date: Friday 30th August 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, but accomodation costs.
Contact for info: cneil727@yahoo.com
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/ClennellHallEventsFestivals/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Scalby Folk Weekend - 30th Aug 2019 - Scalby, YO13 0PT, Yorkshire

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

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 30th August 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: david.bell1947@talktalk.net
Website: www.thenagsheadinn.co.uk/facilities
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in September last year

Bermondsey Folk Festival - 8th Sep 2019 - Bermondsey, London, SE16 4DG, Greater London

It's been around sinc 2015 and it's free. So if you are in the area, you can just pop round and enjoy yourself.

Location: Bermondsey, London, SE16 4DG
Date: Sunday 8th September 2019 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.bermondseyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Gig'n the Bann - 12th Sep 2019 - Portglenone, County Antrim

The festival aims to bring together musical traditions across all cultural divides and the direction pursued in recent years has been to incorporate the Ulster Scots tradition alongside Traditional Irish music. This has greatly enhanced audience participation in a diverse range of events. People from different sides of the community have become exposed to music, song and dance that they may not have been familiar with before.

Location: Portglenone
Date: Thursday 12th September 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, many FREE
Contact for info: info@gignthebann.com
Website: www.gignthebann.com
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Priston Festival - 13th Sep 2019 - Priston, near Bath, Somerset

Format will be largely unchanged from previous years with two free stages, great activities for all the family, special events in the village hall & church; and an art project and special venue for kids.
Enjoy a friendly and relaxed celebration of live music and culture.
An impressive line-up of live music (traditional, jazz, world, blues, rock, classical, choral)

Location: Priston, near Bath
Date: Friday 13th September 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: pristonfestival@googlemail.com
Website: www.priston.org.uk/festival/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Clonakilty International Guitar Festival - 16th Sep 2019 - 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

Location: Clonakilty
Date: Monday 16th September 2019 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: info@clonguitarfest.com
Website: clonguitarfest.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Took place in October last year

Denholm Folk Festival - 31st Oct 2019 - Denholm, Borders

Festival in a small Scottish town. And usually at a very reasonable price for a four day event too.

Now in its 16th year.

Location: Denholm
Date: Thursday 31st October 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Some free events, some ticketted
Contact for info: denfolkfesttickets@hotmail.com
Website: www.denholmfolkfest.co.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Took place in December last year

Melton Folk Festival - 13th Dec 2019 - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

The second event this year, the winter one.

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 13th December 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: meltonfolk@gmail.com
Website: meltonfolk.com/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England



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