UK Folk Festivals - The Big List

Folk Music Festivals in the UK

We hope this list enables you to enjoy as much traditional and contemporary music festivals this year as possible. It aims to list the festivals by date alone, with no filtering by country. So that if you feel the need for a festival at any particular time of year, study this list.

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.

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


Celtic Connections - 16th Jan 2020 - Glasgow, Strathclyde

Massive event in Glasgow, spanning 18 days! If it has a Celtic connection, it's probably on show here. Multiple venues. There's not enough space to describe everything, just settle for knowing there's 2,100 artists, 300 events, 20 venues. - yes, you read that right!

This is HUGE.

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Location: Glasgow
Date: Thursday 16th January 2020 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.celticconnections.com/
County: Strathclyde
Country: Scotland


Bradford Roots Festival - 17th Jan 2020 - Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ, Wiltshire

The eighth 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 17th January 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Also available Day tickets £17 to £12
Contact for info: info@wiltshiremusic.org.uk
Website: www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on/bradford-roots-music-festival-2020-2-day-pass
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Halsway Folk Harp Weekend - 17th Jan 2020 - 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 17th January 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £150
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-harp-weekend/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Straw Bear Festival - 17th Jan 2020 - Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire

41st Birthday!

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 17th January 2020 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


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


Ballincollig Winter Music Festival - 23rd Jan 2020 - Ballincollig, County Cork

Based in the White Horse Bar, over 4 nights, they have a great lineup and some great videos of the artists in the coming event.

So not a monster event with thousands of tickets but looks (and sounds) like a good place to go.

Location: Ballincollig
Date: Thursday 23rd January 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: hello@whitehorse.ie
Website: www.wintermusicfestival.ie
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival - 24th Jan 2020 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

27th 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 24th January 2020 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/cajunandzydecofestival2020
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Halsway Winter Warmer - 27th Jan 2020 - 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 led by our Musicians in Residence for the week Pete and Marj Hendy, Moira and Peter Gutteridge.

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 27th January 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £330
Also available Includes room for duration, other prices too.
Contact for info: office@halswaymanor.org.uk
Website: halswaymanor.org.uk/event/winter-warmer-2/
County: Somerset
Country: England


IMBOLC - 29th Jan 2020 - Derry, Derry

Multi-media, multi-genre event.

A celebration of music reflecting the diversity of the contemporary Irish music scene.
Alongside longstanding masters of the tradition, we will be showcasing music at the cutting edge of genres. With concerts, workshops, film screenings, community and participatory
events and events for children, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Multiple venues.

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Location: Derry
Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020 for 14 day(s)
Full Price: £122
Also available Various package tickets
Contact for info: enquiries@imbolcfestival.com
Website: www.imbolcfestival.com
County: Derry
Country: Ireland


Taking place in February

Love Folk Festival - 14th Feb 2020 - 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 14th February 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £38
Also available Saturday £35
Contact for info: 01704 533 333
Website: theatkinson.co.uk/events/love-folk-fest-2020/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


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


Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh - 19th Feb 2020 - Ballyferriter, County Kerry

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is a 5 day Traditional Music School paying particular attention to the music, style and of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in Co. Kerry, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Location: Ballyferriter
Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: eolas@scoilcheoil.com
Website: www.scoilcheoil.com
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


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


The Gathering Traditional Festival - 26th Feb 2020 - Killarney, County Kerry

Now in its 21st year, The Gathering Traditional Festival is one of most loved festivals amongst traditional enthusiasts and is ideal for everyone from the hard core fans to the culturally curious. From fireside seisiuns to heart-pounding ceilis,

The Gathering features concerts, ceilis, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses

Location: Killarney
Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@thegathering.ie
Website: www.thegathering.ie
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Inverness Music Festival - 27th Feb 2020 - Inverness, Invernessshire

Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.

Location: Inverness
Date: Thursday 27th February 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: admin@invernessmusicfestival.org
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Russell Festival Weekend - 27th Feb 2020 - Doolin, County Clare

26th Anniversary.

The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994.
Concerts, workshops, sessions

Location: Doolin
Date: Thursday 27th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@michorussellweekend.ie
Website: www.michorussellweekend.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Chester February Folk Day - 29th Feb 2020 - Chester, CH2 3AU, Cheshire

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

Concert, ceilidh, sessions, all the usual stuff.

Warming up the bands.

Location: Chester, CH2 3AU
Date: Saturday 29th February 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: chesterfolk.org.uk/folkday.html
County: Cheshire
Country: England


The Big Burfest - 29th Feb 2020 - 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 29th February 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £12
Also available Family Ticket £20
Contact for info: may185@btinternet.com
Website: www.thebigbursfest.btck.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Taking place in March

Feile an Earraigh - 1st Mar 2020 - Belfast, County Antrim

Ireland's Biggest Community Festival.
Music, Comedy, Talks, Tours, Theatre, Debate, Family, Community and more.

Quite a variety of events, some of which will be popular with folk fans. You'll have to check the program to find them

Location: Belfast
Date: Sunday 1st March 2020 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feilebelfast.com
Website: feilebelfast.com/
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Celtic Festival of Wales - 6th Mar 2020 - Porthcawl, CF36 3YW, South Glamorgan

Their website has not been updated for 2020, other than to have a date and no other content at present.

A family festival of music, song & dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales, with a packed programme of concerts, dances, workshops, street dance displays in the Town Centre and on the Esplanade on Saturday, our legendary sessions in the bar and Beach Ceilidh on Sunday!

Location: Porthcawl, CF36 3YW
Date: Friday 6th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: cwlwmceltaidd.org
County: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival - 6th Mar 2020 - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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: Nottingham
Date: Friday 6th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info:
Website: ivfdf2020.org.uk/
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 6th Mar 2020 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

A long running Festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative & Visual Arts in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

Not a folk festival, it's a festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative and Visual Arts. But it includes Celtic instrument workshops and Scottish singers. So some of you may be interested.

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Friday 6th March 2020 for 24 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Inverness Fiddlers Rally - 7th Mar 2020 - Inverness, Invernessshire

The clue's in the name - it features fidlers.

As always, the Inverness Fiddlers will be joined by special guests for the event.

Location: Inverness
Date: Saturday 7th March 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.invernessfiddlers.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Manchester Irish Festival - 7th Mar 2020 - Manchester, Lancashire

Website not fully updated on our last visit...

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: Saturday 7th March 2020 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


Kilkenny Tradfest - 12th Mar 2020 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Tradfest has been going from strength to strength over the last 8 years and 2020's festival promises to be an exciting and innovative festival, full to the brim with concerts, ceilis, sessions, Irish dance, pub gigs and much more!

The festival has grown to include six full days of concerts, gigs and sessions.

During the weekend some of Ireland's best musicians will also give masterclasses and workshops at the best city's historical locations such as Kilkenny Castle Tower and Rothe House.

They are even having a competiton, sponsored by McNeela Instruments, to win a Bodhran.

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Thursday 12th March 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Looks like individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@kilkennytradfest.com
Website: kilkennytradfest.com/
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


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


Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar - 20th Mar 2020 - Ballyliffin, County Donegal

For it's 31st year, people have travelled from near and far to share company and songs and together we have made this Festival what it is - a celebration of song & friendship.This year we are staying close to home with guests and talks. You will hear from and about the singers of Cloontagh, Malin Head, Carndonagh, Isle of Doagh, Buncrana and Rashenny. And we have issued Mick Quinn with his honorary Inishowen passport once again.

Location: Ballyliffin
Date: Friday 20th March 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@inishowensinging.ie
Website: www.inishowensinging.ie
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


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-2019.php
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Hawick Reivers Festival - 27th Mar 2020 - Hawick, Borders

Hawick steps back in time to the 16th century and through drama, song, poetry and re-enactments invites visitors and towns-people alike to experience life in this turbulent, often violent, but very colourful period in our history.

A full programme of activities is planned many of which are free and include demonstrations of falconry, archery and horsemanship, a look at craftsmen of the times and dramatic re-enactments. There are also concerts, guided walks, historical lectures and many other activities.

Location: Hawick
Date: Friday 27th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly individual event tickets
Contact for info: Info@hawickreivers.com
Website: www.hawickreivers.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Taking place in April

Clifden Trad Fest - 2nd Apr 2020 - Clifden, County Galway

Plays host to a host of top quality musicians, signers and dancers. Highlights include pub music sessions, opening concert,outdoor gig rig on the Saturdy night, music and singing workshops, CD Launches, Street Entertainment, Youth sessions and lots lots more...
All Welcome!

Location: Clifden
Date: Thursday 2nd April 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: clifdentradfest@yahoo.ie
Website: www.clifdentradfest.com
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


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


Bowness Bay Blues - 3rd Apr 2020 - 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 3rd April 2020 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


Edinburgh International Harp Festival - 3rd Apr 2020 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

Courses, Concerts, workshops, harp exhibition, sessions, ceilidh.

One for the harp enthusiasts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 3rd April 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@harpfestival.co.uk
Website: www.harpfestival.co.uk
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Glenfarg Folk Festival - 3rd Apr 2020 - Kinross, KY13 8AS, Perthshire

Scottish (of course), Irish and contemporary music, children's entertainment and the World Puff-A-Box Championship (at which my brother has very consistently failed to win or even get placed.) A warm welcome is ensured.

Location: Kinross, KY13 8AS
Date: Friday 3rd April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: tickets@glenfargfolkclub.com
Website: glenfargfolkclub.com/folkfeast.html
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Shennaghys Jiu - 3rd Apr 2020 - Ramsey, Isle of Man

Aims to give young, up and coming traditional Musicians and Dancers the chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

The Festival lasts for four days and nights, consisting of Gigs, Concerts, Sessions, Ceildhs, Workshops and much, much more.

(Listed in Ireland as well as Scotland, as it has a Celtic music bias. Besides, we don't have an Isle of Man section.)

Location: Ramsey
Date: Friday 3rd April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Shennaghys Jiu - 3rd Apr 2020 - Ramsey, Isle of Man

Aims to give young, up and coming traditional Musicians and Dancers the chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

The Festival lasts for four days and nights, consisting of Gigs, Concerts, Sessions, Ceildhs, Workshops and much, much more.

(Listed in Ireland as well as Scotland, as it has a Celtic music bias. Besides, we don't have an Isle of Man section.)

Location: Ramsey
Date: Friday 3rd April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Wales International Harp Festival - 8th Apr 2020 - Caernarfon, Gwynedd

The Wales Harp Festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn, participate and enjoy Harp music in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK where nature and historic architecture provide the best experiences for any tourist. Why not combine this opportunity to visit the harp festival with exploring our region?

There will be concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more.

Not a folk festival in the traditional sense, but as usual we like to include something a bit different.

Location: Caernarfon
Date: Wednesday 8th April 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@walesharpfestival.co.uk
Website: walesharpfestival.co.uk/
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


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


Fleadh Cheoil Chorcai - 17th Apr 2020 - Macroom, County Cork

The Fleadh Cheoil is a weekend festival comprised of ceili dancing, music sessions, street entertainment and competitions in music, singing, dancing and storytelling.

Traditional musicians of all ages are invited to gather for the Cork Fleadh Cheoil 2020.

Location: Macroom
Date: Friday 17th April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: johnfinbarr.cce@gmail.com
Website: corkfleadh.ie/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Folk Weekend Oxford - 17th Apr 2020 - 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 17th April 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@folkweekendoxford.co.uk
Website: www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - 17th Apr 2020 - Morpeth, Northumberland

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: Friday 17th April 2020 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


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


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


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


Fleadh by the Feale - 30th Apr 2020 - Abbeyfeale, County Limerick

It has been a wonderful journey. We have had the best traditional musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers from all across Ireland & further afield. We have had the best bands in Ireland at our Celebrity Concert each year during the Fleadh

Location: Abbeyfeale
Date: Thursday 30th April 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com
Website: fleadhbythefeale.com
County: County Limerick
Country: Ireland


Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival - 30th Apr 2020 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

36th Time!
The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland's major arts festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland.

It includes new special events and competitions, and now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in twelve disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, Scottish country dancing, highland dancing and choreography.

Location: Oban
Date: Thursday 30th April 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@obanfestival.org
Website: www.obanfestival.org/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Shetland Folk Festival - 30th Apr 2020 - Lerwick, Shetland, Shetlands

The UK's most northerly folk festival. The Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.
Nine locations on the island are holding events.

The site has blocked itself from opening in our pop-up window - they obviously don't like the free publicity we give them - so copy and paste the link into your browser.

Location: Lerwick, Shetland
Date: Thursday 30th April 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@shetlandfolkfestival.com
Website: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Taking place in May

Bristol Folk Festival - 1st May 2020 - 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 1st May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available Day and half day tickets too
Contact for info: richard@bristolfolkfestival.org
Website: bristolfolkfestival.org
County: Bristol
Country: England


Cup of Tae - 1st May 2020 - Ardara, County Donegal

This quaint and unique Festival in honour of a famous Donegal Fiddler call John 'The Tae' Gallagher is in its thirteenth year and is going from strength to strength.

This year the Festival will honour the great Frank Kelly & Rita Gallagher . A Special Concert takes place on the Friday night in their honour. This is a Concert not to be missed and space is limited - so book early to avoid disappointment. Musicians from all over the world come to the 'Cup of Tae' Festival and all indications are that this year will be the biggest Festival to date.

Location: Ardara
Date: Friday 1st May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: glenardfish@eircom.net
Website: www.cupoftaefestival.com
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Girvan Folk Festival - 1st May 2020 - Girvan, Ayrshire

Music, verse and story telling
Concerts - Sessions - Open Stage - Competitions - Workshops - Children's Events- Secure Campsite.

Popular Scottish event, promises to be even bigger than last year.

Over 40 years of existance and still going strong.

Location: Girvan
Date: Friday 1st May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: admin@girvantraditionalfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: girvantraditionalfolkfestival.org.uk/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


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


May Heydays - 1st May 2020 - Evesham, WR11 1DQ, Worcestershire

The renamed Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival.

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 1st May 2020 for 3 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 - 1st May 2020 - 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 1st May 2020 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 - 1st May 2020 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

A new one for me.
A celebration of folk arts it says.

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 1st May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: todmordenfolkfestival@gmail.com
Website: todfolkfest.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Todmorden Folk Festival - 1st May 2020 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

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

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 1st May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: todmordenfolkfestival@gmail.com
Website: todfolkfest.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Tradfest Edinburgh Dun Eideann - 1st May 2020 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

TradFest Edinburgh - Dun Eideann is a vibrant celebration of folk arts celebrating TradFest will include music, song, storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, literature, architecture, film and multi-media in the capital city.

Edinburgh's only multi-arts festival dedicated to traditional culture and folk arts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 1st May 2020 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Website: edinburghtradfest.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival - 1st May 2020 - 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 1st May 2020 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 - 1st May 2020 - 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 1st May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Day and evening tickets too
Contact for info: 07982 658467
Website: www.wathfestival.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Rochester Sweeps Festival - 2nd May 2020 - Rochester, 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.

There's also some info here - https://www.visitmedway.org/sweeps-festival

Location: Rochester
Date: Saturday 2nd May 2020 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


Baltimore Fiddle Festival - 7th May 2020 - Baltimore, County Cork

Four days and nights of the best music you'll hear anywhere, in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair truly is the jewel in the crown of Irish festivals.

Full line-up will be announced on 1st January.

The Fiddle Fair has firmly established itself as one of the premier opportunities to help encourage and develop the talents of budding fiddle players from Ireland and abroad.

Location: Baltimore
Date: Thursday 7th May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available 150 euros
Contact for info: declan@fiddlefair.com
Website: www.fiddlefair.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Crossover - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival - 7th May 2020 - 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 first event.

Location: Chetworth Deer Park, TF10 8EU
Date: Thursday 7th May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: info@crossoverfest.com
Website: crossoverfest.com/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


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


Folk on the Pier - 8th May 2020 - 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 8th May 2020 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


Hebden Folk Roots Festival - 8th May 2020 - 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 8th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: hebdenfolkroots@gmail.com
Website: www.hebdenfolkroots.org/
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


Moniaive Folk Festival - 8th May 2020 - Moniaive, Dumfries and Gallowa

Described by The Times as One of the coolest villages in Britain.
Moniaive probably has more musical events and festivals (per head of population) than anywhere else in the country. And with a sizeable group of traditional musicians living in the village and surrounding countryside, our pub sessions are amongst the finest.
Sessions, piping competitions, workshops, and more.

Location: Moniaive
Date: Friday 8th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Also available Day, weekend and concert tickets from £15 - £25
Contact for info: info@moniaivefolkfestival.com
Website: www.moniaivefolkfestival.com
County: Dumfries and Gallowa
Country: Scotland


Tredegar House Folk Festival - 8th May 2020 - Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW, Gwent

The festival celebrates the best in international folk music and dance. Now in its 31st year it attracts big-name music performers and dance troupes from across the UK and Europe. Set in the National Trust grounds of Tredegar House stately home, there are also ceilidhs, open mics, workshops, children’s entertainers, a farmers’ market and a CAMRA real ale bar.

Location: Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW
Date: Friday 8th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets at £25
Contact for info: susieoates135@hotmail.com
Website: www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Walton Folk Festival - 10th May 2020 - 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 10th May 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day - £15 , Evening £18
Contact for info: 01932 253 354
Website: thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/event/view/117744
County: Surrey
Country: England


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


Devauden Festival - 15th May 2020 - Devauden, Monmouthshire

In its 11th year.

A mixed festival, at previous events there was a strong bias for folk music on the Friday. so take a look closer to the date to see if this happens this year.

Workshops, Battle of the Bands, local brews, family entertainment.

Location: Devauden
Date: Friday 15th May 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £16
Contact for info: devaudenmusicfest@gmail.com
Website: www.devaudenfestival.com/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


FifeSing - 15th May 2020 - Falkland, Fife

Traditional singing showcased.
CDs of previous events available too.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 15th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA Day tickets too
Contact for info: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
Website: www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing/
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Roath Folk Festival - 15th May 2020 - Cardiff, CF24 3JW, Glamorgan

There isn't much info on the site apart from the artists performing and the optin to buy tickets.

Location: Cardiff, CF24 3JW
Date: Friday 15th May 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info:
Website: roathfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Shepley Spring Minifest - 15th May 2020 - 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 15th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: info@shepleyspringfestival.com
Website: www.shepleyspringfestival.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


Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair - 16th May 2020 - 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 16th May 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@folkandblues.org.uk
Website: folkandblues.org.uk/
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England


Niel Gow Festival - 20th May 2020 - Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire

Annual Scottish fiddle festival.

A fun-filled weekend of fiddle music and good craic, this very informal festival kicks off on the Friday night, and celebrates the life of Perthshire's fiddle legend.

Location: Dunkeld & Birnam
Date: Wednesday 20th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: nielgow@thetaybank.com
Website: www.niel-gow.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering - 21st May 2020 - 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 21st May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £130
Contact for info: info@beardedtheory.co.uk
Website: www.beardedtheory.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Orkney Folk Festival - 21st May 2020 - Stromness, Orkney

Concerts, ceilidhs, dances, clubs and sessions.

The Orkney Folk Festival is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield.

The three venues that are used the most are the Stromness Town Hall, the Stromness Academy Lecture Theatre and the Stromness Hotel's function room. Other events take place in local community centres/village halls.

Location: Stromness
Date: Thursday 21st May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individually priced events
Contact for info: info@orkneyfolkfestival.com
Website: www.orkneyfolkfestival.com/
County: Orkney
Country: Scotland


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


Bude and Stratton Folk Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Bude and Stratton, Cornwall

A small, friendly and very welcoming folk festival in the picturesque seaside town of Bude and nearby Stratton in North Cornwall, England, gaining a reputation on the folk circuit as a great little festival.

Music from Cornwall, and other countries, such as English and Celtic music. An entirely acoustic festival (apart from the ceilidhs), the festival offers a broad mix of singers, dancers and musicians.

There are concerts, sing-arounds, sessions, a folk club, a barn dance, open-mics, fringe events, storytelling, a folk service and workshops.

Students get reduced prices, children are free.

Location: Bude and Stratton
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available Individual event tickets too
Contact for info: admin@budefolkfest.com
Website: www.budefolkfest.com/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Chester Folk Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Kelsall, Cheshire

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

This is a very popular long running event.

Also has an event in February

Location: Kelsall
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
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 - 22nd May 2020 - Chippenham, Wiltshire

A festival which 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 22nd May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Contact for info: tickets@chippfolk.co.uk
Website: www.chippfolk.co.uk
County: Wiltshire
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


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


Galway Early Music Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Galway, County Galway

Galway Early Music celebrates its 23rd birthday with an exciting international programme, exploring women as composers, musicians, patrons, and inspiration in medieval, renaissance and baroque European Music.

Bringing Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music and Dance to Galway.


Yes, you're right, this is not your normal sort of festival.

Location: Galway
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@galwayearlymusic.com
Website: www.galwayearlymusic.com/
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


HowTheLightgetsIn Festival - 22nd May 2020 - 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: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £118
Contact for info: (0)20 7837 3000 / enquiries@artandideas.org
Website: howthelightgetsin.org/hay
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Ireby Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Ireby, Cumbria

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 22nd May 2020 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


Strichen Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Strichen, Aberdeenshire

One of the finest places to appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad 'Doric' language which is still very much alive here in the North East, and enjoy a friendly family atmosphere where contestants have come from a' the airt's and pairt's o' Scotland and sometimes beyond.

A bit like the Irish festivals that are competitions.

Location: Strichen
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@buchanheritagesociety.co.uk
Website: buchanheritagesociety.co.uk/strichen-festival/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


The Great North Folk Festival - 22nd May 2020 - 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 22nd May 2020 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


The Islay Festival of Music and Malt - 22nd May 2020 - Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides

A diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.

For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix!

Location: Isle of Islay
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets.
Contact for info: enquiries@islayfestival.com
Website: www.islayfestival.com/
County: Southern Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Tulla Traditional Music Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Tulla, County Clare

Weekend of Music, Song, Dance, Gaeilge, Concerts, Ceílí’s, Workshops, C.D. Launches

Fiddle Competitions including Young Fiddler of East Clare Competition.

Location: Tulla
Date: Friday 22nd May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: cnocnagaoithe@gmail.com
Website: cnocnagaoithe.ie/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Swaledale Festival - 23rd May 2020 - 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 which 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 23rd May 2020 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


Fleadh Nua - 24th May 2020 - Ennis, County Clare

There are many Irish traditional festivals organised throughout the summer months but there are few people who will dispute that Fleadh Nua which started in Dublin in 1970, is the forerunner of them all.

Bringing together concerts, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment, pageants/parades and much more.

Location: Ennis
Date: Sunday 24th May 2020 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: ceoltrad@eircom.net
Website: www.fleadhnua.com
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival - 27th May 2020 - Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary

Festival with a variety of music styles.

Organised by the well-known Irish musicians.

Multiple events.

Note: If you have an old link to their old site ending in .org, don't go there, it now belongs to someone else, trying to capture your clicks.

Location: Carrick-on-Suir
Date: Wednesday 27th May 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Many individually priced events
Contact for info: enquiries@clancymusicfestival.com
Website: clancybrothersfestival.com
County: County Tipperary
Country: Ireland


Pig's Ear Folk Ale - 28th May 2020 - Markbeech, Edenbridge, TN8 5NT, Kent

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: Markbeech, Edenbridge, TN8 5NT
Date: Thursday 28th May 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Various day tickets
Contact for info:
Website: folkale.co.uk/
County: Kent
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


Fire in the Mountain - 29th May 2020 - nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

10th Anniversary.

Spurred on by their love of folk music and outdoor activity, and seeing potential in a farm not used to it's full potential, 20 - 30 vounteers came together on the farm to begin the journey of a big tidy up and clear out.

Through the efforts of countless volunteers and 5 festivals, we can safely say that our aims to renovate and maintain the farm have been a success. There is still work to be done, and still ideas to be brought to fruitition. It's an annual small gathering of the finest folk musicians in the world.

Location: nr Aberystwyth
Date: Friday 29th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Contact for info: info@fireinthemountain.co.uk
Website: fireinthemountain.co.uk
County: Ceredigion
Country: Wales


The Acoustic Festival of Britain - 29th May 2020 - 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 29th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: info@acousticfestival.co.uk
Website: www.acousticfestival.co.uk
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Wychwood Festival - 29th May 2020 - 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 29th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £135
Contact for info: info@wychwoodfestival.com
Website: www.wychwoodfestival.com
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


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

Gate to Southwell - 4th Jun 2020 - Southwell, Nottinghamshire

The Gate to Southwell Festival is now established as a leading international roots and acoustic music event rivaling other well-established festivals and receiving many accolades. We are on the edge of the historic and beautiful market town of Southwell next to the racecourse, and approximately 13 miles from Nottingham and 8 miles from the A1 and Newark.

Over 50 artists performing over 4 days on 4 main stages, on-site camping, kids activities, street theatre, comedy, spoken word and lots more. See who's booked already here.



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! e watchword so whether it's country or gypsy jazz, ska or rockabilly, bluegrass or punk, traditional or contemporary, it'll be good.

Location: Southwell
Date: Thursday 4th June 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Contact for info: information@southwellfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.gtsf.uk/
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Wirral Folk Festival - 4th Jun 2020 - Ellesmere Port, CH65 6QF, Cheshire

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 4th June 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £98
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: 0151-678-9902
Website: www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Blowout - 5th Jun 2020 - 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 5th June 2020 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


HAAL Festival - 5th Jun 2020 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

A small but popular festival.

Folk at the Salmon Bothy will be celebrating our 11th Haal festival. A weekend of Sessions, Concert, Memories etc.. Great guests lined up and, hopefully many of you, from whom we haven’t heard for a while. Details on site not fully updated yet.

Location: Portsoy
Date: Friday 5th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, around £5 - £7
Contact for info:
Website: bothyfolk.org/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


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


The Eden Festival - 11th Jun 2020 - Moffat, DG11 1HQ, Dumfries and Galloway

This is very much a mixture of everything you might find at a festival of some sort - circus, jazz, rockabilly, acoustic, dance, folk. brass, swing.

Spread over four days, you might find something you like. Not your standard folk festival, but family friendly fun.

Location: Moffat, DG11 1HQ
Date: Thursday 11th June 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £139
Contact for info: enquiries@edenfestival.co.uk
Website: www.edenfestival.co.uk
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Arran Folk Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - Arran, Ayrshire

The folk festival on Scotland's lovely little island.

The festival will feature a weekend of open sessions, concerts and Ceilidhs.

Site not fully updated yet.

www.arranevents.com/ used to be the place to look for this event, but now they seem to have just the Facebook page

Location: Arran
Date: Friday 12th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@arranevents.com
Website: www.facebook.com/arranfolkfest/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


EdleFest - 12th Jun 2020 - 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 12th June 2020 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


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


Gower Folk Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB, Gower

Fabulous music every June on the stunning Gower peninsula.

Tickets limited usually to 350 - 400, so get your soon.

Look at their fabulous location!

Location: Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB
Date: Friday 12th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA. A variety of Day tickets too.
Contact for info: joy@gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Gower
Country: Wales


St Neots Folk Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - 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 12th June 2020 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


The Doolin Folk Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - Doolin, County Clare

Steadily gaining a following.

A great line up over three days with lots of Irish music.

Location: Doolin
Date: Friday 12th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £122
Also available Priced in euros. Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@hoteldoolin.ie
Website: www.doolinfestivals.ie/folk-festival.html
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


TMSA Keith Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - Keith, Aberdeenshire

There are concerts, a dance, competitions, informal sessions and various other events during the weekend. This page will provide more details as events are finalised.
(Site incomplete just now.

Location: Keith
Date: Friday 12th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: keithfestival@gmail.com
Website: tmsakeithfestival.blogspot.co.uk/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Wimborne Minster Folk Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - Wimborne, Dorset

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

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

Location: Wimborne
Date: Friday 12th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info: moe@wimbornefolk.co.uk
Website: www.wimbornefolk.co.uk/
County: Dorset
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


Grand Northern Ukulele Festival - 18th Jun 2020 - 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 18th June 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: info@northernuke.com
Website: www.northernuke.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Lymm Festival - 18th Jun 2020 - Lymm, Cheshire

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

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

Location: Lymm
Date: Thursday 18th June 2020 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


Towerfest - 18th Jun 2020 - 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 18th June 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available Day tickets £20
Contact for info: sales@towerfest.co.uk
Website: www.towerfest.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Beverley Fringe Festival - 19th Jun 2020 - 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 19th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event
Contact for info:
Website: www.facebook.com/beverleyfringefestival/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Lichfield Folk Festival - 19th Jun 2020 - 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 19th June 2020 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 - 19th Jun 2020 - 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 19th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: moorcoast@yahoo.com
Website: moorandcoast.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
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


Solas Festival - 19th Jun 2020 - Errol Park, Errol, PH2 7RA, Perthshire

The festival aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all.

Music, talks, film, dance, performing and visual arts.

Not explicitly a folk festival, but worth considering.

Location: Errol Park, Errol, PH2 7RA
Date: Friday 19th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: office@solasfestival.co.uk
Website: www.solasfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Unearthed In a Field - 19th Jun 2020 - Solva, Haverfordwest, SA62 6YE, Pembrokeshire

A 3 day festival for our global community with the stated objective as the expansion of consciousness from the material to the ethereal.

Mixed genre, with a fair bit of acoustic and folk music. Check the line up to see if it suits you.

Location: Solva, Haverfordwest, SA62 6YE
Date: Friday 19th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £116
Contact for info:
Website: unearthedfestival.co.uk
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


BuskFest - 20th Jun 2020 - Banbridge, County Down

BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event, which is now in its 15th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

Location: Banbridge
Date: Saturday 20th June 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@buskfest.com
Website: www.buskfest.com
County: County Down
Country: Ireland


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - 20th Jun 2020 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Portsoy's annual celebration of our rich maritime and cultural heritage. . . beautiful boats . . . exhilarating skiff races on the open seas . . . maritime and rural craft demonstrations . . . non-stop song and dance . . .mouth-watering food and drink and adventure at the Sports Village (not just for kids!). Not stop song and dance, with an acoustic and Scottish flavour.

Location: Portsoy
Date: Saturday 20th June 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: contact@stbfportsoy.org
Website: stbfportsoy.org
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


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


Exile Music Festival - 26th Jun 2020 - 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 26th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Contact for info: 07522 404123
Website: www.exilemusicfestival.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


St Albans Folk Festival - 26th Jun 2020 - 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.

Location: St Albans
Date: Friday 26th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 0333 666 3366
Website: www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


West Somerset Folk Festival - 26th Jun 2020 - 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 26th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: enquiries@westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Bury Folk Festival - 27th Jun 2020 - Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU, Suffolk

Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 6th 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 27th June 2020 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 - 27th Jun 2020 - 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 27th June 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info:
Website: www.folkinthefield.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Folk on the Quay - 27th Jun 2020 - 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 27th June 2020 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


Ukelele Festival of Wales - 28th Jun 2020 - Gower Heritage Centre, Glamorgan

Well, I think you can guess what this event is all about. ;)

Location: Gower Heritage Centre
Date: Sunday 28th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.visitswanseabay.com/events/ukulele-festival-of-wales-2019/
County: Glamorgan
Country: Wales


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

New Forest Folk Festival - 1st Jul 2020 - 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 1st July 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Contact for info: nick@newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Barn On The Farm Festival - 2nd Jul 2020 - Over Farm, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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

Location: Over Farm, Gloucester
Date: Thursday 2nd July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Contact for info: info@barnonthefarm.co.uk
Website: www.barnonthefarm.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Cleckheaton Folk Festival - 3rd Jul 2020 - 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 3rd July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@cleckheatonfolkfestival.org
Website: www.cleckheatonfolkfestival.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Feis an Eilein - Skye Festival - 3rd Jul 2020 - Skye, Inner Hebrides

The event is spread over many days and different locations.

Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of the Island, the Skye Festival or Feis an Eilein is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more.

Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafes, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.

Location: Skye
Date: Friday 3rd July 2020 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@seall.co.uk
Website: www.seall.co.uk/feis-an-eilein-skye-festival
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Folk at the Hall - 3rd Jul 2020 - Trelawnyd, LL18 6DN, Flintshire

Bringing together a star studded group of acts who have graced the stage at individual concerts for two days of quality music.

Location: Trelawnyd, LL18 6DN
Date: Friday 3rd July 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £83
Also available Day tickets £25 and £45
Contact for info: keldamanley@live.co.uk
Website: www.therecordjournal.co.uk
County: Flintshire
Country: Wales


Folk in a Field - 3rd Jul 2020 - 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 3rd July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: lukehorncastle@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.folkinafield.co.uk
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Frome Festival - 3rd Jul 2020 - 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 3rd July 2020 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


International Festival for Irish Harp - 3rd Jul 2020 - Termonfechin, County Louth

Seize this opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of traditional music for Irish harp. Develop skills and repertoire from ancient harpers' tunes to songs and slow airs to jigs and reels.

A highlight of An Chuirt Chruitireachta is our popular evening public concert series. Featuring world-renowned harpers from Ireland and further afield, this series is a major annual showcase celebrating Irish harping.

Location: Termonfechin
Date: Friday 3rd July 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@cairdenacruite.com
Website: www.cairdenacruite.com/festival/international-harp-festival
County: County Louth
Country: Ireland


Moonbeams Festival - 3rd Jul 2020 - 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 3rd July 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: leila@moonbeamsevents.co.uk
Website: www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival - 3rd Jul 2020 - Newcastleton, Borders

Join the many friends who will celebrate our anniversary with us. Always a g reat atmosphere. S pecial guests include The Occasionals, The Border Directors, The Spiers Family. Enjoy dances concerts, competitions, hosted singing room, outdoor stage, sessions. Try a workshop with The Border Directors (border songs and tunes), Ailsa Mackenzie (harp/dulcimer), Pete Shepheard (ballads) or Kevin Tilbury (bellows pipes).

As our website is being updated there are some details if you want to check on https://www.visitnewcastleton.com/listing/newcastleton-music-festival/

Location: Newcastleton
Date: Friday 3rd July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individually priced concerts, dances, other events. Family weekend £40
Contact for info: elizamood@btinternet.com
Website: www.newcastleton.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


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


The Maverick Festival - 3rd Jul 2020 - 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 3rd July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: paulspencer@maverickfestival.co.uk
Website: www.maverickfestival.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Traidphicnic - 3rd Jul 2020 - Spiddal, County Galway

A taste of Irish traditional music, arts and culture.

Traidphicnic is a festival of traditional music, arts and culture, and would like to welcome everyone from all over the world to Spiddal.

Location: Spiddal
Date: Friday 3rd July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available tba
Contact for info: traidphicnic@gmail.com
Website: traidphicnic.com/
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


Kimpton Folk Festival - 4th Jul 2020 - 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 4th July 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Contact for info: hello@kimptonfolk.uk
Website: www.kimptonfolk.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Willie Clancy Summer School - 4th Jul 2020 - Miltown Malbay, County Clare

A major traditional Irish music, song and dance event held annually in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.

With instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.

Location: Miltown Malbay
Date: Saturday 4th July 2020 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: scoilwclancy73@gmail.com
Website: www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Worrall Festival and Gala - 4th Jul 2020 - 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 4th July 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: worrallfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.worrallfestival.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod - 7th Jul 2020 - Llangollen, Denbighshire

Each year since 1947, over 4,000 performers from across the globe head to the beautiful little Welsh town to take part in a unique event combining competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. Around 25 different competitions celebrate song, music and dance, climaxing with the prestigious 'Choir of the World' where winning choirs compete for the Pavarotti Trophy.
Traditional folk singing and dancing from across the globe

Location: Llangollen
Date: Tuesday 7th July 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day tickets from £20
Contact for info: info@international-eisteddfod.co.uk
Website: www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk/
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


Bromsgrove Folk Festival - 9th Jul 2020 - Stoke Prior, B60 4BH, Worcestershire

POSTPONEd until next year - Covid-19

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 9th July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info: bobcynfolk@aol.com
Website: www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festival.html
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Folk on the Farm - 9th Jul 2020 - Tyddyn Mon, LL70 9PQ, Isle of Anglesey

From small beginnings in 2013 the Folk on the Farm festival has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the folk festival calendar, attracting hundreds each year and featuring some of the best folk artists from around the UK.

Includes Quality Real Ale (from The Great Orme Brewery Company), Festival Food, Stalls, Fringe Festival in Cafe, Singarounds & Sessions.

Location: Tyddyn Mon, LL70 9PQ
Date: Thursday 9th July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets - £15 and £25
Contact for info: folkonthefarm@live.com
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com
County: Isle of Anglesey
Country: Wales


Cornbury Music Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - 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 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £175
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: mail@cornburyfestival.com
Website: www.cornburyfestival.com/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Durham Brass - 10th Jul 2020 - Durham, Durhan

Something just a bit different.

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

Location: Durham
Date: Friday 10th July 2020 for 10 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


Ely Folk Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - Ely, CB6 2SH, 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, CB6 2SH
Date: Friday 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Also available Day tickets £25 £41 £39
Contact for info: queries@elyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.elyfolk.co.uk
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Furness Tradition - 10th Jul 2020 - 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 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@furnesstradition.org.uk
Website: furnesstradition.org.uk/wp/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - Newton Stewart & Minnigaff, Dumfries & Galloway

A family run festival in two towns separated by a river.

This is it's sixth year of existance.
The title says it all.

Location: Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
Date: Friday 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01671 404924
Website: www.tradmusic.com
County: Dumfries & Galloway
Country: Scotland


Priddy Folk Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - 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 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £76
Contact for info: tickets@priddyfolk.org
Website: www.priddyfolk.org
County: Somerset
Country: England


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - 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.

Can't find their website, but the facebook page has details.

Location: Rothbury
Date: Friday 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 07815198680
Website: www.facebook.com/musicfestival.rothbury/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Rudry Music Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - Rudry, Caerphilly

Deep in the heart of Wales, Rudry, population 1000, is the Rudry Music Festival. Two days of originalmusic and spoken word, for all ages.Features contemporary, alternative and traditional music artists, with food and real ale.

Family freindly

Location: Rudry
Date: Friday 10th July 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £47
Contact for info:
Website: www.rudrymusicfestival.org/
County: Caerphilly
Country: Wales


Stonehaven Folk Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

The small NE Coastal Town of Stonehaven comes alive with a Weekend of Music and song - Concerts in the Town Hall plus workshops, Ceilidh, sessions, late night concerts, free afternoon concerts, Family show, Aqua ceilidh, World paper and Comb Championships, Tradition Bearers Concert and more all around the Town.

Location: Stonehaven
Date: Friday 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £82
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: admin@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Tiree Music Festival - 10th Jul 2020 - Tiree, Inner Hebrides

Think picture-perfect white sands. World-famous surf. Deserted roads lined with lush greenery and wild flowers. Not forgetting more sunshine than practically anywhere else in the UK. It's little wonder that the tiny Hebridean island of Tiree is nicknamed the Hawaii of the North.

Add to this three separate campsites - the main campsite, family campsite and campervan area - and the now famous Community Village with its many stalls and events, and TMF guarantees you an authentic flavour of Tiree. Which, in a nutshell, is the whole idea behind the festival.

Location: Tiree
Date: Friday 10th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info:
Website: tireemusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


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


South Sligo Summer School - 12th Jul 2020 - Tubbercurry, County Sligo

Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance. Our programme includes a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks and masterclasses as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions.

Location: Tubbercurry
Date: Sunday 12th July 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: southsligosummerschool@eircom.net
Website: www.sssschool.org
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan - 13th Jul 2020 - Cork, County Cork

Competitions, concerts, workshops, street entertainment, ceili, sessions, singing.
What do you expect? It's Ireland.

An abundance of music, song and dance at the many impromptu sessions as well as dancing venues around the town.

Includes a wide selection of outdoor and indoor concerts, workshops, competitions, and street sessions.

Location: Cork
Date: Monday 13th July 2020 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: munsterfleadh@comhaltas.net
Website: www.munsterfleadh.ie/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Hebridean Celtic Festival - 15th Jul 2020 - Stornoway, Outer Hebrides

This is not a single venue event so you cannot buy one ticket that covers all events. Please choose carefully to make sure you make the most of your festival experience.
There will be a weekend ticket covering the events in the main arena
Features Hebridean music galore

Location: Stornoway
Date: Wednesday 15th July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Contact for info: office@hebceltfest.com
Website: www.hebceltfest.com/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


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


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


Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - 17th Jul 2020 - Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire

Continuing our occasional festival that's not quite folk policy. (But it 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 17th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: 01262 490324
Website: www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival.html
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Claremorris Folk Festival - 17th Jul 2020 - Claremorris, County Mayo

Music is a universal language understood by all people but folk music in particular has defined cultures throughout history and continues to do so today. It is sewn into the very fabric of our society, inseparable from our cultural identity.

The Claremorris Folk Festival will be a 2 day celebration of the rich traditions that define this intimate genre as it continues to evolve across generations.

We hope to see you there!

Location: Claremorris
Date: Friday 17th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Also available The price is in euros. Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@claremorrisfolkfestival.com
Website: claremorrisfolkfestival.com
County: County Mayo
Country: Ireland


Llangollen Fringe Festival - 17th Jul 2020 - Llangollen, Denbighshire

Mixture of various media, incliding folk music, celebrating its 20th anniversary. With individual event tickets, you can choose your favourite artists to suit your taste in music and entertainment.

The Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

As well as attracting visitors from all over the UK, the Fringe continues to grow its local following and is achieving its aim to become 'the festival for the town in the town' - thanks to everyone in our audience.

Location: Llangollen
Date: Friday 17th July 2020 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info: contact@llangollenfringe.co.uk
Website: llangollenfringe.co.uk
County: Denbighshire
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


Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau - 17th Jul 2020 - Dolgellau, Snowdonia

A Welsh festival of, well, Welsh folk music. One of the biggest Welsh Festivals.

If you have a guitar in the attic, or a bodhran in the cupboard, or maybe a fiddle under the bed, then bring them along! There is sure to be a jamming session in a pub or two.

If you’re a musician who would like to play in front of an audience, there will be a busking stage on the Square where you could perform in front of the crowd.

Location: Dolgellau
Date: Friday 17th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Contact for info: pwyllgor@sesiwnfawr.cymru
Website: sesiwnfawr.cymru/en/home/
County: Snowdonia
Country: Wales


Stainsby Festival - 17th Jul 2020 - 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 17th July 2020 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


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


Joe Mooney Summer School - 18th Jul 2020 - Drumshanbo, County Leitrim

Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School, a week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town. The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim's heritage of traditional music while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.

Location: Drumshanbo
Date: Saturday 18th July 2020 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: +353 (0)71 964 1213
Website: www.joemooneysummerschool.com
County: County Leitrim
Country: Ireland


Fiddler's Green International Festival - 19th Jul 2020 - Rostrevor, County Down

It began as a one day event, progressed to a weekend one and now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. With up to 200 events the festival caters for music fanatics, families who wish to enjoy a safe, child focused festival, and those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music.

Based in the scenic village of Rostrevor. There will be free outdoor ceilis, an open air stage, art exhibitions, children's entertainment and even a literary pub crawl, with the emphasis on 'literary' rather than 'crawling'!

All musical tastes are catered for (folk, blues, country, classical).

Location: Rostrevor
Date: Sunday 19th July 2020 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Also available Various other tickets too.
Contact for info: info@fiddlersgreenfestival.eu
Website: fiddlersgreenfestival.eu/
County: County Down
Country: Ireland


Folk by the Oak - 19th Jul 2020 - 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 19th July 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £42
Contact for info: info@folkbytheoak.com
Website: www.folkbytheoak.com/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 20th Jul 2020 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering.

Based in Peel, Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering is a celebration of Manx
culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five
Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany).

Musicians, singers and dancers!! Concerts, ceilis, sessions, free events and workshops.

As in previous years we are posting this under Scotland and Ireland due to its Celtic theme, as we don't have a separate Isle of Man page.

Location: Peel
Date: Monday 20th July 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celticgathering.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 20th Jul 2020 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering.

Based in Peel, Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering is a celebration of Manx
culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five
Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany).

Musicians, singers and dancers!! Concerts, ceilis, sessions, free events and workshops.

As in previous years we are posting this under Scotland and Ireland due to its Celtic theme, as we don't have a separate Isle of Man page.

Location: Peel
Date: Monday 20th July 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celticgathering.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Feakle Festival - 22nd Jul 2020 - Feakle, County Clare

Visitors from all over the world come to a festival that now has international recognition.

Variety of events over a week long festival.

Location: Feakle
Date: Wednesday 22nd July 2020 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feaklefestival.ie
Website: www.feaklefestival.ie/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


ChickenStock Music Festival - 23rd Jul 2020 - Stockbury, ME9 7RN, Kent

Back for its 3rd year! 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 23rd July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Contact for info:
Website: www.chickenstockfestival.co.uk
County: Kent
Country: England


Warwick Folk Festival - 23rd Jul 2020 - 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: Warwick
Date: Thursday 23rd July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £134
Contact for info: info@warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Womad Charlton Park - 23rd Jul 2020 - Charlton Park, 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
Date: Thursday 23rd July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £225
Contact for info: info@womad.org
Website: womad.co.uk/
County: Wiltshire
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


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


ButeFest - 24th Jul 2020 - Rothesay, Isle of Bute

A newish three day festival of music, food and fun that is going from strength to strength. This accessible and hugely friendly family festival all takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow flies from Glasgow.
Lots of great bands.
Plus a great variety of foods for you to try.

Location: Rothesay
Date: Friday 24th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £91
Contact for info: info@butefest.co.uk
Website: www.butefest.co.uk/
County: Isle of Bute
Country: Scotland


Chagstock Festival - 24th Jul 2020 - Chagford, EX20 2PR, Devon

A not for profit organisation supporting the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Water Aid. In its 13th year.

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

Location: Chagford, EX20 2PR
Date: Friday 24th July 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: organiser@chagstock.info
Website: www.chagstock.info/
County: Devon
Country: England


Eilean Dorcha Festival - 24th Jul 2020 - Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

Now in it's fourth year, EDF is working in conjunction with charitable and educational bodies to identify emerging talent on the island and to give them a platform to perform. There will also be opportunities to learn about digital media, the Gaelic language and to listen to local and visiting musicians.

EDF is about a lot more than just the music. We will also be showcasing "Made in the Hebrides" products.

Location: Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula
Date: Friday 24th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info:
Website: www.edf.scot/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Guiting Music Festival - 24th Jul 2020 - Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

50th 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 24th July 2020 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@guitingfestival.org
Website: www.guitingfestival.org
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Speyfest - 24th Jul 2020 - Fochabers, Morayshire

25th Anniversary!

At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 23rd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Concerts, Ceilidhs and Stomps. Free to enter Craft Fair and Festival Clubs. Some of the biggest names from the world of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Location: Fochabers
Date: Friday 24th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: info@speyfest.com
Website: www.speyfest.com/
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Traditional Singing Weekend - 24th Jul 2020 - Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire

The Festival is a unique celebration, bringing together outstanding traditional singers from Scotland, England, and Ireland. The event is especially for those who like to hear, enjoy, and join in unaccompanied traditional singing. Essentially informal, friendly and non-competitive, it will be just the place to encourage the young and less experienced as well as the old hands. The weekend includes ceilidhs featuring the guest singers, singarounds for everyone who can join in, workshops, craft demonstrations and a talk.

Location: Cullerlie
Date: Friday 24th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01224 645486
Website: www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/public-engagement/cullerlie.php
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


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


Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - 30th Jul 2020 - Beauly, IV4 7BA, Invernessshire

Describes itself as quirky. Has quite a variety of styles of music, some of which may appeal to you. Large number of acts, including folk groups.
Vote the UK's most popular summer music festival at TripAdvisor, so it's clearly doing something right.

Location: Beauly, IV4 7BA
Date: Thursday 30th July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £162
Also available Two day and one day tickets as well
Contact for info: info@tartanheartfestival.co.uk
Website: www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Cambridge Folk Festival - 30th Jul 2020 - 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 30th July 2020 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


Wilderness - 30th Jul 2020 - 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 30th July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £180
Contact for info: info@wildernessfestival.com
Website: www.wildernessfestival.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Cahersiveen Festival of Music & the Arts - 31st Jul 2020 - Cahersiveen, County Kerry

The Festival has entertained locals and visitors every August Bank Holiday Weekend for the past nineteen years. This year will be one of the biggest and best festivals to date. We have music for all generations from Folk to Country. There will be loads of street entertainment through out the days with lots of activities for all the family.

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Location: Cahersiveen
Date: Friday 31st July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: +353 87 2211 667
Website: www.celticmusicfestival.com/
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Feile an Phobail Summer Festival - 31st Jul 2020 - Belfast, County Antrim

Ireland's Biggest Community Festival.
Music, Comedy, Talks, Tours, Theatre, Debate, Family, Community and more.

Quite a variety of events, some of which will be popular with folk fans. You'll have to check the program to find them

Location: Belfast
Date: Friday 31st July 2020 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feilebelfast.com
Website: feilebelfast.com/
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


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


Sidmouth Folk Week - 31st Jul 2020 - 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 31st July 2020 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk
Website: www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Underneath the Stars - 31st Jul 2020 - 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 31st July 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £132
Contact for info: info@underthestarsfest.co.uk
Website: www.underthestarsfest.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Taking place in August

National Eisteddfod of Wales - 1st Aug 2020 - Ceredigion, Conwy County

The BIG one!
The National Eisteddfod of Wales is one of the great festivals of the world, attracting over 160,000 visitors every year. An eclectic mixture of culture, music, visual arts and all kinds of activities for people of all ages, there's something for everyone on the Maes during the first week of August every year.

The Eisteddfod is a travelling festival which belongs to the people of Wales.

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Location: Ceredigion
Date: Saturday 1st August 2020 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Various event and day tickets
Contact for info: gwyb@eisteddfod.org.uk
Website: www.eisteddfod.org.uk/
County: Conwy County
Country: Wales


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


Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann - 2nd Aug 2020 - Mullingar, County Westmeath

A week long event, featuring concerts, competitions, singing, walking tours, and lots more. There's even FleadhTV which will broadcast live from 8.30pm to 11.30pm over four nights from Thursday to Sunday on TG4 as well as live on tg4.tv and here on fleadhcheoil.ie

Location: Mullingar
Date: Sunday 2nd August 2020 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@fleadhcheoil.ie
Website: www.fleadhcheoil.ie/
County: County Westmeath
Country: Ireland


Kilkenny Arts Festivals - 6th Aug 2020 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

A 10 day feast of visual art, classical music, theatre and dance, jazz world and traditional Irish music, literature, film, architecture, indie music, craft and children's events.

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Thursday 6th August 2020 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@kilkennyarts.ie
Website: www.kilkennyarts.ie
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Wickham Festival - 6th Aug 2020 - 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 6th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Contact for info: eastfest@talk21.com
Website: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Broadstairs Folk Week - 7th Aug 2020 - 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 7th August 2020 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 - 7th Aug 2020 - 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 7th August 2020 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


Falkland Traditional Music Festival - 7th Aug 2020 - Falkland, Fife

Village festival with traditional music festival. We will have some of Scotland’s best and well known acts here to perform, also some of Scotland’s best up and coming traditional musicians.
Our guests perform at the concerts as well as taking workshops, and adjudicating competitions so there is plenty of chances to see them over the three days.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 7th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available tba
Contact for info:
Website: www.falklandfestival.co.uk
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Boomtown Behind the Mask - 12th Aug 2020 - 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 12th August 2020 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


Shetland Fiddle Frenzy - 12th Aug 2020 - Various locations, Shetlands

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ annual celebration of the Shetland fiddle tradition. The week of events runs from Sunday to Sunday, during the first week in August each year, centered on workshops teaching the distinctive tunes and technique of the Shetland fiddle style. An opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts.

Location: Various locations
Date: Wednesday 12th August 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £465
Contact for info: fiddle.frenzy@shetlandarts.org
Website: www.shetlandarts.org/whats-on/festivals/fiddle-frenzy/
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Fairport's Cropredy Convention - 13th Aug 2020 - 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 13th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £145
Contact for info: tickets@fairportconvention.com
Website: www.fairportconvention.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Saltburn Festival - 13th Aug 2020 - Saltburn, Cleveland

This year will see the 22nd 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.

Guests invited for 2020 include: O’Hooley & Tidow, Narthen, Granny’s Attic, Mrs Ackroyd, Jes Lowe, Bernard Wrigley, Said the Maiden, T’ Antiques Roadshow, She Shanties, Archer Mattews & Russell, The Wilsons, Damien Barber, Marie Little and lots more. Visit the website now

Location: Saltburn
Date: Thursday 13th August 2020 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


White Horse Folk Festival - 14th Aug 2020 - 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 14th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info: WhiteHorseFest@aol.com
Website: www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Masters of Tradition - 19th Aug 2020 - Bantry, County Cork

As ever Ireland's unique Irish Traditional Music Festival will be headlined by Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare, whose distinctive touch and extravagant virtuosity has brought the tradition to new levels. His famous trance-evoking sets with Dennis Cahill have mesmerised audiences all over the world.

Location: Bantry
Date: Wednesday 19th August 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@westcorkmusic.ie
Website: www.westcorkmusic.ie/mot
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Mull of Kintyre Music Festival - 19th Aug 2020 - Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute

A mixture of events, includes a fair bit of acoustic music and ceilidhs, and traditional music.

Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region's cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.

Location: Campbeltown
Date: Wednesday 19th August 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: mokfest@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.mokfest.com/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Green Man - 20th Aug 2020 - near Crickhowell, Powys

A large independant event, with a wide range of artists, and genres, more than 100 acts playing indie, psychedelia, Americana, and folk across 5 stages. Food stalls and a bar will be open in the evening. Many different themes.

Check to see if it matches your tastes.

Supports the Bevan Foundation as well.

Location: near Crickhowell
Date: Thursday 20th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@greenman.net
Website: www.greenman.net/
County: Powys
Country: Wales


Purbeck Valley Folk Festival - 20th Aug 2020 - 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 20th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £135
Contact for info: cath@purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Ardersier Folk Festival - 21st Aug 2020 - Ardersier, Invernessshire

A new festival, in Scotland.
It runs for three days and is priced very reasonably indeed.

Includes workshops, open sessions, craft stalls and Ceilidh.

Location: Ardersier
Date: Friday 21st August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Also available Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@ardersierfolkclub.org.uk
Website: ardersierfolkclub.org.uk
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Beautiful Days - 21st Aug 2020 - 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 21st August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £142
Contact for info: info@beautifuldays.org
Website: www.beautifuldays.org/
County: Devon
Country: England


FolkEast - 21st Aug 2020 - Glemham Hall, Suffolk

This event has been going for aorund six 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 21st August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £130
Contact for info: info@folkeast.co.uk
Website: www.folkeast.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Innerleithen Music festival - 21st Aug 2020 - Innerleithen, Lothian

Bringing the stars of Celtic Music to the Scottish Borders. 30 miles south of Edinburgh.

Web site not fully updated at the time of our last visit.

Location: Innerleithen
Date: Friday 21st August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: imfpublicity@aol.com
Website: www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org/
County: Lothian
Country: Scotland


Marymass Folk Festival - 21st Aug 2020 - Irvine, Ayrshire

For the 53rd time!
On the picturesque Clyde Coast opposite Arran lies Irvine. It's a 30 minute train journey from Glasgow. There are concerts, sessions, an open stage competition, events in schools, community concerts and not forgetting two World Championships - the amazing Whammy-Diddling and the even more amazing Chuckie-Chucking.

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Update:
Updated website now live, (August)

Location: Irvine
Date: Friday 21st August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: joyceifc@aol.com
Website: www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/marymass2019/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Moira Furnace Folk Festival - 21st Aug 2020 - Moira Furnace,Swadlicote, DE12 6AT, Leicestershire

It's Number 12

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 21st August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £47
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk
Website: moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


Just So Festival - 22nd Aug 2020 - 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.
Doesn't seem to like my pop-up box so click here instead to view their site.

Location: Rode Hall
Date: Saturday 22nd August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £150
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: hello@justsofestival.org.uk
Website: www.justsofestival.org.uk/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Whitby Folk Week - 22nd Aug 2020 - 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 22nd August 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £199
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 - 27th Aug 2020 - Cottingham, Yorkshire

Now in it's sixth 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 27th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@cottinghamfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: cottinghamfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Shambala Festival - 27th Aug 2020 - 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 27th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £215
Contact for info: enquiries@shambalafestival.org
Website: www.shambalafestival.org/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Between the Trees Festival - 28th Aug 2020 - Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend

Music - Natural Science - Art
An idyllic, new, 100 acre, woodland site in South Wales.

Between The Trees has a unique theme of music, natural science and art. The festival aims to engage people of all ages with the natural world and to re-connect younger generations with the wonder and restorative qualities that this woodland environment offers. Musically, it is grounded in contemporary folk, Americana and acoustic roots genres, blending new exciting talent with more established performers; the music is wholly original and always wonderful.

Location: Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr
Date: Friday 28th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available Day tickets £20 - 30
Contact for info: patinalive@gmail.com
Website: www.betweenthetreesfestival.co.uk/
County: Bridgend
Country: Wales


Cornwall Folk Festival - 28th Aug 2020 - 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 28th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@cornwallfolkfestival.com
Website: www.cornwallfolkfestival.com/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Greenbelt - 28th Aug 2020 - 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.

Location: Boughton Estate, Kettering,NN14 1BJ
Date: Friday 28th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £195
Contact for info: info@greenbelt.org.uk
Website: www.greenbelt.org.uk/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Lyme Folk Weekend - 28th Aug 2020 - 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 28th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01297 442138 / admin@lymefolk.com
Website: www.lymefolk.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


Maui Waui - 28th Aug 2020 - 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: Friday 28th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £92
Contact for info: silas@mauiwauievents.co.uk
Website: www.mauiwauievents.co.uk/
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Shrewsbury Folk Festival - 28th Aug 2020 - 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 28th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £150
Contact for info: sandra@shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Towersey Festival - 28th Aug 2020 - 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 28th August 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £144
Contact for info: info@towerseyfestival.com
Website: www.towerseyfestival.com/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Watchet LIVE Music Festival - 28th Aug 2020 - Watchet, Somerset

Family friendly festival.

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

Profits used to fund community events and donations to charities.

Location: Watchet
Date: Friday 28th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £87.5
Contact for info: info@watchetfestival.co.uk
Website: www.watchetfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


England's Medieval Festival - 29th Aug 2020 - 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 29th August 2020 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


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


Bellingham all Acoustic Music Festival - 4th Sep 2020 - 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: Friday 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@baafest.com
Website: www.baafest.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
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


Didmarton Bluegrass Festival - 4th Sep 2020 - 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 4th September 2020 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


Kelso Folk Festival - 4th Sep 2020 - Kelso, Scottish Borders

Multiple venues within a small area of the town. With a few free events.
Features evening and daytime concerts, sessions, open mics, singarounds and workshops.
Now in its fourth year. Good value for money.

Location: Kelso
Date: Friday 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available Half day tickets £10 - 15
Contact for info: kelsoflmc@gmail.com
Website: www.kelsofolkfest.org
County: Scottish Borders
Country: Scotland


Llanwddyn Weekend of Folk and Acoustic Music - 4th Sep 2020 - Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys

A small event, so don't leave it to late to get your tickets.
This is the fifth time it's taken place, includes a crafts fair, ceilidh, sing-arounds and all the usual things.

A small village of 36 houses, but they can run an festival! With an interesting line-up.

Location: Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy
Date: Friday 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@llanwddynevents.co.uk
Website: llanwddynevents.co.uk/llandwddyn-folk-acoustic-music/about-the-weekend
County: Powys
Country: Wales


London Folk Festival - 4th Sep 2020 - 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: Friday 4th September 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Contact for info: folkandroots@gmail.com
Website: www.londonfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Moseley Folk Festival - 4th Sep 2020 - 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 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Also available Day and two day tickets £50 and £90
Contact for info: info@moseleyfolk.co.uk
Website: www.moseleyfolk.co.uk
County: West Midlands
Country: England


Off the Tracks - Summer Festival - 4th Sep 2020 - 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 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@offthetracks.co.uk
Website: offthetracks.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


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


The Wail - 4th Sep 2020 - 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 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Contact for info: 01225 867031
Website: thewail.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Wilkestock - 4th Sep 2020 - 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 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £71
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wilkestock.com/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


SingFest - 5th Sep 2020 - 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 5th September 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: vox@annatabbush.com
Website: www.singfest.org.uk/
County: Surrey
Country: England


Leadhills Music Festival - 6th Sep 2020 - Leadhills, Lanarkshire



Website still under construction.

Location: Leadhills
Date: Sunday 6th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: 01659 74234
Website: leadhillsmusicinitiative.com
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Linlithgow Folk Festival - 9th Sep 2020 - Linlithgow, West Lothian

Website still has a bit of work required for completion on our last visit.
We always seem to check it before they update it, as we start looking in November of the previous year.

Location: Linlithgow
Date: Wednesday 9th September 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - Individual event tickets usually
Contact for info: festival@linlithgowfolk.com
Website: www.linlithgowfolk.com/index.php/folk-festival-2019
County: West Lothian
Country: Scotland


Bromyard Folk Festival - 10th Sep 2020 - 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 10th September 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available 120
Contact for info: info@bromyard-folk-festival.org.uk
Website: www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 10th Sep 2020 - nr Dalmellington, Dumfries and Galloway

The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. All are invited to journey over hill and dale by rock and stream to our natural greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Location: nr Dalmellington
Date: Thursday 10th September 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £122
Also available Other options available
Contact for info: info@knockengorroch.org.uk
Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Medieval Music in the Dales - 10th Sep 2020 - 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: Thursday 10th September 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: medievalmusicinthedales@gmail.com
Website: www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
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


St Ives September Festival - 12th Sep 2020 - 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 12th September 2020 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


Swanage Folk Festival - 13th Sep 2020 - Swanage, Dorset

Now in it's 27th 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: Sunday 13th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Contact for info: info@swanagefolkfestival.com
Website: www.swanagefolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
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


Beardy Folk Festival - 17th Sep 2020 - 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 17th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £140
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: beardyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Ceol Cholasa Music Festival - 17th Sep 2020 - Colonsay, Hebrides

A great little festival on a great little island - described as a remote Atlantic rock (with 120 people on it).

Support this special event.

Usually about half the tickets are pre-booked, so don't miss out by leaving things too late.

Location: Colonsay
Date: Thursday 17th September 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: 01951 200336
Website: ceolcholasa.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Southdowns Folk Festival - 17th Sep 2020 - 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 17th September 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £89
Contact for info: rnash10@hotmail.com
Website: www.southdownsfolkfest.co.uk
County: Sussex
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


Deepdale Festival - 24th Sep 2020 - 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 24th September 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: 01485 210256
Website: www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk/festival/
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Fiddler of Strathspey Festival - 25th Sep 2020 - Grantown-on-Spey, Moray

Now in its sixth year.

Fiddling competition and concerts. Plus Ceilidh.

Several locations in the town.

Location: Grantown-on-Spey
Date: Friday 25th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Concert tickets are £15
Contact for info:
Website: www.fiddlerofstrathspey.co.uk/
County: Moray
Country: Scotland


Jura Music Festival - 25th Sep 2020 - The Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides

Now in it's 25th year!

6000 deer. 200 people. 1 Jura Music Festival.

A music festival with a leaning towards traditional music, but other genres as well. A well-established favourite for lovers of the traditional music scene.

PS No need to bring your own deer.

Location: The Isle of Jura
Date: Friday 25th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.juramusicfestival.com/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


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

Cork Folk Festival - 1st Oct 2020 - Cork, County Cork

Traditional music from Ireland and England too. One of the major Irish festivals.

Since its birth in 1979, Cork Folk Festival has earned a reputation for bringing together some of the biggest names on the traditional and folk scene - as well as championing some of its up-and-coming stars.

Location: Cork
Date: Thursday 1st October 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: infocorkfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.corkfolkfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Tenterden Folk Festival - 1st Oct 2020 - 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 1st October 2020 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 - 2nd Oct 2020 - Derby, DE1 3AH, Derbyshire

2020 will be the 14th 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 2nd October 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available Variety of day and event tickets.
Contact for info: admin@derbyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Edgworth Folk Festival - 2nd Oct 2020 - 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.

Links on the page take you to pdf files with some more info.

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

The site hasn't been updated for 2020, but th efestival is mentioned in their calender.

Location: Edgworth, BL7 OAP
Date: Friday 2nd October 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: 01257 233513 / arawc51@gmail.com
Website: www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk/page2.htm
County: Lancashire
Country: England


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


Blazin' in Beauly - 12th Oct 2020 - Beauly, Invernessshire

Expect full immersion into the music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland, things which Blazin' Fiddles have been championing throughout their 15 years in the Scottish music scene.

Sessions and tutors.

A unique opportunity to learn from the band and their special guest tutors as well as take part in sessions, concerts, masterclasses and ceilidhs whilst establishing new connections in a stunning part of the country.
Fab for fiddle fans.

Location: Beauly
Date: Monday 12th October 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £295
Also available Day tickets £60, Concerts £40
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Manchester Folk Festival - 15th Oct 2020 - 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 15th October 2020 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


Hartlepool Folk Festival - 16th Oct 2020 - 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 16th October 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: jonny@hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
Website: www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Lichfield Festival of Folk - 16th Oct 2020 - Lichfield, Staffordshire

L2F - The Lichfield Festival of Folk, organised by arts charity Lichfield Arts, is in its seventh year and going from strength to strength. Held in the historic centre of Lichfield and focussed on the atmospheric Guildhall it offers the very best in folk music, dance displays and workshops. A lively, friendly atmosphere for very attractive prices.

Location: Lichfield
Date: Friday 16th October 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@lichfieldarts.org.uk
Website: www.l2f.co.uk/
County: Staffordshire
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


Musicport Festival - 23rd Oct 2020 - Whitby, Yorkshire

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

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

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

Location: Whitby
Date: Friday 23rd October 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01947 603475
Website: www.musicportfestival.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


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


Dance Around the World - 31st Oct 2020 - Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, London

Now in it's 20th year
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 31st October 2020 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


Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 31st Oct 2020 - Perth, Perthshire

The 71st Event!!!

A major occasion in the Scottish music calendar incorporating the official Scottish Accordion Championships for traditional music alongside fiddle competitions and a range of individual and group sections covering a variety of musical styles.

Location: Perth
Date: Saturday 31st October 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01738 492949
Website: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in November

Tenby Blues Festival - 13th Nov 2020 - Tenby, Pembrokeshire

The Tenby Blues Festival has grown rapidly and is now firmly established as one of the major events in the UK Blues calendar. This intimate and friendly festival has built its reputation on the strength of its line up that just gets better by the year.

This year is the event's 15th birthday - a teenager now.

Location: Tenby
Date: Friday 13th November 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@tenbyblues.co.uk
Website: www.tenbyblues.co.uk/
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Scots Fiddle Festival - 20th Nov 2020 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

The Scots Fiddle Festival, sustaining and promoting traditional fiddle music.

Concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, festival club, ceilidhs, open stage, sessions, stalls, free events and lots more

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 20th November 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com
Website: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


The Great British Folk Festival - 27th Nov 2020 - 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 27th November 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Contact for info:
Website: www.bigweekends.com/great-british-folk-festival-skegness-271120
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England


Taking place in August

Over the Hill - 21st Aug 2029 - Cogges Manor Farm, Oxfordshire

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

Location: Cogges Manor Farm
Date: Tuesday 21st August 2029 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info:
Website: www.gloveboxlive.uk/gig/over-the-hill/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


 

Let the music grow.