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At the heart of English folk

Folk Festivals 2018

Dates for your 2018 diary... 

 

JANUARY

5-7 January Normafest 
Whitby, North Yorkshire. www.facebook.com/events/1184275878310552/

12-13 January Stroud Wassail  
Stroud, Gloucestershire. www.stroudwassail.com 

12-14 January Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 
Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. www.strawbear.org.uk 

18 January - 4 February Celtic Connections 
Glasgow www.celticconnections.com 

26-28 January Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival 
Gloucester. http://venues.gloucester.gov.uk/Freetime/Guildhall/listings/music/Cajun-Festival-2018.aspx

 

FEBRUARY

2-3 February EastFolk Sandlings Sessions
Snape Maltings www.mardles.org/index.php/whats-on/special-events?showall=&start=2

9-10 February Love Folk - Southport’s Folk Festival 
The Atkinson, Southport, Merseyside. www.theatkinson.co.uk/special-event/love-folk-festival-2018/

9-11 February Gainsborough Old Time Music and Dance Festival 
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. www.foaotmad.org.uk/gainsborough.html

23-25 February Intervarsity Folk Dance Festival IVFDF 
Sheffield. https://ivfdf-2018.ceilidhsoc.org/

24 February Chester February Folk Day 
Hoole, Chester, Cheshire. www.chesterfolk.org.uk 

 

MARCH

TBC March Moonbeams March Folk Weekend 
Driffield, East Yorks. www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk 

2-18 March Manchester Irish Festival 
Manchester. www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk 

10 March Mellor Brook Fiddle Day 
Blackburn. www.fiddlemusic.co.uk

15-18 March Yorkshire Cajun and Zydeco Festival 
Malton, North Yorks. www.yorkshirecajun.com 

16-18 March Nonsuch Dulcimer Club Spring Fling 
Allendale, Northumberland. http://dulcimer.org.uk/texts/images/Spring_fling_2018.pdf 

23-25 March Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT) 
Sheffield. www.facebook.com/rappertournament/

25 March Poppy Folk Day 
The Poppy & Pint, West Bridgford, Notts. www.poppyfolkclub.co.uk 

30 March - 1 April Sheffield Sessions Folk Festival 
Sheffield. www.sheffieldseshfest.org.uk/

 

APRIL

6-8 April Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering 
Morpeth, Northumberland. www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering/

8 April New Roots, Trestle Arts Base 
St Albans. www.new-roots.org.uk

6-8 April Sing in the Spring 
The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcs. https://thefleeceinn.co.uk/events/sing-in-the-spring/

20-22 April Folk Weekend Oxford 
Oxford. www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/

26 April-2 May Costa Del Folk 
Ibiza, Spain. www.costadelfolk.co.uk/costa-del-folk-ibiza-2018/

27-30 April Great Alne Long Weekend 
Long Alne, Warwicks. www.greatalnefolk.org.uk

  

MAY

3-6 May Raunds Music Festival 
Raunds, Northants. www.raundsfestival.com 

4-6 May Todmorden Folk Festival 
Todmorden, West Yorks. www.todfolkfest.co.uk

5-7 May Filey Folk Festival 
Filey, North Yorks. http://fileyfolkfestival.bravesites.com/

4-7 May Scandimoot Scandinavian Music & Dance 
Clapham & Settle, North Yorkshire. www.scandimoot.org.uk 

4-7 May Wath Festival 
Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorks. www.wathfestival.org.uk 

4-7 May Upton Folk Festival 
Upton upon Severn, Worcs. www.uptonfolk.org 

4-7 May Eastbourne International Folk Dance Festival 
Eastbourne, Sussex. www.eiff.org.uk 

5-7 May Rochester Sweeps Festival 
Rochester, Kent. www.medway.gov.uk/leisurecultureandsport/events/sweepsfestival2018.aspx

11-13 May Holmfirth Festival of Folk 
Holmfirth, West Yorks. www.holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk 

11-13 May Folk on the Pier 
Cromer, Norfolk. www.folkonthepier.co.uk 

11-13 May Tredegar House Folk Festival 
Newport, Gwent. www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk 

11-13 May Doncaster Folk Festival 
Doncaster, South Yorks. http://doncasterfolkfestival.co.uk/ 

18-19 May Trinity Folk Festival 
Guildford, Surrey. www.trinityfolkfestival.co.uk 

25-26 May Ireby Festival 
Ireby, Cumbria. www.irebyfestival.co.uk 

25-28 May Great North Folk Festival 
Botton Village, Danby. www.festivalonthemoor.co.uk

25-28 May Chippenham Folk Festival 
Chippenham, Wilts. www.chippfolk.co.uk 

25-28 May Chester Folk Festival 
Kelsall, Cheshire. www.chesterfolk.org.uk 

25-28 May Fishguard Folk Festival 
Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. http://fishguard-folk-music.co.uk/

25-28 May Bude & Stratton Folk Festival 
Bude, Cornwall. www.budefolkfest.com 

27 May-1 June Morland Scottish Country Dancing Week 
Morland, Cumbria. www.newbyendfarm.co.uk/courses-events/

 

JUNE

1-3 June Kirtlington Lamb Ale Morris Festival 
Kirtlington, Oxon. http://kirtlington-morris.org.uk/kirtlington-lamb-ale-2/

1-3 June Wychwood Festival 
Cheltenham, Glos. www.wychwoodfestival.com 

1-3 June Wessex Folk Festival 
Weymouth, Dorset. www.wessexfolkfestival.com

1-3 June Blowout Bagpipe Festival 
Polesworth, Staffs. www.bagpipesociety.org.uk/blowout/ 

1-3 June Acoustic Festival of Britain 
Uttoxeter, Staffs. www.acousticfestival.co.uk 

7-10 June Gate to Southwell Folk Festival 
Southwell, Notts. www.gtsf.uk 

8-10 June St Neots Festival of Traditional Music, Song & Dance 
St Neots, Cambs. www.stneotsfolkclub.co.uk 

8-10 June Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 
Wimborne, Dorset. www.wimbornefolk.co.uk 

22-24 June Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 
Falmouth, Cornwall. www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk 

15-17 June Middlewich FAB Festival 
Middlewich, Cheshire. www.middlewich.org.uk/middlewich-fab-festival 

15-17 June Beverley Folk Festival 
Beverley, East Yorks. www.beverleyfestival.com 

15-17 June Lichfield Folk Festival 
Lichfield, Staffs. www.lichfieldfolkfestival.co.uk

15-17 June St Albans Folk Festival 
St Albans, Herts. www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

22-24 June Teignmouth Folk Festival 
Teignmouth, Devon. www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk 

22-24 June Boars Bridge Festival 
Little London, Hants. www.boarsbridgefestival.co.uk 

22-24 June Beardy Folk Festival 
Cleobury Mortimer, Shrops. www.beardyfolkfestival.co.uk/

22-24 June English Country Music Weekend 
Abbots Bromley, Staffs. www.mustrad.org.uk/ecmw.htm 

23-25 June Moor & Coast – Whitby Spring Session 
Whitby, North Yorks. www.moorandcoast.co.uk 

30 June Bakewell International Day of Dance 
Bakewell, Derbyshire. www.bakewelldayofdance.co.uk 

 

JULY

3-8 July Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 
Llangollen, Denbighshire. www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk 

6-8 July Cleckheaton Folk Festival 

6-7 July Moonbeams Festival 
Hunmanby, East Yorks. www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk 

6-7 July Folk at the Hall (FATH) 
Trelawnyd, Flinshire. www.therecordjournal.co.uk 

6-8 July Yorkshire Folk Dance Weekend 
Drax, North Yorks. www.yfdw.org.uk 

6-8 July Priddy Folk Festival 
Priddy, Somerset. www.priddyfolk.org 

13-15 July Ely Folk Festival 
Ely, Cambs. www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk 

13-15 July Furness Tradition 
Ulverston, Cumbria. www.furnesstradition.org.uk 

6-8 July Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival 
Sandwich, Kent. http://sandwichevents.org.uk/folkandalefestival/ 

13-15 July Greensleeves Morris Men Chipperfield Weekend 
Chipperfield, Herts. www.greensleevesmorris.org.uk/html/chipperfield.html

12-15 July Bromsgrove Folk Festival 
Bromsgrove, Worcs. http://bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festival.html

19-20 July Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend 
Bradfield, South Yorks. www.facebook.com/events/280401972477103

19-22 July Folk on the Lawn 
Tintern, Gwent. www.folkonthelawn.com 

20-22 July Mitcheldean Folk Festival 
Mitcheldean, Glos. www.mitcheldeanfolkfestival.org.uk 

15 July Folk by the Oak 
Hatfield House, Herts. www.folkbytheoak.com 

20-22 July Stainsby Folk Festival 
Stainsby, Derbyshire. www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk 

20-22 July Underneath the Stars Festival 
Cawthorne, South Yorks. www.underthestarsfest.co.uk 

27-29 July Cullerlie Traditional Singing Weekend 
Cullerlie, Aberdeen. https://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/events/11849

2-5 August Cambridge Folk Festival
Featuring EFDSS’ National Youth Folk Ensemble
 
Cambridge. www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk 

26-29 July Warwick Folk Festival 
Warwick. www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk

26-29 July WOMAD UK 
Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wilts. www.womad.co.uk 

22-28 July Festival at the Edge 
Much Wenlock, Shropshire. www.festivalattheedge.org 

28-29 July Eastbourne Lammas Festival 
Eastbourne, Sussex. www.lammasfest.org  

 

AUGUST

2-5 August Wickham Festival 
Wickham, Hants. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

2-10 August Sidmouth Folk Week 
Featuring EFDSS’ National Youth Folk Ensemble 
Sidmouth, Devon. www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk 

5 August Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music, Song and Dance 
Heckington, Sleaford, Lincs. Facebook.com/600whiskies 

9-11 August Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 
Cropredy, Oxon. www.fairportconvention.com

10-12 August Saltburn Folk Festival 
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorks. www.saltburnfolkfestival.com 

10-12 August Dartmoor Folk Festival 
South Zeal, Devon. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

10-17 August Broadstairs Folk Week 
Broadstairs, Kent. www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk 

11-19 August Bath Folk Festival and Traditional Music Summer School 
Bath, Somerset. www.bathfolkfestival.org 

16-19 August Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 
Corfe Castle, Dorset. www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk

17-19 August White Horse Folk Festival 
Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire. www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk 

17-19 August Moira Furnace Folk Festival 
Moira, Leicestershire. www.moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk 

17-19 August Folkeast 
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. www.folkeast.co.uk 

18-24 August Whitby Folk Week 
Whitby, North Yorks. www.whitbyfolk.co.uk 

23-27 August Cornwall Folk Festival 
Wadebridge, Cornwall. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com 

24-27 August Towersey Festival 
Thame, Oxon. www.towerseyfestival.com 

24-27 August Shrewsbury Folk Festival 
Shrewsbury, Shropshire. www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk 

24-26 August Saddleworth Rushcart 
Saddleworth, Lancs. www.saddleworthmorrismen.co.uk/events.html

 

SEPTEMBER

31 August - 2 September Fleetwood Folk and Blues Weekend 
Fleetwood, Lancs. www.fleetwoodfolkandblues.com 

31 August - 2 September Bunkfest 
Wallingford, Oxon. www.bunkfest.co.uk 

31 August - 2 September  Moseley Folk Festival 
Moseley, Birmingham. www.moseleyfolk.co.uk 

1 September London Folk Festival 
Cecil Sharp House, London. www.londonfolkfestival.co.uk 

TBC East Anglian Traditional Music Trust Traditional Music Day 
Stowmarket, Suffolk. www.eatmt.org.uk 

7-9 September The Big Green Cardigan 
Battle, Sussex. www.biggreencardigan.com 

7-9 September Swanage Folk Festival 
Swanage, Dorset. www.swanagefolkfestival.com

6-9 September Bromyard Folk Festival 
Bromyard, Herefordshire. www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk 

8-22 September St Ives September Festival 
St Ives. www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk 

14-16 September Priston Festival 
Priston, Bath, Somerset. www.priston.org.uk/festival 

21-23 September Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival 
Otley, West Yorks. www.otleyfolkfestival.com 

15-16 September UK Sacred Harp Convention 
Brighton. www.ukshc.org 

20-23 September Southdowns Folk Festival 
Bognor Regis, Sussex. www.southdownsfolkfest.co.uk 

21-23 September Stroud Folk Weekend 
Stroud, Glous. www.stroudfolkfestival.co.uk 

14-16 September International Pipe and Tabor Festival 
York. www.pipeandtabor.org 

28-30 September Allen Valleys Folk Festival 
Allendale, Northumberland. www.allenvalleysfolkfestival.co.uk

 

OCTOBER

3-5 October Edgworth Folk Weekend 
Edgworth, Lancs. www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk

4-7 October Tenterden Folk Festival 
Tenterden, Kent. www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk 

4-7 October Derby Folk Festival 
Derby, Derbyshire. www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk 

5-7 October Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival 
Harwich, Essex. www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk 

9-15 October Costa Del Folk Portugal 
Albufeira, Portugal. www.costadelfolk.co.uk 

12-14 October Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival 
Banbury, Oxon. www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk 

12-14 October Hartlepool Folk Festival 
Hartlepool, Co Durham. www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk 

18-21 October Manchester Folk Festival 
(in collaboration with English Folk Expo)
Manchester. www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk

19-21 October Musicport 
Whitby, North Yorks. www.musicportfestival.com 

19-22 October Nonsuch Dulcimer Club Annual Weekend 
Great Malvern. http://dulcimer.org.uk/calendar.html

 

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 

30 November - 3 December The Great British Folk Festival 
Butlins, Skegness, Lincs. www.bigweekends.com

 

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Other useful resources

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