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At the heart of English folk


We are delighted to present a vibrant family friendly programme of events, dances, workshops and performances at Cecil Sharp House and occasionally elsewhere.

Discover more about the exciting world of folk arts through our family barn dances, afternoon festivals, activities and performances.


Family Barn Dances

The whole family can take part in our wonderful programme of family barn dances. Held monthly throughout the year at Cecil Sharp House, and led by experienced callers and musicians, our barn dances are an excellent opportunity to discover the world of folk dance and music together in a relaxed, sociable atmosphere.

Book now for upcoming Family Barn Dances:

18 March, 3-5pm

22 April, 3-5pm

17 June, 3-5pm


May in a Day!

12 May, 1-4pm

Our yearly afternoon family folk festival celebrating spring, which usually takes place on the second weekend of May. Every year there is lots of dancing to join in with, performances to watch and listen to, songs to sing, and arts and crafts to make. There’s also a different theme to enable everyone to find out more about folk traditions, such as the mysterious character of Jack-in-the-Green, maypoles, hobby horses, May queens and kings, and more! 

Discover more

Interested in activities for teenagers?
Why not look at Get Your Folk On!, our youth folk music course for 12-19 year olds.


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There's never been a better time to donate to EFDSS - between now and 2019 your donation will be matched by Arts Council England!