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Folk Festivals 2019

Dates for your 2019 diary... 

 

JANUARY

11-12 January Stroud Wassail

Stroud, Gloucestershire. www.stroudwassail.com

18-20 January  Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival

Whittlesey, Cambrigdeshire. www.strawbear.org.uk

17 January – 3 February Celtic Connections

Glasgow www.celticconnections.com

25-27 January Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival

Gloucester. www.facebook.com/events/

 

FEBRUARY

1-3 February EastFolk Sandlings Sessions

Snape Maltings. www.mardles.org/index.php/whats-on/special-events

15-16 February Love Folk – Southport’s Folk Festival

The Atkinson, Southport, Merseyside. www.facebook.com/events/1128873850600246

23 February Chester February Folk Day

Hoole, Chester, Cheshire. www.chesterfolk.org.uk

 

MARCH

1–3 March Intervarsity Folk Dance Festival IVFDF

Edinburgh.  www.facebook.com/events/

9 March Mellor Brook Fiddle Day

Blackburn. http://www.fiddlemusic.co.uk/the-dots.htm

22-24 Nonsuch Dulcimer Club Spring Fling 

Allendale, Northumberland. https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/1588196574659349/

24 March Poppy Folk Day

The Poppy & Pint, West Bridgford, Notts. www.poppyfolkclub.co.uk/Events

** Manchester Irish Festival 2019 dates to be announced 

 

APRIL

5-7 April Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT)

Newcastle. www.facebook.com/rappertournament/

7 April New Roots, Trestle Arts Base

St. Albans. www.facebook.com/NewRootsCompetition/

19 - 21 April Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival

Sheffield. www.sheffieldseshfest.org.uk/

25 April – 1 May Costa Del Folk

Ibiza, Spain www.costadelfolk.co.uk/costa-del-folk-ibiza/

26-28 April Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering 

Morpeth, Northumberland. www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering/

26-29 April Great Alne Long Weekend

Long Alne, Warwicks. www.greatalnefolk.org.uk/

  

MAY

2-5 May Raunds Music Festival

Raunds, Northants. www.raundsfestival.com/

3-5 May Todmorden Folk Festival

Todmorden, West Yorks www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/todmorden-folk-festival

3-6 May Scandimoot Scandinavian Music & Dance 

Clapham & Settle, North Yorkshire. http://scandimoot.org.uk/

3-6 May 2019 Wath Festival 

Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorks. www.wathfestival.org.uk/

3-6 May Upton Folk Festival 

Upton upon Severn, Worcs. www.uptonfolk.org/

3-6 May Eastbourne International Folk Dance Festival

Eastbourne, Sussex. www.eiff.org.uk/

4 May Walton Folk Festival
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/event/view/74314

4-6 May Rochester Sweeps Festival

Rochester, Kent www.facebook.com/RochesterSweepsFestival/

10-12 May Holmfirth Festival of Folk 

Holmfirth, West Yorks. www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/holmfirthfolk/2019/

10-12 May Folk on the Pier

Cromer, Norfolk. www.folkonthepier.co.uk/

10-12 May Tredegar House Folk Festival 

Newport, Gwent. www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/

17-19 May Doncaster Folk Festival 

Doncaster, South Yorks. doncasterfolkfestival.co.uk/

17-18 May Trinity Folk Festival 

Guildford, Surrey www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/trinityfolk/2019

24-25 May Ireby Festival 

Ireby, Cumbria. www.gigantic.com/ireby-festival-ireby-festival

24-27 May Chester Folk Festival

Manchester. www.chesterfolk.org.uk/

24-27 May Chippenham Folk Festival 

Chippenham, Witts. www.chippfolk.co.uk/

24-27 May Fishguard Folk Festival

Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. www.ukfestivalguides.com/festivals

24-27 Bude & Stratton Folk Festival

Bude, Cornwall. www.budefolkfest.com/

27-31 May Morland Scottish Country Dancing Week

Morland, Cumbria www.newbyendfarm.co.uk/courses-events/

31 May – 2 June Wychwood Festival 

Cheltenham, Glos. https://wychwoodfestival.com/

31 May – 2 June Wessex Folk Festival 

Weymouth, Dorset. www.wessexfolkfestival.com/

31 May – 2 June Blowout Bagpipe Festival 

Polesworth, Staffs. www.bagpipesociety.org.uk/events/

31 May – 2 June Acoustic Festival of Britain 

Uttoxeter, Staffs. www.acousticfestival.co.uk/

**Great North Folk Festival 2019 dates to be announced

 

JUNE

6-11 June Gate to Southwell Folk Festival 

Southwell, Notts. www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/whats-on/the-gate-to-southwell-festival-2019-

7-9 June St Neots Festival of Traditional Music, Song & Dance

St. Neots, Cambs. www.stneotsfolkclub.co.uk/

7-9 June Wimborne Minister Folk Festival

Wimborne, Dorset. http://www.stneotsfolkclub.co.uk/

14-16 June Kirtlington Lamb Ale Morris Festival 

Kirtlington, Oxon. kirtlington-morris.org.uk/kirtlington-lamb

14-16 June Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Falmouth, Cornwall. www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk/

13-16 June Middlewich FAB Festival

Middlewich, Cheshire www.middlewich.org.uk/middlewich-fab-festival/

21-23 June Lichfield Folk Festival

Lichfield, Staffs www.lichfieldfolkfestival.co.uk

21-23 June 2019 Beardy Folk Festival

Cleobury Mortimer, Shrops. www.beardyfolkfestival.co.uk/

28-30 June St. Albans Folk Festival

St. Albans, Herts. www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk/

28-30 June English Country Music Weekend

Croston, West Lancashire. www.mustrad.org.uk/ecmw.htm

29 June Bakewell International Day of Dance

Bakewell, Derbyshire. www.whatsonbakewell.co.uk/events/2019-events

21-23 June Teignmouth Folk Festival

South Devon. www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk

Boars Bridge Festival
Will return in 2020

21-23 June Moor & Coast Whitby Spring Session 

www.moorandcoast.co.uk

 

JULY

2-7 July Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Llangollen, Denbigshire. www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk/information/

5-6 July 2019 Moonbeams Folk Festival
Driffield, East Yorks. www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk/

5-6 July Folk at the Hall (FATHTrelawnyd, Flinshire. www.facebook.com/FATHTrelawnyd/

5-7 July Cleckheaton Folk Festival
Cleckheaton. http://www.cleckheatonfolkfestival.org/

5-7 July Yorkshire Folk Dance Weekend
Drax, North Yorks. http://www.yfdw.org.uk/

5-7 July Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival
Sandwich, Kent. www.sandwichevents.org.uk/folkandalefestival/

12-14 July Priddy Folk Festival
Priddy, Somerset. www.priddyfolk.org/

12-14 July Ely Folk Festival
Ely, Cambs. www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk/

12-14 July Furness Tradition
Ulverston, Cumbria. https://furnesstradition.org.uk/

12-14 July Greensleeves Morris Men Chipperfield Weekend 
Chipperfield, Hertfordshire. www.greensleevesmorris.org.uk

11-14 July Bromsgrove Folk Festival 
Bromsgrove, Worcs. http://bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festival.html

11-14 July Folk on the Lawn 
Tintern, Gwent. www.folkonthelawn.com 

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

19–21 July Mitcheldean Festival
http://www.mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk/

18-21 July Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend 
Bradfield, South Yorks. www.facebook.com/groups/148942859110958

19-21 July Stainsby Folk Festival 
Stainsby, Derbyshire. www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk 

25-28 July Warwick Folk Festival 
Warwick. www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk

25-28 July WOMAD UK 
Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wilts. www.womad.co.uk 

26-28 July Cullerlie Traditional Singing Weekend 
Cullerlie, Aberdeen. https://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/public-engagement/cullerlie.php

TBC Festival at the Edge 
Much Wenlock, Shropshire. www.festivalattheedge.org 

Eastbourne Lammas Festival 
No festival in 2019. www.lammasfest.org  

 

AUGUST

2-4 August Underneath the Stars Festival 
Cawthorne, South Yorks. www.underthestarsfest.co.uk 

1-5 August Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge. www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk 

1-4 August Wickham Festival 
Wickham, Hants. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

4 August Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music Dance and Song
Leadenham, Lincoln https://600whiskies.co.uk/news/2019/05/date-announced-10th-day-lincolnshire-folk-music-dance

2-9 August Sidmouth Folk Week 
Featuring EFDSS’ National Youth Folk Ensemble 
Sidmouth, Devon. www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk 

8-10 August Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 
Cropredy, Oxon. www.fairportconvention.com

9-11 August Saltburn Folk Festival 
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorks. www.saltburnfolkfestival.com 

9-11 August Dartmoor Folk Festival 
South Zeal, Devon. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

9-16 August Broadstairs Folk Week 
Broadstairs, Kent. www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk 

15-18 August Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 
Corfe Castle, Dorset. www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk

16-18 August White Horse Folk Festival 
Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire. www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk 

16-18 August Moira Furnace Folk Festival 
Moira, Leicestershire. www.moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk 

16-18 August Folkeast 
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. www.folkeast.co.uk 

17-23 August Whitby Folk Week 
Whitby, North Yorks. www.whitbyfolk.co.uk 

22-26 August Cornwall Folk Festival 
Wadebridge, Cornwall. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com 

23-26 August Towersey Festival 
Thame, Oxon. www.towerseyfestival.com 

23-26 August Shrewsbury Folk Festival 
Shrewsbury, Shropshire. www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk 

23-25 August Saddleworth Rushcart 
Saddleworth, Lancs. www.saddleworthmorrismen.co.uk/events.html

 

SEPTEMBER 

29 August - 3 September Fleetwood Folk and Blues Weekend 
Fleetwood, Lancs. https://www.fleetwoodfolkandblues.com/

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

30 August -1 September  Moseley Folk Festival 
Moseley, Birmingham. www.moseleyfolk.co.uk 

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

6-8 September The Big Green Cardigan 
Battle, Sussex. www.biggreencardigan.com 

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

5-8 September Bromyard Folk Festival 
Bromyard, Herefordshire. www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk 

13-15 September Priston Festival 
Priston, Bath, Somerset. www.priston.org.uk/festival 

14-15 September UK Sacred Harp Convention 
Bristol. www.ukshc.org 

14-28 September St Ives September Festival 
St Ives. 
www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk 

20-22 September Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival 
Otley, West Yorks. www.otleyfolkfestival.com 

19-22 September Southdowns Folk Festival 
Bognor Regis, Sussex. www.southdownsfolkfest.co.uk 

20-22 September Stroud Folk Weekend 
Stroud, Glous. www.stroudfolkfestival.co.uk 

12-15 September International Pipe and Tabor Festival 
York. www.pipeandtabor.org 

27-29 September Allen Valleys Folk Festival 
Allendale, Northumberland. www.allenvalleysfolkfestival.co.uk

OCTOBER

3-6 October Tenterden Folk Festival 
Tenterden, Kent. www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk 

4-6 October Edgworth Folk Weekend 
Edgworth, Lancs. www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk

4-6 October Derby Folk Festival 
Derby, Derbyshire. www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk 

11-13 October Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival 
Harwich, Essex. www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk 

11-13 October Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival 
Banbury, Oxon. www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk 

15-21 October Costa Del Folk Portugal 
Albufeira, Portugal. www.costadelfolk.co.uk 

16-20 October Manchester Folk Festival 
(in collaboration with 
English Folk Expo)
Manchester. www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk

18-20 October Hartlepool Folk Festival 
Hartlepool, Co Durham. www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk 

18-20 October Musicport 
Whitby, North Yorks. www.musicportfestival.com 

18-22 October Nonsuch Dulcimer Club Annual Weekend 
Great Malvern. http://dulcimer.org.uk/index.html

 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

29 November - 2 December The Great British Folk Festival 
Butlins, Skegness, Lincs. www.bigweekends.com

 

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