UK Folk Festivals - Mainly Free

Folk Music Festivals Where Many Events are Free

Many folk festivals are organised by ordinary people. And just like you or me, they enjoy the music. They don't primarily run their festival as a business opportunity. In fact many have decided to include some free events - or even entirely free festivals! Here we list those festivals. Some ask for donations and support local charities - if you go to one of these events, please, please donate!

Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself. It's possible that only a few events are free at a festival and the database has reported them here on that basis.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in January

Shannonside Winter Music Festival - 19th Jan 2017 - Sixmilebridge & Bunratty Castle, County Clare

The 18th 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 céilidh, an international festival, all bound by the enjoyment of music!
It's a big one.

Location: Sixmilebridge & Bunratty Castle
Date: Thursday 19th January 2017 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available A mix of FREE and event tickets at 5 to 15 euros
Contact for info: 086 8707739 / mandowalsh@gmail.com
Website: www.wmw.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Temple Bar Tradfest - 25th Jan 2017 - 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 life streaming!

Location: Dublin
Date: Wednesday 25th January 2017 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available A mix of FREE and event tickets at 5 to 15 euros
Contact for info: admin@templebarcompany.com
Website: templebartrad.com
County: Dublin
Country: Ireland


Taking place in February

Ingleton Midwinter Weekend - 25th Feb 2017 - Ingleton, Yorkshire

Not so much a fundraiser this time - more the opportunity to get together for music and song

Sessions and singarounds at venues around Ingleton

Come along, sing, make music or just listen.
No shaking of buckets but donations welcome in collecting containers at venues

Location: Ingleton
Date: Saturday 25th February 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: ingletonfolk @gmail.com
Website: www.ingletonfolk.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Taking place in March

Ballydehob Irish Traditional Music Festival - 31st Mar 2017 - 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 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 31st March 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free, some 10 and 20 euros events
Contact for info: info@ballydehobtradfestival.com
Website: www.ballydehobtradfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Taking place in April

Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival - 15th Apr 2017 - 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.

Site not fully updated yet. Events in seven local locations.

Location: Sheffield
Date: Saturday 15th April 2017 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


The Mull Music Festival - 20th Apr 2017 - 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..

Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Date: Thursday 20th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: mull.co/mull-music-festival-2017
County: Argyl and Bute
Country: Scotland


Hastings Jack in the Green - 28th Apr 2017 - 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 four 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. The weekend is topped off by the main event on the May Bank Holiday Monday, with the Jack in the Green parade itself. The parade begins at 9.45am on the Bank holiday Monday setting off from the Fisherman's Huts in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town, and finishes on the West Hill, where you will have an opportunity to see traditional folk dancers and music throughout the afternoon. The festival culminates with the slaying of Jack, to release the spirit of summer for this year. So come down, be merry and enjoy the true British festivities!

Location: Hastings
Date: Friday 28th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Multiple events, many are free
Contact for info: secretary@hastingsjack.co.uk
Website: www.hastingsjack.co.uk/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Kilkenny Roots Festival - 28th Apr 2017 - 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 28th April 2017 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


Clun Green Man - 30th Apr 2017 - Clun, Shropshire

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

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

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

Location: Clun
Date: Sunday 30th April 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Usually free, some ticketed events
Contact for info: info@clungreenman.org.uk
Website: www.clungreenman.org.uk/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Taking place in May

Langdale Charity Folk Festival - 5th May 2017 - Great Langdale, Cumbria

Festival that donates the proceeds to charity. Running for 26 years now.

Runs twice a year, the other one is in September. Artists give their services for free.

Be there. Donate. Feel good

Location: Great Langdale
Date: Friday 5th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations welcomed for charities
Contact for info: langdalefolkfestival@aol.co.uk
Website: www.langdalecharityfolkfestival.com
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Holmfirth Festival of Folk - 6th May 2017 - 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: Saturday 6th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
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


Fishguard Folk Festival - 26th May 2017 - Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard’s 17th 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 26th May 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mostly it's FREE !
Contact for info: judy.whitehouse@gmail.com
Website: www.pembrokeshire-folk-music.co.uk/Festival.htm
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Gloucester Shanty Festival - 26th May 2017 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Gloucester's Third Annual sea shanty festival, which, this year, will run alongside the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival.

With a great line up of around 30 nationally and internationally acclaimed acts performing at various venues around the historic city.

Two showcase concerts in aid of the Severn Area Rescue Association.

Treasure Trail and Pirate Walk!

Children's Activities and Singarounds!

Location: Gloucester
Date: Friday 26th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Often free events, day and concert tickets (£14)
Contact for info: 07530313599
Website: www.gloucestershantyfestival.co.uk
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Taking place in June

Wessex Folk Festival - 2nd Jun 2017 - Weymouth, Dorset

Includes dance, sessions, celidh, workshops, and music, all set in the delightful surroundings of Weymouth's old harbour

Location: Weymouth
Date: Friday 2nd June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Strawberry Fair - 3rd Jun 2017 - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

rom 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 3rd June 2017 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


Bay Folk Weekend - 9th Jun 2017 - Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

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

Location: Robin Hood's Bay
Date: Friday 9th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: 01947 880660
Website: folkweekend.rhbay.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Poetry and Lyrics - 9th Jun 2017 - London, Greater London

Something different.
The event looks at the spoken word in different music genres, including folk.

Back for a second year now.

Featuring two 'keepers of language' and two folk musicians, the event will shine a spotlight on the oral histories of England - exploring the way that local history is mapped through the dialect of a community, and the dialogue with its land.

Location: London
Date: Friday 9th June 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, some free.
Contact for info: info@poetinthecity.co.uk
Website: poetinthecity.co.uk
County: Greater London
Country: England


Stepping Stones Festival - 9th Jun 2017 - Kirklinton Hall near Carlisle CA6 6BB, Cumbria

All the fun of the fair for everyone, plus loads of activities specially for kids!
Two under cover music venues plus pop-up events. Delicious local food. Craft beers. On-site camping. Craft Village. Music, dance and craft workshops

Location: Kirklinton Hall near Carlisle CA6 6BB
Date: Friday 9th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Early bird £65, under 16s free
Contact for info: info@steppingstonesfestival.co.uk
Website: steppingstonesfestival.co.uk
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Barking Folk Festival - 10th Jun 2017 - 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
Abbey Ruins Live from 3pm is a ticketed event – get your free ticket through Eventbrite for both Saturday and Sunday’s event.

Location: Barking
Date: Saturday 10th June 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.lbbd.gov.uk/residents/leisure-libraries-and-museums/events/annual-events/barking-folk-festival/overview/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival - 16th Jun 2017 - 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: Friday 16th June 2017 for 3 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


Middlewich FAB Festival - 16th Jun 2017 - Middlewich, Cheshire

Celebrating 27 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: Friday 16th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: events@middlewich.org.uk
Website: midfest.org.uk
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Midsummer Festival of Folk - 16th Jun 2017 - Blaxhall, IP12 2DY, Suffolk

Based at the Ship Inn, this free festival features workshops, music, song, dance and sessions.

Site in the process of being updated.

Location: Blaxhall, IP12 2DY
Date: Friday 16th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: theblaxhallship@btconnect.com
Website: www.blaxhallshipin.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Leamington Peace Festival - 17th Jun 2017 - 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 17th June 2017 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


Leigh Folk Festival - 22nd Jun 2017 - 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 22nd June 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly, (two paid events)
Contact for info: info@leighfolkfestival.com
Website: www.leighfolkfestival.com
County: Essex
Country: England


Dentdale Music & Beer Festival - 23rd Jun 2017 - Dent, Cumbria

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

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

Wonder if free includes the beer...

Location: Dent
Date: Friday 23rd June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@debtmusicandbeer.com
Website: www.dentmusicandbeer.com/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Folk on the Quay - 24th Jun 2017 - 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.

Music, morris dancing, ceilidh, sessions, workshops.

Location: Poole
Date: Saturday 24th June 2017 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


Keynsham Music Festival - 27th Jun 2017 - Keynsham, Somerset

Part of a seven day music festival, with events from 27th June to 3rd July, with Saturday being the folk day.
Rated as one of the top three UK free summer events.

Location: Keynsham
Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017 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

Kimpton Folk Festival - 1st Jul 2017 - Kimpton, Hertfordshire

A new festival in 2016, it's back for the second time.

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
Date: Saturday 1st July 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Some free events.
Contact for info:
Website: www.kimptonfolk.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival - 7th Jul 2017 - 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 7th July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free or individual event tickets.
Contact for info: info@sandwichevents.info
Website: www.sandwichevents.org.uk/Folk-n-Ale-sandwich-events.shtml
County: Kent
Country: England


Beggars Fair - 8th Jul 2017 - 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 8th July 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.beggarsfair.org.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Folk on the Lawn - 13th Jul 2017 - Abbey Mill, Tintern, Gwent

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

Location: Abbey Mill, Tintern
Date: Thursday 13th July 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: info@folkonthelawn.com
Website: www.folkonthelawn.com/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Lossie Folk Festival - 14th Jul 2017 - Lossiemouth, Morayshire

The epitome of chilled festivals, the Lossiemouth Folk Club Fest encourages performers to come and play 'for the craic' in the spirit of celebrating traditional music and tales. The entertainment's free, with performers rewarded with a great atmosphere at this small festival by the sea. Camping available for £6 per night.

The Facebook page doesn't open in our pop-up window, click here for a direct link www.facebook.com/lossiefolkclub

Location: Lossiemouth
Date: Friday 14th July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: lochnagar3@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/lossiefolkclub
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Hull Folk and Matitime Festival - 20th Jul 2017 - Hull, East Yorkshire

Four days of music, dance and history that celebrate Hull’s rich and unique folk heritage. Hull's traditions and culture are brought to life with a family-friendly festival attracting artists of international renown as well as providing a platform for local talent. Featuring over eighty free performances and taking place at venues around the picturesque marina and historic Old Town, the festival features an outdoor main stage, a floating maritime and shanty stage, a real ale Festival, historic vessels moored in the marina, folk dancing, traditional crafts and folk art, indoor concerts, sessions and singarounds, historic talks and exhibitions and more!

A highlight of the city’s cultural calendar that is now into its 27th year!
Why not make a weekend of it and sample some of the many attractions on offer in the 2017 City of Culture!

Location: Hull
Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mostly free, but with 2 ticketed concerts £10 each
Contact for info: Mark 07867 878338
Website: hullfolkandmaritimefestival.com/
County: East Yorkshire
Country: England


Upton Blues Festival - 21st Jul 2017 - Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Festival of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2015.

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: Friday 21st July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@uptonbluesfestival.org.uk
Website: www.uptonbluesfestival.org.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Monmouth Festival - 28th Jul 2017 - 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: Friday 28th July 2017 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


Taking place in August

Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - 5th Aug 2017 - 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 5th August 2017 for 4 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


Stroud Fringe - 25th Aug 2017 - Stroud, Gloucestershire

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

Location: Stroud
Date: Friday 25th August 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@stroudfringe.co.uk
Website: stroudfringe.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Taking place in September

BunkFest - 1st Sep 2017 - 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 1st September 2017 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


Lyme Folk Weekend - 1st Sep 2017 - Lyme Regis, Dorset

The line up, for a new 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 1st September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mixture of free and ticketed events
Contact for info: admin@lymefolk.com
Website: www.lymefolk.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


The People's Folk Day - 3rd Sep 2017 - Bassaleg, Newport, Newport

It will feature both the opportunity to strut your stuff at sessions in The Graig Community Hall and The Ruperra Arms pub and a great evening of live music. Additionally our partners at The Ruperra Arms are putting on a food festival, and Tiny Rebel brewery will be showcasing their beer.

Location: Bassaleg, Newport
Date: Sunday 3rd September 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info: peoplesfolkfest@gmail.com
Website: peoplesfolkfestival.weebly.com/
County: Newport
Country: Wales


Langdale Charity Folk Festival - 8th Sep 2017 - Great Langdale, Cumbria

Festival that donates the proceeds to charity. Running for 26 years now.

Runs twice a year, the other one is in May. Artists even give their services for free. Why not go to both events?.

Be there. Donate. Feel good

Location: Great Langdale
Date: Friday 8th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations welcomed for charities
Contact for info: langdalefolkfestival@aol.co.uk
Website: www.langdalecharityfolkfestival.com
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Gig'n the Bann - 14th Sep 2017 - Portglenone, County Antrim

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

Location: Portglenone
Date: Thursday 14th September 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, many FREE
Contact for info: info@gignthebann.com
Website: www.gignthebann.com
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Priston Festival - 15th Sep 2017 - Priston, near Bath, Somerset

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

Location: Priston, near Bath
Date: Friday 15th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: pristonfestival@googlemail.com
Website: www.priston.org.uk/festival
County: Somerset
Country: England


Worcester Music Festival - 15th Sep 2017 - Worcester, 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
Date: Friday 15th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@worcestermusicfestival.co.uk
Website: www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Clonakilty International Guitar Festival - 21st Sep 2017 - 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 virtuoso’s

Location: Clonakilty
Date: Thursday 21st September 2017 for 3 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


York's Little Festival of Live Music - 22nd Sep 2017 - York, Yorkshire

Part of the ten day York Food Festival.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music for over 30 hours of live music at this year's York Food and Drink Festival. Highly regarded as one of the top music festivals in York, this year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Filled with a mixture of folk and roots music, we are sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Entry into the festival is free and the venue has no access restrictions.

Location: York
Date: Friday 22nd September 2017 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: admin@yorkfoodfestival.com
Website: www.yorkfoodfestival.com/festival.php?cat=33
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Taking place in October

Clennell Hall Music Sessions Weekend - 20th Oct 2017 - Clennell Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland

This weekend is for you if you play,
sing or like to listen.
Singarounds, Music Sessions, Singaround/Sessions
in the Bar, Reception Area or in the unique Cellar, depending upon those attending. There may also be an opportunity for an open mike.

Free camping and hardstanding.

Location: Clennell Hall, Morpeth
Date: Friday 20th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: 01669 650377
Website: www.glynnedavies.co.uk/clennell/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Sligo Live - 25th Oct 2017 - sligo, County Sliog

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: Wednesday 25th October 2017 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £119
Also available Price in euros, many free events
Contact for info:
Website: sligolive.ie
County: County Sliog
Country: Ireland


Taking place in November

Lowender Peran - 2nd Nov 2017 - 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: Thursday 2nd November 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Often free events, day and concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@lowenderperan.co.uk
Website: www.lowenderperan.co.uk/
County: Cornwall
Country: England



The festivals below are older ones which, at the time of our last check, had not yet updated their websites for 2016.

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on for 2016. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in March last year

Penkhull Folk Week - 13th Mar 2016 - Penkhull, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

For the fourth time in a row!

This is a 9 day festival covering several venues in the village of Penkhull. Many events are free. See website for details.

Song and dance, sessions and workshops.

Location: Penkhull, Stoke on Trent
Date: Sunday 13th March 2016 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mostly. some ticketed events.
Contact for info: boatband@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.penkhull.org.uk/content.aspx?pId=80
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Took place in April last year

Malton and Norton Folk Festival - 15th Apr 2016 - Malton and Norton, North Yorkshire

Events take place in various venues around Malton & Norton, North Yorkshire.

All Friday events will be held in Malton and all Saturday events, including the musicians session, will be held in Malton ...putting the venues within easy reach of public and performers in particular the musicians from the dance teams.
The Sunday events are in Norton,

Location: Malton and Norton
Date: Friday 15th April 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £12
Also available Some free events.
Contact for info: mnff@live.co.uk
Website: maltonfolk.co.uk
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England


Took place in May last year

Calan Mai - 1st May 2016 - Cardiff, Cardiff

We’re kick-starting the summer at Wales Millennium Centre with the return of Calan Mai, our annual free folk music festival. This year’s Calan Mai brings together the very best folk musicians from Wales and beyond in four days of music, dancing and festivities.

If you can't make it down here, our Calan Mai events will also be streamed live on our website: wmc.org.uk/connected.

Location: Cardiff
Date: Sunday 1st May 2016 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.wmc.org.uk/calanmai
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales


Don't Wake the Fish - 27th May 2016 - The Gurnard's Head, Zennor, Cornwall

A three day music and ale festival in the garden of the Gurnard's Head. Features 30 real ales from their favourite Cornish breweries and a range of real ciders. Food in collaboration with with James Strawbridge as well as the Gurnard's Head barbeque.

There will be a diverse mixture of music all weekend including the Odd Folk, Sandy Acre 7 and Black Friday. Fun for all the family including morris dancing, pot throwing, face painting and traditional garden games.

Camping in the next door field.

As it's a facebook page, you will have to click here instead

Location: The Gurnard's Head, Zennor
Date: Friday 27th May 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: eavan@eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/events/382219191957791/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Took place in June last year

The London FolkFest - 2nd Jun 2016 - Balham, London, Greater London

We are excited to announce The London FolkFest 2016, which this year takes place from June 2nd-5th. It’s back for a 6th exciting year filled with amazing music taking place at The Bedford in Balham.

With more than 50 artists performing over 4 days, across 3 stages, plus many outdoor and secret performances, it’s going to be an event not to be missed.

This year’s artists will include Luke Concannon (Nizlopi), Hunter and the Bear, The Thumping Tommys, Blair Dunlop (Radio 2 award winner) and many more!

Location: Balham, London
Date: Thursday 2nd June 2016 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £27.5
Also available Day tickets £12.50 and Sunday show is free.
Contact for info: info@thelondonfolkfest.com
Website: www.musicglue.com/the-london-folkfest/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Galway Sessions - 12th Jun 2016 - Galway, County Galway

A wide and varied set of gigs in a variety of locations around the town.

Seven days of music and entertainment. Stay for a week or just drop in and attend a few gigs.

Location: Galway
Date: Sunday 12th June 2016 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, many FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.galwaysessions.com
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


Droylsden Folk Festival - 26th Jun 2016 - Droylsden, Lancashire

Droylsden Folk Festival Weekend has put itself firmly on the map as one of the premier folk music festivals in the North West of England, attracting well-known performers and local artistes with its friendly, laid-back approach to having a good time.

Location: Droylsden
Date: Sunday 26th June 2016 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: 0161 432 4830
Website: www.droylsdenfolkfestival.org/
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Took place in July last year

Mansfield Folk festival - 8th Jul 2016 - Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Spotted on the Mansfield Folk Club's website, this two day event is free. Includes a barndance in the marquee

Location: Mansfield
Date: Friday 8th July 2016 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: kochut.co.uk/folk_club.php
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Flixton Folk Festival - 9th Jul 2016 - Flixton, Greater Manchester

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

Music, exhibitions, dancing, sessions.

Several events each day.
Event tickets are very affordable!

Location: Flixton
Date: Saturday 9th July 2016 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, some free.
Contact for info: flixtonfolkfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.flixtonfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Greater Manchester
Country: England


Folk And Routes - 15th Jul 2016 - Pershore, Worcestershire

A cleverly named free folk and acoustic music festival in Pershore.

Location: Pershore
Date: Friday 15th July 2016 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: folkandroutes.co.uk/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Took place in August last year

Folk Festival on the Dock - 26th Aug 2016 - Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

Albert Dock Liverpool is excited to announce details of a brand new music festival for Liverpool – Folk Festival on the Dock (August 26-29) – showcasing the very best in folk, acoustic and roots music.

Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool
Date: Friday 26th August 2016 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mostly. some ticketed events.
Contact for info:
Website: www.albertdock.com/events/event/folk-festival-dock/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


Took place in November last year

Denholm Folk Festival - 3rd Nov 2016 - Denholm, Borders

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

Now in its 12th year.

(Look in their site menu for the festival page.)

Location: Denholm
Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mostly. some ticketed events.
Contact for info: denfolkfesttickets@hotmail.com
Website: www.scotborders-folk.org.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland



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