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

NormaFest - 5th Jan 2018 - Whitby, Yorkshire

We are finding it hard to find a website for this event, so are pointing you at the site selling the tickets.

Normafest is a celebration of all things to do with folk music legend Norma Waterson MBE bringing together the woman herself in exclusive live performance alongside friends, family and special guests. Norma , who resides in Robin Hoods Bay, received a lifetime Achievement Award from Radio 2 Folk Awards and is widely recognised as one of the most important figures in English Folk Music since the folk revival of the 1960s.

Location: Whitby
Date: Friday 5th January 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Contact for info:
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/normafest-2018-tickets-39818102015
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Straw Bear Festival - 12th Jan 2018 - Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire

Folk tradition and folk music. Folk dancing. Straw Bear Parade.

Often the first festival of the year.

The 38th Straw Bear Festival celebrates the old Fenland plough custom of parading straw bears around the town every January.

Location: Whittlesea
Date: Friday 12th January 2018 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


Gower Wassail - 13th Jan 2018 - Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH, West Glamorgan

Not quite a folk festival, but includes traditional music.

Revive this ancient tradition with the Mari Lwyd, Food, Music, Noise, Dance, Cider, Apples and plenty of laughter! Gower Wassail Festival will be a Gastronomic Wassail Festival event.

Wassailing is an ancient Welsh tradition to promote a good apple harvest the following autumn. The Coppertown Mari Lwyd is also brought into the celebrations (welsh grey mare) there will also be a Torch Lit Parade with the Gower Old Horse!

Location: Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH
Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk/whatson.htm
County: West Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Celtic Connections - 18th Jan 2018 - 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.

Recently we've noticed the site doesn't always open on our pop-up window. Try this link Celtic Connections

Location: Glasgow
Date: Thursday 18th January 2018 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.celticconnections.com/
County: Strathclyde
Country: Scotland


Shannonside Winter Music Festival - 18th Jan 2018 - Sixmilebridge & Bunratty Castle, County Clare

The 19th 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: Thursday 18th January 2018 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


Bradford Roots Festival - 20th Jan 2018 - Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ, Wiltshire

The sixth 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: Saturday 20th January 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £22
Also available Day tickets £17 and £12
Contact for info: info@wiltshiremusic.org.uk
Website: www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on/bradford-roots-music-festival-2018
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Halsway Winter Warmer - 22nd Jan 2018 - 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 22nd January 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £300
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


Temple Bar Tradfest - 24th Jan 2018 - 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 24th January 2018 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


Ballincollig Winter Music Festival - 25th Jan 2018 - 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 25th January 2018 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


Clennell Hall Music Sessions Weekend - 26th Jan 2018 - Alwinton nr Rothbury, Northumberland

A winter event, featuring singalongs, music sessions and fun. They may even include a snowman...

This weekend is for you is you play, sing or like to listen.

Location: Alwinton nr Rothbury
Date: Friday 26th January 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01669 650377
Website: www.glynnedavies.co.uk/clennell/page6.html
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival - 26th Jan 2018 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

25th 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 26th January 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Contact for info: booking@gloucester.gov.uk
Website: venues.gloucester.gov.uk/Freetime/Guildhall/listings/music/Cajun-Festival-2018.aspx
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


IMBOLC - 29th Jan 2018 - 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

Location: Derry
Date: Monday 29th January 2018 for 8 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 - 9th Feb 2018 - Southport, Merseyside

Now in its fourth year, 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 9th February 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £38
Contact for info: 01704 533 333
Website: www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/love-folk-festival-2018/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh - 14th Feb 2018 - 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 14th February 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: eolas@scoilcheoil.com
Website: www.scoilcheoil.com
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Alcester Folk Festival - 16th Feb 2018 - Alcester, Warwickshire

Held in a beautiful Roman town near to Stratford on Avon Warwickshire.
Concerts, sessions, folk clubs, story telling, morris dancers and street theatre.
Lots of time for YOU to sing.
Small friendly singers festival
3 venues including the wonderful Town Hall.

A traditional singers festival.

There is usually another event in the summer as well.

Location: Alcester
Date: Friday 16th February 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Day and concert tickets too.
Contact for info: Marje 0778536605
Website: www.alcesterfolkfestival.org.uk/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Inverness Fiddlers Rally - 17th Feb 2018 - 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 17th February 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.invernessfiddlers.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


The Gathering Traditional Festival - 21st Feb 2018 - Killarney, County Kerry

Now in its 19th 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 seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís,

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

Location: Killarney
Date: Wednesday 21st February 2018 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


Russell Festival Weekend - 22nd Feb 2018 - Doolin, County Clare

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 22nd February 2018 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


Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival - 23rd Feb 2018 - Sheffield, Yorkshire

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: Sheffield
Date: Friday 23rd February 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - often available to non-students
Contact for info: sheffield2018@ivfdf.ceilidhsoc.org
Website: ivfdf-2018.ceilidhsoc.org
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Chester February Folk Day - 24th Feb 2018 - 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 24th February 2018 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


Inverness Music Festival - 24th Feb 2018 - 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: Saturday 24th February 2018 for 12 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


The Big Burfest - 24th Feb 2018 - 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 24th February 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Also available Family Ticket £18
Contact for info: may185@btinternet.com
Website: www.thebigbursfest.btck.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Taking place in March

Swanage Blues Festival - 1st Mar 2018 - Swanage, Dorset

15 Indoor Venues
30 Top Class Acts
60 Great Gigs, Open Mic and Jam Sessions

The Swanage Blues Festival brings together an amazing collection of Blues Musicians, Fans and Friends for a weekend of Jams, Open Mics and Headline Performances that will have you coming back time after time.
Swanage hosts several festivals.

Location: Swanage
Date: Thursday 1st March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: info@swanage-blues.org
Website: www.swanage-blues.org/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Manchester Irish Festival - 2nd Mar 2018 - Manchester, Lancashire

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: Friday 2nd March 2018 for 17 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


Kirriemuir Festival Spring Concert - 10th Mar 2018 - Kirriemuir, Angus

A small event, might suit anyone in the local area to drop in.

Ceilidhs, Concerts, Competitions,
Singarounds, Street Entertainment, Sessions.

Website often only updated close to the date, so you have to keep checking it.

Location: Kirriemuir
Date: Saturday 10th March 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £8
Contact for info: info@kirriemuirfestival.org
Website: www.kirriefestival.org/
County: Angus
Country: Scotland


Feile an Phobail - 12th Mar 2018 - 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: Monday 12th March 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feilebelfast.com
Website: feilebelfast.com/
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 14th Mar 2018 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

The 17th annual 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: Wednesday 14th March 2018 for 12 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Kilkenny Tradfest - 15th Mar 2018 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Folk and traditional music.

Site not fully updated on our last visit

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@kilkennytradfest.com
Website: kilkennytradfest.com/
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Yorkshire Cajun & Zydeco - 15th Mar 2018 - Malton, Yorkshire

The Festival is fast establishing itself in the calendar for enthusiasts from all over Britain and Europe.

We all know Yorkshire and Cajun go together like, em..., well, music.

Go on, have some fun.

Location: Malton
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: yorkshirecajun@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.yorkshirecajun.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Niel Gow Festival - 16th Mar 2018 - 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: Friday 16th March 2018 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


Bowness Bay Blues - 23rd Mar 2018 - 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 23rd March 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets £20, £35, £25,
Contact for info: info@bownessbayblues.co.uk
Website: www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Hawick Reivers Festival - 23rd Mar 2018 - 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 23rd March 2018 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


Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar - 23rd Mar 2018 - Ballyliffin, County Donegal

For over 25 years, 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 23rd March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@inishowensinging.ie
Website: www.inishowensinging.ie
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Ceardlann Earraigh - 24th Mar 2018 - Celbridge, County Kildare

Workshops in music and song come no better than at 'Ceardlann Earraigh', Celbridge, Co. Kildare, in this its twenty first consecutive year. Established by the Kildare County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann.

Location: Celbridge
Date: Saturday 24th March 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Workshops 25 euro, concert 15euro
Contact for info:
Website: www.ceardlannearraigh.com
County: County Kildare
Country: Ireland


Poppy Folk Day - 25th Mar 2018 - 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.

Location: West Bridgford
Date: Sunday 25th March 2018 for day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: phil@poppyfolkclub.co.uk
Website: www.poppyfolkclub.co.uk/Poppy_Folk_Day_2018.html
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Edinburgh International Harp Festival - 30th Mar 2018 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

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

One for the harp enthusiasts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 30th March 2018 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


Folk on the Farm - Easter Warm Up - 30th Mar 2018 - Tyddyn Mon Farm, LL70 9PQ, Isle of Angelsey

This year for the first time we will be holding an Easter Warm up festival from the 30th and 31st of March 2018 at Tyddyn Mon farm.

Location: Tyddyn Mon Farm, LL70 9PQ
Date: Friday 30th March 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Contact for info: 07903 187801
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com/Easter-Festival
County: Isle of Angelsey
Country: Wales


Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival - 30th Mar 2018 - 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

Location: Sheffield
Date: Friday 30th March 2018 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


Shennaghys Jiu - 30th Mar 2018 - Ramsey, Isle of Man

21st birthday!

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 30th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Shennaghys Jiu - 30th Mar 2018 - 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 30th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Taking place in April

Wales International Harp Festival - 1st Apr 2018 - 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: Sunday 1st April 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@walesharpfestival.co.uk
Website: walesharpfestival.co.uk/
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Sovereign Seas Folk Festival - 5th Apr 2018 - Newhaven, Sussex

At Free events there will be an opportunity to donate to the work of the R.N.L.I. Newhaven.

ALL PROFITS TO RNLI NEWHAVEN

Right click on our link and select open in a new tab - their site doesn't seem to like our pop-up windows

Location: Newhaven
Date: Thursday 5th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £18
Also available Individual concerts tickets too. Some FREE events
Contact for info:
Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk/
County: Sussex
Country: England


Glenfarg Folk Festival - 6th Apr 2018 - 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 6th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: tickets@glenfargfolkclub.com
Website: glenfargfolkclub.com/folkfeast.html
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - 6th Apr 2018 - 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 6th April 2018 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


Ballydehob Irish Traditional Music Festival - 13th Apr 2018 - 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 13th April 2018 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


Mull Music Festival - 19th Apr 2018 - 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 19th April 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: mull.co/mull-music-festival-2018
County: Argyl and Bute
Country: Scotland


Folk Weekend Oxford - 20th Apr 2018 - 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 20th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@folkweekendoxford.co.uk
Website: www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Northern Streams - 20th Apr 2018 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

Similar to the Scandimot event.

Guests appearing from around the North Sea/Nordic regions along with guests from Scandinavia and Scotland.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 20th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: northernstreams.org
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Coastliners - Sea Shanty and Sea Folk Festival - 21st Apr 2018 - Poole, BH15 1HP, dorset

Coastliners is a family-friendly festival bringing traditional sea shanties and sea-folk back to the good people of Dorset. It's time to sea what you've been missing out on and celebrate the cultural heritage of sea folk in the South-West!

The festival programme will include numerous performances by shanty bands and folk acts from the South-West, craft workshops, film screenings, cultural heritage talks and an exhibition.

Location: Poole, BH15 1HP
Date: Saturday 21st April 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available FREE and ticketed events
Contact for info:
Website: www.visit-dorset.com/whats-on/coastliners-sea-shanty-and-sea-folk-festival-p2381503
County: dorset
Country: England


Tradfest Edinburgh Dun Eideann - 26th Apr 2018 - 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.

If it doesn't open in our pop-up window, click here Tradfest

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Thursday 26th April 2018 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Website: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Carlow County Fleadh - 27th Apr 2018 - Borris, County Carlow

Another event that we often struggle to get full details about, it now has a facebook page, so click here to open that in a new window Carlow County Fleadh

Location: Borris
Date: Friday 27th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 0862290018
Website: www.facebook.com/events/818197915055241/
County: County Carlow
Country: Ireland


Great Alne Long Weekend - 27th Apr 2018 - 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: Friday 27th April 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info:
Website: www.greatalnefolk.org.uk/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Taking place in May

Raunds Music Festival - 3rd May 2018 - Raunds, Northamptonshire

One of the Top 10 Festivals in the Midlands (Travelmag)

Dancing; Song and Tune sessions; Hot Food & Real Ale; local musicians & comedy

Friday evening Ceilidh
Concerts, Sessions, Dancing, Workshops, Ceilidh and much more.

Bringing live roots music to East Northhants. Includes workshops and dancers. Local and national talent from the folk world

Several award winning artists have recently been booked.

Location: Raunds
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info: 07756 015615
Website: www.raundsfestival.com
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Shetland Folk Festival - 3rd May 2018 - 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 3rd May 2018 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


The Fleadh by the Feale - 3rd May 2018 - Abbeyfeale, County Limerick

Now in 2018, we are planning our 24th consecutive festival with six members from 1993 still active on the committee today. It has been a wonderful journey. We have had the best traditional musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers from all across Ireland & further afield. We’ve had the best bands in Ireland at our Celebrity Concert each year during the Fleadh

Location: Abbeyfeale
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018 for day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com
Website: fleadhbythefeale.com
County: County Limerick
Country: Ireland


Crossover - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival - 4th May 2018 - Congleton, CW12 2LR, 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: Congleton, CW12 2LR
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Contact for info: info@crossoverfest.com
Website: crossoverfest.com/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Cup of Tae - 4th May 2018 - 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 4th May 2018 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


Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival - 4th May 2018 - Eastbourne, Sussex

The first folk dance festival of the year, usually.

Many workshop sessions.

This is a festival for dancers rather than listeners!

There's a full programme of English and American social dance as well as the International Israeli/Balkan/ European dance

Location: Eastbourne
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £108
Also available Day tickets £40
Contact for info: 01823 401271 / eastbournefest@gmail.com
Website: www.eiff.org.uk
County: Sussex
Country: England


Filey Folk Festival - 4th May 2018 - 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 4th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE!
Contact for info:
Website: fileyfolkfestival.bravesites.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Girvan Folk Festival - 4th May 2018 - 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 4th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Hastings Jack in the Green - 4th May 2018 - 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.

Location: Hastings
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 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


Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival - 4th May 2018 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

35th 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: Friday 4th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@obanfestival.org
Website: www.obanfestival.org/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Kilkenny Roots Festival - 4th May 2018 - 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 4th May 2018 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


Scandimoot - 4th May 2018 - 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 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: bookings@scandimoot.org.uk
Website: scandimoot.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival - 4th May 2018 - 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 4th May 2018 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


Food and Folk Festival - 5th May 2018 - Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU, Sussex

Not quite your standard folk festival, but if you are local to the area, why not go?

The very best of the South East's produce and folk traditions will be showcased at our charming spring event. Enjoy free cookery classes and short talks, traditional folk music and dancing, vendors selling local produce and crafts, plus much more. There will be lots of tasty samples to try before you buy!

Enjoy songs and music, and watch dancers perform on the folk music stage and around the Museum site.

Location: Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU
Date: Saturday 5th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: office@wealddown.co.uk
Website: www.wealddown.co.uk/events/food-and-folk/
County: Sussex
Country: England


Rochester Sweeps Festival - 5th May 2018 - 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 5th May 2018 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


Wath Festival - 5th May 2018 - 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: Saturday 5th May 2018 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


Clun Green Man Festival - 6th May 2018 - 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 6th May 2018 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


Walton Folk Festival - 6th May 2018 - Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF, Surrey

This is the first ever Walton Folk Festival.
Held in the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, it's a one day event.

Location: Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF
Date: Sunday 6th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Afternoon £15 and evening £18 tickets
Contact for info:
Website: thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/event/view/74314
County: Surrey
Country: England


Baltimore Fiddle Festival - 10th May 2018 - 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 10th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: declan@fiddlefair.com
Website: www.fiddlefair.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Moniaive Folk Festival - 10th May 2018 - 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: Thursday 10th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day, weekend and concert tickets from £7.50 - £25
Contact for info: info@moniaivefolkfestival.com
Website: www.moniaivefolkfestival.com
County: Dumfries and Gallowa
Country: Scotland


Doncaster Folk Festival - 11th May 2018 - Doncaster, Yorkshire

Concerts, Ceilidh, Dance Displays, Sessions and Singarounds.

At four venues around the town.

Excellent campsite, with free camping for weekend ticket holders.

Location: Doncaster
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Tickets available for individual events
Contact for info: sueknowles999@gmail.com
Website: doncasterfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


FifeSing - 11th May 2018 - Falkland, Fife

Traditional singing showcased.
CDs of previous events available too.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
Website: www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing/
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Fleadh Cheoil Chorcai - 11th May 2018 - 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 2018.

Location: Macroom
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 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 on the Pier - 11th May 2018 - 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 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £97.5
Contact for info: info@deckchairproductions.co.uk
Website: www.folkonthepier.co.uk/
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Grand Northern Ukulele Festival - 11th May 2018 - 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: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £48
Contact for info: info@northernuke.com
Website: www.northernuke.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Holmfirth Festival of Folk - 11th May 2018 - 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 11th May 2018 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


Lyme Folk Revisited - 11th May 2018 - Lyme Regis, Dorset

Once again we are inviting some of the finest talent from previous festivals to return for a one-off evening of fabulous music - plus a brilliant new band coming to Lyme Regis for the first time.

Location: Lyme Regis
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: 01297 442138 / admin@lymefolk.com
Website: www.lymefolk.com/home
County: Dorset
Country: England


Tredegar House Folk Festival - 11th May 2018 - Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW, Gwent

Set up originally as a showcase for traditional dance styles being learned and performed in South East Wales, the festival now celebrates national and international folk dance in all it's forms. Traditional music and song is also playing an increasingly important part in the festival.

The festival is in it's 29th year.

Location: Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: susieoates135@hotmail.com
Website: www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Hebden Folk Roots Festival - 12th May 2018 - 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: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £43
Contact for info: hebdenfolkroots@gmail.com
Website: www.hebdenfolkroots.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Big Acoustic Walk - 12th May 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair - 12th May 2018 - 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: Shorewell, PO30 3JS
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@folkandblues.org.uk
Website: folkandblues.org.uk/
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England


Devauden Festival - 18th May 2018 - Devauden, Monmouthshire

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 18th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: devaudenmusicfest@gmail.com
Website: www.devaudenfestival.com/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Shepley Spring Minifest - 18th May 2018 - 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 18th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £32
Also available Day tickets £18
Contact for info: info@shepleyspringfestival.com
Website: www.shepleyspringfestival.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Skerries Traditional Music Weekend - 18th May 2018 - Skerries, County Dublin

Many of Ireland's leading traditional artistes will both teach and perform to keep Skerries firmly on the traditional venue map. Recitals, concerts and workshops will take place at several venues in the town. Workshops again this year and singing & banjo classes are now a permanent feature of the workshop choices.

Location: Skerries
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: skerriestradmusic@gmail.com
Website: www.skerriestraditionalmusic.com
County: County Dublin
Country: Ireland


Strichen Festival - 18th May 2018 - 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 18th May 2018 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


Trinity Folk Festival - 18th May 2018 - 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.

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Guildford
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: Carolyn@trinityfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.trinityfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Surrey
Country: England


Fleadh Nua - 20th May 2018 - 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 20th May 2018 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


Bearded THeory's Spring Gathering - 24th May 2018 - 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 24th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Contact for info: info@beardedtheory.co.uk
Website: www.beardedtheory.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 24th May 2018 - 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 24th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Also available Other options available
Contact for info: info@knockengorroch.org.uk
Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Orkney Folk Festival - 24th May 2018 - 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 24th May 2018 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 - 24th May 2018 - 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.
Being a facebook page, it will not open in our pop-up, so click here to view it

Location: Scilly
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018 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


Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 24th May 2018 - Portree, Hebrides

Scottish music on the Isle of Skye, accordions and fiddles galore!

Small event. so make sure you get your tickets in time.

Location: Portree
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@skyemusic.co.uk
Website: www.skyemusic.co.uk/festival.asp
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Bude and Stratton Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available Individual event tickets too
Contact for info: admin@budefolkfest.com
Website: www.budefolkfest.com/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Chester Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: www.chesterfolk.org.uk
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Chippenham Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £104
Contact for info: tickets@chippfolk.co.uk
Website: www.chippfolk.co.uk
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Cottingham Springboard Live Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Cottingham, Yorkshire

An Annual Grassroots Music Festival in Cottingham.

Acoustic and electric music.

Multiple venues.

Check the lineup to see if it suits your tastes

Location: Cottingham
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Some free events.
Contact for info:
Website: www.springboardfestival.org
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


eMade Spring Festival - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: emade@emade.org.uk
Website: www.emade.org.uk/spring.php
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Fishguard Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard's 19th 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 25th May 2018 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/o.uk/Festival.htm
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Galway Early Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 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 - 25th May 2018 - Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG, Herefordshire

A unique festival of ideas and music. Speakers will include Noam Chomsky, Anna Soubry, David Nutt, Diane Abbott, Lawrence Krauss, Rowan Williams, and many more. Not to be missed!


Tier 2 tickets are on sale now, at £134.


This includes over 400 events, 150 debates and talks, 150 bands and 500 artists. We know you don't need another reason to go, but you'll get bonus access to our Thursday night Trailblazer party, too.

Location: Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £134
Contact for info: (0)20 7837 3000
Website: hay.htlgi.iai.tv
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


HowtheLightgetsIn Festival - 25th May 2018 - Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG, Herefordshire

A unique festival of ideas and music. Speakers will include Noam Chomsky, Anna Soubry, David Nutt, Diane Abbott, Lawrence Krauss, Rowan Williams, and many more. Not to be missed!


Tier 2 tickets are on sale now, at £134.


This includes over 400 events, 150 debates and talks, 150 bands and 500 artists. We know you don't need another reason to go, but you'll get bonus access to our Thursday night Trailblazer party, too.

Location: Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £134
Contact for info: (0)20 7837 3000
Website: hay.htlgi.iai.tv
County: Herefordshire
Country: Wales


Ireby Festival - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Also available Day tickets £33 and£37.
Contact for info: irebyfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.irebyfestival.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Montrose Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Montrose, Angus

The festival covers a variety of music genres at several local venues. It includes acoustic sets but is not a folk festival per se.Often has a major act as the headliner,so it can be a good event.
25 local venues present a variety of music.

Location: Montrose
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@montrosemusicfestival.co.uk
Website: montrosemusicfestival.co.uk
County: Angus
Country: Scotland


Strathyre Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Strathyre , Stirlingshire

Featuring Folk, Folk-Rock, Contempory and Blues music.

With many families enjoying the Festival's Carnival atmosphere, the Festival committee realise that its important to cater for all ages.

Location: Strathyre
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available £8 per day
Contact for info: festival@balvaig.co.uk
Website: www.balvaig.co.uk/
County: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland


The Great North Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 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 - 25th May 2018 - 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 25th May 2018 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


Swaledale Festival - 26th May 2018 - 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 26th May 2018 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


Walthamstow Folk Festival - 26th May 2018 - Walthamstow, Greater London

It's back, after a successful first time event.

Unfortunely, as it is a facebook page rather than a web site, it will not open in our standard pop-up window. So click this link instead Walthamstow Folk Festival

Location: Walthamstow
Date: Saturday 26th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@walthamstowfolk.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/WalthamstowFolkFestival/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival - 30th May 2018 - 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 30th May 2018 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 - 31st May 2018 - 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 31st May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Various day tickets
Contact for info:
Website: folkale.co.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


Taking place in June

Blowout - 1st Jun 2018 - 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 1st June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@bagpipesociety.org.uk
Website: www.bagpipesociety.org.uk/blowout/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


City of York Folk Weekend - 1st Jun 2018 - York, Yorkshire

Second time we've listed this event. and the price is right - it's free!

Location: York
Date: Friday 1st June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info:
Website: www.blackswanfolkclub.org.uk/folkweekend18/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Fire in the Mountain - 1st Jun 2018 - nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

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 1st June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@fireinthemountain.co.uk
Website: fireinthemountain.co.uk
County: Ceredigion
Country: Wales


HAAL Festival - 1st Jun 2018 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

A small but popular festival.

This is it's 9th time.

Location: Portsoy
Date: Friday 1st June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, around £5 - £7
Contact for info:
Website: bothyfolk.org/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


The Acoustic Festival of Britain - 1st Jun 2018 - 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 1st June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Contact for info: info@acousticfestival.co.uk
Website: www.acousticfestival.co.uk
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Wychwood Festival - 1st Jun 2018 - 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 1st June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Contact for info: info@wychwoodfestival.com
Website: www.wychwoodfestival.com
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Strawberry Fair - 2nd Jun 2018 - 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 2nd June 2018 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 Canal Boat Crew Broads Sessions Festival - 2nd Jun 2018 - Norfolk + Suffolk Broads, Norfolk & Suffolk

14 sessions on 14 consecutive nights in 13 separate venues all over the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads.

We are a group of happy, friendly, musicians and singers wandering up and down the Broads on a hire boat. Each evening we will be hosting a relaxed, all inclusive session of acoustic music in the various pubs and clubs we are visiting. Come along and enjoy yourselves by singing, playing or just listening. Everything is totally acoustic, although a small amp for a bass is fine.

Note: Being a facebook page it will not open in our standard pop-up box. So Right-Click on it and select Open in new tab.
Or click here instead

Location: Norfolk + Suffolk Broads
Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 for 14 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: cneil727@yahoo.com
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/CanalBoatCrew/
County: Norfolk & Suffolk
Country: England


Wessex Folk Festival - 2nd Jun 2018 - Weymouth Harbour, Dorset

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

Location: Weymouth Harbour
Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Poetry and Lyrics - 6th Jun 2018 - London, Greater London

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

Back for a third 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: Wednesday 6th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Indivual event tickets, some free.
Contact for info: info@poetinthecity.co.uk
Website: poetinthecity.co.uk
County: Greater London
Country: England


Gate to Southwell - 7th Jun 2018 - Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Roots and acoustic music festival
From its humble beginnings in 2007 as primarily an English folk music and dance festival, Southwell has evolved into one of the leading and most innovative folk events in the country.

Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core they seriously embrace other roots music forms. Southwell has built a reputation for seeking out exciting new talent and providing something a little different. Quality remains the 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 7th June 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £105
Contact for info: information@southwellfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.gtsf.uk/
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


The Eden Festival - 7th Jun 2018 - 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 7th June 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Contact for info: enquiries@edenfestival.co.uk
Website: www.edenfestival.co.uk
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Arran Folk Festival - 8th Jun 2018 - 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.

Location: Arran
Date: Friday 8th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@arranevents.com
Website: www.arranevents.com/arranfolkfestival2018.php
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Bay Folk Weekend - 8th Jun 2018 - 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 8th June 2018 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


Gower Folk Festival - 8th Jun 2018 - Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB, Gower

Fabulous music every June on the stunning Gower peninsula. At a new location this year.

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

Look at their fabulous new location!

Location: Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB
Date: Friday 8th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: joy@gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: http://www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Gower
Country: Wales


ObanLive - 8th Jun 2018 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

A large live music event, it features a variety of genres of music. So you should inspect the line-up to see what interests you.

THe lineup has yet to be confirmed.

Location: Oban
Date: Friday 8th June 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Day tickets £45
Contact for info: info@obanlive.com
Website: obanlive.com/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


St Neots Folk Festival - 8th Jun 2018 - 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.

Location: St Neots, PE19 2BH
Date: Friday 8th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: stneotsfolkclub@aol.com
Website: www.stneotsfolkclub.co.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


TMSA Keith Festival - 8th Jun 2018 - 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 8th June 2018 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 - 8th Jun 2018 - 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 8th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
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 - 9th Jun 2018 - 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 9th June 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREEE!
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


Towerfest - 14th Jun 2018 - 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 14th June 2018 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 Folk Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - Beverley Racecourse, Yorkshire

Large variety of acts, Beverley was short-listed for Family Festival Award 2010, 2011, 2012,and 2013 (!) listed as one of top ten festivals by The Sunday Times.
During the festival 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.
Twice nominated for the Family friendly Festival award, this year an even bigger programme of events for children.

Location: Beverley Racecourse
Date: Friday 15th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: 07568 593960
Website: www.beverleyfestival.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


EdleFest - 15th Jun 2018 - 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 15th June 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £13
Contact for info: edlefest@gmail.com
Website: edlefest.site123.me
County: Buckinghamshire
Country: England


Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - 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 15th June 2018 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


Lichfield Folk Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - 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 15th June 2018 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


Middlewich FAB Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - Middlewich, Cheshire

Celebrating 28 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 15th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - usually free
Contact for info: events@middlewich.org.uk
Website: midfest.org.uk
County: Cheshire
Country: England


St Albans Folk Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - St Albans, Hertfordshire

There's asite at http://www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk/ but it's currently blank, so use the link to the organising club for now.

Location: St Albans
Date: Friday 15th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 0333 666 3366
Website: www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


The Doolin Folk Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - Doolin, County Clare

Steadily gaining a following.

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

Location: Doolin
Date: Friday 15th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £99
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


Folk at the Boat - 16th Jun 2018 - Ipswich, IP2 8HW, Suffolk

The Steamboat is located on a man-made, but tidal, cut of the river. As it's a pub venue there are no accommodation facilities at the venue itself, but there are plenty of B&Bs and a nearby campsite, if you're coming from outside town.

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Location: Ipswich, IP2 8HW
Date: Saturday 16th June 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01473 601902
Website: folkattheboat.org.uk/
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Leamington Peace Festival - 16th Jun 2018 - 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 16th June 2018 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


Newark Traditions Festival - 20th Jun 2018 - Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire

The website will be updated very soon as the programme is almost finalised (and once our web manager returns from holiday in Greece).

Location: Newark on Trent
Date: Wednesday 20th June 2018 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


Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival - 21st Jun 2018 - Glengarriff, County Cork

It does what it says in the title!

Jim Dowling worked to revive that tradition of piping in West cork and was a founder member of the Glengarriff Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann. He died in November 2008 and this festival is a commemoration of his significant contribution to Uilleann piping and traditional music.

Location: Glengarriff
Date: Thursday 21st June 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@jimdowlingfestival.eu
Website: jimdowlingfestival.eu/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Leigh Folk Festival - 21st Jun 2018 - 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 21st June 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly, (a few paid events)
Contact for info: info@leighfolkfestival.com
Website: www.leighfolkfestival.com
County: Essex
Country: England


Lymm Festival - 21st Jun 2018 - 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 21st June 2018 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


Beardy Folk Festival - 22nd Jun 2018 - 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: Friday 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: beardyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Boars Bridge Festival - 22nd Jun 2018 - Boars Bridge, nr Tadley, Hampshire

Boars Bridge Festival is a Charity music festival held over a weekend each year in mid-June.

The 3 day event is held in the lovely grounds of Boars Bridge House near Tadley, Hampshire and although it is a relatively small festival the atmosphere is always lively and fun.

Again this year we are supporting the MS Therapy Centre in Reading.

Go on, support their charity.
Musicians - go play and forget your fee.

Location: Boars Bridge, nr Tadley
Date: Friday 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@boarsbridgefestival.co.uk
Website: www.boarsbridgefestival.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Exile Music Festival - 22nd Jun 2018 - 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 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Contact for info: 07522 404123
Website: www.exilemusicfestival.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - 22nd Jun 2018 - 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 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Gobefest - 22nd Jun 2018 - Albert Square, Manchester, Lancashire

The UK's only Transylvanian festival of arts and culture, Gobefest, returns to Manchester from Friday 22-Sunday 24 June 2018.

Last year saw 10,000 adventurous revellers put their best foot forward to try out traditional folk dancing, soak up the unique sounds of a zither orchestra and sample Transylvanian craft beer and delicacies including chimney cake and langos.

This year's free event, in the city's central Albert Square, promises a larger outdoor stage and extended programme, which will also shine a light on the culture and folklores of other ten other European countries, including Bulgaria, Turkey, Lithuania, Croatia, Hungary, Greece and Slovakia .

Due to the popularity of the food and drink stalls last year - and long queues - an even greater number have been invited. New additions will include a bar selling palinka, a traditional spirit drink from the Carpathian Basin region that can be anything up to 86% proof. Mancunians will also be able to sample mititei for the first time, a highly spiced and skinless sausage that is a BBQ favourite across Romania.

Location: Albert Square, Manchester
Date: Friday 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: gobefest.com
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Night Garden Festival - 22nd Jun 2018 - Firle Park, Sussex

A weekend of vibrant music from around the globe, award winning street food and wild banquet under the stars.

Several music genres, some acoustic from the look of it.

Location: Firle Park
Date: Friday 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: nightgardenfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.nightgardenfestival.co.uk
County: Sussex
Country: England


Solas Festival - 22nd Jun 2018 - The Bield, Blackruthven, 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: The Bield, Blackruthven
Date: Friday 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: office@solasfestival.co.uk
Website: www.solasfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Teignmouth Folk Festival - 22nd Jun 2018 - Teignmouth, Devon

Concerts, Ceilidh, Sessions, Morris, Workshops.
Several local venues

Location: Teignmouth
Date: Friday 22nd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: annemgill@tiscali.co.uk
Website: www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Moor and Coast Session - 23rd Jun 2018 - Whitby, Yorkshire

Formally known as Whitby Spring Session
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: Saturday 23rd June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: moorcoast@yahoo.com
Website: moorandcoast.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Droylsden Folk Festival - 24th Jun 2018 - Droylsden M43 7HL, 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 M43 7HL
Date: Sunday 24th June 2018 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


Keynsham Music Festival - 25th Jun 2018 - 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 25th June 2018 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


Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival - 29th Jun 2018 - Newcastleton, Borders

Renowned for its friendly atmosphere. As well as dances and concerts, singing and music sessions happen in a variety of venues and we encourage the singing and playing of traditional music through competitions leading to a concert. This time the workshops are in fiddle, guitar, songwriting and Trash Arts as well as, for the first time, bellows-blown smallpipes for beginners with some sets of pipes provided.

Location: Newcastleton
Date: Friday 29th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individually priced concerts, dances, other events
Contact for info: ntmfsecretary@googlemail.com
Website: www.newcastleton.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


TogFest - 29th Jun 2018 - Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes,

An all-music festival, so a bit of everything. Yes, there are a couple of folk orientated acts appearing.

Two stages and 11 hours of non-stop live music of all genres

Location: Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
Date: Friday 29th June 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: Info@togfest.org
Website: togfest.org/
Country: England


Unearthed In a Field - 29th Jun 2018 - 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 29th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Contact for info:
Website: unearthedfestival.co.uk
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


West Somerset Folk Festival - 29th Jun 2018 - 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 29th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: enquiries@westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


WoW Music Festival - 29th Jun 2018 - Diss, Norfollk

WoW is acoustic, roots, ska, bluegrass and everything in between mixed up with a bit of swing and our aim is to bring you the very best of East Anglian web-footed local brother/sister talent and then to sharpen up the gene pool with some class party acts from further afield. WoW is affordable, relaxed, intimate, bijou, family-friendly and adamantly sponsor-free.
We hope you enjoy WoW

Location: Diss
Date: Friday 29th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: wowfestnorfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.wow-arts.co.uk
County: Norfollk
Country: England


Bury Folk Festival - 30th Jun 2018 - Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5BD, Suffolk

Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 4th 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 5BD
Date: Saturday 30th June 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: contact@buryfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.buryfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Folk @ The Hangout - 30th Jun 2018 - Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

An evening of folk music.

Llandeilo is an important hub for all things creative with events celebrating the arts including festivals of Literature, Jazz and Classical music. Folk @ The Hangout is set to be a vibrant evening of music to add to the variety of creativity Llandeilo has to offer. It is the brainchild of l ocal folk band The Meadows, who toured theatres and concert venues across Great Britain in 2017 with their highly-acclaimed original show Celtic Journey alongside Maine Celtic music star Krystyn Murphy.

Location: Llandeilo
Date: Saturday 30th June 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: meadowsband2@gmail.com
Website: www.themeadowsband.co.uk/news
County: Carmarthenshire
Country: Wales


Folk in the Field - 30th Jun 2018 - Shiptonthorpe, Yorkshire

A small event, new to our lists.
Top names, beer festival and great food.

With no website, it has a facebook page, so you'll have to click the link below to see it.
Folk in the field

Location: Shiptonthorpe
Date: Saturday 30th June 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info:
Website: www.facebook.com/folkinthefieldshiptonthorpe/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Folk on the Quay - 30th Jun 2018 - 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 30th June 2018 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


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - 30th Jun 2018 - 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 30th June 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: contact@stbfportsoy.org
Website: stbfportsoy.org
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in July

International Festival for Irish Harp - 1st Jul 2018 - 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: Sunday 1st July 2018 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


Feis an Eilein - Skye Festival - 3rd Jul 2018 - 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: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 for 40 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


Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod - 3rd Jul 2018 - 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 3rd July 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day tickets from £11
Contact for info: info@international-eisteddfod.co.uk
Website: www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk/
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


New Forest Folk Festival - 4th Jul 2018 - 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 4th July 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: nick@newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Barn On The Farm Festival - 5th Jul 2018 - 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 5th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@barnonthefarm.co.uk
Website: www.barnonthefarm.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Stonehaven Folk Festival - 5th Jul 2018 - 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: Thursday 5th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: admin@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Whitby Sea Festival - 5th Jul 2018 - Whitby, Yorkshire

An annual festival celebrating all things nautical in the historic Yorkshire seaport of Whitby - One of Britain's premier maritime heritage sites.

A packed music programme of sea songs, shanties and folk music with a salty flavour! So far, our diverse Festival has included the cream of the folk, roots, sea music and the shanty world including local, national and overseas artists from Senegal, Sicily, Canada, Eire, Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France and the USA. Come for the Weekend, a day or for our Grand Maritime Gala Concert.

Location: Whitby
Date: Thursday 5th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Concessions, Day and part day tickets
Contact for info: moorfolk@googlemail.com
Website: www.whitbyseafest.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Cleckheaton Folk Festival - 6th Jul 2018 - 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.

This will be their 30th year. Come along and join in the fun!

Location: Cleckheaton
Date: Friday 6th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £64
Contact for info: info@cleckheatonfolkfestival.org
Website: www.cleckheatonfolkfestival.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Folk at the Hall - 6th Jul 2018 - 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 6th July 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £78
Contact for info: keldamanley@live.co.uk
Website: www.therecordjournal.co.uk
County: Flintshire
Country: Wales


Folk in a Field - 6th Jul 2018 - King's Lynn PE32 1FB, 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: King's Lynn PE32 1FB
Date: Friday 6th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £52
Contact for info: lukehorncastle@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.folkinafield.co.uk
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Frome Festival - 6th Jul 2018 - 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 6th July 2018 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


Moonbeams Festival - 6th Jul 2018 - 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.

Location: Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby, YO25 3HS
Date: Friday 6th July 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: leila@moonbeamsevents.co.uk
Website: www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival - 6th Jul 2018 - Newton Stewart & Minnigaff, Dumfries & Galloway

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

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

Location: Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
Date: Friday 6th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Contact for info: 01671 404924
Website: www.tradmusic.com
County: Dumfries & Galloway
Country: Scotland


Priddy Folk Festival - 6th Jul 2018 - 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 6th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: tickets@priddyfolk.org
Website: www.priddyfolk.org
County: Somerset
Country: England


Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival - 6th Jul 2018 - 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 6th July 2018 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 - 6th Jul 2018 - 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 6th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: paulspencer@maverickfestival.co.uk
Website: www.maverickfestival.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Traidphicnic - 6th Jul 2018 - 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 6th July 2018 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 - 7th Jul 2018 - Kimpton, SG4, Hertfordshire

A new festival in 2016, it's back for the third 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 7th July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Some free events.
Contact for info: hello@kimptonfolk.uk
Website: www.kimptonfolk.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Radford Folk Festival - 7th Jul 2018 - Radford Mill, BA2 0QF, Somerset

A one-day event that's new to our lists.

Traditional and contemporary folk music is what they intend to feature. At a reasonable price too.

The Cam Brook winds and gurgles its way through the middle of the farm, and the Folk Festival will be held in fields bordered by the brook. Lots of trees form the boundaries of the fields, and there's plenty of space for overnight camping, stretching your legs, energetic running about (mostly little people do this) and exercising the dog. You can park your horse or your caravan here - there's plenty of grazing.

They also have a blues festival on 11th August

Location: Radford Mill, BA2 0QF
Date: Saturday 7th July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Contact for info: pat@hillsidestudios.co.uk
Website: www.radfordfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Somerset
Country: England


The Little Folk Festival - 7th Jul 2018 - Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

The Little Folk Festival is a one-day beautiful festival for all ages, a celebration of community, creativity and folk culture. Featuring Workshops, traditional crafts, folk music, dancing, circus skills, feasting, yoga, storytelling and more! A festival run by the parents of the Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley for the whole community.

Location: Kings Langley
Date: Saturday 7th July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: info@thelittlefolkfestival.Co.UK
Website: thelittlefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Worrall Festival and Gala - 7th Jul 2018 - 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 7th July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: worrallfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.worrallfestival.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 11th Jul 2018 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival with a new look.

And it's 40th anniversary!

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).

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

Location: Peel
Date: Wednesday 11th July 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celtfest.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 11th Jul 2018 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival with a new look.

And it's 40th anniversary!

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).

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

Location: Peel
Date: Wednesday 11th July 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celtfest.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Bromsgrove Folk Festival - 12th Jul 2018 - Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

More folk music than you can shake a stick at. But why would you want to shake a stick?
The folk festival is definitely in the "small and friendly" category....but don't let that fool you! In our 400 seater marquee you will, this year, be "up close and personal" with the artists. Add to this concerts in our MiniMarquee with artists that you will want to get to know better, sessions in and around the pub where the festival is based, dance displays, morning walks, and of course the World Dry Foam Flinging Championships. A great weekend where you will be on first name terms with everybody else by the end of the weekend.

Location: Bromsgrove
Date: Thursday 12th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: bromsgroveman@outlook.com
Website: www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festival.html
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Folk on the Farm - 12th Jul 2018 - 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 12th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Day tickets - £15 and £25
Contact for info: folkonthefarm@live.com
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com
County: Isle of Anglesey
Country: Wales


South Essex Bluegrass Festival - 12th Jul 2018 - Bulphan, RM14 3RU, Essex

Main stage, open mike, workshops, jamming and a slow jam.

Now in its fourth year, and like all new festivals needs good support to be a success, so if you're free, why not pay them a visit. Prices are reasonable, aren't they.

Location: Bulphan, RM14 3RU
Date: Thursday 12th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 07974 497 466 / 07834 518 335
Website: southessexbluegrass.co.uk/
County: Essex
Country: England


Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - 13th Jul 2018 - 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 13th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01262 490324
Website: www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival.html
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Cornbury Music Festival - 13th Jul 2018 - 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 13th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £165
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: mail@cornburyfestival.com
Website: www.cornburyfestival.com/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Durham Brass - 13th Jul 2018 - 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 13th July 2018 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 - 13th Jul 2018 - 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.

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Location: Ely, CB6 2SH
Date: Friday 13th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £72
Also available Day tickets £25 £41 £39
Contact for info: queries@elyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.elyfolk.co.uk
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Flixton Folk Festival - 13th Jul 2018 - Flixton, Greater Manchester

A large community festival spread over ten 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: Friday 13th July 2018 for 10 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


Furness Tradition - 13th Jul 2018 - 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 13th July 2018 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


Lossie Folk Festival - 13th Jul 2018 - 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.

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Location: Lossiemouth
Date: Friday 13th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: lochnagar3@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/lossiefolkclub
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Rothbury Traditional Music Festival - 13th Jul 2018 - 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.

Location: Rothbury
Date: Friday 13th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 07815198680
Website: www.rothburymusicfestival.co.uk
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Tiree Music Festival - 13th Jul 2018 - 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 13th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info:
Website: tireemusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Beggars Fair - 14th Jul 2018 - 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 14th July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.beggarsfair.org.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Lincoln Folk Roots and World Music Festival - 14th Jul 2018 - Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincolnshire

Back for the third time!

Showcases the quality of live music in the UK and have a strong line-up with at least one legendary name..., a mix of household names and emerging artists.

Location: Lincoln Drill Hall
Date: Saturday 14th July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £23
Contact for info: solidentertainments@live.co.uk
Website: www.lincolnfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England


Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan - 15th Jul 2018 - 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: Sunday 15th July 2018 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


Folk by the Oak - 15th Jul 2018 - 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 15th July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £33.5
Contact for info: info@folkbytheoak.com
Website: www.folkbytheoak.com/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


South Sligo Summer School - 15th Jul 2018 - 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 15th July 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: southsligosummerschool@eircom.net
Website: www.sssschool.org
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


Hebridean Celtic Festival - 18th Jul 2018 - 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 18th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: office@hebceltfest.com
Website: www.hebceltfest.com/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Rockytop Bluegrass Picking Weekend - 19th Jul 2018 - Llandudno, Conwy

Picking all weekend, slow & fast jams. Workshops, Young musicians stage spots, Open Mike, Scratch bands, 3 Groups Sat afternoon, Camping, Gospel session Sunday morning. Dogs allowed.24 hr toilets & Shower. Good food and beers, free entry to animal farm and owl sanctuary. Fabulous North Wales welcome.

For the serious musicians who want to just play, for the those that want to learn how to play, Is for young musicians who the future of live music depends on.

Location: Llandudno
Date: Thursday 19th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: Rockytopbluegrass@outlook.com
Website: www.Rockytopbluegrass.co.uk
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Bradfield Traditional Music Festival - 19th Jul 2018 - Bradfield, Yorkshire

The annual gathering of traditional singers and musicians. Sessions, workshops, talks and informal social gatherings.

Sadly, another event using Facebook instead of a proper website.

To open the page, click on this link.

Location: Bradfield
Date: Thursday 19th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.facebook.com/events/280401972477103/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Folk on the Lawn - 19th Jul 2018 - 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 19th July 2018 for 4 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


Larmer Tree Festival - 19th Jul 2018 - 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 19th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £175
Contact for info: info@larmertreefestival.co.uk
Website: larmertreefestival.co.uk
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Llangollen Fringe Festival - 19th Jul 2018 - 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: Thursday 19th July 2018 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: contact@llangollenfringe.co.uk
Website: llangollenfringe.co.uk
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


Music on the Marr - 19th Jul 2018 - Castle Carrock, CA8 9LU, Cumbria

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 19th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01228 670 329
Website: www.musiconthemarr.com
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Chagstock Festival - 20th Jul 2018 - Chagford, Devon

A not for profit organisation supporting the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Water Aid. In its 12th year.

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

Location: Chagford
Date: Friday 20th July 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: organiser@chagstock.info
Website: www.chagstock.info/
County: Devon
Country: England


Festival at the Edge - 20th Jul 2018 - Whitchurch, SY13 3JQ, Shropshire

Festival at the Edge is the oldest storytelling festival in England and has something for everyone.

A weekend of fantastic storytelling, tall tales, terrific tellers, music and more, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Shropshire countryside.

Location: Whitchurch, SY13 3JQ
Date: Friday 20th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 0754 044 126
Website: www.festivalattheedge.org/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Guiting Music Festival - 20th Jul 2018 - Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

For nearly 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 20th July 2018 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@guitingfestival.org
Website: www.guitingfestival.org
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


Stainsby Festival - 20th Jul 2018 - Stainsby, Derbyshire

It's the big Five Oh !

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 20th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets available too.
Contact for info: news@stainsbyfestival.org.uk
Website: www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Trowbridge Festival - 20th Jul 2018 - Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield BA14 9LH, Wiltshire

Site for 2018 under construction at our last visit.

Ah, it's been updated now. Line is getting larger all the time.

Location: Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield BA14 9LH
Date: Friday 20th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Contact for info: team@trowbridgefestival.co.uk
Website: www.trowbridgefestival.co.uk/
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Upton Blues Festival - 20th Jul 2018 - 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: Friday 20th July 2018 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


FolkWell - 21st Jul 2018 - Fontwell Park Racecourse, Sussex

An outdoor music festival with the big outdoor stage set up outside Fontwell House with an eclectic line-up of singers and musicians including Richard Digance, Eric Sedge, Kitty MacFaland, Georgia Lewis Band, Pete Morton and Hobo and the Hippies. A family-friendly day out with plenty of things for the children to do. The perfect mid-summer chill-out event where the kids are welcome to run around and play. There will be so much to see and do with music artists on the main stage, an artisan food area including a hog roast, real ale and cider bars, a craft village, Morris dancing plus children's entertainment including ukulele workshops, traditional fairground rides with some family activities and storytelling. Plenty of fun to be had with Welly Wanging, Strong Man and the Tug of War (£200 first prize, teams of 6.)



There’s camping very close by so you can stay until late.

Location: Fontwell Park Racecourse
Date: Saturday 21st July 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Contact for info: info@fontwellpark.co.uk
Website: www.fontwellpark.co.uk/news/music-live/save-the-date
County: Sussex
Country: England


Joe Mooney Summer School - 21st Jul 2018 - 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 21st July 2018 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


Underneath the Stars - 22nd Jul 2018 - 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: Sunday 22nd July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@underthestarsfest.co.uk
Website: www.underthestarsfest.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Port Elliot Festival - 26th Jul 2018 - St Germans, Cornwall

This is a fiestival with a bit of everything. It's a literary festival with exhibitions, workshops, eating and drinking, science, music (which is why I am listing it), science, talks and lots more.

I suggest you take a look and see if there are things that you like.

Location: St Germans
Date: Thursday 26th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@porteliotfestival.com
Website: porteliotfestival.com/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Southern Fried Festival - 26th Jul 2018 - Perth, Perthshire

For those who like a bit of variety. An American roots event in Scotland. Many styles of music including blues, country, Cajun, gospel, swing and soul.
Southern Fried Festival, which offers the widest choice of Americana of any comparable festival, has grown in reputation attracting festival-goers from throughout the UK and beyond.

Location: Perth
Date: Thursday 26th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individually priced events
Contact for info:
Website: www.southernfriedfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Warwick Folk Festival - 26th Jul 2018 - 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 26th July 2018 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 - 26th Jul 2018 - 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 26th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £185
Contact for info: info@womad.org
Website: womad.co.uk/
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Beer and Bluegrass - 27th Jul 2018 - Poole, BH13 6AS, Dorset

Now in its fourth 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 27th July 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Also available Day tickets £ 14 and £18
Contact for info: info@poolerhythmroots.co.uk
Website: www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Bridport Folk Festival - 27th Jul 2018 - Bridport, Dorset

After a successful first 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.

Over 50 acts will be there.

Location: Bridport
Date: Friday 27th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: bridportfolkfestival.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


ButeFest - 27th Jul 2018 - 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 27th July 2018 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


Eilean Dorcha Festival - 27th Jul 2018 - Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

Now in it's third 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 27th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.edf.scot/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Monmouth Festival - 27th Jul 2018 - 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 27th July 2018 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


Speyfest - 27th Jul 2018 - Fochabers, Morayshire

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 27th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@speyfest.com
Website: www.speyfest.com/
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Traditional Singing Weekend - 27th Jul 2018 - 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 27th July 2018 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


Maryport Blues Festival - 28th Jul 2018 - Maryport, Cumbria

The annual Blues festival takes over the town for the weekend with more than 100 musicians from all over the globe performing on the main stage, outdoor family stage and in various pubs and clubs in the area.

The blues are sometimes considered to be folk music, and besides a bit of variety never done any harm.

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Location: Maryport
Date: Saturday 28th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Also available Day tickets £30 and £45
Contact for info: info@maryportblues.com
Website: maryportbluesfestival.com
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Taking place in August

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival - 2nd Aug 2018 - Ballyshannon, County Donegal

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional music fesitval is the place to be as the sounds of traditional & folk music echo from the streets, pubs and theatre once again.

As well as plenty of pub sessions and street entertainment, and concerts, this will no doubt be another memorable festival weekend.

Location: Ballyshannon
Date: Thursday 2nd August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available 85 euros, day tickets too
Contact for info: info@ballyshannonfolkfestival.com
Website: www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - 2nd Aug 2018 - Beauly, 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
Date: Thursday 2nd August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £155
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 - 2nd Aug 2018 - 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 2nd August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £175.5
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: tickets@cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Website: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England


Wickham Festival - 2nd Aug 2018 - 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 2nd August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £160
Contact for info: eastfest@talk21.com
Website: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Wilderness - 2nd Aug 2018 - 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 2nd August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £180
Contact for info: info@wildernessfestival.com
Website: www.wildernessfestival.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Lake District Folk Weekend - 3rd Aug 2018 - 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 3rd August 2018 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 - 3rd Aug 2018 - 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 3rd August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info: meltonfolk@gmail.com
Website: meltonfolkandcraftfair.com
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


National Eisteddfod of Wales - 3rd Aug 2018 - Cardiff Bay, South Glamorgan

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: Cardiff Bay
Date: Friday 3rd August 2018 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: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Sidmouth Folk Week - 3rd Aug 2018 - 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 3rd August 2018 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


Alnwick International Music Festival - 4th Aug 2018 - Alnwick, Northumberland

A mixed genre music festival with an international flavour. so a fair bit of variety, including some folk music and dance groups.

Location: Alnwick
Date: Saturday 4th August 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: alnwickmusicfestival.com/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - 4th Aug 2018 - 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 4th August 2018 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


Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival - 4th Aug 2018 - Mickleham, Dorking, RH5 6EE, Surrey

Bluegrass festival in its 18th year.
It is run more like a party for a bit of fun. It is a place to relax, meet new people, or meet up with old friends and listen to the music in a lovely location.

And very reasonably priced too.

Location: Mickleham, Dorking, RH5 6EE
Date: Saturday 4th August 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Also available Day tickets £13
Contact for info: surreybluegrass@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.surreybluegrass.com
County: Surrey
Country: England


Acoustic Music Centre - 6th Aug 2018 - Edinburgh, Midlothians

AS part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Centre has a program of events covering a variety of acts. Like all things at the Fringe, there is bound to be something (or more accuratelt lots of things) that will catch your eye. Give it ago if you're in Edinburgh at this time.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Monday 6th August 2018 for 22 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.stoneyport.biz/acoustic-music-centre
County: Midlothians
Country: Scotland


Feakle Festival - 8th Aug 2018 - 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 8th August 2018 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


Mull of Kintyre Music Festival - 8th Aug 2018 - 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 8th August 2018 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


Boomtown Behind the Mask - 9th Aug 2018 - 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.

Location: Matterley Estate, Winchester, SO21 1HW
Date: Thursday 9th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £216
Also available Various other tickets too.
Contact for info: info@boomtownfair.co.uk
Website: www.boomtownfair.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Fairport's Cropredy Convention - 9th Aug 2018 - 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.

Location: Cropredy
Date: Thursday 9th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: tickets@fairportconvention.com
Website: www.fairportconvention.com
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Broadstairs Folk Week - 10th Aug 2018 - 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 10th August 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk / 01843 604080
Website: www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


Dartmoor Folk Festival - 10th Aug 2018 - 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 10th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Saltburn Festival - 10th Aug 2018 - Saltburn, Yorkshire

Seaside festival, includes singer/songwriter competition.
Folk music, dance and song.

Many acts booked already.

Location: Saltburn
Date: Friday 10th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £62
Also available Day tickets £40 and £30
Contact for info: 01287 622623
Website: www.saltburnfolkfestival.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Bath Folk Festival - 11th Aug 2018 - Bath, Somerset

Gigs,workshops, summer school, sessions.

This is an exciting festival, spread over many days, and it is going to be in it's eighth year and will be providing concerts education and opportunities to play folk music in this vibrant and culturally rich city. A variety of venues around the city will be used.

Location: Bath
Date: Saturday 11th August 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Bridport Folk Festival
Contact for info: boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk
Website: www.bathfolkfestival.org/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance - 11th Aug 2018 - Billingham, Cleveland

An international festival, so a bit different to the norm. Artists from many countries, for those that like world music. A wide variety of styles and sounds.

Location: Billingham
Date: Saturday 11th August 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Many individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@billinghamfestival.co.uk
Website: www.billinghamfestival.co.uk
County: Cleveland
Country: England


Kilkenny Arts Festivals - 11th Aug 2018 - 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: Saturday 11th August 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@kilkennyarts.ie
Website: www.kilkennyarts.ie
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Radford Blues Festival - 11th Aug 2018 - Radford, BA2 0QF, Somerset

Another event at Radford Mill, this time it's a blues festival. The website doesn't mention much about it just now, as it's only just been mentioned there.

Location: Radford, BA2 0QF
Date: Saturday 11th August 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@radfordmillfarm.com
Website: www.radfordmillfarm.co.uk
County: Somerset
Country: England


Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - 12th Aug 2018 - Ennis, County Clare

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: Ennis
Date: Sunday 12th August 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@fleadhcheoil.ie
Website: www.fleadhcheoil.ie/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


StockFest - Culture, Music & Arts Festival - 12th Aug 2018 - Stockcross, Berkshire

Not a nine day folk fest...
A multi-genre, event spread over 9 days, with a wide variety of entertainments. Includes an auctustic day and several wellknown folk acts.

Now in it's sixth year.

Check out their program of events to see if you like it.

Stockfest is a not for profit community festival based in the tiny village of Stockcross, Nr Newbury.

Location: Stockcross
Date: Sunday 12th August 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@stockfest.co.uk
Website: www.stockfest.co.uk
County: Berkshire
Country: England


Glasgow International Piping Festival - 13th Aug 2018 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire

What can I say?

It's in Scotland and it's all about piping!

Location: Glasgow
Date: Monday 13th August 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: pipinglive.co.uk
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Green Man - 16th Aug 2018 - 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.

Supports the Bevan Foundation as well.

Location: near Crickhowell
Date: Thursday 16th August 2018 for 3 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 - 16th Aug 2018 - 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 16th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £96
Contact for info: cath@purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Dorset
Country: England


Beautiful Days - 17th Aug 2018 - 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 17th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@beautifuldays.org
Website: www.beautifuldays.org/
County: Devon
Country: England


FolkEast - 17th Aug 2018 - 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 17th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £111
Contact for info: info@folkeast.co.uk
Website: www.folkeast.co.uk
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Innerleithen Music festival - 17th Aug 2018 - 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 17th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: imfpublicity@aol.com
Website: www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org/
County: Lothian
Country: Scotland


Just So Festival - 17th Aug 2018 - 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.
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Location: Rode Hall
Date: Friday 17th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £135
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: hello@justsofestival.org.uk
Website: www.justsofestival.org.uk/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Moira Furnace Folk Festival - 17th Aug 2018 - Moira Furnace,Swadlicote, DE12 6AT, Leicestershire

It's Number TEN

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 17th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk
Website: moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


White Horse Folk Festival - 17th Aug 2018 - 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 17th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: WhiteHorseFest@aol.com
Website: www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Whitby Folk Week - 18th Aug 2018 - 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 18th August 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £190
Also available Day tickets £54 and £71
Contact for info: folk@whitbyfolk.co.uk
Website: www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Masters of Tradition - 22nd Aug 2018 - 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 22nd August 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: westcorkmusic@eircom.net
Website: www.westcorkmusic.ie/mastersoftradition/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Cottingham Folk Festival - 23rd Aug 2018 - Cottingham, Yorkshire

Now in it's fourth 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 23rd August 2018 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


Marymass Folk Festival - 23rd Aug 2018 - Irvine, Ayrshire

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.

Location: Irvine
Date: Thursday 23rd August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: joyceifc@aol.com
Website: www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/marymass/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Shambala Festival - 23rd Aug 2018 - 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 23rd August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £155
Contact for info: enquiries@shambalafestival.org
Website: www.shambalafestival.org/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Cornwall Folk Festival - 24th Aug 2018 - 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 24th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £57
Contact for info: info@cornwallfolkfestival.com
Website: www.cornwallfolkfestival.com/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Greenbelt - 24th Aug 2018 - 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 24th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £155
Contact for info: info@greenbelt.org.uk
Website: www.greenbelt.org.uk/
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Maui Waui - 24th Aug 2018 - 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 24th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £74
Contact for info: silas@mauiwauievents.co.uk
Website: www.mauiwauievents.co.uk/
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Oxford Storytelling Festival - 24th Aug 2018 - Waterperry House and Gardens, OX33 1LA, Oxfordshire

A new one for us.

Oxford Storytelling Festival, an exciting new boutique family festival is
coming to Waterperry this Summer. An August bank holiday full of Magic,
Myth and Mystery to enchant and enliven your senses. We are delighted to
announce an impressive line up of UK’s most engaging storytellers: *Jan
Blake, Ben Haggarty, Sally Pomme Clayton, Hugh Lypton, Katy Cawkwell, Jo
Blake Cave, Nell Phoenix, *poets: *Lisa Luxx, Keith Jarrett *and *Trudy
Howson (LGBT poet Laureatte) and *the famous *Story Museum *accompanied by
music from the fabulous *Jackie Oates, Carrie Tree, James Frost and Sika.*

Location: Waterperry House and Gardens, OX33 1LA
Date: Friday 24th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Contact for info: info@oxfordstorytellingfestival.co.uk
Website: www.oxfordstorytellingfestival.co.uk
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


shrewsbury Folk Festival - 24th Aug 2018 - 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 24th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: sandra@shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Solfest - 24th Aug 2018 - Tarnside Farm, Tarns,CA7 4NQ, Cumbria

Cumbria's brightest and best music and arts festival, Solfest is delighted to announce another wave of the delightfully diverse and exciting range of artists who will grace the many stages and have you up and dancing at Solfest this summer.

As ever Solfest offers a dazzling array of entertainment across practically every musical genre.

Location: Tarnside Farm, Tarns,CA7 4NQ
Date: Friday 24th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info: info@solfest.org.uk
Website: www.solfest.org.uk
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Stroud Fringe - 24th Aug 2018 - Stroud, Gloucestershire

Stroud Fringe is a free music and arts festival that takes over Stroud in Gloucestershire every August bank holiday. With five 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 24th August 2018 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


Towersey Festival - 24th Aug 2018 - 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 24th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £119
Contact for info: info@towerseyfestival.com
Website: www.towerseyfestival.com/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Watchet LIVE Music Festival - 24th Aug 2018 - Watchet, Somerset

After a rest last year, it's back!

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 24th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £82.5
Contact for info: info@watchetfestival.co.uk
Website: www.watchetfestival.co.uk/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Folk on the Dock - 25th Aug 2018 - Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

Now in its third year, Folk on the Dock 2018 boasts ten stages and 200 artistes attracting music lovers and performers from all over the world. Also incorporating the Liverpool Shanty festival with music on boats around the water’s edge and the contemporary Dock Stage which is to be hosted by the legendary Janice Long. In 2018 a new venue will be added to the August Bank Holiday festival programme with a fantastic, ticketed launch event with a headline artist on Friday 24th August, in the stunning Museum of Liverpool.

Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool
Date: Saturday 25th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mostly. Some ticketed events.
Contact for info:
Website: www.albertdock.com/whats-on/folk-on-the-dock/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


England's Medieval Festival - 26th Aug 2018 - 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 their 25th anniversary this year and it's 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: Sunday 26th August 2018 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


Settle Folk Gathering - 30th Aug 2018 - Settle, Yorkshire

Website not fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Settle
Date: Thursday 30th August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.settlefolk.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Between the Trees Festival - 31st Aug 2018 - Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend

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

Location: Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr
Date: Friday 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: patinalive@gmail.com
Website: www.betweenthetreesfestival.co.uk/
County: Bridgend
Country: Wales


Clennell Hall Singaround\Sessions Festival - 31st Aug 2018 - Clennell Hall Country House Hotel, Alwinton, NE65 7BG, Northumberland

Chennel Hall host another a singaround / session event.

And the price is right!

Fantastic weekend of singing and music. Dance sides welcome too. Dog and children friendly venue in a superb Country House Hotel amongst the stunning Northumberland scenery. Heavily discounted accommodation. £10 per unit camping for the whole weekend (tents/caravans/motor homes/camper vans), normally £10 per night. Bed and Breakfast at £80 per night for a twin/double/family room, normally £95 per night. Bunk rooms £20 per night including breakfast, £15 per night without breakfast, normally £20 not including breakfast.

As it's a facebook page, click here

Location: Clennell Hall Country House Hotel, Alwinton, NE65 7BG
Date: Friday 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: cneil727@yahoo.com
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/ClennellHallEventsFestivals/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Didmarton Bluegrass Festival - 31st Aug 2018 - 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 31st August 2018 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


Fleetwood Folk and Blues - 31st Aug 2018 - Fleetwood, Lancashire

Concerts, Sessions, Dance, Heritage & Fringe Events

An intimate event bringing quality live Folk, Blues and Acoustic Music and Dance into 8 venues across Fleetwood, 2016 will be the second FaB event which has been encouraged by the passion and enthusiasm of the community and local businesses including pubs, tourist attractions and hotels. Fleetwood FaB has doubled in size this year to 8 venues plus the farm facilities/campsite

Location: Fleetwood
Date: Friday 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Also available Some individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@fleetwoodfolkandblues.com
Website: www.fleetwoodfolkandblues.com/
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Llanwddyn Weekend of Folk and Acoustic Music - 31st Aug 2018 - Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys

A small event, so don't leave it to late to get your tickets.
This is the fourth 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 31st August 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £36
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


Lyme Folk Weekend - 31st Aug 2018 - 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 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01297 442138 / admin@lymefolk.com
Website: www.lymefolk.com
County: Dorset
Country: England


Moseley Folk Festival - 31st Aug 2018 - 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 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Also available Day and two day tickets £42 and £74
Contact for info: info@moseleyfolk.co.uk
Website: www.moseleyfolk.co.uk
County: West Midlands
Country: England


Off the Tracks - Summer Festival - 31st Aug 2018 - 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 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@offthetracks.co.uk
Website: offthetracks.co.uk/
County: Leicestershire
Country: England


Sedgefield Folk Festival - 31st Aug 2018 - 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 31st August 2018 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


Wareham Wail - 31st Aug 2018 - Oakfield Farm,Verwood BH31 6JJ, Dorset

The 30th year!

A reasonably priced 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 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £28
Contact for info: 01225 867031
Website: www.wail.org.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Wilkestock - 31st Aug 2018 - 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 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £150
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info:
Website: www.wilkestock.com/
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England


Taking place in September

London Folk Festival - 1st Sep 2018 - 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: Saturday 1st September 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Contact for info: folkandroots@gmail.com
Website: www.londonfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Greater London
Country: England


SingFest - 1st Sep 2018 - Dockenfield, GU10 4HH, Surrey

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 1st September 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: vox@annatabbush.com
Website: www.singfest.org.uk/
County: Surrey
Country: England


Linlithgow Folk Festival - 5th Sep 2018 - 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 5th September 2018 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-2018
County: West Lothian
Country: Scotland


Bellingham all Acoustic Music Festival - 6th Sep 2018 - Bellingham, 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: Bellingham
Date: Thursday 6th September 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@baafest.com
Website: www.baafest.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Bromyard Folk Festival - 6th Sep 2018 - 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 6th September 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@bromyard-folk-festival.org.uk
Website: www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Festival No. 6 - 6th Sep 2018 - Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Music, arts and culture, experiences and activities.

THere are a variaty of genres of music here, so again, it's one you should inspect then decide upon.

Festival No.6 is the UK’s most unique experience. A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, located in our magical coastal home of Portmeirion, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists.

Location: Portmeirion
Date: Thursday 6th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £175
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: festivalnumber6.com
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Medieval Music in the Dales - 6th Sep 2018 - 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 6th September 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: medievalmusicinthedales@gmail.com
Website: www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


BLAS Festival - 7th Sep 2018 - Multiple locations, Highlands and Argyl

Nine days across the Highlands of music. Gaelic based music and culture. Creating opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic.

When I say multiple locations, I mean about 30 of them, spread across Scotland. Mainly in the northern half of god's own country.

Location: Multiple locations
Date: Friday 7th September 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.blas-festival.com/
County: Highlands and Argyl
Country: Scotland


Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song - 7th Sep 2018 - Kirriemuir, Angus

A small event.
The Kirriemuir Festival sees the town bustling with traditional music and song.

This festival aims to celebrate some of the best folk music, while giving you the opportunity to participate with the ceilidhs and watch all of the performances that you could possibly want. But the best part is the competitions. These even extend to things like diddling, singing, and a bothy ballad.
Website not fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Kirriemuir
Date: Friday 7th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@kirriefestival.org
Website: www.kirriefestival.org/
County: Angus
Country: Scotland


Stogumber Festival - 7th Sep 2018 - Stogumber, Somerset

A mixed genre festival. A celebration of the performing arts. Go on, check it out

Stogumber Festival is a celebration of the performing arts. For a few days in September each year this quiet West Somerset village is transformed into a centre for musical and other events.

Location: Stogumber
Date: Friday 7th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 0845 539 0168
Website: www.stogumberfestival.com/
County: Somerset
Country: England


Swanage Folk Festival - 7th Sep 2018 - Swanage, Dorset

Now in it's 25th 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: Friday 7th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: swanageffboxoffice@gmail.com
Website: www.swanagefolkfestival.com/
County: Dorset
Country: England


St Ives September Festival - 8th Sep 2018 - 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 8th September 2018 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


Ceol Cholasa Music Festival - 13th Sep 2018 - 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 13th September 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Contact for info: 01951 200336
Website: ceolcholasa.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Gig'n the Bann - 13th Sep 2018 - 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 13th September 2018 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


Douglasdale Folk Festival - 14th Sep 2018 - Douglas, Lanarkshire

A set of nightly events with two top class acts each nightly.
Website not fully updated on or last visit

Location: Douglas
Date: Friday 14th September 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Each nightly ticket costs around £10
Contact for info: 07851861384
Website: www.douglasdalefolkfestival.com/
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Head for the Hills - 14th Sep 2018 - Ramsbottom Cricket Ground, Lancashire

Previously called Ramsbottom Festival, the event was founded in 2011 and is now in its seventh year.

An award winning weekend featuring over fifty amazing artists and musicians including international acts, emerging UK talent and local heroes.

Location: Ramsbottom Cricket Ground
Date: Friday 14th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: info@headforthehills.org.uk
Website: headforthehills.org.uk/
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Priston Festival - 14th Sep 2018 - Priston, near Bath, Somerset

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 14th September 2018 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


The Folk Gathering - 14th Sep 2018 - Alstonefield, DE6 2FR, Staffordshire

A grand gathering of friends and friends to be, many of whom are Folk Musicians and Singers, who come together to share music, songs and fellowship in an informal atmosphere, and to enjoy performances from some of our favourite national folk celebrities and some of the immensely talented local acts.

In the Peak District National Park.
Limited number of tickets, hurry as they usually sell out quickly.

Location: Alstonefield, DE6 2FR
Date: Friday 14th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info: thefolkgathering@gmail.com
Website: www.thefolkgathering.org/
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Worcester Music Festival - 14th Sep 2018 - 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 14th September 2018 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


East Anglian Traditional Music Trust - 15th Sep 2018 - Bungay, Suffolk

The 17th Traditional Music Day (TMD) will take place in the picturesque market town of Bungay on the Norfolk/Suffolk Border, in the heart of the Waveney Valley.

Workshops on the melodeon, and more. A lovely lively busy buzzy day of learning and playing and generally celebrating all things squeezeboxy.

Including concert.

Location: Bungay
Date: Saturday 15th September 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@eatmt.org.uk
Website: www.eatmt.org.uk/m&m.htm
County: Suffolk
Country: England


Clonakilty International Guitar Festival - 19th Sep 2018 - 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

Location: Clonakilty
Date: Wednesday 19th September 2018 for 5 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


Southdowns Folk Festival - 20th Sep 2018 - Bognor Regis, Sussex

Price covers the headliners evening concerts - and there are several big name headliners too!

Supported by crowdfunding donations.

Location: Bognor Regis
Date: Thursday 20th September 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £72
Contact for info: rnash10@hotmail.com
Website: www.southdownsfolkfest.co.uk
County: Sussex
Country: England


Dunbar Traditional Music Festival - 21st Sep 2018 - Dunbar, East Lothian

The Festival is committed to showcasing local and young talent alongside well established and internationally known artists.

Song, music, pipes & drums, children's workshop, informal tunes and sessions, concerts, ceilidhs and open air performance.

A wide range of musical tastes. Initially the focus was on traditional Scottish and Irish music but in recent years this has broadened to include jazz, blues, Appalachian, country, bluegrass and skiffle.

Location: Dunbar
Date: Friday 21st September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: dunbarmusicfestival.co.uk
County: East Lothian
Country: Scotland


Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival - 21st Sep 2018 - Otley, Yorkshire

For the 27th time!

With concerts, dances, workshops, sessions and street entertainment on offer, there should be something for everybody.

Otley lies in picturesque Wharfedale on the A660 six miles from Ilkley and ten from Leeds (Menston Railway Station 1 mile {but it seems more if you walk}). The town is well equipped with shops, restaurants, take-aways and supermarkets as well as the Friday/Saturday market

Location: Otley
Date: Friday 21st September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: OtleyFF@hotmail.com
Website: www.otleyfolkfestival.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Jura Music Festival - 21st Sep 2018 - The Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides

6000 deer. 200 people. 1 Jura Music Festival.

A music festival with a leaning towards traditional music, but other genres as well.

PS No need to bring your own deer.

Location: The Isle of Jura
Date: Friday 21st September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.juramusicfestival.com/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Looe Music Festival - 21st Sep 2018 - Looe, Cornwall

An intimate 3-day late-season festival with the main stage on the beach, in the beautiful Cornish coastal town of Looe. 90 bands / 5 stages / 3 days / 1 big party on the beach! A dedicated music event, it's a festival with a difference. The relaxed vibe hits you the moment you arrive in the tiny fishing town. The stages are smack-bang in the centre of town, by the harbour-side and on the beach - the local bars and restaurants hosting live music during the weekend too.

Big music, manic entertainment and a smattering of culture for good measure.

Various genres, with some big Folk Music names.

Location: Looe
Date: Friday 21st September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: contact@looemusic.co.uk
Website: www.looemusic.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Stroud Folk Weekend - 21st Sep 2018 - Stroud, Gloucestershire

New name for the Stroud event.
Concerts,dance, sessions, singalons. Workshopd too.

Site not fully updated when last visited.

Location: Stroud
Date: Friday 21st September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: stroudfolk@yhoo.com
Website: www.stroudfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


The Little Big Gig - 21st Sep 2018 - Henry's Campsite in the Lizard, Cornwall

A music and ale festival which includes acoustic and folk acts. A family-friendly style of event.

Celebrating Cornwall's creative talent, in music, beer making and much more. This is Little Big Gig's eigth year!

Location: Henry's Campsite in the Lizard
Date: Friday 21st September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@littlebiggig.co.uk
Website: www.littlebiggig.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Llyn Guitar Festival - 28th Sep 2018 - Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd

Aims to offer world class acoustic music and tuition to the guitar enthusiast of any level,Whether you want a full guitar retreat experience for a few days or just to turn up for the concerts, you will be most welcome

Location: Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
Date: Friday 28th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Contact for info: enquiries@oriel.org.uk
Website: llynguitarfestival.org.uk
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Taking place in October

Derby Folk Week - 4th Oct 2018 - Derby, Derbyshire

2018 will be the 12th 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. On The Market Place, in the Guildhall Theatre and The Old Bell Hotel.

Location: Derby
Date: Thursday 4th October 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: admin@derbyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Swanage Blues Festival - 4th Oct 2018 - Swanage, Dorset

Ther is also one in March as well!

15 Indoor Venues
30 Top Class Acts
60 Great Gigs, Open Mic and Jam Sessions

The Swanage Blues Festival brings together an amazing collection of Blues Musicians, Fans and Friends for a weekend of Jams, Open Mics and Headline Performances that will have you coming back time after time.
Swanage hosts several festivals

Location: Swanage
Date: Thursday 4th October 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: info@swanage-blues.org
Website: www.swanage-blues.org/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Tenterden Folk Festival - 4th Oct 2018 - 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 4th October 2018 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


Edgworth Folk Festival - 5th Oct 2018 - Edgworth, Lancashire

Currently you download a word doc, rather than read a web page!

Ah, now it's an image, not a word doc.

Not a lot of info, but does seem to be taking place.

Location: Edgworth
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 01257 233513
Website: www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk/page49.htm
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Feis Na Mara - 5th Oct 2018 - Mallaig, Highlands and Argyl

Another festival in bonny Scotland with a highlands theme.
A traditional music festival, most the acts having a local connection, with workshops, a family dance and sessions in the local pubs.

Location: Mallaig
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@feis-na-mara.com
Website: www.feis-na-mara.com/
County: Highlands and Argyl
Country: Scotland


Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend - 5th Oct 2018 - Rosses Point, County Sligo

Web site currently incomplete.

Traditional singing and concerts and competitions.

Location: Rosses Point
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: sligotradsingers.ie/frank-finn-traditional-singing-weekend/
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


GoosFest - 5th Oct 2018 - Goostrey, Cheshire

Goosfest is a "not for profit" arts and music festival held each year in October at various venues in and round the village of Goostrey in Cheshire. The festival offers a diverse programme of events, so whether it is classical, folk, jazz or contemporary music, theatre, stand-up comedy or craft that turns you on, Goosfest has it!

Location: Goostrey
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: home@goosfest.com
Website: Goosfest.com
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival - 5th Oct 2018 - 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: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 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


Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - Banbury, Oxfordshire

After the success of this year’s Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival we are pleased to announce it is happening again.

Web site not working when last visited.
Try this Facebook page

old site was www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk/

Location: Banbury
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website:
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Big Blues Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - Southport, Merseyside

We hope you can join us for our fourth annual Big Blues Festival next October, it promises to be a weekend of great music, great food, great ale and great fun as we celebrate what rock, rhythm and blues has to offer!

The line-up is as big as it is bold and presents music that is desperate to be heard, with headliners Revolutionaires and Mike Sanches & His Band, it's a weekend you really don't want to miss!

Location: Southport
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01704 533 333
Website: www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/big-blues-festival-2018/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


Bristol Cajun and Zydeco Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - Bristol, Bristol

We like to include a few not quite folk but sort of folk festivals, like this one. Just to broaden your outlook a bit.

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Bristol
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01634 932157
Website: bristolcajunfestival.com/
County: Bristol
Country: England


Festival Des Panards - 12th Oct 2018 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

Welcome to the home of French and Breton traditional music and dance in West Yorkshire

Les Panard Dansants run informal monthly music and dance workshops in Hebden Bridge, and pub sessions in Leeds. We also run our autumn music and dance festival with international artists and dancers.

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: frenchdanceleeds.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Festival des Panards - 12th Oct 2018 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

Something different...

French music and dance festival in Yorkshire.

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: frenchdanceleeds.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Lewes folk Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - Lewes, East Sussex

Once again, the two Lewes folk clubs, The Royal Oak and The Lewes Saturday Folk Club are combining their efforts to promote this festival, largely based in their own clubrooms and other venues in the town.

Site not fully developed on our last visit.

Location: Lewes
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: lewesfestival@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.lewesfolkfest.org/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Blazin' in Beauly - 15th Oct 2018 - 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 15th October 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £275
Also available Day tickets £60, Concerts £40
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Manchester Folk Festival - 18th Oct 2018 - 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 18th October 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: hello@manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Bude Folk Roots and World Music - 19th Oct 2018 - Bude, Devon

Back for the third time with a name and location change - no longer at Ilfracombe, but 17 miles down the road at Bude

With a great line-up of tops names this promises to be a great event.

Location: Bude
Date: Friday 19th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £145
Contact for info: solidentertainments@live.co.uk
Website: ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Hartlepool Folk Festival - 19th Oct 2018 - 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. This year, we’re commemorating the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miners’ Strike with a special series of events focusing on the music, dance and cultural heritage of our colliery communities.

Location: Hartlepool
Date: Friday 19th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: jonny@hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
Website: www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Lichfield Festival of Folk - 19th Oct 2018 - Lichfield, Staffordshire

L2F - The Lichfield Festival of Folk, organised by arts charity Lichfield Arts, is in its sixth 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 19th October 2018 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


Musicport Festival - 19th Oct 2018 - 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 19th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01947 603475
Website: www.musicportfestival.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Return to Camden Town Festival - 24th Oct 2018 - Camden Town, Greater London

7 days of concerts, set dancing ceilis, album launches, sessions, workshops and more Featuring: Abbey Ceilí Band, Peter Carberry and Padraig McGovern, The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley, Claire Egan, Padraig McGovern and Peter Carberry, Altan, Cran, Danny Meehan and Le Cheile, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciaran O Maonaigh, Leitrim Equation and many more. Venues for this year's Festival include: Kings Place, London Irish Centre, The Green Note and more

Location: Camden Town
Date: Wednesday 24th October 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.returntocamden.org/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Sligo Live - 24th Oct 2018 - 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: Wednesday 24th October 2018 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


Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 27th Oct 2018 - Perth, Perthshire

The 69th 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 27th October 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01738 492949
Website: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


BunkFest - 31st Oct 2018 - 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: Wednesday 31st October 2018 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


Taking place in November

Denholm Folk Festival - 1st Nov 2018 - Denholm, Borders

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

Now in its 15th year.

Location: Denholm
Date: Thursday 1st November 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Some free events, some ticketted
Contact for info: denfolkfesttickets@hotmail.com
Website: www.denholmfolkfest.co.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Lowender Peran Celtic Music & Dance - 1st Nov 2018 - 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 1st November 2018 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


The Big Acoustic Walk - 10th Nov 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 10th November 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Scots Fiddle Festival - 16th Nov 2018 - 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 16th November 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com
Website: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Tenby Blues Festival - 16th Nov 2018 - 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 13th birthday - a teenager now.

Location: Tenby
Date: Friday 16th November 2018 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


Birmingham TradFest - 22nd Nov 2018 - Birmingham, West Midlands

A trip to Birmingham TradFest is one of the UK's newer Irish Music Festival, to be staged over a four day weekend in the latter part of November 2016 in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth). It will exhibit a colourful celebration of Irish culture, with sessions, concerts, workshops and ceilis

Location: Birmingham
Date: Thursday 22nd November 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@birminghamtradfest.co.uk
Website: birminghamtradfest.co.uk
County: West Midlands
Country: England


The Islay Sessions - 23rd Nov 2018 - Islay, Hebrides

A small traditional music festival. Two or three days of traditional music. Bringing together some of the outstanding musicians from the Scottish traditional and folk scenes. Pub sessions, workshops for all ages, concert performances, all that you'd hope for in a festival.

Location: Islay
Date: Friday 23rd November 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: islaysessions.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


The Great British Folk Festival - 30th Nov 2018 - 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 December.

Location: Butlin's Skegness
Date: Friday 30th November 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Contact for info:
Website: www.bigweekends.com/the-weekends/specialist-music-weekends/great-british-folk-festival.aspx
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England


 

Let the music grow.