FASH seeks to encourage
greater participation in folk activities and one way that this happens
is through the many festivals around the country. Festivals are amazing;
they usually have people of all ages from about 3 to 93, of both sexes,
all religions, colours and creeds, all enjoying themselves making music,
singing, listening or dancing.
We have several festivals
in and around our area such us ...
Folk Weekend 20th to 22nd April 2018. 'Super-Earlybird Tier 1' tickets
presently available, offering a 20% discount on the full price. Limited
in the Green Festival, Hastings. 28th April to 1st May 2017. No
details yet of the 2018 event.
International Folk Dance Festival 4th to 7th May 2018. Earlybird
discounts (£16 reduction) until end of 2017. Book early if you
wish to attend the Playford Ball, or if you wish for a caravan/campervan
pass. Tickets only avaialable via the website, which has a link to 'Eventbrite'.
Folk Festival 4th to 7th May 2018. Details on ticket prices etc.
to be posted as soon as possible.
Folk Festival 25th - 28th May 2018. Tickets now on sale, presently
offering roughly 20% discount over the full price (until 28th Feb).
Folk Festival, Weymouth 2nd and 3rd June 2018. Basically a free
festival, but form available if you would like to participate.
Minster Folk Festival 8th to 10th June 2018. Tickets already available.
Folk Festival. Folk dance festival, 15th to 17th June 2018. Previous
visitors will receive an booking formform by e-mail, hopefully before
the end of the year; if you would like a booking form, use the 'contact
us' link at the bottom of their web page
On The Quay 24th June 2017. No date yet on the website for the 2018
event, but rumours are that it will be the 30th June.
Beggars' Fair 14th July 2018
Folk Festival 26th to 29th July 2018. Tickets not yet available.
Forest Folk Festival
4th to 8th July 2018. Tickets already on sale - free camping if you
book before 1st January.
Folk Week 3rd to 10th August 2018. Tickets not yet available.
Festival 2nd to 5th August 2018. Tickets already available, present
offer is £40 saving on full price of £160. Not clear how
long this offer will last.
Valley Folk Festival 16th to 19th August 2018. Ticket prices not
yet available - note that if you are local to the venue, and buy early,
you can get a 20% discount.
Festival 24th to 27th August 2018. Tickets already on sale from
'Eventbrite', via link from the Festival Website.
1st to 3rd September 2017. No 2018 details yet.
Folk Festival 7th to 9th September 2018. No details yet.
Folk Festival (Bognor regis) 20th to 23rd September 2018 (provisional
Folk Festival 6th to 8th October 2017. No 2018 details yet.
The list is far from
exhaustive and there are many other festivals further afield. Most of
the Folk Festivals in the UK are listed here,
on the EFDSS website, and you might find one or two more on the Folk and
Roots website, here.
All these festivals
vary. Some are all about Morris dance displays with perhaps a ceilidh
one evening, others are all about dancing, or listening to bands on stages.
There are also festivals which have a wide range of workshops, dances,
concerts and displays. Some festivals are in towns with hotel accommodation,
others have camping.
If anyone cares to
write about any other festivals, then it would be great. Please send them
to the Solent Waves Editor or
see our contacts page