Folk Association of South Hants



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 ...

  • Oxford Folk Weekend 20th to 22nd April 2018. 'Super-Earlybird Tier 1' tickets have now all gone, Tier 2 now available, offering a ~10% discount on the full price. Limited number! Full price Tier 3 are £75.
  • Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings. 4th to 7th May 2018. Programme available on their website.
  • Eastbourne International Folk Dance Festival 4th to 7th May 2018. 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'.
  • Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival 4th to 7th May 2018. Details on ticket prices etc. are posted, but no booking form - prices are lower if booked in advance, but it is not clear how you do this other than by 'phone or e-mail.
  • Chippenham Folk Festival 25th - 28th May 2018. Tickets now on sale, presently offering roughly 20% discount over the full price (until 28th Feb). If the link for on-line booking is missing from their website (it was on the 7th Jan) use this one which will take you straight to the booking page
  • Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth 2nd and 3rd June 2018. Basically a free festival, but form available if you would like to participate.
  • Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 8th to 10th June 2018. Tickets already available, 'Early bird' £5 discount until end of January.
  • Lichfield Folk Festival. Folk dance festival, 15th to 17th June 2018. Previous visitors should by now have received a booking form by e-mail; if you have not, or would like a booking form, use the 'contact us' link at the bottom of their web page
  • Folk On The Quay 30th June 2018.
  • Romsey Beggars' Fair 14th July 2018
  • Warwick Folk Festival 26th to 29th July 2018. 'Earlybird' tickets are now available via their website.
  • New Forest Folk Festival 4th to 8th July 2018. Tickets already on sale.
  • Sidmouth Folk Week 3rd to 10th August 2018. Super Early Bird tickets now avalable, note that numbers strictly limited.
  • Wickham Festival 2nd to 5th August 2018. Tickets already available, only 'Tier 3' left, which sadly appears to be full price.
  • Purbeck 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.
  • Towersey Festival 24th to 27th August 2018. Tickets already on sale from 'Eventbrite', via link from the Festival Website.
  • Wallingford Bunkfest 1st to 3rd September 2017. No 2018 details yet.
  • Swanage Folk Festival 7th to 9th September 2018. No details yet.
  • Southdowns Folk Festival (Bognor regis) 20th to 23rd September 2018. 'Earlybird' tickets appear to have gone (before 15th September) but website indicates 10% reduction on full price before March 2018. However, this reduction is not shown on the booking form!
  • Banbury 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.

Because there is such a wide variety, we have been encouraging folk to write a description of any festival they enjoy. We have published a number of these articles in Solent Waves (see here for more details on this monthly newsletter) and have included them for anyone to see. Please note that each is the view of the person involved, rather than FASH or its officers, or the festival organisers, but since they are all, to varying degrees, complimentary, this hardly matters. They vary in how old they are, but as the festivals tend to follow a similar pattern from year to year, they will still be reasonably accurate.

Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2013 review - festival link

Romsey Beggars' Fair 2013 review - festival link

Wickham Festival 2012 review - festival link

Warwick Folk Festival 2009 review, 2014 review - festival link

Upton Folk Festival 2009 review - festival link

Chippenham Folk Festival 2008 review, 2016 review - festival link

Towersey Village Festival 2007 review - festival link

The Village Pump Folk Festival 2014 review - festival link

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