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
have now all gone, Tier 2 now available, offering a ~10% discount on
the full price. Limited number! Full price Tier 3 are £75.
in the Green Festival, Hastings. 4th to 7th May 2018. Programme
available on their website.
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'.
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.
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
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,
'Early bird' £5 discount until end of January.
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
On The Quay 30th June 2018.
Beggars' Fair 14th July 2018
Folk Festival 26th to 29th July 2018. 'Earlybird' tickets are now
available via their website.
Forest Folk Festival
4th to 8th July 2018. Tickets already on sale.
Folk Week 3rd to 10th August 2018. Super Early Bird tickets now
avalable, note that numbers strictly limited.
Festival 2nd to 5th August 2018. Tickets already available, only
'Tier 3' left, which sadly appears to be full price.
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. '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!
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