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 ...
Heydays at Evesham
30 April to 3 May 2021. Not too surprisingly this
has been cancelled. If you would like a refund for your 'carried over'
2020 ticket, see the website for contact details.
30th April to 3rd May 2021. Cancelled,
however, the organisers are hoping to run something "on a remote
basis". Watch the website for updates,
Folk Festival 28th to 31st May 2021. Cancelled.
Ticket monies for this year's festival carried over from last year are
being refunded. HOWEVER Chippenham FF and Chester FF are
working together to produce a great on-line event. They write "We
are working on a cracking line up of artists, callers and dancers from
around the world. All hail Chestenham or should that be Chippster!"
Folk Festival 5th and 6th June 2021. No entrance fees to Wessex
Festival. Cancelled for 2021 as just too early
for the Covid restrictions to have been lifted.
On The Quay. No details of this year's event yet. It could run,
but how many Morris sides will be able to dance there is uncertain.
Forest Folk Festival
7th to 11th July
2021. 'Tier 3' tickets already available.
15th to 18th July 2021. Tickets already available. Note the new location,
Castle Field, and that ceilidh dancing will be unlikley to take place.
Festival 5th to 8th August 2021. Tickets already available; if you
'rolled over' your 2020 ticket it will be valid for this year's festival.
Folk Week 30th July to 6th August 2021. The announcement in April
indicates that there will be free afternoon concerts, ticketed evening
events, but, it appears, no dance at all. Tickets will be available
from 24th May. If you already have a full festival ticket, it will be
"rolled over" to 2022.
Valley Folk Festival 19th to 22nd August 2021. Tickets already available
- all "earlybird" tickets now sold.
Festival 27th - 30th August 2021. Note
that if you purchase a full weekend ticket with camping at £169,
you still need to purchase a pitch at £20 for each 'van or tent.
3rd to 5th September 2021. Very likely
to run, now. Many of the events yet to be announced.
Folk Festival 10th to 12th September 2021. 'Earlybird' tickets offering
a saving of £10 on an adult ticket available until end of May.
Dance and family events still to be announced.
Moved to the 10th to 12th September 2021. Tickets available now.
Folk Festival (Bognor Regis) 16th to 19th
September 2021. 'Earlybird' prices until 3rd September; after
that it is +10% on all full 'week-end' prices.
Folk Festival 1st to 3rd October 2021. Dance Festival. The organisers
will make a decision in July on whether the festival will run on these
revised dates. Tickets from 2020 will be rolled over to this year (all
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