Folk Association of South Hants

 

Festivals

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 a diverse range of people, of all ages, enjoying themselves making music, singing, listening or dancing.

We have several festivals in and around our area; for next year, the dates we have are...

  • Whitchurch Folk Festival 11th May 2024. Relaunch of the Festival - just one day this year. Lots of well-known artists, tickets available via the website.

  • Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair 11th May 2024. Presently very little information on the website - poster with details due soon.

  • Winchester Mayfest 18th May. Free festival - lots of dance displays, some other events. 2024 details still to be published.

  • Chippenham Folk Festival 24th - 27th May 2024. New Year Saver' tickets available until end of february. Lot of the programme now on the website.

  • Wessex Folk Festival 1st and 2nd June. No entrance fees to Wessex Festival.

  • Tangled Roots Festival 7th - 9th June. Details and tickets via the website.

  • Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 7th - 9th June 2024. Website only shows loads of pictures from last year's festival. See the Facebook page for a flyer with some details. Tickets said to be available shortly.

  • Lichfield Folk Festival 21st - 23rd June 2024. Dance Festival - booking form and draft programme on the website.


  • New Forest Folk Festival 3rd - 7th July 2024. Tier3 tickets on sale until the end of May; details of artists and a draft programme already on the website.

  • Warwick Folk Festival 25 – 28th July 2024. Weekend tickets already available but no details of guests yet.

  • Wickham Festival 1st - 4th August 2024. "Tier 4 earlybird" tickets now available. Many guests announced but no detailed programme yet.

  • Sidmouth Folk Week 2nd - 9th August 2024. Lots of information now on the website, 'Super early bird' tickets on sale.

  • Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 15th - 18th August 2024. 'Earlybird' tickets now available, much of the programme can be seen on-line.

  • Lyme Folk Weekend 23rd - 26th August. Lyme Regis Folk Festival. No details at all yet on their website although you can join their mailing list.

  • Towersey Festival 23rd - 26th August 2024. 'Tier 1' tickets on sale now. Much of guest list on the website, but not a detailed programme.

  • Wallingford Bunkfest 30th August - 1st Septembe 2024r. Camping tickets will be available from Easter. Most of the web pages are still from 2023.

  • Swanage Folk Festival 6th - 8th September 2024. Some free events. Tickets for the full festival now on-sale, presently only full weekend tickets.

  • Southdowns Folk Festival (Bognor Regis) 20th - 22nd September 2024. no details for this year's festival on the website 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, and you might find one or two more on the Armandaleg website, here.

For still more. including folk festivals outside the UK mainland, have a look at The Living Tradition website. Sadly, EFDSS, who used to have a comprehensive list, no longer seem to be listing Folk Festivals.

 

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 (replaced by May Heydays - see above) 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