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 ...

  • Warwick Folk Festival 26th to 29th July 2018. As an added bonus, you can visit Warwick Castle during the Festival for just £12 (saving £13.20!); just show your Fri-Sun, Thu-Sun or Day wristband at the entrance.
  • New Forest Folk Festival 4th to 8th July 2018.
  • Sidmouth Folk Week 3rd to 10th August 2018.
  • 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.
  • Towersey Festival 24th to 27th August 2018. Tickets already on sale from 'Eventbrite', via link from the Festival Website.
  • Wallingford Bunkfest 31st August to 2nd 2018. Generally a 'free' festival - for some events, e.g. workshops, there is a charge, also you will need to pay to camp.
  • Swanage Folk Festival 7th to 9th September 2018. Tickets available by post, 'phone or via the website.
  • Southdowns Folk Festival (Bognor regis) 20th to 23rd September 2018. There is some confusion on ticket prices between the website page and the booking form - you may need to call them.
  • Banbury Folk Festival 12th to 14th October 2018. The original website has 'expired' and they seem to be using a Facebook account. It is not clear how you buy tickets.

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