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 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
Forest Folk Festival
4th to 8th July 2018.
Folk Week 3rd to 10th August 2018.
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.
Festival 24th to 27th August 2018. Tickets already on sale from
'Eventbrite', via link from the Festival Website.
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.
Folk Festival 7th to 9th September 2018. Tickets available by post,
'phone or via the website.
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.
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.
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