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 ...

  • May 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.
  • Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival 30th April to 3rd May 2021. Cancelled, however, the organisers are hoping to run something "on a remote basis". Watch the website for updates,
  • Chippenham 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!"
  • Wessex 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.
  • Folk 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.
  • New Forest Folk Festival 7th to 11th July 2021. 'Tier 3' tickets already available.
  • Warwick Folk Festival 15th to 18th July 2021. Tickets already available. Note the new location, Castle Field, and that ceilidh dancing will be unlikley to take place.
  • Wickham 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.
  • Sidmouth 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.
  • Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 19th to 22nd August 2021. Tickets already available - all "earlybird" tickets now sold.
  • Towersey 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.
  • Wallingford Bunkfest 3rd to 5th September 2021. Very likely to run, now. Many of the events yet to be announced.
  • Swanage 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.
  • Tangled Roots Festival Moved to the 10th to 12th September 2021. Tickets available now.
  • Southdowns 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.
  • Lichfield 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 being well).

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 (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