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 ...
International Folkdance Festival
3rd to 6th May 2019. Details of how to book (several options) on website.
Folk Festival 3rd to 6th May 2019. Tickets on sale from January,
£10 discount on price at the gate if ordered in advance via the
Folk Festival 24th to 27th May 2019. Tickets now on sale, 'Earybird'
prices saving £10 per full adult ticket until the end of April.
They ask that you book using the form and sending a cheque, rather than
booking on-line (saves them money).
Folk Festival 31st May to 2nd June 2019. No entrance fees to Wessex
Folk Festival 21st to 23rd June 2019. Dance Festival. Tickets available
- booking form is on the website. Save £7 on an adult season ticket
by booking before the end of March.
Forest Folk Festival
3rd to 7th July 2019. 'Earlybird' tickets - adult £95 - until
the end of May.
Folk Festival 25th to 28th July 2019. 'Super Early Bird' tickets
Festival 1st to 4th August 2019. 'Tier 3' Weekend tickets at £150
available until 31st March (save £30).
Folk Week 2nd to 9th August 2019. 'Earlybird' tickets available
until 30th April or until they are gone (limited quantity). Lots of
ticket options, see the website for full details.
Valley Folk Festival 15th to 18th August 2019. 'Earlybird' tickets
available until 30th April.
Festival 23rd to 26th August 2019. 'Tier 3' tickets available via
the Festival Website.
30th August to 1st 2019. A free festival unless you are camping. No
details yet - due on the website in May.
Folk Festival 6th to 8th September 2019. 'Earlybird' tickets saving
£20 on an adult ticket available until end May
Folk Festival (Bognor Regis) 19th to 22nd September 2019. £10
reduction on full price if booked before 10th September, a further 10%
off full week-end tickets if booked by post before 1st March.
Website shows all booking options.
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