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Folk Festivals Roundup, 2024

All the info you need to make your folk festival choices ahead of the summer.

Let’s talk folk festivals for 2024. What kind of festival-goer are you? Do you festival-surf throughout the summer, attracted to each extravaganza by the lineup, or have you been picking out the same spot for years? Whichever it is, you’ve probably started thinking about your festival plans already. To help you along, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you choose from best of the UK folk festivals this year.

Included in this guide, you’ll find…

Beardy Folk Festival

Beardy Folk Festival is a thoughtfully curated Midsummer music festival that showcases a fantastic lineup of contemporary and traditional roots-inspired music. The festival takes place in the private grounds and secret walled garden of the Hopton Court Estate in South Shropshire. Alongside world-class music, visitors can enjoy artisan street food, bars, trade village, workshops, talks, storytelling, and children’s entertainment such as circus workshops and woodland craft activities. Additionally, camping and glamping options for up to four nights with incredible views are available. Beardy Folk Festival promises a memorable experience of exceptional music, delectable food, and engaging activities in a stunning setting.

2024 lineup: The Magic Numbers, Kate Rusby, Cynefin, Stick in the Wheel, Jack Rutter, Mad Dog Mcrea, 3 Daft Monkeys, Natalie Holmes, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Gentlemen of Few, Jess Silk, Mishra, The Lost Trades, Michelle Stodart, Blair Dunlop and many more.

Is there dancing? Beardy Folk focuses mainly on the music, although you’re welcome to dance yourself silly as often as you like.

Dates: 13th-16th June, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Bettws Triangle Festival

The vibrant Bettws Triangle festival, where music, art, and community intertwine for three unforgettable days in scenic South Shropshire, is a treasured event in a truly glorious setting. Delight in performances by both local talents and guest artists, enriching the Clun Valley’s cultural tapestry. Join this celebration of creativity and camaraderie, set against the backdrop of a picturesque rural landscape.

2024 lineup: John Kirkpatrick, Sue Harris, Benji Kirkpatrick, Bonnie Dobson, Ruth Angell, Liz Berry, Jon Wilks, David Reynolds, Sue Arnaboldi, George Byatt, Fleur de Lys, Kris Norton, Men from Off, Patrick Gambles, Press Gangers, Rapsquillion, Whitton Voices, Quartet (Mike Blakesley, Dick Pearce, Stuart Goodhew, Chris Bolton).

Is there dancing? TBC.

Dates: 14th-16th June, 2024

For more info: Website

Beverley Folk Festival

The picturesque market town of Beverley has been hosting a folk festival every year since 1983, featuring renowned performances by hundreds of artists and contributing to the thriving live music scene of the town. Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the festival in 2018, a group of dedicated enthusiasts organized an event under the name ‘Beverley Fringe’ to continue the tradition. With only three months of preparation, they successfully hosted the festival and were recognized with the ‘Outstanding Small Festival’ award by the Yorkshire Gig Guide. The festival has left an indelible mark on the town and its cultural legacy continues to thrive.

2024 lineup: John Smith, Tara Maclean, Folk Brunch with Henry Parker, Hazel Richings, Surprise Guest, Calan, Hase Waits, and a highly-anticipated Ceilidh Spectacular.

Is there dancing? Morris dancers have been known to shake a leg around the town, and a Ceilidh night with The Chromatics has been announced.

Dates: 21st-22nd June, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Broadstairs Folk Week

In the early 1960s, while the folk music and dance scene in England was enjoying a resurgence, there were no festivals to celebrate the traditions in the south-east. The late Jack Hamilton, known for his involvement in the growth of the Sidmouth Folk festival, founded his own festival in Broadstairs after discovering its beautiful seaside location. The first festival, called The Folk Show, took place twice a day in Pierremont Park and expanded to include workshops, dance events, and song venues. Over the years, Folk Week has used almost every available venue in Broadstairs and has evolved into an event that involves the whole town. The festival is made possible by the dedication of an army of volunteers and has a significant economic impact on the local economy. Despite challenges, including the cancellation of the festival in 2020 due to the pandemic, Folk Week continues to adapt and provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy the music, dance, and fun that have been celebrated since the 1960s.

2024 lineup: Announced so far, the lineup for Broadstairs Folk Week includes Oysterband, Le Vent du Nord, Daphne’s Flight, Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, Jim Moray, Morganway, Tim Edey, Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes, Monster Ceilidh Band, Jez Lowe, Christina Alden & Alex Patterson, Tarren, Sally in the Woods, The Folk Detectives, Bonfire Radicals, Good Habits, Wychbury, Jennie Higgins and many more.

Is there dancing? Broadstairs is known for attracting ceilidh devotees and Morris dancers alike. You can expect both in abundance.

Dates: 9th-16th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Bromyard Folk Festival

Since its humble beginnings in 1968 with just 150 tickets sold, Bromyard Folk Festival has grown into a popular event that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The festival’s primary objective has always been to promote and make accessible the rich and vibrant traditions of folk music and dance, and the event features an impressive line-up of local and national award-winning performers, as well as legendary folk artists from around the world. With a warm and inclusive atmosphere that caters to all ages, there’s an abundance of food, drink, and activities on offer.

2024 lineup: Announced so far, the artists include Spiers & Boden, Fay Hield Trio, Martin Simpson, Gnoss, O’Hooley & Tidow, Granny’s Attic, Sherburn Bartley Sanders, Banter, Keith Donnelly, Nick Hart & Tom Moore, Lauren South, Tarren, Janice Burns & Jon Doran, Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell, Powerhouse, and The Cock & Bull Band.

Is there dancing? Rapper, morris… you name it, they’ve got it.

Dates: 5th-8th September, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

The Cambridge Folk Festival

The world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival, running since 1965, is one of the UK’s largest, attracting around 14,000 people every year. It is known for its unique atmosphere and the eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music, showcasing the finest American country, blues, and roots artists, along with acclaimed singer-songwriters, famous names, and world music stars. Held in the beautiful surroundings of Cherry Hinton Hall Park, it is a mere 15-mins drive from the centre of the city that bears its name. The Cambridge ethos is to celebrate and nurture emerging talent, with dedicated stages like The Den and The Hub providing platforms for young musicians. Cambridge Folk Festival has won several awards, including the BBC Radio 2 Good Tradition Award and the A Greener Festival Award.

2024 lineup: The programme is huge… Mec Lir, Ralph McTell, The Paperboys, The Smith & Brewer Band, Bess Atwell, Birdvox, Capercaillie, Dean Owens & The Sinners, Fantastic Negrito, Flamy Grant, Locarno, Nitin Sawhney, Nora Brown and Stephanie Coleman, Robert Plant presents Saving Grace featuring Suzi Dian, Rum Ragged, Talisk, Taylor McCall, Tommy Emmanuel, Aoife O’Donovan, Butler, Blake & Grant, Darlingside, Hack-Poets Guild, Larkin Poe, Leyla McCalla, Niall McCabe, Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet, Sangjaru, Transatlantic Sessions, Turin Brakes, Peggy Seeger and Family, Oysterband, Allison De Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Dani Larkin, Fara, Genticorum, Jerry Douglas, Jon Muq, Katherine Priddy, Lizzie No, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle, Mitsune, Raghu Dixit, Sarah Hagen… and it keeps going.

Is there dancing? Nothing announced at the time of writing, but we’re sure that’ll change in the weeks and months leading up to the festival.

Dates: 25th-28th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Chester Folk Festival

Chester Folk Festival aims to promote folk music events in the Chester area and takes place every year on the last weekend in May in the village of Kelsall, located about 8 miles from Chester. The festival features a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, storytelling, and workshops. There are also activities for children, food and drink stalls, and camping facilities available for visitors. The festival is a popular gathering of folk enthusiasts and a great way to experience the rich heritage of folk music in the region.

2024 lineup: Calan, Filkin’s Ensemble, George Sansome & Matt Quinn, Banter, Greg Russell, Coracle, Downes & Beer, Jaywalkers, Filkin’s Drift, Séamus Og, Full House, Chris Tavener, Wet the Tea, Queer Folk presents Holly Clarke, Thom Ashworth, Mossy Christian, Juniper, Phoebe Rees, Horizon Ridge, Run for Cover, Aaron Horlock & Nick Goode, An Croenen, Kate McCullough, Close Quarters, Will Riding, Graham Bellinger, Martin Turner, Dave Russell.

Is there dancing? Four ceilidhs, plus displays from Clerical Error, Moonlight Morris, Witchmen, Tegeingl Tanglers, Earl of Stamford Morris, Bollin Morris, Chester City Morris Men, Dawnsyr Delyn, Powderkegs Morris, Bradshaw Mummers, Yorkshire Chandeliers, Cadi Ha Morris, Green Dragon Morris.

Dates: 24th-27th May, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Chippenham Folk Festival

Chippenham Folk Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. This community event celebrates folk music, song, dance, and arts. The festival hosts headline concerts in the beautiful historic St. Andrews church, featuring artists such as Anna Tam, Jez Lowe and Fay Hield. Additionally, the festival features 79 confirmed dance teams and countless music acts, promising a lively and diverse program. The festival is a wonderful opportunity for folk enthusiasts to come together and enjoy a weekend of music, dance, and celebration.

2024 lineup: Allsorts Community Choir, Anna Tam, Bagas Fellyon, Becky Syson, Ben Matthews, Breabach, Brian Peters, Bristol Folk House Choir, Cause Chorus, Cause Community Choir, Chippenham & Calne Good Afternoon Choir, Craig Sunderland, Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, DryWood, Ed Deedigan & The Kandu Collective featuring Guillem Mitchel, Jonah Jones and Konsuela Yovbak, Ed Dyke, Fay Hield Trio, Folk Detectives, George Dale and Mike Gibson, Guinea Lane Saxophone Quartet, Jez Lowe, John Cooper Wilde, John Tams, Keith Donnelly, Kitty Vernon & Derek Burgess, Lingmara: World Music Choir, Manny Grimsley, MEG, Melrose Quartet, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Narthen, Peter and Barbara Snape, Quantum Penguin (Matt Woolley), Ramshackle Orchestra, Richard and Jess Arrowsmith, Ross Grant and Hartwin Dhoore, Sam Mabbett and Heather Cartwright, Seb Stone, Sparkly Singers, The Lost Notes Trio, The Medlars, The Oli Matthews Band, Tim Edey.

Is there dancing? There are 79 dance groups currently listed on the website. You want us to include them all here? Alright. You asked…

Aurora, Great Western Morris, Ouse Washes Molly Dancers, The North British Sword Dancers, Aldbrickham Clog and Step Dancers, Alive & Kicking, Alton Morris, Applejacks, Bathampton Morris, Bell’s Angels, Belle D’Vain, Billy No Mates Morris, Black Adder Morris, Bow Brook Border Morris, Camden Clog, Chalice Morris Men, Chippenham, City Clickers, Cornucopia, Cry Havoc, Dawnswyr Tipyn O Bopeth, Devizes Jubilee Morris, Ely and Littleport Riot, Englands Glory, Enigma, First Class Stamp, Folk Friendzy, Forest of Dean Morris, Galliard Folk Dance Group, Glastonbury Border Morris, Gwerinwyr Gwent, Hereburgh Morris, Hips and Haws, Kittiwake Border Morris, Knights of King Ina, Malmesbury Morris, Mary Rose And Royal George, Miserden Morris, Mortimer’s Morris, Mr Wilkins Shilling, New Moon Morris, NYFTE (National Youth Folk Troupe of England), Old Meg Morris, Pigsty Morris, Rockhopper Morris, Rose Hips, Sarum, Shoostring, Somerset Morris, Steampunk Morris, Sussex Junction Morris, Sutton Masque, Sweet Coppin, Sweet Rapper, Sweyn’s Ey, Tappalachian, Tatters and Tails Border Morris, Taylor’s Morris, Temporary Measured, The Knots of May, The Tattered Court, Theale Tattoo, Tiger Feet, Vikki Lewis, White Horse Morris, Whitethorn Morris, Wild Moon Morris, Wild Thyme, Winterbourn Down Border Morris, Yateley Morris…

Dates: 24th-27th May, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets


Cropredy Festival began in 1980 as a reunion concert for Fairport Convention in the village of Cropredy. The festival has grown in size from a couple of thousand to its current capacity of 20,000. It features a mix of folk, folk rock and other genres of music. The festival has hosted a diverse range of artists, including Alice Cooper, Robert Plant, Status Quo, and Steve Winwood, among others. Cropredy has always stuck to a one-stage idea, allowing customers to enjoy every performer. Additionally, the two pubs in the village host the Cropredy Fringe, which acts as satellite stages for the festival.

2024 lineup: Rick Wakeman & the English Rock Ensemble, Tony Christie, Kathryn Tickell & the Darkening, Feast of Fiddles, Fairport Acoustic, The Trevor Horn Band, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Big Big Train, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Ranagri, Fairport Convention and more to be announced.

Is there dancing? It’s mostly about the music, but people have been known to boogie.

Dates: 8th-10th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Dartmoor Folk Festival

Dartmoor Folk Festival has a rich history that dates back to 1978 when local musician Bob Cann conceived the idea of starting a folk festival to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, including its music, dance, song, and crafts. The festival’s first three editions were held at Wood Country House near South Tawton, and then it moved to its present picturesque location in South Zeal, on the edge of Dartmoor, in 1981. The festival has grown over the years, enabling the organizers to invite high-quality folk artists from near and far while maintaining a reputation for being a friendly and traditional festival.

2024 lineup: Track Dogs, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Narthen, Tim Edey, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, The life & times of Flowers & Frolics, The Stowes, Luke Daniels & Lucy Beattie, Detta Kenzie, plus more to follow.

Is there dancing? Cogs and Wheels and Tinners Morris are at the heart of all things Dartmoor dance. Keep an eye on the festival website for announcements concerning the dance programme.

Dates: 9th-11th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Ely Folk Festival

Ely Folk Festival, a bijou weekend festival of folk and roots music, takes place in the delightful cathedral city of Ely. The festival offers a chance to experience exceptional folk and roots acts in an intimate and friendly environment. With on-site camping facilities, real ale bar, kids activities, ceilidhs, workshops, and music sessions, the festival caters to visitors of all ages. Morris dancing is also an important aspect of the festival, featuring morris performances, a Saturday morning procession through Ely, and dance workshops throughout the weekend. Visitors can expect a vibrant display of colour, sound, and skillful dance moves at Ely Folk Festival.

2024 lineup: Announced so far: Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams (State Of The Union), Tu-kay and Ryan, Rich Young, Eddi Reader (with Boo Hewerdine), O’Hooley & Tidow, Breabach, Peatbog Faeries, John Kirkpatrick, Rusty Shackle, and Barefoot Doctors.

Is there dancing? You won’t be able to move for Morris dancers. Here’s who they’ve announced thus far: Ely & Littleport Riot, Rockingham Rapper, Bourne Borderers, Old Palace Clog, Ragged Oak, Sutton Masque, Coton Morris, Green Dragon, Ouse Washes Molly, Danegeld, The Kings Morris, Letchworth Morris, and Westrefelda.

Dates: 12th-14th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Fire in the Mountain

In addition to the magical setting in the Cwmnewidion Valley, Fire in the Mountain boasts a variety of attractions. Festival-goers can enjoy delicious, locally sourced food at the communal central kitchen, and there are workshops in singing, dancing, and other folk arts. Kids can have fun with face painting, treasure hunts, and circus skills, while adults can relax in the healing area with a sauna, river plunge pool, and contemporary therapies. And, of course, there is live music everywhere, with jam sessions, sing-alongs, and an acoustic marquee. Fire in the Mountain has quickly become know as one of the coolest little festivals in the country – a unique and unforgettable experience for anyone who loves folk music and nature.

2024 lineup: Jesca Hoop, Rozi Plain, Sam Amidon, Beans on Toast, Sam Lee, Cerys Hafana, Nora Brown and Stephanie Coleman, Brighde Chaimbeul, Golden Shoals (USA), Suntou Susso, Gavin Fairhall Lever, Adam Beattie and Fiona Bevan, The Weaving, Tryani Collective, Tamsin Elliott & Tarek Elazhary, Big Chimney Barn Dance (USA), Chris Brain, Mesadorm, Reggae Roast, Don Kipper, Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe & Daniel Quayle, Filkin’s Drift, Mikey Kenney, Interstate Express, Cut A Shine, Lon Dubh, Nuala Honan, Metsaema, Ken & Brad Kolodner (USA), Electro-Hoedown, Dog Show, Jack Kearns, Ally and The Nomads.

Is there dancing? Not in any formal manner. This is the kinda place where you dance like no one is watching. Some even claim to have seen fairies in action…

Dates: 30th May – 3rd June, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Folk by the Oak

Folk by the Oak is a one-day festival surrounded by the leafy green parkland of Hatfield Park just outside of London. It offers an immersive experience of music, history, ancient oaks, bunting, and laughter. The Acorn Stage’s intimacy complements the open-air festival buzz of the Main Stage, bringing award-winning musicians and inspiring new talent to one memorable day. Caterers and craftspeople are hand-picked, and the festival boasts a dedicated family-friendly area. Jim Moray, a pioneer in folk music, is the festival’s patron and hosts each year’s proceedings. The festival supports a local charity, Willow, and to date – since launching in 2008 – it has raised over £100,000.

2024 lineup: Levellers, Seckou Keita and Homeland Band (featuring Korka Dieng and Moustapha Gaye), The Young’uns, The Furrow Collective (Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, Emily Portman, Alasdair Roberts), Beans on Toast, Malin Lewis Trio, Grace Smith Trio, with more yet to be announced.

Is there dancing? Look out for maypole dancing and fairy dancing.

Dates: 21st July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets


A festival close to our hearts here at Tradfolk. A glorious shindig in the beautiful grounds of Glemham Hall, Suffolk, FolkEast has it all – amazing music, a little bit of woodland magic, extremely moreish food, its own pubs, and the sense that anything could happen. While they’ve yet to announce the full 2024 lineup (keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks), we can confirm that we’ll be running the Tradfolk Sunday Takeover once again – curating one of the festival stages and presenting some of our favourite artists, all of whom work with traditional music. More news to follow…

2024 lineup: The Dhol Foundation, Kris Drever Band, Baskery, The Jim Moray Band, Gigspanner Big Band, Katherine Priddy, Fay Hield Trio, Blowzabella, Track Dogs, Martin Carthy & Jon Wilks, Topette!!, Angeline Morrison & the Sorrow Songs Band, Wakefire, Peterloo, Melrose Quartet, Honey & the Bear, Granny’s Attic, Sam Carter, Sarah Smout, Rag Mama Rag, King Driscolls, Nick Hart & Tom Moore, Windjammer, Hedera, Evan Carson, BOF!, plus more to be announced,

Is there dancing? A whole tent full of Morris dancers and ceilidh-wagers. Plus, dwile flonking – which sometimes looks like drunken dancing.

Dates: 16th-18th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Gate to Southwell

The Gate to Southwell festival takes place over four days, from June 29th to July 2nd. In 2021, the festival relocated to a picturesque lakeside parkland setting in Kirklington, located three miles from the previous location at Southwell Racecourse. Festival-goers can enjoy over 80 performances on three main stages, including a children’s stage and a workshop tent. The Lake Stage is the largest, set in a spacious open arena where attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Dance is also a popular feature of the festival, with daily ceilidhs and social folk dances. Southwell festival is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of educational and entertaining activities for children and youth, including workshops, instrument lessons, street theatre, walkabouts, storytelling, and music.

2024 lineup: Rhiannon Giddens, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Blue Rose Code, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Mànran, Daoirí Farrell Trio, The Haar, Melrose Quartet, Reg Meuross, An Dannsa Dub, Campbell/Jensen, Lizzie No, Cider with Molly, Stolen From God, Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra, The Fugitives, Fire & Dust, The Shackleton Trio, Suntou Susso, Charm of Finches, Catherine MacLellan, Whiskey Moon Face, Winter Wilson, Over the Moon and many more.

Is there dancing? TBC, but last year there were ceilidhs aplenty, and the morris dancing spilled over into Southwell town centre.

Dates: 4th-7th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Hartlepool Folk Festival

The annual Hartlepool Folk Festival is a must-visit event on the UK folk festival scene. Set against the stunning backdrop of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, festival-goers can explore the historic quayside and even catch concerts on Europe’s oldest warship, HMS Trincomalee. It’s an impressive weekend packed with dance, stories, folk beasts, and heritage, as well as the semi-legendary Nick Hart wine-tasting evening and Cabaret Night. The festival boasts one of the best folk music lineups of the year, along with exciting workshops and family-friendly activities, right there on the Durham Heritage Coast.

2024 lineup: Kate Rusby, Peggy Seeger, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, The Wilsons, The Breath, Lady Maisery, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton Band, Jez Lowe, Maya Youssef, Knapp & Diver, Kate Young Trio, Maddie Morris, Leonard Barry, Alistair Anderson, Ross Couper Band, Rosie Hood Band, Nick Hart & Tom Moore, Jim Causley, Frankie Archer, Miranda Sykes, Sandra Kerr, Rosie Stewart, Benny Graham, Macdara Yeates, Tony Wilson, Tuath, Bold Miners: The Spirit of 84, We’re Not Going Back, Bagpuss & Beyond, Baring Gould Celebration.

Is there dancing? Whirling dancers, puppeteers, Eko the Sea Giant… it’s a dancey kinda place.

Dates: 4th-6th October, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Holmfirth Festival of Folk

The picturesque Pennine town of Holmfirth bursts into life during the annual Festival of Folk, which has been a beloved tradition for over 40 years and is set to celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2024. The festival prides itself on being community-based and involving local schools, talent, and businesses, all run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Visitors can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as a diverse range of musical acts and performances.

2024 lineup: Merry Hell, Lazlo Baby, The Hunch, The Applesellers, The Midges, Jane Foggin, Bellamira, Rachel McShane, Carrivick Sisters, Grace Smith, Wychbury.

Is there dancing? There certainly is. Listed so far are Le Vendredi Danse, as well as Bellamira with local favourite caller, John Brown. They currently have 24 folk dance teams on the website: Boggarts Breakfast, Bradshaw Mummers, Cutlers Gate, Feet First, Fiddle ‘n’ Feet, Fidlers Fancy Morris, Flagcrackers of Craven, Foxs Morris, Hathor dance troupe, Hebden Bridge Hill Millies, Leeds Morris Men, Milltown Cloggies, Minster Strays, Pecsaetan Morris, Powderkegs, Ryburn Longsword, Saddleworth Morris Men, Saddleworth Women’s Morris and Clog, Slubbing Billy’s, Thieving Magpie, T’Owd Man Border Morris, Wakefield Morris, Whip the Cat, 400 Roses & T’Thorns.

Dates: 10th-12th May, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Leigh Folk Festival

Leigh is the UK’s largest free folk festival, attracting tens of thousands of visitors over four days. Celebrating a diverse range of music, performance, dance, comedy, spoken word, workshops and entertainment, the festival takes place within the beautiful Leigh Library Gardens and the 600-year old St Clement’s church. With over 125 free performances on ten stages and venues, the festival offers something for all ages. In addition, the festival hosts a series of intimate ticketed evening concerts that are truly special and not to be missed. Running for 32 years, the Leigh Folk Festival has become a highlight on the UK’s cultural calendar.

2024 lineup: 60 artists have been listed so far, including She’koyokh, Johnny Butler & Alex Oliva, Kadialy Kouyate, Gwenifer Raymond, Evan Parker & Alex Ward, Khiyo, Emily Portman & Rob Harbron, The Servants’ Ball, Guise, Maria Uzor, Seaming To, Gabriel Moreno, Calming River, Plantman, Alison O’Donnell, United Bible Studies, and the M G Boulter Trio.

Is there dancing? From ceilidh to colorful dancers, Leigh Folk Festival is all about traditional folk and alternative dance. Don’t miss out on the Grand Procession on the Sunday.

Dates: 22nd-25th June, 2024

For more info: Website | Free festival

The Magpies Festival

Returning to Sutton Park for its fourth year, The Magpies Festival, organized by transatlantic folk ensemble The Magpies, celebrates Yorkshire’s vibrant community spirit. The festival, steered by the all-female band – comprising Bella Gaffney, Holly Brandon, and Ellie Gowers – champions gender equality, with a commitment to gender-balanced lineups and staff. It also fosters a secure and welcoming atmosphere, encouraging local talent and businesses, and revolutionizing the folk festival experience with its dynamic energy and world-class performances.

2024 lineup: Molotov Jukebox, Jesca Hoop, the Jim Moray Band, The Turbans, Rusty Shackle, Nati, Gary Stewart’s Graceland, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Charm of Finches, Suntou Susso, The Often Herd, The Magpies, Awkward Family Portraits, Taff Rapids Stringband, Northern Resonance, Marvara, Painted Sky, Em Risley.

Is there dancing? You can dance the night away to your heart’s content, but this festival is more about the music than traditional teams.

Dates: 9th-10th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Moorforge Folk Festival

Discover the enchanting Moorforge Folk Festival, launching on 7th and 8th July, 2024. Curated by the charismatic and indefatigable folk singer, Johnny Campbell, this event offers a unique experience that focuses on folk music, folklore, traditional music and crafts. Set in a reconstructed Viking settlement, Moorforge boasts stunning views of England’s highest mountains, located between the Solway coast and the Lake District. The musical line-up features talented Folk artists from all over Britain, alongside fireside folk tales, intimate performances, and folk sessions. Camping on site is available, providing starry skies and folklore in the wilds of North-West Cumbria. Moorforge is a fair-pay festival, with ticket sales supporting the site’s maintenance and the well-being of artists and organisers.

2024 lineup: Curtis Eller’s American Circus, The Brothers Gillespie, Three Acres & a Cow, Mikey Kenney, Johnny Campbell, Lucy Huzzard and Hazel Thompson, Jennifer Reid, Steve Wharton, Gary Miller and more to be announced.

Is there dancing? It seems that they’re focusing on folk music, folklore, folk tales and general folk camaraderie. If someone were to throw in a folk dance, too, our bet is that nobody would mind.

Dates: 7th-8th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Moseley Folk & Arts Festival

Moseley Folk & Arts Festival returns to Moseley Park for its 18th year, well-known as Birmingham’s finest musical weekend. With a growing audience and glowing reviews, the festival strives to provide a diverse lineup of traditional, contemporary, and experimental folk and acoustic music. You’ll see unsigned acts alongside established international artists, making for an exciting and eclectic program. The family-friendly event also offers activities for all ages, and the independently run festival is put together with a passion for music, community, and friendship. This idyllic and intimate setting provides the perfect opportunity to see your favorite acts and discover new ones at the same time.

2024 lineup: Announced so far: Levellers, Dexys, Flogging Molly, Belle & Sebastian, Kate Rusby, Cmat, Lisa O’Neill, Mdou Moctar, Bess Atwell, Katherine Priddy, Frankie Archer, Maddie Morris, .

Is there dancing? TBC

Dates: 30th August – 1st September, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

New Forest Folk Festival

The New Forest Folk Festival is held on a family-run farm near Romsey, Hampshire. The festival features a mix of traditional, contemporary, and experimental folk and acoustic music, as well as a family-friendly atmosphere with activities for all ages. The farm’s idyllic setting, surrounded by trees and featuring a gentle slope down to the stage and stream, provides the perfect location for the festival. Run by the Curtis family, it is a homely affair. Even the cattle were born on the farm, adding to the rustic charm.

2024 lineup: Feast of Fiddles, Oysterband, Steeleye Span, Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle, Gerry Colvin Band, The Sandy Denny Project, Hatful of Rain, The Haar, Dream In Colors, Gilmore & Roberts, Reg Meuross, 3 Daft Monkeys, Slim Chance, Roving Crows, Brian McNeill, Daphne’s Flight, Edwina Hayes, Sarah McQuaid, Katie Spencer, Plumhall, Banter, Matt Black, Southampton Ukulele Jam.

Is there dancing? Look out for dances by King Johns Morris Men.

Dates: 3rd-7th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Northgate Folk Festival

Northgate Folk Festival returns to Chester on August 24, 2024, spotlighting avant-garde folk music. Presented by Choir of Outsiders at Alexander’s Live, the lineup includes Stick In The Wheel, Frankie Archer, and Nick Hart, blending traditional sounds with contemporary innovation. Expect dynamic performances within the city’s historic Roman Walls.

2024 lineup: Stick In The Wheel, Nick Hart, Frankie Archer, Goblin Band, Mary Elizabeth Remington, Craven, Brown Wimpenny, Caitlin Gilligan, Seb Stone, Rosie Brownhill, Stone Club DJs.

Is there dancing? There will be dance displays from Molly No-Mates, Kinnerton Morris Men and Clerical Error.

Dates: 24th August, 2024

For more info: Tickets

Priddy Folk Festival

Located in the heart of Somerset, Priddy Folk Festival is known for its stunning location high up on the Mendip Hills and its welcoming atmosphere, making it one of the friendliest folk festivals in the UK. The festival boasts an exciting and ambitious programme of both ticketed and free Fringe events, children and dance festivals, with a fantastic range of food and drink stalls, camping and an all-round friendly vibe. Priddy Folk Festival began in 1991 as a fundraiser for the local primary school and has remained volunteer-led and run ever since. With seven stages and venues, catering to both traditional and emerging folk scenes, the festival reinvests its profits into the community and promoting the arts.

2024 lineup: Christina Alden & Alex Patterson, Breabach, Filkin’s Ensemble, Gnoss, Good Habits, Kate Griffin & Matchume Zango, Reg Meuross, Sam Sweeney Band, The Fugitives, The Haar.

Is there dancing? At Priddy Folk Festival, dance is a key element of the festivities, with an emphasis on Morris and display dance groups, as well as ceilidhs and workshops. The Dance Festival is located at the Eastwater Marquee and on the Square in the Market Field, and is free and open to all throughout the weekend.

Dates: 12th-14th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Nestled on a farm along the scenic Jurassic Coastline lies the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, a beloved event for music lovers of all ages. With loads of activities for kids, parents, and “old folkies,” this festival offers something for everyone. The festival boasts five stages featuring both local and international folk acts, along with Purbeck Rising, which showcases rising stars. Additionally, festival-goers can take part in workshops, craft sessions, poetry slams, healing areas, and more. What makes this festival truly unique is its compact farm arena, allowing for easy access between stages, and its stunning views of the Purbecks and Corfe Castle from the idyllic campsite.

2024 lineup: Kíla, The Longest Johns, Seckou Keita – Homeland Band, 3 Daft Monkeys, John Smith, Le Vent du Nord, O’Hooley & Tidow, The Henry Girls, Michael McGoldrick & Tim Edey, The Great Malarkey, Marvara, Megson, Martha Tilston, Arthur Coates & Kerran Cotterell, Tashkezar, Rory McLeod, Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets, Threepenny Bit, Two Man Ting, Suthering, Tim Edey, Danger Goat, Quinns Quinney, Duea.

Is there dancing? Nothing currently advertised on their website.

Dates: 15th-18th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Sesh Fest

In its 11th year, Sheffield Sessions Festival, affectionately known as Sesh Fest, is a lively weekend that draws in hundreds of folk music enthusiasts from all over the UK and within Sheffield itself. The city boasts a thriving and diverse folk scene that is strongly participatory, from its unique village carols tradition at Christmas to the regular song and tune sessions, as well as the many morris teams that practice and perform weekly. During the Sesh Fest weekend, this scene takes over an entire quarter of the city, with various pubs in the Kelham Island area hosting sessions focused on different aspects of folk music and song. The Kelham Island Tavern, Shakespeare’s, and the Gardeners Rest are just a few of the venues that highlight the correlation between excellent beer and the likelihood of a folk event taking place. Sesh Fest is truly the festival where everyone gets to perform.

2024 lineup: You, if you like!

Is there dancing? It’s Sheffield. You can’t swing a hanky up there without swatting a morris dancer.

Dates: 29th-31st March, 2024

For more info: Website | Free

Shetland Folk Festival

The UK’s most northerly folk festival showcases some of the best international, British, and Shetland music the world has to offer. Run by a voluntary committee with the help of an even larger pool of volunteers, the festival prides itself on reaching even the most remote areas of Shetland. Concerts are held throughout the isles, featuring top-quality local musicians and visiting artists who are often amazed by the talent on display. The festival culminates in the Foy concerts on Sunday night, where audiences can enjoy performances from most visiting acts across three different venues. The acts are shuttled between halls by minibus, performing for around 15 minutes in each venue – madness, but it seems to work.

2024 lineup:
The Fretless featuring Madeleine Roger, Kirsten Adamson & The Tanagers, Gangar, Ciarán Ryan Band, The Hackles, The Friel Sisters & The High Seas, Beth Malcolm, Deira, Tenement Jazz Band, Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall with Ulrika Bodén, Inn Echo, Ross Couper Band, The Hjaltibonhoga Big Band, Haverin, Stereo Lobsters.

Is there dancing? This festival is mainly about the music.

Dates: 2nd-5th May, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The Shrewsbury Folk Festival is renowned for delivering the very best acts from the UK and around the world, showcasing both established performers and fresh, authentic talent. Alongside quality performances, the festival prides itself on bringing fun and diversity to the stage, always ensuring that artists and audiences have the best stages, marquees, sound, and lighting possible. The festival also offers a variety of events and entertainment for children and young people, as well as workshops and impromptu sessions for all ages. With free buses into town, a craft fair, a large car park, dance displays, and friendly stewarding teams, the Shrewsbury Folk Festival truly has it all.

2024 lineup: Al O’Kane, Anthony John Clarke, Arbrevyn with Bagas Fellyon, Banter, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Club Débris, Cri du Canard, Crowdy Kit, Dan the Hat, James Delarre, Saul Rose & Dave Delarre, Dream in Colors, EFDSS Ceilidh Workshop Band, El Pony Pisador, Eric Bibb, Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle, James Delarre & Saul Rose, Joli Blon, Joshua Burnell Band, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Le Vent du Nord, Mànran, Mary Black, Mary Gauthier, Monster Ceilidh Band, Tom Moore & Archie Churchill-Moss, NATI, Patakas, Ranagri, Rosie Hood Band, Spiers & Boden, Steamchicken, Suntou Susso Band, Suntou Susso – Solo, The 309s, The Hello Darlins, The Hunch, The Lost Notes, The Oakstone Trio, The Pleasures, The Sentimentals with friends & heroes, The Wandering Hearts, The Longest Johns, Ward Thomas, Winter Wilson.

Is there dancing? The Shrewsbury Folk Festival boasts a bustling dance tent, conveniently located at the heart of the festival site, providing a variety of entertaining activities for attendees to enjoy. Visitors can watch dance teams perform, bring along friends or make new ones during social dances, and hone their dance skills at workshops. They can also witness the playful mischief of the morris teams as they gather for their annual get-together.

Dates: 23rd-26th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Celebrating it’s 70th year, Sidmouth Folk Festival should be recognised as some kind of national treasure. Beginning in 1955, organised by EFDSS, the gathering was initially a celebration of folk dance. It has since grown to include many more of the folk arts and is now known for its diverse programme, including some of the big names from folk music (traditional and non-traditional) that perform across several stages over the course of the first week in August. Along the way, Sidmouth Folk Festival has been known as Sidmouth International Festival, The Sidmouth Festival, and Sidmouth Folk Week. Visitors can expect over 700 events, stretching out across the length and breadth of the picturesque Devon seaside town, ranging from folk art workshops to Morris Dancing championships.

2024 lineup: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Angeline Morrison & The Sorrow Songs Band, Blowzabella, Blazin’ Fiddles, Catrin Finch & Aoife Ni Bhriain, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Chris Wood & Andy Cutting, Daphne’s Flight, Granny’s Attic, Jack Rutter, Jo Freya 50th Special, Karine Polwart, Kate Rusby, Kinnaris Quintet, Kitewing, Mad Dog Mcrea, Mànran, Melrose Quartet, McGoldrick McCusker Doyle, O’Hooley & Tidow, Oysterband, Peggy Seeger, Paul Downes & Phil Beer, Ralph McTell, Sea Song Sessions (Jon Boden, Seth Lakeman, Ben Nicholls, Emily Portman & Jack Rutter), Spiers & Boden, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Steve Knightley & Friends introducing Dream In Colors, The Breath, The Melsons (Melrose Quartet & The Wilsons), Aaron Horlock & Nick Goode, Alden & Patterson, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Ben & Sel, Bird In The Belly, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, Cahalen Morrison, Camus, Charm Of Finches, Chloe Matharu, Detta Kenzie, Emily Portman, Eugenia Georgieva, Fay Hield, Filkin’s Ensemble, Filkin’s Drift, Frankie Archer, Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch, Holly Clarke, Jali Bakary Konteh, Janice Burns & Jon Doran, Jez Lowe, Louise Rogan, Michell, Pfeiffer & Kulesh, Mikey Kenney, Miranda Sykes, Mishra ft. Deepa Shakthi, Old Spot, Oli Matthews Band, Phil Tyler & Sarah Hill, RE:VULVA, Rory McLeod, Roswell, Ryan Young, Samia Malik, Saltfishforty, The Shackleton Trio, Stick In The Wheel, Teilhard Frost, The Wilderness Yet, The Great Sea Choir, Tim Edey, Togmor, The Underground Sun, Will Pound & Jenn Butterworth, Wheelhouse Folk Choir, Will Allen, Windjammer, Zulu Tradition, and sooooo many more!

Is there dancing? Sidmouth is home to the John Gasson Jig Competition, which is like the Crufts of morris dancing – you’ll see few finer displays anywhere in the land. There’s also the entire promenade packed to the gills with morris dancers, pubs overspilling with rapper sides, sword dancers coming out of every public garden… In short, yeah, there’s dancing.

Dates: 2nd-9th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

St Neots Folk Festival

Celebrating its 41st year, St Neots Folk Festival is run by St Neots Folk Club, Cambridgeshire. Spreading over a three-day weekend, the highlight for morris aficionados is their Day of Dance. Not that it’s purely for dance fans, of course – there are plenty of great musicians playing, too. Take a glance at the lineup listed below.

2024 lineup: James Findlay, Karen and Tony, Bram Taylor, Landermason, Steve Knightley, Na Mara, Moonrakers.

Is there dancing? TBC

Dates: 7th-9th June, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Swanage Folk Festival

In the charming seaside town of Swanage, nestled along the stunning Jurassic coast of Dorset, a colourful spectacle takes place each year. Hundreds of dancers come together, filling the town with the sounds of bells jingling and sticks thwacking to the beat of excellent music. This is the Swanage Folk Festival, an annual celebration of music, dance, and community that has been growing since its inception in 1992. As the festival heads into its 32nd year, there are even more bands, dance sides, and entertainers than ever before. The festival is self-funded and run by volunteers, with any surplus donated to local good causes. To keep the festival going, the organizers rely on the support of volunteers and donations. Over the years, the festival has grown from a simple celebration of dance to a full weekend of music and dance featuring big names in UK Folk music. The festival takes place two weeks after the August bank holiday, providing a perfect late-summer escape.

2024 lineup: Cara, The Luke Jackson Trio, Buffalo Gals, Wight Hot Pipes, Mother Ukers, The Savage Underdogs, Track Dogs, Gerry Colvin Band, Ashen Keys, Gaelforce, Hot Rats, The Rigmarollers, Merry Hell, Freds House, Flossie Malavialle, Keith Donnelly, Bere Essentials, Granny’s Attic.

Is there dancing? Aside from morris dancing in its various forms, Swanage Folk Festival has been known to host traditional folk dances from Bulgaria, Ireland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the Middle East, making it one of the most international dance lineups around.

Dates: 6th-8th September, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Todmorden Folk Festival

Nestled in the picturesque Calder Valley of West Yorkshire, Todmorden Folk Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music that has grown in size and popularity since its inception. Taking place every May Day bank holiday weekend, the festival attracts visitors from all over the country, with excellent public transport links from Manchester, Leeds, Burnley, and Bradford. Spread out across the charming town, the festival boasts an impressive lineup of concerts, free events, and outdoor entertainment. As a volunteer-run festival, Todmorden relies on the support and dedication of its community, and welcomes anyone who wishes to get involved and help make the festival a success.

2024 lineup: Bonfire Radicals, Lady Maisery, Dan Walsh, Jacob & Drinkwater, She Shanties, Kinaara, Hot Club of Halifax.

Is there dancing? 15 sides listed on the website so far: Black Gate Morris, Hebden Bridge Hill Millies, Thieving Magpie, Lancashire Wallopers, Ryburn Longsword, Sowerby Bridge Morris, Oakenhoof, Fiddle ‘n’ Feet, Blackstone Edge, Hadrian Clog, Mind the Step, Wakefield Morris, Flag and Bone, Oakendale, Strictly Clog.

Dates: 3rd-5th May, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Towersey Festival

From first-timers to seasoned veterans, Towersey Festival (celebrating its 60th edition this year) caters to everyone, young or old. Nestled in the stunning Claydon country estate, this four-day festival is packed with music, dance, comedy, spoken word, workshops, and more – all in a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere. Camping under the stars with friends and family, you can enjoy a variety of delicious food, real ale and cider, crafts, and games. Towersey Festival has been family-run since 1965 and is the UK’s longest-running independent festival. Its commitment to sustainability, discovery, and participation is admirable, combining to make create unique and magical experience.

2024 lineup:
Billy Bragg, The Staves, London African Gospel Choir present Paul Simon’s Graceland reimagined, Seth Lakeman, Pokey LaFarge, Oysterband, Tide Lines, Jamie Lawson, Errol Linton, Cut Capers, The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Katherine Priddy, Blair Dunlop, Stolen from God, Calum Stewart, Dallahan, The Jazz Defenders, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Gaz Brookfield, The Wilson Family, The Sean McGowan Band, The Melrose Quartet, Morganway, The Hawkmen – Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party, Banter, Reg Meuross, Rory McLeod, Bonfire Radicals – Roots Dance Party, Cock & Bull Band, Pete Coe, Gina Larner, Jack Badcock, Andrew Waite, Togmor, Auka, Urban Folk Theory, Rooftop Assembly, Folk Camps Party Band, Suntou Susso, Rhubarb Theatre Presents Safari So-Goodie, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, Blackbeards Tea Party, Dan Otewell, Fraser Hooper, Gavin Osborn, Solstice, Trip Hazard, Headphone Events, Whapweasel, The Bristol Ceilidh Quartet, At Your Service, Angie Mack Hula Hoop Show, Jason Maverick Solo Show, Interactive Story Telling, Rhubarb Theatre Presents The Good Knights, Rhubarb Theatre Presents Three Suitcases, Rhubarb Theatre Presents The Bombardiers, Howard Read – Big Howard, Little Howard, Roxanne de Bastion, Robb Johnson, Climax Ceilidh Band, Robin Ince, Stand Up with Steve Hall, Nina Zella, Out of Hand.

Is there dancing? Of course there’s dancing. Organisers are promising 48 hours of dancing, so you’d better be fit for it.

Dates: 23rd-26th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Tredegar House Folk Festival

Tredegar House Folk Festival is an annual event that takes place in the beautiful grounds of Tredegar House, located in Newport, South Wales. The festival celebrates traditional folk music and dance from Wales and beyond, featuring performances from local and international artists. Attendees can enjoy a range of activities, including workshops, dance sessions, and storytelling sessions. The festival attracts a diverse audience, including families, music enthusiasts, and those with a general interest in Welsh culture. With its lively atmosphere, picturesque setting, and impressive lineup of musicians, Tredegar House Folk Festival is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the best of Welsh folk music and culture.

2024 lineup: Lindisfarne, The Young ’Uns, O’Hooley & Tidow, Huw Williams, Rusty Shackle, VRï, Jake Vaadeland and The Sturgeon River Boys, The Luke Jackson Trio, ALAW, The Often Herd, The Eclectic Shed Experience, Avanc, Liz Stringer, Wynford Jones & Geoff Cripps, The Great Basque Folk Orchestra & Dancers, Liz Stringer, The James Clode Band, Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe & Daniel Quayle, The Joshua Burnell Band, The Whiskey River Boys, The Rob Lear Band, Bethan Nia with Meg Cox, Jeff Japers, Dan The Hat, Bois Y Bryn, The Cwmbran Deaf Choir.

Is there dancing? Dance teams announced so far: Speelschaar Ossaart, India Dance Wales, Ralda, Jawahir Dance Group, Cobblers Awl, Cwmni Gwerin Pont-y-Pwl, Gwerinwyr Gwent, Flamenco, Isca Morris, ShoostRing, Tiger Feet, Topaz Tribal, Al Rakas, Mendip Morris, Raise the Dust, Sweyn’s Ey Morris, Dawnswyr Werin Pen y Fai, Our Famous Dance Nights, Juice, Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble of Bristol, Cardiff Morris, Cheeky Feet, African Cultural Development Group, Local Motion Group, Dawnswyr Tipynobopeth.

Dates: 10th-12th May, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Underneath the Stars

Underneath the Stars is held at Cinderhill Farm near Barnsley. The festival boasts an impressive line-up of emerging artists across a range of music genres, including folk, jazz, roots, bluegrass and Americana. Aside from the exciting musical acts, the festival also offers a range of workshops, arts, crafts and food stalls that showcase the creative talents of the Yorkshire region. Notably, the festival is child-friendly and even offers free entry to those under the age of seven. Founded by the family of renowned folk artist Kate Rusby, this festival is a must-see for music and art lovers alike.

2024 lineup: Bill Bailey, Kate Rusby, The Feeling, Lucy Spraggan, Rumer, Dervish, Hamish Hawk, Hope & Social, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Beans on Toast, Katherine Priddy, Keston Cobblers Club, Fanny Lumsden, Rumba de Bodas, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Damien O’Kane & Friends, Cahalen Morrison, Brown Horse, Dolores Forever, Suntou Susso, Barnsley Youth Choir, The Hunch, Simeon Hammond Dallas.

Is there dancing? This one’s all about the music.

Dates: 2nd-4th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Upton-Upon-Severn Folk Festival

Get ready for a folk-filled weekend at the Upton Upon Severn Folk Festival. Starting on April 28th, this lively event sees hundreds of music and dance outfits descend on the charming Malverns town for a weekend of traditional entertainment. Running until May 1st, the festival features an impressive line-up of concerts, ceilidhs, competitions, workshops, and displays from established names in the world of folk. Venues throughout the town, including The King’s Head, Bar 7, and the Memorial Hall, come alive with lively performances and events. At the centre of it all is a lively procession through the town at midday on Sunday, bringing together a weekend of morris and other dance displays.

2024 lineup: Melrose Quartet, The Melsons, The Wilsons, English Fiddle Ensemble, Janice Burns & Jon Doran, Old Spot, Pete Coe, Magpie Lane, Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews, The Twiddlers, Mice in a Matchbox, Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights, Drywood Folk Duo, The Barber Band, Benammi Swift, Close Quarters, Discovery, Pat Smith & Ned Clamp, Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton, Caffrey, McGurk & Madge, Steve & Julie Wigley, The Medlers, Vital Spark.

Is there dancing? Upton-upon-Severn absolutely heaves with morris sides over this busy weekend. Keep an eye on their website for lineup news, or to book your side in.

Dates: 3rd-6th May, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Warwick Folk Festival

This beloved event has been going strong for over 30 years and boasts an exciting lineup of ceilidhs, song and dance, workshops, theatre, crafts, and more for the whole family to enjoy. Year after year, festival-goers rave about the Warwick Folk Festival, and this year is no exception. The festival has a relatively new home at Castle Park, a flat greenfield site in Warwick town, with the magnificent Warwick Castle as a backdrop. This means all the principal venues and camping will be together on one site, while retaining the special friendly, family atmosphere that is synonymous with the event.

2024 lineup:
The Unthanks, Oysterband, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Breabach, Lady Maisery, John Tams, Melrose Quartet, Gnoss, Bonfire Radicals, Merry Hell, Will Pound, Ellie Gowers Trio, Blair Dunlop, Wilderness Yet, Tarren, Lauren South, Old Spot, Keith Donnelly, Farefeld, Amit Dattani.

Is there dancing? At Warwick Folk Festival, traditional dancing is not just a spectator sport – it’s an immersive experience! From lively ceilidh dancing to informative Morris workshops and processions, there are plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. This year’s lineup of Morris sides includes After Dinner Clog, Belle D’Vain, Berkshire Bedlams, Broadside, Chiltern Hundreds, Chinewrde, Clausentum, Earlsdon Morris, Gaorsach Rapper, Ouse Washes, Pecsaetan, Plum Jerkum, and Sallyport, each bringing their own unique style and flair to the festivities. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice looking to try something new, Warwick Folk Festival has something for everyone when it comes to traditional dance.

Dates: 25th-28th July, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Whitchurch Folk Festival

The Whitchurch Folk Festival revives a beloved 1980s tradition, reinvigorated by local musicians Paul Sartin and Jon Wilks. Celebrating community, art, and heritage, this inaugural event honours Paul Sartin’s memory with performances by his favourite artists. Starting as a one-day event, plans are underway to expand it into a weekend festival by 2025, strengthening Whitchurch’s folk culture legacy.

2024 lineup:
Jackie Oates Trio, Nick Hart & Tom Moore, Magpie Lane, Sam Sweeney and Louis Campbell, Frankie Archer, James Delarre & Saul Rose, Ellie Gowers, Benji Kirkpatrick, The Norfolk Broads, Maddie Morris, Coracle, Miranda Rutter & Rob Harbron, Good Habits, Patakas, Anna Tabbush Trio, Jigfoot, Out of Hand.

Is there dancing? Yes! Across the space of a single day there’ll be two ceilidhs (Jigfoot and Out of Hand) and Morris displays from Boss Morris, Winchester Morris Men and Mayfly Morris, curated by Hampshire’s favourite step dancer, Tom Gregory.

Dates: 11th May

For more info: Website | Tickets

Whitby Folk Week

Whitby Folk Week is a beloved celebration of the music, dance and song of the British Isles, held annually during the third week of August. Established in 1965, the festival has a rich history of bringing traditional music to the charming North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby. With over 100 concerts spread across multiple venues, including the Whitby Pavilion, the festival showcases some of the country’s most talented folk artists. With over 600 participatory events throughout the week, including dances, workshops, talks, parades and displays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The festival also inspires young people to take up traditional music, ensuring the continuation of this great tradition.

2024 lineup:
Banter, Colum Sands, English Fiddle Ensemble, John Tams, Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney & Rob Harbron, The Hunch, Melrose Quartet, Reg Meuross, Miranda Sykes plus many, many more.

Is there dancing? Yes, a huge amount. Keep your eye on their website for the full programme.

Dates: 17th-23rd August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Wickham Festival

Wickham Festival, located in the heart of Hampshire, is a popular 4-day music and arts festival that takes place every August. This highly-rated festival is known for its stunning rural location and relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. With four stages featuring live music and a variety of entertainment options, Wickham has become a favourite amongst festival-goers for some time. It was even voted Best UK Festival for capacity under 15,000 at the Live UK Music Business Awards in 2015.

2024 lineup: Suzi Quatro, Levellers, Curtis Stigers, Seth Lakeman, Jim Moray, Katherine Priddy, Ferocious Dog, Tony Christie, Muireann Bradley, Dream in Colors (feat. Steve Knightley from Show of Hands, Johnny Kalsi from Afro Celts/The Dhol Foundation, Bennet Cervan from The Trouble Notes, and Eliza Marshall from Ranagri), Manran, Skipinnish, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, The Longest Johns, John Otway Band, Tankus the Henge, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Ranagri, The Copper Family, Jerry Douglas, 3 Daft Monkeys, Rura, Martin Stephenson and the Daintees, Ryan Young, Saltfish Forty, Cut Capers, Neck, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Jim Malcolm, Beth Malcolm, Phil Odgers & John Kettle, The Wils, Wood Buoys, Honey and the Bear, Fine Lines, Virginia Kettle, Shamus O’Blivion & The Megadeath Morris Men, The Annie Keating Band (USA), Sarah Smout, Tara MacLean (Canada), Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz, The Marching Skaletons.

Is there dancing? This festival is more about the music… plus ‘Kilt Sunday’.

Dates: 1st-4th August, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

This town festival, the largest folk festival in Dorset, has been going strong since the early 1980s. It is a vibrant celebration of music, dance, comedy, and art that is sure to delight all ages. With a record-breaking 70,000 attendees in 2019, it’s clear that this festival is a beloved annual tradition for locals and visitors alike. Featuring a vast array of concerts, a popular microbrewery, comedy shows, art displays, and family-friendly entertainment, there’s so much to see and do at Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. Head down there and try it yourself.

2024 lineup:
Arquebus Trio, Atlántico, Matt Black, Nick Capaldi, Coosticks, Dorset Phil, Gugge 2000, Honey Kick Duo, Mother Ukers, Notation, One Eyed Man, Paul Openshaw, Our Atlantic Roots, Play Misty, Poole Me Hearties, Jamie Pritchard & Friends, QHCB Gypsy Jazz, Resound Choir, Pete Robson, Shiraz, Sixteen String Jack, Soulhole, Stables, Stagecoach Wimborne, The Audio Allstars, The Bomo Swing, The Captain’s Beard, The Raven Kings, Kevin Thomas, Thomas Heppell Trio, Millie Watson, Richard Wirdnam, Allan Winter, Winter Wilson.

Is there dancing? Over 20 morris sides have already signed up, and there are ceilidhs and dance workshops gallore. No excuse for not hopping.

Dates: 7th-9th June, 2024

For more info: Website | Tickets