Folk Association of South Hants

 

Festivals

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 ...

  • Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 3rd to 6th May 2019. 'Earlybird' ticket deadline extended to 20th December (save £16). Details of how to book (several options) on website.
  • Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival 3rd to 6th May 2019. Tickets on sale from January.
  • Chippenham Folk Festival 24th to 27th May 2019. Tickets now on sale, 'Earybird' prices saving £20 per full adult ticket until the end of January. They ask that you book using the form and sending a cheque, rather than booking on-line (saves them money).
  • Wessex Folk Festival 31st May to 2nd June 2019. No entrance fees to Wessex Festival.
  • Lichfield Folk Festival 21st to 23rd June 2019. Dance Festival. tickets available - booking form is on the website.
  • New Forest Folk Festival 3rd to 7th July 2019. 'Earlybird' tickets - adult £95. Free camping if purchased before midnight on 31st December.
  • Warwick Folk Festival 25th to 28th July 2019. Tickets on sale from 15th December.
  • Wickham Festival 1st to 4th August 2019. 'Tier 2' Weekend tickets at £130 available until 31st December.
  • Sidmouth Folk Week 2nd to 9th August 2019. 'Super Earlybird' tickets available from 10th December until they are gone (limited quantity). Lots of ticket options, see the website for full details.
  • Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 15th to 18th August 2019. 'Earlybird' tickets available until 30th April. No line-up for 2019 yet.
  • Towersey Festival 23rd to 26th August 2019. 'Tier 2' tickets available via the Festival Website.
  • Wallingford Bunkfest 31st August to 2nd 2018. No 2019 details yet. A free festival unless you are camping.
  • Swanage Folk Festival 6th to 8th September 2019. No details yet.
  • Southdowns 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.

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