Where: Tenterden, near Ashford, Kent
£: Weekend tickets cost £55 for adults and £25 for children. Tickets with camping and individual event tickets are also available. Some events are free
What is it?
This year’s Tenterden Folk Festival will take place from 5th to 8th October with a mix of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions, bringing colour to the local streets.
It will be the 25th year the festival has taken place and there will be more than 50 events spread over four full days in around 12 venues, featuring over 50 acts and 40 Morris sides and dance display teams.
This year there will be a full day of events on the Thursday including two acoustic concerts in the Saddlery at the White Lion, afternoon tea and cakes at The Secret Pantry, music on the bandstand in Ashford, and a fundraising concert at Tenterden Town Hall.
The Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see a mix of concerts, barn dances, workshops, meet the guest spots, special events, dance displays from hundreds of Morris dancers, Appalachian dancers, Slovakian dancers, street entertainers, a procession, a free music stage, dance stage, and craft and artisan stalls.
To make the 25th anniversary extra special, as well as all the usual venues, extra events are being programmed to take place in the Glebe Hall, St Mildred’s Church and Secret Pantry in the High Street.
Several special events will also take place on Saturday and Sunday, including performances from some special guests on the free stages at the Recreation Ground. These will include 4×4 Bhangra performing folk dance from the Punjab in Northern India, Snail Tales Storytelling performing The First King of England – The story of King Knut, and Wheeze presented by Parrabbola.
One of the highlights of Tenterden Folk Festival for many of the participants are the numerous friendly and informal sing-a-rounds and music sessions. With a choice of four town centre pubs there is sure to be a session to suit all tastes in at least one of these venues. The festival also offers workshops where visitors can hear about folk related topics and traditions or improve their own skills.
TFF is a charity formed to preserve and advance public education and appreciation of folk music, song, dance, crafts and traditions as part of the living heritage.
Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family folk festival. It features one of the widest high streets in the country, lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges.
More info: www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk