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25th Tenterden Folk Festival - 5-8 October

A four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges.

Events at the festival include an English Barn Dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, a craft fair and street stalls, music stalls, free music and dance stages on the Recreation Ground, Morris dancers, dance displays, procession, showcases, meet the guest spots, workshops, dancers and musicians on the K&ES Railway, events for children and much more besides. Many are free events.

The main concerts on Saturday and Sunday are held in the Tenterden Club with smaller acoustic concerts, including concerts on Friday, being held in the Saddlery at The White Lion. There is a special fundraising concert on Thursday in the Town Hall.

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 that suits your taste going on in at least one of these venues.

Guests this year include Brian Peters, Derek Gifford, Dick Miles, Foxglove Trio, Georgia Lewis and friends, Graeme Knights, Jeff Warner, Jim Bainbridge, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Nick Dow, Paul & Liz Davenport, Pete Castle, Si Barron, Steve Turner and Tim Laycock.

For more info see: Tenterden Folk Festival website