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Broadstairs Folk Week - 10-17 August

Broadstairs Folk Week is a traditional folk music and dance festival – that’s how it began – and that remains right at the heart of Folk Week. Over the past 53 years, the festival has become a magnet for people who love authentic music, the opportunity to dance and sing and meet up with an extended family of every generation and from around the world. Its festival-goers love discovering new bands, seeing old favourites and chancing upon things you would never expect to see at a folk festival! Whether you are a family looking for child-friendly events, have lots of energy to burn off dancing, or singers and musicians seeking out a session – with around 70 events a day, you’ll find something to entertain you from early till late. You can tailor make your festival experience to suit you.

Broadstairs is almost like a Cornish fishing village – perched on the coast at the end of Kent and Folk Week happens almost everywhere in the town. There’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music and dance. There is a mix of ticketed and free events – and you can come for one ticketed event in one venue – or buy a whole week’s all-in ticket that gets you into all the venues.

You can find Folk Week by the beach in the Pavilion on the Sands or the Sailing Club; in the town’s historic Crampton Tower and the modern Baptist Centre – as well as in loads of pubs and cafes – and of course – along the promenade at the Bandstand, overlooking beautiful Viking Bay. It’s a great way of getting to know Broadstairs!

The main concert arena in the leafy surrounds of Pierremont Park in the middle of the town which is where the headline acts appear and it is the hub of Folk Week – it’s a great place to meet friends – old and new. You can just buy one concert ticket to see your favourite act – or if you want to go for total immersion – then a full Festival Ticket is an unbeatable option. Or you can come in and for a day-time chill out at the Folk Week bar – the Jack Hamilton – which is named after the festival’s founder.

The Festival Campsite is located at a local school – and one of the benefits of coming to this chalky corner of East Kent is that the fields are free-draining – so no Glastonbury style mud in Broadstairs!

Overlooking the beach on the clifftop Victoria Gardens, there’s a special Craft & Music Fair with a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts with free entry.

And next door is the bandstand, a totally free venue which hosts the ever-popular Hobby Horse Club with the madcap Hooden Horses and Clarence the Dragon.

And last but not least, Folk Week wouldn’t be the same without the hard-working morris dancers who bring colour and eccentricity to the streets and shows around the town.

Artists at Broadstairs this year include Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Tim Edey, Sharon Shannon Band, Matthews Southern Comfort, Blowzabella, Gigspanner Big Band, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Tilston & Lowe, Stick In The Wheel, Jim Causley Trio, Narthern, Luke Daniels, John Doyle, Dan Walsh Trio, Tom Mcconville, Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne, Blackbeards Tea Party, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Alice Jones, Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby, Banter, Derek Gifford, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Mike Nicholson, Si Barron and many, many more.

For more info see: Broadstairs Folk Week website