The festival worked really well at its new location in Kirklington parkland in September 2021, and can't wait to get back there in July. 

There is plenty of space to camp, right on the festival site - it really is a lovely spot, by the lakes. You can bring your vehicle onto the campsite, so no need to lug tents and equipment about. For those not camping there's a free day car-park right next to the entrance. Or for a bit of extra luxury, why not try glamping?  Well behaved dogs are welcome to the campsite and into the festival arena.

​You'll find over 40 artists performing over 4 days on 3 main stages plus a children's stage and a workshop tent. The Main Stage is a large open arena (it is recommended you bring chairs). The Folk Stage has a folkier feel to the music and it's in a marquee, (without walls). The Frontier Stage is the smaller third stage with a more lively feel to lots of the music. This is also an open stage. You can bring chairs or mats to all the stages. 

Dance remains a popular part of the festival with an emphasis on variety and entertainment. Ceilidhs or other social folk dances normally take place each day on site.

​Southwell is a family friendly and fun festival with plenty of entertainment for the kids and youths alike.  Many children’s activities are aimed to be educative as well as fun with instrument workshops, and various other hands-on opportunities. Family entertainment always includes a liberal dose of street theatre and ‘walkabouts’ as well as storytellers and musicians.

The guest list is extensive and exciting, and includes Dervish, Peat & Diesel, Le Vend Du Nord, The Spooky Men's Chorale, Katherine Priddy, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Winter Wilson, Pete Morton, Chris While & Julie Matthews, and many, many more.

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