Tenterden Folk Festival 2021

Tenterden High St & Festival Venues
Tenterden, Kent TN30 6AN
United Kingdom

Pricing/Ticket Info
Individual pricing, many free events
Suitable for Children

Event Dates and Times
Thursday September 30, 2021
7:00 PM
Friday October 1, 2021
10:30 AM  - 11:00 PM
Saturday October 2, 2021
10:30 AM  - 11:00 PM
Sunday October 3, 2021
9:15 AM  - 11:00 PM

Tenterden Folk Festival 2021
Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October 2021

Tenterden Folk Festival. Four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions.
The festival starts on Thursday evening with the AKF sponsored fundraising concert. The Town Hall is an ideal venue for this friendly concert.

The festival continues until late Sunday night with concerts, music and song sessions, workshops, English Barn Dance and many other events. The guests this year include some old friends of the festival and some who have not been to Tenterden before such as Dan McKinnon from Canada, The Snapes, Stan Graham and Eddy Jay. Other guests such as Will Pound have been to Tenterden as part of a band or a Morris side but are here this year in a different capacity.
Guest Performers 2019
Thursday evening fundraising concert
Will Pound and Eddy Jay, plus Bob and Gill Berry
Festival guests
Andy Turner, BeBollywood dancers, Bob and Gill Berry, Broomdasher, Dan McKinnon (Canada), Dick Miles, Foot Down with caller John Sweeney, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham, Mike Wilson and Damien Barber, Morrigan, Nick & Mally Dow, Notts Alliance, Paul and Liz Davenport, Pete Castle, Peter and Barbara Snape, Portsmouth Shantymen, Stan Graham, The Dodo Rider (Applause Rural Touring), Tom Lewis, Will Pound and Eddy Jay.
Our popular regular and local guests
Bob Kenward, Chris Roche, Gavin & Julie Atkin, Hook Line & Sinker (Sue Watson, Chrisie, Holmes & Caren Scoll), Jerry Crossley, John & Di Cullen, Malcolm Ward, Marsh Warblers,, Peter Collins, Portside (Rob & Liz Porter and Dave Earl), Spare Parts,, Sue Watson, Travelling Folk, Vic & Tina Smith, Vic Ellis - one man band,
Free music stage & other showcase guests
Ashford Folk (free music stage), Broomdasher (free music stage, etc),, Direction Corsairs (street busking), Discovery - Jeff & Elaine Gillett (free music stage, etc.),, Highworth School Folk Band (free music stage), Open Water (free music stage), Rattlebag (free music stage), Stone Cherries (free music stage), United Folk Orchestra (St Mildred’s Church)
Other festival guests may also be playing on the Free music stage on Saturday and Sunday.,

Dance displays
The Festival continues to attract Morris sides and dance display teams from far and wide, including regular teams and some new ones. They take to the streets of the town centre on Saturday and Sunday together with other street entertainers. It looks as if we will have many more dancers on the Sunday than in previous years while still maintaining the number performing on the Saturday. Dancers include local Morris sides from Kent and Sussex as well as visiting teams from throughout England and our friends from Slovakia. Dance styles will include Cotswold, Border, Molly, Clog and Garland, as well as Appalachian, Bollywood and other international traditions and styles. If you would like to see and try some Bollywood dances catch up with the Be Bollywood dancers.

The popular procession on Saturday starts at 3pm near The War Memorial in the High Street, passes through the town centre to finish on the Recreation Ground by the marquees. There you will see more displays of dancing on the stage in the marquee.

Concerts and Folk Clubs
Festival guests can be seen at our main concert venues throughout the extended weekend. These include the Tenterden Club, Town Hall and The Saddlery at The White Lion. Check the map to locate all the venues.

Song and music sessions
The numerous friendly and informal sing-a-rounds and song and music sessions are, for many, one of the highlights of the Festival. Sessions take place in four pubs so there is sure to be one that suits your taste or mood. Come along and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere even if you do not want to take part.

Workshops and meet the guest sessions
The Festival also offers the opportunity to attend other events which may offer the chance to participate, ask a few questions or just sit and listen, and informal talks on folk related topics. Check out the diary section for full details.
Craft Fair and Street Stalls
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Venues and public houses
Venues include The Town Hall, Recreation Ground, High Street, Tenterden Club, The Saddlery and St Mildreds Church and the Glebe Hall. Events also take place in the recently refurbished Vine, White Lion, William Caxton and we are also back in the Woolpack, which is under new management.

Tickets are available in advance
Tickets by post:
Tenterden Folk Festival, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3HA
Cheques payable to ‘Tenterden Folk Day Trust’ please.

Tickets - Buy in person
You can buy your tickets in Tenterden:
  • Amy’s Pantry (plus booking fee), 4 and 5 East Cross, Tenterden TN30 6AD
  • Revelation Ashford (plus booking fee)
    www.revelationashford.co.uk and associated ticket outlets
  • Ashford Gateway Plus and Library
    Tourist Information Centre, 3rd Floor, Church Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1QX.
    T: 01233 330316 E: tourism@ashford.gov.uk
Tickets - At the Festival
We hope that Tickets will be available from our information stall in the main crafts marquee on the Recreation Ground. Tickets will also be available on the door of events, space permitting.

Full Weekend Ticket: Admits holders to all events from Friday to Sunday inclusive. They do not include the AKF fundraising concert in the Town Hall on Thursday evening.

Thursday evening Concert
Available in advance; online as above and, if still available, on the door. All tickets £12 each. All tickets also available online from: www.musicglue.com/tenterdenfolkfestival/tickets
Free events
Many events are free but collections may be taken so please give generously as all monies collected help us cover the cost of promoting the festival. Individual event tickets are available in advance and, space permitting, will also be available on the door of the event. Workshops and similar event tickets will only be available on the door of the event. Free Music Stage: You will find the free music stage in the Marquee on The Recreation Ground on Saturday and Sunday. It offers a free taste of what a folk festival is all about! Saturday 10.30 to 18.00 and Sunday 10.30 to 17.00
The campsite will again be in Morphs Field which is the one on the left just over the level crossing and before the Railway car park. Mr Edwards continues to work hard on improving the field.

Photos: Lewis J Brockway

Photos Tenterden Folk Festival 2017

All Photos Tenterden Folk Festival 2016
Morris Sides and Dance Groups
Craft Fair
Pub Sessions
Workshops, Concerts and Music Sessions
Fundraising Concert

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Tenterden Folk Festival Director
Alan Castle
15 Repton Manor Road
Ashford Kent TN23 3HA
United Kingdom
Tenterden Folk Festival is 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. The festival includes many free events.

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