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Tenterden Folk Festival 2020

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 October 1, 2020
10:00 AM
Friday October 2, 2020
10:00 AM
Saturday October 3, 2020
10:00 AM
Sunday October 4, 2020
10:00 AM
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
The First Virtual Tenterden Folk Festival
Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th October 2020
Join us on Zoom, Face Book, You Tube, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

Plans are now being finalised for the first virtual Tenterden Folk Festival. Online sing-a-rounds and music and song sessions will feature pre-booked guests and well known local performers. The popular Cinque Ports Sea Songs and Shanties Session will also take place via Zoom. You can even try a Zoom dance! Events will be live streamed on Zoom and Facebook and posted to You Tube so that you can watch them again later. We will also be posting new video concerts from some of our festival guests past, present and future on You Tube. We are planning some virtual Morris and folk dance displays, a procession and a craft fair. You can also visit a virtual photograph exhibition and see selected photos from Tenterden Folk Festival 2019 and previous TFF events.

Guests will include:
Barrie and Ingrid Temple, Barry Goodman, Bob Kenward, Brian Peters, Broomdasher, Cinque Ports Morris, Dan McKinnon (Canada), Gavin and Julie Atkin, Graeme and Heather Knights, Hartley Morris, Highworth Folk Band, Jeff Warner (USA), Jez Lowe, JIB, Jim Mageean, John and Di Cullen, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham, Morrigan, Nick Dow, Nunhead Folk Circle, Pete Castle, Peter Collins, Pete Luscombe, Peter and Barbara Snape, Rattlebag, Roger Resch, Roses are Red Morris, Scold Bridle, Stan Graham, Tanglefoot Appalachian, Tom Patterson, Tom Perry and Clive Brooks, Travelling Folk, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer and The Wilson Family and may be a few surprises.

Zoom Sessions:
You can watch the Zoom Sessions live on Face Book but singers who would like to join in our Zoom Session should register with Peter Collins via the private "Zooming Tenterden" FaceBook Group at or if you are not on FaceBook just drop us an email well in advance.

The Caxton song and music sessions on Zoom will be hosted by Peter Collins and Bob Kenward on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Travelling Folk and Friends will be hosting two Zoom sessions, one on Thursday and one on Sunday; Graeme Knights regular Saturday Zoom session and Gavin and Julie Atkin’s Sunday session are being dedicated to Virtually Tenterden. Watch out for Zoomers joining us from Canada and the USA.

Zoom dances
Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer's Zoom Ceilidh with caller Rhodri Davies
To attend the Zoom dance you need to register so that we can send you the details! Numbers are limited so register early. We will email you to let you know we’ve received the registration. Then we will email you closer to the date with the Zoom meeting details. You can find more details and sign up for the virtual ceilidh on Vicki and Jonny's website here, now.

There may also be another ceilidh the details of which we hope to release shortly.

Virtual concerts
Many of our past guests and those who were booked for Tenterden Folk Festival 2020 have recorded video sets for our virtual concerts that you will be able to watch on You Tube. We have sets recorded in guests back gardens and reception rooms as well as some from video studios and live gigs. There are all well worth a look.

Other events
Other events you can attend virtually will include:
  • A photograph exhibition on You Tube and Tumblr
  • A workshop on Zoom with Nick Dow talking about the new book, the Southern Songster
  • Morris dance displays on You Tube
  • A small Craft fair on You Tube

You can download the draft progamme from the Virtually Tenterden page on the Tenterden Folk Festival website but be aware it is not finalised yet so check it again nearer the time.

The Committee would like to particularly thank Peter Collins for offering his technical knowledge and time to help make this all possible.

Please support Tenterden Folk Festival and help us to make our physical return in 2021 a very special event by donating whatever you can afford via Virgin Money Giving. If you can make your donation with Gift Aid that will increase the amount we receive. Go to

Check out the article about Virtually Tenterden and all the other interesting articles in issue 101 of Around Kent Folk for October / November at

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy Virtually Tenterden.

Alan Castle
Trustee and Festival Director 
Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October 2021
Tenterden Folk Festival. Four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions.

Photos: Lewis J Brockway

Tenterden Folk Festival photos


Tenterden Folk Festival photos


Tenterden Folk Festival photos


Tenterden Folk Festival photos


Tenterden Folk Festival photos


Tenterden Folk Festival photos


Tenterden Folk Festival photos

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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