Tenterden Folk Festival 2019
The 2019 Tenterden Folk Festival is Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October 2019ings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges.
Events at the festival include an English Barn Dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, song and music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, craft fair and street stalls, music stalls, free music and dance stages in marquees on the Recreation Ground, Morris dancers, folk dance display teams, dance displays, procession, street entertainers, showcases, meet the guest sessions, workshops and much more besides.
Venues and public houses
Festival venues include The Evans Bar and Moulton Hall upstairs in the Tenterden Club, St Mildreds Church, St Mildreds Church Hall and Glebe Hall, The Town Hall, The Saddlery at the White Lion, marquees on the Recreation Ground and events in the High Street, There are also events in The Woolpack, The White Lion, The Vine, The William Caxton, This Ancient Boro and and some other venues.
Welcome barn dance
The English barn dance is a regular feature of the festival and is always very popular. As well as the barn dance there is often a chance to try other forms of traditional folk dancing over the long weekend.
Concerts and special shows
The main concerts and special shows are held in the Tenterden Club and the Town Hall with smaller acoustic concerts being held in the Saddlery at The White Lion and the Glebe Hall. There is a special fundraising concert on Thursday in the Town Hall sponsored by Around Kent Folk magazine.
Craft fair, music stalls, other stalls and also street stalls
The free craft fair and other stalls will be in a large marquee on The Recreation Ground, just off the High Street on the Saturday and Sunday at the Folk Festival. The marquee also acts as the venue for the popular free music and dance stages. There are also street stalls in the High Street.
Sing-a-rounds and song and music sessions
One of the highlights of Tenterden Folk Festival for many of the participants are the numerous friendly and informal sing-a-rounds and song 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.
Workshops and meet the guest sessions
The Tenterden Folk Festival is a charity formed to preserve and advance public education and appreciation of folk music, song, dance, crafts and traditions as part of the living heritage. Therefore we offer you a chance to “Meet” some of the guests in informal sessions. We also offer workshops where you can hear about folk related topics or traditions or improve your own skills.
Tenterden is “the Jewel of the Weald” and over the Festival weekend it has even more colour and sparkle than usual as hundreds of Morris men and women and other folk dancers take to the streets of the town centre. The majority of teams are Morris dance sides of varying styles, from the Cotswold tradition and Black-faced Border style, to clog to garland dancers. The teams you will see will be both men’s, women’s and mixed sides and come from all over England. It’s not just Morris you will see as Tenterden is regularly host to teams performing traditional dances from Scotland, Ireland, England, Slovakia and the Appalachian Mountains of North America. There is also Saturday’s popular procession along the High Street.
Tickets are available direct from Tenterden Folk Festival, on line or from local outlets including The Gateway Plus in Ashford and Advantec IT at the Fairings in Tenterden.
The campsite will be in Morphs Field which is on the left just over the level crossing and before the Railway car park. Thanks to Mr Edwards
Photos: Lewis J Brockway
Photos Tenterden Folk Festival 2017
All Photos Tenterden Folk Festival 2016
Morris Sides and Dance Groups
Workshops, Concerts and Music Sessions
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