Here we go with an updated list of folk festivals due to take place in the Westcountry in 2016. Sadly, we seem to have lost a few in the last couple of years – lack of sponsorship being the usually quoted reason. Nevertheless, we have lots to look forward to.
Have fun – and see you there!
16th & 17th – Bradford Roots: Bradford, Wiltshire
17th for 5 days – Halsway Winter Warmer: Halsway Manor, Crowcombe, Somerset. A residential break with a programme of English folk music and dance.
12th for 3 days – Folk 3 – Cheltenham Town Hall.
18th – Lyme Folk Revisited: not really a festival, just one night at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, but worth supporting a concert by young musicians, hosted by Jim Causley.
30th & 1st May – Bristol Folk Festival
13th, 14th and 15th – Credition Folk Weekend: Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon.
13th, 14th & 15th – Dart Music Festival: Dartmouth, Devon. Lots of folk mixed with other genres.
27th, 28th & 29th – Bude & Stratton Folk Festival: Bude, Cornwall. A fun festival right on the Cornish coast.
27th for 4 days – Chippenham Folk Festival: Chippenham, Wiltshire.
27th, 28th & 29th – Gloucester Shanty Festival.
3rd, 4th & 5th – Wessex Folk Festival: Weymouth, Dorset.
10th, 11th & 12th – Wimborne Minster Folk Festival: Wimborne Dorset.
10th, 11th & 12th – Bradninch Music Festival: Bradninch, near Exeter, Devon.
17th, 18th & 19th – Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival: Falmouth, Cornwall.
17th, 18th & 19th – Teignmouth Folk Festival: Teignmouth, Devon.
17th, 18th & 19th – Ukelele Festival of Grest Britain: Cheltenham
25th & 26th – Folk on the Quay: Poole, Dorset.
1st – 10th – Frome Festival: a 10-day general arts festival with lots of folk music: Frome, Somerset.
8th, 9th & 10th – Priddy Folk Festival: Priddy, Wells, Somerset.
22nd & 23rd – Chagstock Festival: Whiddon Down, Devon.
29th for 8 days – Sidmouth Folk Week: Sidmouth, Devon – the biggest and best!
5th, 6th & 7th – Dartmoor Folk Festival: South Zeal, Dartmoor, Devon.
6th for 7 days – Bath Folk Festival: a week-long festival with lots of workshops and chances to perform.
19th, 20th & 21st – Beautiful Days: Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, Devon – such a lot crammed into 3 days with this family-orientated, camping festival.
25th for 4 days – Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, near Swanage, Dorset.
26th for 4 days – Cornwall Folk Festival: county showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall.
9th, 10th & 11th – Lyme Folk Weekend: Lyme Regis, Dorset
9th, 10th & 11th – Swanage Folk Festival: Swanage, Dorset.
10th – 24th – St Ives September Festival: St Ives, Cornwall – a 15-day music festival with lots of folk.
23rd, 24th & 25th – Looe Music Festival: Looe, Cornwall – mainly folk.
23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th – The Little Big Gig: Henry’s Campsite, The Lizard, Cornwall.
30th, Ist & 2nd – Riverside Beer & Music Festival: South Molton, Devon.
22nd – North Dorset Folk Festival: Marnhull, Dorset.
2nd-6th – Lowender Peran: Newquay, Cornwall – a 5-day festival celebrating Cornish Celtic Culture.