The Swanage Folk Festival has come a long way since it first started as a day of dance in 1992. Over the years it has grown into a full and varied weekend of music and dance. From Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September our small seaside town on the beautiful Jurassic coast of Dorset will fill up with hundreds of colourful dancers and the town will resonate to the sound of bells jingling, sticks thwacking and excellent music.
The hub of the festival is Sandpit Field, with a concert marquee and festival bar, the festival information tent and dozens of colourful craft stalls. Over the weekend concerts will take place at venues around the town featuring artists including Oysterband, The Young'uns, Flats and Sharps, Gilmore and Roberts, Ninebarrow, Narthen and the Rheingans Sisters. Full details of the weekend fun can be found on the festival website, www.swanagefolkfestival.com
There will be opportunities to get involved with workshops, music sessionsin the local pubs and free entertainment on Sandpit Field for the young of all ages. For something more energetic there is the festival dance at the Swanage School on Saturday night and a special children's dance on Saturday afternoon.
Over 50 traditional dance teams will gather to entertain you. Displays take place all over the town and a spectacular dance parade takes place on Saturday afternoon.
We look forward to seeing you over the festival weekend.
The Festival presents a programme of music concerts over the weekend featuring a diverse range of music.
Friday night concert (19.30) in the main marquee with Pete Christie, Ninebarrow and Oysterband
Saturday night concert (19.30) in the main marquee with Bram Taylor, Narthen and Flats and Sharps.
Sunday night concert (19.30) in the main marquee with Geoff Lakeman, The Rheingans Sisters and the Young'uns.
Saturday afternoon concert (13.00) in the Conservative Club with Geoff Lakeman and Gilmore and Roberts
Sunday afternoon concert (13.00) in the Conservative Club with Damian Clarke and Geoff Lakeman
Sunday afternoon presentation (15.30) in the parish church by Louise Jordan of 'no petticoats here'
Saturday night dance at the Swanage School (19.30) with Threepenny Bit and caller Gordon Potts
On the Saturday and Sunday afternoon the festival provides music in the main marquee featuring the Rod Jenkins Band, Trials of Cato, Tinderbox and Mother Ukers (Saturday) and Bram Taylor, Threepenny Bit, The Drystones and Model Folk (Sunday). These afternoon concerts are free entry but donations gratefully accepted.
The festival provides the option of a full weekend ticket or tickets for each separate pay concert.
Adult Weekend tickets are £60
Evening Concert tickets are £20
Afternoon Concert tickets (Conservative Club and Parish Church) are £10
Saturday Dance tickets are £12
Children (6 to 16) are half adult price.
Tickets can be purchased from the festival box office or through our on-line ticket service. Details can be found on the festival website at www.swanagefolkfestival.com
The beating heart of the festival is on Sandpit Field, Shore Road, Swanage. This is a public park overlooking Swanage Bay and hosts the main music marquee, information tent and craft fair.
Other community venues are used over the weekend for concerts and workshops whilst more informal music sessions are held in local public houses and cafes.
The festival does not have direct access to accommodation. Please contact the local Tourist information center for details of accommodation through www.visit-dorset.com
The festival does not have direct access to camping facilities. For details of local camp sites please contact the Swanage Tourist office through www.visit-dorset.com
|Bram Taylor||Sandpit Field (nighttime)|
|Flats & Sharps||Sandpit Field (nighttime)|
|Narthen||Sandpit Field (nighttime)|
|Folk Orc||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|Gordon Potts||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|Mother Ukers||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|Rod Jenkins||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|The Trials of Cato||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|Tinderbox||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|Dorset Wrecks||Shanty at the Bandstand|
|Kelp||Shanty at the Bandstand|
|Wareham Whalers||Shanty at the Bandstand|
|Geoff Lakeman||Conservative Club|
|Gilmore & Roberts||Conservative Club|
|Geoff Lakeman||Sandpit Field (nighttime)|
|The Rheingans Sisters||Sandpit Field (nighttime)|
|The Young 'Uns||Sandpit Field (nighttime)|
|Louise Jordan||St Mary's Church|
|Bram Taylor||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|the drystones||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|The Model Folk||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|Threepenny Bit||Sandpit Field (daytime)|
|Damian Clarke||Conservative Club|
|Geoff Lakeman||Conservative Club|
|Bram Taylor||Sandpit Field (nighttime)||Sat 8th|
|Bram Taylor||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sun 9th|
|Damian Clarke||Conservative Club||Sun 9th|
|Dorset Wrecks||Shanty at the Bandstand||Sat 8th|
|Flats & Sharps||Sandpit Field (nighttime)||Sat 8th|
|Folk Orc||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sat 8th|
|Geoff Lakeman||Conservative Club||Sat 8th|
|Geoff Lakeman||Sandpit Field (nighttime)||Sun 9th|
|Geoff Lakeman||Conservative Club||Sun 9th|
|Gilmore & Roberts||Conservative Club||Sat 8th|
|Gordon Potts||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sat 8th|
|Gordon Potts||Ceilidh||Sat 8th|
|Kelp||Shanty at the Bandstand||Sat 8th|
|Louise Jordan||St Mary's Church||Sun 9th|
|Mother Ukers||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sat 8th|
|Narthen||Sandpit Field (nighttime)||Sat 8th|
|Ninebarrow||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Fri 7th|
|Oysterband||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Fri 7th|
|Pete Christie||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Fri 7th|
|Rod Jenkins||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sat 8th|
|the drystones||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sun 9th|
|The Model Folk||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sun 9th|
|The Rheingans Sisters||Sandpit Field (nighttime)||Sun 9th|
|The Trials of Cato||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sat 8th|
|The Young 'Uns||Sandpit Field (nighttime)||Sun 9th|
|Threepenny Bit||Ceilidh||Sat 8th|
|Threepenny Bit||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sun 9th|
|Tinderbox||Sandpit Field (daytime)||Sat 8th|
|Wareham Whalers||Shanty at the Bandstand||Sat 8th|
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Sandpit Field, Shore Road, Swanage, BH191NY