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11th - 18th August 2017
Everyone has a different Folk Week – ask 50 people what is their favourite part of the festival and they will each tell you something completely different! Whether you are family looking for child-friendly events, younger generation wanting to burn off some dance energy or singers and musicians seeking out a session – Folk Week has something for you.
The festival takes place all over the town and there’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music and dance. All venues are within walking distance – although we admit that getting down the hill to the sea is easier than getting back up!
The Concert Marquee is where you’ll find all the headline acts performing, located in the middle of the town and a fifteen minute walk from the campsite.
During Folk Week there is plenty for all ages to enjoy. There is a full programme for families and young people – just click on Young Folk to find out.
You can tailor make your festival experience to suit you. With over 70 events a day, you’ll find something to entertain you from early till late. You can just buy one concert ticket to see your favourite act – or if you want to go for total immersion – then a full Festival Ticket is an unbeatable option. There are day Festival tickets, weekend and week Festival Tickets, with or without camping.
Parents can relax while the kids are practicing their Diablo skills at building a mad monster in the craft workshops. All events for children and adults are included in the price. And under 7’s go free! A fifteen-minute walk from town, the festival campsite has showers, toilets, food tent, the wonderful Panic Circus, children’s teatime events, country dancing and late night entertainment for Season Ticket holders. Most of the Social Dance programme is here too. Pitch your tent, park your car and forget about it until it’s time to leave.
All workshops are open to everyone. Make this the year you learn to play Flamenco guitar or do some Morris dancing. Join in with the Shanty Choir or practice those important tunes for sessions. You can find Folk Week in the Sailing Club, historic Crampton Tower and the new Baptist Centre – it’s a great way of getting to know Broadstairs!
There’s a special Craft & Music Fair with a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts. Situated in Victoria Gardens on the cliff-top, it's free entry.
Broadstairs Folk Week is a registered charity – a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee that depends on a combination of ticket income, public grants, commercial sponsorship and individual donations from the Friends of Folk Week and other fund-raising such as collections on the street to exist and to stay in the town and not become a green-field site festival outside of Broadstairs.