Broadstairs is almost like a Cornish fishing village – perched on the coast at the end of Kent and Folk Week happens almost everywhere in the town.
There’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music and dance. There is a mix of ticketed and free events – and you can come for one ticketed event in one venue – or buy a whole week’s all-in ticket that gets you into all the venues.
You can find Folk Week by the beach in the Pavilion on the Sands or the Sailing Club; in the town’s historic Crampton Tower and the modern Baptist Centre –as well as in loads of pubs and cafes – and of course – along the promenade at the Bandstand, overlooking beautiful Viking Bay. It’s a great way of getting to know Broadstairs!
The main concert arena in the leafy surrounds of Pierremont Park in the middle of the town which is where the headline acts appear and it is the hub of Folk Week – it’s a great place to meet friends – old and new. 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. Or you can come in and for a day-time chill out at the Folk Week bar – the Jack Hamilton – which is named after the festival’s founder.
The Festival Campsite is located at a local school – and one of the benefits of coming to this chalky corner of East Kent is that the fields are free-draining – so no Glastonbury style mud in Broadstairs!
Overlooking the beach on the clifftop Victoria Gardens, there’s a special Craft & Music Fair with a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts with free entry.
And next door is the bandstand, a totally free venue which hosts the ever-popular Hobby Horse Club with the madcap Hooden Horses and Clarence the Dragon.
And last but not least, Folk Week wouldn’t be the same without the hard-working morris dancers who bring colour and eccentricity to the streets and shows around the town.
Folk Week has plenty of opportunities to join in – whether you just drag grandpa onto the dance-floor for a bit of a swing around at the lunch-time Family Ceilidh or you’d like to brush up your ukulele strum - there's a range of singing, dancing and playing dances, workshops and sessions for all different ages and abilities.
You can sing shanties on the jetty, playalong in the pub sessions or get into Appalachian clogging.
Whatever Folk Week you want to find - we hope to see you in 2018!
Come with me around Broadstairs Folk Festival 2018
Hear about the top artist the festival attracts. Hear reaction from visitors & volunteers alike. Listen to Jo Tuffs, festival director, explain the the ethos, challenges & joys of making the festival work. This is a good overview to new & old visitors to this wonderful folk festival set in the beautiful seaside town of Broadstairs.