5th - 12th August 2022

Folk Week takes place in a beautiful town with sandy beaches, a timeless Edwardian atmosphere and lots of cute shops, buzzy restaurants and vibrant cafes.

 It’s a traditional folk music festival – and that remains right at the heart of Folk Week. Over the past 55 years, the festival has become a magnet for people who love authentic music and the opportunity to meet up with an extended family of every generation.  Our festival-goers love discovering new bands, seeing old favourites and chancing upon things you would never expect to see at a folk festival! All the major venues for ticketed events are located in the town – it’s a great way of getting to know Broadstairs!

what to expect in 2022

In 2022, the festival is made up of: 16 CONCERTS – 35 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS – 70 WORKSHOPS – 13 CEILIDHS & DANCES – 180 PUB GIGS – 21 FREE FAMILY SHOWS – CRAFT & MUSIC FAIR – CHILDREN’S EVENTS – MORRIS DANCERS – FESTIVAL CAMPSITE – FESTIVAL BAR SESSIONS.

Plenty to fill your week.

The Concert Venue will be at the Festival Arena in the Memorial Recreation Ground, next to Broadstairs train station. This is where all the headline acts appear. The venue itself is a concert tent with a festival bar and food stalls in the park. A twenty minute walk away is the Festival Campsite, 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! There are on-site loos, showers, catering and some of the festival workshops are on-site at the Festival Hub Tent. Conveniently located between the campsite and the Festival Arena is our new Folk Week Dance venue at the lovely Sarah Thorne Theatre. You could spend all your time here just dancing! Overlooking the beach on the clifftop Victoria Gardens, is our Craft and Music Fair selling a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts and is free entry. The Festival bar the Jack Hamilton is located here, sponsored by Shepherd Neame, run by volunteers and a great place to catch up with festival friends. 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, as well as Morris dance displays and music every evening.

A non for profit organisation

Broadstairs Folk Week is 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.

The support of local businesses is very important to the festival, this year’s corporate supporters are listed below, please support them