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Below are a few questions that we often get asked. If you have any other enquiries please email info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk


When is the Festival?

The Festival runs from Friday 9th August until Friday 16th August 2019

When is the Big Parade?

Saturday 10th August 5.30pm from Pierremont Park, down the High Street to the bandstand.

When is the Craft Fair open?

The Craft Fair opens on Saturday 10th August at 10am and is open daily at 10am and finishes daily at 9pm until 16th August

When do the free gigs in pubs start?

Folk Week pub gigs start on Saturday 10th August at lunchtime and evening  until Friday 16th August. All details are in the Souvenir Programme – which will be available @ £5 plus £1.50 p&p or outlets around Thanet in June 2019.  The Folk Week App will be downloadable free from the website and the upgrade for all the info about the pub gigs – costs £1.99.  Collections will be taken at all of these “free” events.

Where can I join in playing/singing at pub sessions?

Singalongs take place in the Neptune’s Hall every lunchtime from Saturday 10th August until Friday 16th August.

Irish sessions are at the George with Paul Lucas – daily from Saturday  10th August to Friday 16th August.

. Woodshed Sessions daily with Bob Kenward at the Wrotham Arms.

When are the fireworks in Folk Week?

There are no fireworks during the festival week.

What do tickets cost and where can I buy them?

Week, Weekend and Day Festival Tickets will be available from 1 December 2018. You can see ticket prices on our ticket page once you have chosen the options the days that you would like to attend. Single event tickets will be available from May 2019. See the website or phone 01843 604080. You can always pop into the Box Office at the Folk Week office, Pierremont Park, Broadstairs, Kent CT11 0LQ

Will tickets be available on the door?

Unless an event is advertised as sold out, tickets are available on the door.

Can I get a refund on my ticket?

Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred, re-sold or re-funded.

What discounts are available?

Festival Tickets at discounted rates are available for:

  • Thanet residents
  • Registered disabled and their carers, OAPs and unwaged
  • 7 – 15 year olds
  • 16 – 17 year olds

Do children under 7 need a ticket?

Children under 7 are free but please let us know when booking that you have them with you.  Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on site.

I’ve booked my tickets, when will they be delivered?

If you’ve chosen to have your tickets posted to you, they will arrive about a week to 10 days after you booked them.

Can I camp on the Folk Week campsite without buying a ticket?

No. To camp, each person must have a Festival Ticket with camping – valid for the time they are on the camping site.

What time does campsite open?

10am on Friday 9th August 2019

When do I have to leave?

All people will have to be off-site by midday on Saturday 17th August

What is the Folk Week campsite like?

The festival campsite is located at a local school, on a large level well-drained field. Amenities on-site include on-site caterers, outdoor showers and toilet facilities, including disabled access toilets. The site is managed by on-site security and the team of Campsite wardens and check-in volunteers.

Can I bring my caravan, minivan or campervan?

Yes. There is no power supply to the campsites.

I have a disability. Where can I find further information about Festival facilities and access?

Can I bring my dog to the Festival?

Only assistance dogs will be allowed at the event – please note this includes the campsite and other venues.

How do I get to the festival?

Broadstairs is located on the south east coast – a 2 hour drive from London and also easily accessible by train. The St Pancras fast train gets you from London to Broadstairs in around 76 minutes and the town’s railway station is a 20 minute walk from the campsite or – in the other direction – the town and the beautiful Viking Bay.

National Express coaches drop off in the High Street – just outside Pierremont Park (CT10 1JX) where our major venue is situated.

Parking is problematic in Broadstairs during the festival so the best thing to do is either arrive by car and then park it and only use it again when you leave – or use public transport. The venues are all within walking distance of each other and the campsite. Please check in advance for roadwork information.

Stagecoach buses run regular services on a loop around the town from the campsite to locations in the town and the seafront, so if mobility is a problem or your legs are aching from too much ceilidh dancing – there is an alternative to walking.  www.stagecoachbus.com. South Eastern railways serve Broadstairs. Visit National Rail Enquiries to find out all the information you need about train times and prices.

How do I get from the train station to Folk Week?

Broadstairs train station is within walking distance of all the venues including the campsite. 

Can I park at the festival?

Parking in Broadstairs is problematic and expensive in car parks. There is no adjacent car park to any of the venues apart from the festival campsite.

Can I bring in my own food and alcohol?

Festival goers food and alcohol are not allowed in venues apart from the campsite.

How is Folk Week funded?

Broadstairs Folk Week is an independent organization – 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.

Do I have to be a folkie to volunteer?

You only need to enjoy being part of a great community event.

Why should I become a Friend of Folk Week?

What? All those people in the town and Folk Week doesn’t make a smacking great profit every year?

Well no actually, Folk Week is a registered charity not for profit. The festival has to raise funds from a wide variety of sources – the local authority, the Arts Council, the County Council, commercial sponsors, lottery tickets, merchandising, collecting tins and of course, Box Office revenue. The Friends of Folk Week also send a message to all of these funders that the festival is supported and greatly cared about.

How do I apply to play at the festival?

Please email details to info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk and the festival will be in touch if further information is required.

Are buskers welcome?

Folk Week is a registered charity and has the street collection license for the town for the duration of the festival. If you would like to busk and collect for the festival – please let us know in advance. All musicians and dancers busking in Broadstairs should be collecting for the festival and will be issued a collecting tin.

When is Folk Week 2019?

9 – 16 August 2019