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 modern auditorium at the Baptist Centre is the welcoming venue for concerts at the festival. With an on-site cafe, lift, indoor toilets, air-conditioning, great acoustics and an evening bar - the festival is delighted to be at this friendly venue in the heart of the town.
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 and Music Fair with a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts with 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.
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 2020!