The seafront bandstand is the home of daily folk shows every afternoon and evening, morris dance displays and of course – the morning Hobby Horse Club where Zoe and Peter from Inspiration Creative get all generations singing and dancing together – and wearing some very strange outfits. They are ably supported by our wonderful band-in-residence Giddy Yup and mayhem is provided by the Hooden Horses – the living embodiment of the festival logo and Clarence the Dragon makes a much anticipated appearance too. Do you know the song?
” I know a friendly dragon and Clarence is his name. He lives by the sea in Broadstairs – and now he’s back again!”
The bandstand is located next to the Craft and Music fair and overlooking the sea. There is a seated area, plus a grassed area and toilet, including disabled toilet. Generations of children have fallen in love with Folk Week at this venue – and now they bring their children and grand-children – all the entertainment is free but please give generously to our collectors and lottery ticket sellers – everything goes back into bringing Folk Week back next year.
In 2019, musicians and dancers performing at the Bandstand include the Hill Top Ceilidh Band, the Magical Mermaid, the London Sea Shanty Collective, Mathis & Dolphin, Foot Down, Swing the Bridge, The Flowing, Eynsham Morris, the Band in a Weekend, Kelter, Seven Champions, the Thumping Tommy’s, Krista’s Fiddle Club, Dead Horse & Broom Dashers, the Ukulele Rollers, Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra, the Boxwood Chessmen, Reuben Apps, Penny Royal Clog, an evening family ceilidh with Giddy Yup, Damian Clarke’s Hurdy Gurdy, Gaddzukes, Richie Triangle, Royal Liberty, Courtableau, Arthur Coates, Rising Larks/Leading Lights, Frisson Acapella, Delta Tom Colborn, Wantsum Morris, the Greyhound Buskers, Raven’s Wedding and Luna Blues.
For more details, dates and times and band biographies – you can buy a Souvenir Programme by clicking the button above. All funds raised by sales of the programme are ploughed back into the festival.