A new Festival Arena
Folk Week has a new concert arena in a grassy park, a 20-minute walk from the festival campsite.
The outdoor stage will host the headline acts and have a full programme of music from early afternoon, through to 10pm. If you’re coming by train, don’t worry about missing the last notes of the performance because Broadstairs train station is right next door to the Folk Week Arena – we can almost wave you goodbye!
There will be a bar and food stalls on-site and the Children’s Creative Tent in the mornings. Entry will be free until midday and after that, the arena is a ticketed event. You can come for the afternoon sessions, the evenings, or make a day of it. Of course, a Festival Week or Weekend ticket is always a great option, that you can combine with camping at the Folk Week site.
The first concert will be from 7pm on Friday 6th August, and then daily from 1pm. Look out for the line-up that we are updating all the time.
Bring your own chairs and blankets and claim your spot. The Arena won’t have seats this year.
Folk Week has been through quite a few different formats in the last few years, so we’re really excited to be launching a new one. We’re looking forward to seeing you all!
We are keeping a very careful eye on the roll-out of the government road-map, and we are confident that even if one of the steps stalls, we will still be able to go ahead in the Festival Arena. So, we are planning a Step Three Folk Week!
At the moment, we are planning to have socially distanced ‘pods’, but fingers crossed, if all goes to plan, that might not be necessary. We will have sanitising equipment and adhere to all guidelines to protect our audiences. There may be a requirement for a vaccine passport – we will keep you updated on that as soon as it is announced.
For all our loyal festival-goers, thank you for your support – we really hope to see you in August.
The Broadstairs Bandstand
Always the focus of family fun and we hope that this will be the case again in 2021. How can we have a festival without the amazing Hobby Horse Club and those Hooden Horses – or Clarence the Dragon?! As the guidelines progress through 2021, we can let you know more. This is an outdoor venue, so we are hopeful that this will go ahead.
Before 2020, Folk Week was always to be found in smaller indoor venues around the town, but this year, it’s not possible to guarantee that they will be part of the festival.
By the 21st of June, we will have an idea of what the situation is, and we will be able to give you more information.
Broadstairs really does come alive with music during Folk Week, with bands playing in pubs and pub gardens all around the town. Of course, in 2021, the good old road map is going to be key to this part of the festival – but we know that there are plenty of bands very keen to get the party started and we are working with the pubs to have the best possible programme of music for you in a sunny week of good times.