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January
 
February

Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival – Friday 26th February – Sunday 28th February 2016. In 2016 Warwick Folk is hosting IVFDF, the Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival, for the very first time - visit FaceBook page or website for up to date information

March
 
April

Exefest - Exeter Canalside Folk Festival Visit website for more information.



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Crediton Festival 2016 - Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2016  - website For More Details ~ email
May
Dart Music Festival - Friday 15 to Sunday 15 May 2016 - Website

10th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 27 May to Monday 30 May 2016 Visit Website
On late May bank holiday weekend Bude & Stratton Folk Festival again welcomes visitors from far and wide. Artists include Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Ange Hardy, Jim Causley, Jim Mageean and Barrie and Ingrid Temple.

This friendly festival features concerts, workshops, open-mic stages, music sessions and sing arounds. The Sunday evening Music Hall is a major draw. There is Morris Dancing on the quay and Maypole Dancing on Bark House Green. Local schools enjoy free workshops from festival artists.

Venues include the Falcon Hotel, Bude Rugby Club and St Michael's Budehaven. Early bird tickets £40 until 1 April 2016. Booking info on the website. For more information please telephone Peter O7736 374OO3


Exmouth Festival 2016 Website

44th Chippenham Folk Festival - Friday 27 May to Monday 30 May 2016 - website

Dulverton Folk Festival - Website
June
The Bradninch Music Festival - Friday 10 to Sunday 12 June 2016 - For more information visit website

Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice - Sunday 12 June 2016 - Please visit website for more information.
Its launch in 2015 was a great success.  It is held to promote seaweed for its immense health & nutritional benefits.  As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will have a surprising variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products along with demonstrations, crafts and talks. There will also be plenty of entertainment for both adults and children to enjoy, such as the Marine Biological Association’s ‘Amazing World of Algae’ interactive workshop, The National Trust seaweed craft activities and The Seaweed Health Foundation will provide information on the benefits of human food quality seaweed for food and health.  There'll be street entertainers and live music throughout the day. You will be amazed at the world of seaweed.  Bring your own and ask the experts what is the best use for your particular selection. Admission charges include all entertainment.


Moor Merriment - A Dartmoor Weekend - Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June 2016 Go to Facebook page or website for more information


18th Teignmouth Folk Festival - Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June 2016 - website,

July
South Brent Folk Day - Visit South Brent Folk website

Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice - Sunday 17 July 2016. Please visit website for more information.
The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages.
The 'Clovelly Gun Run' starts the event from the harbour to Victoria Fountain.  Two teams will take it in turn to manhandle this weighty gun.  Come along and support the cadets as they try to beat their race time last year.  It really is an amazing sight of hard work and dedication!
Then there'll be lively music, street entertainment, crafty creations, sea story telling, puppet shows and family activities.
On the quay, there'll be seafood kitchens and a range of food and art & craft stalls.  
Free entry for under 16s if they come dressed as a pirate, mermaid, salty sea dog or fish wife.  Under 7s have free entry anyway, but we would love it if they come dressed up too.
So do come along and enjoy this fun-packed day out in support of the North Devon Hospice. Standard admission charges include all entertainment.


Chagstock Festival - Friday 22 July to Saturday 23 July 2016 - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website
CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL organisers have confirmed that their Saturday night will be headlined by none other than legendary post-punk band, The Stranglers. The Stranglers are one of the UK’s best loved bands, who have enjoyed a litany of hits across their incredible 42-year career, including ‘Golden Brown’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Peaches’, ‘Always the Sun’ and ‘Skin Deep’.

Other acts confirmed include the wildly popular Ferocious Dog, alt-folk six-piece Danny & The Champions Of The World, the BBC Introducing endorsed Cattle & Cane, a return performance from spellbinding Irish Folk/Blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly, and many more.

Taking place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July, Devon’s much-loved, family friendly, not-for-profit event will feature the biggest and most diverse line up in its 10-year history.
The theme for the wildly popular fancy dress day on Saturday will be ‘Legends’.

Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere. Chagstock showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer. Starting life as a small private party, Chagstock has now grown into a major fixture on the Westcountry festival circuit, selling out all 5,000 tickets for the last four years in succession. As introduced back in 2012, all children under 12 can attend the festival for free (ticket is required).

Last year’s festival was regarded by many as the best yet (“Chagstock has something special... other events should perhaps take note and try and emulate it” – efestivals) and featured memorable performances from the likes of Levellers, New Model Army, Seth Lakeman, Neville Staple, Molotov Jukebox and many many more

Simon Ford Chagstock Festival organiser says, “We are delighted that a band as huge as The Stranglers have agreed to perform at Chagstock this year, and we are very proud of the quality of the other acts announced so far as well...2016 really is set to be a vintage year for the festival. As always, you can rely on Chagstock for a non-corporate vibe, family friendly atmosphere and loads of great and varied music, food and entertainment”

Chagstock Festival is a Not For Profit Organisation, proud to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and WaterAid.


Chagstock 2016 Tickets
£85.00 (Adults), £55 (Youth aged 12-17), Under 12’s are free (ticket is still required). A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Under 18s is £250. A Campervan pass is £15.00, and a Group Ticket discount (buy 6, get one free) is also available. All weekend tickets include 2 nights of camping and car parking. Tickets are available from website

Hatherleigh Festival - visit website

August

Dartington International Summer School & Festival 30th July to the 27th August 2016

Dartington International Summer School & Festival is one of Europe's leading music summer schools.  Throughout August the beautiful medieval Dartington Estate will host a daily programme of music courses, masterclasses and workshops, and at night the summer school transforms into a thriving concert series.  The music courses range from jazz, opera and folk to contemporary and classical music, music theatre, world music and electronica. The programme also embraces poetry, literature and dance, as well as multimedia and film. Every year many new artistic partnerships are forged, leading to groundbreaking new work, as well as collaborations that develop and mature far beyond the Summer School. 

This year, Week 2 will have a particular focus on folk music, with a folk choir led by Sally Davies, courses on teaching and arranging folk music, and tuition by the wonderful Northumbrian pipes player, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell.

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The Summer School also presents Party in the Town, a new, free festival held all over Totnes on 27th May, celebrating the creativity and diversity of local musicians and artists. Click here for more information.
Booking for the 2016 Summer School is now open go to website
View the 2016 brochure.


Sidmouth Folk Week - 29th July to 5th August 2016 - Visit Website

Bob Cann

Click on image for short slide show of some of the performers at last year's festival

Photgraphs by Alan Quick

39th Dartmoor Folk Festival - Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August 2016. For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website


 

 


Bath Folk Festival - website.

Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 19 - Sunday - 21 August 2016 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.

43rd Cornwall Folk Festival - Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2016 - Visit festival website


September

Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast - Sunday 4 September - Please visit website for more information.

Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a great day out for all the family. Choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay or book a table at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant and dine on delicious lobster and seafood platters.   
There'll be live folk music, chef cookery demonstrations, a prize draw for a magnum of champagne, local food and craft stalls, including plenty of freshly cooked lobsters and crabs, and beer tasting.  Children will be kept entertained by street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed craft activities provided by The National Trust.
It's in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will be exibiting some of their baby lobsters prior to their release into Clovelly Bay at the end of the day.  At the heart of the NLH's work is their lobster restocking project whereby local fishermen bring 'pregnant' female lobsters to the hatchery so that their delicate offspring are given a better chance in life by being raised in captivity without predators.  These young lobsters are raised to a size where they can be released back into the sea and look after themselves. Visit website. (As seen on BBC2 TV 'Country Show Cook Off'). Visit website to watch a lobster film about the Lundy no take zone.
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.


Lyme Folk Weekend - Friday 9-Sunday 11 September 2016 - Lyme Regis - visit website for more information

Acoustica Festival -Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS + partner venues
For more information go to website or telephone 01392 667080

Riverside Beer, Folk , and Music Festival - Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October 2016 -
In Aid Of The North Devon Air Ambulance and The North Devon Childrens Hospice. Riverside Caravan & Camping Park, Marsh Lane, North Molton Road, South Molton, North Devon, EX36 3HQ. Camping available for caravans, RV’s, motorhomes, campervans, tents from £20.00 - 5 star showerblock facilities, bar , food,  fun for all the family. For booking details telephone  01769 579269,  email or visit website

October

Baring Gould Folk weekend - For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754


Baring-Gould Folk Song School - for more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754

November

Clovelly Herring Festival - 10th Anniversary - Sunday 20 November - Please visit website for more information.
Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and our annual Herring Festival is held to promote these tasty, nutritious 'Silver Darlings' and support carefully managed fishing as carried out by our local fishermen.  
The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast.  Records go back over 400 years and in 1749, there were a hundred herring boats in the port.  When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and there remain just two herring fishermen who still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.
Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring.  He will also be turning herring into delicious and delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.  
There will also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.  
Enjoy a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens or at the Harbour Bar, cookery demonstrations, live shanty and sea song singers, stilted entertainers, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, a Herring Hunt, face painting, henna tattoosand National Trust event-themed, free craft activities. 
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.


Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival - For more information go to website

December