Tenterden Folk Festival returns for a weekend of live music and entertainment

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Put on your dancing shoes and join the party as traditional folk music takes over the streets.

The Tenterden Folk Festival, one of the county’s annual music festivals, returns for a weekend of live music, traditional folk dancing and entertainment at the end of the month.

Morris dancers, folk musicians and traditional artisans will be at this year’s Tenterden Folk Festival. Photo: Philip L Hinton

The four-day festival will see musicians take to the stage at venues across the city, including the Tenterden Club, Town Hall and St Mildred’s Church, for a number of jaw-dropping concerts.

Artists appearing at this year’s folk festival include Bob and Gill Berry, Dick Miles, Jack Rutter, Wilson Family, Foot Down Ceilidh Band with John Sweeney and Rattlebag, among many others.

The main gigs are ticketed, but there’s a free festival stage which will see bands such as the Ashford Folk Band and the Invicta Ukulele Club Band perform for passers-by.

Alongside the music, Tenterden Folk Festival also offers a busy program of other activities for the enjoyment of visitors.

There will be over 50 folk dance display teams, including Morris teams, and street theater groups entertaining the crowds over the weekend.

The festival is a mix of ticketed events and free entertainment.  Photo: Paul Amos
The festival is a mix of ticketed events and free entertainment. Photo: Paul Amos

There will also be a number of informal musical and singing jam sessions for visitors to take part in, a colorful afternoon parade on Saturday and a free craft fair in the town recreation ground.

The craft fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday and will sell handicrafts, instruments, CDs, cakes, sweets, artwork and items from local charities including Kent Wildlife Trust.

You can also pick up a real ale or cider from the Romney Marsh Brewery and grab a bite to eat at the hot food stalls while enjoying the free entertainment on the recreation ground.

The Tenterden Folk Festival takes place from Thursday September 29 to Sunday October 2 in Tenterden and the surrounding area. Find out more, including the full festival program and how to book tickets, here.

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