The Swanage Folk Festival returns in September


The SWANAGE Folk Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with an exceptional programme.

The three-day festival, which runs from September 9-11, will also feature music and dance workshops.

Multi-talented Seth Lakeman will headline Saturday night and on Friday night festival favorites Oysterband will kick things off.

On Sunday, folk band Sheelanagig will close the festival with their own brand of gypsy funk.

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Banter, Faustus, Man the Lifeboats, Tinderbox, Mother Ukers, Monkey See Monkey Do, Wareham Whalers and The Magpies are just a few of the other guests.

There are free marquee concerts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with food and drink available at the main Sandpit Field site, which also hosts the craft fair.

More than 60 dance teams will perform in the city over the weekend and this year there is a Mad Hatters competition which will raise funds for Ukraine with all entry donations being matched by the festival.

Singers will also perform in the city.

Margaret Tyrer, chairman of the folk festival, said: “We’ve really pushed the boat out this year, as it’s our anniversary, and we really hope people will come and help us celebrate.”

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