Last year's programme
You can still download last year's programme to see what it is all about.
Click on the cover above and scroll down to follow the links.


Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th October

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We are pleased to announce that our Festival Director, Alan Castle, was recognised in the New Year's Honours list. Alan, who was one of the founders of Tenterden Folk Festival, was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music and heritage.
Total Ashford interview with Alan Castle

We are seeking one or more commercial sponsors. 

If you would like to support the Festival and, 
at the same time, promote your business,
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Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald
  • Donate now

    You can now donate to Tenterden Folk Festival on line with BT MyDonate. See our Supporters and fundraising page for more details and direct link. Alternatively contact us for more details.

  • TFF Oast T-Shirts

    Now Available.  TFF Oast Logo T-Shirts various sizes for men and women.  Only available on line via Music Glue.

  • On line shop

    Have you visited the new TFF on line shop?  We will add more items in due course.

  • Visit Tenterden & Ashford

    Check out the new Visit Ashford and Tenterden website

  • Tenterden

    Find out more about Tenterden from The Tenterden & District Chamber of Commerce website.

  • New Honorary Patron

    Jacqui McShee, singer with Pentangle and Take3, has been appointed as an Honorary Patron of Tenterden Folk Festival.  She joins Shirley Collins who has been Honorary Patron for several years. 

  • Festival procession

    Do not miss the procession of Morris sides and other folk dance display teams on Saturday at Tenterden Folk Festival.

  • We Support Tenterden Folk Festival

    Have you joined our supporters and got your sticker?

  • Tenterden Folk Festival

    Tenterden Folk Festival is a four day long festival of folk song, music and dance.  Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family folk festival.  It features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges.

  • Kent and East Sussex Railway

    While you are in Tenterden, take a ride on the heritage steam railway.

  • Monthly song and music session

    We also run a monthly sing-a-round style folk song and music session  at The William Caxton on the second Tuesday of every month.  Click on picture to go to the "Tenterden Folk Club" page.

  • Concerts, sing-a-rounds, etc

    Concerts, barn dance, sing-a-rounds, music sessions and workshops are a popular feature of the festival

  • Young folk

    We also aim to showcase younger folk musicians and local bands such as Green Diesel pictured above.

  • Dance displays

    Tanglefoot Appalachian are regular visitors to the festival where they join around 60 other dance display teams and Morris sides.  There is a festival procession along the High street on Saturday.

  • Crafts and stalls

    A large marquee on the Recreation Ground is now home to the craft fair and other stalls as well as a showcase stage and dance stage.  
    Street stalls line the lower High Street.

  • Past guests

    Past guests at the festival are too numerous to list but have included many of the top names on the folk scene from Martin Carthy to Shirley Collins, John Kirkpatrick, Jez Lowe, Ashley Hutchings, Ian Campbell, Pete Coe, Roy Harris and many others.  Our policy is also to include many of the folk musicians who still tour the clubs, festivals and art centres. 

  • Other cultures

    Fanfare Ciocarlia, a gypsy brass band from Romania are among the past overseas guests.  We include groups from overseas where the music is relevant to our traditions or has a local connection.  Guests have come from Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Holland, Gambia, South Africa, Canada and the USA.

  • Follow us on Twitter

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  • Follow us on Facebook

    Find us on FaceBook

  • Visit us on You Tube

    There are numerous videos of Tenterden Folk Festival on You Tube and we are now adding our own photos.

  • Revelation St Mary's ~ Ashford's arts venue

    Check out what is on at St Mary's Arts Centre, Ashford's arts and music venue, on their website

                         Tenterden Folk Festival, promoting folk song, music and dance: Charity No. 1038663                

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