What happened in 2017
The full programme for the 25th Tenterden Folk Festival is still available here.  You can also still view the full 2017 programme online from the link on our Programme page. 

Tenterden Folk Festival 2018

Four days of folk song, music, dance, craft and traditions

Thursday 4th October to Sunday 7th October 2018

Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald
  • Our Crowdfunding campaign

    The Crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the 25th Tenterden Folk Festival has now closed but donations are always welcome.

  • 25th Tenterden Folk Festival

    Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October 2017
    A four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges. The festival includes many free events.

  • 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.

  • Around Kent Folk magazine

    Kent's free folk magazine published six times a year by Kathy and Bob Drage.
    Feb/Mar, Apr/May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan.

  • Tenterden Folk Festival bags

    Tenterden Folk Festival bags £3.50 each plus P&P £1.00
    Cheques payable to "Tenterden Folk Day Trust" please
    Available from Kathy & Bob Drage, 80 Westgate Bay Avenue, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent CT8 8NY
    Sponsored by: Tenterden Fish Bar, Old Dairy Brewery and Around Kent Folk

  • Photos by Lewis Brockway

    Check out the Facebook pages for Lewis Brockway, our official festival photographer.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary

    The My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary (What's On) for local business and the local community went live in June 2016. Free listings for community groups, clubs and societies. A fantastic new website for Tenterden, and a brand new Tenterden app. More entries being added every day.

  • Tenterden Town

    Find out more about Tenterden from The Tenterden & District Chamber of Commerce website. As anyone who has visited the town will tell you the picturesque 'Cinque Port' of Tenterden has every reason to declare itself 'The Jewel of the Weald'. Its fine High Street must rank amongst the most attractive in the Country with historic houses, shops, restaurants and pubs separated from the carriageway by wide expanses of tree-lined grass verges.

  • Honorary Patrons

    Jacqui McShee, singer with Pentangle and Take3, and Sussex singer and song collector Shirley Collins are Honorary Patron of Tenterden Folk Festival.

  • Festival procession

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

  • 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.

  • The Wood & the Wire

    The local folk programme on Radio Ashford every Wednesday at 9 pm.  Listen on 107.1 FM or via www.radioashford.co.uk or the TuneIn app.   

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

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