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TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL 2014

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th October



Tenterden Folk Festival featured on:

"The Wood & the Wire" Ashford's own local radio folk programme on 6th August Listen Now

A pod cast recorded by Jeff Hickmott on 10th September Listen Now

"Kent Folk" on BBC Radio Kent on Sunday 14th September Listen Now






Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald
  • Mobile app now availalbe

    The Tenterden Folk Festival mobile app is now available on Android at Google Play. For just 99p you get links to guests, map, weather and special offers.  Just right click and open in a new tab.The Apple version will follow shortly.


  • Road closure

    Please be aware that Tenterden High Street (A28) will be closed for the Festival procession on Saturday 4th October 2014 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.  The procession will include around 500 Morris dancers, Hooden Horses, Giants, a clog dancing horse, a one man band and much more.  The closure is for public safety as the streets will be thronged with onlookers.  We appologise for any delays caused.    


  • TFF Oast T-Shirts

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


  • BEM for Festival Director

    Our Festival Director, Alan Castle, was presented with the British Empire Medal by The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De I'sle, at Penshurst Place in April.  He received the BEM for services to music and heritage in the 2014 New Year Honours. 


  • 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


  • Tenterden

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


  • 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.


  • 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

    On Twitter you will find our newsletters, comments, links, photos, etc.  


  • Follow us on Facebook

    Find us on FaceBook (Right click and select open link in new tab)


  • 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


  • The Wood & the Wire

    Ashford's own local radio folk programme on AHBS Community Radio every Wednesday at 9 pm on 107.1 FM and www.P5Radio.com  


  • Around Kent Folk

    Kent's free folk magazine published six times a year by Kathy and Bob Drage. 




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

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