Festival poster and leaflets
Follow this link to see the Tenterden Folk Festival 2016, Tenterden Craft Fair 2016 posters and leaflets plus the leaflet for "A Day's Work" show.

Tenterden Folk Festival 2016

The 24th Tenterden Folk Festival

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

Thursday 29 to Sunday 2 October 2016 

Full weekend early bird tickets now on sale

Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald
  • RIP Roy Harris

    Roy Harris; folk singer and story teller (1933 to 2016), was born into a working class family on the Nottingham/Derby border and went to an elementary school until 15. After various jobs and National service in Royal Artillery he did regular service in RAF. On demob he had various dead end jobs before he turned professional as a folksinger in 1964. Roy inspired, encouraged and mentored many of today's folk singers. He finally retired from full time touring 1999 but did do a short reprise tour in 2010 including a return visit to Tenterden Folk Festival .Roy will be sadly missed. 

  • Tenterden Folk Festival

    Tenterden Folk Festival is 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.

  • A Day's Work

    Saturday 26th November at Revelation St Marys, in Ashford.
    Acclaimed on the folk scene and beyond when first performed in 1995, ‘A Day’s Work’ is now re-written for The Great War Centenary with newly-composed songs and a cast of multi-talented and highly respected performers.

  • 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 £6.00 each plus P&P £1.50
    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

  • Lift Share

    If you need a lift to Tenterden Folk Festival or can offer a lift to someone else visit our Lift Share page

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Kent and East Sussex Railway

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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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