Swanage Folk Festival is Postponed until 2021

We’ve been trying very hard over the last few months to understand how we can put on a vibrant and safe Swanage Folk Festival in these current, very unusual circumstances. We have sadly concluded that, without the benefit of a large crystal ball, the level of uncertainty makes postponing the 2020 festival to 2021 the only sensible and viable option that we can take.

Although the Government has started the long and complex process of easing the regulations on social meetings, the restrictions on large group meetings will inevitably be amongst the last to be relaxed. Without some certainty over how and when events such as festivals can be organised, we cannot guarantee that we would be able to offer a safe and fun festival in September. In these circumstances we have sadly come to the conclusion that postponing the festival until 2021 is the only safe way forward.

We are naturally disappointed that we need to make this announcement, not just to everyone who has already purchased a ticket but to all the artists, traders and festival suppliers who will be missing an important source of income. We are also sorry to all the residents and businesses in Purbeck who look forward to our festival weekend and the dance sides from all over the country who fill the town with music and dancing. The most important thing is that we all keep safe and can look forward to the 2021 festival which next year will fall over the weekend 10_12 September.
We will be trying as far as possible to carry forward into 2021 our music and dance line-up, providing the performers are available, and we hope that if you have bought a Festival ticket you will help us by retaining them and join us in Swanage next year. However, if you can’t join us next year, refunds will also be available please click here for information. In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you all for a wonderful Festival in 2021.

‘We would like to thank everyone for your ongoing support and hope we will see you next year. Please stay well, stay safe and look after yourself and those around you’.

Dance, sand, sea & song…

Swanage Folk Festival in September… a weekend of concerts, traditional dance displays, dance & music workshops, children’s activities, music sessions and ceilidh

Guests for 2020 include Jon Boden, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, Granny’s Attic, Churchfitters, Winter Mountain, Ninebarrow, Goulbourn & Hicks, Bram Taylor, Hot Rats, Harbottle & Jones, Threepenny Bit, The Longest Johns and more…
Ticket info here.

Swanage is popular with various dance sides from all around the country and there are over 50 sides dancing around the town all weekend. There are free to enter concerts as well as ticketed concerts all featuring top folk artists, and also a ceilidh. Something for everyone to enjoy all weekend

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