August Whitby Folk Festival

A round up of this year’s Whitby Folk Festival

Varying weather conditions couldn’t hamper the celebrations of our cultural heritage in Whitby between the 18th and 24th of August. With over 600 scheduled events taking place throughout the week, the festival was a massive success. The 46 year old tradition brought together the finest collection of musicians, story tellers, comedians, actors, dancers, and many more talented entertainers to the beautiful setting of Whitby.

The Whitby Folk Festival attracts ‘folkies’ as well as Whitby’s lovers from various regions to enjoy a variety events in a wide range of venues, from the streets of the historical town through to ballrooms and churches. Both adults and children enjoyed performances of the infamous sword dancing, and even Bagpuss himself made an appearance with creator Sandra Kerr, much to everybody’s delight. With the evenings came a pirate themed ceilidh, a definite highlight for any participated or were involved in other ways.

Large flocks of folkies with painted black faces spend the weekend enjoying dancing and poetry workshops from talented artists travelling from throughout the country. The week-long event offered camping facilities which included showers at Stakesby School, located close to the numerous events making it an ideal sleeping spot for travellers. Many seasoned folk festival veterans opted for the ample choice of holiday cottages in Whitby to stay in for the week for a little bit of added comfort. With venues and events happening throughout the town, it was easy to stumble upon jamming sessions and organised dancing throughout the town, the perfect way to get you into the folk spirit.

The folk festival is critical when it comes to remembering our heritage and remains a popular event on the festival calendar, continuously attracting a large amount of people year in, year out – whatever the weather conditions may be. Next year, the festival will take place from the 17th of August through to the 23rd. Updates can be found on the Whitby Folk Festival Facebook page, or on their website,

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