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Tenterden Folk Festival 2021
30th September to 3rd October 2021


We are going ahead with a Covid safe Tenterden Folk Festival with a few changes but as near normal as possible.  We will still be using most of our regular venues but will move some events to the larger venues to allow audiences and performers more space, so expect to see us making more use of The Tenterden Club, The Town Hall and especially St Mildred’s Church.  We have some very special events lined up for you to enjoy as well as a near normal mix of concerts, song and music sessions, workshops, sea songs and shanties session, meet the guest events, dance displays, procession, crafts and stalls, free music stage, etc. We hope to go ahead with the Friday barn dance but understand that some people may be reluctant to dance with close contact to strangers so may have to come up with some changes.

You can see a full list of guests booked for the festival in our advert but there could still be some late additions so also check our website.  Sadly, Jeff Warner has had to postpone his UK tour again so will not be with us this year but will be with us in 2022.  Bill (Belinda) Jones has had to drop out having taken on a fulltime role with the NHS but we hope to book her another time.  Chris and Steve Wilson will be making a rare duo appearance followed by the full Wilson Family next year.  Recent additions to the guest list include the return of Discovery (Jeff & Elaine Gillett) and Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham and a first visit to Tenterden by Dora Darling who was recommended by our friend Nick Dow.  Events of particular interest will include The Thursday Evening Concert with Brian Peters and Scolds Bridle, The Cinque Ports Sea Songs and Shanties Session with a selection of guests on Saturday, Broomdasher’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady which is part of a national tour of Churches and The Gilchrist Collective’s audio visual show with The Snapes, Sue Burgess and Brian Peters.  We are also pleased to say that The Marsh Warblers and The Yardarm Folk Orchestra will be back with us.  The list of events just goes on and on.

We have also had a very good response from stallholders and already have over 30 stalls booked into the extra wide marquee on The Recreation Ground.  Most of the regular stalls will be there along with several excellent new ones.  Morris sides and display teams were not able to meet and practice for nearly two years but we hope to have at least 30 sides with us over the weekend, may be more, so the streets will be full of the sounds of music and bells.  The procession will go ahead on Saturday as normal.  We also have a good lineup of bands on the free music stage.

Tickets are on sale online and by post and will be on sale from the box office over the festival weekend. For the first time we will be accepting payment by card at the festival to reduce the need for cash. You can still put cash in the collecting buckets though!

More information at

Alan Castle and the festival committee
10th July 2021.


We have joined with Crowdfund Kent to launch a new fundraising campaign for Tenterden Folk Festival 2021 and have now reached 95% of our target.  You can help us raise the last 5%.  Donate any amount, small or large by following the link below.  Your donation is very valuable to us.

Please Donate Now

Your donations will help us to stage a Covid Safe Tenterden Folk Festival 2021 from Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October with an amazing lineup of great guests, up to 50 Morris sides and dance distplay teams, street entertainers, craft fair and stalls and much more.   

You can find out the latest information on our new website at and on Twitter at

Thank you for your support

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

Stay safe and keep well.

Alan Castle
Trustee and Festival Director

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