Next Whitby Folk Week is 22nd to 28th August 2020


Special Events

This years special events will include:

Jimmy's Fiddle - The story of Georgian/Victorian Tyneside through the eyes of James Hill, The Geordie 'Paganini'

The Road to Peterloo  - Ballads and Broadsides

Living by the Sea - a vocal voyage through communities afloat and ashore

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Choose from over 300 concerts over seven days spread across 50 venues.

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Ceilidhs & Dances

Dance until you drop. We have Ceilidhs & Dances for everybody led by some of Englands best callers.

Family ceilidhs, late night ceilidhs, Playford dances, themed ceilidhs, the Northumbrian ceilidh, the Contra ceilidh. Take your pick!

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Try your hand at anything from Melodeon to Medieval Dance, Banjo to Border, or join the Festival Orchestra. We endeavour to cater for all skill levels and abilities.

Perform your new found skills at the Workshop Showcase in our main venue, the Spa Pavilion.

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Children’s Events

The young’uns are the future of our festival. Drop them off at the ‘Kids club’ with Ray & Bev Langton or while you go and see a concert or two.

Or see your kids transform a folk tale into a piece of drama at our ‘Children in Performance’ club.

We have something amazing for the young’uns almost all day, every day.

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Youth Events

Whitby Folk Week is great fun for youths and teenagers.

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Dance Teams

We aim to bring you some of the best traditional dance teams, who will be performing around Whitby every afternoon. There’s also a chance to see all the teams perform in the Sunday Dance Extravaganza in the Spa Pavillion, and plenty of opportunities to learn from them through a series of workshops throughout the week.

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This year we have no less than 8 fantastic storytellers ready with their most captivating stories for all ages.

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Music Sessions

During the week, Whitby’s best pubs and clubs are jam packed with music sessions and singarounds of all genres.

Whether you’re a beginner Irish fiddle player or a seasoned sea shanty singer, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect session for you.