• Aug 13

    During the festival and over the summer, we’re asking folks to make flags for some real bunting to be displayed for real at the real festival next year. Using this template for size, your bunting needs to be fabric/wool/something that we can sew along the top. Your flag/s can be any design that links with […]

  • Jul 5

    When we made the difficult decision to postpone Whitby Folk Week 2021, we promised we would host another virtual Whitby@Home. Since then we have been working hard planning a full week of virtual events, which will take place from 21st to 26th August. It will include concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, talks, singarounds, storytelling and music sessions, […]

  • Jan 26

    It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Mick Peat. He was heavily involved with Whitby Folk Week for over 35 years as a Performer, Staff Member and Organiser and his contribution was always appreciated by all involved in the festival. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him […]

  • Mar 17

    Giddy up at Whitby, a children’s book starring a morris horse who gets lost at Whitby Folk Week, is due to launch at this year’s festival. The book has been produced by two morris dancers from the North East: squire of Newcastle’s newest side Black Gate Morris, Katie Palmer Heathman, and Geoff Roberts, squire of […]

  • Aug 17

    Following feedback last year, this year’s T shirts will available from both the Spa Pavilion and Craft Fairtoday, Saturday 17th August, and then from the Craft Fair during the week. The design, created again by Natalie Reid is based on the Whitby Abbey Ammonite myth

  • Aug 5

    Many of you will know Doc Rowe, one of Britain’s best-known documenters of British calendar customs, whose expansive, varied archive lives here in Whitby. And if you don’t know him personally, you’ll have no doubt seen him at one of our weird and wonderful community traditions. He’s the one quietly filming proceedings, another camera around […]

  • Jul 4

    Well, dunt it come round quick?! The fabulous Whitby Folk Week is almost upon us again and this will be the tenth year that Will and I have run the Yoof club. It is aimed at youngsters aged 12-18 and runs daily from Sunday to Thursday from 1pm – 2.50pm in the Whitby Mission Hall. […]

  • May 17

    Louisa Davies, the show’s creative producer, reflects how it came about…… The idea for Through the Seasons came from Will and his wife Clare Watters, both members of Chinewrde and Earlsdon Morris. Will has wanted to do a morris show for some time – but the time hasn’t been right. So the album came first, […]

  • Aug 15

    ‘This Girl Can’ Morris Dance: Girls’ carnival morris dancing in the 21st century Girls’ morris dancing—sometimes called ‘fluffy’ or ‘carnival’ morris dancing—is a highly competitive team dance from the Northwest of England, which shares a name—but little else at first glance—with the better-known morris traditions performed across the UK. However, girls’ morris dancing has a […]

  • Aug 1

    As an infant I would either sing myself to sleep or tell stories until I did. I would carry the cat around the garden and tell her tales; the neighbour would switch off her radio, preferring to listen to me. At lower school I was always asked to be the narrator, never Mary or even […]

  • Jan 12

    We asked our new Patrons, Melrose Quartet, a few questions, and here’s what they said…..   What was your first reaction when you were asked to become patrons of Whitby Folk Week? Jess – delighted and excited! Richard – surprised and privileged. James – honoured! Nancy – grateful and inspired for the future. What does […]