Are you interested in being part of our team for the next Whitby Folk Week?

Applications for volunteering at Whitby Folk Week 2024 are now open, please complete our Volunteers Application Form

If you would like more information then check out our Frequently Asked Questions and if you have any further questions please contact whitby.stewards@gmail.com.

Whitby Folk Week depends on a large number of volunteers who give their time and energy without pay. We appreciate their efforts: indeed, the festival’s success depends on them. In return for around 4-5 hours per day you will receive a season ticket, including camping if required.


Volunteering positions include:

Campsites: Working on the festival campsite(s). Jobs include directing people as they arrive and looking after the site facilities. Volunteers to help with campsite set up and take down are also needed – see below.

Set up/Take down: Working in the week before the festival setting up the campsites and infrastructure required. Lifting, shifting, problem solving, plumbing, basic electrical are all skills that we need. Help taking down the festival is also needed.

Children’s Events: We need lovely people with up-to-date enhanced DBS clearance to help out with the children’s festival, checking and selling tickets, keeping registers of parents’ details and helping out wherever necessary.

Concerts: Selling and checking tickets on the doors of concerts, arranging rooms etc.

Collections: People to collect at dance spots, parades and in sessions.

Parades: Marshalling the dance parades on the opening Saturday and final Friday. Yes, you do get to wear a hi-viz jacket.

Spa (Pavilion): This is the Festival’s biggest venue, using the exhibition hall, main hall and theatre areas for concerts, ceilidhs and workshops. It requires a dedicated team (mainly working evenings and late nights) to sell and check tickets, arrange the rooms where necessary and staff the numerous entrances to the venue.

Workshops: Collecting and selling tickets at workshops. This often involves solo working.

We are always looking for people with First Aid Certificates to work on various events and venues.