Welcome to Wessex Folk Festival
Wessex Folk Festival has continuous music from some of the best folk bands around, playing on two stages, all day Saturday and Sunday all FREE
We have no gates or festival opening times. You will not find a Wessex Folk Festival Ticket because there is no such thing. Wessex Folk Festival committee members work voluntarily all year to bring you this fabulous, free festival. The money raised each year from bucket collections, trade stall payments, advertising and sponsorship, etc. pays for next year's festival. It's that simple. So please give generously when the buckets come round, to ensure the show goes on!
The festival starts on Friday evening with pub sessions around Weymouth Harbour and the traditional meeting up of Folk Music Lovers from far and wide (details of these sessions will be published here soon).
The main festival goes on all day Saturday and Sunday from around 11am until 6pm. Then, you can take your partners for the indoor Ceilidh on Saturday night. The whole festival takes place on Weymouth Old Harbour and in the adjoining Hope Square, so everything is close together and accessible. We don't have mud!!!!
Wessex Folk Festival is alive with around 30 teams of Morris dancers leaping and stepping throughout the whole weekend on 3 different dance sites along Weymouth's picturesque Old Harbour. Click here to find out more
In pubs all around the Harbour there are sessions where folk music lovers from the UK and elsewhere meet up and play and sing for the very joy of it. These sessions start a day or two before the festival and go on right through the festival weekend, finishing up with the traditional 'Survivors' Session at the Sailor's Return on the Sunday night. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere - join in if you like! More info here soon.
Everything You Need
There are several pubs, bars and restaurants around the Harbour and Hope Square area, where, if you come early enough to get an outdoor table, you can watch the festival all day, eating and drinking from your chosen hostelry. Or you can bring your own food and drink (or just yourselves) and sit at the free tables we provide in front of the Stage in the Square. Some of the trade stall bars have seating areas, where you can enjoy the festival atmosphere while sitting by the Harbour, watching the boats go by and the town bridge go up and down. It's up to you. Just come along and have fun!
Throughout the weekend there are musical workshops to hone your skills. More information coming soon
Wessex Folk Festival prides itself in the quality of its trade stalls. They are all hand-picked for type of products, visual appeal, quality and customer service.
Fabulous food and drink, gorgeous clothes and jewellery, artwork, hats - you name it. All there for you to enjoy browsing. Go on! Treat yourself!
Some of our traders also do the 'big' festivals, and all want to come back to Wessex Folk Festival year after year to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere