Pre-Festival Friday Warm-Up in Weymouth Harbour Pubs 

Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  1st weekend in June

Welcome to Wessex Folk Festival

Now one of the biggest free folk music festivals in England, the Wessex Folk Festival has grown to become one of Dorset's favourite events, with thousands of music lovers visiting every year. With over 30 live stage performances throughout Saturday and Sunday this is without doubt not one to be missed!
Kicking off on Friday afternoon and evening with singalong folk music sessions in the harbourside pubs, the main festival lasts the whole of Saturday and Sunday with around 30 Morris sides dancing in the streets along the harbourside, fabulous trade stalls, eating, drinking, laughing singing and dancing all weekend long. When the harbour lights go on, the fun and music carries on in the harbourside pubs, way into the night. The challenge is to do the whole weekend and make it to the Survivors' Night on Sunday night at the Sailor's Return!

2020 Wessex Folk Festival Cancelled (posted 17th March 2020)

“Following a meeting of the Management Committee on March 16, we have decided, with great regret, to cancel the 2020 Wessex Folk Festival. We are now less than 11 weeks away from the festival dates of May 30 and 31 and the Coronavirus pandemic has created a situation of such uncertainty that we feel that this is the only responsible course to take.

“The festival draws large numbers of people from all over the country – the musicians and dance sides, their friends and families, and the audiences who love the crowded harbourside, trade stalls, restaurants and pubs. The Government is rightly urging people to protect themselves by adopting a policy of social distancing and we believe that it is better to make a decision now and provide absolute clarity to all of our performers, stall holders, sponsors and the general public.

“We wish you all good health, and look forward to seeing you again in 2021.” 

- Chair, WFF Committee