Pre-Festival Warm-Up Night in Weymouth Harbour Pubs 29th May

Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  30th and 31st May 2020

Workshops 2019

Wessex Folk Festival hosts several workshops over the festival weekend. They all take place in and around the festival area. Previous workshops have included Spoons, Folk Orc, Accordian, Violin, etc. Generally participants would be expected to bring their own instrument and a small charge may apply.

Watch this space for workshop info! 

Saturday 1st June, Hope Church 

11am - 12noon

Fingerpicking in Open Tunings

led by Terry Hellyar

The workshop will look at playing in open G tuning, it is for those who want to add something different to their repertoire, a different sound. The workshop is for both those just starting to play and those seeking something different, Terry plays almost exclusively in open tunings and G is his favourite.

Saturday 1st June, Hope Church 

12noon - 1pm

Garry Smith - Sliding into Folk
A workshop aimed at beginner to intermediate players, exploring slide guitar in a less Blues oriented context.  Tuning will be open D, and we'll be looking at some of the chord shapes found in that tuning too.  Expect to leave with printed notes.

Saturday 1st June, Hope Church 

1pm - 3pm

Concertina Workshop led by The West Country Concertina Players

A major part of the West Country Concertina Players (WCCP), Mike and Gwen are again offering taster session - come along and try a concertina under the helpful guidance of members of the WCCP who run regular player days and workshops.  

Instruments will be available for people to try. 

So if you want to play a concertina for Morris, for folk singing, or any other style - come along!

Discover our beautiful Magnetic Healing Bracelets. Ideal for rheumatism and other ailments or just as cherished gifts for yourself or your loved ones. Find our stall opposite Bennett's Fish n Chips, near the boat steps. 

Saturday 1st June, Hope Church 3pm to 5pm

Folk Orc

This workshop is an ideal opportunity to come and try an instrument out, whether you are an experienced player looking for something different, or even if you have never played an instrument before.  We have mandolins, banjos, fiddles and more, with experienced players on hand to assist.  You may also have the opportunity to try these on two or three traditional songs during the workshop.



On Sunday 2nd June

Welcome to Monkey Music!

Join Monkey and Mo at the Wessex Folk Festival

to experience a taste of our fun, educational classes and find out what Monkey Music is all about!

We will be holding FREE, mixed-age Taster Sessions for little ones from 3 months to 3 years at the Hope Church in Trinity Street at 1.45pm and 2.30pm on Sunday 2nd June.

Come along and see us or, to guarantee your space, book online at

We can't wait to meet you!

Visit the Fantastic Sausage Factory stall for best ever hand made sausages hot dogs and roast pork baps. Just what you need to start your Festival day. Find us near the Harbourside Stage. 

Enjoy the authentic Taste of Thailand with freshly cooked Thai food. Find us near the Harbourside Stage throughout the festival.