This massive folk festival is moving next to Warwick Castle

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Warwick Folk Festival is moving to a new venue in its 41st year – right alongside the town’s historic castle.

Organisers have announced they are now staging the celebration of folk history, music and dance in Warwick Castle Park, the historic field which surrounds Warwick Castle.

In previous years it has been staged at Warwick School.

Festival director Dick Dixon said: “We can’t wait to welcome our festival goers for another great year and in such an exciting location with beautiful views across the banks of the Avon. 

“The festival has something for everyone, whether it’s superb music, camping, workshops, singing, dancing, sessions and giggles galore at what is one of the friendliest and established folk festivals around.”

Show of Hands

Although the festival site is at Warwick Castle Park, there will be festival events taking place all over the town of Warwick, with much of the action taking place in the town centre.

Whitnash-born harmonica virtuoso, resident in Warwick and patron of the festival Will Pound said: “We have a committed team that can’t wait to provide the same warm and open welcome to local friends old and new. You can expect the same great line ups, performance, dance, workshops and children’s events and great atmosphere, all in a new beautiful setting and even closer to the castle.”

Joining Will Pound on the packed programme are several exciting performers including the folk duo turned four-piece Show of Hands, Canadian group Le Vent du Nord, BBC 2 folk award-winning group The Young’uns, and performers Nancy Kerr and Seth Lakeman.

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Visitors can enjoy a full programme of energetic ceilidhs, concerts, sing-arounds, dance, intimate acoustic performances or full on gigs.

They can soak up the atmosphere, sit in the beer tent, join in with the sessions, shop in the craft stalls, learn a new skill, taste street food, or relax with friends in the wine and cocktail bar.

In the town centre there will be a vast array of colourful dance displays, pub music sessions and open-air concerts.

The festival is taking place from Thursday July 23 to Sunday July 26.

A super early bird ticket sale starts on January 14, with tickets expected to sell out quickly. Visitors can choose from Friday to Sunday tickets, Thursday to Sunday tickets or just visit for the day, plus under 14s go free.

Tickets can be booked online. For more information visit

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