Tenterden Folk Festival: promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions: Registered charity No 1038663


tenterden folk festival 2021

programme and events


Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October

The Thursday Concert is supported by Around Kent Folk magazine

Thursday 30th September 2021


This years's Thursday evening concert features Brian Peters, Scolds Bridle and Nick Dow


Venue: The Tenterden Club. (Stair lift normally available for use of disabled visitors)

Date and time: Thursday 30th September 2021 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. (Doors open at 7.00)

Tickets: All tickets are £12.00 (£10.00 before 30th April 2021)

Buy tickets: Tickets will be available by post or, online and, if still available ,on the door

Friday evening English Barn Dance

Friday 1st October 2021


This year's barn dance band will be The Tonic. The Tonic are Julie & Gavin Atkin and Ollie & Malcolm Woods

Venue: The dance will again take place in the Moulton Hall and Evans Bar of the Tenterden Club in Church Road, just off the High Street,

Date and time: Friday evening from 7.30 p.m. Doors open at 7.00 p.m.

Buy tickets: Tickets will be on available by post, online and, if still available, on the door

Scolds Bridle
The FREE souvenir programme is now available in print and online.
Last minute programme changes


You can advertise in the programme - NOW CLOSED


If you would like to advertise in the Tenterden Folk Festival programme you can download the advertising rate card.  Special prices available to folk clubs which noirmally advertise in Around Kent Folk and confirmed festival stallholders. Discounts available to businesses based in Tenterden



A copy of the full programme will be sent free to everyone who buys a Full Weekend Ticket or a single event ticket direct from us or sends us an A5 self addressed and stamped envelope.  It will also be available to read online.


Copies of the programme will also be available from Tenterden Gateway, Ashford Gateway Plus, Tenterden Town Hall, most festival venues and many shops in Tenterden.  Programmes will also be available to pick up in some other nearby towns.


Road closure


Tenterden High Street will, as usual, be closed on the Saturday from 15:00 to 16:00 hours (to be confirmed) as the street will be thronged with people during the festival procession. The closure will cover the A28 Tenterden High Street from West Cross to East Cross and part of Recreation Ground Road and adjoining roads.

Brian Peters


Festival guests can be seen at our main concert venues throughout the extended weekend.  This year these include the Tenterden Club, Town Hall and St Mildred’s Church.  Check the map to locate all the venues.


Song and music sessions:

The numerous friendly and informal sing-a-rounds and song and music sessions are, for many, one of the highlights of the Festival.  Government rules and regulations permitting, sessions will take place in various pubs so there is sure to be one that suits your taste or mood.  Come along and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere even if you do not want to sing or play. 


Workshops and meet the guest sessions:

The Festival also offers the opportunity to attend other events which may offer the chance to participate, ask a few questions or just sit and listen, and informal talks on folk related topics.


Dance displays:

After the enforced Covid 19 break the Festival expects to attract Morris sides and dance display teams from far and wide, including most of the regular teams and some new ones.  They will take to the streets of the town centre on Saturday and Sunday together with other street entertainers.  Dancers include local Morris sides from Kent and Sussex as well as visiting teams from further afield. Dance styles will include Cotswold, Border, Molly, Clog and Garland, as well as Slovakian, Bulgarian, Appalachian and other international traditions and styles.



The popular procession on Saturday will, this year, start from near the War Memorial in the High Street at 2:30 p.m. The procession continues through the town centre to finish on the Recreation Ground by the marquees.


Free events on The Recreation Ground:

The Recreation Ground is the venue for the craft fair and stalls, free music stage, dance stage and other free events.  There will be more stalls in the high Steet.


Events of special interest

We are pleased to announce that Tenterden Folk Festival has partnered with Old Dairy Brewery, who will provide a real ale and cider bar for festival events taking place in St. Mildred’s Church over the weekend of 30th September to 3rd October. Events in St. Mildred’s include;



  • Most Truly Yours Aunt Anne, presented by The Gillchrist Collective (Brian Peter, Peters & Barbara Snape & Sue Burgess). The first public performance! – 11.00 to 13.00
  • Cinque Ports Sea songs and shanties session with Festival guests– 17:00 to 20:00



  • The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in Song, presented by Broomdasher – 11.30 to 13.30
  • Folk Orchestras at St Mildred's with The Yardarm Folk Orchestra – 15.00 to 16.30


The Festival has also partnered with Romney Marsh Brewery and Nightingale Cider to provide a real ale and cider bar on The Recreation Ground on Saturday and Sunday and with Scoff and Sip who will provide hot food and drinks and ice cream.


The Gilchrist Collective

The Free Music Stage runs on Saturday and Sunday



From / To Group / Artist

10.30 - 11.30  Portside and friends

11.45 - 12.45  Open Water

13.00 - 14.00  The Kukes ukulele band

14.15 - 15.15  Ashford Folk Band

15.15 - 15.45  Interval for procession

15.45 - 16.45  To be announced

17.00 - 18.00  Green Diesel


From / To Group / Artist

10.30 - 11.30  Hook, Line & Sinker

11.45 - 12.45  Nunhead Folk Circle

13.00 - 14.00  Rattlebag

14.15 - 15.15  Alchemy Acoustic

15.30 - 16.30  New Frontier