Tenterden Folk Festival is a registered charity formed in May 1994 to preserve and advance public education and appreciation of traditional and contemporary folk music, song, dance and other related traditions, crafts and folk arts as a part of the living heritage. The Trust is supported by Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council, Tenterden Town Council and local businesses and other community organisations.
The annual Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over the weekend of the first Saturday of October. The festival starts on Thursday with a fundraising concert. There are numerous events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday including barn dance or ceilidh, children’s events, story telling for adults and children, concerts, craft fair, street stall, exhibitions, dance displays, family events, folk clubs, Morris dancers, Appalachian dancers, Scottish and Irish dancers, music sessions, procession, street theatre, West Gallery music, workshops, showcases and other folk events. On Sunday events include a folk club, Morris dancers and workshops.
“We just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the festival and to thank you for giving us so many opportunities to perform. There was such a great atmosphere we felt welcome and really part of it all. We also enjoyed listening to some great performances at the concerts and in the singarounds. A wonderful festival ”Alan Castle