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Whitby Folk Week 2019, Yorkshire

August 17, 2019 - August 23, 2019

Whitby Folk Week

Wish you could dance, sing or play an instrument, but don’t know where to start? Whitby Folk Week this August may be just what you’re looking for.

There are more than three hundred events across the week ranging from progressive daily workshops learning traditional dancing such as clog dancing, how to play different instruments, or how to sing, afternoon and evening social dances and concerts, to late night ceilidhs and concerts. Many of the pubs host music or song sessions, and there are dance displays around the town every afternoon.

People of all ages, and all levels of experience are catered for. Why not come along and learn a new skill, meet new friends, and discover a new hobby?

The festival concludes with a final parade where the Whitby Garland is carried around the town. At the end of the last ceilidh, heather from the garland is handed out to the remaining rabble. Legend has it that those given heather will return to Whitby.

Whitby Folk Festival Programme

Blackbeard's Tea Party by Elly Lucas (11)
Blackbeard’s Tea Party by Elly Lucas

Bands performing at the 2019 festival include The Mighty Doonans, Grannie’s Attic, The Poozies, Whapweasel and Blackbeard’s Tea Party. A full list of the bands performing can be found here.

With its wonderful Whitby Abbey, and world-renowned fish and chips, both town and the surrounding moors are well worth exploring. If you need convincing or inspiration, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Whitby and the North York Moors.

Tickets for the Whitby Folk Week

The Crows, photo by Jacky & Alan Jeffreys

Tickets cost from £60 per day to £246 for the week, with an early bird discount if you book before 1 August, 2019.

When is the Whitby Folk Week 2019

17 to 23 August, 2019.

Goathland Plough Stots carrying the Whitby Garland in the final parade, photo by Jacky & Alan Jeffreys

Whitby Folk Week Camping

The Whitby Folk Festival has a basic campsite for season ticket holders situated at Whitby Rugby Club. This includes showers and toilet facilities, but pets are not allowed.

Whitby hotels

To book a B&B or Whitby hotels or the surrounding area, visit:

For more information on the Whitby Folk Week

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August 17, 2019
August 23, 2019
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