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Whitby Folk Week 2021, Yorkshire

August 21 - August 27

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.

This year’s festival is to be held virtually with a series of concerts including Melrose Quartet, John Kirkpatrick, Eliza Carthy, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, Matt Quinn & George Sansome, and Mossy Christian. There will also be Zoom Ceilidhs, talks and workshops.  The full list of the concerts and events for the 2021 festival can be found here.

The following information will be updated for the 2022 Festival.

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

The full list of the concerts for the 2021 festival 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.


The Crows, photo by Jacky & Alan Jeffreys
When is the Whitby Folk Week 2021?

21 to 27 August, 2021.

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:

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August 21
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