Welcome to Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival 2016

The friendly festival right in the heart of Banbury

We are delighted to welcome you to the 17th Banbury Folk Festival. An intimate festival with a range of top quality artists and events to appeal to folk fans, whether their preference is traditional or contemporary. There are also plenty of opportunities to join in. Town venues are all indoor and within easy walking distance with a free shuttle bus service to the campsite and back.

Banbury Folk Festival has become synonymous with everything that is good about the English folk scene. It takes place in a conventional market town but is anything but staid; instead is provides a range of music, song and dance that has its roots in the past but is very much alive and kicking in the present. It is accessible, geographically, financially and conceptually - it is Folk.

To entertain our customers we offer a variety of main and acoustic concerts with plenty of folk clubs, singing sessions including a Big Sing on Saturday, storytelling and singing breakfasts. There will also be an opportunity to win a booking at next year's festival at our open mic sessions. There is another opportunity to improve your skills at our workshops and talk to some of the top artists in our Meet the Artists sessions. The town centre will be buzzing at the weekend with Hobby Horses and invited sides and a procession with them all on Saturday. Find out more about Banbury in our historic walk on Sunday.

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Hobby Horses

The Beasts are Gathering! We are expecting visiting animals from Stroud, Frampton upon Severn, Reading, Llantrisant and more are joining us all the time! Armaleggan are bringing their 'Tatterwock'! The Banbury Hobby Horses ... Horton, Cheryl, Henry, Blackie and Fleur the Banbury Dray Horse are champing at the bit!


Dance Sides

Dance sides perform in the centre of Banbury on Saturday and Sunday, as well as taking part in the Grand Hobby Horse Procession. Taking part this year are:

Barefoot Bellydance
The Brackley Morris Men
Foxs Border Morris
Mason's Apron
Wild Thyme Border Morris
Sharp & Blunt
Ztravets Bulgarian Folk Dance Group