Banbury Folk Festival started in 2000 as a one day event but has grown into a full weekend attracting major artists and folk enthusiasts from all over the country.

Banbury, nestled on the eastern edge of the beautiful Cotswolds and close to the historic Civil War battle sites of Edgehill and Cropredy, is a great place to visit with its charming medieval shopping streets and alleyways.

The pedestrianised town centre provides a fabulous place to shop and a great venue for the Dance Sides and Hobby Horses to perform.

This year the festival will be held in 5 venues around the town centre.

Our Main Venue will be the GF Club Ballroom.

A new venue for the festival this year is the spacious Ballroom on the first floor of the GF Club. Located alongside the canal in the centre of town with easy access to the other venues.

The Methodist Hall. Marlbrough Road.

The large auditorium has become a favorite venue for both performance and Meet the Artist Sessions.

The Methodist Hall is also the venue for our Festival Cafe, a place to rest your feet and enjoy a hot drink and snack, including slices of home made cake!

Banbury Cross Pub, Butchers Row.

Our home in the centre of town will be providing 2 stages. Our Club Room at the back of the Courtyard will be hosting acoustic performances, alongside selected acts in the Front Bar.

The Reindeer Inn, Parsons Street.

Performances in the front bar on Friday and Saturday.

The White Horse, North Bar.

The location of our music sessions from Friday evening until Sunday. Also the meeting point for Hobby Horses and Dancers.


Please see our FAQ section for information about camping arrangements.


When finalising your travel plans, please be aware that the A422 is closed, for the foreseeable future, between Farthinghoe and Middleton Cheney. This is due to a weak bridge. Please find an alternative route, when coming in from the Northampton direction. If the situation changes, this will be updated.