Hartlepool Folk Festival

A new autumn festival has been announced for Hartlepool’s historic headland, and it’s aiming to put the town back on the folk music map.

Hartlepool Folk Festival brings a packed programme of concerts, workshops, talks, screenings and special events to the 3-day extravaganza in October. Venues from the Borough Hall to local churches and pubs will be filled with music, dance and song.

The festival has a strong focus on the music and traditions of Teesside and the North East. Festival Director Joan Crump explains: “This region has incredibly rich music and dance traditions, and I wanted to be able to celebrate what makes it special. I love when festivals have a strong sense of place, and here you’re spoilt for choice."

There is also a vibrant food festival in the Town Square selling street food and regional produce, with regular busking and morris performances. Local pubs will host sessions, singarounds and featured spots hosted by the town’s folk clubs.

For more info see: Hartlepool Folk Festival website