Plans are going well for Tenterden Folk Festival 2021 which will run for four days from Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October. The organisers are working hard to make the festival Covid safe while remaining as near to normal as possible and also extra special. Most of the guests that were originally booked for 2020 have agreed to roll their bookings forward to this year. Sadly, Jeff Warner from the USA, a regular guests at the festival, has had to postpone his UK tour to 2022. For personal reasons the Wilson Family from North East England have also had to postpone their booking to 2022 but the festival is thrilled to be able to confirm a rare appearance of Chris and Steve Wilson as a duo. Several guests have also been added to the bill including multi-instrumentalist Steve Turner and Dora Darling who will be making her first visit to Tenterden. The full guest list can now be found on the website. Morris sides and dance display teams are now able to get out and start practicing again after a break of over 12 months and a good number of them signed up to dance at the festival.
Plans for the free events on the Recreation Ground including the crafts and stalls marquee and free music stage are at an advanced stage. The festival has booked an extra wide marquee for the stalls to cater for a one way system and allow social distancing, making it safe for stallholders and the public. There is an exciting selection of stalls booked in, ranging from hand made jewellery, woodturning, garden plants, leather work and other artisan crafts, to musical instruments and artwork. More stalls will be added through to late September.
Venues for this year’s festival will include most, if not all, of the usual venues, but more use will be made of the larger halls such as the Tenterden Club and Town Hall toallow the audience and artists more space. There is a plan to move some events to St Mildred’s Church which is a lovely venue and will allow more space for social distancing if needed. There will be a mix of events including concerts, barn dance, workshops, meet the guests, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, crafts and stalls, dance displays, procession, etc. all subject to whatever the Government advice is at the time. The festival campsite will be in a field near the Town Centre Railway Station.
Tickets are already on sake, and will be on sale from the festival box office over the long weekend, where organisers will be able to accept payment by card to avoid unnecessary handing of cash.
For more info see: www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk