About the Festival and its Venues
A local festival with national and international appeal set in a family friendly environment.
For over 30 years Beverley Folk Festival has been producing an annual weekend event to be remembered. Offering the best new performers alongside some of the greatest established acts, it is a unique opportunity to spot tomorrow’s stars and enjoy today’s greats.
Located at Beverley Racecourse and adjacent to the ancient pasture land of Beverley Westwood, where the countryside meets the town, the event is situated in the perfect spot to ensure you have an unforgettable weekend.
Every year a fresh and unique programme is developed which caters for all tastes and ages.
Whilst British Folk music, both traditional and new, remains at the heart of the festival, we also feature Americana, World Music, Blues, some Classic Rock and much more…
If the music is good, we will embrace it.
We also encompass the Spoken Word, Literature, Poetry, Comedy and Dance.
Past line-ups have ranged from legends such as: Steeleye Span, Kate Rusby, Ralph McTell, Wizz Jones, The Watersons, Home Service, Show of Hands to The Bootleg Beatles, Hayseed Dixie, Billy Bragg, The Proclaimers, Chas ‘n’ Dave, New Model Army, Sean Hughes, Andy Kershaw, Lau, Thea Gilmore, Michael Morpurgo, Seth Lakeman, Bellowhead, Paul Carrack, Joe Brown and many more fabulous performers!
Beverley Folk Festival provides a rich cultural mix, offering a weekend of memories for young and old.
“Beverley is real gem of a festival! Every year there’s always a fine variety of established artists who represent the best of folk heritage, alongside young and upcoming talent that will knock your socks off.”
Festival Patron Mike Harding – Poet, Playwright and The Mike Harding Folk Show
“Attracting internationally acclaimed musicians, writers and artists, whilst also giving a platform for local and emerging voices, it’s a must-attend event for anyone who enjoys great live entertainment. Long may it continue to bring something special to East Yorkshire!” Festival Patron John Godber – Playwright
Join us in 2017 for a fantastic weekend.
But until then, to give you a taster of what Beverley Folk Festival has to offer, take a look at the video below showcasing highlights from 2016.
The background music is a set of original jigs composed & arranged by Róisín Bán.
The two tunes are The Raconteur (composed by Tom Leedale) and Paddys Burgers (composed by Chris Dyson).
The festival as a whole includes:
The Festival Village Green:
Here you will find open-air music and dance displays, a range of quality food providers and a fantastic array of information and craft stalls. Relax in the sun with a bite to eat from one of our fabulous onsite food stalls whilst listening to music or enjoy an alfresco pint watching the dance teams – a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon.
The Big Top:
With a capacity of 1,200, this marquee hosts not only the festival’s main headliners, but also stages a variety of performers throughout the weekend. This is the heart of the festival – full of life both on stage and in the audience!
The Little Big Top:
Capacity 790 approx. Big enough to house the current stars and just the right size to offer an intimate concert setting, this venue showcases some of the freshest young talent, old favourites and a truly eclectic mix to suit all tastes and something to dance about!
A truly intimate and inviting venue, this is immensely popular and not just because of the quality local real ales available! At different times of the day you will find sessions such as Moonbeams, Area 2 and the legendary Late Night Festival Club.
The Racecourse Rooms:
Each function room and bar takes on an identity of its own, ranging from open mic music sessions, youth performances, the comedy programme, drama, literature, workshops and more.
Running a range of free activities for the under 12’s, including arts, crafts, music and storytelling, this venue ensures the festival is a truly family friendly event.
As well as a great selection of music and entertainment on-site, music and song sessions take place at locations in Beverley over the festival weekend.
Seating inside the venues
All our venues have a mix of seating and standing areas which are carefully set out. We kindly ask that your own seating is not used in the venues for health and safety reasons. You are however able to use your own seating outside the venues such as in the festival village.
Top Photo Credit: Allan Wilkinson Photography
Photo Credit: Neil Holmes Photography