Welcome to Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
The wind is in our sails and we are under way, on a cruise around the world picking up the finest selection of folk musicians and dancers from every corner of the globe. Join us inland, and bask in the June sunshine as you experience the fullest weekend of folk, family & fun that Wimborne has ever seen!
Save the date! The festival returns on 8, 9, 10 June 2018!
Find out What's On, when and where during the folk festival in Wimborne this weekend. There's something for everyone!
Songs Of The Sea Festival
Songs Of The Sea is a new Shanty Festival running alongside the folk festival in June with some of the UK's best shanty singers and groups.
Our music line-up has something for everyone, so come and see Sam Kelly Trio plus many more at the folk festival in June!
Buy Day/Weekend Passes
Weekend and Day Passes are on sale now for the festival weekend, which include entry to events at Allendale Centre and QE School!
New for 2017, we're introducing a night of Comedy to the festival! Come along and laugh out loud to Welsh comic Noel James, Polly Morris and... You?
Official Festival Campsite
Plan your stay at the festival and book a pitch at Meadows Campsite, which is within a short few minute walk from the town centre.
Stay up to date with all the latest happenings from folk festival HQ, in the lead up to the festival and during the festival weekend by keeping an eye on our Latest News page of the website.
6 June 2017 by James
Due to the size and nature of the event, it is important that we close roads at certain times of the weekend for the safety of our performers and attendees. You can find the road closure times and information below.
Roads closed 6pm Friday 9 June to 5pm Sunday 11 June: East Borough, The Square, High Street, Church Street, West Row, Corn Market and Cook Row.
Roads closed 1pm to 3:30pm Saturday 10 June: Park Lane and East Street for the procession.
2 June 2017 by James
To celebrate our Shanty Festival this year, we're having Wimborne Minster Folk Festival's first ever fancy dress competition on Sunday 11 June.
To be in with a chance of winning, join us in your best pirate, mermaid, sailor, fisherman or any other themed costumes, for our All At Sea fancy dress bonanza.
30 May 2017 by James
Folk musicians including Jim Causley, Jackie Oates and Bryony Griffith will be joining us at the festival for the Southern Harvest book launch.
Tickets for the special event are just £8, which will be available on the day or £20 in advance for a Sunday Pass which will also include entry to see the Sam Kelly Trio, Moore Moss Rutter, Ninebarrow, Sunjay, Mitchell & Vincent and Aron Radford.
13 April 2017 by James
For one year only, the organisers of Wimborne Minster Folk Festival take on running Wimborne Buskers Bash. The previous organisers are only "taking a year off", so don't fret, they'll be back.
The festival committee have stepped up to the task of organising the one day busking event, that uses locations around the town to allow musicians to gain your vote, by using a token system that will get them through to the final - held on Wimborne Square the same evening.
8 April 2017 by James
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival is proud to be hosting a comedy competition to give you the chance to appear along side Noel James and Polly Morris.
Auditions will be taking place at The Man In The Wall, Wimborne on Monday 24 April from 6:30pm - 10pm and at QE School, Wimborne on Saturday 6 May from 7pm.
Sponsors & Supporters
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival would not be possible without the amazing help and generosity of the following companies and organisations: