Now in it’s eighth year, The New Forest Folk Festival has been growing a little every year. and is often referred to as “the small and friendly folk festival with the big line-up” and this year’s is no exception.
Heading the bill are Ralph McTell, The Oysterband , Ashley Hutchings Morris On Band, Gigspanner Big Band, 3 Daft Monkeys, Richard Digance, The Sandy Denny Project, Reg Meuross and Merry Hell plus local artists, Southampton Ukulele Jam, Matt Black and Plaitford Common to name but a few.
With camping available the idyllic farm location on the edge of the New Forest is for many, more a holiday break with music than purely a music festival. You can even bring dogs.
It is a time to catch up with friends over a pint of real ale or a glass of Somerset cider along with delicious homemade food. Many of the artists now stay over for a few days to chat and network with their musician mates in a relaxed atmosphere. It has become a genuine gathering of the UK folk clan!
With it’s single stage at the bottom of a gentle slope the public can relax in their comfy folding chairs or get up close and enjoy a dance when motivated. They can also go for a leisurely wander around the trade stalls, chill out in the woods or visit the bar. There is even a conducted walk out on Plaitford Common each morning to take in a flavour of our local national park.
Something else that is very popular are the free workshops and singaround’s at the woodland fringe where people can enjoy a mixture of subjects such as slide guitar with PJ Wright, fiddle playing with Tom Leary, song writing with Reg Meuross, ukulele for beginners, poetry, morris dancing and lots more.
There is also a children’s play area where they can also learn about nature and animals. This is hosted by local radio station Wave 105 who are big supporters of the festival.
Tickets are £105 for the whole five days and day tickets £40. Children are roughly half price and under 5 yrs free. They can be ordered online and you receive them by email.
For more info and tickets go to www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk