An excellent review - this is the second year I've missed the Whitby Folk Week and I'm having serious withdrawal symptoms. Anyone interested in good music, good dancing and enjoying themselves should visit at some point.
As to the cost - the season ticket covers you for all workshops throughout the week and every concert you can get to - possibly saving more than you paid for it! The workshops are interesting for all - My first visit, I started to learn to play the fiddle, never having touched one before.
Also bear in mind that all the street entertainment and pub singing sessions are free.
I am not really into folk but it is such a fun atmosphere I am sure anyone can enjoy it.
This long-standing celebration of the traditional music, dance and song of the British Isles has taken on the trappings of a tradition in its own right. With over 600 events covering workshops, concerts, singarounds, dances, sessions, street entertainment and the extensive 'fringe' events that blossom spontaneously The famous Whitby Folk Week. The approx. 600 events on offer range from public dance displays to major dances and concerts.
Full programme of workshops in most folk related topics / instruments / types of dance, both at beginner and higher level. Extensive children's programmeSeven days of dancing in the streets, music and singing in the pubs, concerts and dances until late into the night, and a whole lot more. Seven days of meeting old friends and making new ones.
Altogether, Whitby Folk Week is a good reason for heading to the north east of England in late August each year and exploring Whitby too. Expensive to mind my though unless you are really into it.
Price: £128 - Adult season ticket, £96 - Senior/Student season ticket, £64 - Junior season ticket
i have been attending folk week with my family since i was young and always have lots of fun. there is many many events all over whitby, mostly folk music, obviously but lots of other stuff as well, such as dancing, short plays and comedy. there is also lots of childrens events for everyone to get involved in. its always the same week in august, the second to last and a ticket for the week can cost around £100 but that gets you access to absolutely everything. if you dont want to purchase a ticket there are still lots of free events going on too.
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