Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, 15-18 August, with its idyllic location on a working farm, and spectacular views across the Purbeck Hills, has a stonking line-up this year, featuring multi-talented superstars, Afro Celt Sound System; critically acclaimed multi-award winning songwriter Karine Polwart; BBC Folk Award winning Cara Dillon; Noah and the Whale’s Matt Owens, and Radio 6 Music favourites John Smith, Thea Gilmore and John Bramwell(I am Kloot).
This festival has great quality music, over 60 bands spread across 5 stages, and showcases an eclectic mix of singer/songwriter and dancey bands. But its a real hidden gem with so much more than just great music.
Children have a great time with a massive range of activities including storytelling, theatre workshops, fun crafts, clowning, bubble displays, baby/toddler Rhyme Time sessions, face painting, a treasure hunt, fancy dress, maypole dancing and Morris dance workshops, family ceilidh, space hopper obstacle course and welly-wanging. There are Circus skills performances and workshops including juggling, diablo’ devil’s sticks, unicycling, stilt walking low level trapeze and an inflatable tumble mat (new this year).
Joe May of “Passion4Laughter” will be joining us again this year with his absolutely brilliant street theatre show of Joseph D’Amour Bouffon- the fool of love – where he unpicks the tricky job of being a modern man, clowning around through surprising circus skills, and contortion, with a great sense of humour. His show is brilliant for children of all ages and parents alike! His after midnight show is always packed.
For musical children (and adults) there are youth music workshops and “Come and Try” sessions run by Folk ORC which give the opportunity to try out instruments without having to invest in them first.
PVFF’s craft area is growing year on year too. This year it’s better than ever with workshops available in stone-carving, crochet, wicker modelling, cyanotype printing, clay modelling/pottery, bunting printing, tie-die, blacksmithing, traditional woodturning, pebble painting, origami, and more!
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival really is unique, located in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, offering views across Corfe Castle, with the Swanage Steam railway running along the camping fields and just down the road from the Jurassic coast and beautiful landmarks such as Durdle Door. A perfect holiday destination.
With a brilliant musical line-up, loads of craft activities, and even more children’s entertainment, PVFF appeals to both the serious music lover, those who like to try something new, or those who just like to chill out in a field (or chase around after toddlers), there is something for each member of the family.
Much more than just a great music festival.
Tickets are on sale now from £130 for the weekend Thursday-Sunday (15-18 August) including camping.