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"Check out the festivals." England Things to Do Tip by planxty

England Things to Do: 569 reviews and 903 photos

  planxty in action, Broadstairs, Kent, England.
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If you are in England in the summer months, you really should consider checking out a Folk Festival. There are many of these all over the country, and range from one day events through weekenders (the most common) up to week long affairs like Sidmouth, Broadstairs and Whitby.

Some of the larger ones, like Cambridge are held on closed sites and are quite expensive, but the vast majority take place in towns and villages, and there are many free events (donations may be solicited). You can get to see pub sessions by some top class musicians, along with other idiots like me!

Additionally, you will undoubtedly encounter the ubiquitous morris dancers, groups of men or women (very occasionally mixed) who wear odd coustumes and dance traditional dances. There are numerous regional variations of dances (rapper, clog etc.) and the dancers themselves will be more than happy to explain, normally at great length, the origins of their particular style.

For what it's worth. my favourite festival is Broadstairs Folk Week which I play every year.

Check the website link for a list of festivals - it has all the links to individual sites.

Address: All over the country.

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  • Updated Nov 15, 2010
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