folk dancing at Whitby Folk Week

Are you joining us for Whitby Folk Week 2018?

Whitby Folk Week 2018 is fast approaching and we can’t wait! It runs from 18th to 24th August and the town is going to be full of exciting events and activities that you can get involved with.

Getting tickets

You can buy a complete season ticket that will give you access to all the events and performances throughout the week. Just make sure you get there early to secure your seat, because once the venue is full, you’ll not be able to get in.

You can select your ticket type and purchase them online here

You’ll also have the option to add a camping space to your ticket if you’ve not already found accommodation for the week.

Don’t fancy camping? Have a look at some of your other options in Whitby on our accommodation listings.

What’s on during the Whitby Folk Week?

There’s much more than just musical performances happening over the Whitby Folk Week, though of course they are the heart of the celebrations. Take a look at what you can expect to find throughout the town.


Spread across 50 different venues, there will be over 300 concerts taking place over the Whitby Folk Week. This year, there will be over 100 different concert artists ready and waiting to entertain you.

Take a look at the line up

violin at the Whitby Folk Week
Special events

There are a number of special events taking place over the week, including the return of the music hall, which is open Tuesday 21st in the evening.

Check out what other special events are happening here


There are some really special Ceilidhs who are going to perform for you this year, and lots of variety to choose from. You’ll find late night Ceilidhs, family Ceilidhs, Northumbrian Ceilidhs, the Contra Ceilidhs, other themed Ceilidhs and Playford dances.


If all the musical entertainment weren’t enough, there are lots of workshops running throughout Whitby Folk Week to help you develop your skills. Hone your musical abilities with some tuition from expert players, as well as get help with your dancing, poetry, song writing and whistling.

Find out what’s on here

Children and youth events

There’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Whitby Folk Festival. For children, there’s a kid’s club packed full of activities they’ll love, including a junior orchestra, performance opportunities, messy crafts, the chance to try children’s longsword and much more.

For the teenagers and young people, the usual Yoof Club will be running each day as normal, but there will also be a youth Ceilidh band and a youth Ceilidh group too, new for this year.

See what’s on for children and young people here

storyteller at the Whitby Folk Week


There are 8 incredible storytellers ready to wow you this year. They have captivating stories for all ages to get wrapped up in. Escape the real world for a while and listen to them tell spectacular tales.

Dance teams

Every afternoon during the Whitby Folk Festival you’ll have the chance to see the best traditional dance teams perform. On Sunday, you’ll also be able to head over to the Dance Extravaganza in Spa Pavilion and see them all perform. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to learn their moves during their workshops too.

Music sessions

Whitby’s pubs throughout the whole week are full of music sessions for all ages and abilities. Sea shanty singers and Irish fiddle players alike will find a sing around to enjoy.

Craft fair

You can also purchase lots of food, jewellery, instruments and accessories, clothing and more at the craft fair.

You’ll find it in Whitby Leisure Centre daily, and admission is free. Just check the opening times to make sure they’re ready for you:

Saturday 18th – 11:30am – 5pm
Sunday 19th to Thursday 23rd – 9:30am – 5pm
Friday 24th 9:30am – 2pm

For more information about the Whitby Folk Week, head over to their website and make sure you download your full event programme. We’ll see you there!

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