Dorset’s largest folk festival! Fantastic setting, fabulous acts, friendly atmosphere!
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival is a town festival like no other. Having been in place since the early 1980s, it is one of the largest gatherings of dance sides and musicians in the South of England. The whole town comes alive with music and comedy, concerts and ceilidhs, workshops, dance displays, street markets and family areas. Having been threatened with closure in 2013, the latest incarnation, under new organisers and run by volunteers, has been a huge success. At the last festival in 2019 a record 70,000 people came to Wimborne over the weekend. We are delighted to be back in full for our 40th Anniversary in 2022, after the disruptions of the pandemic and we have a wonderful array of entertainment to offer you.
There are Headline Festival Concerts in the Allendale Centre and the Methodist Church. We also have the popular Microbrewery which is now located at Allendale Car Park. We are delighted that, for a second year, there will be a comedy show at the iconic Tivoli Theatre, this year featuring the legendary Comedy Poet Les Barker and The Polly Morris Band and in addition we have a brand new focus on Art with displays throughout Allendale House. Families will be entertained by Circus Wessex , new shows featuring Puppets in the Allendale Centre and Mad 4 Animals at the Methodist Church.
For 2022 we have musicians flocking to Wimborne from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and even Canada. Multi award winning Welsh Folk Band CALAN are headlining on Sunday evening. Credited for their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh Step Dancing, this is a band to raise the roof of the Allendale Centre. Saturday evening includes the joyous combination of MERRY HELL with music made by the people and for the people and MEGSON, a fresh folk duo who are both entertaining and thought provoking. Other fabulous artists include Charlie Dore, Reg Meuross, Tinderbox, Ranagri, Fly Yeti Fly, Janet Dowd, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer and Kim Edgar plus a host of emerging artists and local musicians.
The festival boasts 10 stages and 60 dance sides. With hundreds of performances scheduled across the weekend, for all ages it will be hard to know which ones to choose but, whatever you choose, you are bound to have a good time!