From its humble beginnings in 2007 as primarily an English folk music and dance festival, Southwell has evolved into one of the leading and most innovative folk events in the country.
Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core we seriously embrace other roots music forms. Southwell has built a reputation for seeking out exciting new talent and providing something a little different. Quality remains the watchword so whether it’s country or gypsy jazz, ska or rockabilly, bluegrass or punk, traditional or contemporary, it’ll be good.
“pity .. those poor unfortunates who ‘don’t do folk’. They should try a pilgrimage to Southwell. If that doesn’t cure them, then I fear that nothing will” efestivals review 2013
Dance displays remain a popular part of the festival with the emphasis on variety and entertainment. Ceilidhs or other social folk dances take place each day with a late night silent folk disco introduced in 2014.
Southwell is a family friendly and fun festival with plenty of entertainment for the kids and youths alike. Many children’s activities are aimed to be educative as well as fun with our own instrument workshops, and various other hands on opportunities. Family entertainment always includes a liberal dose of Street Theatre and ‘walkabouts’ as well as storytellers and musicians.