Why come to Holmfirth Festival of Folk?

Holmfirth is a small pennine town which comes to life during the Festival of Folk. There has been a folk festival in Holmfirth for about 30 years. We pride ourselves on producing a community based festival involving schools, local talent, most businesses in the town and, of course, a small army of volunteers. Our income is tiny compared to most festivals on the circuit and comes mainly from sponsorship, grants, public collections and ticket sales.

Holmfirth Festival of Folk 2020...
Exciting news -
'The Lock In' mini online festival set for Sunday 10th May 2pm - 6.30pm
We always need volunteers for stewards too - free entry to festival events (numbers permitting) and an opportunity be 
part of a brilliant
community festival.
Contact us for more information...

Dear all,

Here at Holmfirth Festival of Folk, we have been hoping against hope that the situation would improve and that the Festival would go ahead.

However, with music teaching being ceased, large gatherings and pub visits being stopped, groups temporarily disbanding, we feel we have no option but to declare that this year’s festival will not, now, go ahead as planned.


We will be exploring, over the next few weeks, if there is a chance that the Festival might take place later in the year, but this depends on availability of Artistes, venues and viability.


So sorry to have to inform you of this decision, but, I suspect it was anticipated and more a matter of “when” rather than “if”. Our thoughts are with the artistes and venues whose income has ceased and hope that “normality” (whatever that might be) returns as soon as possible to us all.


I expect to make a further announcement in a few weeks time, as to the possibility of a Folk Festival in Holmfirth later in the year.


In the meantime, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing many of you soon.


Alex Bywaters

Hon Chair Holmfirth Festival of Folk

Emily Druce

Sunday afternoon concert at the Picturedrome in 2012