Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 August 2022

This family-friendly, intimate festival is set on a farm just outside Swanage and and is one of the most popular events of its kind on the Jurassic Coast.

Kick back to the sounds of world and roots music, and dust off your dancing shoes for some toe-tapping traditional folk at the festival’s annual ceilidh.

The festival spans three (and a bit!) days with music across five stages – kicking off on the Thursday evening for a celebration of all things folk – and on top of great national and international musicians there’s also Purbeck Rising, which welcomes new, emerging and local talent.

As well as a great musical line-up, expect a load of other festival favourites, such as children’s activities and craft workshops including candle-craft, origami and even tutu-making.

There’s a chance to make your own music at the busk station and flex your vocal cords at the open mic sessions, as well as have-a-go instrument sessions and music workshops.

Every year the festival has a themed fancy dress competition, held on the Saturday afternoon. This year’s theme is the letter A…join the throng of Aristotles, aardvarks, armadillos, aliens and Alice in Wonderlands in dressing up.

Festival audience (picture credit: Purbeck Valley Folk Festival)

And if you have a beard it’s time to start growing it and/or coming up with creative grooming techniques for the annual festival Beard-Off, with categories such as ‘Biggest, Bestest & Fullest’ to Most Creative. And of course, there’s girls’ and kids’ categories too.

We know all this is thirsty work and hunger-inducing – refuel at the bar and food outlets dotted about throughout the weekend. Find the best local cider to go with your stone-baked pizza, venison burger or vegan ‘supper club’ meal. For campers, there’s also a breakfast stall and of course the all-important freshly-made morning coffee.

And the ever-popular Purbeck Poetry Slam is back – to submit your entry, email cath@purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk.

See the full band line-up on the festival website: www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk/line-up2022/

Here’s a flavour of what to expect at this toe-tapping music festival in the heart of the Purbeck countryside:

Tickets

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, with early bird options and locals’ discounts for residents of BH19 and BH20 addresses.

There may be some tickets available on the gate, but this is a popular little Dorset festival, so booking in advance is the best option.

Weekend tickets

  • Adult – £150 (£165 on the gate)
  • Youth (age 13 – 17) – £75 (£85 on the gate)
  • Child (age four-12) – £40

Day tickets

  • Adult – £60
  • Youth (age 13 – 17) – £30
  • Child (age four-12) – £14.99

(Add £5 to adult and youth tickets for a Saturday day pass).

Full festival details and ticket prices, including information on early bird savers and locals’ discounts, can be found online: www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk

Camping prices

Make a weekend of it by staying on the farm in the thick of the action.

You can camp for free with your tent, or add on a campervan or glamping option to your festival ticket.

  • Tents – free/included in ticket price
  • Campervans – one-off fee of £40
  • Glamping (sleeps up to 4) – £250 (stay in a pre-erected bell tent, complete with bunting and fairy lights. Option to add inflatable mattresses)
  • Luxury glamping (sleeps 6) – £350 (includes bell tent options plus inflatable mattresses, table and chairs)

Glamping booking contact

Email or message ahead to let the team know reserve your glamping spot:

  • info@wildrevive.co.uk
  • 07733 321377 (message via WhatsApp)

Festival location

Nestled in the beautiful Jurassic Coast countryside underneath the dramatic backdrop of the Purbeck Ridgeway, both farm and festival are easy to find.

Driving

Postcode for SatNav: BH20 5HU

📍 Purbeck Valley Farm, Valley Road, Wareham

The festival is set on a rural farm between Corfe Castle and Swanage, but it’s really easy to find as it’s just off the main A351 Valley Road.

Map snapshot of Purbeck Valley Farm location in Dorset

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival location (credit: Google Maps)

Purbeck Valley Farm is the first left after Corfe Castle village if you’re coming from Wareham way.

If you’re coming from Swanage it will be on your right just after leaving the village of Harman’s Cross.

The festival is well signposted and there’s plenty of on-site parking in the field.

Public transport

The Number 30 Purbeck Breezer bus stops right outside the festival.

If you’re arriving from further afield, the London-Waterloo train line stops at Wareham – you can pick up buses or taxis from here.

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