Free

Throughout the weekend many performances are free to watch and listen to. You are welcome to turn up to watch any of the free events. We recommend arriving early, to make sure you get a good view.

Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.

These sessions are free to enjoy, although we welcome donations to cover our costs. The Festival is a non profit organisation run by volunteers, if we don’t cover our costs, they will be no more festivals! Please bring lots of change to donate on the day.

Saturday

In the morning.

Around town

Free to enjoy

Dance displays

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Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

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Children’s entertainers

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In the afternoon.

Around town

Free to enjoy

Dance displays

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3pm Dance procession

Along Shore Road

Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

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Festival bar

Great beer, great atmosphere.

12:30 onwards

Around town

Enjoy ‘the fringe’
Free to enjoy
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Singaround with Geoff Payne

Join Geoff Payne for the Swanage Folk Festival's singaround, on Saturday and Sunday lunch times in the Red Lion pub. You'll love the singing, the music, the atomsphere and of course the beer!

Irish music session

Join in for great Irish music sessions on Saturday at the White Swan pub. You'll love the music, the atomsphere and of course the beer! Oh, by the way, you can enjoy it again on Sunday afternoon!

12:00 – 5pm
Main stage

Free to enjoy
Concert featuring

The Rigmarollers

The Rigmarollers pack out exhilarating shows with their unique take on the blues. A trio with a massive sound, they put vocals, harmonica, guitar and sousaphone over an irresistible backbeat. Harmonica virtuoso Ed Hopwood learnt his craft in acclaimed UK blues bands....

Arquebus Trio

Winners of Purbeck Rising 2023 Arquebus Trio are excited to be firmly establishing themselves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional songs, arranged tune sets and contemporary self written songs, they will also be performing tracks from their debut album First...

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who was based in the North East of England for 20 years between 2000 and 2019, playing throughout the UK and beyond during that time. Her collection of 14 albums is a reminder of how much work and dedication she has put into...

Bere Essentials

The Bere Essentials were once described as Bluegrass and beyond. Bere Essentials play Bluegrass, Americana, Country, Western Swing and the odd pop tune with a smile.

In the evening.

7:30 Around town

Enjoy ‘the fringe’
Free
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Music session

Join this music session and enjoy an wonderfully eclectic mix of English music and songs in the Red Lion....along with a beer, or whatever your tipple is.

Sunday

In the morning.

Around town

Free to enjoy

Dance displays

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Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

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Children’s entertainers

Click for more info.

In the afternoon.

Around town

Free to enjoy

Dance displays

Click for more info.

3pm Dance procession

Along Shore Road

Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

Click for more info.

Festival bar

Great beer, great atmosphere.

12:30 onwards

Around town

Enjoy ‘the fringe’
Free to enjoy
Click for more info.

Wareham Whalers

Come and listen to the ever popular Wareham Whalers busking. The Wareham Whalers have been performing shanties for over 15 years. Their style reflects that used on board the sailing ships to accompany the hard work carried out.

Irish music session

Join in for a great Irish music sessions on Sunday at the White Swan pub. You'll love the music, the atomsphere and of course the beer! If you're really into your Irish music, it's on Saturday afternoon as well.

12:00 – 5pm
Main stage

Free to enjoy
Concert featuring

Wight Hot Pipes

Diverse and eclectic Wight Hot Pipes deliver a mix of musical genres which fuse in their melodic melting pot to create an exhilarating cocktail of flavours, spanning the entire spectrum from Celtic, all the way through to contemporary dance and gritty rock including...

Mother Ukers

Mother Ukers are a three piece Ukulele band based in Bournemouth, England. The Band take on modern day classics  with their ukuleles and forge them into timeless wonders of a bygone era with the power of ‘Ukular Fusion’ Warping time and Space… The Mother Ukers are...

The Savage Underdogs

Savage Underdogs are a Dorset Folk Rock band delivering finely crafted original tales from land and sea. Swanage Kelp Shantymen singer and former Devils Rejects frontman ‘Matthew Williams’ formed Savage Underdogs in 2015. A loyal Levellers supporter and American...

The Ashen Keys

The Ashen Keys are a multi instrumental, multi voiced celebration of heartfelt storytelling from Kent. The group brings together three musicians - Hannah Ellerby (vocals, violin, oboe and ukulele), Rachel Lowrie (vocals, guitar, ukulele and clarinet), and Vicky Price...

These sessions are free to enjoy, although we welcome donations to cover our costs. The Festival is a non profit organisation run by volunteers, if we don’t cover our costs, they’ll be no more festivals! So, please bring lots of change to donate on the day.