Hobos will take you step by step through one of their border dances.
Every year at the Swanage Folk Festival we run a number of workshops. Each workshop is run by an expert in their subject, most of which are also performing in the festival. There is a small extra cost for the workshops, unless you have a ticket for the whole weekend.
Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.
Bring your uke and playalong with Purbeck U3A Ukuleles, a joyous mixed ability group.
Meet Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch answering questions about their music
Zumba Workshop with Lucielle. Click for more details
The East Dorset Beekeepers sharing knowledge and produce.
No experience is needed for you to enjoy learning dances from all over the world with an experienced teacher to lead the way.
Join this Ukelele workshop for answers, help and advice.
Clare Nicholas is a professionally qualified dance teacher who will explore these two popular dance styles from the 1920’s – 1940’s with you.
Watch the basic steps of the American dances (jive, samba, cha cha, Salsa etc., and get the chance to try them with Clare Nicholas.
Join in with this introduction to English Social Folk dancing run by a local Folk Dance Club.
A short guided stroll taking in the Cottage that Hardy stayed at while living in Swanage shortly after his marriage to his first wife, Emma.
A fun music making session lead by Bram Taylor. Bring an instrument and join him in the music marquee for an informal session to start your day with a swing.
Lesley Whatley will lead the choir who will sing totally A cappella. Join in, no musical knowledge needed.
During this workshop the Wareham Whalers will perform and explain the origin and purpose of some of these shanties as. You are welcome simply to listen or to join in the rousing choruses.
During the workshop, Richie will be teaching some of the social steps that make up the dance of Hip-Hop, such as running man, Bart Simpson and many more..
Learn French Dance with Steve Earwicker, accompanied by Alasdair and Gill on Cello
Learn three modern line dancing sequences, suitable for all.