English Folk Dancing workshop

Catholic Hall, DW, Fringe, Workshops

Mike Walshaw's been involved in English Folk Dancing for over 50 years. You'll learn simple to simple to more complex dances, so you can enjoy barn and ceilidh dancing.
Cost (cash on the door): £4per workshop (or free as part of a weekend ticket). Children £2.00. Performers with wristbands free entry

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Mike Walshaw

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


You can get tickets for individual concerts, or for the whole weekend. Click here for more details.

English Folk Dancing workshop

The cost of all workshops is included in your weekend ticket (don't forget to wear your wristband), or you will need to have cash (£4) to pay on entry to the workshop. Sorry, but we can't take card payments  for workshops.

Please wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes.

Mike Walshaw has been involved in English Folk Dancing for over 50 years. He has worked with the Hampshire Hogs and Greenwood Tree Folk Dance Bands, calling at the dances at Barn Dances, but for the past 15 years he has been calling dances for the Swanage & Langton Matravers Folk Dance Club. At this Workshop he will teach you some folk dances leading on from the simple ones you will have done at barn dances and ceilidhs.

Each year Swanage is filled with a music and dance spectacle,
including FREE and ticketed events across the weekend.


Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts – On Sandpit field

Dance displays, a procession and music – all around the town

Tickets needed

Evening concerts – on Sandpit field

Comedy Club  and concerts and in the Conservative Club  –

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops – various locations