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Folk Week 2016 – plan ahead!

Broadstairs Folk Week is one of the most well respected and longest established folk festivals in the UK. Our holiday let properties get booked up early for the festival dates – by family groups, groups of friends, folk dance groups and of course musicians. Everyone coming to Folk Week needs somewhere to stay and the town does get busy so think of us first if you’re planning to be here for the main event in the Broadstairs calendar.

5th-12th August 2016 are the dates for Folk Week 2016. Bands are yet to be announced but you know you’re going to get a great mix of traditional folk music and also newer sounds from across the British Isles and further afield, with many countries and all of the world’s continents well represented in the programme, while the streets and bars all over town will be at their liveliest with buskers, more dance troops than you can shake a stick at, Hooden Horses and Clarence the Dragon all helping to add to the hubbub.

Broadstairs Folk Week dancers

It’s great fun. Last year Broadstairs Folk Week celebrated its 50th anniversary but the programme is always fresh as a daisy with plenty of variety and something for everyone – will over 70 events a day be enough to keep you entertained do you think?

Get here for the start to enjoy the parade which goes from Pierremont Park right down the High Street all the way to the bandstand where the entertainment then goes on into the evening and for most of the rest of the week!

Peruse the programme when it’s published to see what concerts and workshops tickle your fancy and plan your perfect Folk Week. Very many performances are free to watch but you can save money on the ticketed events by buying a Festival ticket, for the day, weekend or the whole week, which will allow you entrance to any event you fancy, subject only to the space restrictions at each venue.

Contrasting with the traditional Morris Men shown above, here is a fun video of Ushi Baba, captured by Karl Palmer, delighting young and old alike in the garden at the Albion Hotel on the seafront one lively evening in 2015.

If you’ve never done Broadstairs Folk Week before, now’s your chance to get ahead of the game, get your comfortable home from home holiday let accommodation booked up now and you’ve got something really special to look forward to in August. Check availability of our Broadstairs holiday homes on our home page.

Tickets for the Festival will go on sale from 3rd May, or become a Friend of Folk Week to qualify for priority individual bookings for popular events from early February 2016.

Visit the Folk Week site for the very latest information as it’s published.

Broadstairs Folk Week – Who’s on?

Folk week impage

Folk Week celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.  With more than 500 acts on, all over town, check out the programme in advance and plan when and where you’re going to see your favourite bands and all the other great music on offer.

See the Who’s On A-Z list on this link:

Now…book your tickets!

If you’re reading this post after the event, it’s not too early to start thinking about Folk Week 2016 which will take place 5th-14th August.

Accommodation quickly gets booked up early for this week, it’s Broadstairs’ busiest time without a doubt. If you would like to have your own self catering holiday home as your base for the week, get in touch and we can hopefully sort you out with what you need – just don’t leave it too late!

See the Broadstairs Folk Week Facebook page and follow them on Twitter, join the warm and friendly Folk Week family, you can be sure of a warm and rousing welcome!

Finishing up this post – we loved the below charming, home made and brilliantly edited little video on youtube, by Mr Kai Marsh in 2013, featuring lots of Folk Week characters and his lovely Nan. It gives a super taste of the feel of the town during this wonderful festival. If you imagine you’ve sunk a few Kentish Ales before you start watching we think the camera shake possibly adds to the overall party atmosphere!

Broadstairs Folk Week – 50th year Celebration!

Broadstairs Folk Week

This year sees the 50th Broadstairs Folk Week. This festival is, by a mile, the, biggest event on the Isle’s annual entertainment calendar.  It’s seven days of folk music, over 500 acts – from traditional to modern and including sounds from all over the world, with associated fun and frolics, most of it highly family-friendly – though the little ones will be tucked up by the time the legendary late night Folk Week revelry gets going!

Folk Week brings a truly unique buzz to our normally quiet little seaside town.  The streets are a-bustle with music fans, locals and day-trippers moving from one venue to another, all loving the music, drinking in the atmosphere and marvellling at the many street side entertainers, theatrical acts and Morris Dancing troupes that can be found on virtually every corner as well as behind practically every door!

Broadstairs Folk Week dancers

Shindigs start in the evening of Friday 7th, with tens of acts a day to choose from.  There’s a huge mix of ticketed gigs that you’ll pay to attend and free-to-view performances in the various pubs, bars, restaurants and bandstands around town.  For a full listing on who’s on, where and when, visit the Folk Week website.

There are also daily musical and dancing workshops (think anything from bluegrass and blues guitar to English clog and hurdy gurdy).  And there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too, from junior workshops and creative activities to the, very jolly, daily Hobby Horse Club where the little ones can meet and play with some of the iconic Broadstairs Hooden Horses, enjoying music, dancing, magic and circus skills (11am at the bandstand in Victoria Gardens).  They’ll be making and doing, dancing &and jigging for as long as they can take the pace!

It’s little wonder that at this time, accommodation becomes pretty hard to come by.  The good news … we’re teeing you up early because Beeches still has availability for the duration of Folk Week (7th-14th August.) Perfectly located to be close to the action, but just set back enough for you to leave the hubbub and hullabaloo behind when you finally reach sensory overload, it’s the ideal place to lay your weary heads.

Take a look at our self catering accomodation booker form on our home page to see what we’ve got for the dates you want to come. Remember that Ramsgate and Margate are both just a short drive from Broadstairs and are worth considering too if you can’t get somewhere to stay with us in Broadstairs itself.

Broadstairs Folk Weeks runs from Friday 7th to Friday 14th August 2015.

It will be back next year, maybe think about booking early for 2016!

Broadstairs 2017 seaside events

We are excited about 2017 and as the holiday season will soon be starting up again we thought we’d use this post to  tell you about some of the upcoming events, as well as things to do and places to go, for your perfect English seaside holiday on the East Kent coast this year.

Vikiing Bay in Broadstairs
Viking Bay in Broadstairs

Broadstairs is set in the heart of the Isle of Thanet on the East Kent coast of England, between the two larger towns of Margate and Ramsgate, all three of these traditional English seaside resort towns have sandy beaches and many amenities for holidaymakers. Many people say that Broadstairs is the jewel of Thanet and we are inclined to agree – the town is also known historically as Star of the Sea – after the ancient Star of the Sea shrine that was situated here in medieval times – on the site of what is now The Chapel (a very cool and quirky bar which is also a music venue and book shop.)

You can get here in just over an hour from London and yet many Londoners may not know the town, since the fast train service (HS1) from St Pancras is relatively new and it used to be a 2 hour journey by rail, which meant resorts in Sussex that were quicker to get to (Brighton and Hastings in particular) have tended to be better known, despite the fact that Thanet beaches are sandy and the area has so much else going for it it has, for many years, been less front of mind for Londoners, simply because it used to take that bit longer to get to. But with HS1 that is changing – fast.

Thanet is rapidly becoming more and more in vogue as a place to go. Tourist visitor numbers in 2016 were up around 30% on the year before.  Broadstairs remains a quintessential traditional English seaside resort with golden arcs of sand, ice cream parlours, fish and chips, crazy golf a bandstand and formal gardens all a short stroll from each other in the centre of the town.

You can still get those slower trains, they leave from Victoria and if that’s closer for you you might prefer to come via that route which is also cheaper than the HS1. Driving here is generally an hour or so from South East London and up to two hours from other parts of the capital.

In 2017 look out for the following events (and see Visit Thanet for full listings for Broadstairs and the wider area):

Also check out:

And browse our other blog posts and also the wonderful Isle Magazine online before you come, for even more inspiration!

If your heart’s desire is simply to hang out on the beach and go for walks then cosy up in your comfortable Beeches Holiday Let at the end of the day, you’ll find lots of cliffs and beaches to enjoy – 26 miles of stunning Thanet coastline (seven golden sandy beaches in Broadstairs alone) will keep you happily exploring for as long as you want to be here.

We look forward to seeing you in Broadstairs 2017! Check availability for your preferred dates using the form on our homepage – and book soon to be sure to get the holiday accommodation you require.

Broadstairs summer festivities 2016

This summer visitors to our Broadstairs Holiday Lets will find lots going on around our beautiful English seaside town. We thought it would be nice to highlight some of the key events coming up in the next couple of months, for those of you with holidays already booked, or indeed those who might be thinking about planning day trips or short breaks, who might appreciate some info to help you plan when to come!

This very weekend, discover the Broadstairs Summer Fair in Victoria Gardens, on the cliffs above Viking Bay.  If you haven’t already booked to stay with us, but perhaps don’t live too far away, why not come for a day and soak up the atmosphere!

Broadstairs Summer Fair Poster

It’s a family friendly event, with games and rides for all ages, crazy golf, crafts, stalls, fun fair, music on the bandstand and more.

The Summer Fair is a fundraiser for the town’s Water Gala which takes place this year on 17th August and includes fireworks, an air show and daring jet skier display, so that’s got to be another prospective date for your diary!

On 20th and 27th July and 24th August there will be fireworks over Viking Bay with music at the bandstand. The bay is a beautiful setting for sparkles in the night sky over the sea, these firework nights are extremely popular.

5-12th August is Broadstairs Folk Week -with around 500 acts performing all over town, covering every type of music and dance that could be described as folk, from very traditional English, to world-music acts and some very modern names.

Bandstand concerts are scheduled throughout the summer – often with brass bands on Sundays as well as other styles of music represented on different days. Jamie Moore is a name to look out for, a talented Canadian musician and composer who resides in Broadstairs and mixes up jazz and classical sounds – his accomplished guitar playing is very easy and enjoyable to listen to.

25th August is the Broadstairs Summer Sounds concert, organised by the Town Team – showcasing some of our very best local talent and celebrating everything that is good about Broadstairs – expect to hear some top Blues musicians, including Nigel Feist with his band and Rosco Levee and the Southern Slide, who’ve been nominated for British Blues Awards. At the time of writing the team indicate that they may do a second Summer Sounds event so when we know for sure what they are planning we’ll let you know.

All this and more awaits when you come to Broadstairs this summer. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our comfortable self catering holiday homes.