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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!

Wheels and Fins 2017

With Folk Week over for another year and Water Gala yesterday, the next major event on the Broadstairs events calendar has to be Wheels and Fins in September!

This action sports and music Festival takes place out of town on rural Joss Bay, overlooked by the stunning North Foreland lighthouse. It gets bigger and better every year. We are very proud to support the organisers once again as Festival sponsors.

Wheels and fins 8 – 10 September

Wheels and Fins 2017 poster

Joss Bay is brilliant for surfers. The hill down from North Foreland is perfect for soapbox car racing. The seaside / countryside location is ideal for a unique Festival and the music lineup is scorching hot this year. What more could you ask for?

Well naturally you’ll want some comfortable well equipped holiday accommodation and that’s where we come in – you could stay in one of our holiday lets in Broadstairs. At the time of writing there is still some availability for the Wheels and Fins dates, 8-10 September 2017, but what we’ve got won’t hang around for long. So move fast and get booking if you want to stay with us while you’re here for Wheels and Fins. Check what’s available via the form on our home page.

What’s On

Wheels and Fins ’17 events will include; the UK Mini Ramp Champs, The UK BMX Flatland Champs, surfing events, Soapbox Racing, live music and DJs on the Main Stage and all across the site at several different indoor and outdoor venues, craft beer & cider, loads of stalls with plenty of good things to eat and fun stuff to buy and loads more action centred fun.  Last year we loved watching the BMX trick demos while listening to top DJs. The vibe really was fantastic and everyone watching the demos was transfixed. We could see quite a few of the kids there visualising themselves taking up a new sport in the future, inspired by the professionals as they reared up on two wheels and spun like dervishes!

More than thirty music acts have already being confirmed, with more still to be announced. Ranging from, local faves like the energetic crowd pleasing Meister, to BBC Radio One DJ Danny Howard of ‘Dance Anthems’ fame, to the mega Reef, back on top and stronger than ever since Jesse Wood joined them on guitar in 2014, to the compelling four Scots, Twin Atlantic, who you’ll find now have a sophisticated and deeper sound than you’ve heard them bring before, from their hotly anticipated new album, GLA.

We take our hats off to Festival Director Dave Melmouth and his team for growing this event year on year. We can’t wait to enjoy everything that’s laid on for Festival goers this time around.  Maybe we’ll see you there!


Get your tickets and pick up more information on the Wheels and  Fins website.

Single day tickets for any of the three days are £25 for adults, £20 for youths (aged 13-17) and £15 for children aged over 8. 

Tickets for the whole Festival are great value: just £40 for adults, £30 for youths and £20 for children aged over 8. 

For children aged under 8, tickets are free but there a booking fee of £1.50 to pay.

location and how to get there

Joss Snelling was an infamous Broadstairs smuggler who met Princess Victoria when she was a little girl holidaying in Pierremont Hall in the town, before she became the Queen. Some say that Joss Bay is named after him as it was used as a base for his smuggling activities, but it is more likely that he was actually named after the bay which already bore the name long before he was born.

Joss Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Broadstairs with golden sands as all the Thanet beaches have. It is also reputed to be the best location for surfing in the whole of the south east of England.

You can walk to Joss Bay from the centre of town by taking the coast road or walking west along a series of other beaches from Viking Bay when the tide is out (you’ll have to walk on the clifftops when the tide is in). It’s less than a mile and a half and takes less than ten minutes to cycle, with a choice of routes.

There will be cycle parking on site and the organisers will be arranging bicycle rides, walks and a range of other alternative ways to get to the festival as they want to encourage people not to drive – however there will be a car park close to the Festival site too, for those who need or want it.

For those arriving by train there will be a FREE shuttle bus from Broadstairs train station, laid on by the Festival organisers, so you can always hop on that – from morning till night time on all three days!



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.