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Broadstairs Folk Week


August 6th to 13th 2021 - Now in its 56th year, Broadstairs Folk Week is one of the highlights of the Kent cultural calendar, each year attracting thousands to the Thanet coast for seven days of live music and good beer, with the latter courtesy of Shepherd Neame.

Shepherd Neame are delighted  to be the principal sponsor for Broadstairs Folk Week from Friday, August 6 to Friday, August 12, 2022. It’s a unique chance to enjoy traditional folk music in a beautiful seaside town, discover new bands, see old favourites and encounter the odd surprise! 
There will be a Shepherd Neame bar next to the Bandstand, and enjoy your favourite ales and lagers, including Whitstable Bay Blonde, Spitfire Lager, Whitstable Pale Ale and Masterbrew.
There will also be a roster of entertainment in local Shepherd Neame pubs. See below for where to catch amazing music in some buzzing venues, all within short walking distance of the main festival in this picturesque seaside town.

Neptune’s Hall

This Grade II listed pub is a short stroll from striking Viking Bay. There will be daily singalong sessions from 12,30pm to 2.30pm, and the Thumping Tommys play from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, August 6. The music continues on Sunday, August 7 with The Old Country Crows between 4pm and 6pm.

Neptune’s Hall, 1-3 Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1ET

The Wrotham Arms

Minutes from the hustle and bustle of the seafront, this lively local has regular live music throughout the year. The action begins with Woodshed folk sessions with Bob Kenward from 1pm to 3pm daily. Krista & the Pirates follow on Saturday, August 6. Ticketed events include Open Harp Surgery at 7.30pm on Saturday, August 6, and Ex Biscuit Club Band for £10 for both events. On Sunday, August 7 Beggars Belief play from 4pm to 4pm, and Hobo and the Hippies from 8.30pm, with Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter the following day from 4pm to 6pm and Blues Bandits from 8.30pm, with tickets £5. On Tuesday, August 9, Jumbo Gumbo play at 8.30pm and the following day Hot Rats play from 8.30pm. On Thursday, August 11, Rox Bishop Band play at 4.30pm, with free entry, with Baltimore Keys following at 8.30pm, with tickets £5. On Friday, August 12, Broken Biscuit play from 8.30pm. For all tickets, call Jackie 07814 344969.

The Wrotham Arms, Ramsgate Rd, Broadstairs CT10 1QQ

The Royal Albion

In a prime position on Broadstairs seafront since 1766 and a regular haunt for Charles Dickens, the Royal Albion has music running from Saturday, August 6 to Friday, August 12. The sessions kick off in the hotel’s gardens with Ravella Bridge on the Saturday from 1pm, plus highlights including Hot Rats on Sunday, August 7 at 8.30pm, The Captain’s Beard on Tuesday, August 9 and Two Man Ting on Wednesday, August 10 from 1pm to 3pm. The week will be completed on Friday, August 12 with Hobo and the Hippies at 8.30pm.

The Royal Albion, 6-12 Albion St, Broadstairs CT10 1AN


Festival Tickets for Week, Weekend or Day Tickets, with or without camping are available now. Go to The Broadstairs Folk Week website for details of how to book.