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New Forest Folk Festival

The New Forest Folk Festival is in July 2024.

New Forest Folk Festival 2024 Band Line-up

Feast of Fiddles – Oysterband – Steeleye Span
Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle – Gerry Colvin Band
The Sandy Denny Project – Hatful of Rain
The Haar – Steve Knightley – Gilmore & Roberts Reg Meuross – 3 Daft Monkeys – Slim Chance
Roving Crows – Brian McNeill – Daphne’s Flight Edwina Hayes – Sarah McQuaid – Katie Spencer
Plumhall – Banter – Matt Black
Southampton Ukulele Jam

New Forest Folk Festival LocationNew Forest Folk Festival

We are located at Plaitford near Romsey
which is on the edge of the New Forest
Full address – Powells Farm, Salisbury Road,
Plaitford, Romsey, Hants, SO51 6EE

New Forest Folk Festival Dates

3 – 7 July 2024

New Forest Folk Festival Ticket Prices

5 day adult (Wed – Sun) – £110
Children Aged 5 to 15 weekend tickets – £50, day tickets – £25
Camping for Caravans, Camper Vans & Tents – £10 per pitch per night
Full 5 day camping (Wed – Sun) £40
Day Tickets (limited numbers) go on sale Jan 1st 2024 £50 each

Tickets can be purchased at

New Forest Folk Festival Site

Powells Farm has been in the Curtis family for six generations and growing up here has been very special. Dad’s love of nature meant that there have always been lots of birds, animals and wildflowers. Even our cattle were born on the farm.

Here you see Dad working in the arena field many years ago. We made hay when the only bit of machinery was the bailer and a bale sledge (if we were lucky) with all the lifting done by hand.  The fields have clay subsoil, so through the summer it dries out giving us a very good site if the dreaded weather should turn against us.

The farm is perfect for hosting a folk festival. It is surrounded by trees and is almost flat with a gentle slope down to the stage and stream that runs through the centre of the farm.
For those who prefer it easy, it’s a gentle short stroll back to the camping field.

How it began:

The idea for a folk festival came about during a conversation between Nick and Richard Digance.
Richard has a passion for folk music, as many of you know and he suggested a folk festival on our farm.
So with the help of Richard and some of his friends, we had our first festival.

We met such a lot of lovely people and really enjoyed ourselves and had great feedback from everyone who came, and we have been hooked ever since.

New Forest Festival History

The New Forest Film Festival first launched on 24th September at Brockenhurst College with a gala screening of the classic silent film, Beggars of Life, with live music provided by the Dodge Brothers and the acclaimed silent film pianist, Neil Brand. The power for both the projector and the band’s amplification will be provided by bicycle, with Magnificent Revolution providing the technology that will enable the audience to take a turn at powering the show with their legs.

The New Forest Film Festival is being run by local filmmakers, Simon Miller and Joanne Cockwell, film critic and broadcaster, Mark Kermode and film department academics, Linda Ruth Williams and Michael Hammond.

The New Forest Music, Storytelling and Food Festivals launch on Saturday 25th September with a full day of forest fun for all ages and an evening of live music – all at Minstead Study Centre.

Storytelling events take place at artisan and craft stations throughout the day with specialists from the world of bee-keeping, wool-weaving, and cider-pressing providing an insight into their craft.

Live music takes place in the session tent featuring local musicians and singers from across the New Forest.

Hearty New Forest food will be available all day from acclaimed New Forest chef, Simon Woodhouse from TV’s The Floating Chef.

The evening features live music from one of Britain’s leading acoustic guitarists, Lee Collinson and local folk and Jazz favourites, Owl in the Sun and Modern Fighting Vehicles.

This year’s festival has been brought together by a range of New Forest organisations and individuals including New Forest Transition, the New Forest Storytellers, film-maker Jonathan Blease, Patrick Andrews and Sophie van der Meeren.