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Moira Furnace Folk Festival

Now in its 11th year, the festival celebrating all things folk returns to Leicestershire this summer from 16-18 August.

Having spent time fishing at the canal beside Moira Furnace, founder Dave Johns thought that the beautiful location on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border would make the perfect venue for a folk festival. Since 2008, the festival has grown into a must visit on the folk calendar. Each year, the fun-filled event welcomes both old and new friends.

Image Credit: Geoff Hawkesworth

Now, it wouldn’t be a folk festival without music, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. Headline acts set for 2019 are six-piece contemporary folk-rock band, Blackbeard’s Tea Party and singer-songwriter Anthony John Clarke. Other performers include The Mile Roses, Winter Wilson and The Quiggs, plus more.

There’s plenty to keep the family entertained with child-friendly activities, Morris dancing on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Appalachian Step and Rapper dancing, Civil War re-enactments and circus skills for all ages, as well as a Ceilidh on Saturday evening at the nearby Moira Miners Welfare, located just a few hundred metres from the main site. Singarounds and sessions will also be taking place at the nearby Railway pub and Rawdon Arms pub.

Image Credit: Geoff Hawkesworth

Organised boat trips are available for those wanting to take a relaxing trip down Ashby Canal. Or why not join the story walk through the picturesque woodland adjacent to the Festival site. Enjoy delicious meals, snacks and beverages from the food stalls and real ale bar.

Camping is available onsite for anyone purchasing a full weekend ticket. The festival offers pitches for tents, camper vans and caravans from £25 per unit.

Image credit: Tristan Johns

Although tickets are required for the evening concerts, the site is open to the general public to savour all the delights the folk festival has to offer.

For further information visit: www.moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk

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