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Tenterden Folk Festival


The Tenterden Folk Sessions

The popular Tenterden Folk Sessions restarted on Tuesday 12th July 2022 at This Ancient Boro, Ale House and Tapas Bar, at 3 East Cross, High Street, Tenterden, TN30 6AD. 


The next sessions will be on Tuesday 9th August and Tuesday 13th September.  Subsequent sessions will be on the second Monday of every month from October onwards.  The folk sessions will start promptly at 7.30 and run through to approximately 10.30.  


All folk singers and musicians, step dancers, storytellers, poets and similar performers are welcome, or of course you can just come and listed and watch. 


Beers is served straight from the barrel and food is also available.

It would be helpful if you could let us know if you will be able to attend the folk session.  Just drop a quick email to   

We look forward to seeing you all there. 




The regular song and music sessions in Tenterden have been running since 1992 and moved to The William Caxon in April 2011.  The sessions take place on the second Tuesday of every month.


A typical folk evening sees between 10 and twenty folk singers and musicians from Kent and Sussex gathering in the bar from around 8.00 p.m. and the music starts at about 8.30 and continues to 11.00.  All folk singers, musicians, storytellers and poets are welcome to come along and join in, or you can just come and listen to the music.  The music is mainly traditional English but also includes contemporary, blues, Irish, Scottish, European music, music hall and acapella: in fact most good acoustic music with a smattering of stories and poems


For more informatio email us at


The Caxton is situated at the West Cross end of Tenterden High Street and offers a warm welcome and a fine range of Shepherd Neame ales.  The charming, traditional pub is perfect for the folk club.  The Grade II listed building, named after the 15th century merchant who introduced the printing press to England and was reputedly born in Tenterden, benefits from a log burning fire and beams, all adding to the image of a traditional English pub.  A range of Shepherd Neame ales and a good selection of wine complement the welcoming atmosphere.  There is also a walled garden at the rear, ideal for the summer months, and the pub has some parking at the front, on street parking near by with several town centre car parks just a short way away.  There are also three rooms for bed and breakfast if you want to stay over.  The Caxton is also an important venue during the annual Tenterden Folk Festival


"A brief history of Tenterden Folk of Tenterden Folk Club 1992 - 2021" was published was published in The Living Tradition issue 139 June / July 2021.


The William Caxton, West Cross, The High Street, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6JR

Telephone: 01580 766766

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Tenterden Folk Festival: promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions: Registered charity No 1038663