Photos: Crowds enjoy Broadstairs Folk Week grand parade

Fun at the Folk Week grand parade Photo Frank Leppard

Morris Men, Hooden Horses and colourful characters took part in yesterday’s (August 11) Broadstairs Folk Week grand parade.

The throng set off from Pierremont Hall and wound through the town.

The parade is one of the family highlights of the celebration of English and multi-cultural folk music and dance festival.

Photo Frank Leppard

Events run through to August 17.

Venues throughout the town will burst with music and there are more than 500 separate events crammed into one week. The 600 seater Concert Marquee in the town’s park is the festival hub where the headline acts appear.

Photo Frank Leppard

Among the musicians at this year’s event will be singer Kiki Dee who found fame with  the ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ smash with Sir Elton John in 1976.

The Bradford vocalist and songwriter will be performing in the Folk Week Concert Marquee tonight (August 12) along with her musical partner of the last 23 years, guitarist Carmelo Luggeri.

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Craft & Music Fair

Free entry to a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts. Open from the first Saturday to the last Friday.

Morris dancing

Masses of morris dancers throng the streets and a wide range of fabulous music in many of the town’s pubs.

Lunchtime sessions

There are daily lunchtime music sessions at the Concert Marquee bar and the George Inn, and the lunchtime Singalong at the Neptune’s Hall which is one of the long-time favourite events at the festival. There are also plenty of free pub gigs throughout the town.


Festival tickets are available for a week, weekend or a day – with or without camping on the festival’s own campsite which has on-site catering, loos, showers, dances and music – and the Panic Circus Tent.

For more details or to book tickets click here