Photos: Hooden Horses, music and fun at Broadstairs Folk Week 2021

Folk Week fun Photo Frank Leppard

Broadstairs Folk Week is in full swing after an enforced break last year due to covid.

There may not have been a parade this year but lots of favourites are back, including the Hooden Horses and the regular chap with his pink dress and plaits!

Photo Frank Leppard

The event, running until August 13, is an outdoor festival with a new format and new venue – the Festival Arena at Memorial Rec next to Broadstairs station  with an outdoor stage and bar where all the ticketed concerts are being held.

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Afternoon and evening concerts are taking place and musicians from Kent are headed up by Festival Patron, Tim Edey, who grew up in Broadstairs and plays with international acts such as the Chieftains.

Kentish bands, Green Diesel, Arcelia and the Lunatraktors are also appearing on the main stage.

Photo Frank Leppard

Free family events include the daily Hobby Horse Club at the Bandstand with Clarence the Dragon and the Hooden Horses, who are the mascots of the festival.

Photo Frank Leppard

The free craft and music fair next to the Bandstand offers a huge range of gifts, and the Jack Hamilton Bar and there is free music around the town pubs and gardens from lunchtime until late, plus Morris dancing displays at the Bandstand.

There are more details on the website at


  1. Should it not be renamed Loony Week as there is more Loon than Folk? I like all the fun but prefer the craft fair more.

  2. Leave our folk week alone lol we all love all the weird and wonderful costumes , noise ,laughter ,clever dancing , singing ,!!!!

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