Photos: Hooden Horses, a giant, a dragon, music and dancing for Broadstairs Folk Week 2023

Broadstairs Folk Week fun Photo Carole Adams

Photos by Carole Adams

Broadstairs has welcomed hundreds of musicians and dancers as the annual folk week gets under way.

The parade took place yesterday (August 12) with an abundance of weird and wonderful outfits and characters including Clarence the Dragon and the East Kent Giant to be seen.

The festival runs until August 18 and there is still a packed programme of concerts, dances, children’s events and more.

Photo Carole Adams

For the energetic, there’s a full programme of dances and ceilidhs, including a Sixties Icons Fancy Dress ceilidh with Banter on Sunday 13 August. The venue is the Sarah Thorne Theatre throughout the week.

There are singalongs at the Neptune and evening singarounds at the Sailing Club, as well as harmony workshops with Lady Maisery, sea shanties on the jetty and a special event at the Gadds brewery, called Drink Old England Dry!

Photo Carole Adams

All the generations can sing and dance together with Inspiration Creative at the bandstand or learn circus skills, hula hooping or toddler bops.

There are Poets’ Breakfasts, tai chi at the campsite, knitting, crochet and crafts at Balmoral Gardens, birdwatching walks, sketching around Broadstairs and of course – the pub gigs – over 130 this year and 60 bands.

Photo Carole Adams

All the details, including the pub gigs, are in the Souvenir Programme, with a Day-by-Day guide. It’s an important fundraiser for Folk Week and buying it goes towards the free events around the town, available online at £6 plus £1.50 postage and packing.

There are also several outlets in Broadstairs stocking the Souvenir Programme.

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Tickets and info

All tickets are on sale now. There are more details and online booking on the website at

Credit card booking, ticket sales & information: Call 01843 604080

Email: [email protected]

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    • That’s a bit unfair Confused…. they are supposed to be creepy, i just don’t understand why creepy is so attractive, but it’s good to see visitors to our seaside towns and support our local businesses.

  1. All looks great….have a good time BUT please get on top of visitors who park on yellow lines,park longer than permitted times in permit areas and across dropped kerbs.Also start visiting the back streets off the beachfront.Litter everywhere including poo filled nappy.

  2. Between the Ramsgate Yaught event and other events to be had in Ramsgate which packed the Royal Harbour, Sea front and Town, now Folk week in Broadstairs, shows Thanet has life away from Margates kiss me quick hats and louts.

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