Event: Swanage Folk Festival 2023

Date Event: 8th - 10th September 2023

The Swanage Folk Festival is back for 2023 and promises to be a spectacle for the whole family. Over the course of the 3-day event there will be a host of colourful dance displays, ceilidh’s and music workshops taking place at fantastic venues throughout Swanage town centre.

Live performances

There are plenty of live acts to look forward to over the 3 day weekend. The lineup is still being finalised, but Merry Hell, Honey & The Bear, Thorn and Roses, The Carrivick Sisters and a host of other folk bands have been confirmed so far.

The festival will also welcome dance sides from around the country. They will perform a variety of folk dances from England, Ireland, Bulgaria and Slovakia in traditional style clothing. Think bells, handkerchiefs and bright tassels!

Craft Fair

The market and craft fair is the place to go if you fancy indulging in some retail therapy over the weekend. There will be around 70 stalls selling a wide selection of goods from around the world, including jewellery, clothing, artwork and homeware. You’ll also find vendors serving delicious food and drink.

Event info

Swanage Folk Festival takes place at various locations across Swanage, including Sandpit Field, Prince Albert Gardens and Stone Quay. We recommend purchasing a festival programme with map to find your way around the festival and ensure your’e in the right place at the right time!

The majority of the festival is free, but some events, workshops and evening concerts are chargeable. You can purchase tickets in advance to secure your slot. Early bird discount is available.

Swanage Folk Festival Accommodation

Ulwell Holiday Park is the ideal base for enjoying Swanage Folk Festival. Our family friendly holiday park is situated just a short walk from the town centre and within easy reach of Swanage beach. We have a range of self-catering accommodation to choose from including deluxe caravan holiday homes, The Studio and a cosy camping pod. Our spacious touring field with grass and hardstanding pitches is perfect for caravans, motorhomes, campervans and tents.

We’re delighted to offer holiday park guests full use of our on-site facilities. When you’re not enjoying the folk festival you can enjoy a bite to eat in our popular bar and restaurant, The Village Inn. Younger members of the family will love the indoor swimming pool, play park and recreational field.


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What our guests say

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    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

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    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

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    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

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    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

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From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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