Upton Folk Festival – 29 April – 2 May 2022

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Upton Folk Festival are delighted, after a break of two years due to the pandemic, to be able to bring the Folk Festival back to Upton upon Severn this May Day Bank Holiday weekend, 29 April to 2 May 2022.

Once again, the streets will be filled with the colourful sights and joyous sounds of dancing; the waterfront will be alive with stalls and people enjoying the atmosphere, and the pubs will be full of music, song and laughter. The town will be full of visitors, happy to be back, enjoying the ambience, and exploring what the town has to offer.

As well as the free events there is also a full programme of top folk artists, with concerts and ceilidhs, as well as workshops, all for the price of a festival ticket, in venues throughout the town. These venues include the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, the Memorial Hall and the Rugby Club Pavilion, as well as many of the pubs.

More details and purchase of tickets can be found on our website: www.uptonfolk.org.


  • Concerts, Ceilidhs and lots of Morris sides
  • Stalls by the waterfront
  • Huge Sunday Procession, Folk Clubs
  • Music and Song Sessions, Music Meander
  • Acoustic Talent Contest
  • & Much More

History of Upton Folk Festival

. . . and if you want it here is a little bit of history from our first Chairman – Roger Davies . . . after a couple of pints we decided to run a folk day and wandered over the road to the Star to check out the upstairs room and the beer. After chatting to the landlord at the time we obtained permission. A ceilidh was held at the boathouse and in the first ever programme the one legged cat playing the fiddle was launched! The festival quickly moved to being a long weekend festival on the first bank holiday in May.

A lot of hard lessons were learnt in the first two years of running the festival and after ten years we formed the company limited by guarantee that still runs the festival. This was done in May 2001.

We have now been running for over 30 years and still going strong.