Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival
6th - 8th October 2017

The friendly festival right in the heart of Banbury

When the tide turns

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Vin Garbutt this morning, Tuesday 6th June.

Our thoughts are, of course, with Pat and his family. Our memories are shared by his bigger family in the folk world.

Derek and Mary are lucky enough to have counted him as a friend and will sort out details for the festival in due course but at the moment let's all be thankful for his skill and the joy he has left us.

Dougie MacLean


Dougie MacLean has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer on his own terms. This talent has taken his performance to concerts and festivals all over the world and to the stages of Carnegie Hall in New York...

The Mighty Doonans


The Mighty Doonans have developed from the redoubtable Doonan Family Band who have been part of the English folk scene for many years. They have a deserved reputation for their imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional songs...

Meet Dougie and The Doonans on Saturday!


Keith Donnelly

A long time friend of Banbury Folk Festival and Banbury Folk Club, Keith has become renowned on the Folk Circuit for his own unique brand of comedy and songwriting, also touring with Flossie Malavialle as ‘Dark Horses’. In no particular order, Keith has been described as “a superbly original Stand-Up,” “a great singer-songwriter,” “a fine guitarist,” “a kids entertainer par excellence,” “a stunning storyteller,” and “the cleanest comic I’ve ever seen.” Read more...

Anna Ryder

Anna is a superb singer-songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist whose songs are consistently original and inventive. She combines a captivating stage presence with an endearing naivety that reaches out to the whole audience. Anna has performed mainly on the folk scene playing all kinds of venues from small clubs to large festivals. Read more...

Granny's Attic

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Read more...

Paula Ryan

Paula is a compelling singer-songwriter, born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland, whose powerful, insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Irish Gaelic roots & driven by the funky rhythmic influences and “wacky” instruments of music from other cultures.

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Ordering your tickets from this site is the easiest way to ensure your place at the festival, its fast, simple and secure. Should you prefer you can download a booking form here and post it to us.

Hobby Horses

"Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,  To see a fine lady upon a white horse,  With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,  
She shall have music where-ever she goes"  


Banbury Folk Festival invites you to share in the Banbury Hobby Horse Festival where traditional beasts and animals gather in celebration of the age-old rhyme. 
The hobby horse has a magic all of its own - as preposterous as it is magical, this curious creature belongs among the cavalcade of other strange beasts that roam the English countryside.  


Dance Sides

Dance sides perform in the centre of Banbury on Saturday and Sunday, as well as taking part in the Grand Hobby Horse Procession. Taking part in 2016 were:

Barefoot Bellydance
The Brackley Morris Men
Foxs Border Morris
Mason's Apron
Wild Thyme Border Morris
Sharp & Blunt
The Outside Capering Crew
Ztravets Bulgarian Folk Dance Group