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

The friendly festival right in the heart of Banbury

Welcome to our 18th Festival! This will be our last festival as we are 'retiring' from organising folk activities this year. We have planned a bumper year both at the Festival and at Banbury Folk Club so come and join the party!

Derek and Mary Droscher - Organisers

Find out more about the future of the festival.

Ticket update

Weekend and Saturday All Day/Evening tickets are selling fast! We still have Friday and Sunday tickets available.

Get yours before we sell out!

*Please note Festival tickets are for all events subject to capacity and not for specific concerts. If a venue is full you may be asked to look for an alternative event.

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...


Anthony John Clarke


Belfast born Anthony John is one of the top songwriters on the acoustic/ folk scene whose songs can move you from tears of emotion to tears of laughter! He also tours with Fairport’s Dave Pegg and is an excellent raconteur and comedian.

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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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