We can’t wait to be back with you doing what we love best over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Before we tell you more about what to expect this summer, we want to explain why we made changes despite the very positive signs about life being expected to return to ‘normal’ by the time of the festival. We know this wasn’t guaranteed and we also know that not everyone may be comfortable with the traditional format of the festival this year.
We also have to book our infrastructure and plan our programme way in advance so that’s meant some changes so the festival can take place this year. You can read all about the changes below.
Thankfully we have a generous greenfield site so we can still create a very special festival where you can enjoy the great music, dance, family fun and the friendly Shrewsbury atmosphere you know and love!
If we do need to make any more adaptions ahead of the festival, we’ll keep you informed every step of the way. Do take the time to read our guide so you know what to expect – if you have a question about what’s happening this year, it’s likely to be answered there or in our FAQs. We’re sorry to give you so much information to digest but it’s very important you read this and our T & Cs!
We’re sure you understand why we’re having to rethink our format for this year and we do really appreciate your support. And if you haven’t already booked your tickets, now’s the time.
We want to keep everyone attending the festival safe and well, so although you don’t need proof of your vaccination or covid status to enter, we would ask you to perform a lateral flow test 24-48 hours before arriving on site. We’re making sure our team, volunteers and contractors test themselves too. Please bring spare testing kits with you as well.
Test kits are available for free from all test centres, most pharmacies and you can also order them for home delivery here – please allow a few days for them to arrive.
If you get a positive result, you need to follow Government guidance and get a PCR test. If you do have Covid and therefore cannot attend the festival, you will be eligible for a refund. Please see our refund policy.
Falling ill at the festival
If you, or anyone in your party, starts to display covid symptoms, (temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change of taste or smell) please contact the festival’s Covid Helpline – the number will be in the info sheet that you are given as you arrive on site.
Please go straight home, book a PCR test and let us know as soon as the test result arrives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone in your close party will also need to go straight home and book a PCR test as well.
Facemasks & hygiene
Although wearing a face mask is currently optional, our team will be wearing masks when in close proximity to visitors, for example in the ticket office, merchandise tent or artists’ reception check-in. We would ask you to do the same out of courtesy unless you are medically exempt.
Please take full advantage of the additional hand sanitising stations around the site and wash your hands regularly and ensure the little people in your party wash their hands more often.
We would encourage you to keep a suitable distance from anyone not in your immediate party wherever possible and wear a mask in busy outdoor areas, such as when queueing for food.
This year there’ll be three open air stages (The Cuckoo stage, The Skylark stage and the Purity Village stage) so we can accommodate everyone at a safe social distance.
The Cuckoo stage takes over the field traditionally used by the dance tent. The Skylark stage will occupy the usual home of the Pengwern stage but has rotated 90 degrees. The Purity Village Stage remains at the heart of the craft fair. Explore our revised site map here.
Don’t forget to pack your chairs and picnic blankets for watching the concerts, performances and joining in workshops!
With the uncertainty surrounding foreign travel, red list countries and potential quarantine for overseas artists, we will be hosting a wonderful celebration of British based folk and world music performers – click here for more. We’ve invited the international artists booked for this year to join us in 2022 instead.
For 2021 only, we feel it will be safer not to have a dance tent. But there will be a fabulous dance programme with the not-to-be-missed folk ballet! We will also have performances, workshops and ceilidhs on the Purity Village Stage plus pop-up performances around the site, featuring our regular, cherished, colourful array of morris and dance.
All of our ceilidhs will be outside where there’s plenty of space and have been designed in a way that dancing is possible and welcoming for people who are comfortable dancing within their bubble – whatever the size.
We’ve purposely booked callers with a strong repertoire and lots of experience calling for ceilidhs. As with so many things at the moment, it’s a balance between enjoying being with other people and ensuring that you’re safe and comfortable. The caller will give you the finer details so you can, at last, enjoy the freedom of dancing at a live ceilidh!
Children & Young People
As always, there will be plenty to keep our young folkies busy. Our Pandemonium! and Refolkus teams are organising plenty of fun activities! Most of the activities will be outside this year but the Pandemonium! area will have some open sided bell tents or gazebos if we need a bit of cover. And Professor Panic and his team will be with us too. Visit the Pandemonium! and Refolkus pages to find out more about their exciting plans.
There are late night, quiet & family camping areas so check the map to choose your spot. You can camp by the Cuckoo stage but vehicles will not be allowed on/off this area after 10:45 daily – if you need your vehicle after that please move it to the main car park before 10:45. You’ll be able to use your car as normal after 19:00 on Monday. Disabled camping is now near the catering area right in the middle of the site.
Our popular Tuneworks sessions will take place in ‘The Goldfinch’ but we may not use The Hub as it’s a very enclosed space. The Siskin is a new sessions and workshop tent for this year in the heart of the main arena. We’ll be taking the sides off to create good airflow.
Open mic & festival fringe
We won’t be hosting the open mic due to the enclosed nature of the venue and we’ve put our fringe events (pub sessions, dance parade and performances in town) on hold as it would be impossible for us to manage these off-site events in a covid-safe way. This does mean our usual free bus service to town won’t be operating but it’s only a short walk.
Food & drink
The team at Moongazing Hare Bars will lay on the usual great selection of beers, ciders and cocktails at their open air bars around the site. Our food court will be in the same area but more spaced out and you can eat under the cover of the food tent. Cleaning equipment will be provided for you to wipe down the tables and chairs before or after use in addition to our enhanced cleaning regime.
There will be lots of opportunity for a spot of shopping in the craft fair around the Village Stage. Please be prepared to make contactless payments.