50th Birthday Celebration

Celebrating 50 years of Folk Camps
23 June 2018

For this special event, all campers and friends are invited to a special folk camp reunion day and ceilidh to celebrate 50 years of Folk Camps. We want this to be an opportunity for everyone to come together for a day of fun and celebration, doing what we do so well. It will provide a showcase of Folk Camps for the folk media and potential campers. The venue is large enough for 300 people to sit down to dinner, and we can accommodate a ceilidh with 450 dancers. There’s room for everyone.

The Octagon, Buxton

The Octagon is part of the Victorian pavilion complex set in a beautiful park. The park has several children’s play areas, a little train, lawns, a lake and river. Buxton is at the heart of the Peak District midway between Manchester and Sheffield.

The Day

It’s a full day from 10:30am – 11:30pm.

You can download the Buxton General information sheet here.

  • Welcome with tea, coffee and squash
  • ‘Join the Band’ band
  • workshops: music, dance and craft
  • Children’s activities
  • Song Circle
  • Showcase dancing in the park
  • Performances in the Bandstand
  • Al fresco picnic lunch (in pavilion if wet)
  • Opportunities to chat and catch up with friends, photos and reminiscing
  • Celebration group photo
  • Two course dinner with modest ceremony
  • Family Ceilidh dances
  • Cocoa and birthday cake
  • Expert ceilidh
  • Bar

Be part of it

We invite you to sign up for the song circle; to perform in the bandstand; dance on the forecourt; make some art; volunteer to make the day run smoothly.
We will need an orchestra leader…or two; workshop leaders; dance callers; cake decorators; children’s games leaders; hall decorators; a table and chair set-up and break-down crew, airport transfer drivers. Put your name down by contacting the office or by downloading and returning the sign-up form (pdf).

Over the year, we need people to look out their photos, let’s try and have a picture of everyone who has ever camped. Can we do that?

We are looking into group deals on local accommodation or maybe a nearby campsite. Maybe you could make a weekend of it with other Folk Camp friends.

More information and more options for participation signup sheet.