While Folk Camps hope to be able to run some events in 2021, it is currently too early to know if it is safe or sensible to do so. If a vaccine has become widely available and normal life has become possible once again, we hope to be able to enjoy the camps we all love.
If, however, there is any significant risk – be it health, social or financial, we will not go ahead with any camps that cannot function ‘as normal’. We will not release any camp places for booking until we are confident that we can go ahead.
If the weekend events are able to take place, we will put them on sale from 1 March 2021. If we are able to go ahead with the summer camps we will open for bookings on 1 April 2021.
The programme proposed for 2021 is broadly the same as that for 2020 – the same sites, similar dates and broadly the same staff. There will be small changes and these will be published in detail when we launch the programme in 2021. To get a sense of what is planned you can see the original 2020 programme here.
The Folk Camps Party Band has produced a Lock Down Video for the virtual festivals that are happening this summer. On a positive note we know that the band will be very busy next year with all bookings being carried over to Chippenham, New Forest, Cambridge, Towersey and Bromyard.
See the Party Band page for the video and the 2021 festival dates.
Virtual Folk Camps events have started already. See Virtual Chedworth for what happened at one event. There will be more info on Facebook soon about other opportunities to get together with Folk Campers.
As a result of having to cancel the 2020 programme of Folk Camps due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is much enthusiasm for holding virtual events in the summer so that we can stay in touch with our Folk Camp friends from the safety of our own gardens. Song swaps, tune swaps, knitting workshops – all these things can be shared over Zoom or Skype. Some of us are planning to put a tent up in our own garden, peel potatoes and wash up online! And dancing is also possible!
These virtual events may be large or small in scale, run by Folk Camps or run by YOU formally or informally! We’d like to hear YOUR suggestions for virtual events. Please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are already some great events going on between folk campers and we’ve seen that folk campers have the energy and the ingenuity to make many things possible!
Watch out for announcements of online Folk Camp events in the coming weeks.
In the light of the continuing Covid 19 situation and in response to government advice, Folk Camps has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the remainder of this year’s Folk Camps for the safety and wellbeing of our campers and staff.
This means that ALL remaining camps for 2020 are now cancelled.
Why have we cancelled?
Folk Camps Council held a meeting this week to discuss the situation. Up to 40% of camp staff are unable to commit to attending a camp this summer because of health concerns for themselves or members of their family.
It is apparent that many campers are in a similar situation.
It is impossible to maintain a proper health regime at camp or effectively sustain social distancing.
There is little prospect of the UK pandemic improving by July to a point where we could confidently risk the enormous costs of setting up the camps.
What will happen now?
Folk Camps has financial reserves to cover the crisis. We will aim to trim our costs to a minimum for the rest of this year. If circumstances allow, we propose to run all the 2020 events in 2021 at the same sites, around the same dates and where possible with the same staff teams. Effectively we are transposing the whole 2020 programme to 2021. (Update on 2021 plans here).
In the light of the Covid-19 situation and in response to government advice, Folk Camps has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel certain camps for the safety and wellbeing of our campers and staff.
This means that ALL weekend camps up to the end of June are cancelled and we have contacted those affected by email to offer refunds.
For the time being we are keeping the main summer camps and August Bank holiday camps under review and will defer a decision until the situation is clearer.
For many Folk Campers this will create mixed feelings – disappointment, relief and the hope we can meet during the summer if it is possible and safe to do so. Never were those famous Folk Camps hugs more needed than now! We don’t yet know when this emergency will be over.
We look forward to being able to run more camps again as soon as the crisis is over!
Best wishes and I hope you are managing as well as possible in this challenging time for us all.