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Updated Covid Policy – May 2022

We have taken account of the changing national circumstances and regulations, and we will continue to do so.

Summary of Current Policy:

  • Please take a lateral flow test before attending camp, and only attend if you are negative. We will refund your camp fees if you have tested positive just before camp.
  • There is no need to prove your vaccination status to attend a Folk Camp.
  • We will take some additional precautions at each event.

There are more details here, and our Covid Policy FAQ has also been updated.

We aim to run Folk Camps as normally as possible in the current circumstances, while minimising risks to all campers, especially those who are more vulnerable.

We will update this policy as necessary throughout the season.

Spring Bank Holidays – Dates and Locations

Due to the Platinum Jubilee, the spring bank holiday date is moved this year, and there is also an extra bank holiday.

This means that instead of the last Monday in May being the bank holiday, instead we have Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June as bank holidays.

Our Spring Bank Holiday North Folk Camp is at the usual, favourite location of Dalton as usual. It starts on the Thursday afternoon, and continues until Sunday evening, with camping until the Monday morning. This is always a popular camp, with a tradition of activities worth getting involved in. (Duck race…?)

The Southern Folk Camp for that weekend is moved to our beautiful Miserden site, where we also have the Session and Singers Workshop Weekends. The Spring Bank Holiday South Folk Camp starts on the Wednesday afternoon, and finishes on the Sunday afternoon. It follows the Session Workshop Weekend (a few days earlier), and you can connect them with the Inbetweener: a self catering break, with no formal activities arranged, it’s a relaxing few days where what happens is up to you.

Folk Camper in smallest car for longest UK journey

Folk Camper Alex Orchin is driving his Peel 50 (World’s smallest production car) from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money for BBC Children in Need. He has appeared on BBC TV local and national news, various other news sites and has his own YouTube episodes documenting his journey.

He is also playing his bagpipes along the way, which Folk Campers will definitely remember if they ever camped with him!

See YouTube for episode one of his journey and his fundraising page.

Book your 2022 Folk Camps today!

From Friday 12th November you can book your 2022 holidays with Folk Camps!

The full programme for 2022 is now available here.

For our summer weeks there are reduced prices and no deposits required until end of February!

After being forced to cancel our 2020 and 2021 seasons, we are keen to burst back to life in 2022! For that reason, we have REDUCED our summer week prices for one year only and removed the requirement for booking deposits until the end of February 2022. The weekend camps are all still at the same prices as in 2019.

Contact your friends and plan your 2022 Folk Camps with them! It’s first come first served for these popular camps – if we reach the places limit for particular weeks, you can apply to join the waiting list.

If you plan your Folk Camps holidays based on the camp staff, this page may help you.

We look forward to finally meeting you in a field! Bookings ARE NOW OPEN!

2022 Folk Camps Programme Published

The full programme for 2022 is now available to browse. It will be available to book from 12th November.

After being forced to cancel our 2020 and 2021 seasons, we are keen to burst back to life in 2022! For that reason, we have REDUCED our summer week prices for one year only and removed the requirement for booking deposits until the end of February 2022.

The weekend camps are all still at the same prices as in 2019.

Take a look at the programme of Folk Camps now.

Tell your friends and plan your 2022 Folk Camps with them.

Bookings will open on Friday 12th November.

Folk Camps August Weekend Events Cancelled for 2021

With reluctance, Folk Camps Council has decided that with the sudden rise in Covid infections and the continuing uncertainty of government policy, it would not be wise to continue with the August Bank holiday weekends this year (2021).

Folk Camps Council (the trustees and directors) met on 4 July to review the position and unanimously agreed that this was the safest course of action.

Council and the majority of FCS members have been clear that we would only want to run a ‘normal’ Folk Camp, i.e without face masks or social distancing and with the freedom to sing, dance and play music without restriction. The current English Regulations make this impossible. It is not clear this will be permitted without further changes by the end of August.

We are also mindful of the danger of excluding those who are too young to be fully vaccinated by August.

Plans for 2022

In 2022, we very much hope that we will be able to resume our full programme, with many of the sites, people and events we all love. The broad programme will be similar to that planned for 2020 but we are also looking at some exciting new potential locations for the marquee camp.

Online Events

We are planning a week of online Lockerdown events in October, along the lines of previous successful events.

In the meantime may we wish you and your friends and families an enjoyable summer, hopefully in a tent somewhere!

Folk Camps Council

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    Research published into English Social Folk Dance

    “Barn Dances, Ceilidhs, and Country Dancing in England 1945-2020: An Examination of Non-Specialist English Social Folk Dance” by Chloe Elizabeth Middleton-Metcalfe

    This is a PhD thesis that may be of interest to Folk Campers and the wider Folk community. Chloe has attended Folk Camps in the past, and has carried out extensive research into the experience of occasional or novice dancers, at social events, rather than more formal or performance led events.

    It attempts to answer: ‘why do people hold English social folk dances?’. It also covers how dances were taught at 30 recent dance events.

    For those of us that enjoy dancing for its own sake, or play music or call at such events, this is an interesting read.

    You can read the whole PhD Thesis here.