Folk Festival in Markbeech, Kent

Join us for the best small festival around!

“Ale” is a term used in past times by Kentish folk to describe a community celebration and that’s what Folk Ale is – a chance for musicians and fans of acoustic music to get together, sing, play, and listen to great music against a backdrop of beautiful Kent countryside overlooking Ashdown Forest.

You’ve missed your chance for 2018 – but join us next year for concerts, singarounds, open mic, workshops, dancing, a craft fair, real ales and more.

2018 Pigs Ear Folk Ale was held from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 3rd June. Festival headliners include evergreen favourite Richard Digance providing our traditional musical comedy spot, and up and coming bands from the national and local folk scene with Granny’s Attic, Footdown, and Hobo and the Hippies. With old friends such as Jez Lowe, Missouri Gutts, Hartley Morris and the many wonderful Friends of the Folk Ale, the Programme for 2018 lives up to our ambition to make every year the “best ever Pig’s Ear Folk Ale.” Take a look at the Programme Page for more details.   Remember you can book for the whole weekend, or for one day, or for a particular concert.

This friendly little festival is set in the grounds of a Free House,  The Kentish Horse pub at Markbeech. Onsite camping is available.