Welcome To The Dartmoor Folk Festival


The ‘Virtual Dartmoor Folk Festival 2020’ was a huge success. 

Thanks to Rob Pudner of ’Entertainingly Different’ who started the day with his popular ‘Rise and Shine’ show on ZOOM and streamed LIVE TO FACEBOOK. Along with CHRISTABEL White, Jim Causley and Kim Insull from ‘Really Wild Learning’.

Thanks to Matt Norman, Jenny Read, Lisa Sture and Richard De Salis for organising the ‘Virtual Broom Dance and Step Dance Competitions’. 

Each of the competitors joined a zoom meeting and were called to dance in turn, in their own homes. Each of the judges watched the dances live in their homes and scored on an online score sheet. The Step Dance Competition was streamed LIVE TO FACEBOOK and the Broom Dance winner was shown during the live broadcast. Check out the DARTMOOR FOLK FESTIVAL FACEBOOK PAGE for all the recordings of the virtual festival.

Virtual Stepdance 2020

Virtual Broomdance 2020

Rob Pudner Belstone Tor

We will miss seeing our good friends John & Katie Howson behind the Veteran CD stall this year, however here is the next best thing! Their virtual Festival CD stall is up and running with lots of titles from various labels available for you to purchase online helping to create that festival atmosphere at home. CLICK HERE to visit the shop.

Veteran virtual shop


If you feel you'd like to make a donation towards the future of the Dartmoor Folk Festival please see the Donate page or CLICK HERE.


It is with much sadness that we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year's Dartmoor Folk Festival. We have been working hard to try to find a way to run the event as planned, but the ongoing developments surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic will not allow us to do so safely. After 42 years of being an annual event, you will appreciate that this decision has not been taken lightly.


Our top priority has to be the wellbeing of everyone involved in staging the festival, the hundreds of visitors who join us every year, and most importantly the wider local community.  

We know that this news will be a huge disappointment to all involved and The Festival Association appreciates that it will have a significant impact on local businesses, our suppliers, traders, and the artists we had booked to perform.

On a brighter note, we look forward to welcoming everyone to the Festival again next year on August 6, 7 and 8, 2021 for a ‘proper job’ celebration of the music, song and dance traditions of Dartmoor. We are already taking ‘steps’ to move artists bookings to the 2021 line-up and details will be confirmed later in the year. Those who have booked tickets for this year will automatically roll over to 2021, or if requested, refunds will be made.

We will all miss catching up with old friends this August, and as well as sending our best wishes, we thank everyone for their understanding and support. 

The 43rd Dartmoor Folk Festival is now proposed to take place on the 6th, 7th & 8th August 2021 in the village of South Zeal near Okehampton in Devon. We look forward to seeing you again next year for another exciting packed weekend of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, song and music sessions, children's festivalcraft displays, folk service, Dartmoor ramble and much more. Check out the ARTISTS page and other tabs.

Also keep an eye on our social media feeds for updates. Facebook, Twitter - @dartmoorfolk and Instagram - dartmoorfolkfestival.media

Please don't forget that DOGS are not permitted at any festival venue including the recreation ground. (terms and conditions of the venues that we hire) They are welcome on the festival campsite on a lead. 

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STEPDANCE NEWS. The Dartmoor Stepdance Project was a huge success and is still going, visit the website for details http://www.dartmoorstepdance.org.uk 

If you have any memories of Dartmoor Stepdancing, or photos / videos we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line via the Contact page. For details click here to visit the project website



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Tinners Morris - Come and join the fun. 

Click here for info.


        Bob Cann Photo           

In the words of the late Bob Cann BEM (the festival's founder) "Yer tiz again - zongs, music and danzin' from dear ole Dart-i-moor! Welcum to this gurt weekend 'ope twill run proper zuent!" Proper Job. 





Some photos from 2017

Photos courtesy of Alan Quick.