Festival Office Opens on the Riverside at 10 am. Camp Site Opens at 1 pm (access from the lay-by). First Event 6:30 at the Sports Club. Concerts etc. from 8 pm. We’ll provide the entertainment – bring your own sunshine!

Welcome to our Festival web site!

The guest list is complete, the venues are being lined up, the Morris bells are being polished, the weather ordered for the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend and tickets are now on sale.

Helen has, again, excelled herself in booking many "old" favourites and the best of the crop of new talent - please see the Artists List.

The usual array of Morris Dancers and other entertainers are being booked, but there is still room for some more.

We are re-introducing an Open mic event on Saturday 29th April - early evening in the Star

Good, entertaining and engaging folk singers/musicians are invited to take part. This will be an acoustic event where you will be able to perform 2 songs or tunes possibly in the middle of the room, possibly on stage. Those judged to be the most entertaining and/or engaging will be offered performance spots in our 2018 Festival.

You can register your interest at the event or immediately before in the bar downstairs.

If you have any questions contact or see Russ or Ken before the event.

We are running a Session of Words at the Festival this year in the Library. This will build on the successful Story Telling sessions in past years which establishes the scope for expanding the events for tales whether from shaggy dogs or other animals. Consequently both experienced and budding Wordsmiths are invited to contact the us via to join in a session which will be a mix of Poems, Yarns, Rhymes and Tales, possibly interlaced with the odd Shaggy Dog Story?

Our regular competitions, The Duck Race, The Andy Scarf Memorial Trophy for Morris Announcements, The JB Cup for writers of un-accompanied songs and the Clog Competition (with Huw Williams as one of the judges) will be held over the weekend. In addition, we have a new event on Saturday - an Acoustic Talent Competition - looking for next year's guests. These will showcase the crème de la crème of the folk world.

Three new events for Upton 2017!

A festival like Upton does not just happen; we are lucky to have a great town with unstinting support from the Council (both elected members and staff), traders, publicans and townspeople. It also takes a lot of effort from the dedicated committee, stewards, box office staff and other volunteers, three of whom are resigning this year.

Firstly, Steve Underwood who has acted as treasurer and Company Secretary for many years and without whom we could not have functioned; secondly, Jo Bowmer who, with her fantastic helpers, has manfully manned the box office (and put up with me) and thirdly, I will be hanging up my chain of office and passing the festival onto new hands to take it into its fourth decade.

If you feel you could contribute to running the festival (especially replacing the retiring officers) please either contact me (Chairman@UptonFolk.ORG) or, if you fancy stewarding, contact the Stewards Organiser. For artists, stalls, ticket sales etc. please use one of the links listed below

Tickets will be on sale during February 2017 either via this website or by phone from the Upton Tourist Information office. If you would like further details please email BoxOffice@UptonFolk.ORG

Richard Hannah – Chairman

Upton Folk Festival,
Tudor House,
9 Kinnersley,
Severn Stoke,

If you would like to contact us please use the links below:

Box Office
Morris Squire
Artists Liaison

The Upton in Bloom Duck Race 2017

Live images from the riverside Festival site and river

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