Gate To Southwell Festival 2016

Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June 2016
Festival Site, Workhouse Lane, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PT, England MAP
£105 including camping on Thursday
daily capacity: 3000
last updated: Wed 25th May 2016

around the festival site

Based on a greenfield site alongside the National Trust workhouse with two main marquee stages and many events taking place in and around the beautiful Minster town of Southwell.

The 10th The Gate to Southwell Festival takes place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June 2016.

Showcasing international performers of the folk scene, and local performers, with folk dances playing a big part over the weekend, there's plenty of opportunity to get involved in the workshops, ceilidhs, open mic stages and children's events.

This year the festival is moving sites, down the road next to Southwell Racecourse, It is a larger site so camping and caravans can be next to the main field. They will be putting on a loop bus service between the site and town centre throughout the weekend.


Southwell's folk festival will coincide with the annual Gate to Southwell procession of Morris dancers to Southwell Minster from Nottingham city centre.


Latest additions Flats & Sharps, The Teacups, Alejandro Toledo's Full Attack Band featuring Fedzilla, The Penny Black Remedy, The Jeremiahs , Mawkin, The Ooks Of Hazzard, The Corn Potato String Band, and The Henry Girls.

Kila and False Lights top the bill Thursday, Hayseed Dixie headline on Friday, Saturday's bill is topped by Show of Hands, and Eddi Reader appears on Sunday night. Also confirmed are Moulettes, Jackie Oates Trio, The Henry Girls, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Mike West & Truckstop Honeymoon, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, Vishten, Meaghan Blanchard, Heretique, Ange Hardy, Mick Ryan & Paul Downes, Pete Morton, and Keith Donnelly. Many more names to be confirmed.

On Thursday to celebrate the tenth birthday there's an evening of music plus a firework display at the site near Southwell Racecourse with free buses between Southwell and the festival site.

To celebrate the Bob Dylan's 75th birthday this year there'll be a special tribute concert led by Jim Moray of False Lights, there'll be special guest performances of Dylan classics by Steve Knightley, Jackie Oates, The Henry Girls, Canada's Meaghan Blanchard, California's Ooks Of Hazzard plus Mick Ryan & Paul Downes and Pete Morton.

For the line-up details as available see the Southwell Folk Festival line-up page.


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An adult weekend ticket is priced at £90 plus camping or weekend extra (to inc Thurs) £105. A youth weekend (aged 12 - 18 years) no camping ticket is priced at £50. Youth camping is an additional £8. A family (2 Adults and 2 Youths) weekend extra ticket including Thursday camping is priced at £268.

A campervan pass is priced at £5. Day tickets are also available.

Prices do not include booking fees.

Around the town

Roots and Acoustic Music across three stages, plus concerts, ceilidhs, dance displays, children’s events, workshops. Real ale & cider festival, food and craft stalls on the festival site.Events around town including sessions in local pubs. Free parking for day visitors. Various dance teams will be appearing in the town and around the festival site.

Kids activities

As well as music there will be children's entertainment in the second marquee. The triple turreted children's tent will house various workshops and activities.

Beer festival

The festival usually also includes a beer and cider festival, with about 40 beers, mostly from micro breweries, and will include several specially commissioned brews and also offer a wide variety of catering options.


Camping is on adjacent fields. There is camping available, priced at around £15 for adults, or £8 for a youth (12-17) with limited space for caravans and motor homes (£5 extra).

More information will be here when available.

GatetoSouthwell 2013

Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June 2016
Festival Site, Workhouse Lane, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PT, England MAP
£105 including camping on Thursday
daily capacity: 3000
last updated: Wed 25th May 2016

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