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Spring Term 2016

Our new Spring Term Programme will be out on Tuesday 17th November. Enrolments will open at 9.00am.Please pick up a programme from reception or visit the website. You can enrol in person, on the phone or by post.

Please note: Some courses (e.g. Pottery, Dressmaking and Art History) are extremely popular and fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment please enrol early in person or on the phone, or become a Co-op member and take advantage of early enrolment.

Folk House Co-op members will be able to enrol from 9.00am Monday 16th November. If you would like to sign up to the Co-op in order to take advantage of this exclusive enrolment day, you will need to do so by 12.00pm on Wednesday 10th November. Yearly membership to the Folk House Co-op costs £12 and more information can be found above.

Please note that Folk House Co-op members can only enrol themselves on courses on Monday 16th November, you cannot enrol family or friends unless they too are members.

Thank you for your continued support of the Folk House.




Bristol Folk House Darkroom

The Bristol Folk House has a brand new, purpose built wet-based photography facility, which is available for use to darkroom members and users from the beginning of August. The darkroom offers a programme of brand new exciting traditional photography courses and workshops throughout the year.

Darkroom Facilities include, 7 black and white enlargers 35mm/ medium/large format, Black and white film development facilities, print finishing facilities, technical support and chemistry.

Becoming a member gives you greater flexibility and the benefits of, 6 days per week availability, which include evenings and Saturdays, exclusively for members and discounted session rates.

For more information please email to join our mailing list.

The Darkroom will be open to members to use from the 14th September and we have started taking bookings .




Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival

8th Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March 2016

2 Days of Bluegrass Music and Workshops.

at The Bristol Folkhouse, 40A Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG.

Concert Friday night. Workshops, open mic, open jam and concert Saturday.

Bands appearing: The Ben Somers String Band,The Grass Snakes, Heather Bristow, The Hogranch, The Jolenes, The Kentucky Cow Tippers and The Vanguards.

Friday only ticket £15

Saturday only ticket £17

Both days ticket £29

Banjo, fiddle and guitar workshops (Saturday morning)£25

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March 2016 -



Gift Vouchers Available

Gift Vouchers are available from the Folk House reception in person or over the phone. You can choose an amount (valid for 1 year) or book a particular course or workshop.




Postcards now 50p

Got a favourite cover from over the years? Folk House postcards are now available from reception, only 50p or 4 for £1.50. Collect all 8.




Drop in & Draw - Friday

Our popular Drop in & Draw sessions run each Friday during term time. There is no tuition in these sessions but the model is provided so just come along with your drawing materials and get drawing!

Every Friday during term time 10:00 - 13:00

£10 for one session.

Sessions for the Autumn and Spring Term will be held on the following dates:

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November

4th, 11th December

8th, 15th, 22nd,29th January

5th, 19th, 26th February

4th, 11th, 18th March

Please note that spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis in person only, on the day (you cannot pay for someone who is due to arrive later). We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to give yourself the best chance of getting a place. You must arrive before 10 am as we have a strict policy that no one is allowed to enter the classroom after this time. This is due to the disruption of the class and the privacy of the model.

Session dates:

8th, 15th , 22nd, 29th January

5th, 19th, 26th February

4th, 11th, 18th March




Join the Folk House Co-op today!

As we are a self-funding organisation, The Bristol Folk House relies heavily on the support of our co-op members to continue running this huge range of courses and workshops.

For just £12 per year you can become a member of the co-op and take advantage of these lovely incentives:

The Folk House prospectus straight to your door. We will post the prospectus out to you before it goes online.

Exclusive enrolment day. We open enrolments to co-op members one day before everyone else.

Quick enrolment. Just give us your co-op number and away you go!*

Local Shop Discounts. You will receive discounts in lots of friendly shops local to Park Street.

Newsletter. Keep in the loop with everything that's been happening by receiving our annual newsletter.

AGM. An invitation to the Folk House Annual General Meeting.

Inner Happiness. Get a lovely warm glow inside knowing that you are supporting the Folk House and everything we do!

*remember to tell us if you move house or change your number though!

If you'd like to join you can either fill in the enrolment form at the back of the prospectus or ring us on 0117 926 2987. Thanks!

Please note there is a £1 charge for a replacement card so make sure you keep it safe!




Latest News

Spring Term 2016

Term starts 4th January...  more

Bristol Folk House Darkroom

Membership opens in September...  more

Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival

Back for its 8th year!...  more

Gift Vouchers Available

...  more

Drop in & Draw - Friday

Spring Term Dates...  more

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You can download the prospectus for our Spring courses 2016
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BFH Prospectus pdf


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Website design & build: Daniel Penfold

Contact Information

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