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Bristol Folk Festival

Saturday 3rd May and 4th May 2014

Bristol Folk Festival is one of the UKs best known and loved May-Day-Weekend Festivals. Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May 2014 will be moving to a new home at two of the best and most respected venues in Bristol: St Georges and Bristol Folk House, placed almost next door to each other. The Folk House Main Hall will play host to some of the biggest acts of the Folk Festival including Martha Tilston.

Ticket price: Weekend ticket £68.00 adv. / Day tickets - £35 adv.

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Discover Hidden Treasures this Summer

Summer Term 2014

Tuesday 22nd April - Monday 7th July

Enrolments for Summer Term 2014 are now oepn.

Details of all the courses and workshops are available on the courses page of our website and in our prospectus which is available from the Folk House. You can enrol by paying over the phone with a credit or debit card, by sending us a cheque with an enrolment form, or you can pop in and see us at reception.

There are over 200 courses and workshops including all your old favourites as well as some brand new ones such as Sewing by Hand, Introduction to Art History, Creative Writing, and more!

Thank you for your continued support of the Folk House and we hope to see you all soon!




Somerdale: Unwrapped

An exhibition by photographer David Calvin and this exhibition will also be a part of the Bristol Festival of Photography.

Following its closure over three years ago, architectural and landscape photographer David Calvin revisited, by invitation, the former Fry's/Cadbury's Somerdale factory at Keynsham.

Its vast, beguiling interiors form the subject of his latest project, Somerdale: Unwrapped, documenting this historic industrial site which is currently undergoing a dramatic phase of redevelopment.

Please have a look at other works by David Calvin and find out more about the artist at...

From the Thursday 1st to Saturday 31st May 2014 - in the café bar



Folk House Summer Flea Market

Saturday 7th June

10.00am - 4.00pm


Folk House Hall

Join us for our annual Summer market where our lovely local and independent stall holders will be in full swing!! They will be selling everything from vintage clothing & accessories, records, books, bric-a-brac and toys plus gifts such as cheese and homewares. The cafe will be serving up delicious treats and it'll be the perfect place to find those unique and special presents!

We are still taking bookings for stalls. Please email with photos of what you intend to sell. Thank you!




The Bristol Folk House - An Exhibition of Historical Photos

A semi-permanent photography exhibition showing historical images of the Bristol Folk House.

From the 30th of January 2014 - in the café bar



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 £10 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!




Drop in & Draw every 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 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00.

£6.50 for one session or £10 for both

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

25th April

2nd, 9th, 16th May

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June

6th, 4th July

Please note that spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis in person only (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.




Latest News

Bristol Folk Festival

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Discover Hidden Treasures this Summer

Enrolments open!...  more

Somerdale: Unwrapped

An exhibition by photographer David Calvin...  more

Drop in & Draw every Friday

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You can download the prospectus for our Spring term courses 2014
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