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Summer Term 2015 Enrolments

Enrolments for Summer Term 2015 will open on Tuesday 17th March at 9am.

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

Folk House Co-op members will be able to enrol from Monday 16th March. 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 3pm on Wednesday 11th March. Yearly membership to the Folk House Co-op costs £10 and more information can be found here.

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

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




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



An exhibition of Black and White Photography by Chris Waller and Wendy Leocque.

An exhibition of Black and White Photography by Chris Waller and Wendy Leocque.

1st-31st May

Traditional silver-gelatin photography is enjoying a revival as more and more people are rediscovering the magic of the darkroom. Photographers and artists alike are engaging with the vintage and archaic photographic processes, discovering the creative potential offered. Developing and hand printing your photographs gives a very different appreciation of photography. There is a connection through the mechanics of analogue that simply slows you down and draws you in. This back-to-basics, vintage technique can be a gateway to the past through the materials you discover - old family negatives, or the equipment you use to produce these images.

Traditional photography has a certain tactile quality. You handle the film, the chemicals, the negatives, the paper. You watch the image slowly emerging in the dull red light of the darkroom. The choice of film, developer and paper, darkroom technique, toning - all are brought to bear in creating the final print.

Chris Waller and Wendy Leocque have both been involved in producing, facilitating and organising traditional photography workshops and events for many years and they are now bringing their knowledge, experience and passion for photography to the new Folk House Darkroom.

- in the café bar



Under Construction

We have a very exciting new project taking place in our courtyard. We are in the early stages of redeveloping our basement. Watch this space to find out what we are up too....




Bristol Folk Festival

Saturday 2nd May and 3rd May 2015

Bristol Folk Festival is one of the UKs best known and loved May-Day-Weekend Festivals. Boasting the most incredible, star-studded line up to date, and offering a diverse array of folk festival activities, May Day Bank Holiday 2015 promises to be bigger than ever.

Ticket price: Weekend ticket £70.00 adv. / Day tickets - £37 adv.

Tickets are available from




Pip Seymour Free Day Event

Pip Seymour will be hosting a free event day at the Bristol Folk House in connection with Bristol Fine Art.

It will be a drop-in free paint event and people are welcome to pop in as they please or stay for the full day.

Join us in the Bristol Folk House Hall for a day of demonstrations and a chance to meet the makers of this wonderful paint.

Pip and his partner Rebecca will be talking throughout the day about:

Paint making processes - How to make oil paint and how to make acrylic paint.

Pigments and their various properties and uses.

Practical demonstrations for Pip Seymour Acrylic paints and painting techniques.

Practical demonstrations for Pip Seymour Oil paints and painting techniques.

Talking and demonstrating Pip Seymour painting mediums for oils and acrylics.

Practical demonstrations for Pip's Ancient Drawing Materials.

Practical demonstrations for Pip's Water Colour paints.

Nick from Bristol Fine Art will also be at the Pip Seymour paint event all day and will be providing canvases and paper for anyone to have ago.

There will be free samples and plenty of paint and mediums for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday 15th April 2015


- Bristol Folk House Hall



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 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.

£7 for one session or £10 for both

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

24th April

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd May

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June

3rd 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 and do arrive on time as you will not be allowed into the classroom once the class has started.




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!




Latest News

Summer Term 2015 Enrolments

Open 17th March at 9am...  more

Under Construction

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Bristol Folk Festival

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Pip Seymour Free Day Event

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Workshops in March

See what we've got coming up......  more

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You can download the prospectus for our Summer term courses 2015
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BFH Prospectus pdf


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