Chippenham Folk Festival is now in its 47th successful year.
Although it has seen many changes since its beginnings in Lacock all those years ago, it still retains its 'village' atmosphere, providing three and a half days packed with song, dance, workshops and dance displays.
Over 200 events take place within the town centre, turning the whole town into a giant party.
The main ceilidh and concert events take place in bvenues close to the beautiful park alongside the river, while practically every pub and venue in the town is used for a vast range of sessions, workshops and smaller concerts and dances.
The childrens have their own festival based on Island Park a large craft marquee, catering facilities and an open air arena in the park. The High Street and historic Market Square are both pedestrianised, and are used throughout the weekend for busking, street theatre and processions. A huge street fair also takes place on the Monday.
Chippenham is a small market town on the banks of the river Avon in rural Wiltshire, England, but easily accessible from the M4, Junction 17. It is also on the main railway line between London and the South West of England, which puts it just 75 minutes from London by train. (See In and Around Chippenham for more information about Chippenham and the surrounding area)
The festival does not discriminate in terms of race, disability, religion, gender
or age. The festival also believes in free speech and allows people to express
their opinions (full details).
Camping and caravanning are available to season ticket holders
on riverside sites in the centre of the town.