Welcome to Hartlepool Folk Festival 2016!

This year’s Hartlepool Folk Festival will be based at the Maritime Experience in Hartlepool, now part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. This lovely site is home to an historic 18th century-themed quay and HMS Trincomalee, the oldest floating warship in the world. From atmospheric concerts overlooking the ship, to below-decks music sessions and shanty singing on the quayside, the Maritime Experience provides a fantastic new site for imaginative concerts, workshops, sessions, singarounds and special events. Mainstage concerts take place at the Town Hall Theatre, a 10 minute walk away. 

We’ll be preserving all that was best about the Headland in 2015, including a compact site that’s easy to navigate, cosy singarounds and sessions, concerts ranging from mainstage to intimate, fringe events, and bags of atmosphere.

DANCE: We’ll be announcing more ceilidhs, and news of morris sides is also on the way.

FAMILIES: There is SO MUCH TO DO! From the Museum of Hartlepool with its sea monsters, monkeys and mermaids to a huge play ship for your own imaginary voyages, plus a discovery centre, a walk-through shipboard adventure (complete with a dramatic sea battle), and loads of interactive displays, the site is spectacularly family-friendly. We’ll be laying on extra themed activities and workshops, too!

We can’t wait to welcome you to the new site. Huge thanks to the Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool Borough Council and Arts Council England, whose support has made it all possible.