Workshops & Talks

Download the full workshop timetable –  WFF17 Workshops

Workshops are a great way to learn new dances, instrumental skills or styles, or even to meet new friends who share your interests – they’re good fun too!

At Warwick, all our Workshops are led by experienced tutors, many of whom will be appearing elsewhere at the Festival as artists. There’s usually a specific topic, aim or objective, and the content can normally be graded according to the level of prior knowledge/experience/ability needed. We also have a programme of talks in our lecture theatre, your chance to learn more about folk, Warwick and tradition.

Warwick’s workshops are a mini university scattered through the festival programme. Each workshop is a friendly chance to stretch yourself – literally in our Tai Chi classes, or belly dancing if you really want to raise a sweat. You can learn tips from the ace musicians headlining our concerts, or try your hand at the bodhran, bones, ukulele or whistles you’ve seen in the festival marketplace.

New for 2017 we have a stargazing workshop, and a daily festival sketchcrawl – Bring along your pens, pencils or watercolours(and a folding stool if you have one) and capture the sights and scenes of the festival site in your sketchbooks. Daily sketchcrawls led by Trevor Hewett. All abilities and styles welcome. Let’s draw the festival together! Afterwards, sketches up to A3 size will be scanned for possible use in future festival graphic displays or publicity.  Saturday and Sunday 10 – 12.30

The festival line-up has something to inspire everyone, and our workshops are where you delve deeper into whatever catches your imagination. Folk has always encouraged its dancers, musicians, singers, storytellers, and Warwick’s great workshop programme is a perfect chance to take another step towards your dreams of stardom, or just to learn a little more.

Tuneworks – all weekend

This year, Tuneworks will be running a series of workshops based around widening your repertoire of traditional tunes and putting you together with lots of like-minded players. We have separate sessions for both beginners and improvers. Have a look on – you can download a tunebook for each session. The beginners book has eight tunes and there are audio clips to help you learn the tunes and guide you as to the speed they will be played at. The improvers tunebook has a wider range of well known tunes, all useful at sessions around the country, and the session will be slightly faster though still at a very relaxed speed. Remember to bring your tunebooks with you to the festival if you need them! Please email the Tuneworks team (via the link on their website) if you need any more information.

Shapenote Singing workshop – Sunday

Warwick Folk Festival Choir

Come and join over 50 enthusiastic singers on Monday evenings in Warwick
for a series of sessions leading to a couple of short, informal performances at the Festival on Sunday 30 July. Over 6 weeks we will be singing a cracking selection of a cappella harmony folk songs from around the world. The sessions, run by popular local choir leader Bruce Knight, will be fun and lively and satisfy both the beginner and the seasoned a cappella singer.

Dates: Monday 19 June – Monday 24 July, plus rehearsal and gigs on Sunday 30 July
Venue: St. Nicholas Church, Warwick, CV34 4JD (just by the huge car park at St. Nicholas Park)
Time: 7:30 – 9:30

Cost: £35 (payable on the first night)
Contact:, or phone 01926 778454.   Places MUST be PRE-BOOKED

Workshop Artists Include: