Allen Valleys folk festival set for lift off this weekend

The Allen Valleys Folk Festival will take place in and around Allendale from Friday to Sunday

Allen Valleys Folk Festival
Allen Valleys Folk Festival

A community will band together this weekend as part of a £2m project to celebrate their area’s landscape and heritage.

The Allen Valleys Folk Festival will take place in and around Allendale from Friday to Sunday.

It is part of the four-year Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership.

As well as the area’s wildlife, geology, scenery and lead mining history, the folk festival will highlight present-day culture.

Acts which have been lined up include Chris Ormston, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, Stewart Henry and George Welch, Michael Chapman, the Monster Ceildh Band, Martin Stephenson, Horizontal Sunday, Nomads, The Horse Loom, Johnny Flynn, Rory McLeod, Skylark Song, Will Pound and Watchtone.

Allendale venues include the village hall, St Cuthbert’s Church, Deneholme Country House and Activity Centre, and the Golden Lion.

There will also be workshops ranging from bagpipes to the ukulele, guided walks and poetry.

Guitarist and songwriter Phil Ogg, from Allenheads, will also be performing and is the event’s musical director.


He said: “We have pulled together a varied and comprehensive line-up to suit every taste.

“We have been really lucky to secure some fantastic names.

“The music here has never gone away and we promote it at small rural venues, with the festival being a continuation of that.

“We have a living heritage here and it is constantly being added to.

“It is a community-led festival, with a lot of goodwill and a lot of voluntary hours behind it.”

There are plans to hold at least another three annual festivals.

Tickets are priced from £10 for the Saturday headlining band to £55 for a three-day pass.

Visit www.allenvalleysfolkfestival.

There is also a pop-up shop for local ticket sales in Allendale Square.

Andy Lees, from the AONB Partnership, said: “This is such an exciting prospect for the area.

“It should be a great three days which will be fun for those attending but will also provide a real boost to the economy of the Allen Valleys.”

Peter Aldcroft, chairman of the festival committee, said: “We hope to grow the event year on year.

“It will be great to see the Allen Valleys filling up with visitors.”


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