Bristol Folk Festival returns to the city for 2019 under a new team. The best of the UK’s folk scene take to stages across Bristol over the May bank holiday weekend.
The festival is held across St Stephen’s Church and Bristol Folk House on Friday evening and Saturday and culminates at the beautiful St George’s on Sunday 5 May. The programme will spill into the city with workshops and after-hours sessions.
Grab a weekend ticket for the full festival experience. Or dip into the festival with a pass for Friday (night), Saturday (day and night) or Sunday (day and night).
Our What’s On pages will reveal the line-up over the coming weeks. Please note that as with any festival you will choose between stages.
Bristol Folk Festival takes place in three main venues, all within easy walking distance of each other in the heart of Bristol. Friday and Saturday concerts happen at Bristol Folk House (Park Street) and St Stephen’s Church (St Stephen’s Street) and Sunday Concerts are at St George’s concert hall (Great George Street, just off Park Street).
Bristol Folk Festival is held in several venues with varying accessibility. We summarise for each venue below, but please check with us or the venue if you need more information or have particular needs. Contact us if you would like spaces or seats reserved, where possible, for wheelchair-users or carers.
- St George’s: has a dedicated accessible entrance from Charlotte Street via a lift which provides step-free access to all of the venue with the exception of the galleries. For more info, visit the St George’s accessibility page.
- St Stephen’s: has an accessible entrance with a movable ramp. Seating in the church is in pews, with sufficient space for wheelchairs. Access to the toilets is via an outside door.
- Bristol Folk House: is on multiple levels connected with steps, and wheelchair access is difficult. For more information, see the ‘Venue Accessibility’ section on the Folk House Contact Us page.
Trains: Regular train services run from across the country to Bristol Temple Meads station which is a 15 minute walk from the venues.
Buses: National Express and Megabus run regular services into Bristol Coach Station from across the UK. Local bus services 1, 8, 9, and 54 regularly run to the venues from Bristol Temple Meads Station throughout the day. For more information and times see the First Bus Website.
Taxis: Grab an Uber or pick up a taxi from one of the numerous ranks in the centre (e.g. St Augustine’s Parade).