Fri 21 - Sun 23 July

Fabulous Folk Forest Expands for 2016

The Folk Forest returns to Endcliffe Park for its sixth year as part of Tramlines Festival. Organised by Regather in partnership with Tramlines, The Folk Forest offers a popular opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the City Centre, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere and stunning river and woodland location.

Grants from the Arts Council England and Sheffield Year of Making have enabled The Folk Forest – dubbed a “festival within a festival” by enthusiasts - to expand this year, with a programme of music, food, beer, art, craft and poetry stretching all the way from Hunters Bar up the Porter Valley to Shepherds Wheel.

Cross over the Porter Brook into the beautiful Endcliffe Glade and discover the Folk Forest Stage, featuring a genre-spanning lineup of acclaimed acts including Field Music, Marika Hackman, C Duncan and Teleman, alongside Sheffield favouritesThe Big Eyes Family Players, and duo Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay, plus many more.

Representing Sheffield’s world famous real ale and craft beer scene, the newly-formed Sheffield Brewery Co-Op will be hosting a beer tent, alongside top quality independent food retailers from across Sheffield.

Meanwhile, in the other field, the free-entry, family-friendly Folk Forest Fair will be back, bigger and better than ever, featuring a second music stage, extensive art & craft market, forest school, new games and loads more for all the family, plus an expanded heritage crafts area offering opportunities to ‘have a go’ with materials like wood, metal and leather under the guidance of the region’s finest crafts people.

Workshops will be less than two hours long and provide something creative and a bit different during the Tramlines weekend. Visit www.folkforest.net for more details of how to book.

Take a short stroll to explore the picturesque Porter Valley up to Shepherd’s Wheel and enjoy an exciting programme of storytelling, music and poetry Scott Russell from Heritage Songs and Sheffield’s leading poets – all inspired by the trees and people of Sheffield.

Meanwhile, the team from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity and Tramlines 2016's official charity partner, will be spending the weekend at the Folk Forest, where they'll be putting on a variety of activities. These will include an immersive virtual reality experience, a drawing competition for children, and an installation that challenges people to think about what home means to them.

http://england.shelter.org.uk/

07 July 2016

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