Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June sees the annual Wimborne Folk Festival. A colourful spectacle of traditional folk dance and music was first held in August 1980 as a one day event. It was such a success that it became a local point for the largest gathering of dance teams and musicians in the south of England.
For the old town of Wimborne Minster, held in the shadow of the 12th Century Minster Church of St Cuthberga it is considered by many to be the major event of the year.
Below: Highlights of the Wimborne Folk Festival 2009
As the title suggests, the event if a folk affair with guests including Four Men and a Dog, At First Light, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, Alan Burke, Rosie Doonan & the Snapdragons, Cathal Hayden & Gerry O'Connor, Brian Finnegan Trio, The Long Notes, Steve Tilston, The Old Dance School, Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, Mike Silver, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Elbow Jane, Christi Andropolis & David Newey, Jim Reynolds, Tyde, Tinderbox, Andy Stone Band, Bob Whitley & Frank Boyle .
As well as music, Folk Dancers and Morris Dancers will be performing throughout the town, From traditional whites with bells to weird and wonderful, the highly dramatic and colourful!
For details and updates of performances visit: www.wimbornefolkfestival.co.uk