WHFF is a small, intimate, relaxed festival where there is an emphasis on creating an inclusive atmosphere and encouraging everyone to play a part in the weekend’s events. There is plenty of opportunity to sing, play or tell a story with singarounds and music sessions every day, sometimes set around a particular theme
Welcome to the White Horse Folk Festival website. Taking place in Grove, near Wantage in rural Oxfordshire. WHFF is a small, friendly festival for folk fans who enjoy making new friends. It has been described as just like a weekend-long party - and that’s just how we like it!!
How it all started
The White Horse Folk Festival has been running since 1997. Following the end of an era with the closure of the Stanford in the Vale Folk Festival in 1995 we succumbed to public pressure and started a new event which takes place in Grove, near Wantage, Oxfordshire
Festival guests are encouraged to be part of the general goings-on over the weekend and will host workshops, mini-concerts or give special presentations as well as performing in the Saturday evening concert in Grove Village Hall.
Local dance sides add colour and variety on the Saturday, dancing out or running workshops during the day, finishing up at the Bell PH in Grove. Then on Saturday evening in The Old Mill Hall, Grove, WHFF joins forces with White Horse Ceilidhs for a stomping English Ceilidh. Energetic and lively, the White Horse Ceilidhs have gained a reputation for lively, energetic dances which guarantee to have everyone dancing their socks off!!!
6th March 2019.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our dear friend Tony O'Neill. He died suddenly after a fall at his home in Whitby. Tony ran all the Big Sing sessions at WHFF until 2017, and previously at SIVFF. Tony will be greatly missed by all.
Our Artist Line-up is now available for 2019 - and a very exciting mix it looks to be!