The Folksy Fair 21st and 22nd July


Image by Folk Forest

We’ve done the odd festival, fair and fete (such as the Innocent Village Fete in Regents Park) in the past and we’ve loved doing them but we always felt that we didn’t really fit in as exhibitors, we’re better suited to facilitating designer-makers to sell their work.

So, we’re joining Regather Co-Operative – the people who run the best local events in Sheffield where we live at their wonderful festival The Folk Forest. Together we’re creating a Folksy Fair, where 35 Folksy sellers get to showcase and sell their work, much as they would on Folksy, but offline, in a stunning park surrounded by wonderful folk music and (hopefully) sunshine. And if that wasn’t good enough – it’s all part of Tramlines 2012 – Sheffield’s free for all music festival, that attracts over 100,000 visitors for a city wide weekend festival. We think it’ll be fab.

Here’s the lowdown on The Folk Forest, and The Folksy Fair…

The Folk Forest

Endcliffe Park, Sheffield
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July 2012
12:00-20:00

Two days of the best in folk music and beyond, plus high quality food & drink, real ale & cider, outdoor activities and – new for 2012 – the Folksy Fair arts & craft market. It’s a real escape from the city centre, providing a relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful park, river and woodland location.

The Folk Forest started life last year as the folk music stage at Tramlines in Sheffield.  A corner of Endcliffe Park (images) was transformed into a beautiful weekend of great music, great food & drink and great atmosphere. The event attracted over 8,000 people. This year promises to be bigger, better and even more popular, with people attending that are, in our opinion, people who love not just great folk music, but quality handmade and craft work too.

The Folksy Fair @ The Folk Forest

  • 35 trade concessions available
  • £65 for two days for a 5mx5m pitch
  • Includes a 1.8m x 0.8m table and a vehicle pass
  • Event stewards and security on site
  • Electricity not available
  • Exclusive first offer to Folksy sellers
  • Sellers hand selected to ensure variety and fair representation

Key Dates

Expression of interest needed by Friday 15th June
Concession confirmed by Friday 22nd June

Key Information

You will need: a person to take legal responsibility for booking and running the concession, plus (help with these will be available) shelter, insurance, a risk assessment.

You can share the concession between 2 Folksy sellers – so long as you sort the above.

We recommend: depending on your travel distance arranging somewhere to stay in Sheffield over the weekend (again help available if needed).

You can’t: leave your concession set up overnight, sell food, drink or alcohol, pack up and leave early or get a refund (except in case of event cancellation).

So – if you’re interested and available we strongly recommend you apply asap using the form below and we’ll get back to you within 3 working days with more information on all the above. We’ll also give you an exclusive preview of the weekend line up of music plus info on the outdoor activities, food and drink that’ll be making The Folk Forest the place to be at Tramlines 2012 – See you there!

How to apply

Please apply using the form, below (or fill it out online).

UPDATE

Sian drew us a flyer (hi-res PDF version 3.5mb):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  • June 1, 2012

    Fiona Humphrey (Inkyprints)

    I would really love to do this – every aspect of this fair appeals, the venue, the set-up (http://thefolkforest.net/ ), the Folksy clan, the folk music, the timing and am pretty sure the Folk Forest illustrations are linocut! I have handed in my submission – give it a go everyone, it should be good!

    Fiona (Inkyprints-Originals)

  • June 2, 2012

    Handbagsbyhelen

    What a great idea. Sounds like the perfect place to sell handcrafted stuff, so a great opportunity for folksy sellers ( the only downside for me would be having to listen to 2 days of folk music – lol!). Hope you get some good quality applications and it brings in a lot of attention for Folksy more widely.