the friendly festival


(released on 6th SEPTEMBER 2018)


The festival committee has great pleasure in announcing

that subject to contract the

***** 14th WIRRAL FOLK FESTIVAL *****

will take place from


at its usual venue


Chester Road/Dunkirk Lane


CH65 6QF


-----Original Message-----
From: John Owen
To: folksingerjohn
Sent: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:10
Subject: 14th WIRRAL FOLK FESTIVAL -- 31st May to 3rd June 2018

Hello everyone,

It is with great disappointment that I bring to you the unexpected news that next year's 14th WIRRAL FOLK FESTIVAL scheduled to take place from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 3rd June 2018, at The Whitby Club, Ellesmere Port, will not now go ahead due to the non-availability of some members of the organising committee, caused by protracted illness.     

We are treating this cancellation as a sort of 'Glastonbury' i.e. taking a year off.   

In order to assist with continuity, should anyone believe that they have the time and skills to work with (or on) the festival committee then of course I would love to speak to you.

I wish to thank everyone who to date has played any part whatsoever in the presentation  of the festival.

Please pass this information on to any of your contacts who you feel may need to know.

Should you have any observations or queries then please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.

On behalf of myself and my committee colleagues I wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and 2018.

Best regards,

John Owen
0151-678-9902  or  07981-639-336


2017 Festival  --  MESSAGE OF THANKS

On behalf of the festival committee and myself I wish to 
thank everyone for their tremendous support in helping 
again make the festival a superb event.

To all our volunteer staff who worked so tremendously hard 
over the weekend and the staff and management of 
The Whitby Club we say -- 'thank you, thank you, thank you'

To my wife, Angela (Co-director) and the driving force behind it all
 -- 'Very well done'.     You worked so hard to pull it all together despite experiencing a deal of ill health before and during the festival.

If you attended the festival as a performer, both main stage or 
on the fringe we hope you enjoyed yourself and to our 
audiences we say 
'We could not have done it without you'.  

As a non-profit making festival without any financial support from anywhere or anyone, it is so important that the footfall matches 
our financial outlay.

Please keep spreading the word among your folkie friends and 
why not get them to join you next year for a wonderful 
folk festival experience?

Subject to confirmation -- We will do it all again 
from 31st May to 3rd June 2018.

Cheers for now.

John Owen
Festival Chair and Co-Director



Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June 2017

All-on-one-site festival of 

folk & acoustic music, dance, comedy, poetry & crafts 

The Whitby Club & Grounds
Chester Road/Dunkirk Lane
Ellesmere Port
CH65 6QF

On site ~ Caravan & Camping ~ Real Ale ~ Good Food ~ Showers

Here's a selection of photos from earlier festivals. 

There are lots more on our  Facebook page. 

Fairport Convention
Enjoying the sunshine 
Workshop with Calico

The main concert hall

Blackbeard's Tea Party

       Clerical Error entertain

Enjoying Richard Digance