The Areas of the Folk Group are based on location. They will hold meets throughout the year within their boundaries.
You can camp with any Area within the Folk Group, and you will be allocated to your local Area when you join the Folk Group. You can opt to belong to another Area if you wish – please talk to the Membership Secretary, Margaret Hoggard, to arrange this.
Home Counties cover a wide area – from North London to Northamptonshire and from the East Coast in Norfolk and Suffolk all the way across to Oxfordshire in the west. They generally hold weekend meets from March through to October, and hold some Winter Social day meets through the Winter months.
Midland camp mainly around the West Midlands area, covering Birmingham and the Black Country, along with Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Their weekend meets generally include folk dancing, music sessions, craft and a ukelele band, along with other social activities. They will normally have a get-together on a Saturday morning, and a bring-and-share supper during the Saturday evening ceilidh.
North Central camp around the North and East Midlands, covering Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. One of their popular meets is in September each year in the village of Abbots Bromley, where the local Morris side celebrate the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.
The North West Area covers a large geographic distance, from Cumbria in the north to Cheshire in the south, and across into North Wales. One of the highlights of the North West calendar is their “rolling meet”, covering 3 5-day meets in a row.
The Ridings Area covers the county of Yorkshire, and goes up into Durham and Northumberland. Their weekend meets always have a ceilidh with a live band. One highlight of their year is a meet for the Epworth Folk Festival.
The South East Area covers South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. One big highlight of their camping calendar is the residential weekend held in February in Eastbourne. This is a fantastic weekend by the seaside, with good food, lots of dancing and music and lots of social activities.
South West Area camp all over the South West of England and into South Wales. They generally have 5-day meets with a hall every night. Their ceilidhs always have a live band.
Wessex cover Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. They camp throughout the summer and have 2 meets in the winter to keep in touch. Two highlights from their camping calendar is their meet at Kilima Farm, Lacock for the Chippenham Folk Festival and their meet at Awbridge for the Romsey Beggars Fair.