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Folk at the Farm festival coming to Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

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A new one-day festival is coming to Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in July, when Folk at the Farm celebrates Shropshire’s fantastic legacy of folklore, music and traditions.

An image of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm taken by a drone. Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be hosting the Folk at the Farm festival

Aerial shot of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm by Drone Rangers

On Saturday 20 July 2019, storytellers, musicians, artists and craftspeople will present a full day’s programme of performances and activities for both adults and children to enjoy.

There will be poetry and song, talks and tall tales, craftsmen and artists demonstrating and selling their work, activities for the youngsters, workshops, locally made products, food and beers.

Performers include Whalebone and Jean Atkin, Men from Off, Sal Tonge, Suzanne and Jake Tumnus, Andy Harrop, Val Littlehales and Free Born Rising, there’ll be something to enjoy all day.

The event is organised by ‘Folk’, an informal grouping of artists, storytellers, and folklore enthusiasts, who share a wish to explore creatively this special and sometimes overlooked aspect of the county’s history.

The group is primarily exploring and celebrating the work of three women folklore collectors from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries: Georgina Jackson, Charlotte Burne, and Mary Webb.

Folk at the Farm sees the start of a longer project around these three women and their legacy, which it is hoped will extend the work of collecting and recording local stories and traditions right up to the present day.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“It’s great to see Acton Scott Historic Working Farm hosting an event that promotes local stories and traditions.

“There’s going to be loads of things for families and groups to do so I’m looking forward to seeing the Farm busy with people.”

The project and festival are the brainchild of local folklorist Anne-Marie Lagram, who said:

“Wonderful music, exciting stories, poetry workshops, crafts from blacksmithing to basketry, beekeeping and natural beauty products – plus the animals and displays at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm – what better setting for a great day out!”

Folk at the Farm will run from 10am – 7pm at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

Tickets cost £30 for a family of four (2 adults + 2 children) or £15 for an adult (£10 OAP) and £6 per child.

For more information and tickets, visit www.folkcc.co.uk or click here.

You can find more information about Acton Scott Historic Working Farm here.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is managed and maintained by Shropshire Council.