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Barking Folk Festival

FREE family festival with the best music and dance from around the world

Saturday 5 August

Barking Abbey Green

12pm to 7pm

No tickets required!

Enjoy music and dance from around the world as the Barking Folk Festival returns for its eighth year with a headlining performance from Skinny Lister.

Folk on the Green

Soak up the festival vibes at the main stage with the biggest names in world folk music

Time Performer
12.05pm Mariachi Las Adelitas 
1.20pm Jack Valero
2.10pm Honey and the Bear
3.10pm Beans On Toast
4pm Bee2
5pm James Smith
6pm Skinny Lister
Folk Around the World

Chill out whilst enjoying music and dance acts representing folk from around the globe in our tearoom.

Time Performer
12.05pm Haverfolk
12.40pm Versme
1.05pm Steel Pan Agency
1.55pm Events2 Empower
2.05pm Katy Carr
2.40pm Haverfolk
3.10pm Tej the dhol drummer and StormV Entertainments
3.30pm Steel Pan Agency
4.15pm Arte Pura Capoeira - African Portuguese Speaking Community
4.35pm BrosnaCan Academy
4.55pm Katy Carr
5.25pm Tej the dhol drummer
5.45pm Arte Pura Capoeira - African Portuguese Speaking Community
The Playground
Creative workshops - 12pm to 5pm
  • Dino Crafts
  • Flower workshop
  • Don’t be Stresshead make a Cresshead
Family Shows and Attractions
Time Show
12pm to 5pm - at intervals Meet the Dinos
12pm to 5pm Play Den (under 5s)
12.45pm Shrinking Violets - Bubbleologists
1pm Mr Alexander's Travelling Show 
2.45pm Mr Alexander's Travelling Show 
3pm to 3.30pm Shrinking Violets - Bubbleologists
3.45pm Mr Alexander's Travelling Show 
4.15pm to 4.45pm Shrinking Violets - Bubbleologists
4.30pm The Flying Eagle Seagull Project

The Wellness Hub

Time Performer
12pm to 6pm Mini treatments with The Heal Studios
12pm to 6pm Free facepainting with What's a Cheek
12.30pm  Storytelling with Shane
12.55pm to 1.25pm Yoga session with Angela Zia
1.30pm Storytelling with Shane
2pm to 2.30pm Yoga session with Angela Zia
2.30pm to 3pm Yoga session with Angela Zia
3.15pm Storytelling with Shane
3.40pm to 4.10pm Yoga session with Angela Zia
4.15pm Storytelling with Shane
5pm to 5.30pm Yoga session with Angela Zia
5.30pm to 6pm Yoga session with Angela Zia

More attractions

  • Afro Leana - meet our entertaining strolling performer
  • Arts and crafts stalls
  • Glitter Station (Mayors Fundraising Stand)
  • Family funfair rides - £2 per ride
  • Global Tearoom with tea, cakes and international sweet treats
  • International food stalls
  • Licensed bar

*Programme subject to change­

Thank you to our event sponsors

Be First

Eastbrook Studios


Star Care


Black and white photo of the singer Skinny Lister

Photo of singer Beans on Toast

Photo of the group Honey and the Bear

Photo of singer Jack Valero

Photo of the group Mariachi Las Adelitas

Photo of the singer Bee2

Photo of Meet the Dinos, with a close up of one of the dinosaurs

Entry Conditions

Please enter the site at the main entrance by The Broadway, in front of St. Margaret's Church.

To ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable day at the event following entry conditions apply:

  • No alcohol brought on site
  • No weapons or tools on site
  • No glass on site
  • No unsealed bottles
  • No gazebos and BBQs (folding chairs are permitted)
  • No fireworks, pyrotechnics and smoke devices
  • No uncontrolled or dangerous dogs on site
  • Keep dogs on a lead at all times
  • Do not leave pets in vehicles
  • No drones on site
  • No driving on site unless in the permitted hours with a security escort
  • Please keep children with you at all times - visit the Information Point to get a wristband with your contact details for your children in case children or vulnerable adults become separated from your group.
  • Searches will be undertaken
  • Photography and film will be taken please see signage

Official event photography and filming will take place and will be used for all marketing and communication purposes. Photo consent forms will be completed for close-up shots of children. Please contact the Information Point if you have any concerns.

Access and Facilities


No event parking, please walk or use public transport.

If parking in nearby roads, please be considerate to residents. Nearest car park is located at London Road Multi-Storey Car Park

Blue Badge Holders

Free blue badge parking in designated bays on the Broadway and on Clockhouse Avenue.

Public Transport

The park has transport connections serviced by the District line via Barking Station which is an interchange station served by London Underground, London Overground and National Rail main line services.

Barking station is a 8 minute walk from the venue.

There are four bus services that stop within a few minutes walk of Abbey Green. The 169 and 366 to London Road or the 238 & EL1 to Barking Station. Use the TFL journey planner and enter our postcode, IG11 8AS, as your destination.


The Abbey Green is a relatively flat site on grass with hard standing paths. The site has accessible toilet facilities, accessible viewing platform, and a hearing loop is available on site.


First Aid on site is located near the Information Point. Families attending are encouraged to visit the Information Point in order to gain a wristband in case children or vulnerable adults become separated from your group.

Local Accommodation

There is no accommodation on site, however, we have a number of local accommodation within a short distance - Premier InnTravelodge, and Ibis


Barking Abbey Green
IG11 8AS
United Kingdom