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Moira Furnace Folk Festival

Founded by the late Dave Johns

The Moira Furnace Folk Festival at the heart of the National Forest takes place at Moira Furnace located on the Leicestershire / Derbyshire border, one of the most picturesque settings in the industrial midlands.


The Festival features some well known and talented main acts, plus local and national, up and coming artists. A programme of workshops has been arranged and will be detailed on the website together with details of which days artists are performing, in advance of the Festival

Most events take place on the green site of Moira Furnace, with a Ceilidh on Saturday Night at the Miners Welfare, just a few hundred metres from the main site. Singarounds and sessions also take place at local pubs, some 10 minutes walk from the Festival main site.

There are concerts all weekend in two marquees, each with a raised stage and PA system, plus singarounds in the Loft of the Furnace building.

A wide variety of dancing including Morris, Appalachian Step and
Rapper dancing can be seen, as well as Civil War Re-enactments
with the Society of the Open Rope.

Local camping is available and free car parking close at hand. There is fun entertainment and activities for children. Festival goers will find a choice of trade and food stalls, plus a Real Ale bar.

Many tourist attractions are close to Moira including Conkers, the National Forest centre for recreation and hands on eco science as well as numerous country walks - dogs are allowed on site.
There is a story walk through the woodland adjacent to the Festival site and canal rides on the picturesque Ashby Canal.

A Folk service involving several of the Festival artists will be held on Sunday morning at a local church.
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