The Folk Forest is a very family-friendly festival and we do everything we can to make the festival great for the whole family!

That means 2 brand new dedicated stages for 2018. One tailored to parents with 0-3yr olds, another focussed on young people.

It also means a Kids Area, A Forest School, New Games Workshops, Endcliffe Park itself, and plenty more.



This new addition to the Folk Forest for 2018, a marquee stage exclusively for 0- 3 year olds and their grown-ups, gives audiences the unique opportunity to hear live, quality music in a baby and toddler friendly environment. Inspirational classical, folk, popular and jazz musicians perform sensational music up-close, with informal introductions and set alongside sensory activities for your little ones, including bubbles, colourful ribbons, little-hands percussion and parachutes. Musicians are well-used to a varied audience so don’t worry if your little one (or you!) needs to sleep, cries a bit, needs to bounce about or needs feeding. With 1 mainstage extravaganza, 8 concerts, 4 participatory workshops on the hour on both days (between 12-6pm), there’s something for everyone.

Langsett Dance Orchestra - Folk Forest

Concerteenies Mainstage Extravaganza: Langsett Dance Orchestra

The Langsett Dance Orchestra is an exciting 18 piece big band playing kicking music from the swing era, plus cheeky arrangements of modern tunes that you might not expect. Think Jools Holland meets Benny Goodman and Nirvana, with a ton of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and the amazing vocal talents of Niamh Kavanagh.  

This gig, exclusively for 0-3 year olds and their grown-ups, will include child-friendly introductions by Concerteenies director Polly Ives and conductor Rob Skeet set alongside bubbles, colourful props and choreographed moves – perfect with a baby/ toddler in tow!

Louise Thomson - Folk Forest

Louise Thomson (harp)

Louise plays a range of beautiful and relaxing harp music, including pieces by Bach, Gershwin and Debussy so just sit back and listen. Louise has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Bridgewater Hall, alongside the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, National Symphony Orchestra and many more. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3, on BBC1 alongside soprano Katherine Jenkins and has performed for the Queen at The Royal Variety Performance. She has toured the UK giving solo recitals and educational workshops to an enormous range of audiences.

Gina Walters & Lucy Revis - Folk Forest

Gina Walters and Lucy Revis (Cello, Piano and Voices in Harmony)

Come and sing along to relaxed, acoustic covers of your favourite pop singers and songwriters. From Katy Perry and Bruno Mars to Ed Sheeran and Adele, Lucy and Gina bring their own spin on these popular tunes in the wonderful Folk Forest for you and your little ones. They have performed around the globe with a range of artists including Before Breakfast, Jon Boden and the remnant Kings, Tokio Myers and Screaming Maldini. They are also both keen music educators, including working with Sheffield Music Hub, Sheffield Music School and Archordia. 

Simply Strings - Folk Forest

Simply Strings Trio

Liz, Rosie and Polly will perform an eclectic mix of string music by Bach, Corelli, Elgar and Elbow as well as a CBeebies medley. With LED light balls, teddies and bubbles, this will be a sensory treat.

Guild of Strings - Folk Forest

Guild of Strings

This 16 piece string ensemble performs the highly energetic and fiery Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances. Your little ones will be immersed in the melodies with bubbles and colourful ribbons and feel the infectious beat with shakers and dancing.

Musical Bedtime Story - Folk Forest

Musical Bedtime Story

Join Polly Ives (storyteller) and Naomi Atherton (French horn) for a calming musical bedtime story and combat the pre-bedtime witching hour! With lullabies, bubbles, teddies, moons and stars, you and your little ones can sit back and relax. Polly and Naomi have performed at concert venues, nurseries and playcafes around the UK. They have worked with CBeebies, performed live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded numerous CDs and YouTube videos for 0-3 year olds.

Fun Drum Folk Forest

Fun Drum

This is a high energy participation session for children and their grown-ups to share music, through djembe drumming, songs and puppets. Ruth leads hugely popular weekly sessions in Crookes, Heeley and Netheredge.

Rocking Horse

Rocking Horse

Join in with a fun, friendly and educational music session, including nursery rhymes and percussion and props. Highly trained musician and inspirational teacher Rebecca Pascoe leads weekly sessions at Millhouses and Hunters Bar.

Hummingbird Music Group

Hummingbird Music Group

Join this lively mixed age group session of songs including moving to music with scarves, puppets, percussion, parachutes and bubbles. Set up by sisters and music graduates Hannah Kidd and Jo Taylor in 2014, Hummingbirds currently runs groups in Walkley and Worrall for babies from birth up to children starting school. @hummingbirdmusicgroup

Sing & Sign

Sing & Sign

Sing and Sign run regular fun-filled baby signing classes across Sheffield, teaching you how to sign with your little one using their magic ingredient; music. Local leader, Liz Harrison, who has been running the classes for 12 years, will share some baby signing tips with you and your little ones to continue at home.

Site Gallery Introducing

Site Gallery Introducing

Site Gallery Introducing at The Folk Forest presents a fantastic line up of contemporary performance, music and video art commissioned and selected by and for young people in Sheffield.

Spoken word artists, writers, performers and early career musicians will have the opportunity to get on stage to showcase their work, to try out new ideas and make connections with like minded people.

Working with Sheffield artists Rian Treanor, Domonic Ewan and collective Tough Matter, the Society of Explorers are making new audio, photographic and video works, which will be premiered over the weekend. Our Site Gallery Art Van will also be there to host hands-on making workshops.

All activity is curated and produced in collaboration with the Society of Explorers, Site Gallery’s art collective of 14-19 year olds. If would like to be involved as a performer, volunteer, collaborator, co-conspirator then please get in touch and join us!

Forest School

Go wild with the Forest School from Middlewood Nature Nursery with positive outdoor experiences at the Forest School in the woods.

More info about Middlewood Nature Nursery here


Kids Area


We've got a kids area packed full of activities all week. (4-13 yrs)

Hosted by Youth Discovery Ventures the not-for-profit organisation that provides engaging children's activities at a variety of festivals across Sheffield including Peace in the Park and Sharrow Festival.

They will be running open access games including T shirt making and traditional games. Learn more about YDV here

Look for the big yellow tent!


New Games


International games expert Dale le Ferve will be running parachute and other cooperative games.

Learn more about New Games here