Spring 2022: Welcome Back Folk Festival

FREE EVENT - Grantham Market Place, Saturday 19 March

A fantastic line-up of folk music is set to banish the Coronavirus blues at a one-off festival special, organised by South Kesteven District Council, thanks to funding secured from the Government's Welcome Back Fund.

National and local acts will play throughout the day, at venues across Grantham.

The Welcome Back Folk Festival will take place on Saturday 19 March with the opening act, Malt Whiskers, taking to the stage in Grantham Market Place at 11am.

Music in the Market Place will close with a set by Scottish singer-songwriter Sandy McLelland, at 7pm.

Other attractions include food, drink, market stalls, the talented caricaturist John Elson, circus entertainment from Pendragon Circus, and performances around the town by the Bourne Borderers mixed border morris dance team.

The entertainment will continue into the evening, with several pubs hosting live music.


Welcome Back Folk Festival
Grantham Market Place

11am to 11.30 - Malt Whiskers

11.40 to 12.10 - Andy Tymens

12.20 to 12.50 - The Jammy Codgers

1pm to 1.30 - Alex Eardley Scott

1.40 to 2.10 - The Rambling Yellowbellies

2.20 to 2.50 - Jake Newby

3pm to 3.30 - Old Boy of the Fens

3.40 to 4.10 - Pennyless

4.20 to 4.50 - Dogwood Union

5pm to 5.30 - Rebecca

5.40 to 6.10 - The Miracle Cure

6.20 to 6.50 - Turning of the Tide

7pm to 7.30 - Sandy McLelland


Eden's Wine Bar: Lianna Haynes 

Angel & Royal: Mirror Effect

Edwards: Kingfisher Blue

St Wulfram's Church: Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra


Stalls and traders now announced:

Wicked Fudge

Deliciously decadent homemade Artisan butter fudge, handmade in Lincolnshire.

S B Promotions

Serving delicious sugar donuts and hot beverages, including freshly ground coffee.

The Muffin Top

Homebaked cakes & baking gifts, muffins, tray bakes, biscuits, gluten free and vegan options.

Janes Candles

Soy wax candles in jars, church candle, novelty candles, tealights, wax melts reed diffusers, oils and melters.

Sipwell Bars & Events

A mobile bar service, joining us with a bespoke rustic bar and stunning converted horse box bar.

Franco's Ices

This Grantham based, family run business will serve their signature Mr Whippy soft whip ice cream.

Off The Stone

Authentic Wood Fired Pizza. Great tasting Neapolitan style pizza, cooked to perfection in less than two minutes.

Amusements by C&C

Traditional fairground side stall game. Wooden round stall with roll-a-ball game for all ages.



The council's Tourism and Visitor Economy Officer, Jade Hope, said: "We have a full day of - music lined up from a variety of local and national acts to ensure there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

"The funding secured through the Welcome Back Fund allows us to put on this one-off event. The pandemic hit our high streets and hospitality businesses extremely hard, so it is essential we not only spread the work that our town centres are back and open for businesses, that we support them in every way we can."


"The festival is not only for fans of folk music, it is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy live performances, while supporting the town centre and - hospitality sector.

"Grantham will be vibrant with locals and visitors from further afield. It will be fantastic for them to see Grantham in all its glory."

The Welcome Back Fund has provided councils across England with a share of £56m from the European Regional Development Fund to support the safe return to high streets and help them bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.

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