In just over a month, a town will come alive in a celebration of all things folk.

Bridport Folk Festival will see six stages, more than 60 musical acts, storytelling, dancing - and lots of fun

The not-for-profit event is in its third year but is already a huge fixture on Bridport’s calendar, attracting performers and folk fans from across the country.

As well as the many folk acts, the three-day festival will offer Morris, clog, rapper, and Appalachian dancing, Ceilidhs, workshops, music sessions, a children's area, storytellers and craft stalls.

South Street will close on the Sunday for a huge Morris dance.

New venues have been added to this year's programme, and festival organisers say more of the town's pubs will be involved.

Organiser Chris Deacon is excited for the festival's return - and its future.

He said: "Since we started the support has been overwhelming. We've not looked back. It's been said it's the biggest new folk festival and the friendliest - the feedback has been fantastic. The festival is good fun and everyone gets involved."

More volunteers are needed to help steward this year's event, which is supporting Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, cancer support group The Living Tree and the local food bank.

Last year's event saw disastrous weather hit the festival hard, resulting in a small financial loss. However, the festival committee was still able to make a significant contribution of £1,000 to the air ambulance as its chosen charity, due to the many fundraising events undertaken earlier in the year.

If you can't wait for your fill of folk, a fringe event will take place at the end of this month.

Raising money for the air ambulance, a great line-up of local groups and acts will take to the stage at The Half Moon, Melplash, on June 30.

Acts include Last Gasp, Mitch, Pauline Clenshaw and John Fosdyke and more. The pub will also hold a BBQ at the event, which will take place between 12-4pm.

Quizzes take place at The Ropemakers on the third Thursday of every month in aid of the folk festival.

Bridport Folk Festival will take place at venues across the town on July 26, 27 and 28.

For more information or to become a folk festival volunteer, visit its website at