Six colourful days of festivities

Your children will be talking about the Woodford Folk festival Parade for years.

By Hollie Harris

The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights from 27 December through to 1 January. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests.
This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.
The festival program features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental program featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event.
Within the festival village you can find 35 performance venues, of which 18 are all-weather. The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site.
This is a family friendly event that your children will love. There are endless things for children to see and do and when you want a little time to yourself, they will have a ball in The Land of Nod. This childminding service is a great part of the festival experience for the kids.
More information is at
27 December to 30 December – 2pm to 11pm.
31 Dec (New Year’s Eve) – Book in advance at the Land of Nod.
1 January – 2pm to 5pm.
The hourly rate is $15 per hour for the first child with discounts for families.
Children accepted from three years of age.