The Shrewsbury Folk Festival is going ahead this August much to the delight of folk fans in Shropshire and the borders.

The festival will be held on the August bank holiday weekend from 27th to 30th. People with tickets from the cancelled 2020 event will be able to use them this year.

The glamping area will return this year and people from Black Dog Tipis will be back on site with their lotus tents and tipis for hire.

The tents will come with beds and memory foam mattresses and can hold two to six people. They will be ready for guests when they arrive.

As in previous years dogs will be welcome at the festival albeit kept on a lead.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, preparation is carrying on as normal and organisers have been following advice which says the virus is likely to peak before the summer. Nevertheless, they are keeping a close eye on how the situation is changing with regards to Covid-19.

The UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund grant has been credited with providing the necessary funds to allow the festival to go ahead. Festival director, Sandra Surtees, said: “This is the second grant we’ve received and having this financial support has enabled us to continue working to plan a fantastic return this summer. We want to make sure that we put on the usual high-quality festival that we’ve built our reputation on whilst incorporating any covid-safe measures required.

“Having these grants has been key to securing a more sustainable future for the festival and we’re very grateful. Our ticket sales reflect the positivity people are feeling about getting back to events and we’re putting on one hell of a celebration in August.”