Over 1000 Children Dance In Festival

More than 1,000 Somerset primary school children will be celebrating the annual Folk Dance Festival on Wells Cathedral Green this weekend.

Now in its 43rd year, the Somerset Schools’ Folk Dance Festival is being held on Saturday 17 June, with 53 schools participating.

The schools meet at St Cuthbert’s Church yard, travel up the High Street in Wells watched by friends, families, shoppers, and tourists and onto the Cathedral Green where the dancing will start at 2.30pm.

David Hayward, Executive and Liaison Officer for the Somerset Association of Primary Headteachers and Officers (SAPHTO) and organiser of the event, said: “As always, the Folk Dance Festival is a major date in the annual calendar of the County Council and is a great example of all that is best about Somerset’s Primary Schools.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families will officially open this year’s event.

Cllr Nicholson said: “This is always a wonderful spectacle. The children work hard on their dance steps before coming together in this popular annual Festival, often watched by parents and grandparents who themselves once took part. I am very proud to open the event this year and look forward to watching the many children from schools across the County dance in this the 43rd Festival.”

The sponsors for this year’s event are:  Somerset County Council; Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar; D’Ovidio Bros Ltd, and Tubular Wells Scaffolding Limited.


For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email: pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk

Notes to editors

*** Media invitation – feel free to come along to the event this Saturday. For interviews with Cllr Frances Nicholson on the day, contact 07585 795577. For interviews with David Hayward, contact 07920 211 171 ***

List of schools taking part (correct as of 13 June):-


Coxley Primary School
Lympsham CofE First School
St Aldhelm’s CofE Primary School
King Ina CofE Academy (Infants)
King Ina CofE Academy (Junior)
Chewton Mendip CofE Primary School
Keinton Mandeville Primary School
Walton CofE Primary School
St Mary Redcliffe CofE Primary School
Mark First and Pre-School Academy
Ashlands and Misterton Federation
Haselbury Plucknett CofE First School
Priddy Primary School
Catcott Community Primary School
Holy Trinity Church School
Stoberry Park School
St Andrew’s CofE Junior School
High Ham CofE Primary School
Blackbrook School
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School
St Joseph and St Teresa Catholic Primary School
West Pennard CofE Primary School
Wembdon St George’s CofE Primary School
Baltonsborough CofE Primary School
Long Sutton CofE Primary School
St Bartholomew’s CofE First School
Burnham‑on‑Sea Community Infants School
Elmhurst Junior School
Hindhayes Infants School
Minerva Primary School
Castle Cary Community Primary School
St Cuthbert’s CofE Infants School Academy
St Cuthbert’s CofE Junior School
Birchfield Community Primary School
Curry Mallet CofE Primary School
Ilchester Community Primary School
East Brent CofE First School
Brent Knoll CofE Primary School
Reckleford Community School and Children’s Centre
Kingston St Mary CofE Primary School
Bishop Henderson CofE Primary School
Fosse Federation (Evercreech/Lovington)
Oaklands Primary School
Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School
Cannington CofE Primary School
Kilmersdon CofE Primary School
Preston Primary School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Wincanton Primary School
West Buckland Community Primary School
St Louis Catholic Primary School
Churchstanton Primary School
Hinton St George CofE First School


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