Win Folk by the Oak 2012 tickets for Hatfield House festival

HELP celebrate Folk by the Oak’s fifth anniversary at Hatfield House this summer.

As the festival’s media partner, the Welwyn Hatfield Times has two pairs of tickets to the Sunday, July 22 music extravaganza to be won.

Now well known on the festival scene, the day-long event has gone from strength to strength since the first Folk by the Oak in 2008.

It has become well-loved by audiences and performers alike for its relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere and high quality hand-picked line-ups.

This year’s programme is no exception with the acclaimed Show of Hands returning for a headline set.

The 2012 line-up also includes The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Cara Dillon, Breabach, Chris Wood, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, and Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo.

With a trend over the last few years for smaller, more recession-friendly festivals like this growing in popularity, Folk by the Oak has led the way as a small festival that can hold its own with the giants on the circuit.

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It has its own unique style as it is one of the very few festivals where the organisers encourage you to bring your own food and drink along and make yourself at home.

It’s a compact and leafy site with one main stage so you can pick a grassy spot, kick back and enjoy a whole day of top quality live music.

As well as a list of stellar folk performers, there will be plenty for all the family to enjoy at the stalls and activities including a craft tent, workshops, children’s activities, storytelling, circus skills, real ale bar, music stalls, recycled gifts and delicious food.

Local craftspeople will also be on hand if you feel the wish to combine beautiful music with learning a new craft or maybe purchasing a trinket or two, and fun for the younger audience members includes archery, circus skills and hands-on Celtic crafts with local group Celtic Harmony.

Festival organiser Adam Slough said: “Folk music is our passion, so it’s incredibly rewarding to see performers and visitors enjoying themselves at the festival.”

Adult tickets cost �34 and children aged five to 15 pay �16. It’s free for four and unders.

Fifty pence from each ticket sold is also donated to Old Hatfield-based charity The Willow Foundation, which provide special days for seriously ill 16-40 year olds.

Nearly �22,000 has been raised since the first Folk by the Oak four years ago, both through ticket donations and on-the-day collections.

To be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets to Folk by the Oak 2012 at Hatfield House, simply answer the following question.

The first Folk by the Oak was held in?

A) 2008

B) 2012

C) 2000

To enter, text WHT OAK followed by your answer, name, address and postcode to 80058, eg WHT OAK A John Smith, 31a Howardsgate, WGC, AL8 6AP.

Texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate.

* Terms and conditions: The competition closes at noon on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

There are two pairs of tickets for the festival to be won. The winners will be the first correct entries selected at random after the closing date.

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