Moseley Folk 2017 was our 12th festival in Moseley Park. Each year we try our best to improve on the last, and judging by the size of our audience and the positive feedback we’ve had from our regulars we tend to get most things right. We try to program a healthy mix of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental folk and acoustic music.
Showcasing unsigned acts right next to well established international artists makes for a really exciting bill. Ours is very much a family friendly event with activities for all ages. This year we’re again venturing out beyond the tree lined boundaries of the park into a choice selection of Moseley Village’s finest pubs where you’ll find sessions, dancing and an array of talented musicians.
Moseley Folk Festival is held in Moseley Park, a stunning 11-acre woodland glade in the heart of Moseley Village. Although it’s just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham it is a world away from city life. It is the perfect setting for a festival as the ground slopes down into a natural amphitheatre in front of a stunning lake. Moseley Park is in the heart of Moseley Village with plenty of shops, newsagents, restaurants, pubs and cash machines.
The park is home to a huge variety of trees and plants, and supports a wealth of wildlife. It also holds what is believed to be one of the Midland’s best preserved ice-houses. A kind of eighteenth century refrigerator, it was used to serve Moseley Hall with preserved food and ice. During the festival the Ice House will be open courtesy of volunteers from The Moseley Society.
Originally the park was part of the Moseley Hall estate but it was cut off from the rest of the grounds by building and road developments in 1896. Luckily the land, its trees and the lake were saved by a group of local businessmen who secured its status as a private park. Today it is run as a charitable trust, just as it was then, by local people who generously donate their time for the benefit of the surrounding community. It generates funds through annual subscriptions from keyholders and through special events like ours.