The English Country Music Weekend (ECMW) is a weekend for musicians who mainly play English folk or dance music. It is suitable for players of all of the usual (and unusual) instruments used for accompanying dance and song in the British Isles. It consists mainly of a series of music sessions, most of which are lightly led by an established musician. Some are hosted in local pubs, some in local halls. Usually provision is made for Tent, Caravan and Camper Van camping with showers and toilets available. Local hotels and B&B would be available and sometimes breakfast is available locally. Local pubs and restaurants provide other meals. The main event venue will usually be licensed.

Note that for the moment we are still planning for ECMW to occur at the end of June 2020. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK Government’s advice to avoid crowds, we may well find it necessary cancel the event. In that case we hope to run it in Croston in 2021!

The current plan is to review the situation during April and open the booking on 1st May. If we have to cancel subsequent to that then we will give anyone who has booked an option to roll the payment over to 2021 or receive a refund.

This year (as last year) – 2020 ECMW will happen in Croston in West Lancashire on the 26,27 and 28th of June. For a larger map click here.

Some details of last years’s the programme can be found here. We will be updating this for 2020 as the events are organised.

Note that booking for the 2020 event will commence on the 1st of May (we hope!). We will send out an email on that date inviting bookings, with a link to the booking page. If you are not on our mailing list, then please join through the form on the right sidebar. If you are already on the list you will not be joined again!

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I hope this is clear – if you have any questions about this, then please contact us.