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At the heart of English folk


We love Cecil Sharp House – best place for kids in London!

Visitor to May in a Day!

Amazing! We loved the band and caller. It was the best thing ever.

Family Barn Dance participant

At Cecil Sharp House we are proud to run a vibrant family friendly programme for all the family to enjoy together. Discover more about the exciting world of folk arts by taking part in barn dances, afternoon festivals, workshops and experiencing special performances.

Our events are for children of all ages and their parents, carers and families. Absolutely no previous knowledge of English folk arts is needed!

We also run family events elsewhere in partnership with community and cultural organisations.

We want the whole family to enjoy their trip to Cecil Sharp House and are proud of our family-friendly facilities.


Family Barn Dances

Bring the family along for fun, lively dances from Britain and beyond! These high energy afternoon events give budding dancers a chance to take their first dance steps and spins. Live music inspires the dancing and expert callers guide the moves with simple instructions.

Held monthly on Sunday afternoons, our barn dances are an excellent opportunity to discover the world of folk dance and music together in a relaxed, sociable atmosphere. They are great exercise for all generations too!

£7 adult | £5 child | £2 under 2s (advance booking recommended)

Want to come along? Our next Family Barn Dance is on:

23 June, 3-5pm

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May in a Day!

Sunday 12 May, 1.30 - 4.30pm

Tickets: £9 adult | £7 under 18s | £2 under 2s

Enjoy fun and creative activities for all the family at our annual festival welcoming in the spring.

Join us for ceilidh and maypole dancing to live music with caller Ben Moss and musicians David Delarre and Will Allen; performances by folk dance group, Young Miscellany, and folk-inspired arts and crafts workshops with Shelagh McCarthy.  Have a go at clog dancing with the fantastic Laura Connolly or find activities held in our beautiful garden led by Permaculture.

Limited tickets available on the door, advanced booking recommended

Timetable for the day

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Interested in our holiday courses for children and young people? 
Find out more here