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Booking information

Cecil Sharp House – home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) – is England’s dedicated folk arts centre. We host concerts, festivals, weekly classes, seasonal courses and much more. 

Box Office opening hours

Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm

Saturday and Sunday times vary.

These hours are subject to change and may be affected by our performance programme.

Box Office telephone: 020 7485 2206.

Access booking

Ticket-bookers with a disability can reserve a free ticket for a personal assistant to assist you during your visit. Please select ‘Access ticket’ at the start of the booking process.

Transaction fee

Any online order containing one or more tickets is subject to a single £2 fee per transaction.  

Telephone bookings are subject to a single £2.50 fee per transaction.  

If your order is only for Education courses or Folkshop items, no transaction fee will be charged.

There is an option at the checkout to add a voluntary donation to help support the work of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Concessions for Classes and Courses

We offer reduced-price tickets to people who are in full-time education; in receipt of Job Seeker's Allowance; in receipt of Income-Based Benefit (such as Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit). Evidence of concession status will need to be provided before the start of term by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your supporting documentation.


Seating is usually unreserved: first come, first served.


Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged unless a performance has been cancelled or abandoned when less than half the performance has taken place. Transaction fees will not usually be refunded.

Paper Tickets

As part of our environmental policy, we are no longer issuing paper tickets. When you order online you’ll receive a confirmation email containing your sale number. Please note down your sale number and we’ll check your booking at the box office when you arrive. You won’t need to print out your receipt. 

Food and Drink

Our cafe is open every day. Only food and drink bought here can be consumed within Cecil Sharp House.

Third-Party Data Sharing

If you purchase ticket(s) for an event promoted by a third party at our venue, we may share your details with this third party. These details are to be used by the third party for communications only directly concerning the event, unless you say that you would like to keep in touch with them afterwards. Your details will not be passed on to anyone else.

Climate Emergency

We are committed to improving and advocating environmental best practice, and are working towards becoming a plastic free venue. You can fill your reusable water bottle in our cafe. Read more about our efforts to go green