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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!

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!


Family Barn Dances

Bring the family along for fun, lively dances from the British Isles! 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!

Want to come along?

Our Family Barn Dances in the Autumn term will be held on:

Sundays 9 October | 13 November | 11 December 2016, 3-5pm

Our Family Barn Dances in the Winter/Spring term will be held on:

Sundays 8 January | 5 February | 12 March | 9 April 2017, 3-5pm

Visit our event page for more details.


May in a Day!

Our yearly afternoon family folk festival, celebrating spring, which will next take place on Saturday 6 May 2017.

Spin around the maypole, make arts and crafts and enjoy an abundance of other folk-fuelled fun including barn and morris dancing, stories, songs, live music and more at our annual popular afternoon festival!


Discover more

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