Formatted at 1920 X 1020 minimum - failure to view at this res may cause weird formatting , you have been warned !!!!!!!

Updated July 2021

For information on today's festivals see

Big BIG thanks to our sponsor Neil !

This site is dedicated in the memory of

Roger Hutchinson,

who inspired me to delve deep into the magic of the free festival and who passed away Sept 3rd 2010.

R.I.P. Roger .....


The Archive


Index of festivals and outdoor music events Summer 1981

May 1-3

Mayhill Cosmic Gathering, Porest of Dean, Glocs.


Smokey Bears Picnic, Hyde Park, London

May 16

Epping Forest Free Picnic, London.

May 21-29

Avebury Rings free festival, nr Swindon, Wilts.

May 23

CND Peace Carnival, Turnham Green, London W4

May 23-24

Albion Children's Fair, nr Diss, Norfolk.

May 30

Campaign Against Cruise Missiles Rally, Greenham Common.

May 30

Peoples' March for Jobs Rally, Brockwell Park, London.

May 31

Fiesta 81,LadbrokeStadium,Monmore Green,Wolverhampton.

June 4-8

Horseshoe Pass Free Festival, nr Ruthin, Clwyd

June  6

Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge


Stonehenge Free Festival, Wilts.

June 13

Summer in the City, Crystal Palace, London.

June 19-21

Hood Fayre, Totnes, Devon

June 19-21

Glastonbury CND Festival, Pilton, Somerset

June  20

Peaceful Protest Against Racism, Coventry

June  22

Inglestone Common Fair, Wootton-Under-Edge, Avon.

June  27

Free Concert,Herring Thorpe Playing Field, Rotherham.

July  3-13

Cantlin Stone Free Festival, Newtown, Powys


Carnival Against Racism, Potternewton Park, Leeds.

July 10th Mutant Fayre- Dyfed Wales
July 10-13th Rock Against Concrete Westway Flyover Roundabout Latimer Rd London
July 11th Folly Fayre Huntings Field Huntings, NR Haelsworth Norfolk ( or Suffolk )
July 11th Pimlico Free Community Festival London
July 18th CND Peace Festival. Pitchcroft Racecourse Worcester. Worchestershire.

July  17-19

Crewe and Nantwich Folk Festival.

July 23rd - August 3rd Rhyader Free Festival Elan Valley Powys Wales

July 25-26

Capital Jazz Festival, Knebworth Park, Herts.

July 25-26

Ling Fair, nr Norwich

July 25

Free Concert, Town Park, Harlow, Essex

July 25

Wheelchair Rhythm Rock Festival, Victoria Park, Keighley

July 27-Aug2

Ecology Party Gathering,Worthy Farm ,Pilton, Somerset.

July 29 Sheffield LCC Smoke In

July 29

Its Only Rock & Royal, Free Concert, Crystal Palace.


Elephant Fair, St Germans, Cornwall

July 31-Aug2

Cambridge Folk Festival

August 1

Free Concert, Town Park, Harlow, Essex.

August 1

Heavy Metal Holocaust, Port Vale, Stoke on Trent

August 1

Stoke CND Festival, Hanley Park.

August 3-ll

East Anglia Free Festival, nr Norwich

August 7-8 Siglidgiwgt Fayre, Narberth ,Dyfed Wales
August 7-9 Fennit Free Festival Sutton Gault, Nr Ely , East Anglia

August 8

Northern Carnival Against Missiles, Manchester.

August 8

Milton Keynes Bowl Concert.

August 10-17

Deeply Vale Free Festival,(Pickup Bank ) nr Blackburn, Lancs.

August 14-15

Fairport Reunion, Broughton Castle Park, Banbury

August 14-16

Stour Valley Rainbow Fair, East Bergholt, Essex

August 15

Rough Hill CND Festival, nr Bibury, Glocs.


Nuneaton Free Community Festival, Riversley Park


Open air concert, Alexandra Park, Bolton.

August 21-23

Pontardawe Folk Festival, West Glamorgan.

August 22

Monsters of Rock, Castle Donnington, Derby.

August 28-30

Dilham Albion Fair, Norfolk.

August 28-30

Reading Rock Pestival, Berks.

August 28-31

Greenbelt Festival, Odell, Beds.

August 29-30

Rock on the Tyne, Gateshead International Stadium

August 29-31

Cissbury Ring Free Festival, Worthing, Sussex.

August 29-31

Bath Community Arts Festival, Walcot Street.

August 29-31

Notting Hill Carnival, London.

September 4-13

Psilocybin Fair, Cantlin Stone, Powys

September 5-6

Futurama Festival, New Bingley Hall, Stafford

September 5-6

Rougham Fair, nr Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

September 5

Harvest Fayre, Crosswell, Dyfed

September 20

East Anglia Rock Festival, Mildenhall Stadium, Cambs.

September 24

National CND Rally, Hyde Park, London.

November 15

Great London Parks Sponsored Walk.


Taken from the FWS report 1981 .

Any info to add ?-well don't just sit there , Contact email

Main Archive