Oxfolk ceilidhs

High energy dancing to LIVE traditional music in Oxfordshire

What is a ceilidh?

A ceilidh is an evening of high-energy dancing, similar to barn dancing or country dancing. The music is always live and loud and dancing is often fast and furious. Oxfolk plays host to many of the best ceilidh bands on the English folk scene and there will always be an excellent caller to guide you through the dances.

When we’re at Kennington Village Centre, there's a bar with reasonably priced beer, cider, wine and soft drinks.

Hybrid ceilidhs

During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, Oxfolk became well known for our Zoom ceilidhs, with dancers and musicians drawn from the UK and further afield. We want to know whether you would like us to carry running Zoom dances. There are lots of reasons for us to want to. Disability access and inclusion is really important to us, and we would like to continue to make Oxfolk's events accessible. The pandemic isn't over and some don't feel safe to come to in-person dances. But we really want to know what you think. Please fill in our short questionnaire

What's on

2021-22 Season

CANCELLED - Diatonics

Hannah Moore

Bosun Higgs

Mary Panton


Aidan Hansell

Oxford University Ceilidh Band

Bal with Balfolk Reading

Family Ceilidh Oxford


Ian Nichols

New Bees

Jane Bird

Check back for news of more dates in the future

Covid-19 Safety Guidance

We know that we need to keep everyone who wants to come to our dances as safe as possible. Our safety guidance for everyone attending is this:

Whilst government guidance still permits ceilidhs, we are currently planning to run these dances. If the law requires us to use the Covid Pass we will do so. However, this is a fast changing situation, and if we need to postpone we will do so. We plan to review safety in the week before each event, and will let you know in good time if we postpone. Keep an eye on our social media for updates:

How much?

When we are in Kennington, these are our prices.

Tickets are available in advance. Please contact us directly about paying in cash and/or on the door.

Concessions (eg unwaged, low income, students, pensioners) - we don't ask for proof of concession: if you can't afford to pay the standard price, you are eligible for a concession, no questions asked.
Children (5-16)
Under 5s


When we are not on Zoom, we are usually at

Kennington Village Centre Kennington Road, Kennington, Oxford, OX1 5PG
  • Kennington Village Centre is opposite The Tandem Pub in the centre of the village.
  • The nearest train station is Oxford.
  • The City 35 bus run every half hour to and from central Oxford.


Oxfolk on twitter


A night out with friends

An Oxfolk ceilidh is a sociable and friendly night out, with live music, dancing, entertainment and a licensed bar. The original meaning of “ceilidh” is party and that’s exactly why people have brought their birthdays, family gatherings and even a hen night to Oxfolk.

Hen night
Rapt hen party watches half-time entertainment

So, what ever the occasion: works night out, club social event, birthday party, anniversary, hen night or stag night, family get together, Oxfolk has the perfect, friendly, party atmosphere. And you won’t get better value for money anywhere else in Oxford.

Get in touch to find out about group discounts

Packed dance floor
Packed dance floor

Privacy notice for Oxfolk Ceilidhs

Oxfolk Ceilidhs takes your privacy seriously. We are a “controller” of the personal information that you provide to us and this privacy notice sets out how, why and for how long we will use your personal data, as well as who it is shared with. It also explains your legal rights as a data subject and how to exercise them.

What we need from you

We may ask for your personal information in order to keep you informed of events we run. This may include:

Why we need your personal information – lawful basis: consent

If you join our mailing list you agree to receive emails from us. We will use this only for the following purposes:

Why we need your personal information – lawful basis: contract

If you contact us to purchase or reserve tickets for an event we will need to keep and use your personal information to administer your order

Why we need your personal information – lawful basis: legitimate interest

If you are a caller, musician or other performer who is performing at one of our events we may use your name in publicity material, including websites and social media.

Who we share your personal information with

Third party suppliers with access to personal data

Oxfolk Ceilidhs may use third party suppliers to provide services. These suppliers may process personal data on our behalf as “processors” and are subject to contractual conditions to only process that personal information under our instructions, and to protect it.

We use the following ticketing platforms for online ticketing

In the event that we share personal information with external third parties, we only share such information strictly required for the specific purposes and take reasonable steps to ensure recipients shall only process the disclosed personal information in accordance with those purposes.

How we protect your personal information

How long we keep your personal information

We keep your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with services. If you have signed up to our mailing list we will retain your personal information until you tell us you no longer wish to receive emails from us.

You have a right to

If you are dissatisfied, you have a right to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office