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.

For well over 30 years, Oxfolk has been holding dances in Oxford. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have adapted our dances to the present circumstances, and brought our events online so that you can enjoy them at home. Our dances are about community, connecting with people, celebrating our terrific traditional folk culture and generally having a really good time. These things are just as important now as ever. We also want to make sure that brilliant musicians, callers and sound technicians still have some work.

What is an online ceilidh like? It's up to you, really. Some people Zoom in, and dance around their kitchens with their favourite broom, teddy or hoover attachment. Some people dance with their family or housemates. Some people listen. We don't mind, as long as you enjoy it. The caller will have dances that work for groups of 2-4 people, or 1 person with a lot of imagination, and everything will be explained clearly, just like at a usual dance.

We're using Zoom to hold our events, whilst it's not safe to have dances at our usual venue in Kennington. When you buy your ticket, details of how to access the event will be in your ticket confirmation. Please make sure you check your spam or junk email folders if you don't receive it straight away. Use a computer or device with Zoom downloaded for the best experience http://zoom.us

Online ceilidhs are still quite a new thing. If you have technical problems accessing any events here are some things you can try:

  • Turning your technology off and on again(!)
  • Making sure your volume is turned up and your speakers are plugged in

If that doesn't work, contact us

A massive thank you to Folk Weekend Oxford for their support to run our online dances. They have lots of fantastic online gigs coming, too. Check out their website to find out more.

Another big thank you to the managers of Kennington Village Centre, who have been really helpful. We're looking forward to coming back when it's safe for us all.

What's on

2020-21 Season

Vicki Swan + Jonny Dyer

Bob Morgan

Classic European Dance Workshop

Kerry Fletcher and Chris Walshaw

Moody Potts

Check back for news of more dates in the future

How much?

When we are in Kennington, these are our prices, but for all online events check the details for that particular dance.

Tickets are available only on the door from 7.30pm

Concessions (students, unwaged, pensioners)
Children (5-16)
Under 5s

If you have a disability and need a personal assistant so that you can enjoy an evening at Oxfolk, we’re happy to provide you with an extra ticket for them, free of charge. Please ask when you buy your ticket.


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:

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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

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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.

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