Unfortunately, Freaks is no longer running four times a year for want of organizers. However:

Next Event:

Bamford, 8th to 10th March, 2024

And the following event...


Bamford Village Institute, Main Road S33 0DY.

It's a reasonable sized hall with a couple of rooms downstairs (although we haven't confirmed whether we can use these yet). Bamford is a nice village with a decent (community run) pub with its own cafe and post office. The pub has a good sized car park perfect for dancing. There are a couple of other pubs within relatively easy walking distance and plenty of options for a Sunday walk.


Friday 8th

  • Meet up from 7pm-ish onwards in the Angler's Rest. Food available if you have booked it.

Saturday 9th

  • 10 am–1 pm: Workshop on the dances we'll do, in the Village Institute.
  • 1–2 pm: lunch at the pub, or use the kitchen in the hall.
  • 2–4 pm-ish: Dancing at the Angler's Rest
  • Evening: Session, etc. in the hall. There will be a communal meal beforehand for those who want it — bring contributions, or negotiate.

Sunday 10th

Accommodation etc.

This info is from the time of a previous visit, and may not be accurate now — please check.

Apart from indoor camping, indoor options relatively locally include Yorkshire Bridge Inn and The Rising Sun. Campsite: Swallowholme Camping and Caravan Park

Transport to the village is relatively easy as Bamford is on the Hope Valley train line, so getting there from Manchester or Sheffield is a breeze. There's a slight uphill walk of about 10 minutes to get to the hall itself (although I live in Sheffield, so my idea of 'slight uphill' may not be everyone's...).


  • The charge for attending Freaks is £10 per head (possibly to be reduced this time).
  • Dance and music notation are available from here (dances) or here (tunes) – feel free to suggest others. Please download these if you want them, though some paper copies might be available on the day.
  • If you have any good pictures, please send them to Freaks@freaksinthepeaks.com for the photo gallery.
  • See the contacts link if you need to contact us in general before before the event.
  • For info on the day or in advance, Elmo's mobile is O78Ol 3l2466, depending on reception.
  • If you have them, please bring rag jackets or similar; bells; sticks/hankies; and photos of previous events!
  • If you find yourself needing our constitution, it's here
  • Lastly, a reminder that everyone is welcome – especially beginners and musicians

Following Event:

Nothing arranged yet. Volunteers welcome!


If you have been a few times and like Freaks then possibly you are feeling inspired to organise a Freaks, maybe somewhere near you, or simply somewhere Freaks has never been before, see our Tips for organisers (32Kb Word doc) or PDF version.