Home of Folk by the Oak since 2008!
Hatfield House was built by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I, between 1607 and 1611. This celebrated Jacobean house, which stands in its own Great Park, has been in the Cecil family ever since, and is now the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury.
At Hatfield Park, there are some hugely imposing oak, hornbeam and beech pollards to be found. The Estate takes great pride in this natural heritage and has a policy of encouraging natural regeneration from these trees and creating new pollards for future generations to appreciate. The field on which Folk by the Oak is held is known as The Queen Elizabeth Oak Field, and holds particular historical significance.
Queen Elizabeth I spent her childhood at Hatfield House and it is said that it was on this field in 1558, while sitting under an oak tree, that Elizabeth I learned that she had become Queen following the death of her half-sister, Mary. The original ancient tree is gone, but a new one is planted in its place, located at the top corner of the festival site.
We are very proud to be associated with such an historic and beautiful venue. For more information on Hatfield House visit their website: www.hatfield-house.co.uk
for more information on how to get to Hatfield House please see our Festival Info Page.