Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 17 July 2022


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Since our very first festival in 2008 we have been delighted to work with the fabulous, energetic and very smiley volunteers at our charity partner Willow! 

50p from every ticket sold for Folk by the Oak is donated to the charity, which is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

These are days when they and their families reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create the memories that will be treasured forever.

For some their Special Day is the opportunity to return some normality back into their lives. For others it is the last chance to fulfil a dream. But for all, at what is often the most difficult of times, a Special Day is a life-affirming experience that can lift spirits, increase morale and reunify families. 


Over the last 13 years Folk by the Oak have raised over £95,755.27 through ticket contributions, the generosity of the crowd on the day and our 2020 Family Nest Fest fundraising. This is a phenomenal amount and all goes to support Willow's vital work. 

Find out more about Willow at www.willowfoundation.org.uk


Luke's Story

Luke, who was receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was told about Willow, chose to renew his wedding vows for his Special Day, creating lasting memories for him and all his family

It wasn’t just about renewing our vows; it was about drawing a line under what had been and looking forward to what will be. Planning this day gave us something to think about and look forward to; it gave us a new focus. Now we were talking about what we would do ‘when’ I beat this not ‘if’ I beat this. Thanks to Willow everyone was smiling again and talking about the good day we had just had instead of the terrible year we had just been through.

- Luke: Willow beneficiary -

Becky's Story 

When Becky, from Hertfordshire, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Willow arranged for her and her partner to spend some quality time together at Center Parcs.

For the first time in a long time we were able to just be ourselves, no labels, just a normal couple able to enjoy a very special holiday. The carer became the husband, the patient the wife, the dying started living, the observer the participant

- Becky: Willow beneficiary -