Ukulele Festival of GB 2016 Ukulele Festival of Great Britain
  • Ukefest Stage 2014
  • Big Busk Cheltenham
  • Ukefest Busk 2014
  • James Hill & Nico'o
  • Ukulele market
  • Ukulele Bartt and Paul Moore
  • Holst at Ukefest 2014

See the Line Up

The first acts have now been announced for the 2016 line up. Check them out here!


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A fantastic range of workshops are now available to be booked. Something for everyone. Book yours now.


*** 17th - 19th June 2016 ***

***** SOLD OUT *****

FiestavalWelcome to the website for the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain – one of the biggest and best ukulele festivals in the world, now in its SEVENTH uke-tastic year.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already planning for the 2016 festival - it seems like the dust has only just settled on the last one. A HUGE ENORMOUS THANK YOU to everyone who came in 2015 and helped to make it such a great success. You are the reason why we do it and you make it all worthwhile.

But enough of that! As always, we’re looking forward to another amazing event next year.

We’ll be bringing some of the most talented, most awesome, most funny, most fabulous, most unbelievable ukulele acts in the world to the beautiful festival town of Cheltenham in the heart of the Cotswolds; giving you the chance to learn something new or hone your talents at one of the wonderful workshops, or to buy a new uke or just lust over the fabulous instruments and more on offer at the stunning stalls. You can get out your ukes and play your socks off at one of the many jam sessions and the brilliant Big Busk, or show off your talents with an open mic performance. Best of all, you will find yourself at the centre of one of the grandest gatherings of the ukulele community, surrounded by friends old and new – hundreds of happy people all sharing in the ukulele love.

Last year, we sold out of tickets in a matter of weeks, so be sure to book tickets and workshops good and early to avoid disappointment.

You might like to start thinking about accommodation if you’re going to need somewhere to stay – Cheltenham is a popular tourist destination with loads of lovely places to lay your head (including a special camping site for festival-goers). Be sure to spread the word to any friends and fellow ukulele players who may be thinking of coming for the first time.

It is going to be very difficult to tell friends how good the festival was as fantastic just doesnt do it justice!! Totally amazing weekend in every respect, even the weather. Thank you so much to the team who organised the event and the fabulous artists who performed.

Alan Saunders

In the meantime, if you weren't with us in 2015, scroll down to see some of the comments received from those who were, an array of glorious photos which capture the event beautifully, and the irrepressible Ukulele Bartt’s brilliant video diary of the event. Don’t be too sad if you missed out – just make sure you don’t miss it again, by subscribing to our mailing list below for regular email updates.

Can't wait to see you all again!

The Ukefest Team

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Here are just a few of the comments received on Facebook after previous festivals....

Thank you to you guys! Yet again you pulled off a wonderful gathering. Great artist, great folk, great atmosphere. Brilliant! Well done all concerned.
Lawrence Diamond

This was a wonderful,fantastic weekend full of good ukeing and good friends. Thank you for everything
Derek Coates

Personally, I think it was the best one yet, fantastic players and so good of you to book the fine weather !!
Congratulations Festival Team, here's to 2015,bring it on, CHEERS !!!!!!!!!!!!
Simon Grove

An outstanding weekend - simply brilliant. A massive thank you to the team for organising the event and having some amazing players headlining. Can't wait for next year!!!
Nick O'Shaughnessy

The third one I have been to and they just get better, I have to say though, you have really set the bar high with this one! looking forward to 2015, Congrats to all involved
Keith A. Lees

Hi, Pete from the RGT here. What a fantastic event, very well organised, a blast from start to finish. See you next year!
Pete Farrugia

Brilliant - can't wait for next year!! Bring it on!
Sara Yirrell

Thanks to you guys! Our first uke festival was amazing!! We enjoyed every minute.
Fiona Martin

I can't wait for 2015!
Benjamyn Rees

Loved it, Mahalo to you all!
Liam Capper-Starr

Wonderful weekend! I will never skip this festival!
Maris Soonsein

Words cannot express.....but if you saw my continuous smile .....that is still with would understand. Thank you. Love you all. !
Chan Thanh

FANTASTIC! Loved it. Great festival and lovely to meet friends old and new.
Mahalo to all.
Al Doubleyew

Absolutely fantastic! A big thank you to all the organisers. I can't believe you brought all those super players together. And what a joy to watch them on Sunday afternoon and even get to perform with them! Roll on next year.
Lorna Samways

We had a wonderful time met many new friends, and will be telling All our mates in Canada about it. Thanks so much! We will be back!
Diana Zimber

I couldn't agree more. It was an honor to be a part of it. Thank you so much for organizing such an awesome event. Wow.
Sarah Maisel

Aloha! We really enjoyed our second year at the festival and can't wait for next one. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work in making it so special
Chris Sellers

It is going to be very difficult to tell friends how good the festival was as fantastic just doesnt do it justice!! Totally amazing weekend in every respect, even the weather. Thank you so much to the team who organised the event and the fabulous artists who performed.
Alan Saunders

Absolutely brilliant ! This year was the best so far I think. The guys from Japan were amazing - as was Taimane. It was also great to have the big busk in the Imperial Gardens. The Sunday afternoon session at The Exmouth was really special too -especially when Uff played. Well done everyone - see you next year.
Norman Brewerton

Absolutely wonderful! Thank you all so much! Got back home totally inspired and topped up on uke love! xx
Irena Slipczuk

Still talking about it, what a super time we had. The organisation was superb. Workshops were brilliant & the acts sensational. Only did the Saturday as new to Uke playing, but next year the whole shebang. Thank you so much.
Joanne Poitevin

Couldn't agree more! As a UFoGB virgin, I had the time of my life! The workshops by Phil and Craig Chee Ukulele were real eye-openers and showed me a little of what I still have to learn; the acts in the Town Hall were without exception a-may-zing, and as for the busk and the Exmouth sessions, well, I guess you have to have a lot of good humour and a little humility to take up our little jumpin' flea, and everyone I met over the weekend had those qualities in spades! God bless all of you!
David Alexander

What a fantastic event. So so lucky to have it on the doorstep!
Chris Lock

What a great weekend! Well done you all! When are next year's tickets on sale?
Clive Wilson

First uke thing I've been to at all, was only there on Saturday in the stall hall but got to meet Ryo and lots of other cool people!
Tim Morrison

Yet again you made an amazing thing happen! What a fabulous weekend, so pleased I could be a part of it. The audience and workshoppers were all really up for everything! Thank you!
Phil Doleman

As always, enjoyable and inspiring: thanks to everyone involved. I thought the mass busk in the Imperials Gardens was an inspired change (and the weather helped.) Worth considering again for next year?
Martin Hardman

Thanks so much! The acts this year were amazing - absolute quality from beginning to end. Sarah Maisel in particular was a joy to watch and Taimane brought the main event to a perfect, breathtaking end. It all just proved that there is so much more to the humble uke than most people imagine. Now, when do the 2015 tickets go on sale..?
Ian Johnson

Fantastic fun and wonderfully joyous. Huge congrats to organisers and performers.
Nic Rigby

It was brilliant! I much preferred the Mass Busk being at the Town Hall Gardens. It meant that those with children could let off steam in a safe environment. Please let this aspect continue. Xx
Sherrel Jane Lee

As part of the Yankee Invasion Crew ( and a New Englander at that) I want to thank all the new friends I've met this week end and all the folks who put together a truly great Ukulele Festival. I think I can speak for the other Yanks from California and Texas that this has been a most memorable and delightful experience. Thank you all ! ;-)> Boz
David Bosworth

THANK YOU!!!! It was amazing... What a struggle to go back to work today after such a good weekend! Bring on 2015!
Edward Sell

A HUGE thank you the UFGB team, as the comments on here show the festival really was fantastic. Everyone had a ball, great acts and in such beautiful surroundings too. Thanks to everyone who came to the workshops and everyone who came and said hello. Fare thee well for now.
Ukulele Uff and Lonesome Dave

From all at Mother Ukers HQ, we also would like to say a huge well done. It was simple superb and an honour to be part of. To The Future!
Paul Tucker

Well done for putting on a great festival. We loved it sooo much xxx
Bristol Ukulele Jam 

Latest News...

6th May

The songbook for the Big Busk is now available. A variety of tunes for you to start practicing! Download here.

Big Busk Songbook

15th April

We are pleased to announce details of our chosen charity for 2016, Well Child. Please click here for more information.

Well Child

3rd March

Introducing the UKE Magazine Stage @ The Norwood featuring the Window of Opportunity and the open Mic.

UKE Magazine

Click here for more details.

1st February

Workshops are now available to be booked. Limited capacity. Book yours now.

1st November

Tickets are now available online. Click here now.

26th October

First acts announced for 2016! Check them out here.

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