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Our team of 160 volunteer stewards are the backbone of Ely Folk Festival. Without them it just couldn’t happen. There are lots of different roles for stewards and we will try to slot you into the ones which suit you best. 

If you are interested in stewarding at the 2018 festival, read on….

  • Complete the online form at the bottom of this page and submit it (please keep free text in boxes brief & don’t use carriage return to create a new line)
  • Download the form here Stewards application form and either email or post it to us (details at top of the form)

Notes to help you complete the form  and setting out Terms & Conditions for Stewards are available here Stewarding at Ely Folk festival (1). Please take a little time to read through the notes and when you complete your application form, check the boxes beside the jobs that most interest you. You’ll spot a common theme in the Useful Skills lists – friendly and helpful. We aim to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable festival that is memorable for all the right reasons and you’ll play a key part in that.

Photograph – your Festival ID card will have a photograph of you on it. Please upload a recent ‘head and shoulders’ picture of yourself when you return your application form. If you have previously forwarded a photo to us in connection with festival stewarding, we can reuse it.

Confidentiality – all the information that you give us will be kept confidential and used only in connection with Ely Folk Festival. We will not make any of your information available to any other person or group.

 Apply to be a Steward

Contact Details





E-mail address


Street address







Landline telephone

Mobile Phone


I am aged 18 or over

  I have read 'Stewarding at Ely Folk Festival'

About You

Do you hold a current First aid certificate?

Some volunteer tasks may involve lifting / moving equipment. (Please be aware that some of the jobs involved in the Set-up can be quite physically demanding eg erecting tents and moving chairs and tables.You will not be expected to do any heavy lifting or work at high level)

Are you able to perform such tasks?

Is there any task that you cannot or are unwilling to do? (We should be made aware of any relevant disability or medical problem)

When did you last steward at Ely?

If you have stewarded at another festival recently, please tell us where and when?

Present or previous occupation (We want to make the most of your skills and experience!)

Duty preferences

We need volunteers to work in a variety of areas and at times from 8.00am to after midnight.
Please check the appropriate boxes if you have a preference, although we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to that duty or team. Priority will be given to applicants who are more flexible and more available!

Set up / breakdown crews will mainly work Thursday and Monday, with a smaller number needed on Wednesday and Tuesday. There will also be a few jobs to be done on Friday morning, especially if the weather is poor. You must commit at least two full days to be considered for this team.

 Set up / breakdown before and/or after the festival

Festival stewards (Friday to Sunday) will be on duty for around 10 hours over the weekend. Most people will have duties in two areas and we try to ensure whenever possible that those undertaking gate, campsite and roving duties also get a duty in the marquees.

Shift lengths:

If you wish to steward with a friend, please tell us their name

 Festival / Steward control Campsites Festival merchandise Gates Marquees Box Office Task Force / Roving Artist reception / Green room Accompanying the Morris parade in Ely (Saturday am)


Please check the times when you will be available to work:

 Wednesday set up (all Day) Thursday set up (all Day) Friday am Friday pm Friday Eve Saturday am Saturday pm Saturday Eve Sunday am Sunday pm Sunday Eve Monday take down (all day) Tuesday take down

You will be required to work for 10 hours over the weekend and to undertake a spread of shifts, morning afternoon and evening.

Please use this space to tell us about any specific skills or experience that would be useful, tasks that you are unable to do or any other adjustments required, including any Morris commitments

Do you wish to camp on the festival site?


We need a head and shoulders photo for your ID card. It doesn’t have to be a passport style picture – you are allowed to smile! Please attach a (recent) photo of yourself. (as a .jpg)


(Please type the letters above into the box - just to confirm that you are a person, not a robot!)




Booked so far for the 2018 festival (subject to contract)

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
Steve Knightley
Jamie Smith's Mabon
Johnny Dickinson
Anthony John Clarke
The Willows
The Black Feathers
John Kirkpatrick
Flossie Malavialle
Broom Bezzums
Chris Fox
Alden Patterson and Dashwood
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