PURBECK Valley Folk Festival has gone international this year with a stellar line-up of acts from around the world.

Headliners include Mexican party band, Los de Abajo, along with Guinea’s N’Famady Kouyaté, a master of the balafon – the traditional wooden xylophone from West Africa, and Gasper Nali from Malawi, who serves up Afro Beats from his one-string, home-made three-metre long Babatoni bass guitar.

There is also a big helping of Americana/country from Amethyst Kiah, The Once, Laura Cortése & the Dance Cards and Dana Wylie.

This year marks the return of global stars to the idyllically-located festival’s five stages after pandemic travel regulations rendered last year’s event as purely domestic.

The 2022 event, on from August 18 to 21 at Purbeck Valley Farm off the A351 between Corfe Castle and Harman’s Cross, also features English folk royalty in the shape of top roots duo Show of Hands.

Festival director Catherine Burke said: “We are so glad to be back in full flow for PVFF22. Our incredible line-up would do justice to any folk festival and we are especially pleased to welcome back our international artistes.”

Children’s activities include storytelling, theatre workshops, fun crafts, puppet shows, bubble displays, baby/toddler rhyme time sessions, face-painting, a treasure hunt, bouncy castles, fancy dress, maypole dancing and Morris dance workshops.

Tickets are on sale now from £150 (£75 youth/£30 child) for the weekend Thursday to Sunday, including camping. Any remaining tickets sold at the gate will be £165/£85/£30 See purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk/shop/tickets for full details.