The International Pipe And Tabor Festival

Fri 29th Sept to Sun 1st Oct 2017, Stony Stratford


  • Symposium
  • Workshops
  • Concerts
  • Masterclasses
  • Maker’s Market



 York House Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (Map)

Stony Stratford has vibrant culture including folk music, and a super history  dating back to the C12th.  The term “Cock and Bull stories” comes from the tales told in the bars of the historic Cock and Bull Inns.  Stony Stratford is where Edward, one of the Princes in the Tower, was arrested by his uncle Richard III.

The Old George Inn, Stony Stratford

The Old George Inn, Stony Stratford

Getting There

Road: Stony Stratford is on the A5 Watling St (Roman Road) and close to the M1 motorway (Junction 14).

Rail: Stony Stratford is halfway between London Euston and Birmingham on the West Coast Main Line.  Milton Keynes Central station is well served by regular Intercity services.  The station is 5 miles from the town. Arriva bus (Line 6) connects to the station every 20 mins.


There are several hotels and guest houses in the area (Map)

TTS has arranged a discount at one of the local hotels on a “first come first served” basis.  Contact Andy Richard for details email


  • The festival tunes are listed on the Processional Tunes page of the web-site.  If it is your first visit, don’t feel you have to be able to any of them, but they are there if you want to play in the BIG DUB.

The International Pipe and Tabor Festival

IPATF is only festival of its kind in the UK.  It started in Gloucester in 1999 and has been run by The Taborers Society since 2006.

This festival brings taborers of all kinds together to share and celebrate their enjoyment of the instrument and its music.

There are concerts, workshops, masterclasses, processions, and musicians representing the diversity of taboring world.

The Festival hosts the International Pipe and Tabor Symposium.


Atsufumi Ujiie playing his unique Japanese style pipe and tabor – IPATF 2010