Can you help?

The Larkhall Festival is only possible because members of our community give their time generously to help us put on a wide range of events over the weekend.

We are holding a meeting for potential volunteers at the Bladuds Head 7.30 pm – 9 pm on 10th April, please come along and find out more, or just have a drink with the Festival Committee. If you would like to help please email or leave a message on our Facebook page.

Festival Preview

The full printed programme for this year’s festival will be available for you to pick up from local shops from mid-April 2017.

In the meantime, a preview of some of what will be on offer in this year’s festival can be found in the ‘Day by Day guide 2017‘ section  of this website.

Launch of the Larkhall Festival Soapbox Derby

The Larkhall Festival Soapbox Derby is an open-to-all race for teams made up of a mixture of adults and children. Enter homemade carts of your own design to stake your place on the winner’s podium! We actively promote creative and crazy designs for all carts and there will be a prize for the best cart, but don’t worry if you’re not feeling too creative, carts can be anything from an old painted wheelbarrow to a more elaborate design of your choice.

All carts entered into the race must be entirely home-made and powered completely by hand or foot – unassisted by motors. Each cart should have a minimum crew of one child.

The carts will gather at the front of the Bladud’s head from 13:00 and the race, to the chequered flag at the Larkhall Inn will start at 14:00

So come on ladies, gentlemen and children of Larkhall, get building and lets have some fun!!

Fish and Chip Quiz 11th February 2017

Our themed fundraising quiz is taking place on Saturday 11th February 2017 at New Oriel Hall. As well as entry into the quiz you get a fish and chip supper plus there will be a cash bar.

To secure your place please make a £12 donation to the festival fund via our new Localgiving page. For tax reasons please do not Gift Aid this particular donation.

When making the donation via Localgiving there will be a ‘message’ box where you should write your full name with the word ‘quiz’ next to it. Write ‘VG’ if you’d like to order the vegetarian option rather than fish.

Introduction to Larkhall Festival

In November 2007 a small group of strangers came together in the back room of the Rose & Crown with an idea to put on a community festival. After 18 months of talking, toiling, cajoling, and occasional bursts of inspiration, the first Larkhall Festival took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend 2009. Something must have worked because the festival has taken place every year since then!

The initial vision was to create a community event that celebrated local talent and creativity with everything done by people who lived in Larkhall or had some other connection with the area. We want each festival to offer something for everyone. In addition we strongly believed that the festival should be not for profit and, wherever possible, free.

The festival is planned and delivered by a hard working voluntary committee supported by a number of activity organisers and helpers, all of whom do it for free. In addition, a range of local venues and businesses contribute to the success of the event each year. They support us, so please support them.

The Larkhall Festival is run by the local community for the local community.  Everyone does what they can. You could be part of it.

Larkhall Festival 2017 takes place from Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May 2017


Sunday 30th April 2017

Sunday 30 April (daytime)

  • Larkhall Festival Soapbox Derby
  • St Saviour’s Dads vs Larkhall youth managers match – Plain Ham
  • Picnic in the Park – Alice Park
  • Music in the Inn – Larkhall Inn
  • Craft stalls – New Oriel Hall
  • Village Green – Larkhall Square Car Park

Plus: Art trail (open studios and exhibition), treasure hunt and window-dressing competition

Sunday 30 April (evening)

  • Cockney sing-along – Bladuds Head
  • Classical music – New Oriel Hall


Saturday 29th April 2017

Saturday 29 April (daytime)

Plus: Art trail (open studios and exhibition), treasure hunt and window-dressing competition

Saturday 29 April (evening)

We are pleased to announce that local band Big Ten Inch Music will be playing for us on Saturday night at New Oriel Hall. You can find out more about them here:

Free entry to all events