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


Monday 1st May 2017

Garden Trail, All Day, Various locations
Take a trip around the secret corners and open spaces of Larkhall. Details in programme

Festival Boules “Rose &Crown Trophy”, All day, Alice Park
Fun, friendly competition. Teams of 3-5 can enter. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Spare boules sets available to buy or hire on the day. Organised by the Bath League de Petanque

Party in Park, 2 – 8 pm, Alice Park
Music and food in the Park. Bring a picnic and chill in the sunshine – we hope…

Sunday 30th April 2017

Music in Inn, Larkhall Inn
There is no music in the Inn garden this year because the Inn, just like Michael Eavis, wants a year off sometimes.

Songs of Praise, 12.30 – 1.15pm  in Alice Park – bring a picnic!


Craft Fair, 2 – 5 pm, New Oriel Hall
A range of crafty items for sale from local crafters.


Village Green, 12 noon – 5pm, New Oriel Hall Car Park
Plenty on the Village Green this year with traditional games, llamas, Clown Bert and Jimmy Mac, Punch & Judy, burgers and lots more.  Maybe a little music. And café and Festival bar in New Oriel Hall.

We know how much everyone enjoys a band or two on the Sunday afternoon at the Larkhall Festival, so we’re setting up a stage and have hired some local bands to play at the Village Green. Here is the line up – enjoy!
There will be a bar in the New Oriel Hall, with all profits going towards the Larkhall Festival. We hope you will give it your support.
Football Match, kick off 10 am, Plain Ham, Larkhall FC
Festival favourite returns again this year. Dad’s of St saviours schools vs the managers of Larkhall Athletic youth teams will once again contest the trophy that has resided with the Managers for the past three years.

Cafe, 12 – 5 pm in New Oriel Hali
Tea, cakes, hot and cold food and everything yummy

Art Workshops in New Oriel Hall
Come get creative with free 60’s inspired art workshops with Funky Art House in New Oriel Hall. For Adults and teenagers, come make ‘Flower Power’ fabric flower broaches from 12.30pm- 1.30pm. At 2.30pm- 3.30pm there will be a ‘Foil Art’ workshop for chidlren aged 6+ creating Metallic beetles or sixties pattern creations. Spaces are limited so to avoid disappointment please email to book.


Soap-box Derby, Gather at 1.30 pm for a 2 pm start, Bladud’s Head to Larkhall Square
The carts will race up Otago Terrace, then down the final leg into Larkhall Square. The award ceremony will be on the Village Green, where the carts will be lined up for your admiration,

Art Trail and Exhibition, 12 -5 pm, All around Larkhall and Small Hall, New Oriel Hall
Local artists and craftspeople open their homes and studios. See centre spread for details. Exhibition also in Small Hall, New Oriel Hall

Solsbury Hill Llamas at Village Green 3pm

Picnic in the Park, All day, Alice Park
Traditional family day in park, with chilled- out reggae DJs and lots of sunshine

Window Dressing Around Larkhall – See Saturday

LEAK, Larkhall Square – See Saturday

Cloud 9 –  See Saturday

Adult Gurning, from 7.30 pm, Bladud’s Head
Come and make faces, the uglier the better – and maybe win a prize!

Cockney-sing-along, from 8 pm, Bladud’s Head
Come down to your local boozer, gather around the old Joanna and sing along to traditional favourites. In the skittle alley, so we will all be able to hear the piano!







Saturday 29th April 2017

St Saviour’s Church Events:
Open house: 10am – 4pm
St Saviour’s Tower Tours: 10am, 12.30 pm, 2pm and 4pm
Fairtrade Cafe : 10am – 4pm
Children’s Art and Craft: 10am – 2pm
Banner making:  11am to 2pm

Alternative Therapy Fair, 12 – 5 pm, New Oriel Hall
 A range of alternative therapies including aromatherapy, holistic massage, Shiatsu. To book a free holistic massage contact (Bookings only)

Cafe, 12 – 5 pm in New Oriel Hall
Tea, cakes, hot and cold food and everything yummy

Art Trail & Exhibition, 12 – 5 pm, around Larkhall and the Small Hall, New Oriel Hall
Talented local artists and craftspeople open their homes and studios. See centre spread for details. Exhibition also in Small Hall, New Oriel Hall

Window Dressing, around Larkhall
Look out for displays in local shops. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the release of the iconic Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, this year’s theme is The Beatles, 1960s, flower power – plenty of scope for our imaginative shopkeepers.

Treasure Hunt, All weekend, around Larkhall
Ever popular, we have been busy knitting and crocheting items with a Beatles/1960s theme. They are hidden in the windows of participating shops. Pick up a leaflet from New Oriel Hall.

Great Larkhall Bake-Off, 2 – 5 pm, New Oriel Hall
Drop your baked item off at New Oriel Hall between 12 – 1 pm, and you could be Larkhall’s answer to Mary Berry! We are pleased to announce that Jane Middleton has agreed to judge the bake-off. Jane is a cookery editor and writer who has worked with authors such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Paul Hollywood, Nigel Slater and Yotam Ottolenghi. She reviewed for national restaurant guides for many years and appeared as a regional judge alongside Matthew Fort on The Great British Menu.

Open House, St Saviours Church, 10am – 4pm
Open House at St Saviour’s Church with Fairtrade Cafe 10am – 2pm. Children’s art and craft 11 am – 2 pm plus Banner Making – come and sew together.  There will also be Tower Tours of St Saviour’s from 10.30am to 4.00pm

LEAK chill out zone, All day,  LEAK, Larkhall Square
Mocktails, comfy sofas, kids disco, tattoos, face paints, and hot dogs

Cloud 9, All day, Larkhall Square
Cloud 9 Food, drink and music at your favourite local café!

Art competition, 11 am – 3 pm, St Marks School main hall
Taking this year’s Festival theme of the 1960s, St Mark’s School have organised an art competition for all pupils in the Valley Schools to explore this era through art and create their own unique version of Sixties inspired artwork. There will be a range of free art and crafts workshops for kids including making hats for the parade. Resources and entry forms are available to download from their website:

Vintage cafe, 11 am – 3 pm, St Marks School
There will be a fab 1960s theme Vintage Cafe selling a range of hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and filled rolls etc.

Paint the Park, All day, Alice Park
Chalk the paths of Alice Park; with random spot prizes of ice cream or coffee.-

New Oriel Hall

Bar 6–11pm, New Oriel Hall
Selection of wines, beer and cider from the Festival bar

KES Soul Orchestra, 7 – 8.30 pm, New Oriel Hall
“From Baroque to Pop via Rock, Soul and Funk!” Music includes: Vivaldi, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and more! Don’t miss this dazzling performance by 40 talented young musicians. Relaxed seating at Cafe style tables. Come & bring your friends!

Ramshackle Orchestra – A Tribute to Nina Trott, 8.30 – 9 pm, New Oriel Hall
Multi-generational, multi-instrumental Ramshackle Orchestra was created by violin teacher and arranger Nina Trott, who sadly died last year. It has an eclectic repertoire of Celtic folk, gypsy tunes, Klezmer laments, and airs from as far as Hungary and Transylvania.

The Big 10”, 9 – 11.00 pm, New Oriel Hall
A great high-energy Rhythm & Blues band – get down and dirty on the dance floor for a frantic finish to Festival Saturday night!!

Friday 28th April 2017

International Cafe  10.30-12  in St Saviour’s Church

Choirs by Fire, 6-8 pm, New Oriel Hall

Traditional toe-tapping choral opening to the festival. Featuring:

6:00 Minuendos
6:25 Humbugs
6:50 Walcot (a small version of!)
7:15 KES 24
7:40 KES Senior


Enjoy hot and cold food, including delicious homemade cakes, and drinks from the pop-up café. A selection of wines, beers and cider will be on offer from the festival’s own bar.

Speakeasy Spoken Word Festival Spectacular, 8-10.30 pm, Bladud’s Head
Two fabulous guests – Liv Torc and Jem Roberts, open mic spots available on the night (no actual mic though) so come along to share a plentiful poem, short story, tall tale or petit paragraph! Doors open at 8pm.



Day by Day guide

The printed programme for this year’s festival will be available for you to pick up from local shops by mid-April 2017. The PDF version is below:

Larkhall Festival 2017 programme

You can also see what will be on offer this year by choosing the relevant day in the ‘day by day’ drop down menus

Free entry to all events