Art Trail

Monday 7th May
Around Larkhall
All day

Local artists and crafts people open their homes and studios, visit their website for more info.

Garden Trail

Larkhall Garden Trail – Monday 7th May

Gardens open 10.30am to 5pm unless otherwise stated

Take a trip around the secret corners and open spaces of Larkhall, dotted with some fascinating creations and the fruit of some very hard work.

Gardenalia, London Road

Richard Asbury’s delightfully eccentric shop on London Road is not just a business but a passion, having an eclectic mix of antique and contemporary garden ornaments, furniture, accessories and unusual gifts, all in a quaint setting. Specializing in organic garden products including seeds and compost, look out for some special Festival offers. Open from 9am till 5.30 pm.

Lambridge House, London Road

This large varied garden which runs from the road to the river is reputed to have one of the largest tulip trees in Britain as well as a large wellingtonia. It’s a blossoming garden at this time of year, with apple, pear, damson, wisteria and magnolia showing their colours. TEAS SERVED

Hillview Studio, 12 Hillview Road. Access by steps only.

The small garden of an artist designed using the ancient Japanese principle of shakkei (borrowed landscape) and planted for all year round interest. This year’s changes include new hard landscaping, structural hedges and perennial and grass planting. Seating and original sculptures in various materials throughout the garden.

The Ferns and Garden Cottage, Deadmill Lane

Several garden rooms including tulips, aquilegia, apple blossom next to a nice old house. The crab apple orchard and mixed woodland sloping down to the Lam Brook at the back of the Garden Cottage is one of Larkhall’s best kept secrets. TEAS SERVED

5 Swainswick Gardens

Best Sustainable Garden in the Curo Housing Association Awards, this garden has plenty of plants to encourage wildlife to thrive, as well as bamboo and New Zealand flax.

10 Larkhall Place

Tony Ashford & Allison Talbot’s well-established vegetable garden Includes apple and pear cordons, soft fruit, raised beds and a polytunnel. The ornamental elements include a giant fennel (8 feet tall) the fedge (woven willow hedge) will be just waking up and the quince might be flowering. Come and chat about compost and dealing with snails.

3 Elm Croft, St Saviour’s Road

A long garden sloping down to the Lam Brook with solanum, holly, acer and some fine blossoming fruit trees including mulberry, pear and apple. TEAS SERVED

Larkhall Allotments

Large allotments with numerous plots. Cute sheds and Wendy Houses. Plenty of sowings e.g. spring cabbage. One of the best plots is Sue Johnson’s, like a cottage garden, at far top corner.

Strictly Come Gurning

Sunday 6th May
Rose & Crown
5.30 & 7pm

5.30pm for junior gurners and 7pm for the grown ups – come and make faces, the uglier the better – and maybe win a prize. Hog roast and craft cider in the garden.

Poetry Competition Prize Giving

Sunday 6th May
Rondo Theatre
5pm

The theme is nature and/or the environment, and the deadline for submissions is April 27th, so get writing! Poems should go into Beaufort Bookshop, typed. Over 16s £1 voluntary donation per poem. Poets should put their name, contact details and age category on the back of the page (to remain anonymous to the judges).

Soapbox Derby 2018

Sunday 6th May

  • 1.30pm – registration commences in Larkhall Square for entrants
  • 2.15pm – parade to start line, opposite Bladud’s Head
  • 3pm – first race

The Larkhall Soapbox Derby is a family event for adult & child teams racing in handmade karts of your own design. Whether it’s a few tassels on a wheelbarrow or a ‘designed from the ground up’ racing chariot, all are welcome!

The two main requirements are:

  • every team must have a child passenger (max. 2), and
  • the Soapbox must be homemade and pushed by an adult – unassisted by motors.

In the build-up to the race, the team will be hosting a Workshop where there will be space & tools to use to help you build your Soapbox, as well as advice & a helping hand or two from the team.

The Workshop will be held in the Larkhall Liberal Club Skittle Alley on Saturday 21st April from 12pm to 4pm.

To assist in the running of the race, each team entering will be asked to make a suggested donation of £5 at Registration, and to sign a waiver form.

Prizes for race ‘Winners’, and ‘Best Engineered’ & ‘Best Presented’ Soapboxes

Registration: 1.30pm, Larkhall village square

Parade to Start Line (opposite Bladud’s Head): 2.15pm

Race 1 Start: 3.00pm

Race 2 Start: 3.15pm

Prizes: 3.30pm

All times are subject to change on the day.

Pop Up Forge

Sunday 6th May
Oriel Hall Car Park
2pm – 5pm

Travelling blacksmith Simon Bushell and his team who will bring their pop up ‘Nowhere Forge’ to the Festival bringing skills, ancient and new and demonstrations for all ages.*

*Unsuitable for children under 12 years, dogs and wheelchair users as this is a working forge.

Art Exhibition

Sunday 6th May
New Oriel Hall
12 Noon – 5pm

Exhibition in the Small Hall, New Oriel Hall as part of the art trail.

Acoustic Café and Bar

Sunday 6th May
New Oriel Hall
12 Noon – 5pm

Chill out with a beer or a hot drink and some yummy food. Background sounds provided by: Bath Folk Singers, Side Effect, Strumble Bees amongst others.

Larkhall’s 10th Festival – Celebration Time

Sunday 6th May
Village Green
12 Noon – 5pm

Larkhall Square will be joined with the Village Green (car park) as for the first time in Festival history the Sqaure will be closed to traffic to celebrate Larkhall’s 10th Festival.

Here you will find food stalls, ice cream, coconut shy, skittles, Camera Obscura and lots more… This year we have a mobile forge, come and try your hand at metal work. There’ll be music from our DJ Bruno, to add to the party atmosphere and the dress code is fancy dress royal robes or party wear.

Warm Wind Wafts into Larkhall from the Med

Alexandra Vogdopoulou, Founder of Alex’s Greek Cooking & Wellbeing
”Creating food for the mind, body and soul” is going to be cooking up a stupendously delicious menu to ensure Larkhallians have one ‘Hellas’ of time dancing in joy like Zorba the Greek and Merlina Mercouri. They said ‘Never on a Sunday!’ but Alex is here to break all the rules.

Alex’s Hot Dish Number One: GYROS

Hot pork gyros wrapped up on a home made Alex’a pita bread is marinated for minimum of 2 days with lovely aromas and then slowly cooked to maintain the necessary juices. Veggie option of gyros for veggie/vegan

Alex’s Hot Dish Number Two: The 3Gs:GREEN GREEK & GORGEOUS

Spinach pasty in Alex’s SPANAKOPITA will be there to dip deep over home made tzatziki and spicy tirocafteri, two different dips

Dipping is part of Greek food culture, so Alex would love to get many people relax and doing this and mimicking the Mediterranean people! This is what she does for my cookery classes & supper clubs and people seem to be enjoying this greatly!

Desserts à la grecque

Alex’s Orange Bomb will be the guest of the afternoon and also her cheeky Baklava Bites.

King Bladud will lead the afternoon celebrations:

1pm Procession from Spa Lane to Larkhall Square. King Bladud will process from Spa Lane down St Saviours Road to Larkhall Square.
Come and join in: bring your masks, or drums, musical instruments, make some community noise. Dress up, join in.

1.15pm Larkhall Square Registration opens for the Soapbox Derby

2.15pm Larkhall Square to Bladuds Head. Soapbox entrants parade to the start line

3pm Race 1

3.15pm Race 2

3.30pm Winners presentations

3.45 To 5pm Party on!

 

Window Dressing Competition and Treasure Hunt

Sunday 6th May
Larkhall Shops
All Day

Look out for displays in the local shops where we will be marking 100 years since the culmination of the suffragette movement and women being given the vote.

For the treasure hunt you will be looking for King Bladud’s pigs – they’ve all run away and hidden in the shop windows in Larkhall. How many can you find?

Pick up an entry form from New Oriel Hall.

Football Match

Sunday 6th May
Plain Ham
10am

The Festival favourite returns at Plain Ham, home of Larkhall Athletic.

Cloud 9

Sunday 6th May
Cloud 9
All day

A bit of music – any musicians feel free to come and jam in the garden. Sunday roast and BBQ at your favourite local café.

 

Forge In

Sunday 6th May
Iron Art, Upper Lambridge Street
10am – 4pm

Larkhall’s very own forge, Iron Art, is hosting a ‘Forge In’ on the Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of the Larkhall Festival weekend. Blacksmiths will be gathering from around the country to collaborate in creating the first parts of an exciting piece of public art, which is being designed and created as a gift for the city of Bath and which will be finally completed in June at Bath IRON, Bath’s first ever unique festival of ironwork.

This ‘Forge In’ is a unique opportunity to see blacksmiths live forging steel in the heart of your local community. Come and watch alchemy at work! See something spectacular grow from the fire and steel, worked and forged by an incredible team of skilled hands!

Ultimately these first pieces of hand forged steel from the Larkhall ‘forge in’, will come together in a spectacular final piece created at Bath IRON – a unique festival of ironwork in Parade Gardens, 14-17 June. At the Bath IRON festival, eight master blacksmiths and their teams will collaboratively complete the new balustrade for the bandstand in Parade Gardens. This beautiful and unique piece of public art will be left as a lasting legacy of the festival.

Get involved, sponsor a note: www.localgiving.org/appeal/bathiron/

You can get involved in this exciting project by sponsoring a part of the balustrade and be part of making it a reality. Our crowd funding appeal means that people from the city and all over the world who support heritage skills will come together in funding this beautiful legacy.

*Unsuitable for children under 12 years, dogs and wheelchair users as this is a working forge.

Picnic in the Park

Sunday 6th May
Alice Park
10am – 4pm

let’s fill the park with picnics! DJ sets throughout the day from the Alice Park Café.

Leak’s Chill Out Zone

Sunday 6th May
Leak
All day

With mocktails, comfy sofas, kids’ disco, tattoos, face painting and hot dogs.

 

Ceilidh

Saturday 5th May
New Oriel Hall
Doors at 7pm

Once again the talented Larkhall ceilidh musicians have banded together to bring you a night of fantastic music and dance. All you need is a sense of fun and let the guest caller guide you through the steps and the musicians get your feet dancing. No experience necessary, no fancy footwork required, the emphasis is on enjoyment.

All ages welcome. Bar available and some light snacks to buy.

Film: The Writer With No Hands

Saturday 5th May
New Oriel Hall
1.30pm & 3pm

In this independent documentary, an academic from Bath explores fresh evidence in a Hollywood cold case. Was the death of screenwriter Gary Devore in 1997 an improbable accident or something much more sinister? The documentary has received 11 wins and nominations at film festivals worldwide.

 

Craft Fair

Saturday 5th May
New Oriel Hall
12 Noon – 5pm

Local artisans bring their wares to sell which range from handmade cards and children’s books to homemade hats and knitted items. Please come along and support the craftspeople of your community.

 

Great Larkhall Bake-off

Saturday 5th May
New Oriel Hall
12 Noon – 3pm

Ready, Steady, Bake! Bake a cake, make some jam or a pie – the choice is yours. Bring your masterpiece to the New Oriel Hall between 12 Noon and 2pm, winners announced at 3pm.

To be judged by foodies Andy of Goodies Delicatessen and Margaret, mother of top chef Kingsley Pillinger.

Categories include:

  • Victoria Sponge
  • ‘Larkhall Showstopper’
  • Jams/Chutneys /Pickles
  • Pasties and Pies
  • Adult and under 16 sections

Art Exhibition

Saturday 5th May
New Oriel Hall
12 Noon – 5pm

Exhibition in the Small Hall, New Oriel Hall as part of the art trail.

Larkhall Festival Café

Saturday 5th May
New Oriel Hall
12 Noon – 5pm

Serving tea, cakes, hot and cold food and everything yummy.

St Mark’s School Arts and Crafts

Saturday 5th May
St Mark’s School
11am – 3pm

St Mark’s will be running free childrens’ art and craft activities (including mask making for the parade on Sunday!) from 11am – 3pm in the Main Hall.

We will also be running our ever-popular Vintage Café serving a selection of filled rolls, quiches, homemade cakes and cookies, along with hot and cold drinks throughout.

 

Cloud 9

Saturday 5th May
Cloud 9
All day

Delicious veggie & vegan curries, pakoras, fresh and crunchy salads and smoothie station at your favourite local café.

 

Swainswick History Trail

Saturday 5th May
Alice Park to Swainswick Church
All Day

A walking trail from Alice Park to Swainswick Church. Discover local sights whilst learning some of the history of the area. Self-service refreshments & toilet available at the Church.

Pick up a leaflet describing the walk from Alice Park Café or New Oriel Hall.

At 3pm there will be a talk at Swainswick church – ‘A Brief History of Swainswick’ by Dr Virginia Bainbridge.

Paint the Park

Saturday 5th May
Alice Park
10am – 4pm

Chalk the paths of Alice Park (There’ll be random spot prizes of ice cream or coffee), Zumba Class and DJ sets thoughout the day.

Forge In

Saturday 5th May
Iron Art, Upper Lambridge Street
10am – 4pm

Larkhall’s very own forge, Iron Art, is hosting a ‘Forge In’ on the Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of the Larkhall Festival weekend. Blacksmiths will be gathering from around the country to collaborate in creating the first parts of an exciting piece of public art, which is being designed and created as a gift for the city of Bath and which will be finally completed in June at Bath IRON, Bath’s first ever unique festival of ironwork.

This ‘Forge In’ is a unique opportunity to see blacksmiths live forging steel in the heart of your local community. Come and watch alchemy at work! See something spectacular grow from the fire and steel, worked and forged by an incredible team of skilled hands!

Ultimately these first pieces of hand forged steel from the Larkhall ‘forge in’, will come together in a spectacular final piece created at Bath IRON – a unique festival of ironwork in Parade Gardens, 14-17 June. At the Bath IRON festival, eight master blacksmiths and their teams will collaboratively complete the new balustrade for the bandstand in Parade Gardens. This beautiful and unique piece of public art will be left as a lasting legacy of the festival.

Get involved, sponsor a note: www.localgiving.org/appeal/bathiron/

You can get involved in this exciting project by sponsoring a part of the balustrade and be part of making it a reality. Our crowd funding appeal means that people from the city and all over the world who support heritage skills will come together in funding this beautiful legacy.

*Unsuitable for children under 12 years, dogs and wheelchair users as this is a working forge.

Leak’s Chill Out Zone

Saturday 5th May
Leak
All day

With mocktails, comfy sofas, kids’ disco, tattoos, face painting and hot dogs.

 

Window Dressing Competition and Treasure Hunt

Saturday 5th May
Larkhall Shops
All Day

Look out for displays in the local shops where we will be marking 100 years since the culmination of the suffragette movement and women being given the vote.

For the treasure hunt you will be looking for King Bladud’s pigs – they’ve all run away and hidden in the shop windows in Larkhall. How many can you find?

Pick up an entry form from New Oriel Hall.

60s Soul and Rock & Roll Disco

Friday 4th May
New Oriel Hall
Follows the comedy night

60s Discotheque with DJ Tony the Tape

What did your Grandpa and Grandma rave to in the 1960s? Or if you are as ancient as Old Father Larkhall you will remember the hits as if they were only yesterday. Rave to the dance numbers from the days when the words in songs meant something as our amazing local DJ Tony the Tape rounds off what is bound to be a pretty hilarious evening with some 60s vibes to strut your stuff to.

Slake your thirst at the bar and stave off the hunger of the night with the delicious snacks on offer.

 

Speakeasy Spoken Word Spectacular

Friday 4th May
Bladud’s Head
Doors 7:30pm

A regular on the spoken word circuit and organiser of Hammer and Tongue Bristol, Thommie Gillow showcases her new published collection of poetry ‘Milked’, following her journey to new motherhood. We will also be entertained and delighted by the voices of Bath Spa’s Callum Wensley and Sophie Dumont.

Bring along your offerings for the open mic – anecdotes, poems, tall tales, short stories, book excerpts, and we’ve even had a limerick or two!

Organiser Jo Butts is asking people to bring a poem (or multiples) on a postcard which she will collect on the Speakeasy night which she will then go and hide in random books in Beaufort Bookshop for customers to find from the Saturday of the festival and beyond. Customers can then go and either take them or re-hide. They don’t need to be original work but do need to be clean as it’s a family bookshop!

Come promptly to the Friday night event for open mic places.

Comedy Sketch Night

Friday 4th May
New Oriel Hall
7pm

Doors open 7pm, will close when full, admission on a first-come first-served basis. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Over 16’s only – adult content!

Join us for a night of original scripts acted out by our local performers including the Festival Director and the Professor of Comedy at Bath Spa University.  Only the most distinguished! You can be the judge and jury and vote for your favourite sketch.

 

May the 4th be with you

Friday 4th May
Alice Park Café
4pm – 8pm

Come as your favourite Star Wars character, late night Friday menu and DJ sets.