Larkhall Bakeoff 2019

Ready, Steady, Bake!

Bring out your inner Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood.
Conjure up your masterpiece to the New Oriel Hall between noon and 2pm on Saturday 4th May. Winners announced at 3 PM.

Larkhall Open Studios 2019

Larkhall Open Studios returns again in 2019

All venues are Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11am to 5pm unless otherwise stated.

For further details, pick up a LOS brochure, widely available from April.
For a map see the Larkhall Festival programme or the map below (Click on locations for more details)

Larkhall Open Studios Map

(1)Bath Artist Printmakers
3b Upper Lambridge Street BA1 6RY

(2)Ione Parkin RWA-Abstract paintings; Jane Sheppard-Ceramics
R/O 3 Upper Lambridge St

(3)Anna Gillespie,sculptor
1 Larkhall Place,BA1 6SF

(4)Simon Hodges PS-Landscape painter
12 Hillview Rd,BA1 6NF

(5)Rosie Swift-Kalung Creations Saturday Only: 11-5
8 School Ct,Spring Lane,BA1 6FD

(6)Teresa Foster-paintings
47 Brooklyn Rd BA1 6TF

(7)Silversides Glass
9 Brooklyn Rd,BA1 6TF

(8)Alison Redman-Jewellery; Gail Barker-Mixed Media artist Saturday and Sun 11-5pm
1 Larkhall Sq,BA1 6FA

(9)Vicky Sander-Automata
4 Hawarden Terrace, BA1 6RE

(10)Caroline James, paintings
1 St Mark’s Pl BA1 6FE

(11)Russell Bell,
14 Tyning Terrace, BA1 6ET

(12)Susan Green, Sculptor Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm
7 Malvern Bdgs,BA1 6JX

(13)Jane Randfield; Fran Landsman.
34 Malvern Bdgs,BA1 6JX

(14)Liz Carson,paintings & collages; Andrew Hume,sculpture.
12,Fairfield Park Rd,BA1 6HX

(15)Alan Hemming, ceramics.
24 Fairfield Ave BA1 6NH

(16)Richard Olver,paintings; Teresa Harrison,sculptural mosaics
57 airfield Park Rd,BA1 6JP

(17)Harriet Gunstone, paintings and textiles. Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm
9 Fairfield Ave,BA1 6NH

(18) Simon Parr, paintings
15 elgrave Crescent, BA1 5JU

(19) Kate Clark, Sarah Targett, Dominique Coiffait. Opening hours 12-5pm Sat, Sun & Mon
Nourish,1 Beaufort W, London Rd,BA1 6QB

(20)Black Dog, decorative tiles.
Meadows Lane, BA1 6AP

(21)Val Hepplewhite, paintings and drawings. Saturday only (by appt other times)
Studio, 25 Grosvenor Pl,BA1 6BA

(22) Fifi Charrington-paintings.
Hill House, Upper Swainswick BA1 8BX

(23) Joanna Cacanas
Stable Cottage, Upper Swainswick BA1 8BU

(24) Group Exhibition, Oriel Hall, Larkhall Sq. Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm

(25) Group Exhibition,Claremont Community Centre,
Eastbourne Ave BA1 6EN

(26) St Mark’s School – exhibition of students’ work Saturday only 11-3pm
Baytree Rd,BA1 6ND-exhibition of students’ work

SoapBox Derby

We are pleased to announce that the Soapbox Derby will be taking place once again this year. Race day is Sunday 5th May.  Please see  attached image for details or the Larkhall Festival Programme

We are also running cart building workshops – the first one of which is on Saturday 13th April.

If anyone is struggling to get materials, tools or even wheels for their cart, there will be a workshop at Alice Park at 10AM on Saturday 13th April

Please come along, help yourself to equipment and meet our engineer who will be there to offer any advice.

See you there!!

For updates please see the Larkhall Festival Facebook page or  Soapbox Derby 2019 Facebook page

Larkhall Festival Committee


Window Dressing Competition Winners Announced

Larkhall Scouts and Leaders were this year’s judges for the Window Dressing Competition and announced the results as follows:

Winner – Not Just Pets
2nd – Mercy in Action
Joint 3rd – Naughty But Nice, Langbridge Hardware

Many congratulations to our winners and everyone who took part!


…to all of you who helped and supported the festival this year! We were blessed with good weather which helped make everything go so well including bringing in record takings from the Garden Trail which will go towards making the festival even better!

Bake-off Winners

1st Sue Wheeler Raspberry Jam
2nd Eileen Cooke – Orange Marmalade
3rd Eileen Cooke – Grapefruit Marmalade

Victoria Sponge
1st Katie Ashton
2nd Kim Acton
3rd Natalie Quirk

Pies and Pasties
1st Adult Robin Whitely – Lemon Meringue Pie
2nd Adult Lou Kelly – Potato and Onion Pie
1st Junior Nell McKinney (aged 11) – Raspberry Turnover
2nd Junior Rosie Kelly (aged 13) – Apple Pie

Show Stopper
1st Adult Michael Beaver – King Bladud + Pigs
2nd Adult Lesley Bees – King Bladud’s Crown
3rd Adult – Joint Richard Patrick – Hazelnut Meringue and Rosie Graham – Orange Polenta Cake
1st Junior Lucy & Matilda Thomas (aged 7) – Layered Surprise Cake
2nd Junior Nell Corse (aged 8) – Soft Sugar Cookie Meadow
3rd Junior Jesse & Morgan (aged 5 & 7) – Large Cookie

Larkhall Festival Needs You!

The festival couldn’t take place without the invaluable help of the volunteers that help make it run. All that is asked for is an hour or so to help out with one of the tasks below. Please reply to me Phil Smith ( if you can help out over the weekend of Friday 4th May to Monday 7th May:

Setup ( Setting out chairs, moving tables)

Friday 4th May: 3pm to 6pm:
Saturday 5th May: 10am to 12 noon
Saturday 5th May: 5pm to 6pm
Sunday 6th May: 10am to 12 noon Including setting up gazebos in the car-park etc.

Tidy up

Sunday 5pm: Tidy up car-park and square after the party
Monday 10 – 12 noon: Tidy up New Oriel Hall

Bar at New Oriel Hall

Friday 4th May: 7pm to 9pm and 9pm to late
Saturday 5th May: 7pm to 9pm and 9pm to late
Sunday 6th May: 12pm to 5pm

New Oriel Hall door acting as Festival guides

Saturday: 12pm to 5pm: 1 hour slots
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm: 1 hour slots


For the first time ever in Larkhall Festival history Larkhall Square and the road down to Bladud’s Head will be closed on Sunday afternoon. We need stewards to manage the road closure and keep the road clear so people don’t get run over by the soap-box derby! You should still be able to see some of the action and the slots will be kept as short as possible so you can still take in the Festival experience. Can you help?

Provisional slot times are:
12:30pm to 1:30pm (Larkhall Festival Parade)
2pm to 3:15pm (Larkhall Festival soap-box derby)

Phil Smith
Larkhall Festival Committee

Poetry Competition

The theme is nature and/or the environment, and the deadline for submissions is April 27th, so people need to get writing! Poems should go into Beaufort Bookshop, typed. Adults over 16 are asked to pay £1 per poem. Poets should put their name, contact details and age category on the back of the page, (to remain anonymous to the judges). Spread the word!

Bath IRON at the Larkhall Festival

To coincide with the 10th Larkhall Festival – 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 BathIRON, 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!*

Forge In @ Iron Art
Upper Lambridge Street
Bath BA1 6RY

Opening hours Sat 5 & Sun 6 10am – 4pm

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:

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.

On Sunday 6th 2pm – 5pm there will be a mobile pop up forge in the Oriel Hall car park Simon Bushell, travelling blacksmith and his team will bring their Nowhere Forge to the Larkhall 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.

Fish and chips fundraiser tickets now on sale

The ever-popular Fish and Chip Quiz Saturday 3rd February – New Oriel Hall – doors open at 7:30pm.  £12 per ticket includes a fish and chip supper.

This year will be the 10th year of the Larkhall Festival, so we are planning a special year, which will need extra funds. Your support, as always, will be much appreciated. This is always a sell-out event, so book your ticket early. As usual teams of 6 and the junk/craft challenge adding a bit of light-hearted fun, or fierce competition, depending on your outlook !

Buy your ticket from Leek, Larkhall
online here at Eventbrite

If you book online and  require a vegetarian alternative please email to order the vegetarian option.

Sign up for free comedy sketch-writing group!

So you think you’re funny?

Then why not shake off the winter blues by joining a free comedy sketch writers group? Led by hilarious stand-up Pat Welsh you could have Larkhallians rolling in the aisles!

  • Learn concepts, structures, principles and vocabulary that demystify comedic writing.
  • Develop and practice your own comedy sketch writing skills in a safe and supportive environment
  • Have your original work rehearsed and performed in the Larkhall Festival or if you’d prefer you can perform yourself
  • No previous experience is required
  • No fee for participation

Venue – Beaufort Bookshop, St Saviour’s Road, Larkhall
Date – Tuesday evenings, 16th Jan – 20th Feb 2018
Time – 7.45pm – 10pm

For more info or to sign up contact Pat Welsh via email to

Bhangra Night

Larkhall Festival – first ever Bhangra Evening.

Join Larkhall Festival’s fund raiser at 8pm on Saturday 7th October, at the New Oriel Hall with the award-winning band RSVP Bhangra

RSVP Bhangra is a unique brand of Bhangra music comprising an infectious mix of classic Punjabi music combined with dance beats. This will be a not-to-be-missed entertainment experience! It’s not just about the music, there’s the dancing and the fun too

Come along, bring your friends, have fun and help the Festival at the same time.  Next year will the 10th Anniversary of the Festival so we need to raise funds to make this a year to remember.

Tickets will be £12 each including includes some tasty Indian snacks.  On sale in Leak, Larkhall from 1st September. Bound to be a sell-out – festival events always are – so get your tickets early.



Peru comes to Larkhall! Solsbury Hill Llamas to Star on Sunday 30th April

They may not be the Andes, but Bath’s hills are alive to the braying of llamas!

Now they will appear at the Village Green on Sunday 30th April at 3pm

Reared by Solsbury Hill sheep farmer Pete Hill, he diversified into llamas for their soft and lovely wool. Seen at the Swainswick Fete on a number of occasions, now Pete will parade them through Larkhall finishing at the New Oriel Hall Car Park. Come and pet these lovely beasts!

Show You Love Larkhall and Volunteer!

The Festival is nearly here – just a few days to go.
Show you love Larkhall by voulntering for one of you fun events.

Help is needed to:

setup and clear away after events
sit at the information desk – training provided!
steward on Sunday 30th April for the Boxcar Derby and events on the Village Green.

All fun and it will help the Festival no end.

Please email Lesley at

Saturday at St Mark’s School

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.

On Saturday 29th April between 11 am – 3 pm, head to the main hall at St Mark’s School where there will be a range of free art and crafts workshops for children,  including making hats for the parade.  Resources and entry forms are available to download from the schools website:

This year will also feature a fab 1960’s theme Vintage Cafe open from 11 am -3 pm selling a range of hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and filled rolls etc.

Bake off

Larkhall Festival Bake Off is taking place on Saturday 29th April. Drop off your delicious homemade goodies to New Oriel Hall from 12 pm. This year we have a very special “pasty” bake category or you can try and impress the judges with your homemade jam’s and pickles!

Larkhall Festival Boules 2017

This years boules tournament takes place on Monday 1st May on the Boules Playing Area in Alice Park. Come along and have some French style fun!

It’s a triples tournament with teams of 3 players (playing squad maximum of 5 for the tournament duration) competing for the The Rose and Crown Trophy

At least 1 person per team will need to register at the organiser’s table in the park between 10am and 10.50am for an 11.30 start. We will break for lunch at about 1.30 and finish about 5.30 pm.

Entry Fee: £1 per player (under 16s, 50pence, but must be supervised on and around the playing area by an adult at all times). Payment on the day at registration please.

The format/method of organising the event will be determined on the day according to number of entries, weather etc. There will be prizes for winners and losers.

Dress: In French Style, of course. (at least something red, white and blue, although be prepared for English style weather!) Flat sole shoes are best. Prize for best dressed players.

Players should bring own boules. 2 boules per player needed, but some spares will be available to hire or buy. Player substitutions may be made during matches but only between ends.

Beginners, don’t worry, rules of play will be explained but you’ll very quickly get the hang of it all. Help and advice will be readily available. There’ll be lots of other exciting things going on in the park and around the café on the day: live music etc. Refreshments available all day at the park café.

Organised by The Bath Grand Cru Petanque Club and The Bath League de Petanque on behalf of The Larkhall Festival.

Contact Chris Garratt for more info: 0778947057 (

Speakeasy Spectacular!

We are excited to announce that this years Speakeasy will feature two fabulous guests – Liv Torc and Jem Roberts. Open mic spots are available on the night (no actual mic though) so come along to share a plentiful poem, short story, tall tale or petit paragraph! 8:00 doors for 8:30 start. Come down to the Bladud’s Head for the best free night of the festival (probably)


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.

Garden Trail

Do you have a garden you are proud of and would like others to see? Larkhall Festival are looking for new gardens for the Garden Trail, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May.  Contact Jonathan Holt via He’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Sell out!

Tickets for the fish and chip quiz on Saturday 11th February have sold out!  We have the names of everyone who brought a ticket online (or via Cloud 9) and we’ll tick you off the list when you arrive at New Oriel Hall.

As a bonus Localgiving have match funded the first 21 donations made via our site which adds an extra £250 to this years Festival fund.

The bar will be open from 7 pm and we look forward to seeing you there for what should be a great evening.

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.