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.