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
3pm

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.

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

Registration: 1.30pm, Larkhall village square

Parade to Start Line: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

Come promptly for open mic places.

Comedy sketch night

Friday 4th May
New Oriel Hall
7pm

No admittance after 7:30pm, admission on a first-come first-served basis.

Join us for a night of original scripts acted out by our local performers. You can be the judge and jury and vote for your favourite sketch.

Our amazing local DJ Tony the Tape will be rounding off the evening with some 60’s vibes to strut your stuff to.

Bar and snacks available.

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: 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.

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
or
online here at Eventbrite

If you book online and  require a vegetarian alternative please email festival@larkhall-festival.org.uk 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 p.welsh@bathspa.ac.uk

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.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rsvp-bhangra-larkhall-festival-fundraiser-tickets-37122145336

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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 festival@larkhall-festival.org.uk

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: 

http://www.st-marks.org.uk/2017/02/larkhall-festival-art-competition/

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 (garrattc@hotmail.co.uk)

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)

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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 festival@larkhall-festival.org.uk 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 committee@larkhall-festival.org.uk. 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.