BakeOff winners 2019

Thank you very much to everybody who submitted entries for this year’s Bakeoff competition. The winners were as follows

Sausage Rolls

1) Autumn Laskey-Downs
2) Lou Kelly

Junior – Jessie Quirk


1) Lou Kelly

2) Sylvie Monique Hue-Swindells


1) Heidi Cowell

2) Rosie Graham


1) Amelie & Felicity Bryant

2) Charlotte Quinn

Many thanks to Flores (Marcia Wood) and The Beaufort Bookshop who donated prizes. Well done everybody!

Window Dressing Competition 2019 Winner!

This year’s winner of the Windows Dressing competition has been announced. Congratulations to ‘Naughty But Nice’ for winning this year. Here is a photo of Vanessa holding the prestigious trophy!


Bladud’s Head
Friday 3rd May

Poetry, Prose and Piano

Poetry, Prose and Piano has Brian Kimberling, author of Snapper, reading from his latest novel now out in America and due to be published here in May. It is possible Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feather, will read from his latest novel, Yanny, that Rachel Weisz plans to film. Also promised is an epic poem on Humphrey Bogart and the mike is open to any other writers and poets. Breaking up the proceedings will be Mike Renton at the piano accompanying a semi-professional singer but there’s nothing to stop all of us breaking into song.

Beaufort Bookshop
Sunday 5th May 6pm

Boules Competition

Larkhall Sports Club (Plain Ham)
Registration: 10:50 to 11:30
Competition: 12 noon to approx. 6pm

Village Green

New Oriel Hall Car Park
Sunday 5th May
Noon to 5pm

Boules Tournament: Change of venue

Note change of venue for this year only for the Boules.
The new playing terrain in Alice Park is currently under construction and should be ready to play on later this Summer.
We are grateful to The City of Bath Club and Larkhall Sports Club for allowing their venue to be available this year.

The Boules tournament is taking place on Monday 6th May at Larkhall Sports Club (PlainHam) (The football club at the top of the hill just off Charlcombe Lane).

To take part: at least one person register team at the organiser’s table in the park between 10.50 and 11.30 for a 12 noon start. (the whole playing area will be available for practice at anytime beforehand and during the event).

Details of the competition are below.
It’s a triples tournament with teams of 3 players per match. (playing squad numbers unlimited for the tournament duration).
To take part: at least one person register team at the organiser’s table in the park between 10.50 and 11.30 for a 12 noon start. (the whole playing area will be available for practice at anytime beforehand and during the event).

Finish estimate about 5.30 – 6 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 tournament 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. Best dressed players rewarded.

Bring own boules if possible. 2 boules per player needed, but some spares will be available.

Player substitutions may be made during matches but only between ends and after informing opponents.
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.

Come along, have some French style fun.

The bar will be open (please do not bring own drink). Some snacks food may be available to buy, but you may bring own picnic.
Organised by The Bath Grand Cru Petanque Club and The Bath League de Petanque on behalf of The Larkhall Festival and supported by our local Rose & Crown pub.

Contact Chris Garratt for more info: 0778947057 (

Craft Fair

Saturday 4th 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.


Festival Football Match

‘Larkhall Dads’ team vs the coaches of Larkhall Athletic Youth teams. Played at Plain Ham, the home of Larkhall Athletic football club. Kick-off  10am

Larkhall Bakeoff 2019

New Oriel Hall
Saturday 4th May
12noon – 2pm
Winners announced 3pm

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 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 2019

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


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.