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

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

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:

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
All day

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