Larkhall Festival 2017

Friday 28th April 2017

International Cafe 10.30-12 in St Saviour’s Church
Choirs by Fire, 6-8 pm, New Oriel Hall

Traditional toe-tapping choral opening to the festival. Featuring:
6:00 Minuendos
6:25 Humbugs
6:50 Walcot (a small version of!)
7:15 KES 24
7:40 KES Senior

Enjoy hot and cold food, including delicious homemade cakes, and drinks from the pop-up café. A selection of wines, beers and cider will be on offer from the festival’s own bar.

Speakeasy Spoken Word Festival Spectacular
8-10.30 pm, Bladud’s Head

Two fabulous guests – Liv Torc and Jem Roberts, open mic spots available on the night (no actual mic though) so come along to share a plentiful poem, short story, tall tale or petit paragraph! Doors open at 8pm.

Saturday 29th April 2017

St Saviour’s Church Events:

Open house: 10am – 4pm
St Saviour’s Tower Tours: 10am, 12.30 pm, 2pm and 4pm
Fairtrade Cafe : 10am – 4pm
Children’s Art and Craft: 10am – 2pm
Banner making: 11am to 2pm

Alternative Therapy Fair, 12 – 5 pm, New Oriel Hall

A range of alternative therapies including aromatherapy, holistic massage, Shiatsu. To book a free holistic massage contact (Bookings only)

Cafe, 12 – 5 pm in New Oriel Hall

Tea, cakes, hot and cold food and everything yummy

Art Trail & Exhibition, 12 – 5 pm, around Larkhall and the Small Hall, New Oriel Hall

Talented local artists and craftspeople open their homes and studios. See centre spread for details. Exhibition also in Small Hall, New Oriel Hall

Sunday 30th April 2017

Music in Inn, Larkhall Inn

There is no music in the Inn garden this year because the Inn, just like Michael Eavis, wants a year off sometimes.
Songs of Praise, 12.30 – 1.15pm in Alice Park – bring a picnic!

Craft Fair, 2 – 5 pm, New Oriel Hall

A range of crafty items for sale from local crafters.

Village Green, 12 noon – 5pm, New Oriel Hall Car Park

Plenty on the Village Green this year with traditional games, llamas, Clown Bert and Jimmy Mac, Punch & Judy, burgers and lots more. Maybe a little music. And café and Festival bar in New Oriel Hall. We know how much everyone enjoys a band or two on the Sunday afternoon at the Larkhall Festival, so we’re setting up a stage and have hired some local bands to play at the Village Green. Here is the line up – enjoy! There will be a bar in the New Oriel Hall, with all profits going towards the Larkhall Festival. We hope you will give it your support.

Football Match, kick off 10 am, Plain Ham, Larkhall FC

Festival favourite returns again this year. Dad’s of St saviours schools vs the managers of Larkhall Athletic youth teams will once again contest the trophy that has resided with the Managers for the past three years.

Cafe, 12 – 5 pm in New Oriel Hali

Tea, cakes, hot and cold food and everything yummy
Art Workshops in New Oriel Hall – Come get creative with free 60’s inspired art workshops with Funky Art House in New Oriel Hall. For Adults and teenagers, come make ‘Flower Power’ fabric flower broaches from 12.30pm- 1.30pm. At 2.30pm- 3.30pm there will be a ‘Foil Art’ workshop for chidlren aged 6+ creating Metallic beetles or sixties pattern creations. Spaces are limited so to avoid disappointment please email to book.

Soap-box Derby, Gather at 1.30 pm for a 2 pm start, Bladud’s Head to Larkhall Square

The carts will race up Otago Terrace, then down the final leg into Larkhall Square. The award ceremony will be on the Village Green, where the carts will be lined up for your admiration,

Art Trail and Exhibition, 12 -5 pm, All around Larkhall and Small Hall, New Oriel Hall

Local artists and craftspeople open their homes and studios. See centre spread for details. Exhibition also in Small Hall, New Oriel Hall

Solsbury Hill Llamas at Village Green 3pm

Picnic in the Park, All day, Alice Park

Traditional family day in park, with chilled- out reggae DJs and lots of sunshine

Window Dressing Around Larkhall – See Saturday

LEAK, Larkhall Square – See Saturday

Cloud 9 – See Saturday

Adult Gurning, from 7.30 pm, Bladud’s Head

Come and make faces, the uglier the better – and maybe win a prize!

Cockney-sing-along, from 8 pm, Bladud’s Head

Come down to your local boozer, gather around the old Joanna and sing along to traditional favourites. In the skittle alley, so we will all be able to hear the piano!

Monday 1st May 2017

Garden Trail, All Day, Various locations

Take a trip around the secret corners and open spaces of Larkhall. Details in programme

Festival Boules “Rose &Crown Trophy”, All day, Alice Park

Fun, friendly competition. Teams of 3-5 can enter. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Spare boules sets available to buy or hire on the day. Organised by the Bath League de Petanque

Party in Park, 2 – 8 pm, Alice Park

Music and food in the Park. Bring a picnic and chill in the sunshine – we hope…

Window Dressing, around Larkhall

Look out for displays in local shops. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the release of the iconic Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, this year’s theme is The Beatles, 1960s, flower power – plenty of scope for our imaginative shopkeepers.

Treasure Hunt, All weekend, around Larkhall

Ever popular, we have been busy knitting and crocheting items with a Beatles/1960s theme. They are hidden in the windows of participating shops. Pick up a leaflet from New Oriel Hall.

Great Larkhall Bake-Off, 2 – 5 pm, New Oriel Hall

Drop your baked item off at New Oriel Hall between 12 – 1 pm, and you could be Larkhall’s answer to Mary Berry! We are pleased to announce that Jane Middleton has agreed to judge the bake-off. Jane is a cookery editor and writer who has worked with authors such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Paul Hollywood, Nigel Slater and Yotam Ottolenghi. She reviewed for national restaurant guides for many years and appeared as a regional judge alongside Matthew Fort on The Great British Menu.

Open House, St Saviours Church, 10am – 4pm

Open House at St Saviour’s Church with Fairtrade Cafe 10am – 2pm. Children’s art and craft 11 am – 2 pm plus Banner Making – come and sew together. There will also be Tower Tours of St Saviour’s from 10.30am to 4.00pm

LEAK chill out zone, All day, LEAK, Larkhall Square

Mocktails, comfy sofas, kids disco, tattoos, face paints, and hot dogs

Cloud 9, All day, Larkhall Square

Cloud 9 Food, drink and music at your favourite local café!

Art competition, 11 am – 3 pm, St Marks School main hall

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. There will be a range of free art and crafts workshops for kids including making hats for the parade. Resources and entry forms are available to download from their website:

Vintage cafe, 11 am – 3 pm, St Marks School

There will be a fab 1960s theme Vintage Cafe selling a range of hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and filled rolls etc.

Paint the Park, All day, Alice Park

Chalk the paths of Alice Park; with random spot prizes of ice cream or coffee.-

New Oriel Hall

Bar 6–11pm
Selection of wines, beer and cider from the Festival bar

KES Soul Orchestra, 7 – 8.30 pm
“From Baroque to Pop via Rock, Soul and Funk!” Music includes: Vivaldi, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and more! Don’t miss this dazzling performance by 40 talented young musicians. Relaxed seating at Cafe style tables. Come & bring your friends!

Ramshackle Orchestra – A Tribute to Nina Trott, 8.30 – 9 pm
Multi-generational, multi-instrumental Ramshackle Orchestra was created by violin teacher and arranger Nina Trott, who sadly died last year. It has an eclectic repertoire of Celtic folk, gypsy tunes, Klezmer laments, and airs from as far as Hungary and Transylvania.

The Big 10”, 9 – 11.00 pm
A great high-energy Rhythm & Blues band – get down and dirty on the dance floor for a frantic finish to Festival Saturday night!!