Larkhall Festival 2014

Friday 2nd May 2014

A rousing start to the festival with performances from six local choirs
6.30 Larkhall Goldies
6.45 Accidentals
7.15 The Minuendos
7.35 Humbugs
8.00 Original Sing
8.30 Walcot State Choir
There will be a café serving tea, coffee and cake.

Local comics Daniel FitzHenry (Fitz) and Joey Cannon (ar Joey) bring you a showcase of the very best up and coming comedy talent from the region, a night you won’t want to miss!

Saturday 3rd May 2014

12noon GRAND OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL by Fabulous Fashionista
Jean Woods
12 – 5pm Art Exhibition. For more details go to Larkhall Open Studios page
12 – 5pm Craft Fair and Market
12 – 5pm Cafe open
12 -3pm Music from Oliver Jones, a talented young local pianist
2pm Children’s Craft Workshop with Funky Art House. Children will be making funky felt magnets suitable for 6+, first come first served.
3 – 5pm Music from Jez Broun, guitarist and furniture maker. Jez will be sitting on a chair he designed which was exhibited at 2010 Design Week and sat on by Esther Rantzen!
Come and celebrate with us. There’s fun and games for the kids with the great Jimmy Mac, followed by the results of the Grand Birthday Poetry Competition, then Birthday Cake!
Ceilidh! Dance the night away to the toe-tapping strains of Out Of The Brew, with a caller to guide your steps. Fun for all the family!
Auction. During an interval in the Ceilidh there will be the chance to catch your breath and purchase one of the following great lots:
– Oil painting of Larkhall by award winning local artist Simon Hodges
– Unique hand crafted glass dish by Gill Silversides
– Commission for a drawing of your cat or dog by Kate Wilkey
– Gourmet meal for 6 prepared in your own home by talented local chef Kingsley Pillinger (you supply the ingredients, he supplies the cooking skills)

All day Larkhall Open Studios. Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios. For more details see Open Studios page
12 – 5pm Treasure Hunt – pick up your map from New Oriel Hall. Click here for further details
12 – 5pm Window Dressing Competition. Vote for your favourite. Click here for further details

10am – 12noon Art and Crafts for under 11 year-olds
10.30 – 4pm Tower Tours – get a great view of Larkhall from the top!
10 – 4pm Fairtrade Coffee and Cake
2.30 – 3.30pm HumBugs – Come and sing songs from round the world with the HumBugs team.
7.30pm Marshfield Male Voice Choir

11 – 3pm Children’s Art and Crafts
Get creative and crafty as we let our hands do the talking and the making! There will be a range of art and creative projects for children to get messy, with something for all tastes and skill levels so come along and get mucky!
Cafe serving light lunches and snacks from 11am – 2pm allowing parents to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with some home-baked treats whilst the children enjoy the activities on offer.
Booking is not required, just come along and join in! Small charge to cover the cost of materials, payable on the door.
11 – 3pm. Valley Schools Art Project.
Pupils from Year 7 at St Mark’s and Year 4 at St Saviour’s have been working together to bring history to life in a magical photographic exhibition of pictures past and present. Supported by Bath in Time and local author Paul De’ath (Images of England – BATH), the exhibition displays images of Larkhall and the local area, alongside replica photos taken by the children in 2014. Come along and see how life in Larkhall has changed in the past 200 years.
11 – 3pm St Mark’s Through The Eyes of The Beholders.
Local artists Simon Hodges and Dawn Lippiatt have been working with Year 7 pupils at St Mark’s to create individual pieces of art that celebrate all that is great about St Mark’s School. The pieces have been created using a range of techniques and styles to depict a selection of words that represent how the children feel about their school. Each piece will be exhibited for visitors to select their favourites, so that the most popular can be turned into a bigger outdoor installation in the summer.
11 – 3pm Orchard Lodge – ‘becoming explorers’
Orchard Lodge in the grounds of St Mark’s school will be open for visitors to view St Saviour’s Infant school Art/Science project. The children in Year 1 have been involved in a 5x5x5 creativity project working alongside their resident artist Jennie Norman. The house belongs to ‘Graeme The Explorer’, who is currently away on his travels, he asked the children to continue his work on Biodiversity. Inside Orchard Lodge the children have been working in the art studio, the explorer’s study and a science lab, as well as the extensive grounds! Come and see how Orchard Lodge has evolved and changed.

11 – 1pm Table Top Sale
In the schools lower playground where there will be cold beverages, cake and a raffle to win a hamper. If you want a table contact Dionne on 07877 739234 or

12 – 6pm The Larkhall Food Festival
Culinary demonstrations from Larkhall shops’ own food makers, and an opportunity to have a go!
Enter your cakes or bread in the Big Village Bake Off. Click here for further details and how to enter

2pm The Great Egg Race
Make like Isambard Kingdom Brunel and see what you can engineer to win one of The Great Egg Race trophies. Click here for further details and how to enter

All day Paint the Park! Turn the park’s paths into a work of art.

Sunday 4th May 2014

10am Larkhall AFC Youth Managers v St Saviour’s Schools Dads (the rematch!)
This years  the players will be contesting the Festival Cup, introduced to celebrate Larkhall AFCs centenary year. With last years match ending 5-3, its all to play for. Hot snacks, and refreshments will be available and the bar open.

12 – 5pm Art Exhibition. For more details go Larkhall Open Studios page
12 – 5pm Craft Fair and Market
12 – 5pm Cafe open

in New Oriel Hall Car Park
12 noon onwards Children’s games and activities including Maypole Dancing, Coconut Shy, Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Snakes & Ladders, Duck Pond and Skittles
12 – 3pm Circus Skills Workshop A chance to try juggling balls and clubs, spinning plates, diabolos, poi, devilsticks, hula hoops, and lots more.
12.30 & 2pm Red Boot Band
1pm Tae Kwondo
1.15pm Circus Time with Clown Bert
2.30 Mad Hatter’s Parade. Children parade hats they have made (you can make a hat at the St Mark’s School craft workshop on Saturday 3rd)
3pm Lady Margaret’s Dog Show! Lady Margaret, Dowager Patroness of the Natural Theatre Company, presents her Grand Dog Show. Classes from Waggiest Tail to Dog Most Like its Owner. There are no rules except the dog must be alive!

All day Big Day Out at the Inn
With music from
– Savvy
– Becky Jean Gillson
– Steve Robinson
– Port Erin

All day Paint the Park! Turn the park’s paths into a work of art.
12.30 Picnic in the Park
2pm Songs of Praise Join the churches of St Saviour’s, Larkhall United
Reformed, Nexus Methodist, St Stephen’s Lansdown and Swainswick Church for
Songs of Praise.
3pm May the 4th Be With You. It’s back!! The best Star Wars monster alien fancy dress competition in Larkhall! Dress to win. All ages welcome.

All day Larkhall Open Studios. Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios. For more details see Open Studios page
12 – 5pm Treasure Hunt – pick up your map from New Oriel Hall. Click here for further details
12 – 5pm Window Dressing Competition. Vote for your favourite. Click here for further details

6.30 – 9pm Strictly Come Gurning – Children 6.30pm, Adults 7.30pm.
Could you be the ugliest mug in Larkhall? Come and pull your worst (or best!) face!
For more details and to see how it’s done click here
9pm Cockney Sing-Along
A good old fashioned sing-along. Classic pub songs such as My Old Man’s a Dustman, Lambeth Walk, Don’t Dilly-Dally and Waiting At The Church are on the bill, plus classic pop from the 50’s through to the 90’s, including songs by The Beatles, Abba, Squeeze, Madness, Robbie Williams, Oasis and many more. The evening will be rounded off with a (hopefully) stirring rendition of Dame Vera’s We’ll Meet Again.
Lyric sheets will be provided, so all that’s required from the great Larkhall public is to bring along your well-honed vocal chords to raise the rafters!

Monday 5th May 2014

11.30am Festival Boules
Fun, friendly competition for the Rose & Crown Trophy organised by the Bath League de Petanque. Click here for further details and how to enter

12 – 8pm Party in the Park
A big afternoon of music and food in Alice Park
With music from:
– Panama Band
– Thompsons Love Child
– Ulysses
– Kountry Kartel

* Come on foot to Alice Park – unfortunately, no parking is available *

All day Larkhall Open Studios. Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios. For more details see Open Studios page
10.30 – 5pm Larkhall Garden Trail – see Garden Trail page


Art Trail exhibitors include painters,  sculptors, artisan crafts people, photographers, printmakers and the list goes on…. showcasing  the diversity of the creative community in Larkhall. This year we are delighted to welcome Crockadoodledo and Ironart of Bath  to the Trail, as well as quite a few new artists. So mark your diaries  for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and join us for three days of  creativity, fun and inspiration.

Please see a list of participating artists below and for more information go to the Larkhall Open Studios website.

1 Bath Artist Printmakers – original prints
3b Upper Lambridge Street. Sat/Sun/Mon 11 – 5

2 Ione Parkin RWA – abstract paintings &  prints
Clare Day – ceramics and prints
R/O 3b Upper Lambridge Street. Sat/Sun/Mon 11 – 5

3 Simon Hodges – paintings
12 Hillview Road. Access via steps. Sat/Sun/Mon 11 – 5

4 Teresa Foster – paintings
47 Brooklyn Road. Sat/Sun 11 – 5; Mon 11 – 2

5 Val Hepplewhite – paintings and drawings
Studio 25, Ringswell Gardens. Sat/Sun/Mon 11 – 5

6 Ironart of Bath
Ironart of Bath, Upper Lambridge Street.
Saturday only, 10 – 3

7 Deborah Keiller – visual artist
Ilene Sterns – artist/photographer
Mark Gale – paintings
67 Bailbrook Lane, Swainswick. Access via long garden with steps. Sat/Sun/Mon 11 – 5

8 Alan Hemming – Raku vases and bowls
24 Fairfield Avenue, Fairfield Park. Sat/Sun/Mon 10 – 4

9 Gill and Rob Silversides – stained glass/fused glass
9 Brooklyn Road. Sat/Sun 11 – 5, Mon 11 – 4

10 Richard Olver – paintings
Lucy Owen – paintings
57 Fairfield Park Road: steps with handrail.
Sat 10.30 – 4 (please note that this studio will not now be open on Sunday as stated in the printed programme)

11 Enid Underwood – paintings
5 Charlcombe Rise. Access via steps.
Sat/Sun/Mon 11 – 5

12 Patricia Clothier – paintings
Gill Kelly – paintings
5a Beaufort Place. Sat/Sun 10 – 4

13 Crockadoodledo – pottery painting
2 Beaufort Place. Sat only, 10 – 5

14 New Oriel Hall Exhibition
Dave Barrett, Linda Barrow, Paul Brokensha, Liz Carson, Judith Cole, Georgia Cox, Paul Eyles, Caroline Gourlay, Jeremy Haslam, Asa Desouza-Jones, Cathy Kelly, Susanna Kendall, David Ringsell, Sarah Targett, Sally Thomas

15 Valley Schools Art Project Exhibition
St Mark’s School. Sat 11 – 3


Gardens open Monday 5th May, 10.30 – 5pm unless stated

A Alice Park Community Garden
Activities for children. Cakes and plants for sale.

B Lambridge House, London Road
A large, varied garden, reputed to have one of the largest tulip trees in Britain.
Tea and cakes served.

The Ferns & Garden Cottage, Deadmill Lane
Several garden rooms including tulips, aquilegia and apple blossom. Beautiful crab apple orchard and mixed woodlands.
Open 10.30 – 1.00, 2.00 – 5.00.
Tea and cakes served.

D 12 Hillview Road

Access by steps only. The home of well-known local artist Simon Hodges, this consists of two small gardens with over 200 different plants. Cuttings available for a donation to charity.

E Larkhall Allotments

More than 100 plot-holders grow fruit, veg and flowers among cute sheds and outhouses.

F 4 Hawarden Terrace

The home of artist Vicky Sander, this is a very humorous garden full of sculptures and curiosities.
Woodturning demonstrations in the workshop and a quiz for younger children.

G 26 Lambridge Place

Access from Beaufort Place. An interesting selection of exotic trees including papaya, fig, plumbago and hibiscus.

H 1 Grosvenor Terrace, St Saviour’s Road

A narrow but colourful strip with a path winding its way past a wonderful variety of plants before passing through a gothic arch to a wide terraced frontage on the Lam Brook.

10 Larkhall Place
Access up steps opposite Co-operative Supermarket. Tony Ashford and Allison Talbot’s well-established vegetable, fruit and herb garden, with apple and pear cordons, soft fruit, raised beds and a newly planted willow hedge.

Unfortunately garden J in the printed programme (18 Larkhall Place) is no longer able to participate in the garden trail


Larkhall Festival 2014 was kindly sponsored by:

New Oriel Hall
Emma’s Café
Linda Patterson
Crossman Homes
Minuteman Press
Larkhall Butchers
Tony’s Fruit & Veg
Hong Kong Chef
Billy Burger
Larkhall Inn
ABC Events
Local Look
Rose & Crown
B&NES Council
Somerset Media