Larkhall Festival 2015

Friday 1st May 2015

6.30pm Choirs by Fire
A rousing start to the festival with some great local choirs
6.30 The Minuendos
6.55 Humbugs
7.10 Walcot State Choir
7.50 MEN
There will be a café serving tea, coffee and cake.

Fresh new comedians from Bath and beyond go head to head. Who wins?  You decide! The audience acts as judge and jury. Let the battle commence!

Saturday 2nd May 2015

12noon Grand opening by Richard Wyatt – journalist, broadcaster, presenter, writer, Larkhall resident and creator of The Virtual Museum of Bath
12.00 – 5pm ART EXHIBITION.
12.00 – 5pm CRAFT FAIR.
12.00 – 5pm CAFE
12.00 – 5pm SOUND HEALING WITH COSMO LOVE. Sound Healing uses the power of sound and vibration to restore body, mind and spirit to balance and harmony. Free 30 minute taster sessions.
12:30 – 1pm STORY TIME. Stories for young children in the Library, booking not required but come early to avoid disappointment.
And then in the evening……
Join us for a night of great variety.
Shakespeare Rattle and Roll – Shakespeare’s songs with a little help from Elvis, Dylan, Bowie and The Beatles
Indian Dance – Bollywood-inspired semi-classical and folk dance
Cindy Stratton – contemporary acoustic music with powerful and haunting melodies.
Angel up Front – indie, classic & modern rock from one of the hardest-working bands in the South West.
And other surprise acts!
Bar till 11pm

10.00 – 12noon ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOPS for under 11s

11.00 – 3pm CAFÉ – Light lunches and refreshments
11.00 – 3pm GET CREATIVE AND CRAFTY (for children)
Explore new territory, tread into the unknown and create species from far-off planets in a special space-themed art and craft day. Come along and make alien critters, a space-gunge smoothy or you could try your hand at space globes, alien heads or mask-making for the fancy dress party in Alice Park on Monday – to name but a few! There is something for all tastes & skill levels, so come along & get mucky. Activities are free but donations towards the cost of materials are welcome on the day.
11.00 – 3pm LARKHALL IN TIME
Two exhibitions side-by-side for one day only.
– Photographic exhibition of pictures past and present from St Mark’s and St Saviour’s students.
– Samples from the 2014 exhibition given a creative spin by St Mark’s students to present Larkhall through their own eyes.
Come along and see how Larkhall life has changed in the past 200 years.

It’s the school’s 50th Birthday and they are collecting memories and photos of the school ahead of a party on Saturday 13th June. Please drop in to have your precious photos scanned, and memories recorded!

11.00 – 1pm TABLE TOP SALE

12.00 – 8pm FOOD FESTIVAL Culinary demonstrations from Larkhall’s own food makers and an opportunity to have a go.
1.30 Vera Cucina Italiana – demonstration
2.00 Larkhall Butchers – demonstration
2.30 Bailbrook House – demonstration
3.00 Hong Kong Chef – demonstration
3.30 One Beaufort – demonstration
4.00 BIG VILLAGE BAKE OFF winners announced. Followed by music from Harry Vinnecombe
4.30 Yammo – demonstration
5.30 Man (or woman) Versus Meat – burger eating competition with Billy Burgers
6.00 Taniya Deb – demonstration
6.30 Eat Your Greens – reggae/ska band

1.00 – 3pm THE LARKHALL EGG RACE Take inspiration from TV’s The Great Egg Race and test your engineering skills. Can you create the speediest, safest egg-carrying vehicle?
And then in the evening….
8.00 – 10.30pm BATH FOLK CLUB SHOWCASE Music from local folk artists.
Followed by DJs. Bar till 1am.

12.00 – 5pm Reggae sun splash extravaganza to showcase the newly opened landscaped garden. With some of Bath’s best DJs.

8.00pm SPEAKEASY FOR LYRICISTS A one-off special amalgamation of two popular local spoken word events, Speakeasy Spoken Word and Stand Up for Lyricism. Open mic slots, guests and more.

All day PAINT THE PARK! Chalk the paths of Alice Park for a chance to win a meal for two!

All day LARKHALL OPEN STUDIOS Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios.
12.00 – 5pm WINDOW DRESSING COMPETITION AND TREASURE HUNT Vote for your favourite space themed window display.

Sunday 3rd May 2015

10.00 – 12pm ST SAVIOUR’S DADS VS LARKHALL YOUTH MANAGERS MATCH Exhibition football and glorious views (as well as bacon sarnies) will be on display as the dads attempt to take the trophy from the winners of the previous two years, the Larkhall Athletic Youth managers! Kick off 10am.

12.00 – 5pm ART EXHIBITION. 
12.00 – 5pm ACOUSTIC CAFÉ  Enjoy some refreshment whilst listening to unamplified performers. Performers include:
Jez Broun
Oliver Jones
If you would like to play please email us or turn up on the day.
12.30 – 1.30pm FUNKY ART HOUSE: CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP Make a clay alien friend with a million eyes or three mouths. The only limit is your imagination! Open to children aged 6+. Please book by emailing
12.45 and 2.00 (2 workshops)  HULA-HOOP MAKING WORKSHOP WITH FLISS
Decorate a hoop and learn some fun tricks. Followed by a good old hoop jam on ‘The Village Green’.  Fun for all ages get active and moving
2.00 and 2.45 (2 workshops) BELLY DANCING WORKSHOP WITH WAFAA
Run by Wafaa Powell. A fun sensual way to tone up and get fit.
2.30 – 3.30pm FUNKY ART HOUSE: ADULT/TEEN CRAFT WORKSHOP Create a needle felted decoration. Open to ages 11+.
And then in the evening….
7.30 – 9.30pm WINE, WOMEN AND SONG – A CELEBRATION OF THE HUMAN VOICE  Sensational sopranos Caroline Kay-Mouat and Evelyn Strasburger, accompanied by pianist David Price, illustrate the beauty and power of the human voice, performing a diverse range of music from Bach, Handel, Mozart, Puccini & Bellini to R. Strauss, Barber and Britten. Fine wines from Raisin, Walcot Street. Not to be missed!

Once again the car park will be turned into the Larkhall Village Green.  Come along and enjoy traditional entertainment for adults and children including Coconut Shy, Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Hoopla, Duck Pond and Skittles
We will be having a bring and buy cake/produce sale to raise money for the festival. Bring your homemade jams and delights from 11am.
Entertainment during the afternoon:
1.00 Red Boot Band
1.30 Taekwondo from the Garraway Club
1.45 Clown Burt
2.30 Hanfu Show from Chinese Dancers Tian Xu, Lei Zhu, and Cisilia
3.00 Hoop Jam with Fliss
3.30 Belly Dancing with Waafa

12.00 – 8pm BIG DAY OUT AT THE INN
The Inn  garden comes alive with music
DJ Mike da Taxi
Quiescent – a delicate but rich acoustic sound
The Spoonful – a unique blend of vocal harmonic blues
Innes Sibbun – electric blues guitar at it’s finest
Lindup Brothers – some say they are indie/punk/blues/rock
Clive (TV) Browne
Calamity Poets – ‘Spaghetti Shonk’ influenced by blues, folk, rock and jazz
AnOn AmOs – acoustic alternative pop
DJ Roughie & Redman 4K
Style’s B Sharp
….and many more

It’s the school’s 50th Birthday and they are collecting memories and photos of the school ahead of a party on Saturday 13th June. Please drop in to have your precious photos scanned, and memories recorded!

2.00 – 5pm HANOVER COURT STREET PARTY Local history film featuring residents of Hanover Court, filmed by students from St Mark’s School. Followed by a  ‘Street Party’ and singalong. This event has been organised by The Friendship Circle at the New Oriel Hall.
And then in the evening….
Followed by a performance from the lovely Showgirls La Divas!
A casino completes the evening with the bar open until 1am.
Come dressed as your ‘favourite things’ for a bit of ‘idle vice’.

12.00 – 5pm Reggae sun splash extravaganza to showcase the newly opened landscaped garden. With some of Bath’s best DJs.

12.00 PICNIC IN THE PARK Enjoy a picnic with live music from local DJs and acoustic artists!
2pm UNITED 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.

All day LARKHALL OPEN STUDIOS Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios.
12.00 – 5pm WINDOW DRESSING COMPETITION AND TREASURE HUNT Vote for your favourite space themed window display.

Monday 4th May 2015

11.30am FESTIVAL BOULES Fun, friendly competition for the Rose & Crown Trophy. Teams of 3-5 can enter. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Dress with a French theme – prizes for the best! Spare boules sets available to buy or hire on the day. Organised by the Bath League de Petanque.
12pm MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU A Star Wars themed day! Dress up as your favourite star wars character for a chance to win a meal for two! Free scoop of ice cream for every child in fancy dress! Judging at 4pm.
12.00 – 8pm PARTY IN THE PARK Have a blast with live local bands and DJs.
Steve Robinson – a guitar and a great voice
Funkinsteins – party funk, rock, dance & rap
The Phase – fluffy but weighty, psychedelic pop/rock teen sensation
The Leaves – music to stir the soul and the imagination
After Aura – fusing folk, indie and rock
Plus special guests and DJs

All day LARKHALL OPEN STUDIOS Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios.

10.30 – 5pm LARKHALL GARDEN TRAIL Take a trip around the secret corners and open spaces of Larkhall, dotted with some fascinating creations and the fruit of some very hard work.


  1. Bath Artist Printmakers – original prints
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    3b Upper Lambridge Street
  2. Ione Parkin RWA – abstract paintings and prints
    Clare Day – ceramics and prints
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    Rear of 3b Upper Lambridge Street
  3. Simon Hodges – paintings
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    12 Hill View Road. Access by steps only
  4. Teresa Foster – paintings
    Sat/Sun 11-5. Mon 11-2
    47 Brooklyn Road
  5. Val Hepplewhite – paintings & drawings
    Sat & Sun 11-4
    Studio 25. Access from Ringswell Gardens
  6. Andrew Hume – sculpture
    Liz Carson – painting & collage
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    12 Fairfield Park Road. No wheelchair access. Tea and cake.
  7. Deborah Keiller – visual artist
    Georgia Cox – paintings
    Jo Mitchell – jewellery
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    67 Bailbrook Lane, Swainswick. Access via long garden with steps. Tea and cake.
  8. Alan Hemming – Raku vases & bowls
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    24 Fairfield Avenue, Fairfield Park
  9. Gill Silversides and friends – stained glass/fused glass
    Sat & Sun 11-5, Mon 11-4
    1 Beaufort Place, Larkhall
  10. Richard Olver – paintings
    Pamela Jones – photography
    Sat & Sun 10.30-4, Mon 11-3
    57 Fairfield Park Road. Steps with handrail.
    Richard is donating 20% of proceeds from framed works of Sierra Leone to the Ebola fund. Please support!
  11. Enid Underwood – paintings
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    5 Charlcombe Rise. Access by steps.
  12. Vicky Sander – automata & textiles
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    4 Hawarden Terrace. Teas in aid of Afrikaya charity.
  13. Rick Sanderson – paintings
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    2 Mezellion Place. Access from Camden Road opposite chemist.
  14. Susan Green – sculpture
    Sat & Sun 10-5
    7 Malvern Buildings. Access through garden – uneven steps.
  15. Laura Fearn – paintings
    Sat & Sun 10-5
    The Greenhouse, 36 Chilton Road. Access via steps.
  16. IronArt
    Sat only 10-3
    Upper Lambridge Street. Unsuitable for wheelchair users.
  17. New Oriel Hall Exhibition, Larkhall Square
    Sat and Sun 12-5
    Linda Barrow – prints; Paul Brokensha – paintings; Judith Cole – prints; Nick Cutts – paintings; Paul Eyles – ceramics; Caroline Gourlay – jewellery; Harriet Gunstone – mixed media; Jeremy Haslam – photocollages ; Susanna Kendall – Linoprints; Cathy Kelly; Sarah Martin – ceramics; David Ringsell – paintings and photographs; Trina Shillaker – paintings; Sarah Targett – screenprint; Sally Thomas – prints.
  18. St Mark’s School – Get Creative
    Sat 11-3 Café 11-2
    Art and craft projects for children and an Art Exhibition by the pupils.


A. Community Garden, Alice Park
Created out of wasteland by volunteers, this community garden has attracted a lot of interest around Bath. See the new green oak timber shelter, wildlife pond and plans for growing and activities. Cakes, apple juice & plants for sale.

B. Lambridge House, London Road
This large varied garden which runs from the road to the river is reputed to have one of the largest tulip trees in Britain as well as a large wellingtonia. It’s a blossoming garden at this time of year, with apple, pear, damson, wisteria and magnolia showing their colours.

C. The Ferns and Garden Cottage, Deadmill Lane
Several garden rooms including tulips, aquilegia, apple blossom next to a nice old house.  The crab apple orchard and mixed woodland sloping down to the Lam Brook at the back of the Garden House is one of Larkhall’s best kept secrets. Teas served 10.30-1.00 and 2.00-5.00 in aid of ActionAid

D. Larkhall Allotments
More than 100 plot-holders grow fruit, veg and flowers among cute sheds and outhouses. A cornucopia of production.

E. 26 Lambridge Place –  access from Beaufort Place
An interesting selection of exotic trees including papaya, fig, plumbago, hibiscus as well as the more familiar varieties of magnolia, cherry and walnut which should be blossoming in early May.

F. 1 Grosvenor Terrace, St Saviour’s Road
A narrow  but colourful strip with a path winding its way past a wonderful variety of tulips, clematis,  tree peonies, primulas, ferns and a cherry and a palm tree, all designed to delight before passing through a gothic arch and reaching a wide terraced frontage on the Lam Brook.

G. 4 Hawarden Terrace
The home of gifted artist Vicky Sander, this is a very humorous garden full of sculptures and curiosities. The plants include iris, tulips, wallflowers and forget-me-nots. Teas in aid of Afrikaya charity.

H. 12 Hill View Road – access by steps only
The home of well-known artist Simon Hodges who has developed a series of individual spaces using the surrounding gardens and countryside as a backdrop. New paths and planting have been introduced to compliment the maturing eucalyptus, birch, acers, amelanchier, ornamental cherry, beech, ferns, euphorbia, alliums, herbaceous perennials and evergreens.