Larkhall Festival 2016

FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2016

Choirs by Fire
New Oriel Hall
For the opening event of this year’s festival, four choirs will be performing. Junior choir the Minuendos, Humbugs, KES and the ever eclectic Walcot State Choir bring you an uplifting evening of song.

Game for a Lark?
8.30pm (for 9pm start)
New Oriel Hall
Larkhall Festival hosts its very own non broadcast TV gameshow. Visualise the competitive challenges of the Krypton Factor with the prizes and production values of Blankety Blank!   Come and support local teams of close friends as they choose team members to face head to head challenges that test physical ability or mental attributes to the limit! It’s all to play for as the winning team answer questions to find out how much they really know about each other and put their friendship on the line as they compete for each other’s stake in the star prize! Oooooh!!!


All day
Around Larkhall
The Quizamble is a walking quiz that will take you around Larkhall posing fun and cryptic questions about the village, its places and its people. There’s a trophy for the winning team made especially by Silversides. Pick up a limited edition quizamble leaflet (there are just 50) from New Oriel Hall or Silversides and Friends. Fill it in and return your answers to the New Oriel Hall by 4pm on Sunday to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

Window dressing competition and treasure hunt
All day
Around Larkhall
Take a tour of the wonderful Roald Dahl themed shop windows and see if you can spot the woolly hidden treasures. Pick up a map from New Oriel Hall. Return completed entries to the hall by 3pm Sunday (note – time different to printed programme)

Art Trail
All day
Around Larkhall
Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios. See Art Trail and Exhibition page for details.

Paint the Park
All day
Alice Park
Your chance to show off your artistic skills with chalks to cover as much of the pathways and tarmac in the park as possible, with random spot prizes of ice cream or coffee for the the truly talented among you!

Solar Science Workshop
11am – noon
St Saviour’s Infants School
Fun, hands-on workshops with Bath University scientists. Race a solar powered car, explore how solar power works. Booking essential – please email or phone 01225 313928.   Suitable for ages 5-10.

Children’s Arts and Crafts
11am – 3pm
St Mark’s School
Get creative and crafty at St Mark’s School Main Hall with a range of art and creative projects for children, with something for all tastes and skill levels. There will be a voluntary charge for creative workshops to cover the cost of materials. No need to book, just come along and join in. Meantime, parents and visitors can relax with a cup of tea or coffee, and a home-baked treat or a light lunch at the pop-up cafe. All this AND in Alice Park, Year 7 students from St Mark’s will be exhibiting their work with local artist Maya Wolf to create a permanent sculpture at Alice Park Community Garden.

Vintage and Retro Flea Market
Noon – 5pm
New Oriel Hall
This year we are taking inspiration from the past with a vintage & retro flea market as part of the Larkhall Festival. There will be sellers of all things vintage including fashion, china, linen, vinyl, kitchenalia, up-cycled items, old books/ prints and items inspired by the past from the fabulous forties to the psychedelic sixties and beyond.

Art Exhibition
Noon – 5pm
New Oriel Hall
See Art Trail and Exhibition page for details.

New Oriel Hall
Join the specially formed Larkhall Ceilidh Band and caller Forbes Robertson for an evening of dancing and entertainment. Come along and strip the willow, promenade your partner or prop-up the bar. All ages welcome.

Speakeasy Spoken Word Spectacular!
Bladud’s Head
In which wordsmiths from around these parts will surprise and entertain you in verse and prose – but won’t be singing. If you thought poetry was dull at school, think again.  These stand-up verse-slingers will make you laugh, and sometimes make you think, and will not, repeat not, mention daffodils!  Featuring guest performers Darryl W. Bullock, author of ‘The World’s Worst Records’ vols 1 and 2; and Merv Grist, poet, performer and one half of the Cleverly Brothers.  Plus open mic spots. Be there, or be square!

Open Mic Night
The Rising Sun, Camden
Bring your instrument, talent and friends and join us at The Riser for a fun packed evening! All genres and talents more than welcome – if you’re a singer, musician, poet or comedian we’d love to hear you on our mic!

SUNDAY 1st MAY 2016

All day
Around Larkhall
The Quizamble is a walking quiz that will take you around Larkhall posing fun and cryptic questions about the village, its places and its people. There’s a trophy for the winning team made especially by Silversides. Pick up a limited edition quizamble leaflet (there are just 50) from New Oriel Hall or Silversides and Friends. Fill it in and return your answers to the New Oriel Hall by 4pm on Sunday to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

Window dressing competition and treasure hunt

Quixamble achy feet
The winning team Achy Feet with their trophy
Quixamble achy feet
The winning team Achy Feet with their trophy

The Quizamble was new in 2016. It was a walking quiz around Larkhall and surrounding areas posing fun and cryptic questions about the area, places and people.

The 2016 Quizamble winners are Achy Legs, who got all answers correct. They received the Quizamble Trophy, made especially by Silversides & Friends.

As two other teams, The Brosnan Family and Jo On Na Own, also answered all questions correctly the eventual winner was decided by the use of the tie breaker question and then a draw out of a hat!

Thanks to all those who took part. The Festival team hope you had an enjoyable time!

For those who need to know here are the Quizamble answers:

1. What should you remember with Toby Coyne
A. All that is good in the world

2. Who would you trust to divide Walcot & Swainswick
A. The Turnpike Trust

3. Where can you find the date 1865?
A. On the Bath Rugby Badge / In the Bath Rugby phone number

4. Which animal is having a bath?
A. A pig

5. What is missing from time?
A. Clock hands

6. Between which buildings is a black post-box?
A. Langridges & Rondo Theatre

7. What shop is below the Pure Scotch Oatmeal sign?
A. Larkhall Pharmacy

8. Where is Major Brickman?
A. In the fountain in-front of Leak

9. Learn, care and …?
A. Achieve

10. Don’t upend your insects here!
A. No Fly Tipping

11. You might need a magnifying glass to read their writing
A. Little Scribblers

12. A service to get a sure itch rearranged at 9am
A. Eucharist

13. In which Century was St Mary the Virgin Church built?
A. 11th

14. The place to keep your prisoners?
A. Powsfield

15. In which year was the Allotment Act enacted?
A. 1922

16. What is the King’s favoured weapon?
A. A bow and arrow

17. What was once one but is now three?
A. The oak tree trunk

Tie. What was the date of the 1st Larkhall festival meeting?
November 2007



Art Trail
All day
Around Larkhall
Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios. See Art Trail and Exhibition page for details.

Picnic in the Park
All day
Alice Park
Featuring downbeat and reggae DJ’s, BBQ and Beer deals, more Painting (if there is any chalk left) and the traditional family atmosphere that is Sundays at Alice Park

Larkhall Athletic Football Match
10am – noon
Larkhall Athletic FC, Plain Ham
Fast becoming a Festival favourite this event sees the Dads of children from the local St Saviours Schools take on the Managers of Larkhall Athletic Youth teams at Plain Ham, home of Larkhall Athletic. Two wins on the trot for the Managers should make this another high tempo, action packed, fun football match for players, families and spectators alike. What might now be missing in skill and pace is definitely made up with enthusiasm, sweat, tears, and Deep Heat! Drinks and refreshments will be available.

Art Exhibition
Noon – 5pm
New Oriel Hall
See Art Trail and Exhibition page for details.

Craft Fair
Noon – 5pm
New Oriel Hall
A small selection of local makers will be selling their creations. Come to browse, buy and be inspired. Or relax at the cafe and enjoy some laid-back live music.

With music from Wooley and the Hand Jive

Film Screening
Noon – 5pm
New Oriel Hall
This year we’re showing a selection of local films including the much talked about “Off the Cut” about life on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Come to the film club room in New Oriel Hall and expect to be entertained, informed, enraged, enlightened and amused!

Village Green
New Oriel Hall car park
On the Village Green this year you will find traditional games, including a coconut shy, a chance for children to decorate the Green Man, goats and a full programme of entertainment.
Village Green schedule:
1.00  Red Boot Band
1.15  Garraway Club – Taekwondo demo
1.45  Northgate Rappers – Rapper sword dancing
2.00  Wafaa Powell – Belly Dancing
2.30  Mr’s Wilkins Shilling – clog dancing
3.00 Lady Margaret’s Dog Show
3.30  Clown Bert – children’s entertainment (followed by Children’s Hat/Mask parade)
4.15  Strictly Come Gurning – children’s competition

Music in the Inn
1pm – 8pm
Larkhall Inn
The Inn stage will feature many of the area’s best bands. Enjoy a relaxing drink in the company of talented local musicians.

Children’s Art Workshop with Funky Art House
12.30 – 1.30pm
New Oriel Hall
Create your own fluffy pom-pom creature. Open to children aged 6+. Please pre book to guarantee a place by emailing

Adult/Teen Craft Workshop with Funky Art House
2.30 – 3.30pm
New Oriel Hall
Come and make some festive, spring-time bunting. Open to ages 11+. Please pre book to guarantee a place by emailing

Indian Head Massage
1pm – 3pm
New Oriel Hall
Indian Head Massage with Amanda. Massages take 20 minutes, booking essential. Text 07443 634447 to make an appointment.

Gong Healing taster sessions
1pm – 4pm
New Oriel Hall
Experience the healing power of Sound with Gongs and other therapeutic instruments. One to one or small group 20 minute taster sessions offered; pre-book for a session on the hour and half-hour. Contact Cosmo Love –

Mexican Food
All afternoon
Cloud 9
Cloud 9 will be serving a Mexican themed menu accompanied by a Central American soundtrack.

Strictly Come Gurning
Rose & Crown
This one’s for the adults. Could you pull a face that would make milk curdle or grown men scream? Pull your best worst face and you could win some kind of prize. Open to all, no matter how beautiful or ugly your everyday face.

Cockney Singalong & barbecue
Rose & Crown
Come down to your local boozer, gather around the old Joanna and sing along to traditional favourites including “Doing the Larkhall walk”.

MONDAY 2nd MAY 2016

Art Trail
All day
Around Larkhall
Local artists and craftspeople open up their homes and studios. See Art Trail and Exhibition page for details. Please note that the exhibition in the New Oriel Hall will only take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Garden Trail
All day
Around Larkhall
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. See the Garden Trail pagefor details.

Free Craft Workshops from the Camden Creative Company
10.30am – 4.30pm
5 Fairfield Road BA1 6EP
Free drop-in craft activities for all ages, including badge making and pebble decorating. No booking required.

IMG_1151 (1) (1024x768)Organised by The Bath Grand Cru Petanque Club, The annual French “Festival Boules Tournament” took place on bank holiday Monday, 2nd May in Alice Park, Larkhall. Early morning saw teams gathering to register in readiness to compete in the 7th year of this event, now a centrepiece of the weekend festival, with The Rose and Crown Trophy at stake and benefitting from the generous sponsorship of Wadworth Brewery, Devizes.

The challenge was on to see which team could wrest the trophy from the grasp of the local “Bouling Vultures”, the team winning the tournament in all but one year.

With the eight triples teams entering it was possible for each team to play against all others over the duration of the tournament. This resulted in some fiercely contested matches and a high standard of play.

The tournament carnival atmosphere was added to by those players who came along dressed in French style, befitting this traditional French sport. Local resident and player Andy Briggs won the prize for best dressed player, sporting his French peasant’s workwear.

At the end of the preliminary rounds, it was the Bubbly Boules team of Sammy Mosley, Adrian Chivers and Gary Lee (pictured) who progressed unbeaten into the final, where they overcame another local team, Bennets Bombers, in a hotly contested match before the crowd of spectators who had stayed on to watch the exciting finale to the day.

The Whitewells Massive team was 3rd and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, which included father and son players John and Remy Mills took 4th. Remy was deservedly awarded the Best young player of the tournament for his consistent play and excellent technique. “The Reckless Team” competing for the first time, was given the wooden spoon for coming in last, although commended for their great team esprit de corps and worthy efforts in their first try at the game.

All agreed that, despite the typical English Bank holiday weather, which dampened spirits at times, it had been a great day of competitive sport and enjoyment once again with this now well-established community event.

Particularly pleased were all trophy winners who could leave carrying their Wadworth shire horse shoes as medals, and a suitable quantity of beer.

Chris Garratt


Party in the Park
Noon – 8pm
Alice Park
The big day at the park has bands from 12-8, and whatever the weather, there’ll be a sunshine theme courtesy of our friends Solar at St Saviour’s Infants, who are bringing along their Sunshine Marquee from 12-4 pm. There’ll be fun, sun-themed crafts for all ages plus dressing up as suns (or daughters!)


  1. Bath Artist Printmakers – original prints
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    3b Upper Lambridge Street
  2. Ione Parkin RWA – paintings & prints; Clare Day – ceramics & 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.  Gill and Rob Silversides – stained glass/fused glass
    Sat 9-5, Sun & Mon 10-4
    1 Beaufort Place
  6. Jonathan Davies – Paintings
    Sat, Sun 2-5
    19 Lambridge Place
  7. Alison Redman – jewellery
    Sat, Sun & Mon 10-5
    10 Pickwick Place
  8. Andrew Hume – sculpture; Liz Carson – painting & collage
    Sat, Sun 11-5, Mon 11-2
    12 Fairfield Park Road. No wheelchair access.
  9. Alan Hemming – Raku vases & bowls
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    24 Fairfield Avenue, Fairfield Park. No disabled access – steep steps.
  10. Richard Olver – paintings
    Sat, Sun 11-4
    57 Fairfield Park Road. Steps with handrail. Charity cake sale.
  11. Enid Underwood – paintings
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    5 Charlcombe Rise. Access by steps.
  12. Susan Green – sculpture
    Sat & Sun 10-6
    7 Malvern Buildings. Access through garden – uneven steps.
  13. Vicky Sander – automata & textiles
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-4
    4 Hawarden Terrace. Teas in aid of Afrikaya nursery school charity.
  14.  Anna Gahlin – paintings
    Sat & Sun 10-5
    7 Eastville, off Claremont Road. Enter via lane below Vale View. No wheelchair access.
  15. Joanna Wright – maker
    Sat & Sun 10-4
    5 Eden Terrace
  16. Val Hepplewhite – paintings & drawings
    Sat 10.30-4, Sun 11-4
    Studio 25. Access from Ringswell Gardens
  17. Deborah Keiller – visual artist; Helen Hyde – paintings, etchings and textiles
    Sat, Sun & Mon 11-5
    67 Bailbrook Lane, Swainswick. Access via long garden with steps. Refreshments.
  18. New Oriel Hall Exhibition, Larkhall Square
    Sat & Sun 12-5 (NOTE: no exhibition on Monday)
    Dave Barrett – photographs
    Paul Brokensha – paintings
    Patricia Clothier – paintings
    Ruth Davies – paintings
    Caroline Gourlay – jewellery
    Harriet Gunstone – mixed media
    Cathy Kelly – painting
    Susanna Kendall – linoprints
    Sarah Martin – ceramics
    David Ringsell – paintings and photographs
    Sarah Targett – screenprints; Sally Thomas – prints.
  19. Natalie Williams – paintings; Tom Overment – mixed media
    Sat, Sun & Mon 10-4
    6 Oriel Gardens, Lower Swainswick. Gardens open. Refreshments.
  20. Marcella Spreadbury – icons
    Sat 10-4, Sun 11.30-4
    St Mary the Virgin church, Upper Swainswick
  21.  Swainswick Explorers; Joanna Cacanus – paintings; Fifi Charrington – paintings
    Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4
    Upper Swainswick House, Upper Swainswick
  22. St Mark’s School & Alice Park – Get Creative!
    Sat 11-3
    Art and craft workshops for children. Art exhibition by the pupils (Alice Park).


A. Gardenalia, London Road
Richard Asbury’s delightfully eccentric shop on London Road is not just a business but a passion. A haven of green thinking, encouraging re-use and recycling, working with nature,  Gardenalia has an eclectic mix of antique and contemporary garden ornaments, furniture, accessories and unusual gifts, all in a beautiful setting. Specializing in organic garden products including seeds and compost, look out for the some special Festival offers. Open from 9am till 5.30 pm

B. Alice Park Community Garden
Created out of wasteland by volunteers, a community garden that 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.

C. 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.

D. 6 Oriel Gardens
A gardening blossoming with cherry, apple and philadelphus, as well as Black Night tulips, acers, spyrea and fuschia, and climbers such as honeysuckle, jasmine and clematis. TEAS SERVED.

E. The Ferns and Garden Cottage, Deadmill Lane
Several garden rooms including tulips, aquilegia, apple blossom next to a nice old house. The haphazard terracing, the crab apple orchard and mixed woodland sloping down to the Lam Brook at the back of the Garden Cottage is one of Larkhall’s best kept secrets. TEAS SERVED 10.30-5pm

F. 12 Hillview Road – access by steps only.
Developed from a blank canvas by an architect, painter and amateur gardener into a series of  individual spaces, encouraging wildlife and acting as an outdoor gallery between two painting studios. New paths and planting have been introduced to compliment the maturing eucalyptus, birch, acers, amelanchier, ornamental cherry, beech, ferns, euphorbia, grasses and alliums among others. Have a sneak preview at

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

H. Elmhurst, St Saviour’s Road
A long garden sloping down to the Lam Brook with solanum, holly, acer and some fine blossoming fruit trees including mulberry, pear and apple.

I. No.4 & 6 Larkhall Place
A couple of very lovely gardens including a veg plot and two small ponds created to attract wildlife. The metal hoops support the climbers made by local craftsman, Richard Cooper.

J  Dafford Street
A remarkable row of front gardens with a range of attractive planting

K. 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.