I’m lucky that the Larmer Tree Grounds are less than 30 minutes away from me – but families come from all over the UK to enjoy one of the best Family Friendly Festivals, in its unique setting. Are you coming too this year? If you’re meaning to, then be quick – tickets are scarce, the festival is Sold out, without fail, every single year
13th-17th July 2011, held at the lush Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, on the Wiltshire/Dorset border.
Est 1990 • over 70 diverse artists • 6 stages • Comedy Club • 150 free workshops • street theatre • carnival procession • intimate crowd of 4,000 • voted Best UK Family Festival 08 • tickets sold out for 16 years • The perfect escape from it all!
On top of the late night shenanigans, all-star comedy club and international heavy weight musical line-up Larmer Tree is bursting from the seams with extra activities to enthral, educate and entertain in equal measure! So without further ado let’s take a trip around Larmer Tree’s extensive activity programme to get a taster for what’s on offer…
The Carnival – One of the highlights and most unique aspects of the festival, the Carnival gathers over 500 Larmer Tree attendees in an explosion of colour, papier-mâché and flamboyant outfits to process throughout the festival site showcasing their workshop made creations. This year the theme will be Recycled Safari, with workshops and expeditions running throughout the festival to create the outfits and teach the dance moves!
Lostwood – Wander the winding woodland paths and discover gripping storytelling, poetry, spoken and written word sessions and performances for all ages in sun dappled glades surrounded by trees. Look out for the Song Factory where attendees will be given the opportunity to put their own words to music with expert musicians, including folk legend Rory McLeod.
YouthZone – The YouthZone for 11-17 year olds is the place to make new friends, catch up with old ones and learn a new craft, musical skill, or just chill out. With as an eclectic amount on offer as the rest of the programme, youth ticket holders can immerse themselves in a world of streetdance, mud sculptures, song writing, T-shirt making, jam sessions and much more.
Kids activities – An extensive array of activities, workshops and shows for the little ones, including puppet making, animal hat creations, tie-dying and picture frame making. This year there are some extra special activities for the kids including an interactive show hosted by headliners Ozomatli in OzoKidz.
Water Garden – Experience different drop-in sessions over the weekend, where you can learn about weaving, crocheting and natural dyes.
Circus workshop and skills – A range of drop in workshops with a huge variety of circus fun on offer! From plate spinning to tight wire, juggling to unicycle riding, there is something for everyone and all abilities.
Theatre and Talks – During the daytime Club Larmer turns into a space for talks, film, theatre and a little bit of comedy, all aimed at adults, one of the highlights will be a special talk from Cole Porters’ frontman Sid Griffin on Bob Dylan.
Adults Hands On! –Tap in to the craftsperson within and choose from a multitude of expert guidance in a huge variety of skills, from fascinators to basket weaving, jewellery to candlesticks there is so much to create!
Adult Workshops – Take a trip around the world in this extensive programme of dance and music workshops. From Cajun to Bollywood, Charleston to Rock ‘n’ Roll dance classes, didgeridoo and djembe workshops, Tai Chi and Yoga on the lawns, there is a new skill or hidden talent just waiting to be discovered!
For full details on all the activities and attractions on offer please see the Larmer Tree Festival website