Set in the beautiful Victorian Larmer Tree Gardens, amidst beautiful trees and peacocks, Larmer Tree Festival has been running for an unbelievable 29 years! The festival offers up a wide array of music, comedy, theatre, poetry and talks, workshops, woodland crafts, cinema and the all important kids activities.
On the main stage you can catch acts such as Kate Tempest, Jack Savoretti, KT Tunstall, Gomez, The Cat Empire and The Shires. Don’t be afraid to explore music away from the main stage though as there are always great acts in other areas too. We discovered Gaz Brookfield at Larmer Tree 2015, purely by accident and have been great fans ever since! You can catch him at the Peacock Palace on Friday this year.
There is also The Village Inn with live acts including Pronghorn and Glymjack. And for all the dance and disco fans out there The Social will be hosting some late night DJ sets. Don’t miss the Silent Disco at the Discotheque in The Wilds.
Kids entertainment, workshops and activities are also here in abundance. Andy and the Odd Socks are the headline act but there is also the Comedy Club 4 Kids, Kids Disco and Magic Show. If you are feeling crafty then head to The Wilds for workshops such as Wand Making and Tree Typography. Some of these need to be booked in advance so check the programme in plenty of time!
It’s definitely worth scheduling in some time to just wander and explore LostWood. The fairy doors are always magical and a great hit with kids of all ages. Its a welcome break from the hustle and bustle and feels like a whole different world. For little ones there is the delightful Teddy Bears Picnic here and the Peachick Play Area along with baby changing and feeding areas.
Dress Up Saturday is certain to be an absolute highlight of the weekend. This year’s theme, to mark the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing, is “A Space Oddity”. Expect to see aliens, spacemen and astronauts galore!
If space travel just isn’t your thing then there is also the brand new Peacock Parade Carnival! Head to The Wilds area from Thursday where there will be workshops making flags and birds to fly high above the crowd.
New additions this year also include a Festival Cinema. There will be morning showings for little ones right through to indie classics and comedies late into the night for the older crowd.
Finally, for those wanting to take a little timeout there is the fabulous Larmer Spa area. Offering up hot tubs in its new location on Larmer Lawns, along with massage, gong baths and reiki. A real treat for festival goers and tired parents.
In terms of camping there is a dedicated area for Family Camping. There is also a selection of Boutique Camping including Campeazy and Bell Tent options. All campsites are relatively close to the main site so there’s not too much walking for tired little legs. In previous years we have used the much appreciated Larmer Express to get back to the tent when the little ones are too tired to walk.
As always there is a great choice of food and drink stalls. Brand new this year is the Early Bird Cafe in the Larmer Lawns. This is alongside old favourites like Mac n Cheese which always seems to be a hit with the kids. We’re really pleased to see that there will be no plastic bottled water on site. You can take your own water bottles to refill at the freshwater points or head to FRANK water for unlimited chilled water refills.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased here, there are daily and weekend options – all weekend tickets include camping. And most importantly, all under 11’s go free.
So don your space suits, fire up the rocketship and head to Larmer Tree Festival for an experience that will be out of this world!