Larmer Tree Festival

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Larmer Tree Festival
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Kate Rusby at the Larmer Tree Festival 2008
GenreRock and pop, reggae, folk, acoustic, world, jazz, comedy, family, theatre, talks, workshops, arts and crafts
Dates18 - 21 July 2019
Location(s)Larmer Tree Gardens, near Tollard Royal, on the Wiltshire-Dorset border, England, UK
Years active1991 - present day
Founded byJames Shepard
Websitehttp://www.larmertreefestival.co.uk

Larmer Tree Festival is a 3-day music, comedy and arts festival held annually at the Larmer Tree Gardens near Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire-Dorset border in England. Described as "One of the most family-friendly festivals around",[1] it takes place in the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Past line ups have included performances from Fenne Lily, Jools Holland and Gomez.

Location[edit]

The festival is held in the Larmer Tree Gardens, a Victorian pleasure ground founded by Augustus Pitt Rivers, and has remained small by choice, with a total capacity of 5000 audience members per day. The Larmer Tree itself was an ancient landmark tree on the ancient boundary between Wiltshire and Dorset.[citation needed] The festival takes place in a setting of lawns and gardens, dotted with Indian pavilions and Roman temples, with free-roaming peacocks and macaws, which also feature in much of the festival's branding.[2][3]

Organisation[edit]

Seth Lakeman at the Larmer Tree Festival 2008

The first festival was held in 1990, founded by James Shepard, who was joined in 1993 by Julia Safe. Rob Challice joined as director in 2015, having previously managed the festival's music programming.

Following the 2018 festival, James Shepard and Julia Safe stepped down as directors. Rob Challice continued in his role, joined by new directors Lauren Down and James Strathallan.

Nearly 500 volunteers from the local area, covering 13 different roles, help out before, during and after the event, and it has links with many local organisations.[4][5]

The festival organisers try to minimise its environmental impact, by such measures as recycling as much as possible and insisting on the use of biodegradable trays and wooden cutlery by the catering outlets at the event. They also encourage festival-goers to take green living measures such as lift-sharing, recycling and saving water on site.[6]

Events[edit]

See Larmer Tree Festival line-ups for line-up listings.

In 2008 the festival featured 108 hours of entertainment, including 80 bands across seven stages over five days.[1][7] The festival predominantly features acoustic folk, world music, reggae, roots and blues. Festival areas include the main stage, a two-pole big top, Acoustic Roots Café (ARC), The Club (a "retro-rave environment"), The Social (consisting of three large tipi tents), as well as the Garden Stage, the original wooden Victorian Singing Theatre building.[7] There is also a range of creative workshops for both adults,[8] teenagers[9] and younger children.[10] There are designated teenagers' and children's areas which offer activities and workshops "in everything from baby yoga to unicycling".[11]

Recent developments at the festival include the Club Larmer theatre productions and talks. Recently, film critic and writer Mark Kermode interviewed leading figures in the world of film, including Ken Russell in 2007 and Nicolas Roeg in 2008.[8][12] The festival also includes a comedy lineup.[13]

Over the years, different holistic therapies and treatments have been offered, including osteopathy, Swedish massage, Thai massage, Bach flower remedies, Indian head massage, reflexology and shiatsu.[14][15]

Facilities[edit]

Catering facilities on site provide food and drinks, and there are three bars.

The campsite next to the festival ground is free, with free hot showers. In 2006 the festival toilets won the UK Festival Awards 2006 Portaloo Sunset Award For Best Toilets.[16]

Awards[edit]

In 2008 the Larmer Tree Festival was nominated for five awards by UK Festival Awards: Best Small Festival (for festivals of 10,000 festival-goers or less); Best Lineup; Grass Roots Festival Award (for "the king of anti-commercialism"); Family Festival Award and Best Toilets.[17] The festival made the shortlist in three categories: Best Small Festival, Family Festival Award and Best Toilets, and won the Family Festival Award when the results were announced at the awards ceremony in London on 30 October 2008.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Larmer Tree Festival 2008". BBC Dorset. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  2. ^ "Larmer Tree magic weaves its spell". This is Wiltshire. Retrieved 11 October 2008.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Keen, Mary (24 May 2003). "A stately pleasure garden". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  4. ^ "The Story So Far". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 19 April 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  5. ^ "Volunteers". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Green Larmer Tree". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 13 June 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Venues". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 19 April 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  8. ^ a b "For Adults ..." Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  9. ^ "YouthZone". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  10. ^ "Fun For Kids". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  11. ^ "Larmer Tree Festival 2005". BBC Dorset. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  12. ^ "Festival line-up revealed". This is Wiltshire. Retrieved 11 October 2008.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Subscribe. "Comedy lineup for Larmer Tree announced, ft Nish Kumar". DIY. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Therapies". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  15. ^ "BBC - Dorset - Entertainment - Larmer Tree Festival 2006". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  16. ^ "Larmer Tree Festival". Contact Music. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  17. ^ "Larmer Tree Festival 2008: Nominated in the following categories". UK Festival Awards. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  18. ^ "The Winners of 2008". UK Festival Awards. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  19. ^ "UK Festival Awards – Vote for Us!". Larmer Tree Festival. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2008.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°57′6.82″N 2°4′59.86″W / 50.9518944°N 2.0832944°W / 50.9518944; -2.0832944