Larmer Tree Festival was established in 1990 and it has become a multi-award-winning festival. Held in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens, not far from Salisbury on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, the venue can hold up to 4,000 people making for a great intimate event.
The festival has a friendly atmosphere and is popular with families and music lovers alike. The food is good and there’s plenty of choice available, from Thai curry to pancakes or pies.
And watch out for the peacocks…
When you aren’t watching any of the six stages, there’s still plenty more to do. Keep yourself entertained with a selection of some of the 150 free workshops including anything from salsa to willow sculpture, read and add messages to the wishing tree, watch unexpected frivolities from the street theatre, check out some of the shopping stalls or sit back and chill in the drinks tents.
On Sunday, there’s always the carnival procession to look forward to which winds its way through the gardens to the sounds of samba drums, showing off the hard work of everyone at the carnival workshops over the weekend.
The festival has received much praise over the years:
“The line-up of 70 artists performing on six stages is so eclectic as to defy categorisation. One minute you might be listening to drummers from Mali the next an acoustic punk combo from Mexico. The facilities are excellent – clean toilets, drinking water, showers – and there is a Secret Garden where you can kick back and get a Thai massage or a reflexology treatment.”
The Sunday Times
“I think Larmer Tree is wonderful whatever age you are – for me that’s the appeal. I can go with my parents AND my children and we all have a brilliant time”
“The Larmer Tree event is one of the best kept secrets of the British world music scene set in a green idyll on the Wiltshire-Dorset border that – were it not for the odd Eastern temple and Nepalese pagoda – could be straight out of Victorian England. There are even iridescent peacocks which sit watching laid-back crowds laying back on well-tended lawns.”