Larmer Tree Festival 2011

Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th July 2011
Larmer Tree Gardens, near Tollard Royal (about 16 miles W of Salisbury), on the Wilts./Dorset border, SP5 5PT, England MAP
weekend tickets sold out, day tickets left for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
daily capacity: 4000
last updated: Thu 30th Jun 2011

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An intimate crowd of only 4,000, five family friendly days of eclectic music, street theatre and workshops set in the spectacular backdrop of Larmer Tree Gardens with its resident peacocks and macaws.

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The dates for the 21st birthday of this festival of acoustic folk and world music, but also roots, blues, jazz, Americana, reggae are confirmed as Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th July 2011.


Headliners are Jools Holland and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Imelda May, Ozomatli, Asian Dub Foundation, and Seasick Steve. Also confirmed are The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, Seth Lakeman, Caitlin Rose, Krystle Warren, Batucada Sound Machine, Watcha Clan, Heidi Talbot with John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine, GaBLe, Cosmo Jarvis, Sheelanagig, Pete Lawrie, The Coal Porters, Muntu Valdo, Emily Portman, Kitty MacFarlane, Stornoway, CW Stoneking, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, Vieux Farka Toure, The Selecter, The Phoenix Foundation, Jassi Sidhu, Gabby Young and Other Animals, 3 Daft Monkeys, Delta Maid, DJ Derek, Rory McLeod, and more. There will be over over 80 acts playing in total across 6 stages.

The festival generally has a lovely chilled atmosphere, and is child-friendly, all set on a gorgeous site in lovely Victorian pleasure gardens with a free campsite next door, with free showers and well serviced toilets. There are also countless other attractions for all ages, including a carnival procession, 150 free workshops, theatre and talks, site art and a dedicated kids' zone. Mark Kermode’s Film Club has also been confirmed for Larmer Tree 2011.


All the weekend tickets now sold out, there are currently a very limited number of day tickets left for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. An adult weekend ticket was priced at £197 for all 5 days, £162 for 4 days, and £130 for 3 days, there were Youth (age 11-17), and Child (age 5-10) options also available. Day tickets are priced from £32 to £59 dependant on day. Larmer Tree ticket prices include free parking and camping for tents, caravans and campervans and under 5's are free.

To buy tickets online, click here. The ticket price includes camping for the night(s) of the date(s) of a ticket, and expect them to sell out quite quickly.

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Festival entertainment

The festival has walkabout theatre and over 150 workshops for all ages from Thursday at 2pm onwards. Children can learn new crafts in the festival's Hands On! Workshops making everything from Fabulous Fish textiles to Bouncy Jellyfish that glow in the dark. Hands On! sessions are available for adults too. There's circus skills from Thursday to Sunday, and 11 acres of gardens for children to explore with a huge adventure playground!


Headlined by Russell Kane, Arthur Smith, Phil Nichol, and Andi Osho this year's Larmer Tree Comedy Club line-up also includes Phil Kay, Tom Wrigglesworth, Rob Deering, Gareth Richards, Late Night Gimp Fight, Abandoman, Wittank, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Iain Stirling, Fergus Craig, and Joel Dommett.


Adults workshops include things like a Barn Dance with Cut A Shine and other dance workshops including Bellydancing, and Can Can. The festival also provides opportunities for festival-goers including Singing with the London Bulgarian Choir.


YouthZone is the perfect place for young people (11-17) to make new friends, catch up with old ones, learn something new or just chill out in their own space.

Street theatre

Larmer Tree Festival brings a huge array of street theatre performance. Crazy characters abound while lavish costumes, outlandish puppetry, capering and clowning are the order of the day. The first bunch of confirmed walkabout street theatre performers are; 19 year old boy wonder Ollie Mealing, the modern day Houdini of card trickery! Pixihoopsound and Wanda the Wonder-Cart and their mobile hula hoop party, Carpet Man and Lino Boy will be donning their multi-functional flooring based clothing and The Vegetable Nannies will be enjoying a day out with the unique characters that are the Vegetable Babies! Also walking the winding avenues of the Larmer Tree Festival gardens will be; Granny Turismo, Misguided Protest, I Scream Van, The Cleaner, The Thinker and The Chimps.

Fancy dress

The Saturday fancy dress theme has been announced as... 1950s Retro Revival! Expect Rockabillies, Teddy Boys, T-Birds, coifed quiffs, flicked up collars, rock'n'roll, jive, vintage and swing! With activities to transport festival goers to the land of Brylcreem and milkshakes and keep them rocking around the clock all night long!

Film Club

Mark Kermode has also announced the line-up of his second Film Club, running from 5.30pm, Thursday–Sunday, Mark will be showcasing an intriguing selection of feature films across a variety of genres including animation, horror, cult movies, rock docs and family features. Mark's selection includes 'Singin' in the Rain', 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Wallace and Grommit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit' along with some lesser know versions of familiar stories in 'Phantom of the Paradise', a bizarre and brilliant rock and roll remake of The Phantom of the Opera, plus 'Forbidden Planet'; a witty and stylish adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' starring the legendary Leslie Nielsen. Mark will present introductions to the films, explaining why they are so important to him, and providing some fascinating information about the films and their makers.

Larmer Tree also presents a hand-picked selection of theatre, (staged in the Victorian pavilion Club Larmer) drawn from around the UK, including highlights from the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The magical Lostwood area is expected to return. Celebrating the art of storytelling, poetry, spoken and written word this area is home to 60 free sessions for all ages. Amongst many other favourites the Late Night Storytelling sessions hopefully will be returning for all to enjoy.

Comfy Camping

Larmer Tree also offer Comfy Camping options including tipis in the Wigwam Sam tipi village, bell tent boutique camping with Hotel Bell Tent and for those who really want to be fully immersed in the 1950's theme there is the option of Airstream Trailers.

Going home

This year Larmer Tree have teamed up with Big Green Coach to provide a coach service from the festival site direct to Salisbury Railway Station at various times on the Monday morning. The fare is £8 per person and it is strongly advised that you book your seat in advance as there will be limited seats available on the day.


Here is a short eFestivals film about 2010's Larmer Tree Festival.

More information will be here when available.

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Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th July 2011
Larmer Tree Gardens, near Tollard Royal (about 16 miles W of Salisbury), on the Wilts./Dorset border, SP5 5PT, England MAP
weekend tickets sold out, day tickets left for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
daily capacity: 4000
last updated: Thu 30th Jun 2011

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