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LARMER TREE FESTIVAL: JULY 1-3

Junior Festival Guide checks out the Larmer Tree Festival 2011




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Larmer Tree Festival is at Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, near Salisbury, Wiltshire 

Capacity 4,000 

What’s the vibe Celebrating its coming of age (the first festival was in 1990), Larmer Tree is a laid-back escape-from-it-all fest. 

Musical interludes Billed as “a festival of acoustic folk and world music, but also roots, blues, jazz, Americana, and reggae”, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra open the festival, followed over 80 acts across six stages. 

For the kids Hands On! workshops and fun craft activities, plus circus skills. There’s also 11 acres of gardens to explore – look out for the resident peacocks and macaws –  and an adventure playground.

Added extras Take part in the carnival procession, 150 free workshops, theatre and talks, and a dedicated children’s zone, or take in a movie at the Mark Kermode Film Club. Dance and music classes and a Youth Zone for teens aged 11–17 years.

Where to stay Pitch your own or go for the “comfy camping” option at Wigwam Sam’s majestic tipi village (info@wigwamsam.co.uk), or book into a Hotel Bell Tent

What does it cost Adult tickets £197 for five days; 11–17 years £158; 5–10 years £127; under-fives free. (Three- and four-day, and daily tickets also available). 

Extend your stay Stay at family-friendly Woolley Grange near Bath with activities for the children and babysitting and pampering for you. One night’s B&B for a family of four costs from £225. 

To find out more about fantastic family festivals to fill your summer, check out our Junior Festivals Listings.


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