Larmer Tree Festival 2012 Overview
Larmer Tree Festival was established in 1990 and will be celebrating 22 years in 2012. The festival is held in the beautiful and unique Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. Having sold out in advance for the past 17 years, Larmer Tree has won several awards and attracts visitors looking for an intimate festival aimed at all ages with a limited 4,000 capacity. There are six stages, over 80 artists, comedy, 150 free workshops, street theatre, and spoken word plus much, much more.
The festival is independent and has retained its non-corporate ethos.
Artists booked to appear include Paloma Faith, Levellers, Jools Holland, and Roots Manuva.
Ticket prices (from): Adult 3 Day £140 – Adult 5 Day £190 including Camping and Parking.
Larmer Tree Festival 2012 Event Info
Larmer Tree is about so much more than just music and comedy with a huge programme of over 150 free workshops, shows and activities for all ages- all included in the ticket price!
You’ll always find something to get involved in - from engaging workshops, gripping theatre and talks, spellbinding spoken word, fascinating street theatre and stunning pieces of site art waiting to be discovered, as well as Secret Garden therapies and a chance to catch up on a spot of retail therapy too!
With more than 80 bands playing over five days in seven venues, each with its own distinct character and line-up of artists, you can take you pick of the stages and experience the whole diverse range of entertainment the festival is famed for.
The large orbit stage on the Main Lawn is where Larmer Tree-goers gather to see the festival’s headline acts. With a beautiful backdrop of illuminated trees, macaws swooping overhead and peacocks wandering freely you couldn’t ask for a more stunning setting to hear some great music from all four corners of the globe.
The Singing Theatre, as it was originally named in the 1880s, is an iconic, spectacular wooden stage with a beautifully painted backdrop where musicians have performed for well over 120 years. Thomas Hardy spent many summer evenings enjoying music and theatre from this unique stage. You can expect live music and DJs performing here throughout the festival.
Hosting various music and dance workshops by day and exploding at night with some of the festival’s rawest, most energetic and downright funky live bands.
Buy a drink in the Village Bar right next door, grab a chair and get up close and personal with some of the best acoustic musicians around framed perfectly in an intimate small-club atmosphere. Late in the evening the ARC changes pace and plays host to The Comedy Club where you can enjoy some of the greatest comedy acts from the thriving British and world comedy circuit.
Housed in a beautiful Victorian tea-room this is a theatre and talk venue during the day, but when night falls festival-goers head here for DJs spinning the best of global grooves, reggae, funk, hip hop and classic disco to keep you dancing ’til the early hours. The well-stocked bar is open at night and the club’s café will keep you replenished with hot and cold drinks and some delicious cakes, day and night.
During the day this is the place to chill, read the papers, play Snakes ‘n’ Ladders, listen to some impromptu acoustic music or simply get a drink, flop down and just be! As day turns to night The Social slowly morphs into a venue for some of the best festival bands and DJs to get you on your feet and dancing ‘till the wee small hours.
Here you will be able to enjoy some fantastic street theatre shows. Located in the Village, the Flag Circle is the place to gather round for some hilarious, engaging and sometimes downright weird performances. Watch out for other street theatre performances around the rest of the festival site.
Re-Live the memories from 2011 by viewing the video highlights below
Larmer Tree Festival 2012 Line Up
- Alex Roberts
- Andrea Soler
- Carl Donnelly
- Catherine Burke Band
- Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo
- Jimmy Mcghie
- Michael Wookey
- New Volunteer
- Owl in the Sun
- Peace Love & Gloves
- Pete Lawrence
- Piney Gir
- Pip Mountjoy
- The Joker & The Thief
- The Lasting Days
- The Spitfire Sisters
- The Wave Pictures
- Tom Craine
- Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
Larmer Tree Festival 2012 Travel Info
The festival is held at the Larmer Tree Gardens, on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, just off the A354 between Salisbury and Blandford, OS Ref ST940170.
The festival site shares a postcode with a neighbouring village, and Sat Nav will send you in completely the wrong direction. Keep your journey quick and simple and help them keep their neighbours happy by following the directed route and signs.
From the South - on the A354 look for brown heritage/flower signs for Larmer Tree Gardens which start 13 miles SW of Salisbury and 9 miles NE of Blandford.
From London, West and the North - from the A303 take the A350 to Shaftesbury then A30 towards Salisbury. After approximately 3 miles (on reaching Ludwell) turn right at the signs for Larmer Tree Gardens and then follow brown heritage/flower signs for 5 miles.
The nearest train station is Salisbury (BR enquiries 08457 484950 or
for a timetable (No 184). Salisbury Bus Station is a 10-15 minute walk into town from the train station. Ask the bus driver to drop you at the 'Thickthorne Crossroads' stop and walk from there (approx 2-3 miles), following the 'Larmer Tree' brown flower signs.
Despite reports that it's easy to hitch from the crossroads, we have to advise against accepting lifts from strangers.
The Taxi pick-up point is located at the festival box office where there is a turnaround point near to the entrance gates.ã€€ Please be aware that a call out fee may be charged.ã€€ A one-way fare from Salisbury is usually approximately £40.ã€€ Local taxi companies include:
Jonathan's Taxi 07590 905250
Value Cars 01722 505050
City Cabs 01722 505055
Ken's (Radio) Kabs 01722 568142
Affinity Travel 07833 471492 (offering a special deal from the station to the festival for just £30, and they can carry up to 6 people)
First Klass Taxis 07776300469 (offering a special deal from the station to the festival for just £30)
If you are driving to the festival or looking for a lift, why not register at www.liftshare.com or www.freewheelers.com and make a friend before you even get to the festival!ã€€ Sharing transport, and costs, will help the environment and reduce the number of cars on site.
Parking (and all camping for caravans, campervans and tents) is free and it's not more than a five/ten minute walk to the festival entrance. Please try to keep the number of vehicles you bring to the festival to a minimum and help to reduce the impact of the festival on the environment and local communities.
Larmer Tree Festival 2012 Hotels
|park farm house bed and breakfast||0.42||Salisbury||Info|
|The King John Inn||0.57||Shaftesbury||Info|
|The Crown Inn||4.53||Salisbury||Info|
|Fontmell Magna bed & breakfast||4.76||Shaftesbury||Info|
|The Langton Arms||5.00||Blandford Forum||Info|
|The Talbot Hotel||5.05||Iwerne Minster||Info|
|The Bull Inn||6.02||Wimborne St Giles||Info|
|The Grosvenor Arms - a Bespoke Hotel||6.29||Shaftesbury||Info|
|Holbrook Bed & Breakfast||6.33||Shaftesbury||Info|
|The Saxon Inn||7.35||Dorset||Info|
|The Crown Hotel||7.52||Blandford Forum||Info|
|Cools Farm B&B||8.41||Salisbury||Info|
|The Coppleridge Inn||8.68||Shaftesbury||Info|
|The Beckford Arms||8.96||Salisbury||Info|
Larmer Tree Festival 2012 Food and Drink
The festival is proud to say that all the food outlets are personally hand-picked (and tasted!) by the team and they look forward each year to welcoming back their old favourites and visiting the new additions. From Moroccan to Mexican, and Italian to a good old cup of English tea there's something to tempt everyone!
The four well-stocked bars carry a full range of drinks so, whatever your tipple, make sure you pay them a visit over the weekend. (Please note they can't allow you to bring your own alcohol into the festival site.)