Walking into the Larmer Tree Festival is like taking a walk back through time.
A time of flower power and hippies in an environment that's safe for children to run free. Everyone is happy with beaming smiles upon their faces, a community of total togetherness that never ceases to amaze us each year that we visit.
From the moment we arrive and collect our press passes we are captivated by the atmosphere. It's a time to catch up with friends in the press area and on stage that we have met over the years and this year is was no exception.
Celebrating its 25th year the Larmer Tree organisers have gone all out to make it a huge party and what a celebration it's been. Headlining for two nights as the opening act performing his classic songs, as well as tracks from his latest critically acclaimed albums Spirit in the Room and Praise and Blame was Grammy and Brit Award winner Sir Tom Jones.
The audience danced and sang along to classics such as Delilah, Sex Bomb and Its Not Unusual. Some even throwing underwear up on stage which always makes us laugh. Sir Tom certainly hasn't lost his knack of charming the ladies young and old, certainly knows how to move on stage.
Other acts to have taken the Main Lawn this year have been:
- The Shires
- Demi Kuti & The Positive Force
- Bill Bailey
- Jimmy Cliff
For those of you that have never been to the Larmer Tree Festival, really should consider going along. With something for all ages from the 0-10 in the Larmer Parler & Larmer Lawns, to Base Camp for the older 11-17 year old age group.
For the older audience there are an array of things to do, places to visit and areas to relax and chill out it. The Secret Garden is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, under the shade of the leafy trees. Here you can have a massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy as well as a taking a look at your journey through life with a Palmist.
When it comes to tickling your taste buds, you really won't be disappointed. Food is a high priority for all festival goers with dishes from Italy in the form of pizzas or pasta, to truly moreish dishes with Morroccan flavours and a dish with a Mexican vibe. If you are looking for something closer to home why not try The Whole Hog, or a festival roast dinner from the Roaming Rotisserie. Not forgetting of course various places to grab a coffee, cup of tea and plenty of cake or something with an alcohol content in.
It would seem that the organisers of this amazing festival have forgotten nothing , and it just gets better and better each year.
Other areas of activity You can visit the Arc, Big Top, the Pavillion, The Social, Garden Stage and of course the Main Lawn. The programme of acts and entertainment really is, the party that in the summer is unmissable.