Sunshine and Peacocks at Larmer Tree Festival 2019

Will Wilkinson | 24th July 2019

Tom Odell

Larmer Tree Festival is the quintessential summer family festival. Small in size but big on what it delivers and is one of VIVA ’s go to events of the summer season.

Fun at Larmer Tree

Set in a parkland vista on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Larmer Tree is known as one of the great gardens in the area having been originally designed by Augustus Pitt Rivers and attracts visitors from far and wide to stroll the beautiful gardens that are shared by many Peacocks. Since 1880 when Pitt Rivers inherited the area, music and entertainment have very much been associated with the gardens. It has also become a popular wedding destination for those tying the knot.

KT Tunstall

The Larmer Tree Festival has been established now for twenty nine years and has evolved into an exceptional weekend which has seen some amazing music and entertainment.

This year was no exception and being 50 years since man walked on the moon it was only fitting that this year the themed dress up saturday was ‘space’ with some wonderful outfits on show.

Tank and the Bangas

Like many festivals there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied away from the main stages. Hot tubs, therapy tents and a retreat experience have been added to relax and regenerate mind and body.

London Astrobeat Orchestra

Also new for 2019 was a cinema, village green with games for all and street theatre. The selection of food stalls has always been mouthwatering and this year it was much the same.


As for the music, a wide selection of genres took to the stage to cater for all musical tastes such as KT Tunstall, The Cat Empire, Gomez, Tank and the Bangas and GoGo Penguin from Manchester. ‘The Shires’ headlined friday night with a selection of country tunes from their two record breaking albums.

Kate Tempest

Saturday night saw Kate Tempest one of the UK’s most recognised performance artists take the 9 o’clock slot.

The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire

Sunday evening headliner fell to Tom Odell who was a last minute stand in for the sick Jack Savoretti who had to pull out at the last minute.

Tom Odell

Tom was a headliner 2 years ago and completely smashed it then, so it was expected that he would do the same sunday evening and he didn’t disappoint. Giving a tremendous performance that was lapped up by all.

Circus Brothers

Ferris and Sylvester

All in all it was a fantastic weekend at this jewel of a venue with the best weather,  not too hot and mainly dry, what more could you want.


Thanks again Larmer Tree for putting on a wonderful festival loved by all.