For the first time, we’ve created a programme that’ll allow you to explore beyond the Larmer Tree Gardens and discover the stunning Cranborne Chase, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!
We’re lucky to be in such a beautiful area, and now we want to share more of that with you. Whether you want to enjoy the scenery on foot, by bike, or even learn what you can eat out in the Cranborne wilderness (!) there’s a range of activities for everyone…
Bird Song Walk
Join producer and performer Simon Emmerson and naturalist Paul Morton as they roam the Larmer Tree Gardens and surrounding woodland to give you a personal introduction to a range of native birds through identifying their songs – yet another type of music found at the festival! Simon, founder of Afro Celt Sound System and a keen birder, will be joined by Paul, project manager of The Sound Approach.
Rob’s Cycle Ride
For the more adventurous among you, here’s a unique opportunity to explore the area around the Gardens by bike with our very own Festival Director Rob Challice! Rob and a couple of the Larmer crew will take you for a ride around the stunning scenery of the Cranborne Chase. You’ll discover a varied and ancient landscape with expansive views of unspoilt escarpments and valleys on this exclusive off-road tour.
Join Will from Dorset-based Down to Earth Bushcraft to learn about the plants and trees that surround the Gardens, and discover their edible and medicinal gifts. For example, did you know that you can make coffee from dandelions? Or that nettle juice is the best natural remedy for a sting? You’ll be amazed at the natural treasure trove to be discovered and devoured around you!
Jogging with James
Larmer Tree Festival Founder and Director James Shepard first came across the Gardens on a run, and now you can follow in his footsteps to see where the whole idea all began. This guided jog is the perfect way to revitalise after a full-on Friday night and get to know the Gardens from a different perspective – with some ‘running’ commentary from the man behind the festival!
Myncen Farm Tour
An activity especially for our holiday makers, Myncen farm has been family-run for three generations and is renowned for producing Cranborne Chase Cider, and now they’re opening their gates so we can explore and get a taste of the Cranborne Chase (a short drive from the festival). Unearth how they’ve diversified their arable farm with a focus on conservation, wildlife and renewable energy. You’ll learn about crop-rotation, go on a tractor-trailer tour, and discover how the cider press works – and sample the finished product of course!
For more details about all the activities, including where to sign up and what days they’re on, visit the individual listings’ page. Limited spaces available.
*Photo of the beautiful Cranborne Chase thanks to Mike Gardner.