Leamington Peace Festival
…Two days of inspiration and celebration
The Leamington Peace Festival (LPF) is one of the UK’s longest running free festivals. It takes place each year on the weekend before the Summer Solstice, filling the Pump Room Gardens, in the heart of Royal Leamington Spa, with a brilliant mix of family friendly activities, free workshops, Peace talks, live music, vibrant local stalls, campaign groups, healing treatments and a wide range of vegetarian food stalls.
The first festival, at the time called the Leamington Festival for International Understanding and Peace, was held in 1978. Conceived as a non-political, non-profit making event, its roots stem from previous festivals held with growing interest and success in the area, each basing its theme on aspects of Peace (Peace Pledge Union, Oxfam Festival and Leamington Spa Health Foundation).
The Festival immediate was an immense success thanks to the response of the local community, with over thirty organisations taking part in the first year. The main idea was to present in a joyful way the aims of various groups who work with dedication to bring a better quality of life to all people without distinction, both within the community and overseas.
As in the words of Gian Clare, one of the first organisers, the plan “was to bring all the life-minded organisations together to demonstrate to the Leamington people that is better to live together in harmony with one another as good neighbours. That we must work towards peace, justice, security and human rights for all’.