We asked the team at Pritchards Estate Agents, Bath, to tell us what they love about the city and what’s on their calendar for the months ahead
For such a small city, Bath certainly packs in a large amount of attractions. With such great restaurants, shops, leisure facilities, transport links, schools and architecture, no wonder it has such a strong community spirit.
“The city is split into ‘villages’, each one with its own personality,” says Chris Brooking, senior negotiator at Pritchards Estate Agents, Bath. “The residents within each village are very proud of where they live – in fact we often find that people who have moved out of Bath decide to move back in and only want to be in a particular area because they want to get back into that community.”
And with Spring in the air, Bath is abuzz with events to cater for all the tastes of all of its proud residents. Here’s our guide to some of the best:
Bath Literature Festival (27 February-8 March)
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this includes over 200 events and features talks with internationally renowned authors including Kazuo Ishiguro, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and David Nicholls.
Bath Half Marathon (1 March)
Cheer along the thousands of runners as they descend on the streets for one of the largest charity fundraisers in the South West. It’s a great event to get out there and support – and maybe even take part in next year!
Bath In Fashion (21-29 March)
The greats of the fashion world will grace the city for a range of talks and shows. Expect an inspiring mix of designers, fashion writers and style pundits, including Anna Sui, Roksanda Illinicic, Lulu Kennedy of Fashion East and even the world-famous tattoo artist Mo Coppoletta.
Bath Comedy Festival (27 March-6 April)
Featuring comedy stalwarts including Terry Jones and Arthur Smith. Also don’t forget to check what’s on at Komedia, home to the Krater Comedy Club, which takes place every Saturday night and often has special events with top comedians.
Easter weekend (3-6 April)
Families will enjoy Easter egg rolling on 4 April at the beautiful Prior Park Landscape Garden. On the previous Sunday (29 March) the Holburne Museum is holding Honey I Shrunk the Museum!, a free ‘mini eggstravaganza’ event, with lots of fun family activities focussing on the Holburne’s miniature collection.
The Bath Assembly Rooms also usually holds an Easter Candlelit Concert, a unique opportunity to sing along in one of Bath’s most historic and elegant buildings.
Party in the City (15 May)
What better way to celebrate Bath’s local talent than with a great big free party across many of its most beautiful venues. Expect an exciting programme of events across the city, which will showcase the talents of hundreds of local musicians and performers, to bring the city alive with music and dancing.
Bath International Music Festival (15-26 May)
The Party in the City also kicks off this 12-day festival, with a programme ranging from classical music to contemporary jazz, world and folk. It’s a great opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed musicians, including Steven Osborne, Emily Portman and Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney, in some of the city’s finest and most colourful venues.