As cities go, Bath may be small in size, but it more than makes up for its stature by hosting a full calendar of exciting events scheduled to take place throughout the year. From Christmas markets to music festivals, the city manages to offer its community a range of entertainment that appeals to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. As we prepare to cast aside the chilly cloak of winter and embrace the spring, we thought we would take a look at some of the best Bath events scheduled for the coming months. We are sure you will find something on our list to put a spring in your step…
Get ready to have your funny bone tickled at the eighth Bath Comedy Festival. The city will throw open the doors of its top venues, including Komedia and the Rondo Theatre to a variety of established and rising stars of the comedy world. Highlights include Stephen Frost’s Improv Allstars, Patrick Monahan, and an immersive theatre show called The Wedding Reception from the creators of Fawlty Towers. This springtime event will run from Friday 1st April to Sunday 10th April this year and the full line-up is now available to view online.
Back in the day when Bath became a favourite spa retreat for the crème de la crème of 18th century high society, it developed a reputation as a fashionable destination. So, it goes to follow that the city is a fitting place to host Bath in Fashion, an exciting event that sees the fashion pack descend on the city for a host of in-store events, catwalk shows and fascinating debate. This year will see talks from stellar designers such as Julien MacDonald and Zandra Rhodes with topics ranging from fashion history to the influence of individual fashion houses such as Valentino and Versace. Bath in Fashion runs from 18 April to 24 April this year.
The Bath International Music Festival is renowned for its excellent mix of performers from all over the world. Every year, a collection of quality acts from orchestral experts to jazz giants unite to put on one of the biggest events in the city. It is the sheer diversity of the festival’s programme which has given it such a special place in the heart of the community. Folk, roots and world music all have a place here and artists range from international stars to local acts and student talent. Highlights this year include performances from the Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Lera Lynn and Richard Goode. This year the Bath Music Festival will run from Friday 20th May to Sunday 29th May.
If you have a soft spot for the arts then Bath Fringe Festival is the springtime event for you. A classic kind of Fringe event, anyone is free to submit an event to the programme if they are able to organise it, paving the way for brand new acts and artists to show off their talent. One of the signature highlights of the Fringe is the street arts weekend known as Bedlam Fair, where street performers showcase a range of fun shows paying homage to the inspirational Walcot Festivals held in the late 80s and early 90s. The Fringe Children’s Festival offers plenty of family friendly fun during half term with a selection of activities and shows designed to keep young people entertained. The festival runs Friday May 27th to Sunday June 12th.
One for those who like to stay active, Bike Bath takes place in early summer when the countryside situated right on Bath’s door-step is in full bloom. A full day of bike riding, participants can choose from marked rides of 25, 50 or 80 miles designed to take in the very best scenery of the city and surrounding areas. Entry to the event costs £33 for the longer routes or £20 for adults taking the shorter route, with children being charged £10. This fee includes a timing chip to record how long your journey takes, route map, access to feed stations providing refreshments from local food and drink suppliers, access to medical support en route, post ride food and drink at the event village, and a shiny finishers’ medal to celebrate your achievement. The 2016 Bike Bath event will take place on July 3rd.
What events are you looking forward to in Bath this spring/summer?