With the days turning cooler and nights becoming longer, it is time to bid farewell to summer and welcome autumn with open arms.
Bath is magical at any time of the year, but it is when autumn tints the Georgian city with a burnt-orange hue that it truly comes alive. Think lazy brunches and cosy pub lunches, kicking crisp leaves in Royal Victoria Park and marvelling at the city’s architecture under a cosy hat and scarf.
Whether you live in Bath or are planning to move to the bustling city over the coming months, we have put together a list of events that are well worth a visit. So wrap up warm, pick up a pumpkin-spiced latte, and explore all that glorious Bath has to offer…
The River at the Mission Theatre (6th-10th September)
His first play since the critically-acclaimed Jerusalem, Jez Butterworth’s The River is described as a ‘haunting and mesmerising love story.’ The in-the-round performance premiers at Bath’s Mission Theatre this September, with audiences being invited to partake in an informal, post-play discussion with the cast.
Tour of Britain (8th September)
Cycling aficionadas will be pleased to hear that Bath will again play host to the Tour of Britain. The Stage Five route begins in Aberdare, crossing South Wales and Gloucestershire before ending in Bath. This is the first time the city has hosted the finish stage of the event, which will be aired across the world on ITV.
The Jane Austen Festival (9th – 18th September)
Hundreds of Jane Austen fans will gather in Bath this September to celebrate the life and works of one of England’s most famed novelists. This is the event’s 16th year and will feature everything from theatre and music to workshops, readings and dances. The Grand Regency Promenade will see over 500 people dressed in 18th century costume parade the streets of Bath – it’s a spectacle not to be missed!
1940s weekend at Bitton Station (24th-25th September)
A short drive from the city, Bitton Railway Station is stepping back in time for a weekend of vintage fun, as it recreates life during WW2. Along with military and civilian vehicle displays, steam trains and demonstration freight trains, there will be “visits” from King George VI and Winston Churchill, plus live 1940s music from Jayne Darling. Period costume is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged!
Bath Children’s Literature Festival (30th September – 9th October)
Do you have any young bookworms to entertain this autumn? If so, they are bound to love getting lost in literature at this annual event, taking place in venues across the city. Expect readings of some of the best-loved kids’ books, as well as guest talks from the likes of David Walliams, Holly Webb and Tom Gates’ creator Liz Pichon. A number of writing workshops are taking place too, giving budding wordsmiths the chance to perfect their penmanship skills.
The Great Bath Feast (1st-9th October)
A true foodie haven, the Great Bath Feast will see a wealth of local producers, pubs, restaurants and cafes unite for a gigantic, gastronomic celebration. Spanning nine days, the jam-packed programme features everything from bake sales and cookery classes to tasting tours and a Saturday morning farmers market. Tip: visit with an empty stomach…
Bath Museums Week 22nd-30th October)
Coinciding with October half term, Museums Week is the perfect chance to revisit some of your favourite Bath museums with your family. You can take part in a whole host of special events and activities, from sampling Sally Lunn’s Buns and watching falconry demonstrations at The American Museum in Britain, to making your own sundial at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.
Bath Film Festival (3rd – 13th November)
One for the movie buffs, a handful of venues across the city play host to the Bath Film Festival, with screenings of films covering a wide range of genres. Look out for flicks that are F-Rated; the sign is a nod to the amazing work that women are doing in the industry.
Bath Rotary Fireworks (5th November)
Remember, remember the 5th of November… by watching a spectacular fireworks display with a hot chocolate in hand at Bath’s most famous Bonfire Night venue: the Recreation Ground (known locally as ‘The Rec’). Book early to avoid disappointment, and don’t forget the sparklers!
Every season is festival season here in Bath, and we are looking forward to getting involved in some (or all!) of these upcoming events. Which ones are on your must-visit list?