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Bath Comedy Festival Shopalong

Plugs mean prizes...and punchlines!

Spotted any bath plugs in the city recently? You might have spied a few in the windows of various Bath shops and businesses – they’re for the Bath Comedy Festival Shopalong, a fun trail celebrating the tenth anniversary of the festival.

Along with the Bath BID, the festival organisers have hidden 30 smiling ‘Bath’ plugs in a variety of participating BID businesses, from pubs to hotels, and from cafés to shops. Whether on display in windows, or hidden further inside, your task is to hunt them down!

Pick up a Shopalong map and work your way through as many of the businesses you can. Once you find the plugs in each, take a look at the punchline on the bottom – each one corresponds to a numbered joke on the map. 

Collect the punchlines and you could be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes suitable for all ages. Adults could win tickets to a whole host of Bath Comedy Festival shows, including the final night gala at the Apex City of Bath Hotel, and the top prize of a family ticket to the last night of The Bath Festival’s Finale Weekend in May. Kids can get their hands on jumbo joke books and more.

Pick up a Shopalong trail map from the participating businesses (see below), the Visitor Information Centre, or download one from the festival website. The Shopalong will run from 29th March until 8th April, and completed entries should be sent or delivered to the Bath BID office at 21 Stall Street, BA1 1QF (opposite Marks & Spencer), in an envelope marked ‘Bath Shopalong’. They can also be submitted via the festival website.

Taking place from 27th March to 15th April, Bath Comedy Festival is hosting a wide range of shows and events all across the city – there’s sure to be something to tickle your fancy!

By Rosie Hurley

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