It’s set to be a sizzling summer here in Bath this year, with lots of brilliant festivals and events to look forward to.
The Bath Festival
Now in its 70th year, 2018’s Bath Festival, running from 11th—27th May, promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a fantastic set of events on the programme. On the literary side of things, the city will welcome the likes of Robert Webb, Ruth Jones, Professor Green and Judy Murray, plus many more, to talk on a range of diverse and insightful topics. Foot-tapping gigs and concerts, from classical and jazz to folk and world, plus everything in between, will lead up to the Finale Weekend on 26th—27th May. With Paloma Faith headlining on Saturday, and Robert Plant on Sunday, it’s sure to finish with a bang!
Pub in the Park
If good beer, great music and even better food is your thing, then Pub in the Park is for you. Brainchild of top TV chef Tom Kerridge, 8th—10th June will see a wealth of foodie names, from Bake Off’s Candice Brown to Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth, bands and musicians such as Tom Odell, Razorlight and Melanie C, plus plenty of pop-up pubs, descend on Royal Victoria Park. Don’t miss out on tickets for this fantastically foodie event!
Now something of an institution in the city, this year’s Bath Boules will see the party extended for a whole week, from 10th—17th June. With Queen Square transformed into a hive of celebration – of music, food, drink and of course boules – great sums are always raised for local charities. Teams often don their best fancy dress to take part in the boules tournament, and it’s a fab event for spending time with friends, family and colleagues – plus don’t miss the delicious street food market around the Square!
Kirstie’s Handmade Fair
The ultimate creative day out, be inspired at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair this summer, taking place at the magnificent Bowood House. From 22nd—24th June, enjoy hands-on workshops, learn from a variety of experts in all things crafty, tuck into tasty street food, and browse and buy tools, materials and products from the brilliant range of handpicked sellers.
Get on your bike with Bike Bath this summer to enjoy a fantastic day of cycling with the whole family. With 25, 50 and 80-mile rides to choose from, all taking in the best scenery of Bath and its countryside, enjoy the sun on 1st July and raise money for the local charity Dorothy House. Whether you’re a keen cyclist or just like riding for fun, there’s sure to be a route to suit you.
Bringing a riot of colour, music and energy to the streets of Bath, the Carnival is back on 21st July. Carnival Culture is the theme this year, focusing on the colourful traditions behind three different types – those of Rio, the Caribbean Islands and New Orleans. With events throughout the day, from a family-friendly Party in Sydney Gardens, to a 1000-strong procession through the streets, make sure you don’t miss what promises to be an exciting and vibrant party!
Minerva's Owls of Bath
Keep an eye out for some special visitors hanging around the city this summer, as Minerva's Owls of Bath make an appearance on a family-friendly, interactive arts trail. The installation, in the city from 25th June—10th September, will see 100 owl sculptures, each individually decorated by local artists, businesses and charities swoop in to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the much-loved King Bladud's Pigs sculpture trail. See how many you can spot by following the trail - it'll celebrate Bath's Roman heritage and raise plenty of money for local charities!
Save the Date for The Bath Cup Festival at Bath Racecourse
One for your diaries – celebrating all that makes Bath great later this year, don’t forget to pick up tickets for Bath Racecourse’s Bath Cup Festival. 15th September will see first-rate racing topped off by a performance from James Blunt, making it a raceday not to be missed.
By Rosie Hurley