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Summer 2017 Festivals in Bath

There’s plenty of entertainment on offer in the city this summer, with a varied schedule of festivals and celebratory events coming up…

Entertainment for All

The Bath Festival

Running from 19th-28th May, The Bath Festival is a new, multi-arts festival for the city which builds on the heritage of the Literature and Music Festivals. Party in the City, the festival’s opening event, is Bath’s biggest night of free music, which promises to bring the city to life with concerts popping up around Bath. The Bath Festival’s varied schedule of events includes an evening with Mary Berry, political debate, and a Family Arts Day.

Bath Fringe Festival

Bath Fringe Festival runs from 26th May-11th June. The annual event promises the unexpected, and will feature theatre, dance, music, visual arts and comedy events.

Iford Arts Festival

Take a trip to the beautiful Iford Manor Peto Garden, where the Iford Arts Festival will be running from 27th May. The internationally renowned festival will play host to magical opera and jazz performances under the evening sun, with the opportunity to enjoy a picnic beforehand.

Bath Folk Festival

Bath Folk Festival returns this August, running from 12th-20th. Concerts, sessions, dances and workshops will be held at a variety of venues across Bath, and the city will come alive with traditional music, dance and storytelling. Additionally, if you want to develop or improve your own performing skills, you can take part in their week-long traditional music summer school, where you can learn from world-class tutors. Bath Folk Festival celebrates all flavours of traditional music – whatever your taste, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Fitness and Fun

Bike Bath

Bike Bath returns for a sixth year on 2nd July, bringing together riders from Bath, its surrounds, and further afield. Participants can choose from three all-new, challenging routes through Bath’s beautiful countryside. Riders can choose from a number of local charities to support during Bike Bath, and entries are now open, so get your helmets at the ready!

Tour Series 2017

This year’s Tour Series will be coming to Bath on Saturday 20th May. Bath is hosting the first ever Saturday night stage of the Tour Series, with a brand new city centre route, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street. On the morning of 20th May, Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive will take place. This is a non-competitive event offering cyclists of all levels the opportunity to cycle either 53km or 116km, taking in the best country lanes and scenic routes that Bath and North East Somerset has to offer.

Festivities to Celebrate the City’s Rich History

The Royal Crescent 250th Anniversary Weekend

2017 marks the 250th Anniversary of Bath’s famous Royal Crescent. To mark this momentous occasion, there will be 70 events taking place over the course of the year. Don’t miss the special Foundation Stone Day Grand Parade on Sunday 21st May. Visit No. 1 Royal Crescent before 4th June for their ‘From Rome to the Royal Crescent’ exhibition, which shows the architectural development leading to the design on the Royal Crescent through replica models.

The Jane Austen Festival

The 17th annual Jane Austen Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, and in honour of this, there will be a huge range of events on offer, running from 8th – 17th September. This year’s event is themed around Jane Austen’s classic novel Northanger Abbey, so visitors can expect a touch of gothic about the festival.

For a convenient way to visit Bath, take the train with our travel partners Great Western Railway.

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