Although summer isn’t quite over yet, we’re starting to look forward to autumn here at Visit Bath, and there are already a whole host of events on the calendar…
1. Celebrate All Things Foodie at the Great Bath Feast
One of Bath’s autumn highlights, this year’s Great Bath Feast is already promising to be a jam-packed affair. From 23rd September to 8th October, the city will play host to foodie events from a wealth of local restaurants, cafés and businesses, including special dinners, tastings, talks and markets. You’ll be able to try some tasty vegetarian dishes at Demuth’s Cookery School, sample champagne at the Abbey Hotel or party with pizza and a beer at the Bath Pizza Co., and much, much more.
Watch out for our Tenner Treats too – you’ll have the chance to snap up lots of special midweek meal offers, including lunches and dinners at some of Bath’s best restaurants, indulgent cream teas, and beer and wine deals, each for a pocket-friendly £10.
Don’t miss out on getting stuck in to Bath’s vibrant food and drink scene – take a look at the Great Bath Feast website for more information.
2. Commemorate Bath’s Literary Heritage
Austenmania is currently sweeping the city with the Jane Austen Festival, on until 17th September. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the much-loved author’s death - some 4,000 people are expected to attend over 80 events (you might have spotted some in Period costume), making this year's festival bigger and better than ever.
3. Meet the Biggest Names in Children’s Literature
During this year’s Children’s Literature Festival, which runs from 23rd September to 8th October, a raft of literary events – 120 to be precise – and some of the best names in children’s literature and illustration, will be heading to the city for 10 days of talks, signings and masterclasses. Fans of The Gruffalo will have the chance to meet the author of the bestselling series, Julia Donaldson, writer of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, will also be heading to the city for the festival, as well as Bath’s own and much-loved author, Jacqueline Wilson.
4. Dive into Digital
The Bath Digital Festival, now in its fifth year, is an inspiring event which focuses on bringing people and technology together whilst showcasing the best of Bath’s digital scene. From 17th to 22nd October you’ll be able to get exclusive views of the latest projects, take part in interactive workshops and get your hands on some new tech.
5. Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Explore Bath’s beautiful countryside and celebrate the city’s stunning landscape, heritage and views at the first ever Bathscape Walking Festival. From 16th–24th September you’ll be able to take your pick from 24 wonderful free walks, led by knowledgeable walk leaders. Ranging from locations such as Bath City Farm to Carr’s Wood and Little Solsbury Hill, it’ll be a great opportunity to explore the local nature whilst enjoying stunning views of the city.
6. Learn Something New
If you fancy learning a new skill or brushing up on your cultural knowledge this autumn, there are plenty of workshops and exhibitions to get involved in. Learn the techniques of tapestry at The Holburne Museum, take a tour of the stunning Gothic architecture at Wells Cathedral, or check out Victoria Art Gallery’s ‘India on Paper’ in October.
7. Enjoy a Race
Bath Racecourse has a whole host of events lined up this autumn, including their Gentleman’s Day, and a Family Fun Raceday featuring lots of activities for kids including inflatables, face painting and pony rides. If cars are more your thing, Castle Combe Circuit have some great events coming up, including days dedicated to Classic and Rally cars, and Minis.
8. Celebrate in Style
Dress in your finest 1920s inspired outfits for the American Museum’s Prohibition Ball on 7th October. In what promises to be a roaring night of jazz age fashion, music and dancing, enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails before heading to the Abbey Hotel’s Igloo Bar for the afterparty.
9. Watch a Movie by Moonlight
Cosy up with blankets and a picnic to watch films alfresco this autumn. On 16th September, FilmBath will kick things off by screening the magical Beauty and the Beast at Bath City Farm, followed a second showing on 29th September in Midsomer Norton. Wonder Woman will also pack a punch on 22nd September - bring your lasso of truth to enjoy the film overlooking Bath, in Springfield Park.
By Rosie Hurley