There’s a truly jam-packed calendar of events in Bath this September. We’ve rounded up a handful of the highlights – whether you’re into books or wellbeing, history or walking, find a reason to visit before the month is up.
Release your inner Janeite for #AustenAutumn! September is a fantastic time for any literary lovers to visit Bath, as a multitude of exciting events and experiences themed around the iconic English writer coincide.
The annual Jane Austen Festival returns from 10th to 19th September, kicking off in eighteenth-century fashion (literally) with the much-loved Grand Regency Costumed Promenade. Don’t miss the only widely accepted depiction of Austen at The Holburne Museum, sketched by her sister and on loan from the National Portrait Gallery until 27th September.
Experiencing the new immersive Jane Austen tour at No.1 Royal Crescent, following the Sydney Gardens trail and a trip to The Jane Austen Centre are just some of the other ways to have an #AustenAutumn.
World Wellness Weekend (18th – 19th September)
Explore mind, body and soul in Bath over World Wellness Weekend, a global event promoting healthier lifestyles.
From aquasana (think water-based yoga meets tai chi and karate) in the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa, to tarot and Thai massage at The Soul Spa, to alfresco Pilates in the stunning gardens at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel – you’re sure to find something you love among the reinvigorating and inspiring activities on offer.
The Great Bath Feast (24th – 26th September)
The best-tasting weekend in Bath is back. The Great Bath Feast celebrates the fabulous food and drink of the South West and beyond, with a line-up curated by Richard Bertinet, owner of The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School and founder of the Bertinet Bakery.
Expect demos by Masterchef winners, Michelin-starred restaurateurs and other showstopping chefs. Sample tasty morsels on the food and drink trail, and shop from artisan producers on the buzzing Milsom Street market. Look out for fringe events all the way up until 31st October too.
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Bath Children's Literature Festival (24th September – 3rd October)
Kids (and grown-ups!) can get a dose of escapism, comedy and learning at this year’s Bath Children's Literature Festival. The line-up of authors, poets and illustrators is as star-studded and diverse as ever, ranging from the nation’s favourite PE teacher to young environmentalist Mya-Rose Craig.
Talks and workshops are taking place in venues across Bath – check out our guide to this year’s event to discover some of the highlights in more detail.
Bathscape Walking Festival (11th – 26th September)
Bathscape Walking Festival is the perfect excuse to take in more of the city and its gorgeous green surrounds on foot. Over the course of two weeks, there are countless organised ambles you can join. These are guided by knowledgeable experts who’ll introduce you to lovely landscapes, Bath history and local wildlife.
Already itching to get out for a stroll? Explore the virtual side of the festival, which has many self-guided walking trails to work your way through.
Dust off your boots for more walking events in September too – The Bath Marches on Saturday 19th and the Circuit of Bath Walk on 26th September.
Heritage Open Days 2021 (10th – 19th September)
Every September Heritage Open Days gives you a chance to peek behind usually closed doors, discover lesser-known history and explore fascinating spaces for free, in Bath and across the country. This year’s local events include the chance to roam the stunning American Museum gardens, tours of Saltford Brass Mill, and an exhibition of edible delights from the Bath Record Office collections.
And that’s not all…
September is your first chance to try puzzling your way out of the new House of Frankenstein escape room, themed on Victor Frankenstein’s creepy attic. Also new this month is The 7 Hills Festival, a celebration of Americana music taking place in a secret garden near the city centre.
Plus, there’s a mesmerising array of comedy, live music and theatre on offer around the city’s venues. Browse our full What’s On listings to see what takes your fancy.