Independent, creative, unique and stylish, Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original roman style baths, making it the ultimate spa break destination for thousands of years. Looking for a destination with a lot to do, an amazing city centre where you can shop until you drop but also relax and unwind?
Then Bath is a great choice - a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
What to do in the City of Bath?
Iford Arts Festival: 4 June – 7 August
The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival takes place in the exquisite Peto Garden of Iford Manor. Captivating and intimate Opera performances are staged in-the-round in the miniature Italianate cloister and are all sung in English. Popular and informal free flowing promenades together with seated cloister concerts complete the festival programme. All events offer a chance to relax over a pre-show picnic, whilst enjoying the peaceful tranquillity of the Peto Garden.
Forest of Imagination 3 – 6 June
Spaces around Bath Abbey will be transformed into a fantastical forest featuring a playful programme of sensory installations, artworks, outdoor theatre and participatory creative activities for visitors of all ages. Themed around ‘Eyes of the Forest’ the event aims to encourage imaginative ways of seeing forests and their importance to global ecosystems. Let the imagination wander to Baobab trees of Madagascar, consider the role of nature in the city and watch the creative installation of 1,000 living and made trees grow over the four-day event.
City to Countryside Walk 7 June
Enjoy a six mile guided walk along the Bath Skyline. Learn about the history of Bath whilst taking in the beautiful views over the World Heritage City.
The English Country Garden Festival 10 – 12 June
Join The Bishop’s Palace to experience 14 acres of the Palace Gardens filled with stalls, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, top gardening personalities and new ideas on how to use and love your garden.
Sunset Skyline Walk 12 June
Join the Skyline ranger on a guided walk of the six mile Bath Skyline. Learn all about nature conservation and the history of Bath along the way. Soak up the atmosphere and watch the sun set over the World Heritage Site of Bath.
Father’s Day Dream Car Drives 18 & 19 June
Treat Dad to a once in a life-time chance to drive some iconic cars. Choose from a selection of cars, such as the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley GT and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.
Bath Festival of Motoring 18 & 19 June
The family-friendly charity event gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with 500 vintage and classic cars & motorbikes, as well as the very latest prestige Supercars. The Festival includes trade stands and a host of entertainment for all ages.
Royal Horticultural Society Spring Garden and Lunch 23 June
Join award winning, Head Gardener of The Bath Priory Hotel, Jane Moore for a tour of the summer gardens before enjoying a three course Michelin Starred lunch, with coffee and petits fours and a glass of house wine.
Walk to the View! 24 June
Escape the city centre, take in the countryside air, and enjoy panoramic views back over the city of Bath
Bath Fringe Festival 27 May – 12 June
The Bath Fringe is a festival of all the arts, with few rules as to what should be in or out – it's what people want to do, and what venues in Bath want to put on. It is a collaboration of many of its beautiful & talented population.
Music Series at the American Museum 19 March – 13 Oct
Concerts will take place at the American Museum, showcasing classic American music such as bluegrass, swing and jazz.
A History of Fashion in 100 Objects 19 March – 1 Jan 18
This exhibition features garments and fashion accessories that hit created the look of history. From the 1500s to the present day, it will showcase 100 star objects drawn from the Fashion’s Museum’s world-class collection.
Impressionism: Capturing Life 13 Feb – 5 June
This exhibition brings together 28 masterpieces to celebrate the Impressionists’ observations of humanity. The focus of the exhibition is the figurative paintings of artists who exhibited at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 in Paris, including Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. The exhibition is shaped around four themes – ‘Painting of the Future’, ‘Private Worlds, Public Gaze’, ‘Modern Life’ and ‘Impressionism in Britain’.
A Handful of Dust at the Holburne Museum 13 Feb – 18 Sept
As part of the ‘100 Years Here’ celebrations, the Holburne will be exhibiting some of its rarely-shown but exquisitely beautiful eighteenth-century British portraits in pastel.
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