Whats On in Bath


What’s On in Bath 2012...

There is always a host of wonderful events taking place in Bath which justifies its reputation as “a city of festivals”.


Illuminate Bath, a free festival of projected artwork that will be transforming the city's streets over four evenings. 
25-28 January, at various venues, tel: 01225 876536


The Independent Bath Literature Festival, a brilliant festival for stimulating debate and fascinating authors insights.
2-11 March, at various venues, tel: 01225 463362

Bath Half Marathon, a two lap, 13.1 mile course through stunning surroundings in the heart of Bath.
11 March, starting at Great Pulteney Street, tel: 01225 422255

Mid-Somerset Festival, developed to encourage performance at its most enjoyable level with music classes, theatre speech and drama.
14-24 March, at various venues, tel: 01249 655151

The Bath Digital Festival, music performances, digital marketplace, experimental technology expo, educational demonstrations and audio-visual instillations.
15-25 March, at various venues, tel: 01225 463362

Sainsburys Sports Relief Mile in support of Comic Relief, take part in the UK’s biggest year of sport and help to change lives too.
25 March, starting at Royal Victoria Park, tel: 01225 396431

Bath in Fashion, a series of catwalk shows, talks, in-store events and exhibitions across the city.
25 March - 1 April, at various venues, tel: 0906 711 2000

Bath Comedy Festival, A colourful, vibrant, inclusive and dedicated mix of comedy.
30 March - 9 April, at various venues, tel: 01225 463362


World Heritage Day, recognising the City as belonging to an exclusive collection of world wide sites which surpass local or national importance.
22 April, at various venues, tel: 01225 477584


Badminton Horse Trials, A three-day equestrian event taking place in the heart of Gloucestershire.
3-7 May, Badminton Gloucestershire, tel: 01454 218375

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay comes to Bath, the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers through the city of Bath.
22 May, Bath city centre, tel: 01225 477827

Bath Fringe Festival, a 17 day festival encompassing every aspect of art, drama, comedy, theatre and music.
25 May – 10 June, at various venues, tel: 01225 463362

The Royal Bath & West Show, a fun day out for the whole family this June featuring some of the country's finest livestock, farming demonstrations, local produce and more.
30 May – 2 June, The Showground, Shepton Mallett, tel: 01749 822200

Bath International Music Festival, a dynamic mix of world-class performances taking place throughout the city.
30 May – 10 June, at various venues, tel: 01225 463362


Queen’s Jubilee Picnic in the Park, celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee in Bath where there will be giant screens and musical performances taking place throughout the day.
5 June, Royal Victoria Park, tel: 0870 240 6783

The Bath Motor Pageant, Displays of Vintage, Post Vintage, Historic and Classic Cars and Motorcycles, together with exhibitions, demonstrations and displays.
23-24 June, Bath Racecourse, tel: 01225 463362


Roman Baths by Torchlight, relax and enjoy the romantic torchlit ambience of the Great Bath.
1 July – 31 August, Roman Baths, tel: 01225 477785

Bath Americana Festival, The South West’s favourite festival of American folk music focusing on bluegrass and Appalachian music with a special celebration of the banjo.
4-7 July, American Museum, tel: 01225 463362

Bath Guitar Festival, Europe’s number one guitar festival returns for its 19th extravaganza.
20-27 July, at various venues, tel: 01225 463362

Sulis Sound Track: Festival of Music and Sport, the sensational Jools Holland will be headlining the festival alongside his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
21 July, Bath Racecourse, tel: 01225 463362


Bath Folk Festival, attend a live gig or learn to play an instrument at various workshops.
13-19 August, at various venues, tel: 07881646633


The Jane Austen Festival, a selection of events taking place to celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen.
14-22 September, at various venues, tel: 01225 443000

Bath Festival of Children's Literature, festival fun for all the family with authors, illustrators, storytellers and poets.
28 September - 7 October, at various venues, tel: 01225 463362


Bath Christmas Market, a unique shopping experience in the heart of Bath city centre.
22 November - 9 December (TBC), Abbey Churchyard, tel: 0906 711 2000 (50p/min)

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Tel: 01225 421483


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