The Bath Film Festival

There’s a great opportunity for film buffs in Bath during November 10th – 19th, as the Bath Film Festival returns for another year.

Now in its 21st year, the festival has become a staple of the Bath events calendar. The festival is well known around the country and features a wide range of entertainment, including: previews, shorts, documentaries, animations, silent films with live music, Q&A sessions, workshops and one off events.

Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include the cult 80’s film, that’s on re-release, Cutter’s Way; the fantastic local Chippenham production, Bash Street, which will feature a Q&A with the director and some cast member afterwards and a celebration of the shows patron, Ken Loach, who is 75 this year.

The film festival really is a great opportunity to experience some of the best cinema available today, along with a range of classics, so if you’re in the area staying in Bath accommodation then why not pop down and treat yourself to an evening of captivating cinema?

The Mummers UnConvention in Bath

If you are in Bath from November 17th – 19th then you are in for a treat, as the ‘Mummers UnConvention’ is being held in the city.

The lesser known art of ‘Mumming’ is a form of traditional medieval drama with deep roots. The performances traditionally take place on the town streets and in the local pubs and they take the form of short sketches with comic themes; often featuring fights between ‘gallant heroes’ and ‘great evils’.

The Mummers UnConvention is set to be a world first event for professional Mummers, bringing groups of artists from around the globe together in Bath to perform and learn from each other.

It is the general public that will get the most from the event though, with a range of street performances and workshops taking place throughout the city. So if you are out and about around Bath this November, maybe you are down on one of the many Bath Spa breaks, then keep your eyes open for these unique performances.


Bath’s Beautiful Christmas Market

Every year the beautiful area between Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths is transformed into a brilliant Christmas market, and this year is no exception.

Set firmly as one of the highlights of the Bath events calendar, this pretty little market is set up in the very heart of the city. Over 120 individual wooden chalet style stalls will form this year’s market; selling everything from handmade crafts and unique jewellery pieces to locally produced food and drink. With so much packed in it’s also a great way to get much of the Christmas shopping done in one day, and the market’s unique atmosphere will really get you in the festive mood.

The market this year starts on November 24th and runs until December 4th, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping. If you’re not local to the area it’s also a great excuse to book a Bath bed and breakfast and make a weekend of it.

John Cleese Switches on Bath’s Christmas Lights

John Cleese is easily one of Bath’s most famous residents, and, on Thursday 17th November, he’ll be throwing the switch on Bath’s Christmas lights to begin the city’s festive season. The event also marks the start of late night shopping.

The evening begins at 5.00pm and will see Lascel Wood, Bath’s own X-Factor star, perform for the crowd. As the evening goes on, Largo Embargo, Shauna Hutchinson, Gabrielle Aplin, Laura Doggett and Georgie Vale will all grace the stage, along with a performance from Bath Rugby Club and the Stocking Tops, joining forces at last. If that wasn’t enough, famous choir leader Grenville Jones will also be there to get the whole crowd singing carols.

At 6.30pm, John Cleese will appear and Bath’s historic streets will be lit up with festive cheer. If you’d like to be there when Bath lights up, be sure to book a stay in our Bath accommodation for Thursday 17th November.

An Urban Odyssey at Photography Exhibition in Bath

From Friday 4th November, the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution will host an exhibition of new media art by photographer and artist David Lewis-Baker. Mr Lewis-Baker is a Bath resident and many of his photos feature locations from around the city, or work by local craftsmen.

Defining himself as a new media artist, David Lewis-Baker’s photographs are much more than just a snapshot; each is the result of the careful use of a variety of different digital processing techniques, creating a wealth of different styles and effects throughout the exhibition.

He has also been influential in setting up the Bath & Wessex Fine Art and Photography digital gallery, allowing people from all over the world to contribute to a collection of beautiful images taken in Bath, or for those living in the surrounding area to make their own art available.

The exhibition runs until November 17th and David Lewis-Baker himself will give a free talk at 7.30pm on November 11th. This is an excellent opportunity to involve yourself in Bath’s thriving cultural landscape during your stay in our Bath bed and breakfast.

Classic Childrens Story Performed at The Egg in Bath

November 4th & 5th will see what’s sure to be a superb production put on at The Egg in Bath. Olivier Award winning Mike Kenny has adapted children’s classic ‘Stig of the Dump’ into a stage performance that blends puppetry and performance.

The Egg is part of the Theatre Royal and has been specially designed for families with young children. The space is cosier and friendlier than most theatres, and set out so that children can feel they are part of the production instead of passive observers. It’s a setting that ensures a captive audience who will find themselves drawn into a world created by the performers.

‘Stig of the Dump’ tells the tale of Stig, a caveman living in a chalk pit used for dumping rubbish, and his friendship with Barney, a young boy whose grandmother’s garden backs onto the dump and who stumbles upon Stig during the summer holidays.

Performances are at 10.00am and 1.30pm on Friday 4th November and 11.30am and 3.00pm on Saturday 5th November. For more information on this performance while you are enjoying one of our Bath Spa breaks, call the Theatre Royal on 01225 823409 or visit their website.

Bath’s 2011 Firework Display

Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated all over the UK with huge bonfires and firework displays. It’s a great opportunity to head out and really feel part of something, and Bath’s 2011 firework display, happening on Bonfire Night itself, will allow you to enjoy what’s sure to be a fantastic display in this beautiful city.

Tickets for the event are already on sale and can be bought from Bath Building Society and Bath Rugby Ticket Office. The event has been organised by Bath Rotary Club and Bath University’s Students Union, and will be Bath’s biggest firework display yet, allowing residents and visitors alike to enjoy a visual spectacular.

If you want to spend a November evening watching the sky light up, then this is a perfect chance to do so. Gates open at 7.00pm and the display itself will begin at 8.15. What makes this firework display even better is the knowledge that, afterwards, you can return to your luxurious, comfortable and, above all, warm Bath bed and breakfast.

Bath Vintage & Antiques Market

The spa city of Bath has a deep and rich historical heritage, so it makes sense that you can find a wealth of antiques and collectables in and around such a place. However, you might find that the numerous antique dealers and galleries aren’t quite enough for you, which is why the last Sunday of every month sees the Bath

The Bath Vintage & Antiques Market takes place at Green Park Station on the 30th of October and shows off a wide array of antiques and collectables.

take place at Green Park Station. The next three gatherings will be even better as the special Christmas markets take place.

The various stalls, displaying a wide array of antiques, art, furniture, ceramics and collectables, are all set up under the 130 year old vaulted iron and glass roof, providing shelter from the elements and giving you the perfect space to browse this wonderful market.

To add to the atmosphere, there will be live music from “Buskers Festival”, in addition to the Bath Pig Chorizo BBQ and the Dick Willows Cider Bar, each providing some welcome refreshment during your bargain hunting experience.

If you plan to visit this event, why not make a holiday of it and book a stay in our luxurious and relaxing Georgian period property for the perfect Bath accommodation?

A Halloween Ball at the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are one of Bath’s most popular attractions and an essential destination if you want to truly experience the city. They also provide a unique setting for special events, allowing guests to walk on 2000-year-old Roman pavements and admire the grand architecture of the Baths as night falls around them.

If an evening of cocktails, canapés and fancy dress in the Roman Baths and the Pump Room, a beautiful Georgian building constructed in 1795, sounds like an ideal complement to your stay in our Bath Bed and Breakfast, then the Spooky Ball is the perfect event for you.

Halloween dress is essential and prizes are available for the best costumes, judged under the torchlight which will illuminate the Baths. A special cocktail menu will allow you to choose from appropriately named drinks, including Vampire’s Kiss and Witches’ Brew, whilst dinner will consist of the delightful Graveyard Goulash or Hubble Bubble Pumpkin Pot with sides of Braised Blood Cabbage and Frankenstein’s Brains. The dessert is Dracula’s Revenge, a chocolate torte served with blood-red berry coulis.

The ball takes place on October 28th and runs from 7pm until 1am. Tickets are £35 per person and can be booked from Searcys, the event organisers.

Bath Philharmonia Perform in Bath Abbey

Bath Philharmonia has only been running for ten years, but the orchestra has already received national recognition and critical acclaim for its talent, technique and innovative approach to performance, whether playing contemporary pieces or classical masterworks.

If you’re enjoying Bath spa breaks with us on Thursday 27th October, you’ll have the chance to catch the orchestra performing in its home city. The magnificent Bath Abbey will host the ‘Conjure…’ concert, the programme of which is suitably dark for a performance taking place so close to Halloween, including Saint Saens’ ‘Danse Macabre’, Dukas’ ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ and two pieces from Berlioz’s ‘The Damnation of Faust’.

The evening begins at 7.30pm, and the orchestra is led by Jason Thornton. Tickets are available now from the Bath Box Office website and are priced between £5 and £28. This is an excellent opportunity to see one of the country’s foremost orchestras playing in a fantastic setting.