Thursday, March 30, 2017
There are so many festivals and events happening in and around Bath throughout the year that I need a second post to pick up from my last one to ensure you don’t miss out on any of them.
Whilst anyone relocating to Bath may think that the city itself is the only place where festivals actually happen I am pleased to correct that and state they are absolutely wrong! The
The Ilford Arts Festival, which runs from the end of May until the beginning of August, is based just outside Bath at the stunning Ilford Manor, Bradford on Avon. It is an internationally renowned festival held in the award-winning gardens of the Manor House which offers intimate and unique performance spaces that help to create a magical experience for any attendee. Opera performances are staged for audiences of 90 in the miniature Italianate cloister (and are all sung in English) and all the events offer a chance to relax over pre-show picnics, whilst enjoying the peaceful tranquillity of the Peto Garden as the river Frome meanders nearby.
The Royal Bath and West Show is held on a 240-acre site near Shepton Mallet. This four-day event celebrates great British agriculture, entertainment, food and drink and is extremely well attended attracting 155,000 people in 2010. It aims to celebrate all aspects of farming and rural life, from the best of British livestock to the latest technological innovations in the farming industry. The show offers shopping, food halls, floral marquee, rural crafts, country pursuits, dog show, equestrian competitions and arena displays. It attracts over 1,000 trade stands and every year a member of the Royal Family visits.
At the start of July we see something totally different taking place in Bath – ‘Bath Boules’, which is one of the city’s highlights. It’s a great opportunity for business networking whilst at the same time being a Godsend for charity. In 2016 the event raised an amazing £41,424 for local charities thanks to the generous support of sponsors, partners, and players. The format is, of course, timeless – and the competition pretty tasty at times. Companies or individuals can enter a team. 64 teams play competitive Boules in leagues each day: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A different set of teams
Also in the summer, the Forest of Imagination offers children an opportunity to do something a bit different. Areas around Bushey Norwood and Edge Arts are transformed into a temporary fantastical forest and outdoor gallery by a collective of local and international artists and creative professionals during a free, four-day contemporary
So, if you’re stuck for things to do this summer come along to Bath and the surrounding areas to fill your time getting involved with lots of fun activities and wacky events to attend!