City to Country Relocation Agents

Festivals in Bath – A Property Search Agent’s Dream – Part 3

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rather than call it a day at July I felt it prudent to continue reviewing the Bath festivals through to the end of the year so that everyone gets the full perspective of what the City has to offer all year round.

The city has so much to offer its residents and I am constantly being asked, as a property search agent for Bath and the surrounding areas, just what it is that attracts me personally to the area. It may sound repetitive but I do trot out the obvious answers relating to the stunning architecture, wonderful primary and secondary schools, terrific transport links, history of the City and outlying areas; as well as the high-end shopping and easy going pace of life.

But that’s not where it ends because there are so many events and festivals taking place that one is truly spoilt for choice! At the start of July, ‘Bike Bath’ returns for its sixth year, and the organisers are promising it will be bigger and better. This is a one-day cycling event bringing together participants who can choose one of three all-new, challenging routes through the beautiful countryside around the city. You can choose from between 25, 50 or 80 mile routes that all start and finish at Bath Recreation Ground, but don’t worry, there are feeding stations positioned along the way to keep you powered up – all stocking tasty treats from local producers. Riders can choose from a number of local charities and last year saw nearly 1,000 cyclists with sponsorship raising over £6,000!

Mid-July sees the Bath Carnival happen; this is a free party celebrating Carnival arts in the centre of Bath. A vibrant procession transforms the streets and you can expect to see South American drumming, Caribbean steel pans, Mardi Gras style brass, a range of traditional and contemporary dance choreorgaphy and lots of crazy colourful costumes! The return of the party in the park in Sydney Gardens will see a lineup of live music spanning genres from around the world, loads of fun kid’s activities, free workshops and a delicious selection of food and drink. The party usually goes on into the early hours with DJs spinning vinyl at the official afterparty, Moles night club.

2017 will not only be the 17th annual Jane Austen Festival (8th – 17th September), but also the 200th anniversary of her death. So in honour of Bath’s heroine the Festival will be bigger and better and with it the organisers expect nearly 4000 people to attend over 80 events, opening with the world-record setting Regency Costumed Promenade, raising money for the Cancer Care Campaign at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. In addition there will be a huge range of events for film fans and book buffs, including workshops, dances, balls, readings, talks, concerts and theatricals. The theme book for 2017 is Northanger Abbey (first published in December 1817 and set in the city of Bath), so expect a touch of the gothic about the Festival this year! There will be a Northanger Abbey themed tour, as well as a theatrical production company reading through the book every day in Bath Central Library. For those who love to dress up there will be plenty of opportunities to wear gorgeous costumes around the city during the costumed promenades, a country-dance at Bath’s Guildhall on the first weekend of the Festival, and the famous masked ball held in the Roman Baths and the Pump Rooms on the final Friday.

The variety doesn’t finish there because at the end of September, taking us into early/mid-October, is the 10th Bath Children’s Literature Festival. This is now the largest dedicated children’s literature festival in the UK and over 9 days it has more than 100 events featuring the best children’s and teen authors, incredible illustrators, favourite characters, professional storytellers and the biggest names in children’s literature from across the world, including: David Walliams, Liz Pichon, Chris Hadfield, Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman & Simon Mayo, Chris Riddell, Chris Hoy, Nick Sharratt, Chris Packham, Clare Balding, Julian Clary, Lucy Worsley, Axel Scheffler, Andy Day, Cerrie Burnell, Sam and Mark, Lucy Cousins & Maisy, Frances Harding and many more!

So, as you can see I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned that Bath has so much more to offer than its architecture! If you are thinking of relocating to Bath then surely this is one reason why you should do so?