Visiting Bath in 2020 - Dates for the Diary Part 2
16 February 2020
Bath is a city which loves culture and creativity. It's hardly surprising then that Bath has an incredible range of festivals and events taking place all throughout the year.
This is the second part of our blog detailing the key dates to note in your Bath cultural diary for this year.
Jane Austen Summer Ball – June 27th
A popular choice for Austen fans who need something to tide them over until the big Jane Austen Festival in September. Tickets have just gone on sale for the annual summer costumed ball, and this event sells out every year, so if a night of dancing in fine Regency dress in the opulent surroundings of Bath’s Guildhall is your idea of a perfect night, now is the time to book.
Bath Carnival – July 11th
Every year has a different theme on which fresh costume designs, dance choreography, and new musical compositions are based. The theme for 2020 is yet to be announced, but plans are already well underway - a festival hub featuring live bands, DJs, walkabout acts, and licensed bars will be in our neighbouring Sydney Gardens, and the great carnival procession will start from just outside our door too on Great Pulteney Street!
Michael Bublé at the Royal Crescent – July 24th and 25th
The world-famous singer will be performing for two nights only in a spectacular open-air concert in front of Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent. Tickets are still available, but selling fast.
Jane Austen Festival – September 11th – September 20th
The annual event is a firm favourite with Jane Austen fans from all over the world. Some of the highlights already announced for this year’s programme include the costumed promenade, a costumed evening at the Guildhall, a costumed reception by the Roman Baths, and two costumed balls.
Bathscape Walking Festival – September 12th – September 22nd
The countryside around Bath is spectacular, and this free festival really makes the most of it. The 2019 festival featured 50 free walks covering different themes and distances, led by knowledgeable leaders, and explored every corner of the city and surrounding countryside.
Bath Children’s Literature Festival - September 25th – October 4th
This is Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival, and it has the top name authors on the programme each year to prove it. Events for this year are yet to be announced, but it’s a good idea, if this sounds like your kind of festival (great for the young at heart as well as families), to get the dates for it in the diary.
FilmBath Bath – November 5th – November 15th
Previews, special events, and question and answer sessions with filmmakers make this festival one for any cinema lover. In 2014 the festival also introduced its own F-Rated category to promote films directed by or written by women.
Bath Mozartfest – November 13th – November 21st
As well as the music of Mozart, this nine-day festival includes performances of the music of other classical mainstays such as Haydn, Beethoven, and Wagner. Venues range from intimate candlelit churches, to the grandeur of Bath Forum and Bath Abbey.
Bath Christmas Market – End of November/beginning of December (dates TBC)
Each year this market gets better, with new artisan makers and craftspeople filling traditional wooden chalets across the city. This is a sure-fire way to get you in the festive mood and forms the basis for a perfect weekend break.