Stay in Bath for the Bath Festival – Part 2
28 March 2019

The Bath Festival will be taking place from May 17thto June the 1st, and every year the organisers curate a fantastic programme of varied events that has something for everyone – often many somethings!


This year the programme is a wonder of literary, musical, and theatrical events ranging from talks from the likes of Sir Michael Parkinson, to music from Mark Kermode.


In a previous blog post we told you about some of the highlights from the first weekend of the festival, and in this blog post we’re exploring some of the must-see events from the week.


If you’re coming to Bath for a longer visit, or for a few days in the midweek rather than a long weekend, these are some of our weekday picks.


Monday 20thMay

From 6:30 until 8:30 at the nearby Walcot House (a charming pub house that deserves a visit) the Alumni of Bath Spa University’s 2017/2018 MA in Creative Writing will be launching and reading from their new writing anthology – Flint. As well as reading from their work, the authors will also be discussing inspiration and the writing process.


Tuesday 21stMay

Professor of Archaeology at Cardiff University, Miranda Aldhouse-Green, will be giving a talk to support her new book (Sacred Britannia) about the deities, cults and beliefs from the arrival of the Romans in Britain onwards. Aldhouse-Green will explore how ideas were challenged, adapted and absorbed by both the native peoples and the incoming Romans.

If one of the reasons you love Bath is because of its Roman history, then this lunchtime event from 12:30-1:30 is a must.


Wednesday 22ndMay

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Roger Eno, will be performing a seductive piano recital at Bath’s famous Assembly Rooms at 7:30pm. Eno’s music is “an ambient sound tooted in classical music” incorporating “elements of chamber, folk, jazz and electronic music” to envelop the listener in a blend of cinematic moods that “take you places even when you’re sitting still”.


Thursday 23rdMay

The “Concert for the People of Bath” will be from 7:30-10pm on the Thursday at Bath’s Forum. It will be an evening of music with Bath Philharmonia, and two BBC Young Musician finalists; Isata Kanneh-Mason on saxophone, and Proms star, Jess Gillam on piano. Included in the program is Ravel’s Bolero, Mendelssohn’s overture and incidental music from Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as more recent pieces from films such as Harry Potter and Catch Me If You Can.


Friday 24thMay

A tough pick for Friday as there’s so much going on, but Melvyn Bragg, broadcaster and presenter from shows such as Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ (well worth a listen if you haven’t heard it before) sharing his latest novel with Caroline Sanderson sounds too good to pass up. In his new book Love Without End is the classic love story of Heloise and Abelard retold for our times.


Love Without End:

Paris in 1117. Heloise, a brilliant young scholar, is astonished when the famous, radical philosopher, Peter Abelard, consents to be her tutor. But what starts out as a meeting of minds turns into a passionate, dangerous love affair, which incurs terrible retribution.

Nine centuries later, Arthur is in Paris to recreate the extraordinary story of Heloise and Abelard in a novel. To his surprise, his daughter visits and agrees to help, challenging his portraits of a couple who seem often inscrutable, sometimes breathtakingly modern. It soon emerges she is on her own mission to discover more about her parents' fractured relationship - and that Arthur's connection to his subject is more emotional than he cares to admit.