Stay in Bath for the Bath Festival - Part 3
10 April 2019

So far in our recent blogs we’ve covered the first weekend and the first week of this year’s Bath Festival (if you’re yet to read them then we’ll link to them at the end of this blog post).


Now in this week’s post we’re taking a look at the must-do events of the final weekend of festival, from Friday May 24thuntil Sunday May 26th. Although we looked at one of the events on the Friday last week, there were so many great ones to choose from, we had to mention a couple more this week.


So, to begin your weekend in Bath, we highly recommend visiting Bath Pavilion for the concert given by Penguin Café. Penguin Café uses a wide variety of instruments to create the perfect bridge between popular and classical music. It’s hard to define the genre better than that, but we can wholeheartedly recommend them for their unique, but somehow also oddly familiar, sound.


During the daytime on Saturday, we think that “Natalie Haynes: Troy Story” will be well-worth going to. Natalie Haynes is an author and broadcaster who brings a special combination of ancient history and stand-up comedy together to present her new novel, “A Thousand Ships”. The book is a tour of the Trojan War, told mainly through the eyes of the women whose stories have been side-lined until now. The event takes place from 2:30pm-3:30pm at the Assembly Rooms.


On Saturday evening we’re particularly looking forward to the ‘Faber & Faber at 90” event, which takes places from 6:15pm-7:15pm in the Masonic Hall. In it, Toby Faber and novelist Claire Adam will be looking back at the 90 year publishing history of the company, and in that time, looking at unpublished letters and diaries from the likes of Sylvia Plath, P.D. James, and Seamus Heaney.


As for Sunday, there are yet again a huge number of wonderful readings and talks to choose from, but one which caught our eye for any Beatles fan is “The Beatles: Feels Like Yesterday”. From 10:45am-11:45am (so plenty of time for a lie in and leisurely breakfast) Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn and mega-fan Alan Johnson talk to music journalist David Hepworth at the Assembly Rooms about the enduring appeal of the band that took the world by storm.


However, our Sunday must-do event is “Firefolk 2019”. This sees Bath’s Parade Gardens filled from 6:00pm – 10:30pm with a bevy of talented local folk bands who will be celebrating the installation of the new BathIRON bandstand balustrade. There will also be a bar, food stalls, and traditional blacksmith forging demonstrations throughout the evening.