A Cultural Short Break in Bath
29 January 2020

One of the reasons we love Bath is that it has such a thriving cultural scene. With multiple art galleries, theatres, museums, and, of course, a rich history to explore, there’s always something to see or do to stir the imagination.


In this week’s blog we’ve picked out a few of the upcoming events that we think fellow culture fans might enjoy. 




Up Late Friday: Up Late with the Bard


Just two minutes from our front door is the marvellous Holburne Museum. As well as a new exhibition dedicated to the early work of Grayson Perry to enjoy, this Friday (31st January) the Holburne will be opening its doors for a free after-hours performance.


From 5pm-9pm the Holburne will be buzzing with a programme of talks, art demos, installations, performance, DJ-sets and cocktails. Also, to celebrate the temporary loan of a portrait of Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge, an evening of theatrical performances will be put on in the galleries. These will include scenes from classic plays and, naturally, a good deal of Shakespeare!


Opera at The Little Theatre


One of Bath’s lesser-known gems is The Little Theatre. Tucked away opposite the entrance to the Thermae Spa, The Little Theatre screens the newest releases, but this cinema is also the place to go to see indie films and specialist cinema. Coming up this week there will be screenings of two fantastic operas.


The first is Ida and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. It’s a Met Opera live performance and it’s the first Met performance of the show in almost three decades! It will be shown at The Little Theatre on Saturday 1st February at 5:55pm.


The second is a ROH Encore showing of Puccini’s beloved La Boheme. This will be shown on Monday 3rd February at 12:30pm.


Live Music Highlights


There are a great number of live music performances going on at any one time around Bath (we could happily spend an afternoon just listening to the buskers here) but these are a couple of the musical recommendations for this week.


The Grapes, a cosy pub on Westgate Street, has its Independent Venue Week series on this week, so they have an eclectic range of live music being performed. From 10pm on Friday 31st January it will be Beats Without Borders – a collection of music from around the world from two top DJs, while on Sunday 2nd from 3:00pm until 5:00pm it will be the Bath Folk Youth Band.


Green Park Brasserie is another of our recommendations, with live jazz and swing played every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. On Wednesdays and Thursdays the music starts at around 7:30pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays it starts at around 8pm.