Stay in Bath for the Bath Festival – Part 1
3 March 2019

The Bath Festival may not be happening until the end of May, but the range and quality of the talks and events means that tickets for the festival sell out quickly.


Since the festival period is such a fantastic time to stay in Bath, we wanted to tell you about some of the events which are coming up, so you can get tickets and plan your stay in Bath in plenty of time.


In this week’s blog we’re looking at some of the top events from the first weekend of the festival. In later blog posts we’ll look at some more of our “must-see” events from later on in the festival.


The festival begins on Friday 17thMay with a recording of the BBC Radio 2 programme ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ at Bath’s Forum. The theme is a night of musicals music with pieces from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Sondhiem, and many more. All performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.


Our next highlight is on Saturday the 18th, again at the Forum, when Sir Michael Parkinson will be talking with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive. “This is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey.”


Our top pick for Sunday the 19this a performance of Johann Strauss’s operetta, Die Fledermaus. Sung in English and performed by the Iford Arts Chamber Ensemble, it looks like it will be a fantastic performance for anyone who appreciates classical music with a touch of comedy included. This operetta is a story of revenge, seduction, and (of course) mistaken identity.


Other top events taking place during the first weekend of the festival include:

On Saturday 18thMay

  • The sellout improv group Austentatious, performing at the Forum.
  • Comedian and writer Jo Brand talking about her new book ‘Born Lippy’, in which she shares the things she wishes she’d known earlier in life.


On Sunday 19thMay

  • Author, social historian, and broadcaster Kate Williams speaking about her latest book, ‘Rival Queens’.
  • The Castilian String Quartet performing (with Aleksandar Madžar on piano) Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 59 No 2 in E minor, and Elgar’s Piano Quintet.


Part 2 of our festival highlights will be in next week’s blog post. We hope to see you for a stay in Bath soon!