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Bath's Biggest Events Of 2020
Diaries at the ready! 2020 is looking like a year to remember, and it has barely started! Want to know what's hot in our spectacular city of Bath this year? Check out Total Guide to Bath's event-packed run-down of what’s sizzling in the city this year and the events taking place around Bath in 2020 that you don't want to miss.
Catch that dress, pleated pink tulle by Giambattista for H&M, chosen by British Vogue’s Donna Wallace, available to see now! Check Kendall Jenner’s Instagram for a sneak peek and then head to the Fashion Museum for the real thing.
To see the Fashion Museum's Dress of the Year collection from 1963 to the present click here!
2. The Forum, Music Venue
The Forum has a STELLAR line-up for 2020, with every music taste catered for! Check out Status Quo, Dionne Warwick, Jason Donovan, Boyzlife to name but a few of the famous faces heading west this year. And it’s not just music they have on offer; arts, dance, comedy and film are all also on the billing.
Find out what's on at The Forum on their website here!
3. Bath Half Marathon March | 15th March 2020
The Bath Half is back, bigger and better than ever before, promising a competitive race up front, fantastic times just behind (it's well known as a fast flat course and a training run for the London Marathon) and plenty of charity ‘fun’ with the pack.
And if you’re not taking part, do go and support as there is always a fantastic carnival atmosphere to be enjoyed by all the family and inspiration everywhere you look. For further information visit the website here.
4. The Clash, Twickenham | 18th April
The annual convoy of the city to takeover Twickenham is happening again this year when the Bath Rugby loyal make HQ a little more ‘Blue Black and White’ than usual.
This year Bath are ‘home’ to rivals Wasps (ironically known as a London side!) and the premiership fixture is set to raise the bar yet again. It’s an excellent day out for all the family and one we wouldn’t miss. Come On You Bath!
Find out more or grab your seats here!
5. Bath Festival | 15th – 24th May
Some of the great and the good of the literary and music world have been hand-picked to showcase their incredible talents at this year's Bath Festival which promises to be a more eclectic and diverse offering than previous years.
Check out the all-star line-up with tickets selling like hot cakes!
6. Shindig | 21st – 24th May
Shindig calls itself the ‘first and funkiest festival in the West Country’, offering a scaled family-focused feel with excellent music driven by DJ Slim Goodgroove showcasing a packed programme for all ages and all music tastes. A good festival to try if it’s your first.
Find out more or buy your tickets here!
7. Fringe Festival | 22nd May – 7th June
With its roots in the late 70’s and early 80’s Walcot Festivals and later from those still looking for a home that wasn’t in Bath’s more mainstream festivals.
The Fringe Festival brings all sorts of art forms together from right around the city in the most eclectic creative ways imaginable many artists collaborating and crossing genres to creating the weird and wonderful. Find out all about it on their website.
8. Bath Festival Finale Weekend | 23rd & 24th May
Part of Bath Festival this 2-day music extravaganza on The Rec is a relatively new end to the festival and heralds an ambitious new direction for the curators of this festival adding mostly pop music to the festival offering. Think big…McFly and UB40 have just been announced as headline acts….form an orderly queue please.
View the full line-up here!
9. The Mousetrap, Theatre Royal | 25th May
This Agatha Christie classic has been the longest running show of ANY kind in the history of theatre. So, if you are a luvvie and have yet to see this gem, best check out why it runs and runs. Starring Susan Penhaligon. (We’d recommend taking a good look at the full listing as it’s as diverse as ever, offering something for everyone).
Book your tickets online here.
10. Kaiser Chiefs @ Bath Racecourse | June 5th
Bath continues to attract the big names. Pop Stars the Kaiser Chiefs head to Lansdown for night at the races and to what’s sure to be a sell out crowd. Our advice; don’t delay grabbing your tickets - buy online here!
11. Pub in the Park | 19th -21st June
TV chef Tom Kerridge is back with the brilliant Pub In The Park. It does what it says on the tin, and some. With fabulous music (line-up yet to be announced), the best wine, beers and ciders from around the region and with an excellent foodie offering to match. This is a family affair and is a not to be missed event. Bring your picnic blanket!
For all the latest on Pub in the Park click here.
12. Bath Carnival | 19th – 21st June
This weekend long carnival has grown in to a much loved and supported community event. With groups of all ages and abilities involved with art, dance and music it’s a colourful celebration of Bath who come together to party in the streets. A glorious and free event!
Learn all about it here.
13. Smoked & Uncut @ The Pig | 11th July
Head to Pensford just outside the city for a day of feasting, dancing and merriment. TV Chefs are on the menu and going by previous years expect a knockout headline act.
Get your hands on tickets online here.
14. Michael Buble | 25th July
Yes, you read that right and if you hadn’t already heard….where have you been…super global star Michael Buble is heading to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath to preform on the finest of stages, the Royal Crescent! A second date was added after the first sold out in record time.
Book your tickets here!
15. Jane Austen Festival | 11th – 20th September
Promenade the city with other literary fans! The Jane Austen festival continues to attract fans from all over the world keen to honour their heroine who lived in Bath for a time and whose books reference much of Georgian Bath. The Regency Costume Promenade through the city, with several hundred participants, is a sight you won’t forget in a hurry! You may even consider taking part.
Stay updated on the website here.
16. Kids Literature Festival | 25th September – 4th October
Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival returns in fine form with a world-renowned list of outstanding authors and writers across all literary styles helping to feed the imagination of children from 2 to 16. A must for all families.
Find out more here.
17. Verve Festival | 4th – 6th September
2019 saw the first Verve Festival in beautiful Chalke Valley, just outside Bath. This stylish health and wellness festival is a zero-waste celebration of all the good things.
Discover more or grab tickets here.
Check out absolutely EVERYTHING on the Komedia listing. Previously the Beau Nash cinema this venue is attracting some of the biggest names in comedy. But that’s not all they offer; see music, burlesque, film and more.
Find out what's on at Komedia here!
19. Bath On Ice | Dates TBC
Or bath on the Beach….either way, both fixtures are firmly on the Bath radar proving to be such brilliant additions to the Bath social scene. So, whatever the weather, or if you prefer mulled wine over a chilled cider, everyone is a winner.
If you're eagerly awaiting up dates keep an eye on their website!
20. Bath Christmas Market | Date TBC
So brilliant Vogue named it one of their fav Christmas markets and Bath just wouldn’t start Christmas right without the smell of roast chestnuts, the hum of the crowd and the lure of mulled wine, Bath Christmas Market is the festive klaxon we all need and gets better and better each year.
Find out more on their website here.
And that's our round up! We hope your diaries are looking a bit more full for the year ahead. Keep your eyes on our events calendar for more going-onings in Bath!