The Bath Magazine brings you five things you won’t want to miss in May, including The Bath Festival and the 250th anniversary of the Royal Crescent


Lucky us, living or working in a city that has such an amazing cultural happening as The Bath Festival to look forward to – with the opening night of live music all absolutely free. Party in the City takes place in venues across the city on Friday 19 May, kicking off this year’s new-look festival which celebrates both music and literature. The Bath Festival runs from 19 to Sunday 28 May, while the Bath Fringe runs from Friday 26 May until Sunday 11 June, as does Bath’s own art festival, FaB17. Look out for free street theatre and pop-exhibitions throughout both festivals. Visit: to find out more.


Join in the celebrations this month for the 250th anniversary of the foundations being laid for one of Bath’s greatest landmarks, the Royal Crescent. On Friday 19 May between 8pm and 10pm a light show will be played dramatically across the front of No1. There’ll be more fun and games throughout the weekend of 19 – 21 May. Visit:

The Royal Crescent – Image: Bath Preservation Trust


Artists compete for hanging space in the annual Bath Society of Artists Summer Exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery. This year’s entries need to be taken to the gallery on Saturday 13 May between 10am and 3.30pm. For terms and conditions, visit:


Bath’s tourist attractions have teamed up with destinations in Bristol to run a Bristol and Bath Residents Weekend from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May.

This gives everyone who lives in a BS or BA postcode the chance to apply online for free entry to attractions including The Roman Baths and Fashion Museum in Bath and to join tours of venues including the Bristol Old Vic and SS Great Britain.

To encourage us all to behave like tourists on our own doorsteps First Bus is also offering a day ticket with unlimited travel in the First West of England area for £10 for up to five people. You will need to register with: for the bus deal but be quick to apply for the free admission offers at: as free places are limited in number.


Every weekend until the end of May, dozens of artists are throwing open their studio doors across the city to invite visitors in to see their original artwork, watch demonstrations or join workshops. Bath Open Studios is a great opportunity to meet professional and amateur artists, talk about their work and ideas or just enjoy browsing. There is painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture on show as well as glass, jewellery, ceramics and textile art. You might even buy a piece of original art at an affordable price, or feel inspired to take up a new creative activity. Visit: