A thousand umbrellas are currently suspended in the air above shoppers as SouthGate has brought back its popular Umbrella Street for a second year.

Work was completed in May to transform St Lawrence Street North and St Lawrence Street South into beautiful, floral-themed covered walkways.

The installation is the biggest yet, with three times as many umbrellas used and the introduction of artificial lawns and decorative trees also lining the streets.

Kirsty Whiting, marketing manager at SouthGate said: “Our umbrella installation in 2016 was one of the city’s most iconic events last year. It gave SouthGate a real buzz and was admired both by local shoppers and tourists visiting Bath.”

A VisitBath spokesperson said: “SouthGate’s umbrella installation was imaginative, colourful and a real talking point for the city. There was a real buzz from visitors and locals excited to see it for themselves.”

The display at SouthGate, which is co-owned by Aviva and British Land, is inspired by the Ágitagueda urban art and music festival, which takes place in the Portuguese city of Águeda every year.

The success of the 2016 spectacle has seen it nominated for several regional and national awards.

SouthGate is Bath’s number one retail, dining and socialising destination in the heart of the city. Situated opposite Bath Spa train station, the centre opened in 2007 and now boasts over 60 stores and restaurants.

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