Top things to see and do around Bath in August including catching Felicity Kendal at Theatre Royal Bath, operatic treats at Iford Arts Festival, and witnessing the Roman Baths by torchlight


It’s your last chance this month to see the Roman Baths illuminated at night by the light of flickering torches as the Torchlit Summer Evenings come to a close. The baths will be open until 10pm every evening until 31 August (last entry at 9pm), allowing visitors to walk on the 2,000-year-old pavements, taking in the magic of this beautiful historic location. Plus there’s a pop-up bar, so you can enjoy a glass of fizz as you explore the torchlit Great Bath and watch the steam rise from the natural thermal waters. Tickets and packages available online;


It was supposed to be a fun night out at the cinema for Meredith and Pip. But Meredith hated the film and Pip didn’t. Now it’s turned into an argument… After 36 years of marriage, surely Meredith’s parents, Chloe and Frank, can help them get over their troubles. But maybe they don’t like them, or each other. Will the argument tear them all apart? Bestselling novelist and screenwriter William Boyd’s darkly funny The Argument comes to Theatre Royal Bath from 7–24 August as part of the theatre’s Summer Season, exploring the complexities of human relationships and brutal honesty. Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Relatively Speaking, Hay Fever) stars as Chloe, and Rupert Vansittart (Game of Thrones, Heartbeat) plays Frank, as Christopher Luscombe (The Nightingales, 2016 Olivier Award winner Nell Gwynn) directs this rib-tickling production. Tickets from £27;

Rupert Vansittart and Felicity Kendal star in The Argument


For one day a year, Newton Farm opens its gates to visitors at Newton St Loe, where the public are invited to see how the team care for their animals and land. On 26 August, 10am–5pm, you can take part in a farm tour, jump on a tractor-trailer ride, browse local craft and artisan products, enjoy top food and drink, watch sheep shearing, and listen to live foot-tapping music. Plus there will be activities for kids, butter-making and welly wanging. Free entry for all;

A piggy pile-on at Newton Farm


Be transported to the 18th century in the neo-classical gardens of the Grade I listed Georgian house Belcombe Court in Bradford on Avon for this year’s highlight of the Iford Arts Festival. Pack a picnic, take a seat in the glorious geodesic dome, and prepare to be entertained as Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore comes to life. Taking place on 31 August and 3, 6, 7 September, 7.30pm, this new production stars Claire Lees, Robert Lewis, Matthew Durkan and more. Gates open from 5.30pm. £130, under 18s go free;


Head to the Holburne Museum for a relaxed screening of the 2001 quirky French romantic comedy Amélie on 22 August. The award-winning film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet tells the story of a shy waitress (played by César and BAFTA nominated Audrey Tautou) from Montmartre who secretly helps those around her, and finds love. Shot in more than 80 locations around Paris, this charming tale has become synonymous with French cinema. The museum’s exhibitions and Garden Café will be open from 5.30pm. The film commences at 6.30pm. £8;