Top things to see and do around Bath in January including catching Wainwright and Willams at The Chapel Arts Centre, laugh with Omid Djalili at The Forum, and witness the Art Battle at St Matthew’s Church

Book

The city is starting off the new decade with a bang! Bath is teeming with big events this year that you won’t want to miss. Have you seen the line-up for The Bath Festival’s Finale Weekend yet? The biggest selling British black artist of all time, Billy Ocean, will be on the main stage on 24 May, while chart-toppers McFly will headline the Saturday. Elsewhere there’s a new Grayson Perry exhibition at The Holburne Museum, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games head to Tokyo this summer, possibly with some athletes from Bath in tow. And did you hear that the king crooner Michael Bublé is heading to the Royal Crescent in July?

Battle

Watch paint fly as the live competitive painting event Art Battle is coming to St Matthew’s Church in Widcombe on 24 January, 7pm, offering artists the chance to battle it out over who can create the best piece of artwork in 20 minutes. Could you take a blank canvas and make it into something special under time constraints? Register as a participant here: artbattle.com/artists. Or you can pop along as a spectator and cheer everyone on. The audience will vote for their favourite and there will be a silent auction to take the final pieces home. All ages welcome. Bar and refreshments available.

Tickets £5–£10; artbattle.com

January 2020

Laugh

Bristol’s side-splitting Slapstick Festival is taking a little trip down the road as it brings its Slapstick Rolling Funder to The Forum for one night only this month with a line-up you won’t want to miss. On 22 January, 7.30pm, actor and comedian Omid Djalili will be arriving in Bath, as well as 8 out of 10 Cats star and stand-up legend Jon Richardson, stand-up stars Lucy Porter and Angela Barnes (Mock the Week and The News Quiz), and writer and actor Count Arthur Strong. The event will help raise funds for the UK’s biggest celebration of silent screen and classic comedy.

Tickets from £22.50; bathforum.co.uk

Reflect

Jane Austen is known for her commentary, critique and satirical observations of high society and marriage, but did her writing highlight anything about her own spirituality? The Reverend Prebendary Paula Hollingsworth, author of The Spirituality of Jane Austen, will explore Austen’s faith and how it impacted on her life and writing, drawing on her letters, novels and friendships in a talk at the BRLSI on 11 January, 3pm.

Register your interest by emailing: dianawhite@talktalk.net. £10 on the door, includes refreshments; brlsi.org

Listen

After years of sharing a stage together wherever possible, the first Wainwright Williams Tour is finally in the works and the duo are coming to Chapel Arts Centre on 26 January, 8pm. Singer-songwriter Sloan Wainwright is a dynamic performer who shifts with apparent ease between pop, folk, jazz and blues, while Brooks Williams is one of the most versatile musicians on the roots music scene today.

Tickets £14/£15; chapelarts.org

January 2020

Main image: Billy Ocean from HAZE Photography