A round up of some things to look forward to around Bath this month
This month is the final opportunity to see one of the nation’s most loved paintings in Bath, David Hockney’s Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, above, which is currently on show at the Holburne Museum, and complements the portraits of 18th-century singers, dancers and actors on display in the Gainsborough & the Theatre exhibition, which ends on 20 January. Also leaving the museum this month is Auguste Rodin’s famous bronze sculpture The Thinker, originally commissioned in 1880 for a doorway surround titled The Gates of Hell, so head to the museum quick before it leaves. Artist Sue Larner is holding a clay-sculpting workshop inspired by Rodin’s work on 19 January, 10.30am. Working from a life model, discover how to sculpt a bodily fragment or figural form in the round and learn key techniques for working with clay. £50
We all may recognise Jane Austen’s influence on the city of Bath, but what about the other women who have made history here? The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is turning the spotlight on to the women who have lived in Bath over the past millennium. Extraordinary Women in Bath explores the remarkable lives of the likes of authors, activists, explorers, artists and scientists who have often been overlooked in history. On at the BRLSI from 5 January – 2 March. Free entry
It’s easy to feel a bit cooped up over the Christmas period, so what better way to blow away the cobwebs than a swift walk around the Bath Skyline with a National Trust ranger? Beginning at Bushey Norwood on 6 January, 9.30am, you can take in the beautiful views and breathe in that fresh air, before diverting to Prior Park for a warming hot chocolate. This will be a 6–7 mile walk with some steep sections, uneven ground, kissing gates, steps and stiles. £10 per person, call 0344 249 1895.
Meet the Brontës
See the Brontës in a totally new light in Angus Barr and Sarah Corbett’s riotous interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of Yorkshire’s literary siblings as its inspiration. We Are Brontë, on at Ustinov Studio on 30 January, 8pm, is physical theatre combined with anarchic comedy, where Barr and Corbett will deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves. Part play, part enquiry into the act of putting on a play, this promises to be no ordinary Brontë adaptation. £15/£12.
Fingers crossed the snow can hold off! After the Bath Half Marathon was cancelled thanks to sub-zero conditions last year, general public entries for this year’s race – on 17 March – sold out quick. But there’s still lots of places available if you’d like to run for one of the official race charities. The lead race charity is Bristol Heart Foundation, and if you fancy supporting a local cause, there’s plenty to choose from including Dorothy House Hospice Care, the RUH Forever Friends Appeal, Bath City Farm and Bowel Cancer West.