The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including celebrating Mother’s Day a little differently, attending a family festival full of all things science and booking up your Summer evenings.

Celebrate

While flowers and a bottle of bubbly is always welcomed on Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday 11 March this year, how about trying something different? Treat mum to a special present such as a class at Demuths Cookery School, or a voucher to Verve Living’s spring event to discover how to create beautiful natural displays indoors. Get some gift inspiration on page 18. And the celebrations don’t have to stop there – before we know it, Easter will be here. So to keep the kids occupied during the Easter weekend and the school holidays, we’ve put together a guide to the best activities for all the family to get stuck into in the weeks to come.

Reflect

Bath’s links to the transatlantic slave trade and slavery have been timidly studied over the last decades. Dr Olivette Otele, from Bath Spa University, will give a talk titled Bath, Slavery and Memoryscape at The Holburne Museum on Thursday 8 March, 7pm, and will look at the legacies and memories of Bath’s colonial past in the urban landscape, including Sydney Gardens.
Tickets: £5/£4 concs, tel: 01225 388569
Visit: holburne.org

Feel artistic

Modern ArtBuyer, the Bath-based online art gallery and consultancy, is showing a selection of contemporary artworks in a vibrant pop-up gallery at 23 Milsom Place until Sunday 11 March. The gallery will showcase exceptional paintings and prints from collectable artists including Maria Rivans, Bonnie and Clyde, Jonathan Barber, Paul Minott, Paul Bennett, Jane Emberson, Chuck Elliott, Kelly O’Brien and Emma Cowlam.
Artwork: Florence by Maria Rivans
Visit: modernartbuyer.com/blog

Be scientific

Powered by the imagination of primary school children, My Science Fair 2018 is a free family festival packed with eye-opening projects and activities exploring the amazing worlds of music and science. Delve into fascinating investigations and get stuck into workshops and demonstrations on Sunday 4 March, 10am – 3pm, at Wiltshire Music Centre. Make your own slime, enjoy a free family concert, try your hand at virtual reality or plinky plonk on the fruit piano, and enjoy a day out for the family that is fun, educational and completely free. No booking required, just turn up.
Visit: wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Get booking

The popular outdoor concert season Forest Live is back for another summer at Westonbirt Arboretum from Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 June with a programme of artists that will surely get your toes tapping – and tickets are now on sale. Selling more than 29 million records worldwide and with four UK No 1 albums, Irish three-piece The Script will be kicking off the event on Thursday. Paul Heaton, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters, and Jacqui Abbott will take to the stage on Friday as a duo. BRIT-nominated and No 1 album selling soloist Paloma Faith will be performing on Saturday, and George Ezra – one of the biggest selling male artists of the decade – is scheduled for the Sunday.
For tickets, tel: 03000 680400 or visit: forestry.gov.uk/music

Featured image: artwork Florence by Maria Rivans