The Bath Magazine rounds up five must-see things to do in Bath this month, including booking tickets to the prohibition ball at the American Museum and attending the Great Bath Feast
To coincide with the American Museum in Britain’s Jazz Age fashion exhibition, which closes on 29 October, the museum is transporting guests back to the 1920s at a prohibition-style ball on Saturday 7 October – so there’s plenty of time to book your tickets in advance. Dress in your best 1920s inspired outfits, dance to Victoria Klewin’s Speakeasy Band and sip prohibition-era cocktails handcrafted by the Abbey Hotel’s pop-up bar. The ball is from 7.30 – 10.30pm at the museum, and there’s an after party from 10pm – 1am at The Abbey Hotel’s Igloo Bar. Tickets £15 per person. Pre-booking is essential. To book tickets, visit: americanmuseum.org or call: 01225 460503. Need to brush up on your Charleston before the ball? The Showgirl Academy is holding a 1920s dance lesson at the museum on Saturday 23 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm. £10, pre-booking necessary.
It’s knives and forks at the ready as Bath prepares this month to get stuck in to its annual celebration of local food and drink. The Great Bath Feast runs from Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October, with a menu of events that includes foodie tours of Bath with Savouring Bath, gourmet themed evenings and a chance to dine out for a tenner at numerous establishments in and around the city. Find out more on the GBF website: greatbathfeast.co.uk or pick up a programme and see what whets your appetite.
On the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen expect the annual display of devotion by her followers, known as Janeites, to know no bounds for the annual Jane Austen Festival, which runs Friday 8 to Sunday 17 September. This year’s festival includes the spectacular Regency costume parade through the streets of Bath, walks, talks, readings from her novels, and lots of jolly dressing up and dancing. For the full programme visit: janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk.
Many of us would like to do something to help Bath’s rough sleepers but wonder how we can actually make a difference. One answer might be to get family and friends together to take part in the sponsored Circuit of Bath walk in aid of Julian House, the charity which works with some of our most vulnerable people. The walk, which takes in some of the most picturesque countryside around Bath, is on Sunday 24 September and participants can challenge themselves to walk the full 20 miles, or a shorter distance. Volunteers and a regular shuttle bus make the experience much easier. Children and dogs on leads are very welcome. The Julian House hostel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the charity also manages 125 bed spaces for clients and three social enterprise projects including the Bath Bike Workshop. For further details or an entry form contact Cathy Adcock on 01225 354656, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or online: julianhouse.org.uk.
This is our chance to see behind the scenes at some of Bath’s historic venues, from museums to gardens. As part of national Heritage Open Days – Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September – Bath and North East Somerset Council is throwing the doors open for free visits. During the four days there’s a wide choice of places to visit including: inside No4 the Circus with its beautifully restored Georgian garden; the Regency lido, the Cleveland Pools at Bathwick, which are subject to a major fundraising campaign; the interior of Fairfield House in Newbridge, which was home to Haile Selassie exiled Emporer of Ethiopia, and the Saltford brass mill with its 18-foot working water mill. To find out more visit: romanbaths.co.uk.