The city’s streets are ready to explode with colour and sparkle this month as Bath Carnival returns – and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! On 13 July, get in the party spirit as more than 1,000 people will take part in the largest procession to date as dancers, drumming bands, walkabout acts and brass bands progress through the city centre, starting at Great Pulteney Street from 3pm. Party in the Park takes over Sydney Gardens from 10am–10pm, with an eclectic line-up of live music including Afro and Latin, Dub and Reggae. There will also be a kids’ zone where Super Pirates will keep the little ones occupied with oversized inflatables, interactive toys and more. There will be local independent traders serving up delicious food and drink. Over at the Recreation Ground, take a picnic and enjoy a range of free family activities while the procession is assembled and the party atmosphere builds, from 10am–3pm; bathcarnival.co.uk
Forgot to book your tickets to the Edinburgh Fringe? No fret! We’re rather lucky in Bath that before the world’s largest arts festival kicks off in August, we get to have a taster of the action as Komedia hosts previews for comedians and acts this month before they head up to Scotland. Throughout July there will be big names such as Stuart Goldsmith, Jayde Adams, Aaron Simmonds and Lucy Porter taking to the stage to try out their new material. Turn to page 24 to see the full programme; komedia.co.uk
Take one giant leap into a summer that the whole family won’t forget as venues around Bath host a colourful variety of activities and events to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays. It all starts with lots of lunar fun and crafts marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. You can go down under at Longleat, head on an adventure at Avon Valley, or experience the Stone Age at Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Check out our summer fun guide here for more ideas about what to get up to over the coming weeks.
Prepare yourself as cries of “MR BENNET!” will be reverberating around Claverton on 20 July as Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings its production of Jane Austen’s much-loved Pride and Prejudice to the American Museum and Gardens. Open for picnics from 6pm, take a seat on the lawn overlooking the museum’s beautiful gardens, and catch up with friends before watching this classic tale exploring the relationship struggles between the Bennet sisters, Mr Bingley, Mr Darcy and the notorious Wickham on the outdoor stage. Tickets £16/£11; americanmuseum.org
With four Grammys, eight Juno Awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD, it’s fair to say that Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang has come a long way since her first album in the 1980s. Now she is heading to The Forum, Bath on 17 July, 7.30pm for her 25th anniversary tour celebrating the release of the critically acclaimed, platinum-selling breakthrough album Ingénue. Tickets from £25.50; bathforum.co.uk