The Bath Magazine rounds up five must-see things to do in Bath this month, including taking part in The Bath Carnival and watching the Edinburgh Fringe Festival previews
The Bath Carnival team has been working tirelessly to bring the city a free celebration of music, dance and colourful costume for the carnival on Saturday 15 July. The theme this year is Colourful Creatures and everyone, of all ages, is invited to dress up and take part. There will be a series of hands-on drumming, dance and costume making workshops at Green Park Station every day from Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July, 2pm to 8pm. On the big day there’s the Party in the Park at Sydney Gardens which runs from 10am until 10pm. To take part in the carnival procession you’ll need to sign up at Bath Recreation ground from 11am to 2pm – the procession sets off at 3pm through the city centre streets. Visit: bathcarnival.co.uk.
A very grand street party is being held this month – and we’re all invited. A Picnic in the Park is a free family event taking place on and below the Royal Crescent on Saturday 29 July, from 11am until 3pm, as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of foundations being laid of the Royal Crescent. The Natural Theatre Company will be entertaining visitors with performances along the Royal Crescent based on the stories of people who have lived in this world famous building. This will also be a fantastic opportunity to enjoy unimpeded views of the street as it will be car-free for the event. Bath Spa University students have created a walking trail with information about who lived in which house. Visit: no1royalcrescent.org.uk to read If Walls Could Talk: Chronicles from the Royal Crescent.
High on the hill at Lansdown is one of Bath’s oldest playgrounds for adults, Bath Racecourse. And racegoers are particularly fortunate in July as there are four fixtures this month. The month’s racing opens on Wednesday 5 July with Cuban Race Night, which includes live Cuban music. The first race is at 6pm. This is followed by a gin themed evening on Wednesday 12 July, with the first race at 6.10pm. Then there are two daytime fixtures, on Tuesday 12 July (first race 2pm) and Wednesday 26 July, with the first race at 2.10pm. For full details and to buy tickets visit: bath-racecourse.co.uk.
One of the greatest assets Bath has for visitors – aside from its beauty and history – is its wide range of unique and independent shops. July is appropriately National Independent Retailer Month, in which we celebrate all those hard working traders who source original items for their shops.
Audiences in Bath are being used as guinea pigs – in the nicest possible way – by comedians getting ready to take the 70th annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm. Bath Comedy Festival and the venue Komedia have both laid on programmes featuring stand-up comedians, both well-known and emerging, during July. If their jokes and routines go down well with the Bath crowd, these comedians can head north with confidence that their material will be well received. With more than two dozen acts to choose from and tickets starting at ‘pay what you feel the show is worth’ this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who enjoys the frisson of experiencing live comedy – which can be like watching a tightrope act with no safety net. Visit: komedia.co.uk/bath.