The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including having a party in the city, saying cheese at The British Cheese Awards 2018 and feeling the Bath Fringe.
Party in the city
The highly anticipated return of The Bath Festival is finally here. The 17-day multi-arts festival will be in the city from 11 – 27 May. Marking its 70th anniversary, Bath Festivals is celebrating everything to do with music and literature. Don’t miss the Party in the City on 18 May – the biggest night of free music and theatre in Bath is back with an almighty, night-long jam. Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and Paloma Faith will be taking to the stage at the big finale weekend at The Rec on 26-27 May. Read our interview with Robert Plant here
Get a new perspective
The new exhibition at The Edge at The University of Bath is now open. Collected Shadows: The Archive of Modern Conflict focuses on the history of the photographic medium dating from the mid-1850s to the present day. Open until 16 June, this exhibition of 200 photographs is drawn from the extensive collection of The Archives of Modern Conflict. The AMC was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars. The exhibition represents a great variety of techniques, from early albumen and hand-tinted silver gelatin prints to the distinctive blue of the cyanotype. Free admission. Visit: edgearts.org Atomic Trial on Mururoa atoll, Tahiti, 1970
This month we’re all about feeling great. From enjoying express beauty treatments around the city (see page 90) to the Movement Medicine workshop with Bex Bridgford at The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel (10 May, 11.30am, £35), May is all about you and your wellbeing. Check out our health and beauty products on page 96 to find those pieces that’ll get you feeling and looking fabulous.
Calling all cheese lovers – The British Cheese Awards 2018 is coming to the south west. Celebrating its 25th birthday and honouring the British cheese industry, more than 1,000 cheeses are expected to be entered. If you camembert to miss it, head to the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet on 30 May. It’s going to be legen-dairy! Visit: bathandwest.com
Feel the fringe
Bath Fringe, the city’s homegrown arts festival, from 25 May to 10 June, brings theatre, comedy, music, talks, kids’ shows, poetry, film and participation. Here’s a flavour of what’s in store… On 25 May The Last Poets from Harlem NY visit the city’s own shrine to Afro-consciousness, Haile Selassie’s Fairfield House. Club Cairo, Bath’s celebration of Middle-Eastern culture, present their latest multi-arts experience at Kingswood Theatre on 2 June. Multimedia performers Mechanimal transport you to the Somerset Levels with migrating birds on 5–6 June. Bath’s leading interactive theatre exponents Kilter Theatre will take you inside your own skin as they explore body image at The Cubicle from 31 May – 3 June. All this along with characters from ancient Greece to future dystopias; music from Spain, Nigeria, Brazil and darkest Britain; and visual artists from all round the country. Pick up a programme from around the city and see the programme online: bathfringe.co.uk