The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including visiting Bath Christmas Market and FilmBath Festival
Bath is preparing itself for what retailers hope will be a bumper selling period as the famous Christmas Market opens and the countdown to Christmas officially begins with the switching on of the city’s decorative lights on Thursday 16 November. This year there’ll be more activities and events throughout the city centre. Visit: bathchristmasmarket.co.uk.
There’s a new name and a new look for Bath’s fabulous film festival, which kicks off as FilmBath Festival on Thursday 2 November with a ten-day programme of exciting films, many of which we’ll be able to see for the first time. Along with films starring big names such as Sean Bean, Annette Bening, Willem Dafoe, Rebecca Hall and Jamie Bell there are lots of previews and films that make the coveted F-rating. Glastonbury veterans will want to book to see Lost in Vagueness, on Friday 3 November, a documentary which explores the history of Los Vagueness, that gloriously alternative world-within-a-world at Glastonbury, sadly now disbanded. Visit: filmbath.org.uk.
Be part of Komedia Bath’s community share offer and co-own a piece of Bath’s history so you can help keep audiences laughing, dancing and discovering new acts and artists for generations to come. Shares in what will be a democratically run Community Benefit Society start at £250 and offer a 3% return on investment along with a host of treats, including tickets and discounts on shows and lunches and coffees in the award winning café all set in the former cinema in Westgate Street. By buying community shares you’re helping Bath’s creative communities to thrive and helping to support one of the city’s venues which attracts touring bands but is also small enough to provide a stepping stone for emerging talent. To find out how to get involved visit: crowdfunder.co.uk/komediabath. The venue only has until Tuesday 21 November to raise the necessary funds to hand over ownership to the people of Bath.
A remarkable young performance poet from Bath is taking the world by storm with his powerful delivery of his work. Toby Thompson, who is 23 and doesn’t commit any of his works to paper, wowed the audience at the recent opening of the Bath Digital Festival, after being named Grand Slam champion at Glastonbury. The former St Gregory’s School student is bringing his unique, moving and theatrical spoken word production A Day to Remember, to commemorate the fallen in the First World War, at The Mission Theatre, Bath, on Saturday 11 November, 8pm. His piece is inspired by the huge loss of men from one town in the Battle of Aubers Ridge in 1915. Tickets: £9.50 from: missiontheatre.co.uk or tel: 01225 463362.
The big Bath Firework display takes place on Bath Recreation ground on Saturday 4 November (gates open at 5.30pm). The spectacular show, which lights up the sky over Bath, is organised by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Bath for charity. Tickets: £5 (£6 on the gate) and £3 for children (£4 on the gate). They’re on sale at all branches of sponsors Bath Building Society, Bath Tourism Office and from: rotary-bath.co.uk.