The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including finding a few gems at the Bath Christmas Market, watching a few fantastic films at FilmBath Festival and going back in time with A Very Georgian Soirée at the Holburne Museum.
Remembrance events around the city this month commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Remembrance Sunday falls on 11 November this year, the day of the Armistice in 1918. Events on 11 November include a lone piper playing Battles Over at Bath Abbey at 6am, the Centenary of Armistice Service at Bath Abbey at 10.30am, and the Royal British Legion military parade from the bottom of Milsom Street at 2pm.
There is also a talk by Andrew Swift on Bath’s War Memorial: Memory and Meaning on 8 November at 6.30pm at the Museum of Bath Architecture, £8, and the Bath Cantata’s WWI Remembered concert at St Stephen’s Church, Lansdown on 24 November at 7.30pm, £5–15.
The Peace Day Thanksgiving Service on 19 July 1919 at the Royal Crescent in Bath.
Image courtesy of Bath In Time
The Bath Film Festival from 1–11 November has a rallying cry of ‘Love Wins’. All films with an F-Rating category are directed or written by women, totalling 55 per cent of the programme. There are superb films from every corner of the world and there is also a LGBT strand. Films include Rafiki, the first Kenyan film selected for the Cannes Film Festival (6 November, Odeon, 9.10pm); Nancy, the Sundance screenwriting award winner (3 November, Odeon, 8pm); Kusama: Infinity, the remarkable story of a brilliant artist (5 November, Odeon, 6pm); Happy as Lazzaro, a magical allegory of love, loss and compassion (8 November, Odeon, 6pm); and Skate Kitchen, a spiky youth culture drama (9 November, Odeon, 8.20pm).
Bath Christmas Market is back this month for 18 days of magic. With more than 180 twinkling chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere. From unique homeware to personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery and more, you’re guaranteed to find something special for your loved ones.
With so many local makers and designers showcasing their artisan gifts, you can tick off everything on your Christmas list all in one place and feel reassured that you’re supporting Bath’s small businesses. The market runs from Thursday 22 November – Sunday 9 December.
The Holburne Museum was the Sydney Hotel in the late 1700s, a gateway to the 18th-century pleasure gardens, now Sydney Gardens. Go back in time with A Very Georgian Soirée at the Holburne on 24 November, from 7.30pm, and experience live music, dance and card games in the galleries, sample gin cocktails, pose for a satirical portrait and visit the mystery fortune teller. The night will raise funds for the museum. Optional dress code: Georgian inspired glamour; £35.
Get a feel for the misty glens, islands and highlands of Scotland with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti and Bath Philharmonia at a true St Andrews Day celebration including bagpipes. Nicola Benedetti performs Prokofiev’s elegant Second Violin Concerto, and the evening also includes Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave; Strauss’ early Tone Poems, displaying the orchestra in virtuosic colour; and Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, accompanied by bagpipes. £5–35.