The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including exploring the Holburne Museum’s latest exhibition, discovering something new during Museums Week and honing your show jumping skills.
After the phenomenal success of last year’s event, the Bath Digital Festival is back this month showcasing the pioneering technology being developed in and around Bath, and encouraging more conversations about the advances in the digital sector. From artificial intelligence to social media marketing, LEGO Robot Wars to drone technology, some of the biggest names in the industry will be hosting workshops, talks and seminars about all sorts of digital advancements that all ages can enjoy. Taking place from 23–27 October at venues around the city centre; bathdigitalfestival.co.uk
By bringing together some of artist Thomas Gainsborough’s finest portraits of his friends in the theatre, the Holburne Museum’s latest exhibition will showcase some of the leading actors, musicians, playwrights, dancers and critics of the 1760s–80s. Gainsborough and the Theatre explores themes of celebrity, naturalism, performance and friendship through 37 objects, including 15 oil portraits by Gainsborough, works on paper (including satires, views of theatres and playbills) and items from public and private collections from across the UK. Open from 5 October – 20 January. Tickets: £10. And if you’re interested in seeing what else is featuring on the art scene this autumn, take our comprehensive guide on the best galleries, artists and exhibitions from around the city here; holburne.org‘True but every goose can…’, Nathaniel Dance c1781, by Thomas Gainsborough. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Discover something new this month as Museums Week celebrates the unique collections and activities on offer at local museums around Bath and North East Somerset with events and activities for all ages from 27 October – 4 November. Adults can mark the Museum of Bath at Work’s 40th birthday with two films celebrating the contribution women made to the war effort and NHS in the 1940s, or learn how to weave tartan patterns at the Fashion Museum. While the kids can create the perfect pot using wax resist techniques design at Victoria Art Gallery, or listen to ghost stories and have some Halloween fun at the Museum of East Asian Art. Standard entry applies to museums, free to Discovery Card holders. See the full programme of events online; bathmuseumsweek.co.uk
The nights are getting longer and the evenings colder, meaning one thing – Halloween is in the air. If dressing up in a makeshift vampire costume isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of eerie stories to discover in Bath’s cemeteries. You can read more about how death rituals have changed in this city here. To coincide with this, Building Memory – The architecture of death and burial in Bath is on at the Museum of Bath Architecture until 25 November; museumofbatharchitecture.org.ukAn angel at Lansdown Cemetery. © Matthew Sterling
Are you a confident horse-rider, but want to hone your skills? Join equestrian analyst and BBC commentator Stephen Hadley for a show jumping session at the equestrian centre at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa. The clinics from 29–31 October will concentrate on striding, related distances and jumping a course. £75 per person. Participants can bring their own horse, or can hire one from Lucknam Park’s stables at an additional cost. Call 01225 742777 for more information; lucknampark.co.uk