The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month, including getting down with the kids at the children’s literature festival, acting naturally at The Natural Theatre School and making the most of the last of the sunny summer evenings

Down with the kids

Europe’s biggest dedicated children’s literature festival kicks off in Bath this month (28 September – 7 October), and this time the line-up is bigger and better than ever. Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child will open the festival, before the likes of Cressida Cowell, Philip Pullman, Tom Fletcher, Janina Ramirez and Lucy Worsley reveal more about the thinking behind their bestselling books. Don’t miss Horrible Histories dynamic duo Terry Deary and Martin Brown entertaining audiences with stories about the past on 29 September at the Forum. This month we caught up with illustrator Martin to discuss HH’s 25th birthday. Check out the festival’s exciting programme of talks, workshops and events online;

Behind the doors

Championing our local historic sites, Heritage Open Days festival (6 – 16 September) allows you a peek behind the scenes of the buildings that you may not have stepped into before. Explore No. 4 Circus and see inside the beautiful house and restored Georgian garden, or visit St John’s Foundation and discover the lives of the extraordinary women linked to the Foundation. Find out more about the restoration plans for the Grade II listed Cleveland Pools, or visit Fairfield House and see where Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, lived from 1936–41. Read more online;

Be Austentatious

It’s that time of year again when the streets of Bath are filled with people dressed to the nines in Regency-styled clothing, promenading as if it was 1800 for the Jane Austen Festival (14 – 23 September). The programme is packed with talks, tours, discussions and music that Janeites (affectionately named fans of Austen) can enjoy. This year’s theme celebrates Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion, with live readings of it in Waterstones bookshop, and walking tours exploring the places around Bath that inspired the novel. The popular promenade will kick off at 11am on Saturday 15 September from the Royal Crescent Lawn. Full programme available online;

Act natural

The Natural Theatre School returns this month with a brand-new set of evening classes for adults. The 10-week adult programme will be led by professional actors who will teach script-work, improvisation and comedy. Advanced classes also available. Whether you want to perform, build confidence or let off creative steam, there’s a class for everyone. £95 per term. Mondays (adults), Wednesdays (11–18 years) and Thursdays (advanced adults) from 17 September;

Chin chin

Make the most of the last of the sunny summer evenings and join Great Western Wine at the Holburne Museum for the inaugural Gin Garden on Thursday 13 September, 6.30–8.30pm. An opportunity to taste and discuss a wide range of exceptional artisanal and batch gins. Tickets: £25;,