What's on in Bath Spring 2017Thursday 30 March 2017 by Florence Evans Beautiful Bath has so much to offer all year round - but with Spring here the city is really in it's element. Here are our top picks of things to do in Bath this season.
Bath Open Studios
Each weekend throughout April and May you can enjoy one of Bath’s local artists and makers showcasing some of their work, giving talks and holding workshops at an ‘open studio’ event. Set in different parts of Bath, these workshops include painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture as well as ways to blow glass, make jewellery, ceramics and textiles. If you or anyone in the family has an artistic and creative flair then this series of events is just ideal to while away the time in Bath.
Bath Comedy Festival
For anyone who appreciates good comedy, the Bath Comedy Festival has a strong reputation for being a fun-filled event and hosting hilarious household names - including an array of stand up, cabaret, kids, shows, music and more. As the ninth annual celebration of its kind, this festival hosts some well-known and some budding new performers, and showcases raw talent at its finest, a great way to spend an evening or an afternoon in this wonderful city!
Party in the City & The Bath Music Festival
‘Party in the City’ offers avibrant and unique performance and an almighty celebration worth seeing. Set in 48 different venues across the city, this party kicks off on Friday the 20th of May, with a parade of people setting off from Southgate shopping centre all the way to Bath Abbey. Over 100 school children will then give a special performance directed by the famous beatboxer Schlomo – sure to be an interesting watch for all the family!
For the next ten days, the venue for the Bath Music Festival includes two open air stages, one set on Queen’s Square and the other at Parade Gardens. There’ll be festival bars with drinks supplied by Honey’s Midford Cider and plenty of local food and drink stalls to keep you going. The entire festival is spread over ten days and held across over 45 venues, and bound to keep the whole family entertained. Boasting all sorts of dance styles, this is Bath’s biggest party that encompasses everything from folk, classical and jazz to rock, soul and swing.
Check out some of Bath’s new restaurants
Bath is renowned for being a foodie heaven and boasts an eclectic portfolio of restaurants that’s constantly growing. You can’t go wrong with the city’s independent classics that have reigned in Bath for many years - such as Sotto Sotto, Le Bistrot Pierre and The Circus. But don’t shy away from the many new and exciting places – most of which are opening for the first time outside of London! For fresh and authentic Spanish food all year round, ‘Tapas Revolution’ opens this spring and focuses on serving small plates of Spanish delicacies with plenty of cured meats, fresh seafood and vegetables with irresistible Mediterranean flavours.
However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, Comptoir Libanais located in Southgate shopping centre specialises in Lebanese cuisine and hosts an abundance of new foods to try. Taste all kinds of tagines, hot or cold mezze, grilled meats in wraps or salads and all seasoned with new flavours galore, complete with finishing touches such as pomegranate seeds and dates.
And yet another restaurant taking bath by storm is Absurd Bird, priding itself on its quirky southern-style cooking, for those of you who crave crispy fried chicken with waffles and maple syrup – this is the place for you. Choose from the classic hot fried chicken with sweet maple gravy, chicken burgers in bao buns and barbecue sauce – too tempting for words right?