A few things to do in Bath in 2016

PUBLISHED: 14:42 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 February 2016

Pick up some tips at Bath in Fashion. Photo Chris Dady

Pick up some tips at Bath in Fashion. Photo Chris Dady


Nicky Hancock presents her pick of the best events in the city this year

Tuck in at the Great Bath FeastTuck in at the Great Bath Feast

Bath in Fashion

from 18-24 April

Bath in Fashion, this year supported by Somerset Life, has become one of the hottest dates on the UK style calendar. The week-long programme includes exclusive interviews with designers, catwalks, talks and more.bathinfashion.co.uk

Part of the exhibition at The HolburnePart of the exhibition at The Holburne

The Great Bath Feast

in October

A month-long celebration of Bath’s gastronomic grandeur, where food producers, restaurants, cafés and specialist delis team up to create delicious events. Be inspired by cooking demonstrations and talks from great names in the food & drink world. Also farmers’ markets, a cheese festival and other opportunities to taste Bath’s best at this year’s event, supported by Somerset Life. greatbathfeast.co.uk

The unmissable Bath Christmas MarketThe unmissable Bath Christmas Market

Bath Literature Festival

26 February - 6 March

More than 200 of the world’s best authors appear at the Independent Bath Literature Festival for 10 spring days of discussion, dialogue and debate. bathfestivals.org.uk

Impressionism: Capturing Life At The Holburne

13 February - 5 June

It is 100 years since Sir William Holburne’s collection moved to its current home on Great Pulteney Street in Bath. To mark the centenary the museum will hold three new major exhibitions – Impressionism: Capturing Life, Stubbs and the Wild and Silver: Light and Shade. holburne.org

Bath Half Marathon

13 March

The Bath Half is one of the UK’s longest-established road races. Looping through the picturesque city centre, the Bath Half is a fun way to take in the sights, even as a spectator. bathhalf.co.uk

Bath Comedy Festival

1 - 10 April

An Incredible mix of street theatre and workshops, music and mystery tours. Unconventional but inclusive. bathcomedy.com

The American Museum in Britain March to October

An American Toy Story, the museum’s primary exhibition for 2016, will tell the story of the toys and games that inspired and were inspired by popular films. Visitors can enjoy remembering their favourite toys. americanmuseum.org

Bath International Music Festival

20 - 30 May

Now in its 69th year, the Bath International Music Festival presents 12 glorious days of wonderful music, performed by some of the world’s finest musicians, combining a fine classical programme with the best in contemporary jazz, world and folk. bathfestivals.org.uk

Bath Fringe

27 May - 12 June

Featuring theatre, dance, music, visual arts, comedy, children’s festival, street theatre and circus: expect the unexpected! bathfringe.co.uk

Jane Austen Summer Ball

25 June

Step straight into the world of Jane Austen at this lavish costume ball, where ladies and gentlemen in full Regency costume dance the night away.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk

Bath Bike

3 July

Bike Bath attracts over 1,000, cyclists to the city who can choose to take part in 25, 50 or 80 mile rides. Now entering its fifth year, Bike Bath has become one of the largest city cycling events in the South of England. bikebath.co.uk

Jane Austen Festival

9 - 18 September

Ten wonderful days celebrating all things Austen, including walks, talks, workshops and all manner of theatricals. Starting with the eagerly-awaited Grand Regency Costumed Promenade.

Children’s Literature Festival

30 September - 9 October

Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival is a 10-day celebration of children’s books with the biggest and best authors and illustrators. bathfestivals.org.uk

Bath Film Festival

in November

Cinematic heaven, with screenings of classic and new films, Q&A’s with filmmakers and other special treats.

Bath Mozartfest

in November

Bath’s very own Mozartfest is a can’t miss event

for fans of the Austrian maestro. His masterpieces, along with those of his contemporaries, are performed by some of the biggest names in classical music. bathmozaartfest.org.uk

Bath Christmas Market

in November and December

Browse the 170 wooden stalls with one-of-a-kind gifts and tasty seasonal treats: Christmas shopping can be a one-stop event…followed by a celebratory mulled wine or cider, of course. Cheers!

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