There are a wide variety of festivals and events to choose from and always something happening, whenever you choose to visit.
We have listed below the main festivals that take place in Bath and surrounding area throughout the year. Please note the festival dates may vary from year to year.
February – March – Bath Literature Festival
The Festival is strongly connected to the city and its people, with events taking place in historic buildings throughout the town. The festival has hosted Nobel and Booker Prize winners such as Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel and Howard Jacobson; leading political thinkers from Tony Benn and Tariq Ali to Anna Politkovskaya and Eric Hobsbawm, poets ranging from poets laureate Andrew Motion and Carol Ann Duffy to Wendy Cope and Simon Armitage, and humorists from Garrison Keillor and Terry Pratchett to Steve Bell.
The Festival takes place annually in late May/early June, and showcases a rich range of high quality events featuring orchestral and classical virtuosos, jazz giants, folk, roots and world musicians, innovative collaborations and unique commissions.
June – Iford Arts Festival
The Iford Arts Music Festival is a 3 month season (June – August) of Opera, Festival Proms and Classical Concerts, in Bradford on Avon near Bath.
July – August – Bath Guitar Festival
With a combination of evening concerts, lunchtime concerts, free workshops and new music it’s not to be missed!
July – The Bath Running Festival
The Bath Running Festival is a celebration of off-road running around the beautiful hills and valleys of Bath. All the runs take in breath taking views of Bath from Sham Castle and the open meadows above Bathampton. The longer the race, the more hills, and fantastic views you will get to experience. The half marathon and marathon routes include sections along the Kennet & Avon Canal and through the historic Sydney Gardens.
August – Bath Folk Festival
Bath Folk Festival is one of the most exciting new folk festivals to emerge in the UK. The festival features gigs, sessions, a traditional music summer school and workshops covering a wide range of traditional folk music and dance.
September – Woolley Festival
The Woolley festival in Bradford Leigh, Bradford-on-Avon is a fun and affordable family festival. Here you will find a great mix of local, national and international bands and a varied family programme. There are also a large selection of stalls and workshops.
September – The Jane Austen Festival
The Jane Austen Festival – ten wonderful days of celebrating all things Austen in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath
September – October – Children’s Literature Festival
The Children’s Literature Festival is the largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK and presents over 80 public, ticketed events and an extensive programme of events in schools.
October – Great Bath Feast
The Great Bath Feast is a melting pot of wonderful flavours and lively personalities; of cakes and ale; of great gourmets and warm gastro pubs; of buns and cook books; of gastro gadgets and wine and food matching… a month long Food Festival where all of the participants are keen to share their enthusiasm for fine food and drink with you.
October – November – Heritage Open Week
Heritage Open Week has been running for c. 30 years and is designed to celebrate the amazing range of collections and activities available in Bath and North East Somerset with a wide range of events and activities taking place.
November – The Bath Digital Festival
Bath Digital Festival offers ten days of exciting events run at venues across the city, and offers something for everyone in the community. Bath has a fast-growing digital sector, and the festival has been developed to allow members of the public to explore the city’s thriving digital scene and to get involved in a variety of interesting projects.
November – Bath Mozartfest
Bath Mozartfest is an annual classical music festival celebrating the works of WA Mozart and related composers with concerts taking place in the beautiful buildings of Bath.
November – Bath Film Festival
Bath Film Festival is a combination of exciting previews, special events, classic ﬁlms in new coats, and a selection of movies that mysteriously and undeservedly got misplaced before they reached a cinema in Bath.
December – Bath Christmas Market
For 18 days, the quaint streets and square between the stunning Bath Abbey and the internationally renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopper’s haven – Bath Christmas Market.