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Why are we excited? This year the Show will play host to the British Cheese Awards – the ideal chance for turophiles to unite. Did you know? There will be over 2000 horses, ponies and riders competing over the four-day event. • 28 May to 31 May, 9am – 6pm at the Royal Bath & West Showground; www.bathandwest.com


Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair In a nutshell: Not a festival exactly, but with more than 35 vintage traders selling fashion, homewares, accessories and collectibles from the 20s to the 90s, it will be a very special marketplace. What’s occurring? Expect vintage dresses, jewellery, jackets, skirts, blouses, accessories, menswear, vintage toys and much more; think Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar only with British retro style. Why are we excited? It’s right in the name: not only will there be enough glorious vintage wares to make any aspiring vintage fashion magpie shriek with delight, it’s all easy on the purse strings at up to 75 per cent less than your average high street prices. Did you know? Now the largest vintage fair of its kind and serving 30 cities across the UK, Judy’s has been shopped by the likes of Florence Welch, Chloe Sevigny and Jade Jagger, thus proving the theory that old-world glamour is never old-hat. • 31 May, 11am – 4pm at the Guildhall; www.judysvintagefair.co.uk


JUNE Festival of Nature: Bath Goes Wild In a nutshell: Prepare to discover the wonders of the natural world.


2013’s successful Bike Bath event


Dressing up is actively encouraged at the Bath Boules


What’s occurring? Queen Square will be awash with local and national environmental organisations from BBC Natural History Unit to Avon Wildlife Trust. It’s got hands-on experiences and all sorts of fun activities, such as exhibitions, live shows, interactive encounters and much more.


Why are we excited? The Bristol event is the UK’s largest free natural history event and now Bath’s getting in on the fun. Also, there’s a fair chance you’ll get to play with some big creepy bugs. Did you know? Recent figures suggest that insects make up 97 per cent of the animals on our planet and outnumber humans by 200 million to one. • 7 June 10am-4pm, Queen Square; www. bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/bath-goes-wild


Iford Arts What’s it all about? Intimate, exquisite performances of opera, festival proms and classical concerts all held in the Harold Peto performing spaces at Iford Manor. What’s occurring? This year’s amazing opera line-up includes Puccini’s La Rondine, inspired by Italy’s most scandalous woman at the turn-of-the-century, Marchesa Casati. Other highlights are Donizetti’s comedy La Fille du Regiment wherein a notorious Californian biker gang adopt an abandoned baby and Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, a baroque soap opera of Shakespearian depths. If you’re looking


“Loads of celebs have taken up the Bath Boules challenge”


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for some beautiful music and incredible performances, you couldn’t find a lovelier place to see them. Why are we excited? The Final Fling on 9 August sounds epic: legendary Berlin polka-band Polkaholix will be raising the beautifully Italianate roof of the Cloister – celebrating its centenary this year – and award-winning Mabon will be blending world music, Celtic roots and funk folk for an energetic finale at the Casita. Did you know? Molotov Jukebox, the fiery six-piece band performing at the first night party on 27 June, is fronted by Harry Potter and Game of Thrones actress (Nymphadora Tonks and friendly Wildling Osha, respectively,) Natalia Tena! • 7 June – 9 August at Iford Manor; www.ifordarts.org.uk


Bath Boules In a nutshell: The weekend Bath turns French. What’s occurring? Queen Square will be transformed into a battleground for the annual Bath Boules tournament when 64 teams of three – from local businesses to restaurants and groups of individuals – go head to head on each day of the competition, all in the spirit of bonhomie, of course. Stripey tees, moustaches, neckerchiefs and onions are optional. Teams are asked to pay to play with proceeds going to local charities. Why are we excited? It’s the one weekend of the year that we’re allowed to get mildly sozzled on Pimm’s and bubbly before lunchtime . . . we’re not entirely sure on the science, but we find it improves our game dramatically. Did you know? Loads of celebs have taken up the Bath Boules challenge over the years, including Miles Kington, Joanna Lumley, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Derek Fowlds and Peter Gabriel. • 21-22 June 2014; www.bathboules.com


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