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Bike Bath In a nutshell: A cycling weekend to remember – Boris would be proud. What’s occurring? There are currently three provisional routes on both the Saturday and Sunday, ranging from 100miles for the hardcore cyclists and 60miles for those up for a challenge to 20/30 miles for a more family-friendly option. Though the routes are similar lengths, they’re completely different on each day, so do feel free to sign yourself up for more than one (along with a sports massage). Why are we excited? With the Two Tunnels open and the weather beautiful – fi ngers crossed! – what could be more pleasant than a leisurely cycle around Bath’s green and pleasant surrounds? Did you know? Nextbike, the world’s biggest bike sharing network, will replace Bath’s current bike sharing service from June. • 28 – 29 June, from 7am, starting and finishing at the Bath Recreation Ground; www.bikebath.co.uk


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Orchestival In a nutshell: A whole new musical event launched by international conductor, and Somerset local, Charles Hazlewood. What’s occurring? This weekend of incredible collaborations will see some of the world’s leading musicians come together, with a fantastic line-up including Will Gregory from Goldfrapp, The Unthanks and The Philharmonia orchestra. Charles is particularly keen for the two-day festival to be locally integrated, so the weekend will open with an extraordinary pop-up opera Noye’s Fludde; a collaboration between the local community and legendary Cornish theatre company Kneehigh. Why are we excited? “Orchestival is a wonderful piece of good news, a weekend of jaw-dropping music to bind us all together,” explains Charles Hazlewood. Did you know? The British Paraorchestra, the world’s fi rst ever ensemble for virtuoso musicians with a disability, who will be playing elements from their upcoming album over the weekend, are now in the early stages of creating a Europe-wide super Paraorchestra to play at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. • 19 – 20 July, the Royal Bath & West Showground; www.orchestival.com BL


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International conductor, and Somerset local, Charles Hazlewood


ALSO TO LOOK FORWARD TO . . .


Frome Festival With over 200 events already on the bill, this year’s festival, featuring the likes of The Levellers, Paul Merton and Seann Walsh, alongside wonderful creative workshops, hidden gardens, Frome tunnel tours, classical music, local talent, literary events, story-telling and poetry, promises to be the biggest and best yet. • 4-13 July, various venues; fromefestival.co.uk


Bath Folk Festival Now in its fi fth year, Bath Folk Festival is a grass roots festival run by and for musicians and dancers who are passionate about folk culture. With Martin Carthy and Sheelanagig already confi rmed as headliners, you can expect gigs aplenty, workshops, a summer school and more. • 9-17 August, various venues; bathfolkfestival.org


Jane Austen Festival An international 10-day celebration of all things Austen, including book readings, music, talks, tours, workshops and concerts, including an 18th-century style ‘very private public breakfast’ in Sydney Gardens and a World Record attempt to beat ‘The Largest Gathering


of People Dressed in Regency Costume’, which The Festival fi rst set in 2009. • 12 – 21 September, various venues; www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk


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Bath Children’s Literature Festival The largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, it’s all about the inspiring power of literature for younger generations, with over 80 public, ticketed events and an extensive programme of events in schools. Young fans can meet their favourite authors and book characters, attend readings and take part in craft activities, quizzes and games. • 26 September – to 6 October, various venues; www.bathfestivals.org.uk/ childrens-literature/


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Great Bath Feast A month-long melting pot of wonderful fl avours and lively personalities; expect parties, tastings, demonstrations, celebrity chefs, music and wine and more. If you love to eat – who doesn’t? – then this festival will defi nitely have something for you. • 1-31 October, various venues; www.greatbathfeast.co.uk


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