Arts and Culture

Bath's Rainbow Steel Band

Bath is a city renowned for its cultural offer.

The population of Bath rarely rests and many local creative and inspirational people are involved in organising local festivals and major events.

​Every year in the city of Bath,  an international music festival, a literature and film festival and a children’s literature festival are organised by Bath Festivals. Alongside the headline events  there is a thriving Bath Fringe.  The nearby town of Keynsham holds an annual music festival too. 

New technology is also a feature of our events calendar with a now regular Digital Festival, and the Bath Ruby Conference is becoming a fixture.  

For those looking to spend time in Bath itself, the City has a huge selection of galleries and museums including the acclaimed Holburne Museum, The American Museum, The Fashion Museum , Museum of Bath at Work and Museum of East Asian Art.

Countless other activities and attractions are available to young and old and cater for all tastes from the youngest theatre goers – The Egg - to the most well versed history enthusiast – The Roman Baths and for those who just want to enjoy the hot springs as the Romans did there's Thermae Bath Spa .

For those looking for outdoor activities, the Skyline Walk offers breath-taking views over the whole of Bath, while keen gardeners can get involved in guerilla gardening with Transition Bath or work with some of the other community groups including Alice Park Community Garden and Bath Organic Group. For cyclists there's the newly renovated, Odd Down Cycling Circuit and the Two Tunnels project now completes a cyclable loop of the city.  For those who enjoy being by the water, there's boating on the river and walkers can enjoy the peace of the Avon and Kennet Canal path and routes around the serene Chew Valley Lake.

Photo Credit Ashley Reay