The Best Time of Year to Visit Bath in 201928th January 2019
If taking a jaunt to the fabulous city of Bath is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, now’s the time to start planning. But when is the best time of year to visit Bath? Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights in the city’s events calendar, to help you plan your trip…
There’s plenty happening in Bath in January, including the weekly farmers markets at Green Park Station, vintage and antiques market (on the last Sunday of the month) and wine tasting at Chapel Arts Centre.
Highlights in February include ‘Faith – The George Michael Legacy’, a stunning concert held at Bath Pavilion, as well as the Bath Cider Festival at the same venue from 8th-9th February.
In March, visitors to Bath can enjoy some laughs at the Bath Comedy Festival from 27th March to 14th April. Last year’s 10th anniversary edition featured comics such as Jon Richardson, Henning Wehn and many more.
In April, catch an arts, dance or culture film at the innovative Little Theatre Cinema, or head to Green Park Brasserie for free live jazz, swing and funk in an old railway station. There’s also plenty of live music, poetry and more at the Chapel Arts Centre.
May is a one of the best months to visit Bath, as the multi-arts Bath Festival runs from 17th to 26th May 2019 and the Fringe Festival runs from 24th May to 9th June.
June sees the Bath Festival of Motoring come to the city from 15th-16th June. There’s also Pub in the Park in Royal Victoria Park from 21st-23rd June, a celebration of food and music with celebrity chef Tom Kerridge at the helm.
The Bath Vegan Festival, featuring over 70 stalls and cookery demos, runs on Saturday 20th July. Before that, hit Sydney Gardens for the Bath Carnival 2019 – it’s free!
In August, the Gin & Rum Festival 2019 comes to Bath Pavilion with over 60 gins and 60 rums to choose from, along with DJs, live music and more.
From 28th September to 7th October, bring the kids to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival – one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. It’s entertaining, educational and a brilliant family day out.
Expect a month full of Halloween specials during October, including the annual Prior Park Halloween Trail and spooky fun at both Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park and Avon Valley Railway.
Fans of classical music will flock to Bath in November for the annual Bath Mozartfest, a celebration of the composer across numerous venues from 8th-16th November.
December in Bath is all about the Bath Christmas Markets, but there are also ice rinks, special festive entertainment and much more happening at this time of year.
Worried about the weather?
Don’t let the season deter you from visiting Bath, as it has something to offer whatever the weather. Of course, spring and summer is perfect for boating on the River Avon, enjoying the city’s many parks and green spaces, as well as picnics, hot air balloons and walks.
However, there’s plenty to do on cold and rainy days too. Bath is bursting with fascinating museums and galleries, as well as theatres, comedy clubs and of course, cosy pubs and snug cafes. There’s also nothing better than an autumn walk in the crisp air with the beautiful colours of the season all around you, as you head across the Bath Skyline walking route or along the canal.
Remember, when deciding when to visit Bath, that it’s cheaper and far less busy in autumn and winter than in the summer. This means you can save money and beat the queues around major tourist attractions. Another top tip is to visit and book your self-catering Bath apartment between Sunday to Thursday as it’s much quieter and more affordable than at the weekends.