Fun Things In February and March in Bath
It’s in the last stages of winter (and, let’s face it, it can still feel like winter in the early stages of spring) that we most need cheerful diversions and entertainments. And the good fortune of being in Bath means that we’re never short of them. In fact, our great city is one of the cultural powerhouses of the country, with a programme of brilliant events every day, all year long. So if the grey, the damp and/or the cold are getting under your skin, there’s no time like today for doing something fun and uplifting. Here are some of the things we’re most looking forward to, coming any day now:
- Bath Bachfest (16-18 Feb, 2017). If the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and its mood-brightening effect is something you enjoy, then you’ll be delighted that this festival is back for its fifth year. It’s a series of five concerts (three of them orchestral) spread over three days, featuring appearances from star tenor Ian Bostridge, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Florilegium ensemble.
- Bath Half Marathon (12th Mar, 2017). If you haven’t made it in time to register and take part in this year’s event, then you could still go along and support those who have.
- Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty (11 Feb – 4 Jun, 2017). At the Holbourne Museum on Great Pulteney Street will be the UK’s first ever exhibition dedicated to this Dutch artistic family, featuring works from four different generations of Bruegels.
- Paint a Self-Portrait in Oils (4-5 Mar, 2017). Have you ever wanted to create a self-portrait in oil paint but not felt sure you had the either the talent or the know-how? Come to this workshop at the Holbourne and learn the rudiments. The masterclass costs £100.
- Semi-Monde (2-4 Feb, 2017) – This is Onset Productions’ staging of a play by Noel Coward that rarely gets revived and was controversial at the time of its creation. It follows the lives of socialites and social climbers in the mid-1920s. It was regarded as too risqué to be put on at the time it was written (1926) and didn’t get produced until 1977. At Ustinov Studio, Monmouth Street.