MARCH 6, 2023
Regular events in Bath
Widcombe Choir. Widcombe Social Club. 7.15-9pm. For details see the Widcombe Association website.
Central Library with Bath La Leche League. Meet the friendly breastfeeding support for mums. 10-11.30am. Details at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 339023 (Mara) or 01225 317631 (Helen).
Old Theatre Royal Tours. Guided tours every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday of The Masonic Hall in Bath, also know as the Old Theatre Royal.
Widcombe Wayfarers Walks. Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting at 10am at the west end of Widcombe Parade. Walks last between 1-2 hours and are medium paced. Come dressed for the weather, with suitable footwear and be prepared for a few climbs. Walks are limited to 20 people and registration is now compulsory. The walks are free but if you would like to make a small donation to this event you can do so when you register. See the Widcombe Association website for details.
Widcombe. St Matt’s Widcombe. Coffee morning at 10.30am. Come down and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
Southdown Methodist Church. Warm Spaces. 1-4pm. Southdown Methodist Church Centre and Thursdays 10-4pm offering a warm space, refreshments and activities.
Story Time at Bath Library. 12noon to 12.30pm. Let’s share stories and books at the library! Perfect for families with children aged 0-5. No booking required.
Bath Good Afternoon Choir. They meet every Thursday at the Central United Reformed Church in Argyle Street Bath from 2pm to 4pm. The choir is led by Grenville Jones, where the accent is on social singing for people who have afternoons free.
Bath Mosque – Al-Muzaffar. Friday prayers. Check website for various times. https://bathmosque.org.uk/
We Get It. Walcot House. Bath based charity offering support to anyone who has been diagnosed with any cancer or who is supporting someone with cancer. The friendly & informal Get Together at Walcot House, 90B Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5G between 10AM-11:30AM. You are very welcome to join us for a coffee and a chat .For more information see our website – wegetit.org.uk – or email us at email@example.com
Bear Flat Community market and café. Third Saturday of every month, from 9:30am to 12:30 pm in the church hall on Bruton Avenue. To book a stall, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Walcot Antique and Flea Market. The market is every Saturday from 7.30am to 4pm.
Bath Farmers’ Market. Green Park Station. Every Saturday at 9am-1.30pm. You will find quality, fresh, seasonal produce at a fair price. The goods are sold directly by the people who produce them and everything usually comes from within a 40 mile radius of Bath.
Magdalene Chapel, Holloway. Holy Eucharist – 10am at the Chapel
Church of Our Lady & St Alphege Mass 11am, 6pm. Oldfield Lane.
St Luke’s, Wellsway. 10am. Service of worship, prayer and teaching.
St Matthew’s, Widcombe. 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month 10:30am Contemporary Family service.
Bath Abbey. Holy Communion 8am using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. This service includes a sermon, but no hymns, and lasts for 45 minutes.
Theatre Picks In Bath
Thu 16 Feb-Sat 18 Mar. Ustinov Studio. Charlotte & Theodore. Meet Lotty and Teddy. Two dreamers – colleagues, lovers and then man and wife – determined to make a difference in their worlds, and to keep the spark In their relationship and their family alive. But can they do this as academics on a university campus where every well-intentioned thought, each well-meaning gesture and idealistic good deed can have unexpected and long-lasting consequences?
Tue 28 Feb-Sat 4 Mar. Theatre Royal Bath. Noughts And Crosses. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger. This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world. Adapted from the story which inspired the hit BBC TV drama series.
Wed 1-Sun 5 Mar. The Egg Theatre. I Want My Hat Back Trilogy. Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat.
Thu 2–Sat 4 Mar. Mission Theatre. The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Presented by Bath University Student Theatre. One of the world’s richest people, Claire Zachanassian makes a visit to her former debt-ridden home town of Güllen. She makes an offer to save the town from its dilapidated state by offering a sum of money that one could only dream of. However, it comes with one condition. Expelled from her town in disgrace as a teenager, Zachanassian seeks revenge over her ex-lover, Alfred Ill, and asks the Güllenites to kill him in return for one billion.
Fri 3-Sun 19 Mar. Elevate Festival at the Theatre Royal Bath’s pop-up venue. Artists from across the region, the two-week programme of diverse events showcases new writing, dance, theatre for families, rehearsed readings, drag entertainment and scratch nights – all proudly presented by a range of locally-based amateur, emerging, graduate or professional performers from Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
Tue7-Sat 19 Mar. Theatre Royal Bath. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Returning to his childhood home, a man finds himself standing beside the pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 12th birthday when his remarkable friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean–a place where everything is possible.
Thu 9-Sat 10 Mar. Rondo Theatre. Habeas Corpus. Alan Bennett’s farce presented by Bath Spa with the graduating students from BA Acting and BA Theatre and Festival Production. Habeas Corpus follows the comings and goings in the Wicksteed home. The pleasures of the body (‘corpus’) are the driving passion for everyone gathered together with family, friends and colleagues.
Fri 10 Mar. Theatre Royal Bath. Lockdown Blues. Six women, six stories, six lockdown blues. Comedy drama.
Sat-Sun, 18-19 Mar. The Egg Theatre. Dinosaurs and all That Rubbish. An imaginative adaptation of Michael Foreman’s environmental tale with dancing dinosaurs, fuelled by rock’n’roll. This riotous hour, packed with signature Roustabout silliness, will have you tapping your toes from start to finish!
Tue 21-Sat 25 Mar. Theatre Royal Bath. Heathers The Musical. A black comedy rock musical based on the eponymous 1988 film about school girls.
Wed 22 – Sat 25 Mar. Rondo Theatre. The Memory of Water. The Rondo Theatre Company perform Sheelagh Stephenson’s dark comedy of sisters and sibling rivalry.
Thu 23 Mar. St Alphege’s Church, Oldfield Lane. The Argyle String Orchestra Centenary Concert. Includes work by Handel.
Fri 24 Mar. Ustinov Studio. Learning to Fly. The story of a remarkable friendship James made when he was a lonely, unhappy teenager with the scary old lady who lived in the spooky house on his street.
Tue 28-Sat 31 Mar. Roper Theatre, Hayesfield School Upper Oldfield Park. Oklahoma! Students of Beechen Cliff and Hayesfield Girls’ School and Bath Theatre School bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical to the stage.
Wed 29 & Thu 30 Mar. Rondo Theatre. Escape to Wonderland. Inspired by the words and stories of Lewis Carroll, WhimsiCo’s debut play Escape to Wonderland combines poetry, music, and prose to explore grief, love, identity, and growing up in a time when it is incredibly hard to do so.
Theatre Picks Outside Bath
Wed 1- Fri 3 Mar. Bristol Malcolm X Community Centre, Bristol. A Midsummer’s Dream. A heart split into 2. Set beneath a glittering, ethereal surface you will find Shakespeare’s dazzling play transformed into a macabre Edwardian fable from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Tue 7-Sat 11 Mar. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol. Tender Napalm. Misplaced Theatre returns to the Alma Theatre with Philip Ridley’s explosive, poetic and brutal play contains sexual language and threats of violence. 8pm.
Fri 10-Sat 18 Mar. Tobacco Factory, Bristol. This House. UK politics is in crisis and the country is in economic peril. Fights break out in the Houses of Parliament and the government whips can barely contain the chaos. Sound familiar? Well this time, it’s 1974 and in this not so distant past, Westminster. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School production.
Pick of Diary Events in Bath
Mon 27 Feb-Sun 5 Mar. 4 Abbey Street. Art Exhibition. Protection Exhibition is a collection of works by nine artists.
Fri 3 Mar. Widcombe Social Club. Live music from Wiltshire’s Happy Kingsley. Music starts at 6:30pm. Expect this show to make you laugh, cry and ultimately wonder how he makes the acoustic guitar sound like you’ve never heard it before.
Sat 4 Mar. Victoria Art Museum. New English Art Club Exhibition Tour with Peter Brown. 1pm. Discover the stories behind the paintings in our latest exhibition, Capturing Life: A Century of the New English Art Club.
Mon 6 Mar. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square. Bath Natural History Society. A talk on Beetles and their world. 7pm (coffee) for 7.30pm start. Admittance: £2 members, £4 non-members. For further information please see the website: bathnats.org.uk The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has a long series of talks and events – too many to list here but see what’s on visit https://www.brlsi.org/whats-on/
Wed 8-Fri 10 Mar. Mission Theatre. Mid-Somerset Drama Festival. Three days of acting, verse speaking, mime and much more from young performers around Bath and the South West.
Fri 10 Mar. Widcombe Social Club. Gypsy Swing Jazz. Free from 6.30pm.
Sat 11 Mar. Widcombe Social Club. Disco night. 1980s – so get your glad rags on and have a boogie – from 8pm.
Sat 11 Mar. Burdall’s Yard. Viva Vocals. Female voices community choir from Corsham, directed by John Sandford and accompanied by Michelle Howarth on keyboards. Their strapline is ‘Sing Yourself Happy’ and that is what they strive to achieve at each practice and concert opportunity.
Sat 11 Mar. Bath Abbey. Abseil in aid of the Genesis Trust. See their website for details of how to take part.
Sat 11 Mar. Hayesfield School. Bath Symphony Orchestra – Scandinavian Spring Concert. Music includes Sibelius Karelia Suite, Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Sibelius Symphony No. 1.
Sun 12 Mar. Komedia. Drew Hall Trio. 2-4pm. Bath-based singer songwriter & soul singer based in Bath, in the UK. His musical style provides a combination of bluesy, soulful & easy listening sounds with a unique & strong singing voice, and a distinct, contemporary style of guitar playing that sets a perfect tone, and puts you in wonderfully chilled state of mind. Free.
Mon 13 Mar. The Forum. London Symphony Orchestra with Barbara Hannigan. Programme includes Olivier Messiaen L’Ascension and Gustav Mahler Symphony No 4
Fri 17 Mar. Widcombe Social Club. Just Parsons. Pizza and tales of questionable romance with the music of Parsons. Music starts at 6:30pm, free.
Fri 17-Sat 18. Bath Abbey. Karl Jenkins Symphonic Adiemus and the Fulltone Orchestra. The Fulltone Orchestra and a massed choir. Music from Vangelis, Hans Zimmer and John Williams.
Sat 18 Mar. Burdall’s Yard. Sober Sundays. The band will release their new new single ‘Rabbit Hole’ at Burdall’s Yard.
Sat 18 Mar. St Luke’s Church, Hatfield Road, Bath BA2 2BD. Cappella Nova: Fly Me To The Moon concert. 7:30pm In aid of 5k Your Way, a community-based initiative for those living with and beyond cancer and their families and friends.
Sun 19 Mar. Burdall’s Yard. Plucky Devils, from 2pm. An impromptu performance group for guitarists (and lutenists), open to pluckers of all ages and stages. Led by Burdall’s Yard’s resident musician (and incorrigible punster) Sam Brown.
Mon 20-Tue 21 Mar. The Forum. The Dance Umbrella. Bath & North East Somerset School Sport Partnership. The showcase for schools’ dance, and it provides children with meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences outside of the classroom. The Dance Umbrella brings together young people from across the local area in a celebration of dance and movement.
Wed 22 Mar Widcombe Social Club. Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Scottish folk duo.
Thu 23 Mar. Holburne Museum. Gardeners Question Time. A panel of expert gardeners and landscape designers will field questions from the audience.
Fri 24 Mar. Burdall’s Yard. The Dunwells. folksy rocky sound that was a sell out last time they played the yard.
Sat 25 Mar. St Stephen’s Church, Lansdown. Coronation Concert: Handel-Haydn-Mozart. Bath Cantata Group. King Charles III will be crowned on 6 May. Bath Cantata Group looks back to previous coronations in this concert performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems, composed for George II in 1727 and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, composed for Francis II in 1792 as Holy Roman Emperor. Haydn’s joyful Trumpet Concerto in Eb completes our programme with soloist Eliza Talman.
Sat 25 Mar. Christchurch. Bath Tub Orchestra in collaboration with Ramshackle Orchestra. The orchestra is a mixed ability orchestra that plays all kinds of music from pop songs, jazz, blues, film soundtracks and classical favourites.
Thu 30 Mar. Holburne Museum. Galliarde Ensemble Concert. An Enlightened Heart project highlights the music and performing traditions of women in the eighteenth-century.With the inclusion of new pieces for early instruments commissioned by group members from young female composers Jenni Pinnock and Rebecca Rowe. The quartet features the young recorder player Kate Allsop who recently completed her graduate studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire gaining a first and winning the course prize. Kate is joined by the seasoned performers Sara Stowe (harpsichordist and singer), Ibi Azziz (viol) and Matthew Spring (lutes and viols).
Wed 5 Apr. Bath Abbey. St. John Passion – J.S. Bach. The Abbey Girls and Lay Clerks perform alongside baroque specialists Rejouissance. As we move through Holy Week towards Good Friday come and hear one of the most moving Christian works ever written by one of the greatest composers who ever lived. The Abbey Girls and Lay Clerks perform alongside baroque specialists Rejouissance. Featuring Ruairi Bowen as Evangelist
Pick of Diary Events outside of Bath
Tue 7 Mar. Clifton Conservation Centre. Dormice talk. Journey through a year in the life of this endearing, endangered inhabitant of Leigh Woods and see how it is faring in and around Bristol.
Wed 8 Mar. Wesley’s New Room, Bristol. Talk: Who was John Wesley? From speaking out against the slave trade to improving prison conditions and empowering women, John Wesley is little-known in Bristol. However, his story of childhood drama lost loves and commitment to social justice is worth discovering.
Sat 11 Mar. St James Priory, Bristol. Easter by Candlelight. Exultate Singers returns to the medieval church of St James Priory to perform a feast of beautiful Renaissance and Baroque choral music from Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Sun 19 Mar. Trinity Centre Bristol. St Patrick’s Parade and Street Party. The parade will depart form Trinity at 12.30pm heading through Old Market and along Castle Park before finishing with a huge party in and around St Nicholas Street. Free.
Exhibition Picks in Bath
American Museum, Bath. Claverton. The Museum features collections from the United States where you can visit room sets that recreate periods of American history giving the feeling that someone has just stepped out, as well as our world-renowned folk art, quilt and map collections. The Exhibition Gallery features America in Crisis from 11 March to 4 July 2023. Take the rare opportunity to see this major American photography exhibition with over 80 works from 39 top American photographers, exploring social change in the US through the lens of a diverse group of artists from the 1960s till today.
Museum of Bath at Work. Julian Rd, Bath BA1 2RH. A Visual Record of a City at Work exhibition continues with photos and videos. Enter the world of working Bath through a series of authentically reconstructed workplaces, workshops and display galleries. Two thousand years of working life are on display from a Victorian ironmongers and engineering works, a soft drinks making factory and even a Bath Stone mine working, all on show in a former Real Tennis court, dating from 1777. Displays in two galleries: Landscapes and Livelihoods and Knowing Your Place.
Victoria Art Gallery. Capturing Life: A Century of the New English Art Club This exhibition will combine work by current New English Art Club members alongside a core of over 30 paintings by illustrious past members. You’ll have the chance to see major pieces by John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Gwen John, Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer and Winifred Nicholson. Until 11 April.
Holburne Museum. Illustrating the World of Woodcuts in the Age of Durer. This is a rare opportunity to view the complete set of woodcuts known as The Great Passion, produced by the most famed artist of the German Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). Until 23 April; Alberta Whittle: Dipping below a waxing moon, the dance claims us for release: newly commissioned sculptures. Until May 8 2023.
Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Commemorating 200 years since the death of William Herschel. Star Viewfinders. Come and make a star viewfinder and take part in the National Star Count. Find out how light pollution can affect our views of the constellations and see how many stars you can spot from your back garden. Drop in activity. Free with museum entry. Activity will run daily in the gallery from Saturday February 11th.
Museum of East Asian Art. Revolution, Propaganda, Art: Printmaking in Modern China. Continues to 3 June 2023. The exhibition showcases a series of prints selected from Muban Educational Trust’s collection of over 6,000 and tells the story of China’s twentieth-century wars, revolution and rejuvenation. The exhibition explores artistic trends, political movements and technical developments in modern Chinese printmaking. The works presented mark several significant anniversaries in China’s modern history, including the May Fourth Movement (1919), the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (1921), and Lu Xun’s seminal printmaking class, which symbolises the origin of the Modern Woodcut Movement (1931).
Exhibition Picks outside Bath
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road. The art of Japanese porcelain. The exhibition examines how Japan became the global leading makers of porcelain between 1640 and 1680. Until 30 July 2023. We Were Everywhere: World war experiences from pre-Partition India. This exhibition explores the experience of Indians and Pakistanis during the world wars and the partition of India. Until 5 March 2023. Sweet Patootee Arts: Turning Point. A series of four short films by Sweet Patootee Arts inspired by oral histories about the Black Caribbean experience after WWI. Until 5 March 2023.
Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Circles of Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan is a new exhibition celebrating the rich culture of prehistoric Japan. Through a number of exquisite objects, some seen for the first time outside of Japan, the exhibition tells the story of Japanese settlements and stone circles of the middle and late Jomon periods, roughly the same time when Stonehenge was built and used. Until 20 August 2023.
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